ZGS Communications Streamlines Automation at WTMO Orlando and WRMD Tampa

Salt Lake City based NVerzion has collaborated with the engineers at WTMO-CD, in Orlando, and WRMD-CD, in Tampa, to complete the installation of a comprehensive multi-channel broadcast automation system.

The two Spanish language Telemundo affiliate stations serving the Florida coast are owned by ZGS Communications, a Hispanic-owned company representing the largest group of independent stations affiliated with the Telemundo network. 

Prior to the install, management stressed the importance of uniformity in operations across their multiple channels and the two systems at the separate stations  function identically. Tighter integration with the existing Marketron traffic system, compared with the previous automation system, was the deciding factor.

The NVerzion automation system controls a 360 Systems Maxx Video Server, and Sigma Technology Systems 64x64 HD Router. The system is being used for Commercial Insertion purposes which receives Network Cue Tones to trigger the start of each break, while interfacing with the Evertz Namedropper for station ID’s. The NVerzion automation system efficiently interfaces with the existing Marketron traffic system and offers increased stability and reliability.

Gary Faller, Regional Broadcast IT Engineer for ZGS' Florida stations, appreciated the customized “manual” router control software, used now for the stations’ locally broadcast news and entertainment. It was an easy and straightforward integration into the Master Control facility design. Another improvement was the inclusion of multiple trigger outputs, and the reliable NControl automated playlist manager.

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