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Bosveld Stereo Installs South Africa’s First Calrec Type R

Community radio station Bosveld Stereo is the first station in South Africa to deploy Calrec’s IP-based Type R for Radio.

Community radio station Bosveld Stereo is the first station in South Africa to deploy Calrec’s IP-based Type R for Radio.
Community radio station Bosveld Stereo is the first station in South Africa to deploy Calrec’s IP-based Type R for Radio.

South Africa (November 20, 2020)—Community radio station Bosveld Stereo, which broadcasts in Afrikaans across South Africa’s North West Province, is the first station in the country to deploy Calrec’s IP-based Type R for Radio.

The installation was overseen by Calrec’s recently appointed South African partner, Wild and Marr. The company used Type R’s modular approach to create the system for Bosveld Stereo’s needs: A Type R for Radio core plus two hardware fader panels and one large soft panel. The system can be accessed remotely, which is crucial in today’s Covid-19 environment. The audio is transported to the transmitter via Dante.

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Graat Pelser, chairperson at Bosveld Stereo, says, “Our existing studio mixers were reaching end-of-life and we wanted to take the opportunity to upgrade and move into an IP future. Type R was the answer. We have found it very easy to adapt to and the configurability is a great help. We use it on a daily basis and we know that it’s easily expandable if required. We are grateful to Wild and Marr for their help through this process.”

Launched in 2008, Bosveld Stereo is a community-oriented radio station that uses local talent to entertain its listeners. Everyone who currently works at Bosveld Stereo lives within the broadcasting footprint of the station. They also take an active part in one or more of the community projects in which Bosveld Stereo is involved.

Anton van Wyk, Wild and Marr’s technical director, says, “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, myself and broadcast systems engineer Dwaine Schreuder pre-commissioned Bosveld Stereo’s Type-R system off-site in a safe environment with all precautions taken. By the time the unit was installed at Bosveld Stereo it was literally just plug and play. We believe that Type R for Radio has a very bright future across the African continent.”

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