I have deep knowledge of and experience with TCP/IP networking from small- and enterprise-scale network design, implementation and security to Linux and UNIX kernel-level implementations and driver development. See my LinkedIn Profile for details about my experience.
“Don’t let your avocation become your vocation!” ∴ My first broadcasting supervisor
Well Jon, I did it.
I started Broadcast Tool & Die after building the online streaming station
radiodriftless.org in 2005, full-power NCE radio station
WDRT, Viroqua, WI in 2010, and low-power FM WNUC-LP, Detroit in 2017. I learned a lot about digital audio
systems and brought my 20–plus years of IT work and commercial
broadcast experience to the world of broadcast and podcast. Check
out my awesome work, and see more about me.
I turned my avocation into my vocation, and I still love what I do!
Here’s a short list of some of the things I’ve done for my clients.
Rivendell ∴ Radio Automation & the cost of Free Software
I’ve been working with the Rivendell
radio automation software for more than a decade. The simple fact is
that although it is free software, the real cost of implementing it is
your time. I help stations get from “installation” to
“up and running” as quickly as possible: Setting up the library,
adding trigger events, clocks and a schedule grid, and explaining it all
so you can get down to the business of programming your station quickly!
Kuchota ∴ Swahili for “Fetch”
Some of my clients asked about Rivendell’s ability to download
and import audio files from podcast sources. As delivered, Rivendell
has no capability to do this, so I wrote Kuchota.
The core of Kuchota is a simple menu that leads you through
setting up of downloading and importing podcasts. Kuchota uses the
standard Linux tool podget to perform the
podcast download. It downloads the audio files into directories (aka
“folders”) that Kuchota previously set up as Rivendell
dropboxes. When the download completes, Rivendell automatically
imports the freshly downloaded file into the library. Kuchota also lets
you know when it’s having trouble so you can attend to it before
it results in dead air.
It’s a common desire for people to use their Rivendell computer as
a general–purpose audio workstation. This requires an
industrial–grade audio routing tool such as JACK.
I’ve spent many hours getting Rivendell, JACK and other
audio apps working together.
I’ve been hosting radio station audio streams for more than 12 years. It’s easy, uses little bandwidth, and as fun for me as it is for you! I provide statistics for SoundExchange as needed in whatever format you need (including the format required for submission to NPR under the NFCB agreement). I’ll even hook up your Rivendell automation system to the Icecast server so your listeners get updated stream data!
Networking & I.T. ∴ If it’s not making you money, it’s costing you money
Get the most out of your investment in technology resources. Make sure your network is efficient and secure. I have many years of designing, building, monitoring and hacking small and large networks. Let me help you with your IT infrastructure so that it contributes to your bottom line.
Studio to Transmitter ∴ Get Your Audio Out The Door
Linking your studio to your transmitter can be dicey: transmitters are often in the middle of nowhere. I can help you get your audio signal from the studio(s) to the transmitter(s) with cost-effective and creative solutions.
Get in touch ∴ Feel free to call me at 608–515–8649, or fill in the blanks and I’ll reply as soon as I can.