Quincy, IL (August 6, 2009)–WKSU, Kent State University’s radio network, completed an expansive HD Radio project in July involving Broadcast Electronics (BE) transmission, STL and multicast equipment.
“This project was a mammoth combined effort that was as much about the technology and products as it was about the people at BE who showed the highest level of dedication throughout,” said Ron Bartlebaugh, director of broadcast engineering for WKSU, a noncommercial network of stations operated by Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
The project involved five broadcast sites, 15 program channels and BE equipment valued at more than $500,000.
In addition to updating three of WKSU’s four repeater stations with broadband BE FMi Series transmitters, which range in power from 2,100 watts TPO to 12,000 watts TPO, BE configured and supplied a complex MDOUK AudioTX STL-IP audio-over-IP link connecting all four repeater stations and WKSU’s main transmitter site to the campus-located WKSU Broadcast Center.
“We developed an end-to-end solution unique to Kent State’s network so that each channel of each station–including the main, HD2 and HD3–can be programmed independently and simultaneously from the WKSU Broadcast Center,” explained Tim Bealor, BE vice president of sales.
The company also supplied its multicast IDi 20 and XPi 10 HD Radio products and updated the WKSU Broadcast Center and each transmitter location for digital broadcast, plus provided overall project management on a continual basis.
WKSU originates all programming from the main campus of Kent State University to WKSU 89.7 FM and repeater stations WKSV in Thompson, WKRJ in New Philadelphia, WKRW in Wooster, and WNRK in Norwalk. All HD Radio multicast channels in the network share a Folk Alley format on HD2 and a Classical format on HD3, although each has the ability to broadcast unique and location-specific content separately originated from the WKSU Broadcast Center.