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March 24, 2020 3:57 pm  #31


Re: Hosts working from home

Radiowiz wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Speaking of hosts working from home, what happened to Anwar Knight?

He's on today doing Noon Weather...outside in the woods...walking his dog. A very beautiful 9 year old Golden Retriever.
 

Two-metre leash, I hope...

 

March 24, 2020 5:41 pm  #32


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Terrible problems again on Alex Pierson's 640 show at 6:30. Or rather, not at 6:30. As I type this, it's now been almost 10 minutes and the program began with two minutes of dead air, followed by at least 8 minutes of generic Global theme music. CHML, which also carries the show, has since gone to alternate programming. 

At 6:39 PM, 640 went to a traffic report several minutes early, followed by spots, as they undoubtedly work on whatever went wrong. I would hate to be in the control room while this is going on. (Been there, done that! It's a horrible and helpless feeling, with every second of dead air feeling like an hour.) 

[Edit: 6:44 PM: They're back, with what I'm almost positive is a reroll. How do I know? It's the first time there's been a show in two weeks where they're NOT talking about COVID-19. No way that's live. This is the first of the remote shows I've heard on any radio station that's been screwed up this badly. But I'm not surprised. Given how many remotes and codecs they're all juggling, it was inevitable that something serious would inevitably go wrong.]

[Edit 2: She's back on live at 7:05 PM, admitting her equipment got "corona-ed." But it's the same terrible audio that happened the very first night they tried the remote from her home, a tinny sound that's not much better than a phone line.] 

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March 25, 2020 12:17 pm  #33


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Moose FM (Haliburton) morning show host is broadcasting from his basement.

Meanwhile, in a slightly larger market, a peek at John Moore's base of operations for CFRB mornings, from his Twitter feed.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ETYb5OOXkAA-TVC?format=jpg&name=large

 

March 25, 2020 12:53 pm  #34


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Wonderful picture of John Moore and his new doggie friend.

 

March 25, 2020 2:30 pm  #35


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Great picture, RadioActive. I heard John mention he'd been posting pictures of the "Newstalk 1010 Deer Park Studio" on his Twitter feed and checked it out. As a bit of a tech geek, I appreciated this picture taken out his window which showed his mixing board which is obscured in the above photo.

John already had more of a permanent "home studio" setup in place from his voiceover work. I know Jerry Agar posted a picture of his setup on a table and Ryan Doyle commented his setup is in the corner of his bedroom.

https://tinyurl.com/sq9337z

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March 25, 2020 5:39 pm  #36


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Hi from my little space on the west coast - I can dial into the Corus Network studio and fire off all my own audio and music clips.. I can see the caller board and use burli. Strange days indeed -- https://i.ibb.co/pzvNY2c/Screen-Shot-2020-03-25-at-3-36-24-PM.png

 

March 25, 2020 6:13 pm  #37


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Thanks for the pic. I love seeing some of these home hook-ups. Hard to imagine that just a few decades ago, almost none of this would have been remotely (you should pardon the expression) possible. I wonder what radio stations would have done then?

Here's NT1010's Jerry Agar's set-up: (Good thing he stands during his show. That chair doesn't look very comfortable.)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ETY2VvsWAAIE97K?format=jpg&name=large

 

March 25, 2020 6:42 pm  #38


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Moore's set up is great!

 

March 25, 2020 10:07 pm  #39


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I believe this afternoon during the afternoon drive show The Rush on Newstalk 1010 I heard Jay Michaels speaking about the changes in his family with a couple of job losses due to covid19, and that he's either thinking of, or is "picking up stakes" and moving everyone home to the east coast. I was in the middle of something so couldn't listen closely, or to what he said after that. Would Jay be able to pull a Drex and broadcast on 1010 from Fishtown (I call it that with affection having gone to university there) Did anybody else on the big yellow board hear Jay speak about this? It was around the time Doug Ford was first on with them...

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March 26, 2020 12:39 am  #40


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"Life without echo is really no life at all." - Dan Ingram
 

March 26, 2020 2:11 am  #41


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betaylored wrote:

Would Jay be able to pull a Drex and broadcast on 1010 from Fishtown (I call it that with affection having gone to university there) Did anybody else on the big yellow board hear Jay speak about this?

Yes, you heard correctly (and funny enough, the reroll is airing as I write this). Jay and family are moving out to the East Coast, to the house he already owns out there, and will continue do the show remotely with Ryan from there instead of his "about 11 minutes away from Ryan" Toronto residence. He also spoke about putting items in a storage locker, etc.  Jay indicated he'll fly back to Toronto as soon as him and Ryan are permitted to be in-studio together again.

 

March 26, 2020 2:08 pm  #42


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It's not just working from home that's going on. It's also working elsewhere.

I just heard CFRB News Director Kym Geddes doing the 3 PM cast - on sister station CKTB in St. Catharines.

The game of musical chairs continues

 

March 26, 2020 10:25 pm  #43


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Thanks RadioActive, Jay will also have to take the one hour time difference into account when he moves back temporarily to Halifax.

Most of the radio hosts seem to have adjusted fairly well to the remote aspect of quarentine broadcasting. They're the blanket brigade, sometimes sitting under the sound dampening material during those times the kids or pets are making noise in the next room. At am640 Stafford at the studio and Supriya (under the blanket) have worked out a good way of passing control of the conversation during a guest interview back and forth, and over on Newstalk John Moore and Robert Turner are back to the usual quips.

Toronto radio is doing a wonderful job being part of the familiar fabric that helps us navigate through these days, it can't be easy but the hosts seem to know that people are tuning in even more than ever for distraction and information, and the sound of another human voice.

Any day now somebody is going to do a hey it rhymes promo "1010 radio, your official isolation station!" In fact I could have sworn I heard something exactly like that air once at the beginning of this past week, I had either Newstalk or am640 on. But I must have imagined it right? I can't decide if the promo worded like that was/would be cheeky and comforting, or odd and opportunistic.

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March 26, 2020 10:44 pm  #44


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I can confirm that among the promos running on RB, one of them contains the tag line "your isolation station." I also thought it was a bit eyebrow raising but they're using it anyway.

 

March 27, 2020 12:54 am  #45


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RadioActive wrote:

I can confirm that among the promos running on RB, one of them contains the tag line "your isolation station." I also thought it was a bit eyebrow raising but they're using it anyway.

Wowza, thanks a second time RA, at this rate I wouldn't be surprised if someone suggested an Iggynoramus quarentine tagline for this forum: "the big yellow board for the bored!"

Stay safe everyone.😁

 

March 27, 2020 2:49 am  #46


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Let's keep the home studio pics coming! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/smile.png
 Here's mine... been working from here for about a week now, instead of taking up space at our flagship station.  Almost all of my work (production, tech, programming assistance etc.) can be done from this spot, and I can remote into any of our stations' automation machines to upload audio, tweak playlists and more.  Can't go live from here, at least not yet...

https://i.ibb.co/BBdS7xb/Forward-Power-Home-Studio-Mar2020.jpg

 

March 27, 2020 10:46 am  #47


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My friend works for the Canadian Press, and all their radio newscasters are now doing their national casts from home. Here's his set up in his dining room in downtown Toronto. The excess pillows were put up to cut down on the echo, because his ceilings are 10 feet high and the newscasts aren't supposed to have reverb!

https://i.ibb.co/rHgDqBx/rw.jpg
 

 

March 27, 2020 12:27 pm  #48


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Forward Power wrote:

Let's keep the home studio pics coming! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/smile.png
 Here's mine... been working from here for about a week now, instead of taking up space at our flagship station.  Almost all of my work (production, tech, programming assistance etc.) can be done from this spot, and I can remote into any of our stations' automation machines to upload audio, tweak playlists and more.  Can't go live from here, at least not yet...

https://i.ibb.co/BBdS7xb/Forward-Power-Home-Studio-Mar2020.jpg

IBM Model M keyboard! Classic! I love it! I use one every day. I have eight in my collection.

 

March 30, 2020 6:53 pm  #49


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This isn't a local station, but personalities from legendary radio station WGN Chicago are now broadcasting from home. The pic below belongs to afternoon drive guy Roe Conn, and what a set-up! (If you're interested, you can see what other staffers are using here.)

https://wgnradio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/Roe-Conn.jpg?resize=1024,768

 

April 1, 2020 9:21 am  #50


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It finally happened, and I'm frankly surprised it took this long. A remote broadcast from a host's home resulted in more than half an hour of dead air on a GTA radio station. It happened on old favourite CKNT, aka Sauga960 AM, right in the middle of the Marc Patrone show. 

Oddly, he was right in the middle of a major rant about how the government was buying off the media with its grants, when the signal went dead at 9:30 in the morning. (A conspiracy theorist would say the timing wasn't coincidental! The more practical among us would say it was just a dead line.) The station remained on air with carrier current, but no emergency back-up kicked in and I can only conclude they may not have one.  

I got interested in what he had to say because I'm always attuned when anyone talks about the media. But he also launched into a mini-diatribe about his time as a CRTC commissioner - something I definitely would have liked to hear. 

Still, other than a few audio artifacts and the more-than-occasional echo during some phone interviews, it's gone fairly smoothly at just about all the other radio outlets in town. You can only wonder what might have been had this taken place sometime in the 70s or 80s, when there was no Internet and doing a remote was both expensive and required major hookups. I'm guessing some stations might have been forced off the air altogether.

We live in amazing broadcast times, when a simple laptop can virtually double as a radio station. Pretty incredible overall.

 

April 2, 2020 8:30 am  #51


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I love seeing the set-ups for some broadcasters forced to work from home in less than ideal conditions. In the pics below, an on-air voice for KCBS San Francisco couldn't get the echo out of her makeshift studio, so she improvised with some blankets and a bedspread.

Another staffer was forced to broadcast out of his car for a day, until they could cook something up in a back bedroom. Note the sound dampening pillows in the driver's seat.

See the story on the KCBS site here.

https://images.radio.com/kcbsam/IMG_5457_1.jpeg?width=775&height=&crop=4032:3024,smart

https://images.radio.com/kcbsam/IMG_2335.JPG?width=775&height=&crop=971:1295,smart

 

April 2, 2020 9:10 am  #52


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RadioActive wrote:

This isn't a local station, but personalities from legendary radio station WGN Chicago are now broadcasting from home. The pic below belongs to afternoon drive guy Roe Conn, and what a set-up! (If you're interested, you can see what other staffers are using here.)

https://wgnradio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/Roe-Conn.jpg?resize=1024,768

Now this is my idea of a home studio.  A real at-home control room ....yum.  Is that an analog board console?  All I need is a transmitter out of my apartment window ....lol


Cheers,
Jody Thornton
 
 

April 2, 2020 9:26 am  #53


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Yes, quite a nice setup.  I get the feeling that Roe Conn at WGN does his show from home most of the time.
It looks like his home studio has been around for quite a while.

 

April 12, 2020 9:07 am  #54


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The article shows how some CBC show hosts are working from home. It's an inconvenience in radio, but proves far more problematic for TV. Which is why I was surprised to see the producer of The National demonstrating in a video how she manages to do the show - including seeing the entire control room video wall - from her basement. 

A peek behind the curtain: How CBC staff are covering the pandemic

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5520977.1585937348!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/4x3_1180/national-kate-scroggins.jpg

 

April 15, 2020 1:53 am  #55


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Now that the at home hosts, (except for Mike Stafford of course) and the board ops at the actual radio stations have been doing this for a while, it would be great if the sound levels could be stabilized somewhat.

There's a noticable volume jump when hosts at home throw it back to the station for spots and news. The Rush afternoon drive show on Newstalk 1010 was off the charts wacky yesterday, and constantly turning the volume up cause you can't hear the hosts, and then leaping out of the chair at the loudness of the station end of things gets tiring.

 

April 15, 2020 8:55 am  #56


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Ms. C. wrote:

Conrad Black called from the Bridle Path to chat w. John Oakley but his line went down during a good part. Don't you hate when that happens?   

With Conrad Black? No.

 

 

April 15, 2020 9:01 am  #57


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RadioActive wrote:

Is there some kind of a backup generator that runs the equipment or would they suddenly just vanish?

My computers, etc. all operate through uninterruptible power supplies. They keep things humming along for the 10 seconds it takes for the natural gas generator to automatically fire up. During the big ice storm, it ran for 54 hours straight while we cooked dinner for neighbours and entertained them with movies on the big screen. Ah, technology in dangerous times. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cheerful.png


This 12,000 watt unit runs the whole house, including central air...
https://i.ibb.co/WVHfHBV/IMG-7500.jpg

 

 

April 15, 2020 1:45 pm  #58


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My boy, M. Stafford mentioned a post today about hosts working from home.

Good evening, Michael.  

 

April 16, 2020 8:05 pm  #59


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Dial Twister wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Is there some kind of a backup generator that runs the equipment or would they suddenly just vanish?

My computers, etc. all operate through uninterruptible power supplies. They keep things humming along for the 10 seconds it takes for the natural gas generator to automatically fire up. During the big ice storm, it ran for 54 hours straight while we cooked dinner for neighbours and entertained them with movies on the big screen. Ah, technology in dangerous times. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cheerful.png


This 12,000 watt unit runs the whole house, including central air...
https://i.ibb.co/WVHfHBV/IMG-7500.jpg

 

I would love to have one of those but I hear they're incredibly expensive. If you don't mind, what was the price range for that unit, does it power the entire house and furnace and how long could it last if the hydro stayed out for days (as in the ice storm a few years back?) 

 

April 16, 2020 8:48 pm  #60


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RadioActive wrote:

Dial Twister wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

Is there some kind of a backup generator that runs the equipment or would they suddenly just vanish?

My computers, etc. all operate through uninterruptible power supplies. They keep things humming along for the 10 seconds it takes for the natural gas generator to automatically fire up. During the big ice storm, it ran for 54 hours straight while we cooked dinner for neighbours and entertained them with movies on the big screen. Ah, technology in dangerous times. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cheerful.png


This 12,000 watt unit runs the whole house, including central air.

 

I would love to have one of those but I hear they're incredibly expensive. If you don't mind, what was the price range for that unit, does it power the entire house and furnace and how long could it last if the hydro stayed out for days (as in the ice storm a few years back?) 

I believe you'll find everything but the financial answer in my post above...see RED.

As for the cost, I acted as my own general contractor, prepared and laid out the gravel pad, dug the trench from the house to the generator, ran the wires and gas line, installed the automatic transfer switch and simply hired an electrician and a gas fitter to make the final connections. All told, it came in at well under $4,000 - about 8 years ago. One of the smartest things I've done. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png
 
Oh, and as long as natural gas is coming down the street, it'll keep running. Like I said above, during the big ice storm, it ran non-stop for 54 hours.

P.S. Can be easily adapted to run on propane too.