Winner of new studio technology — station


Located in New York, WMHT operates three TV stations, plus two radio stations and a radio reading service for the visually impaired and print disabled.

To meet the challenges of the new digital age, the station purchased a 42,000sq ft office building and added 10,500sq ft of studio space for its new production and broadcast center.

The facility hired systems integrator Communications Engineering (CEI) to provide a turnkey design and integration solution. A major requirement was to move the station's production and on-air operations 22mi with no disruptions.

CEI engineers coordinated every aspect of the buildout and transition, including new satellite downlink antennas, tower construction for television and radio STLs, a multichannel master control room, two television studios, a production control room, a 5.1 audio control room, three nonlinear edit systems with shared storage, an FM on-air studio, an FM production studio, audio editing, three audio live and record control rooms, tape and DVD duplication systems, and media-capable conference rooms.

A primary goal for all new systems was efficient operations with digital file-based content flow.