As we look ahead to the future of our radio mission, one thing is increasingly clear: our studios are in substantial need of an overhaul.
KNOM’s studios were built from the ground up using analog technology, which, while perfectly modern in the 1990s, is practically antique in the 2010s. Fewer and fewer engineers still service or repair analog equipment; many pieces of our broadcasting hardware have reached – or exceeded – the end of their expected operational life.
The solution is as clear as the problem. In the very near future, KNOM Radio will be forced to rebuild and expand its studios: transitioning, in the process, to an all-digital operation.
Converting and expanding our broadcast studios will make our facilities more modern and immensely easier to service and monitor, even from thousands of miles away; it will spare us engineering headaches, time, and ultimately, money.
Indeed, with our new, more cost-efficient broadcast hardware and other energy-saving equipment, we estimate cost savings of more than $900,000 within 8 years.
This studio construction was the great dream of KNOM founder Tom Busch, who passed away in November 2010. We are asking for your help to make Tom’s dream a reality; we have dedicated our studio expansion project to Tom and his wife, Florence, as the Tom and Florence Busch Digital Studios.
Here are our plans for this conversion, which we hope to begin as early as this year. Below, you’ll find a before-and-after comparison of our current studio building and what it might look like with the new annex. You’ll also find blueprints and plans for our studio expansion.
We offer special thanks to Frank Schmidt, of Tiland/Schmidt, Architects, who donated his staff time and materials to create the blueprint and mockup photo.