Southfield, MI (May 18, 2016)—An ENCO DAD radio automation and control system is enabling WJCT-FM 89.9 FM, a National Public Radio (NPR) station serving Jacksonville, to better serve its listeners across Florida’s First Coast.
Just as the station’s previous automation system reached its end-of-life, WJCT received a State Grant through the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network that funded a facility upgrade, including the radio automation system and networking infrastructure. “The grant enabled us to shore up our station operations to ensure that we can remain on the air in the event of natural disasters and public emergencies,” said Alan Rhodes, broadcast technician for WJCT-FM. “We chose ENCO’s DAD automation system primarily for its reputation for reliability, and since installing the system, there hasn’t been a single performance issue. It’s been 100 percent reliable in delivering our audio programs accurately and on-time.”
WJCT currently uses four DAD automation computers, three dedicated to the on-air operation and one as a backup system. Based on a Myers ProTrack traffic log, the DAD system automatically plays out all terrestrial and online stations, including the main NPR FM signal on HD1, Classical 24 music on HD2 and Music of Your Life easy listening on HD3, plus three internet streams. WJCT also airs a Radio Reading Service for the Blind on SCA1 and a FEMA emergency information service on SCA2.
Most often, the DAD systems play out live NPR network shows. However, during morning and afternoon drive-times, the station takes the reins from DAD to switch their own live programs.