The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

Real Radio Hosts Working Virtually: How Real Humans Work With Containerized Broadcast Systems

Originally streamed June 15, 2023 

Some radio broadcasters are anticipating their deployment of broadcast software as part or most of their virtualized studio and broadcast infrastructure. A few radio stations and radio networks have already moved to a largely virtualized infrastructure while others are beginning the process now. The virtues of virtualization have been the topic of several dozen professional presentations ranging from manufacturers’ revelations to scholarly presentations.

With several systems on-air now, it’s time to ask, “How is working with virtualized broadcast systems either different from or similar to traditional broadcast gear?”  

In this webinar, we’ll get a feel for how these virtualized broadcast systems work together, and with real humans, to make great-sounding radio shows. We’ll hear from engineers and on-air talent about their virtualized systems. And we’ll ask and answer questions about the future of broadcast infrastructure. Of course, we’ll leave room for your own questions and answers.

Your Instructor

Kirk Harnack, Senior Solutions Consultant, Telos Alliance

Kirk HarnackKirk Harnack brings 40 years of hands-on experience in broadcast engineering and education to his position as senior solutions consultant at the Telos Alliance. His expertise in putting technology to work in broadcast facilities has driven notable expansion in audio over IP, VoIP for broadcast, audio processing and other new technology adoption by content creators.

Kirk maintains an active, hands-on-role in broadcast engineering through his positions as a partner and VP-engineering of South Seas Broadcasting, Inc., Delta Radio, LLC, and Kaua’i Broadcast Partners, totaling 14 AM and FM radio stations. He is a broadcast meteorologist (WSMV, Nashville), fixed-wing private pilot, FAA Part 107 SUAS pilot and licensed General Class Amateur Radio operator (KD5FYD). He has served on the SBE Board of Directors and is program chair of SBE Chapter 103 in Nashville.

Kirk founded and hosts the internet video netcast, This Week in Radio Tech (TWiRT). The one-hour weekly video netcast features regular contributors and guests from the world of radio engineering.

SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of a webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

Registration and Pricing

This webinar will be approximately 90 minutes long. 

SBE Members: $62

MemberPlus Members FREE

Non-Members: $92

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If you have questions regarding this course, contact Cathy Orosz via email or by phone at 317-846-9000.

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