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First South African Type R for Radio heads to Bosveld Stereo

First South African Type R for Radio heads to Bosveld Stereo

First South African Type R for Radio heads to Bosveld Stereo

South Africa:

Community radio station Bosveld Stereo has become the first station in South Africa to deploy Calrec’s IP-based Type R for Radio audio console. The installation was carried out by local partner Wild & Marr, which used a modular approach to tailor a system to Bosveld Stereo’s needs. It comprises a Type R for Radio core plus two hardware fader panels and one large soft panel. The system can be accessed remotely, crucial in the current environment, and the audio is transported to the transmitter via Dante.

“Our existing studio mixers were reaching end-of-life and we wanted to take the opportunity to upgrade and move into an IP future: Type R was the answer,” explained Bosveld Stereo chairperson Graat Pelser. “We have found it very easy to adapt to and the configurability is a great help. We use it on a daily basis and we know that it’s easily expandable if required. We are grateful to Wild and Marr for their help through this process.”

Launched in 2008, Bosveld Stereo is a community-oriented radio station that broadcasts in Afrikaans across the North West Province and uses local talent to entertain its listeners. Everyone who currently works at the station lives within its broadcasting footprint and everyone also takes an active part in one or more of the community projects in which Bosveld Stereo is involved.

Anton van Wyk, Wild and Marr’s technical director, commented, “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, myself and broadcast systems engineer Dwaine Schreuder pre-commissioned Bosveld Stereo’s Type-R system off-site in a safe environment with all precautions taken. By the time the unit was installed at Bosveld Stereo it was literally just plug and play. We believe that Type R for Radio has a very bright future across the African continent.”

“We’re very pleased to see the first sale of our Type R for Radio technology in South Africa,” commented Calrec international sales manager, Graham Murray. “We know that the overall broadcast market in the country is rapidly moving to IP. Type R for Radio has been designed to allow radio stations of all sizes to capitalise on IP’s inherent flexibility.”

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