A bright and airy new home for Hubbard Cincinnati

Music-heavy FM cluster gets new AoIP-based facility

Posted: September 10, 2022

This is part of a series of features taken from the free Radio World ebook “Spectacular radio studios.”

Hubbard Radio Cincinnati’s new studios are a must. Opened in August last year, they are home to FM music stations WUBE, WKRQ, WREW and WYGY as well as marketing company 2060 Digital.

Thomas Getter, who joined the cluster as director of engineering towards the end of the project, said the work involved moving from four floors in an aging shared facility to two floors of a brand new dedicated building with 12 studios, four tracking rooms and a hall with enough space for a small live show.

Former director of engineering Brett Patram spearheaded this project, working alongside Hubbard vice president of engineering Dave Garner and corporate director of facilities and security Thomas Rehkamp, ​​while Kevin Surgeon provided engineering services under contract.

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RadioDNA was the integrator. The project developer was Cushman & Wakefield, with architecture from Phoenix Architecture and general contractor from DB Solutions.

Perfection Group took care of the HVAC. STL and RF coordination was provided by Waterford Consultants. Protocol Communications provided the wiring and low voltage work.

Major technology choices include Telos Axia Element and Fusion consoles and AoIP infrastructure; custom cabinets by Studio Technology; RCS Zetta automation, supported by Dell EMC physical hardware; and EV RE20-Black pickups in every position, mounted on Yellowtec M!ka arms.

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The physical layout of rooms and cabinets was important, given that each air studio has ten 24-inch display monitors, six microphones, three Wheatstone VoxPro machines, four Telos VX handsets and control Full mic on/off at each guest position.

According to RadioDNA owner Rob Goldberg, among the many benefits of this facility, programming staff make extensive use of their new MultiCam Systems video equipment. PTZ cameras are networked, with three control points, so they can be installed in any studio; and the team programmed the system with scenes, sequences and logos. The video is also integrated into the AoIP network, so its audio appears as a source there.

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