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For those of you in the southwest central part of Wyoming, about 6 stations are all you can hear, with a regular radio. You are about to take a tour of a building that broadcasts three of those 6. This, is the studio for KUGR, KYCS and KFRZ. We also have some more pictures of the KUGR tower's base. Come along, it wont take long...
The first thing you see when you come to the studio located on 40 Shoshone in Green River would of course be the lobby. Our awards for best station are just off the right side of the picture. Towards the rear part of the lobby sits the person who works on the website (theradionetwork.net) and various other things. If you were to walk back to the right you would see the room where the studio logs get created and this is how we program the computers almost every day.
Continue heading to the east and you'll find the sales office...
Here is where all of the revenue for the station comes from. This is also where the paper work for comercials and other things is handled. We have about 5 sales staff I think.
Now let's go see the studios!
The first studio you would come across after passing the "head hancho's office" would be KYCS 95.1 Sweetwater County's best hits best variety station. (HERE IS A SPOILER) KYCS is run off of the ABC radio network meaning we don't have any hosts that do any live on air work except news. The main format seems to be current hits as well as retro. The computer on the left is the AP newsdesk receiver(see sat dishes later). Then we have the main board for all audio, (a McMartin 1082) followed by another computer which is operating the main controls. The software that does this is called Digilink III made by Arakis Systems. Continuing to the right we have a tape player and a very old reel to reel. KYCS is where most of the comercials and things are recorded and then transfered to the other two computers.
Here is our baby, KUGR 1490. This station is the oldest in the group, 25 years to be exact. From left to right is where we'll start. The two computers farthest left are the AP(top) and the internet/desktop computer(bottom). The AP is mostly used in here for weather, sports and occasionally news. The internet is where we recieve our studio mail and send spots back and forth between KRKK/KQSW/KSIT etc. This computer is also a good outlet when there is nothing to do (this page was created on that computer). Next we see the main board, a mono McMartin 1081 with about a dozen switches for different sources. Left to right they are Mic 1, the main mic. Mic 2, the news and show mics off camera. Computer audio and the CD player on the left. The Main and Satellite(Soft AC program) pot. Westwood One and the second CD player. Production audio and the Art Bell pot. Next is the KFRZ air monitor and the Northern Ag Network. And last but not least is the phone audio, cassette tape, KYCS audio, and the CBS network...Geez!
You can also see that this one is a Digilink system as well and we have a cassette player in here too.
KUGR Broadcasts a variety of programming. We have about 2300 or so songs to choose from on about 12 CD players (off camera) as well as the ABC soft AC network music. We also have talk radio in the evening. Let's continue to the freeze shall we...
KFRZ 92.1 FM "Cool Country." This studio is like KYCS. It runs off satellite radio on the Jones radio network. All of our news is taken care of by two people in this studio as well. The computer to the left is the AP/Internet computer which does much the same as both of the computers in KUGR. The board is much different seeing as how KFRZ is only 4 years old. It is a Dynamix MX series with several pots for every thing we have. This Digilink computer in here is the same as the computer in KYCS. There is a shortcut audio editor and another cassette tape in here as well.
Next we have the KUGR EQ.
Starting once again to the left we have the Digilink computer (II) and below it is the StarGuide system which keeps the regular programming (the AC network) running as well as CBS news. There are other switchers for other things we will see later. On the right side of the rack starting at the top is where the EAS Receiver should be (it was broken when this pic. was taken) followed by the Air Monitor which controls the power at the antenna and modulation. Below that is our weather radio(which u can't see).
KFRZ's Eq is much newer.
Starting from the left (again) is the Digilink (III) computer and below it is the Jones Radio Network receiver (see sat dishes later). On the right side is the tower data controller(bottom) followed by the modulation control.
We'll start at the right side of the rack (the closest to us). At the top is another StarGuide System that brings us everything from emergency news to Jim Bohannon to Larry King Live. Below that is another SG switcher mainly used for Coast to Coast AM. At the bottom is a very old sat. receiver put out of service years ago.
Now that we can see the other side, lets find out what it has... From the top, there is a compressor/limiter for KUGR, followed by KUGR's Power controls that shows either 1kw or 250 watts. In this picture it is showing 1Kw. The station is only on 250 watts when the transmitter starts acting up due to static electricity. Every time a storm comes through, we have to lower the power to keep the station on GRR!! After the amp is the EAS audio splitter (so we can have the EAS on all three stations.) And finally, there is yet another compressor/limiter with a band pass filter in it. Now lets head down stairs to see the tx control eq.
The eq on these racks controls all aspects of broadcast for KFRZ/KUGR and KYCS. There are power controls, audio level meters and everything else you'd expect from this type of eq.
Continue on to see the sat. dishes as well as some new pictures from KUGR's Base.