Quincy, IL (October 14, 2008)–A remote crew from Batesville Broadcasting in Mississippi, which owns WBLE 100.5 FM, WHKL 106.9 FM and WJBI 1290, broadcasts the Friday night Bulldogs game with little more than Broadcast Electronics’ six-pound Marti Digital Cellcast remote unit.
“We do old-fashioned radio,” said J. Boyd Ingram, a 50-year broadcast veteran who owns, operates and engineers the three stations, one a country FM, another an oldies FM and an adult standards AM. “We still air birthday calendars and we broadcast high school and university sporting events, often from remote locations without landline telephone service. That’s why I bought the Cellcast. We can go wherever we want without hauling all that equipment.”
BE’s Digital Cellcast is an all-in-one mixer and cell phone unit for wireless, remote broadcast in areas serviced by most wireless providers. Batesville Broadcasting purchased the unit in August, and is using Cellcast for the majority of its remote broadcasts, including at sports locations where landlines are nonexistent or where line-of-sight access to the studio isn’t possible for RF RPU operation.
“The Cellcast came in one day and we used it the next. I liked it–and the customer service–so much, I decided to also purchase a transmitter from BE, my first BE transmitter in 50 years,” added Ingram, who recently took delivery of a BE FM-5T transmitter for WHKL FM’s remote transmitter location. The BE FM-5T transmitter will replace a 13-year-old transmitter at a rural site plagued by power surges and fluctuations.