From its site at GMEX, Conference Radio is transmitted into all the hotels in the Manchester area, reaching an unprecedented 46% of all the delegates to the NHS Confederation conference. The on-air studio was given a very high-profile, clearly visible to all conference delegates as it delivered an extensive programme of key speeches, interviews, news, tourist information and games.
Radica built three production areas which were networked together, and the on-air studio, which was equipped with a package of equipment supplied and installed by Wired for Sound. This included a 12-fader Soundcraft RM1D desk in addition to the customary array of CD and mini-disc players.
"Going digital for the first time, I was very curious as to how the Soundcraft RM1D would measure up," said Rob Spiers of Radica. "Really, I was very pleased with the results, which repaid all our confidence in Johnnie Dymock and Wired for Sound. The assignable inputs and outputs made life so much easier, and I have already decided to specify the desk again next year.
"It's been a big success," echoes Johnnie Dymock, of Wired for Sound. "The RM1D allowed us to configure the installation with software rather than fiddle around with patching. It is desirably compact, with a lot of features packed into a small box that still has familiar ergonomics."
Radica and Wired for Sound are enjoying a strategic alliance, serving the increasing appetite for RSLs in the entertainment sector. "We're anticipating a growth in the demand for RSLs for sporting events," says Rob Spiers, who builds the on-site Radio Wimbledon for the tennis Championships each year. "There's a requirement for temporary broadcast services from music festivals to hospital radio, and groups applying for new full-time local licenses. It makes a lot of sense for us to work with Wired for Sound, who can outsource all the broadcast studio equipment while we concentrate on transmission. The success of Conference Radio at the GMEX in Manchester has shown that Radica and Wired for Sound can work collectively together to provide broadcasters with a total package."