Colchester, VT (May 28, 2004)–Vermont Public Radio (VPR) has standardized its announce microphones with the deployment of a dozen Neumann BCM 104 broadcast mics throughout the five-station statewide network. Shortly to expand to six stations, VPR is one of the top public radio services in the country in terms of listeners per capita.
VPR’s director of engineering, Rich Parker, explained, “We were eager to have a consistent mic sound throughout all of our studios. We are very pleased with the sound of the BCM 104 as well as its compact look. And because of the reasonable cost, we were able to outfit our remote locations as well as our main studios.”
Mike Pappas, chief engineer at KUVO public radio in Denver, CO, initially recommended the BCM 104 to Parker. Pappas, who had already installed a number of the microphones, reported that the improvement in audio quality was immediately noticeable, Parker recalled. “Mike said, ‘We put them on-air and people called us to ask what we were doing!’ I trust his judgment, and I wasn’t disappointed.”
Parker, who joined VPR in 1997 from public radio station WHYY in Philadelphia, said that VPR had been using a number of different microphones in the Vermont production and talk studios, including several Neumann U 89s. “There are a couple of things that are really amazing about the BCM 104,” he observed. “One, it’s a large diaphragm mic with the Neumann name and the manufacturing care and the electronics that we’ve come to love. The other piece of it is that the form factor is much more suitable for studio use.”
He elaborated, “Visually, they’re much less obtrusive than what we were using before. They look like they were designed as an announce mic for broadcast.”