“Morning Shows From Anywhere Was Hope”

Posted: August 8, 2022

In August 3 issue of Radio Worldthe Buyer’s Guide section focuses on audio transport, including codecs and STLs.

Barry Mandziak is responsible for six stations in his role as technical supervisor of operations for Pattison Media on North Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

“During the pandemic, our office buildings and studios in Nanaimo, Courtenay and Port Alberni emptied out, and we had to immediately increase our remote broadcast capabilities to support advertisers and producers working from home in remote studios” , Mandziak said.

“We only had four Tieline-IT Bridge units and were hosting six shows,” he continued. “We bought a Tieline Gateway eight-channel IP codec that would be wired into our Nanaimo studio. This would serve our four morning shows and all remote cuts. Morning shows from anywhere were the hope.

Gateway 8 provided the ability to completely eliminate copper ISDN lines and rely on Gateway 8 connected over fiber to Bridge-IT codecs.

“We also use the Report-IT Enterprise App largely over cellular connections for remote broadcasts and cuts.

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Gateway 8 serves two Parksville stations, CHPQ(FM) and CIBH(FM), as well as CHWF(FM) and CKWV(FM), both from Nanaimo. It is connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on two stations.

“We’ve never had any dropouts or audio issues,” Mandziak said. “We now do morning shows remotely from advertisers’ homes and other locations that often change daily. We also connect to the gateway for remote controls and voice tracking. If someone gets sick, they can easily broadcast from home using the Report-IT app as their codec and transport.

The upgrade allowed the stations to get rid of all their copper ISDN links and increase their capacity and flexibility. Mandziak said the cost savings from ditching ISDN and broadcast loops were significant.