Radio News November 2017


November 2017
Vol 8, No11

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Tool Time

An engineer needs more than a multimeter and a couple of Xcelite Greenies to get the job done these days. Here are some network tools our support techs Dick Webb and Robert Ferguson (with chime-ins from systems engineers Kelly Parker and Scott Johnson) suggest you put on your Santa list if you don’t have them already.

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  • A telnet application such as PuTTY or TeraTerm. With a telnet app, you can determine how commands are being received between clients and servers and gather lots of good information about what is going on in your system, especially if used with WheatNet-IP’s built-in debugging tools.
  • A short 4- to 7-foot CAT 5/6 crossover cable, most useful for connecting gear directly into a laptop in the event you need to isolate it from the main network for troubleshooting. While you’re at it, add a USB-to-serial-port adapter for interfacing to RS232-only gear and a USB-to-RJ45 for troubleshooting the network switch. In addition, said Parker, “To use the USB connection on most modern Cisco switches you may also want to have the Cisco USB console driver installed. That’s a free download from”
  • Remote Access software such as TeamViewer for remotely connecting to networks and devices from just about anywhere. You’ll need this especially if you support several systems and locations.
  • Something to view text based log files. Options range from Notepad ++ and Gamut Log Viewer to mTail, which Ferguson uses to monitor logs in near real time and to drill down on specific terms he’s watching for in the log. For editing text files, Johnson uses a commercial product called UltraEdit. ”It has saved my life many times in the last 20 years. It’s a mature product, actively developed, and can do some amazing things no other text editor can,” he said.
  • SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) browser or manager. SNMP software such as SolarWinds or Nagios can be helpful in determining if a particular network port is dropping packets or if a device is heating up. These applications can show you data packets coming in or going out, by the port, and from mic processors on out to the transmitter. Not all network devices or IP audio networks have SNMP capability. They need to generate MIB, or Management Information Base, files. For example, the I/O BLADE access units that make up our WheatNet-IP network each have a unique MIB file with hundreds of data points, and each BLADE has a unique object address in the network for SNMP monitoring and alert purposes. Using SNMP software, you can capture packet counts, uptimes, temperature readings and other critical data for troubleshooting and monitoring network switches, BLADEs, PCs and other devices in the WheatNet-IP audio network.
  • PTP Track Houndor similar software for analyzing PTP (IEEE 1588) network traffic such as found on an AES67 connection. “This is useful for troubleshooting PTP master issues when using AES67,” said Parker.
  • Tone generator software. No audio engineering toolkit is complete without this. Our systems engineer Scott Johnson uses AudioTools for iOS devices. “There is nothing handier than an app that can turn your phone into a tone generator, white or pink noise generator, RTA and FFT analyzer,” he said.  
  • Cisco Network Assistant software for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting. Go to Cisco Network Assistant to download.
  • Network diagnostic software like PingPlotter to help troubleshoot latency, packet loss and other performance issues.
  • WheatNet-IP Logic Viewer for detecting and troubleshooting logic issues within the system.
  • A card reader for the types of Flash cards used.
  • FTP file manager like FileZilla for not only shuttling files around, but for FTPing changes and options into the Flash memory of a Wheatstone control surface. It’s a fast and easy way to convey those changes.
  • Network scanner such as Angry IP Scan can also be helpful for getting a quick read on IP addresses and determining which ones are active.
  • Network sniffer/analyzer such as Wireshark can be used to quickly view messages exchanged between your WheatNet-IP audio network and the automation system. 


Jingle Bell Rocks


ProcessingForTheHolidaysThe majority of broadcasters don't bother to change processing settings during holiday programming. But think about this: Christmas formats are about long-term listening, so aggressive processing has the potential to work against you.

Most of our processors have the ability to auto adjust between, say, a Taylor Swift cut and an Andy Williams cut. But if you're using a VP8 or an older processor that doesn't have the "smarts," Mike Erickson suggests you create a preset that pulls back those settings during holiday programming.

So, what is the best way to process Christmas bells? According to Mike, “If you have adjustable crossovers, move the upper band down a little to put more of the payload in the upper band. That will mellow out the sound and tame those bells.”

Mike Erickson is known around the Wheat factory as Mr. Christmas. He starts the countdown to NEXT Christmas the day after THIS Christmas. He regularly hosts a Christmas Eve show on WLNG-FM. You can listen live on If you have a specific question about audio processing, contact him at or call 252-638-7000.

Innovator and CEO Gary Snow Recognized


InnovatorAwardsOur founder and CEO Gary Snow received not one or two, but three NewBay Industry Innovator awards! Gary Snow founded Wheatstone over 40 years ago and from the beginning, he was focused on – some would say obsessed with – making quality products. His first broadcast audio console was sold to WGBH in Boston in 1984, where it remained in service for 25 years (and is on display at Wheatstone's headquarters in New Bern, NC). In the early days, he would go to the AES or NAB shows with his square wave generator and scope to demonstrate the exceptional audio performance of his consoles. He designed one of the first multitrack recording consoles, which had the distinguishing addition of built-in patch bays.


Twenty years later, he'd revolutionize the industry again with tiny talent panels and other elements in an IP audio networked ecosystem that needed only a single CAT6 cable to route audio and control. In 2016, under Gary’s leadership, Wheatstone developed the first fully configurable console – the LXE. Today, Wheatstone continues to invest in the future of radio and television as one of the few broadcast-only equipment manufacturers in the industry.

“Gary loves nothing more than to build audio products. I remember him building one-off band mixers in his attic back in the seventies; I walk out in production now and marvel that we are shipping thousands of products all over the world every month from this one building in North Carolina—all due to his vision and commitment,” commented Wheatstone's Mike Shane who, like most of the core management team members at Wheatstone, has been with Gary since the beginning.

Gary has remained steadfast to his belief that quality and innovation spring from keeping manufacturing in-house, with no jobbing out. Wheatstone was one of the first in the industry to invest in surface mount technology, which then led to some amazing accomplishments in audio routing through IP networking.

NewBay’s Industry Innovator Award winners are selected by a panel of experts and evaluated on their professional achievements, technical and business innovations and continuing influence within their industries. The awards were presented by Radio WorldRadio magazine and TV Technology.

“The awards are designed to shine a spotlight on the people behind the companies and technologies on which our industries depend. We offer a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for their contributions, and wish them continued success,” said NewBay Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb.

These awards couldn’t be more deserving of a man dedicated to the industry we all love and serve. Congratulations, Mr. Snow!

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Your IP Question Answered


Q: How does your system handle IFB?

A: With the utility mixers built into our I/O BLADE access units! There are two 8x2 stereo mixers inside our BLADEs at every connection point in the network, and they’re used for a number of things, including setting mix-minuses for IFB. It makes for a completely decentralized IFB system requiring no additional hardware. You can also interface to an existing intercom system, no problem.

THANKSGIVING VIDEO SPECIAL: As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”

The Wheaty Players and all our friends at Wheatstone send a Happy Thanksgiving to all you Les Nessmans, Johnny Fevers, Jennifers and Carlsons out there (or here, as is the case).



  • Signal Media (Little Rock, AK) purchased an IP-12 digital audio console.

  • CEI / NEP (New York, NY) purchased an LX-24 control surface for the ESPN Seaport Studios in New York.

  • Mid-Utah Radio (Manti, UT) purchased Smoothline furniture through SCMS.

  • Rogers Broadcasting (Toronto, ON) purchased an LXE control surface.

  • Entertainment Network India (Jammu, India) purchased an IP-12 digital audio console through Horizon Broadcast.

  • WCCB-TV (Charlotte, NC) purchased a Series Two console to be integrated into an existing Dimension Three console with WheatNet-IP audio networking.

  • National Education Radio (Taipei, Taiwan) purchased two IP-12 digital audio consoles and WheatNet-IP audio network through Audio Solution.

  • WGN-TV (Chicago, IL) purchased a Dimension Three console.

  • Radio DNA (Minneapolis, MN) purchased two I/O BLADEs for a project.

  • RNC (Montreal, QC) purchased two IP-12 digital consoles through Marketing Marc Vallee.

  • Corus Entertainment (Winnipeg, MB) purchased an I/O BLADE through Ron Paley Broadcast.

  • Lotus Broadcast (Sacramento, CA) purchased an audio driver for an existing WheatNet-IP audio network.

  • Evanov Radio (Toronto, ON) purchased an SPS-2011 for an existing Wheatstone network through Ron Paley Broadcast.

  • iHeartMedia (Seattle, WA) purchased two M1 mic processors and a SideBoard control surface.

  • iHeartMedia (Tucson, AZ) purchased an event scheduler for an existing WheatNet-IP audio network.

  • Pomona College’s KSPC-FM (Pomona, CA) purchased two I/O BLADEs, two GP-3 panels and updated NAVIGATOR software for an existing WheatNet-IP audio network.

  • Corus (Edmonton, AB) purchased an Aura8-IP multimode processor, two SideBoard control surfaces, and additional WheatNet-IP audio network I/O BLADEs through Ron Paley Broadcast.

  • CKLO-FM (London, ON) purchased two TS-4 talent stations through Ron Paley Broadcast.

  • CJBQ-AM (Bellville, ON) purchased four audio drivers for an existing WheatNet-IP audio network through Ron Paley Broadcast.

  • CBC Radio (Montreal, QC) purchased an I/O BLADE for an existing WheatNet-IP audio network through Ron Paley Broadcast.

  • CBC Radio (Calgary, AB) purchased two GP-16 button panels for an existing WheatNet-IP audio network through Ron Paley Broadcast.

  • Gabriel Media (Sauk Rapids, MN) purchased four TS-4 talent stations, two M4IP-USB four channel mic processor BLADEs, several I/O BLADEs and XYE router controller through integrator Radio DNA.

  • Sinclair’s KFDM-TV (Beaumont, TX) purchased an E-6 control surface with I/O BLADEs.

  • Daily Mail TV (New York, NY) purchased an LXE console.

  • NY1 (New York, NY) purchased a DR-9 director’s panel for an existing WheatNet-IP audio network.

  • RadioNL (Netherlands) purchased an E-1 control surface and three WheatNet-IP audio network I/O BLADEs.

  • KFOI-LP (Redding, CA) purchased an IP-12 digital audio console.

  • The Dan Patrick Show (Milford, CT) purchased an LXE control surface with WheatNet-IP talent stations and I/O BLADEs.

Audioarts Engineering

  • WAIN-AM (Columbia, KY) purchased an Air-4 console.

  • Coos Bay School District 9 (Coos Bay, OR) purchased an Air-5 console.

  • Catur Mitra Adhikara. (Jakarta, Indonesia) purchased two Air-1 consoles and an Air-4 console.

  • Soundfusion (Johannesburg, South Africa) purchased an Air-4 console.

Wheatstone Audio Processing 

  • Bauer Media (Oslo, Norway) purchased two M4IP-USB four-channel mic processor BLADEs and talent stations for a WheatNet-IP audio network.

  • Broadway Media (Denver, CO) purchased an M4IP-USB four-channel mic processor BLADE.

  • WWWW-FM /WTKA-AM/WLBY-AM (Ann Arbor, MI) purchased an M1 mic processor.

  • KVML-AM/KZSQ-FM (Sonora, CA) purchased two M2 mic processors.

  • Entercom (Charlotte, NC) purchased two M4IP-USB four-channel mic processor BLADEs.

  • Cumulus Media (Fresno, CA) purchased an Aura8-IP multimode audio processor and eight M4IP-USB four channel mic processor BLADEs.

  • Max Media (Denver, CO) purchased two M4IP-USB four-channel mic processor BLADEs.

  • Oakwood (Mississauga, ON) purchased an M1 mic processor through GS Broadcast Technical Services.


  • SABCO Media (Muscat, Oman) purchased a VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editor through GED Broadcast.

  • Emmis (Indianapolis, IN) purchased two VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editors.

  • Entercom (San Diego, CA) purchased ten VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editors.

  • Great Plains Media/Pilot Media (Fresno, CA) purchased four VoxPro 7 audio recorder/editors.

  • Max Media (Denver, CO) purchased a VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editor.

  • WRBS-FM (Baltimore, MD) purchased two VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editors.

  • iHeartMedia (Phoenix, AZ) purchased two VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editors.

  • Corus (Edmonton, AB) purchased two VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editors through Ron Paley Broadcast.


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