Studio Tour

The reception area features a leather couch on which you can relax while waiting. In the corner is a miniature of the "Bozeman Scout" statue by Barry Eisenach. The full-size version was donated by Sheridan Media for display on Sheridan's Grinnel Plaza. Sales offices are located through the doorway on the right. Other offices for the Program Director, Traffic Director, Sales Manager, Operations Manager and General Manager are to the left.

Continuing past the offices will take you to the break area and conference room. Click on either of the images above for a larger view. Use the navigation buttons above to proceed downstairs to the studios downstairs.

This is the KROE studio.  The computer screen on the right displays the AudioVAULT AVAir system.  The screen on the left is connected to a system that receives satellite and radar images along with other weather information.  There are four Electrovoice RE20 mics for on-air personalities.  This studio is equipped with a Telos One+One telephone hybrid system for on-air calls, along with CD, Cassette and MiniDisc capabilities.  Mic processing is provided by two Symetrix 528E voice processors.  Each of the Sheridan Media studios is equipped with a Radio Systems Millenium console on furniture built by Studio Technology
All of the Sheridan Media studios are wired with the Radio Systems StudioHub+ system.  Through the window in front you can see the KWYO studio, and the KZWY studio beyond that.  This studio also has a nice view of the Big Horn mountains.  Click on the small images above to view them full-size.

This is the KWYO studio.  The computer screen on the right displays the AudioVAULT system.  There are provisions for six mics with processing provided by two Symetrix 528E voice processors.  The KWYO studio is equipped with a Radio Systems 6-channel Millenium console on sit-down furniture built by Studio Technology.  This studio is situated between the KROE and KZWY studios with large windows between all the rooms.  This layout makes it easy for a show to originate in the talk studio and be produced from either KROE or KZWY. This studio is also used to monitor KWYO audio during the day. KWYO studio software can be seen on the screen.

This is the KZWY (Z94FM) studio.  The computer screen on the right displays the AudioVAULT AVAir system.  This room has two EV RE20 mics with processing provided by two Symetrix 528E voice processors.  Other equipment in this studio includes CD capability and a Radio Systems DI-2000 telephone hybrid.  The Z studio is equipped with a Radio Systems 12-channel Millenium console on sit-down furniture built by Studio Technology
You can see the TALK studio through the window.  In these pictures you will notice how the layout makes it easy for the board operator in KZWY to see the operators in both the TALK and KROE studios, along with a nice view outside.

This is the KYTI (93.7 FM, The Coyote) studio.  The computer screen is used to interface with the AudioVAULT system, along with SAWPro multitrack production software, as this studio is also used as our secondary production studio.  This room has two EV RE20 mics with processing provided by two Behrigner UltraVoice VX-2000 voice processors.  Other equipment in this studio includes CD, Cassette and MiniDisc capability, a Lexicon MPX-500 effects processor and a Radio Systems DI-2000 telephone hybrid.  The KYTI studio is equipped with a Radio Systems 12-channel Millenium console on stand-up furniture built by Studio Technology
The picture above shows the StudioHub panels accesible through removeable sections in the furniture.  To the right you can see what the operator sees when he's gazing out the the window and not paying attention to what's on the air.

This is our main production studio.  The computer screen is used to interface with the AudioVAULT system, along with multitrack production software.  This room has two Behrigner B-1 mics with processing provided by two Behrigner UltraVoice VX-2000 voice processors.  Other equipment in this studio includes CD, Cassette, Reel-to-Reel and MiniDisc capability, a Lexicon MPX-500 effects processor, DG Systems remote playback terminal, wireless internet access for transferring mp3 files, and a Radio Systems DI-2000 telephone hybrid. 
The PROD studio is equipped with a Radio Systems 12-channel Millenium console on sit-down furniture built by Studio Technology.  The picture on the bottom right shows some of the rack-mounted gear installed in the furniture.

This is the news room.  The computer screen is used to interface with the AudioVAULT system, along with multitrack production software.  This room has two EV RE20 mics with processing provided by a Symetrix 528E voice processor.  Other equipment in this studio includes CD, Cassette and MiniDisc capability.  The NEWS studio is equipped with a Radio Systems 12-channel Millenium console on sit-down furniture built by Studio Technology.

This is the Technical Operations Center (or "rack room").  While the people in the studios are the heart of the operation, this room is the brain.  Everything you hear on the air passes through this room, sometimes several times, before it leaves on its way to your radio.
There are 20 Windows-based computers in this room along with three Linux machines. These run software for the six studios, portions of our web site receive news through an Associated Press satellite receiver, as well as provide encoding for our HD Radio channels.  StarGuide and XDS digital satellite receivers bring in audio from Westwood One music formats along with CBS, ABC, and Premiere radio network programming, while an Avcom receiver obtains programming from the Northern Broadcasting System.
A Studio Hub patch panel allows instant rerouting of audio from one station to another.  A set of custom-made silence monitors listens for dead air, and also provide automatic switching of audio to a backup source in the event of loss of audio from a computer.
Other equipment in here includes: Omnia 3 FM, Inovonics 235 AM and 255 FM audio processors, a TFT 911 EAS system, Broadcast Tools 8x2 switcher for recording network programming, a Belkin KVM switch allowing push-button access to and control of any of the PCs, three Marti receivers, a Broadcast Electronics 500 watt backup AM transmitter, Sine remote facilities controller, modulation monitors, and lots of other goodies and gadjets.
Two Energy Onix STL-1 transmitters send the processed output for the two FM stations up to our FM transmitter site, and four Inovonics modulation monitors send that signal back into the studios so the DJ on duty will know immediately if there is a problem anywhere along the audio chain.
On the wall behind the racks are the Studio Hub panels for each room.  The large yellow cables contain bundles of Cat-5 cabling that is used to bring audio and digital data to and from each of the rooms.  Each of these cables is connected to a Studio Hub where a standard Cat-5 patch cable is used to connect to the source gear.  Both analog and digital information (and power for pre-amps) is sent through these hubs, including all sound entering and leaving the studios, as well as video and mouse / keyboard communication from the studio terminals to the rack-mounted PCs.  High-speed internet data from our wireless antenna outside is also carried on the Studio Hub system from the radio to the rack room, where it is sent to a standard 100Base-T LAN switch.