Quincy, IL (September 25, 2007)–WUSC 90.5 FM, a student-run, public station in Columbia, SC, has acquired Broadcast Electronics’ (BE) AudioVAULT digital media system. This completes a yearlong conversion to fully digital operation.
The studio upgrade replaces a BE AV100 system and is the latest in a year-long conversion effort that includes, among other items, a BE FMi 201 HD Radio transmitter and IDi 20 Data Importer for broadcasting HD Radio and an additional HD2 channel.
The AudioVAULT system’s file sharing features and suite of functions for music scheduling and studio production are being used in WUSC FM’s production and on-air studios to manage the main alternative music format as well as for a new HD2 international “Jack” format developed and support by USC students.
WUSC FM, an all-volunteer radio station that operates with student support and limited fundraising, is one of the first college-run FMs in the United States to add an HD2 channel to its broadcasts. The privately-funded, University of South Carolina station converted to HD Radio in December, 2006 using funds generated in part by student fees and added a second HD2 channel soon after at little additional cost.
In addition to the studio and RF systems, the station also acquired a BE TRE Message Manager software suite integrated into its AudioVAULT system for eventually Messagecasting song and title data over HD Radio signal. The station also acquired a BE RDi 20 signal generator for sending similar data on its existing FM analog signal to RBDS radios.
The station is celebrating its 40th anniversary, having started out as a common carrier AM on 730 kHz and converting to FM in the late 1970s.