Bayside, CA (August 20, 2008)–St. Olaf College, a national liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northfield, MN, relies on StreamGuys to provide audio and video streaming services globally for live concerts from many of the college’s music ensembles.
Jeffrey O’Donnell, director of broadcast media for St. Olaf College, is in charge of all the event recording, webcasting and streaming, and serves as executive producer of Sing For Joy, a weekly half-hour radio program syndicated in 200 U.S. communities plus many international countries and regions. According to O’Donnell, the college began working with StreamGuys after experiencing server capacity issues with a live concert stream that had an unusually high audience demand compared to its previous events.
“We learned the hard way. We held a big concert for a building re-dedication on campus and were using our own servers to stream the event live. There was so much demand for bandwidth that the entire campus network shut down,” said O’Donnell. “I knew of StreamGuys from their reputation in the public radio industry, and our campus IT department found their pricing competitive and reasonable. They have focused specifically on our technical needs, and the server capacity they provide allows a large volume of users to access our streams around the world. They have eliminated any problems we had before in accommodating our online audience.”
O’Donnell and his team have established several encoding locations across the campus where the majority of events take place. StreamGuys provides a dedicated server for St. Olaf College, pulling content from the various encoding points and allowing the campus to retain its house bandwidth for other data services. In addition to live events and radio programming, StreamGuys hosts archived streams of past concerts and mp3 Podcasts of daily chapel services. StreamGuys also hosts live and on-demand streams for daily chapel services, guest lectures and commencements, among other events.