(L-R) Students Andrew Brown, operations manager, and Harrison Parker, administrative assistant, with Ronald Wittebols, assistant station manager and technical director.
Southfield, MI (January 5, 2015)—WBFH-FM “The Biff,” broadcasting from Bloomfield Hills High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI, has integrated ENCO DAD radio automation into its on-air and production workflow.
Assistant manager/technical director Ron Wittebols wanted an automation system that was simple enough for students but still able to support a professional broadcast operation. “I have always been interested in the operations aspect of radio, especially in relation to operating with greater efficiency,” said Wittebols. “We needed something that was simple graphically to streamline our educational process, but powerful internally. We can teach the basics of ENCO DAD and have elementary, middle school and high school students running it within 10 minutes. Yet, DAD offers a very rich and immersive platform that every user can continually learn from. We continually discover new things we can do with the system.”
“The Biff,” voted Best High School Radio Station in the Nation two years running by the annual John Drury High School Radio Awards, is a four-studio, 360W station that doubles as a 24/7 community broadcast outlet and a curriculum-based program where students can learn about on-air radio.
While students broadcast most of the shows from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, Wittebols also occasionally takes the on-air reins. On weekends, he remotely connects to the studio from his home, recording and uploading shows to DAD for later playout using the system’s Dropbox utility.
“I record a three-hour broadcast every Sunday with several co-hosts, and then transfer the mp3 file over a network connection to ENCO,” said Wittebols. “The Dropbox utility seamlessly transfers the file to the automation schedule, which is programmed to broadcast the show from 9pm to midnight. This is just one of the advanced features of DAD that we benefit from at Biff Radio, and we’re amazed at how many layers and features there are to the system.”