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WBAL-TV Taps DNF to Curb Profanity

Baltimore’s WBAL-TV has put two of DNF Controls Universal Switch Panels to use in its new high-definition facility for controlling a delay system used to curb on-air profanity or other undesirable content.

"The USP-8 from DNF Controls was the best fit for WBAL-TV's newly upgraded HD production control room because it provided all the control and tally functionality needed at an attractive price," said Herman Reynolds, assistant director of engineering for Newington, Va.-based Communications Engineering Inc. (CEI), the project’s systems integrator. "The unit's IP-based control and configuration tools made it easy to adapt the USP-8 to the specific needs of WBAL-TV's broadcast workflow."

The controllers are positioned at either side of the control room’s production switcher and are wired in parallel to mimic one another, providing easy access for operating personnel who needed a precise hands-on system for controlling A/V delay functions. Users need to make just one button push to trigger video, audio dubbing, or delay modes.

WBAL-TV is an NBC affiliate and is owned by Hearst-Argyle.