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Axia Visits WREO-FM

We spoke with John Riccio, Director of Engineering at Clear Channel's Ashtabula, Ohio station cluster about his installation of an Axia digital audio snake.

Axia: John, thanks for choosing Axia for your radio stations. How many stations do you have here?

John: We have four stations. Our three FMs are Star 97.1 (WREO-FM), 102 Zoo (WZOO-FM) and Fox 107.5 (WFXJ-FM), plus AM news/talker WFUN. We serve the greater Cleveland area.

Tell us a bit about what you were looking for when you found Axia.

Well, our stations are in different, adjacent buildings, which means we must have a way to get audio from one place to the next. We have several stereo signals to carry, and for a while we did it with hard-wired analog cables. The problem with that approach was the lack of flexibility - we couldn't just add a new pair at will when we ran out of capacity. Also, there was the problem of line loss affecting sound quality. We wanted to replace the copper with a more modern solution, and we had actually looked at a few other choices when we found Axia.

Why did you choose Axia instead of one of those other solutions? 

We kept bumping into the cost. There are plenty of systems out there that would have done what we needed, but they were too expensive. Axia did the job we needed to do for about half what the other guys wanted. That was a big plus!

The more we found out about Axia, the plainer it became that we could accomplish what we wanted very simply and keep our costs reasonable.

Tell us about your Axia system.

Like I said, we have a group of signals running from one building to the next. We feed them into an Axia audio node and they're turned into IP audio. From there, the Axia gear connects to a Transition Networks media converter, which converts the Ethernet streams to a fiber-optic link. Fiber runs between the two buildings, and the process gets reversed on the receiving end. It really couldn't be much simpler.


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