Quincy, IL (January 26, 2006)–Less than six months after converting to digital, Steel City Media in Pittsburgh is joining hundreds of other broadcasters in leveraging Broadcast Electronics’ Total Radio solution for emergent HD2 Multicasting program opportunities.
Family-owned WLTJ FM signed on HD Radio in August 2005 with a comprehensive BE HD Radio system and all the transmission components necessary to begin multicasting immediately. Steel City Media is now making plans to multicast two channels of additional programming on WLTJ 92.9 as early as next month.
“We have the system capacity to take into consideration what we’re doing today as well as what the company would need 10 years from now. When analog FM is phased out, and everything is digital, we’ll still have capacity. I told the owners last year, ‘you make the investment now, and you won’t have to make it tomorrow,'” said Paul Carroll, chief engineer for WLTJ FM.
Key to the system’s expandability is BE’s Big Pipe broadband transport, which offers greater than 45MBs studio-transmitter connectivity for hauling the additional program channels, and more. A full duplex, broadband STL, Big Pipe can deliver it all: main channel audio at a full 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz sampling rate, HD Radio coded audio, HD2 channel audio, and data services for multiple transmitters-while still providing Ethernet connectivity, serial data, and telephone connections.
BE’s Jim Moody configured WLTJ FM’s Big Pipe system as a dual-hop STL connecting the studios in Pittsburgh through a UHF environment and repeated out to the station’s transmitter site on the unlicensed 5.8GHz band. The unit has separate Ethernet connectivity for extending the studio’s LAN to the transmitter site, and for transporting HD Radio programming and data when the time comes to activate these services.
Also included in BE’s Total Radio solution are transmission, exciter and signal generation, as well as a BE IDi 20 Data Importer for splitting the digital transmission into multiple program channels.