Throughout my time at the University of the West of England, Bristol, I have been the main person maintaining the Hub Radio studios on Frenchay Campus. In 2015, the station relocated along with the parent Students’ Union to their new purpose built building, and Hub Radio received two rooms to locate their main studios in.
I was responsible for planning the studio relocation, taking into consideration the logistics of moving equipment safely, communicating with the University IT Services to ensure computer networking was set up correctly, and liaising with the University Estates department and Radica Broadcast Systems to ensure cabling was installed correctly for the studios and the AM transmitter.
The station now has two functioning studios, all with the ability to record or broadcast live. Each studio runs the PSquared Myriad Playout software, has a Voceware VClock display, has a dedicated phone line and aux inputs for laptops and media devices. Studio 1 is a 4-seat setup, while Studio 2 is a 2-seat setup with a separate DJ mixing area with Pioneer CDJs and Technics turntables. The studios are connected to a Allen & Heath IDR unit which allows for on-air switching and basic processing. Switching between automation and studio live on-air is controlled by software written by myself.
This has all been achieved with an extremely limited budget and small timeframe. Back end equipment was moved within a day, and Studio 2 was on air within three days ready for a live broadcast to thousands of new students.