Quincy, IL (December 20, 2005)–WHUR FM of Howard University expanded upon the Broadcast Electronics AudioVAULT digital media system this month as part of its ongoing digital improvement strategy. The top-rated Urban Adult station in Washington, D.C. added to its AudioVAULT VAULT2 platform new audio cards, new studio workstations and an upgrade of the overall system storage to more than a terabyte capacity.
“We’re firm believers in innovative radio. AudioVAULT plays an important role in our ability to stay innovative because of its flexibility,” said Jim Watkins, general manager, WHUR FM, one of a handful of college-owned, commercial radio stations in the nation. The station introduced HD Radio to its transmission chain a little over a year ago and converted its CD and tape music library to digital storage with the purchase of the AudioVAULT digital media system three years ago.
With this latest expansion, WHUR FM gains redundancy at both the local and server level, and readies its operation for text as well as multiple HD Radio channels. New Digigram audio cards provide WHUR with the ability to intermix existing analog audio consoles with new digital consoles. Newly installed audio cards and hard drives in local workstations offer backup redundancy at the local level should the server fail.
HD Radio-friendly features include a Web interface that will help supply program associated data (PAD) for readout on receivers and system interoperability for information sharing with outside sources.
New upgrades to the system are representative of the scalability of BE’s VAULT2 architecture, an open platform based on Windows and off-the-shelf PC components.
“WHUR FM is one of the nation’s most progressive radio stations, which is why the AudioVAULT is such a good match for the station as it continues to improve its sound and its operation,” said Criss Onan, BE northeast representative for the AudioVAULT line.