Cincinnati, OH (June 21, 2005)–Harris Corporation has announced that Cordillera Communications, the owner of 11 television stations throughout the U.S., has selected Harris automation solutions for a centralization project in Montana and for stations in California and Colorado. Among reasons Harris was selected, Cordillera Communications cited Harris’ strong after-sales support and its ability to provide scalable and cost-effective systems that can meet the needs of medium- to smaller-market broadcasters.
To increase operational efficiency among three Montana stations, Cordillera is establishing a central “hub” at KXLF, a full-power station in Butte. At the hub, content will be ingested, prepared and distributed to another full-power station, KBZK in Bozeman, and a low-power station, KXLH in Helena. Harris will provide ADC playout automation, digital ingest and satellite ingest solutions.
At KOAA in Colorado Springs, Harris will upgrade an existing ADC system to automate playout of an independent weather channel that is operated by the station as well as regular programming. The upgraded ADC system is being configured so that Cordillera can add new revenue streams in the future.
At KSBY in San Luis Obispo, California, Cordillera has selected Harris to provide a new ADC-100 system to replace an antiquated manual system. Harris also will provide on-site installation and training.
“Cordillera works in very small to medium-size markets, and because budgets are not what they are in larger markets, we are forced to stretch our dollars and require that new products, such as our automation system, work with legacy systems,” said Andy Suk, Cordillera’s director of broadcast engineering. “With Harris, that is possible. It is proven technology, and we know going in that the support we’ll need is available. Harris’ innovation with digital ingest is also very important to our operations.”
Harris Broadcast Communications Division