Basics of the Board
- The LION’s AudioArts D 70 on air board is a state of the art digital broadcast console
- Each element of the studio (mic, CD player, music computer) is controlled by a “channel” on the board
- Each channel consists of:
- volume fader (called a pot short for potentiometer)
- on/off buttons
- a cue button
- a set of buttons (output buses) controlling the destination of where the sound goes
- an A/B switch.
- The station uses a computer program that allows DJs to access our liners, promos, other pre produced audio, and a lot of our music – this “live assist” software is called iMediaPix.
Transmitter & EAS (Emergency Alert System) Log
- Use Page One of the Log to sign in at the beginning of your shift and sign out at the end
- Page Two records Meter Readings, call the WKPS transmitter and gauge its output in watts
- Page Three is used to record the time of any EAS warnings or Amber Alerts EAS – Emergency Alert System; statewide system for weather warnings Amber Alert – State warnings issued via EAS about missing children
- The LION’s FM signal is broadcast by a transmitter on the roof of the now former Business Administration Building (BAB), located at the NW corner of campus.
- The audio signal produced using the studio equipment is first routed through a series of devices rack mounted in an equipment tower inside the studio (the airchain)
- The airchain includes:
- an Airtools digital delay that allows DJs to “dump” accidental profanity before it goes out over the air (The LION is always on a 10 second delay, except during live sports broadcasts)
- An audio signal processor called a Compellor
- The signal then travels from the airchain to BAB via a copper wire connection * The LION is currently petitioning Penn State to provide a more reliable/durable, high quality fiber optic cable for the studio to transmitter connection
- An Optimod digital audio processor fine tunes the signal at the transmitter site.
- The signal is sent out over the State College airwaves via a roof mounted antenna.
- An antenna on the roof of Hub picks up the signal and feeds 2 different tuners via coax: 1 in the film room which feeds our webcast computers, the other our studio rack mounted Logger/Skimmer Computer to record the air feed.
- Logger: 24/7 continuous recording, low bit rate mp3. Skimmer: higher bit rate mp3, select recording when mics are on.
- Studio Request/On air Lines: 865 9577 (WKPS)
- Transmitter dial in: 863 1966 (don’t give out to public)