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December 21, 2018
Students from the Radio Production class prepare for
the switch to all holiday music over the Christmas
vacation. The front row: Drew Wible of "The Schmo-cast"
and Ben Cherry of "Avant Scarred" radio. In the back row:
Benjamin Crawford ("Benji's Bluegrass"); Bailey Cassada
("Your Passport to Music"); Zoe Hobbs ("Minor
Fret Radio"); and Katie Truman ("R&B with KT").
September 26, 2018
Radio Production student Katie Truman
handing out station stickers during
the 2018 Homecoming Parade.
July 26, 2018
After several weeks of effort, Station Engineer Dave Kirkpatrick
has gotten the RDS (Radio Data System) feed working. This
allows data to be transmitted along with the audio, including the
station ID, format, song title, and artist, as seen in the picture
above. The RDS program allows a limited number of characters
to be displayed, so occasionally artists' names will be cut off.
That's when Google can help you, if you're stuck for a group.
JULY 19, 2018
FINAL STUDIO EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION
Panaramic picture showing all the broadcasting equipment in the
"The DJ's Pocket" - everything is within easy reach when
producing a show.
Two microphones give the opportunity for multiple announcers
or live interviews. The picture also shows the new dedicated
phone lines for call-ins and, in the future, live remotes. If you'd
like to share your thoughts on WEMR, just call (717) 261-5692!
The control board in action. It is currently able to run eight
different sound inputs: two mics, computer, auxiliary, flashdrives,
CDs, cassette tapes, and LPs! Eventually it will be wired for
Input sources. Why have the ability to play old formats like
albums, cassettes, and CDs? We want students to be able to play
whatever sources their music might be stored
on without feeling limited. Plus, albums are making a resurgence!
WEMR has a small but growing library of albums and CDs,
donated by CASHS staff Sam Bingaman, Lisa Hepfer, Barb
Shultz-Newton, Eddie Parsons, and Mark Scanzello.
If you would have any albums or CDs of any genre you would
like to donate, we'd love to have them.
Just contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
we'll work out the details!
The Rack. The PC on the bottom shelf runs our broadcast
program and contains the Yacht Rock music that you've been
listening to since WEMR went on the air. The auxiliary jack in the
middle allows DJs to plug in digital music sources with 1/8" plugs
such as laptops, iPads (as seen in some earlier pictures) or
tablets, iPods or other MP3 players, or even cellphones!
The top shelf contains the CD, flashdrive, and cassette players.
WEMR is ready for anything!
The Production Board used for recording bits such as bumpers
or announcements to be inserted into the daily broadcast.
Announcer's voices are recorded on the portable digital recorder
and then moved to a production computer to be edited using
Audacity. After editing, the recordings are moved to the program
PC on the Rack and scheduled into the daily program log. In the
background is a rack of donated CDs from CASHS Ag Ed
instructor Eddie Parsons.
The production computer being used to edit an upcoming
CASD announcement. Notice the old school iPod attached
to the computer; just one of the many sources available to
students for holding their music. The paper on the computer
is a list of upcoming District announcements that will be
recorded to run as the time gets closer. In the background is
our record library with three shelves of donated albums and
CDs. Thanks to our donors for those!
March 14, 2018
BROADCAST STUDIO UPDATES
Acoustic panels being constructed. Five 2'x4'
acoustic foam panels in wood frames, then wrapped in
breathable (and sound-penetrating) cloth. Of course,
the color has to be Trojan blue!
The finished panels set in place to determine spacing.
Panaramic view of the Studio at this time with five acoustic
panels hung on the wall to help the sound quality of the
announcers' voices in the Studio. The computer on the right
is for basic audio production and internet research.
December 14, 2017
BROADCAST STUDIO INSTALLATION
After a week of late nights, running wire, soldering
connectors, and installing software and
music, the basic rendition of the broadcast studio from
CASHS is completed.
A closer look at the control board. This board has
multiple inputs, most of which are empty at
this time except for the computer that stores the
music and a microphone. However,
plans include adding multiple studio mics, a CD player,
digital connectors for iPads or laptops,
a turntable, and phone lines for remote broadcasts.
The permanent home of WEMR becoming more of a
reality with each day's efforts. Multiple pieces of "behind
the scenes" equipment still need to be installed to comply
with all FCC regulations for radio stations, even small
November 22, 2017
The room at CASHS that will house the broadcast studio
Broadcast equipment being moved into the Studio. Since
February 2017, when the FCC granted CASD a Limited-
Power (LP) radio license, the station has been running
from the laptop computer visible in the picture. The new
equipment will allow for better quality sound and a
stronger signal, as well as opportunities for students to
experience broadcasting in a real-life environment.
November 11, 2017
TOWER & GUIDE WIRE COMPLETION
A close-up of one of the sets of guide wires. Each of the
five wires runs to a higher point on the tower.
The guide wires more clearly seen running to the tower in
The completed transmitter shed, with all wiring
completed to connect the transmitter to the tower. The
signal coming from the new transmitter and antenna has
a broadcast radius of approximately 15 miles!
November 3, 2017
The first section of the tower goes up. When all portions
are assembled, the tower will stand 200-feet into the
Chambersburg skyline. The small white building is the
The completed tower. The tower is straight; it's the
picture that's crooked. The finished tower is visible from
October 24, 2017
CONCRETE WORK - TOWER FOUNDATION
Leveling the base of the tower before pouring concrete.
A 200-foot tower CANNOT be crooked!
Pouring concrete for the tower foundation.
These pits require a LOT of concrete.
The tower base filled.
The closer concrete pad is the finished base for the
antenna. The second pad is for the shed that will house
Construction of the transmitter shed.
CONCRETE WORK - GUIDE WIRE FOUNDATIONS
District electrician Dave Zentmyer prepares the base for
one of the sets of guide wires. Three of these pits are
required for the proper installation of the guide wires.
A guide wire pit waiting for concrete. The metal pole
leaning out of the pit has a spatula-shaped head on it
that holds five high-tensile wires that will run to the
tower. Each wire goes 40 feet higher than the previous
one. Again, for ultimate security, there will be three sets
of these guide wires when done.
The guide wire pit partially filled with concrete.
Another view of the guide wire foundation. The spatula
head that connects to the five guide wires is more clearly
seen in this photo.
October 3, 2017
(Location - Falling Spring Elementary School)
Starting pilot holes to dig the pits needed for the
foundations of the tower and three sets of high-tension
Digging pits for the tower and guide wires.
Moving the dirt.
A 200-foot tower and 15 high-tension guide wires require
deep foundation holes to be dug.
Four 6'-deep holes like this need to be prepared for the
tower and three sets of guide wires, along with preparing
ground for the transmitter shed.