Cincinnati, OH (August 2, 2005)–Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division (BCD) announced that Clear Channel Albany (New York), owner of seven regional radio stations (WGY-AM, WOFX-AM, WHRL-FM, WKKF-FM, WPYX-FM, WRVE-FM, and WTRY-FM), has purchased a turnkey radio systems package featuring a Harris PR&E VistaMax networked audio management system with multiple Harris PR&E digital consoles. Harris also will provide all studio furniture and cabinetry.
Clear Channel Albany is relocating its seven stations, currently spread across two separate facilities, into a newly built facility in Latham, NY.
“It’s challenging to coordinate business transactions and technical operations for seven radio stations across two different facilities, and it can become a coordination nightmare if you’re forced to divert manpower in two different directions,” said David Abdoo, director of engineering, Clear Channel Albany. “The consolidated facility reflects a far more efficient operation, and the decision to go with a networked routing system is central to our success. When we started building out this facility, we did so with the knowledge that radio stations switch formats on a somewhat regular basis. The VistaMax system allows us to add or subtract stations and repurpose studios rather easily to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of radio. And the fact that Harris was able to provide a turnkey package of routers, consoles, furniture and wiring allowed us to eliminate the complex coordination process of working with multiple vendors.”
Clear Channel Albany will integrate seven Harris PR&E RMXdigital consoles, six Airwave consoles and one Impulse console into the VistaMax system. Each station will use an RMXdigital for on-air operations, while the Airwave consoles are intended for production use. News talker WGY-AM will use the Impulse console at the facility’s news booth, and the other six stations will have access to the booth. The VistaMax system also will connect to a separate live performance studio that will be shared amongst all seven stations.
Harris Broadcast Communications Division