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KISS FM Outfits New Facility

Lawo gear was installed in this Rwanda station’s new studio facility.

Rwanda (April 30, 2019)—Rwanda’s KISS FM has moved into a new building in Kigali, breaking new ground with the country’s first use of IP radio broadcasting technology—from Lawo—in their brand-new studios.

Instead of conventional mixing consoles, operators are using large-sized touchscreens with Lawo Relay VRX software. Operators can build an entire broadcast studio on a single touchscreen PC in a virtualized environment, using Relay Virtual Radio Mixer software on the same PC that hosts the playout system, software codecs, streaming encoders and other studio functionality.

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KISS FM’s managing director, John Wilkins, remarked, “We are the first station in Rwanda to use IP technology for broadcast. Touchscreen mixing is a huge advantage because it’s so easy to learn and use. Today’s radio hosts are used to touchscreen phones and tablets, so they love our new Relay touchscreen mixer. And in the field, a computer with Relay and a 4G telephone connection makes it possible to originate high-quality remote broadcasts with much less equipment and very little setup time.”

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He continues, “Our presenters have all social media platforms and Skype on the touchscreen so at the touch of an on-screen button they can interact with the huge KISS FM community online who are invited to shape our programs.”

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