Hebden Bridge, U.K. (February 27, 2007)–Gunning for a bigger piece of the action in the million-household Raleigh-Durham market, WNCN/NBC 17 chose a 48-fader Calrec Zeta digital audio console to help modernize operations and improve program quality. The console was part of a renovation completed in 2006 at the NBC affiliate.
The station decided on the Zeta to replace a 10-year-old analog board because operators were familiar with Calrec products and also because of Calrec’s reputation in the industry. According to Henry Quintana, WNCN’s director of new media and operations, “The Zeta provided the best value for the dollar. Not only does it have an outstanding feature set, it’s also easy to learn and operate.” Since the console has been in use, it has exceeded expectations.
Retaining the unique features of Calrec’s Alpha and Sigma consoles, the Zeta was designed for use in all types of production environments, plus it has bulletproof engineering features like hot-swappable cards and panels as well as intelligent redundancy on system-critical elements.
Calrec also designed the Zeta console to be easy to operate. Because the board is programmable, WNCN can have a setting for each operator, from the newest to the most experienced, which makes training new operators easier.
WNCN, one of Media General’s 23 network-affiliated television stations, located inside the beltway of North Carolina’s capital city, broadcasts about four hours of locally produced news every day in addition to commercial production and special events. As WNCN continues to renovate and redesign some elements of its operation, the Zeta board’s flexibility is proving to be an unanticipated benefit.
Concluded Quintana, “Calrec’s Zeta makes my life easier, and it helps us put a better product on the air.”