Greensburg, KS (November 2, 2011)—Clear-Com provided the Kiowa County Media Center, which just opened, with five Encore partyline intercom systems.
Five years ago, when 95 percent of all Kiowa County homes and buildings were completely obliterated by an EF5 tornado, the area was left without a means to relay important information. To avoid future problems, the community designed a communications eco-system with to keep citizens informed.
Concurrent with these objectives, the aim was to construct a media center that was energy efficient. An HD television production studio in the Kiowa County Media Center and a 22- by 26-foot mobile production trailer were built and installed with Clear-Com's intercoms to coordinate the broadcast of news, local events and sports, along with productions and educational programming.
"Clear-Com's solution helped resolve the tremendous communications challenge which confronted Kiowa County," says Janet West, president of the Kiowa County Media Center's board of directors. "Their generous sponsorship of advanced and comprehensive intercom systems not only enabled us to deliver essential information to our people but it also positioned us as a high-performance media outlet."
Clear-Com's MS-702 Encore partyline main station is set up in the Kiowa County Media Center's control room while an RM-702 Encore partyline remote station is installed in the audio area. Within the control room of the media center, the director collaborates with the lighting designer, technical director and the graphics operator, as well as with the audio technician and the studio floor manager. The station's mobile production trailer replicates the intercom arrangement and workflow of the media center.
"Clear-Com's intercom systems are remarkably clear and give us full communications capability for all our production needs," says Grant Neuhold, Kiowa County Media Center programming and technical producer. "More importantly, since knowledge-sharing over broadcast has become easier than ever before, we're able to connect over 3,000 citizens to the pulse of breaking news."