Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation) has awarded Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH as general contractor the contract to build a new radio station for young people.
The new station for young people has a tri-medial approach, which means that content can be produced not only for a linear radio channel, but also for time-independent use via downloads.
Before the renewing the radio channel broadcasted via digital radio and medium wave. The station is subsequently called ‘on3radio’. The ‘on3radio’ programmes are only available as a live stream online since it is possible to call up audio and video reports on demand.
The contract was for a broadcast studio, a production studio for audio and video reports and a multimedia studio together with the associated control rooms. The continuity studio and the stage area (live studio) for performances by bands / groups in front of a live audience are allocated to a pre-production control room.
Besides the studio complex, 25 multimedia editing positions were equipped and a service area created.
MCI’s responsibilities included integrating the network infrastructure as no difference was made between an independent IT, radio and multimedia network. Besides the HP servers and workstations, there were some additional audio and video post-processing positions deploying Apple software where Final Cut and Pro Tools were used. The control rooms were equipped with Lawo Zirkon mixers. Bayerischer Rundfunk decided to take a Lawo Nova17 (maximum of 384 x 384 ins/outs) routing switcher for switching all audio signals. The company D.A.V.I.D. supplied the playout services, editorial system and jingle player which were tested and pre-installed in a software laboratory specially set up for this purpose.
All the servers were installed in 19-inch, water-cooled Rittal cabinets and operated via the newly developed Guntermann and Drunck KVM matrix CATCenter X16 (maximum of 16 consoles and 64 computers).
Installation work began in June 2008. The station for young people broadcasted from its new production and broadcast complex at the end of 2008 / beginning of 2009.