After a power supply unit blew out, causing a small fire in 96.9 FM Radio Humber last year, the newly renovated recording studio reopened its doors just before the winter holidays.
“If you saw what it looked like before, you’d have no idea how different things are now,” says Dean Sinclair, radio station manager and Humber professor.
Adding a splash of colour to the walls and updating the technology, students are using new and user-friendly RSC (Radio Computing Services) systems which features one out of three Wheatstone Wheatnet-IP Consoles in Toronto – a top-of-the-line broadcast console.
The studio’s esthetics are also AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities) approved, featuring doorway sensors and a newly added newsroom interview space.
“All our new equipment, new technology and the studio itself (makes this) a state-of-the-art facility,” says Sinclair. “Whether students leave this program to go work for a small or large news station, exposure to this new technology will help prepare them for the real world.”
Josh Rawlings and Jeremy Logan are two of the 15 students who are using the new space for their final semester in the broadcasting – radio program.
Hosting the show anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Rawlings says his pathway to becoming a radio announcer is why he chose to work his final semester with Radio Humber.
“When it comes to learning this technology and programs like iMediaTouch, it’s very intuitive and it’s the real deal. If I want a board operating job or I want to board operate my own show or be an announcer, I am comfortable getting the job done,” says Rawlings.
With 13 weeks left in the program, the students are exploring everything the new studio has to offer before they graduate. To listen online, visit http://radio.humber.ca/.