Emphasis on design for small-to-medium market broadcasters, plus scalability and features for the visually impaired, makes NetWave™ the perfect choice for NTRB
CINCINNATI, November 13, 2006 - Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) today announced that North Texas Radio for the Blind (NTRB), a service of Reading and Radio Resource of Dallas, has taken delivery of three Harris® NetWave™ digital on-air consoles. The installation allows the reading service to streamline operations by replacing obsolete analog consoles from different manufacturers. The upgrade was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Studio renovations were completed by Broadcast Works Inc., of Tyler, Texas.
“Many of the digital audio consoles on the market are designed for major market broadcasters and have a lot of extra features we don‘t need,” said Steve Cumming, station manager for NTRB. “Harris has done their homework and designed a digital console that is perfect for medium, small and college broadcasters.”
Cumming cites features such as modular construction, and the ability to easily expand the consoles from eight to 24 channels and add networking in the future among reasons for the selection. He noted the large bar graph VU meters as an added bonus for NTRB, as they are much easier for visually-impaired board operators to see than traditional VU meters or LED displays.
Founded in 1976, NTRB has grown to serve an active audience of more than 3,000 listeners. Broadcast over a subcarrier of 100,000-watt Dallas NPR affiliate KERA-FM, the signal covers a radius of 50 miles from the Cedar Hill towers. Although NTRB moved into a new building three years ago, a limited budget did not permit an equipment upgrade at that time. The award of the grant from the Department of Commerce set the console decision-making and purchase process in motion.
Cumming explained that the reputation of the Harris and Pacific Recorders & Engineering (PR&E) product lines was one of two reasons that NTRB selected Harris for its console upgrade. A veteran broadcaster since 1967, Cumming had long been familiar with both companies. “Harris equipment runs for years, and PR&E consoles have always been workhorses. I was pleased to learn that Harris maintained the same commitment to quality when they purchased the company.”
Another reason cited by Cumming was the outstanding support he received from the Harris sales and technical staff. “At the annual International Association of Audio Information Services convention in San Diego, Hal Kneller from Harris told me about the NetWave console, which was then in development. Hal took me to the Harris Pacific design center just north of San Diego where I met the engineers who were responsible for the design, and they showed me the working prototype. I was impressed with the amount of thought and planning that went into the creation of this equipment. Harris went all out to answer my questions and demonstrate the capabilities of the NetWave console.”
NetWave digital on-air consoles (NetWave-8, NetWave-16 and NetWave-24) are the most affordable, full-featured, stand-alone console solutions yet from Harris. The design of NetWave™ as a standalone console brings flexibility to broadcasters who may wish to upgrade to a networked studio audio system in the future.
NetWave™, as other consoles in the Harris PR&E family, can be VistaMax™ “activated” to facilitate the sharing of on-air and production sources across multiple studios. The NetWave console with VistaMax™ activation permits further convenience, as any Dual Fader module can be upgraded to have dynamic, dial-up selection of network sources -- features previously unavailable on lower-priced consoles..
“Harris is pleased to announce the installation of three of its new NetWave digital on-air consoles at North Texas Radio for the Blind,” said Debra Huttenburg, vice president and general manager of Harris Broadcast Communications Division‘s Radio Broadcast Systems business unit. “The modular design of these consoles allows users to make an initial purchase at a very affordable price point, and increase functionality as their requirements grow.”
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