Harris Corporation Will Provide Turnkey Networked Audio and Console System to Jefferson-Pilot Denver
Harris PR&E® VistaMax™ and RMXdigital™ will be at center of operation that centralizes five radio stations in one new facility
CINCINNATI, December 19, 2005 — Harris Corporation’s (NYSE: HRS) Broadcast Communications Division today announced that Jefferson-Pilot Denver, owner of five top regional radio stations (KYGO-FM, KQKS-FM, KJCD-FM, KKFN-AM, and KCKK-AM), has purchased a turnkey Harris radio studio systems package featuring a Harris PR&E VistaMax™ networked audio management system with 18 Harris PR&E digital consoles. Harris PR&E SmoothLine® cabinetry will be provided for all the studios along with all studio, facility infrastructure and operations center wiring; as well as all of the facility engineering, design and integration services. Jefferson-Pilot Communications radio stations in Atlanta, San Diego, Miami and Charlotte, N.C. also have installed Harris digital consoles and furniture/cabinetry in recent years.
Jefferson-Pilot Denver is relocating its five stations into an existing office building in Denver. The move will allow the broadcaster to unite KCKK-AM, the only Jefferson-Pilot Denver station currently located outside its headquarters, with its other four stations. The consolidated facility, expected to open in June 2006, brings enormous improvements in terms of business and technical operations. The company will have increased room for growth within its sales departments and the space to accommodate more stations in the future. The Harris PR&E VistaMax system enhances resource sharing across multiple studios and will allow all five stations to communicate more efficiently. The stations also will share a live performance studio that connects to VistaMax™.
“VistaMax™ gives Jefferson-Pilot Denver the best of both worlds by providing the network infrastructure for all of our studios and equipment, while also offering the redundancy of standalone equipment,” said Tom Giglio, vice president of engineering, Jefferson-Pilot Communications Co. “VistaMax™ allows us to enjoy the functionality of a completely networked system featuring interoperability of vital components between different studios. And since more failure modes are involved, each control room and studio can act alone in sending a signal to the transmitter to ensure a consistent, high-quality, on-air product.”
Jefferson-Pilot Denver has exclusively selected Harris on-air and production consoles to connect to the VistaMax™ infrastructure. Harris PR&E RMXdigital consoles will be featured in all on-air and production recording studios. The company opted for Harris PR&E StereoMixer® digital consoles for smaller editing facilities, including a news update booth shared by all five stations. Giglio added that the completely digital design of both consoles drastically reduces maintenance costs by offering preset levels that eliminate the need for constant fine tuning and other critical adjustments.
Jefferson-Pilot Denver selected Harris for the entire turnkey package following a series of convention floor and in-house product demonstrations from multiple vendors. Brad Hart, director of engineering for Jefferson-Pilot’s Denver operation, pointed to the value of the Harris product and the cost-effectiveness of Harris’ turnkey vision as reasons for the selection, noting that “the entire local operations and engineering team had a hand in the process.”
“Jefferson-Pilot Denver is continuing the facility consolidation trend taking place in medium-to-large markets across the United States,” said Debra Huttenburg, vice president and general manager of Harris Broadcast Division’s Radio Broadcast Systems business unit. “The consolidation of all stations within a specific group makes more sense than ever in the digital age. The advent of inter-facility audio networking, which Harris supports with its VistaMax™ platform, gives stations a powerful and technically superior means of sharing content and resources across multiple studios and stations. We are privileged to announce Jefferson-Pilot Denver as the most recent radio broadcaster to take full advantage of the turnkey services offered through our radio systems and consoles business.”
About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and has more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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