Radio Mayak: Real Russia

I have been following a video blog called “Real Russia” which has the stated goal of portraying life in Russia “as is, no BS.” This is a quick video of Radio Mayak, a state owned/run radio network in Russia. The network originates from Moscow but has a local morning show in various cities. This video was taken in Ufa (Уфа), which is the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan. It is a little beyond this blog post to describe the political divisions of Russia, if interested, one can wander around in Wikipedia and figure it out.

According to video host Sergey Baklykov, Radio Mayak has been on the air since the USSR days, which explains the very cool (and retro) interval music played at the end of the video.

My take away; radio is radio. Morning show personalities appear to be universal.  Radio studios have missing ceiling tiles and wiring hanging down no matter what country they are in (excepting perhaps Germany, but maybe there too).  Except for the language spoken, this could have been any radio station in any city in the country.

New Studio Pictures

This is from several years ago. We rebuilt the WBPM studio using a reconditioned AudioArts R-60 console.  WBPM is licensed to Saugerties (Saw-ger-tees), NY, however the studio is located in Fishkill, NY some 50 miles away.  As such, the air signal is not listenable at the studio and off air monitoring is done via the T-1 STL line.  I am sure that this is what the FCC had in mind when they wrote the Main Studio rules.

WBPM, Saugerties NY air studio
WBPM, Saugerties NY air studio

The studio is a fairly small setup, but functional.  It is located with co-owed Pamal stations WSPK and WHUD.

WBPM Saugerties NY
WBPM Saugerties NY
WBPM studio
WBPM studio

I always try to get several pictures of the studio before it gets turned over to the DJs.  Come back the next day and it will look like this:

WBPM Kingston, NY
WBPM Kingston, NY

The Telos NX-12 Talkshow phone system

I have worked with my Telos telephone interfaces in various studios. They are well designed and intuitively designed pieces of equipment. The Telos NX-12 is no different.  The first thing different about this telephone system is the web interface.  I have commented before on this; eventually all broadcast equipment will have some type of http interface.  For configuration and monitoring, it makes life much simpler.

Telos’ NX-12 web interface allows the users to define phone lines, call directors and studios:

Telos NX-12 http interface
Telos NX-12 http interface

The NX-12 itself is just a box residing in the rack room.  This is where all of the pots lines or the PRI-ISDN line is installed, firewire, network interface, etc.

The studio end is the call director, which is connected to the NX-12 by a cat 5 cable.  There can be up to four call directors per NX-12.

The nice thing about the NX-12 is that the hybrid can be split into completely separate units, thus one NX-12 can be used for two separate stations, each with up to six lines.  Splitting the hybrid thus requires the use of Firewire or the unit must have an AES card.

This particular unit was installed at WFAS-AM/FM in White Plains, NY.