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Understanding The Technical Transition At Boise State Public Radio

Emilie Ritter Saunders
Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated on March 31, 2014

As we've detailed here, Boise State Public Radio is in the midst of moving into our new broadcast facility. The move isn't just a physical one, it's also a transition from analog to digital radio. The moves, both physical and technological, have created intermittent audio dropouts across the Boise State Public Radio network. Our engineers are aware of the disruptions, and we're moving closer to a permanent fix.

Both transitions began mid-March. Today, we still have analog equipment operating some aspects of our service at the old facility, while new digital radio gear has taken over other portions of Boise State Public Radio from the new broadcast center. Audio data from the two sets of gear still have to communicate, from our old facility to the new, in order to provide a seamless listening experience. The dropouts happen when that content bottlenecks.

Boise State Public Radio's engineers, in working with our technical partners and network providers, believe the dropouts will be fixed once the transition from analog to digital and old building to new broadcast center are complete.

This transition has been challenging for everyone at Boise State Public Radio. We share your frustration, and sincerely appreciate your understanding as we make necessary upgrades to the service you rely on.

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio
This is one of Boise State Public Radio's new production studios, which is in the process of being set up.

This post was updated on Mar. 19, 5:30 p.m.

You may have noticed periodic outages across the Boise State Public Radio network over the last several days. Our engineers are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

The intermittent outages are directly related to the radio station move that's currently underway.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio
Until Mar. 10, 2014, this was Boise State Public Radio's master control studio. Its equipment is gone and headed to the new facility!

Original Post on March 10, 2014

Boise State Public Radio is undergoing a major transformation this week. Our engineers are moving the entire radio station into a new broadcast facility. It's a big undertaking, to say the least.

Our goal is to keep our main fm stations on the air throughout this entire transition, even though we don't have duplicate sets of operating equipment. So far, we've succeeded.

However, you may notice outages or changes in signal strength to some of our HD stations.

We're thrilled to move into a new, modern broadcast facility. Thank you for your patience as we make this exciting transition.