Cambridgeshire, UK (May 30, 2007)--It's uncommon to find a radio outside-broadcast unit being officially opened by a celebrity, let alone a former beauty queen, but the inaugural broadcast from Irish state broadcaster RT…'s new Roadcaster, built by Cambridgeshire systems integrator Megahertz Broadcast Systems, was considered a fairly big deal in the Republic.
When the new 2fm Roadcaster went into service at the Euro 2008 Ireland versus Slovakia qualifier at Dublin's Croke Park stadium on March 28th, it was opened by no less than former Miss Ireland Claudine Palmer, fiancÈe of Irish football star Robbie Keane.
RT… (Radio TelefÌs …ireann) had wanted to replace at least one of its vehicles for some time, with the intention of using the new unit mainly for pop-music channel 2fm, but also for RT…'s Radio 1 and Lyric (classical, jazz and world-music) services. RT…'s specification for the new Roadcaster was for a modern-looking OB vehicle divided into three sections internally: a hospitality area by the entrance (featuring a DVD and LCD TV, so that guests can be entertained) plus the traditional engineering and studio areas.
In the Roadcaster's completed design, audio starts its journey to the outside world with the DJ, who has local control of Tascam CD and MiniDisc players, a Denon DVD player and a Sonifex S2-15 mixer, and Jutel RadioMan software, which controls the station's playlist, is displayed and run from Neovo 15-inch touchscreens. Monitoring is provided by Genelec 8040As, AKG D3800 microphones are used for the DJ and studio guests, and Beyer Opus 500 MkII wireless mics are also on hand for interviews outside the vehicle. After passing via the larger Sonifex S2-25 mixer, audio can be routed to the external PA system. The onboard external PA is distributed on three sides of the truck, and is capable of providing 3600W of output from three QSC PLX302 power amps feeding three pairs of QSC AD-S282H PA speakers.
Megahertz Broadcast Systems