Another week in the life

Not much going on here…

Certainly not as much as my co-worker at WellPoint who is working out her notice period before moving to Taiwan to teach English to kindergarden-level children.  The suggestion has been made that she teach the proper usage and grammatical structure of “y’all”.  She’s resisting so far.

No, all I get are a few more grey hairs from radio…

Last weekend, it was the VCU game where the broadcast team couldn’t hear us from the studio — until I set up a Rube Goldberg scheme that fed our audio (and our backchannel) from another studio, so I had to run back and forth from the on-air studio to production whenever I had to talk back to the game broadcasters.

Tonight, it was a Richmond game that was supposed to be easier — ESPN Radio 950 (the flagship station) calls into our ISDN line with the live audio and I put it on the air.  Of course, it wasn’t that easy.  We got no audio from the ISDN box… even after three tries and one shutdown/power-on cycle.  So we switched to a device called a Matrix or Vector box — I’ve mentioned it before, it’s just a modem used to transmit audio digitally to avoid pops and cracks.  The problem is that those pops and cracks on an standard phone line cause the digital feed to stutter or stop completely.  So we wound up on Plan C.  I called ESPN 950 and had them put me on hold (thus getting their broadcast feed over the phone).  Whenever the Matrix would stop, I’d put the phone on-air (it sounded TERRIBLE) until the Matrix stablized.  What was supposed to be a simple operation — I insert 8 minutes of commercials during the game and do nothing else — became a night of regular button-pushing to keep the game on the air and no chance to get any other work done.  Bah. 🙂  We can put a space station in orbit but we can’t figure out a reliable way to feed 3 hours of audio from point A to point B.

The good news is that I haven’t broken any New Year’s resolutions.  Of course, that’s because I didn’t make any.  How are yours? 🙂


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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