Missouri’s Kearney HS Upgrades Audio For Bulldog Broadcasting Network

Broadcasting class students at Kearney High School, in Missouri, are now using a Dante-based party-line intercom system and a full slate of Studio Technologies’ intercom gear to support the school’s Bulldog Broadcasting Network (BBN). The students now cover about 25 football and basketball games aired on ESPN3 each year, along with several other games and events hosted on the school’s YouTube channel.

The school recently upgraded its broadcast workflow with new belt packs and a Dante Intercom Audio Engine from Studio Technologies to help the crews stay connected during live productions.

Ryan Blankenship, technology director for Kearney School District, said the Studio Technologies’ Dante communications system enables students to set up (“from box-to-belt”) in about 15 minutes.

Karen Johnson, broadcasting teacher and BBN sponsor at the school, added that, “the audio quality of the communications between producer, director, and camera operators are great, much more superior than our previous solution.”

According to Johnson, the school’s previous comms system was unreliable and frequently presented students with bugs. Additionally, she added that the system could not be integrated to include BBN’s program audio to the camera operator’s headsets, nor could it be used to provide director communications to on-air talent –without using a separate system. 

The Studio Technologies’ Dante communications system enables students to set up (“from box-to-belt”) in about 15 minutes.

The Studio Technologies’ Dante communications system enables students to set up (“from box-to-belt”) in about 15 minutes.

The school decided to purchase Studio Technologies’ intercom solutions based on a recommendation from Niles Media Group, a local reseller of broadcasting products. Over the last month, Johnson said the transition has provided significant workflow improvements.

Unlike the school’s previous system, the Studio Technologies Model 5422 intercom audio engine allows the students to create party-line intercom circuits and other broadcast resources, such as IFB (talent cueing). The Model 5422 supports all Dante-compatible products including the range of belt packs offered by Studio Technologies. The audio engine, along with a standard Ethernet network, is all that’s needed to support a variety of applications in fixed and mobile broadcast facilities. Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is used by the Studio Technologies’ belt packs, allowing for simple single-cable deployment.

“Our studio and control rooms are over 500-feet (152m) away from the football stadium and gymnasium where the events are held, making traditional intercom systems over XLR or wireless impossible to use,” Johnson said.

By leveraging Studio Technologies’ Dante communications system and the district’s existing 10Gb network infrastructure, the district was able to keep their studio and control room centrally located and use NDI-compatible networked video solutions.

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