Broadcasting Services

The Bates Digital Media Studios maintain professional studios for live and live-to-tape (studio sync) broadcasting services for the Bates community. Our Studio A is a fully functional radio broadcast studio with modern technology that connects our faculty to radio stations around the world.

Live Radio Interviews/Audio Broadcasts

  • Tieline Bridge-IT IP codec
  • Telos Hx1 Phone Hybrid

Live TV Interviews/Broadcasts

  • Livestream Broadcasting
  • Full HD (1080p) recording technology

For booking and other information, contact studio manager Colin Kelley at x6394 – (207) 786-6394.

Example audio:

Listen as Professor Rebecca Herzig talks with KERA host Krys Boyd during a live broadcast of the Texas public broadcaster’s “Think” program. Rebecca was in our studios, while Boyd was in Dallas – but to listeners of the station, they sounded as if in the same room!


Advice for interviewees:

 

Where to go:

  • 119 Pettigrew Hall (known as Edit A/Podcast Studio) – Ground floor within the Digital Media Studios

Who to look for/ask for:

  • Studio Manager Colin Kelley

What to do:

  • Arrive 20 minutes earlier than expected (so if the radio station says you’re going live at 10am, arrive at the Digital Media Studios at 9:40am – at the latest).

What to bring:

  • A bottle of water.
  • Wear clothing and jewelry that doesn’t make a lot of noise.

What to expect:

  • You will be in a 6×8 audio recording booth with a single glass panel that looks into the control room. It is a “dead room” (that is, no reverberation),  so if it’s your first time in one, it can feel and sound a little strange.
  • There will be a small music stand to put papers on (if you need it) and a small stool for you to sit on (if you want it).
  • An engineer (a Bates staff member) will be at the controls just outside the booth.
  • We will provide headphones that you must wear to be able to hear the radio host and other guests.
    • EXPECT:
      • A slight delay or occasional digital distortion when listening to the remote host and guests. That’s okay, it’s normal, but be prepared – it might sound a little weird and at first or you might feel like you’re “stepping” on other panelists or the host. You’ll get used to it!
      • To hear yourself in the headphones. Our engineer can control the amount of you you have to listen to, but we usually recommend putting a little bit of your voice into the mix – it can help you keep proper mic positioning. That’s something we’ll need to adjust before we go on air – another reason to arrive early.

 

What will happen:

  • You’ll arrive and the engineer will introduce you to the booth, get you settled and comfortable and the microphone properly positioned.
  • The engineer will do a soundcheck to make sure your audio sounds good on our end – when the radio station calls, they’ll repeat the test for their end and the engineers will work together to make you sound nice.

What to worry about:

  • Nothing. Our staff will take care of all the technical stuff. Just enjoy yourself and if (technical) things go wrong, know that our team of technicians will take care of it.