SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
October 21, 2016  

Our Next Meeting

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Meeting Date:

October 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM


Radio Free Asia
2025 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


We will be meeting in the third floor conference room of Radio Free Asia, 2025 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.  This address is located near the corner of 21st and M Streets and is approximately equidistant (about five blocks) from Metro's Dupont Circle and Farragut North red-line stations.  Garage parking is available for a fee.


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Rivendell Radio Automation

Paravel Systems

Guest Speaker: Fred Gleason

This month, we have the opportunity to learn about a product from one of our own: Washington, DC broadcast engineer Fred Gleason Rivendell Radio Automation, the industry's leading open source solution for radio automation, was originally created by Fred more than a decade ago under the auspices of Salem Radio Labs (now defunct) and WAVA-FM, Arlington VA.

Today, after more than a decade of continuous development by Fred, Paravel Systems, and a worldwide team of broadcast software engineers, Rivendell has grown into a complete radio broadcast automation solution with facilities for the acquisition, management, scheduling and playout of audio content.  It has all of the features one would expect in a modern, fully-fledged radio automation system, including support for both PCM and MPEG audio encoding, full voicetracking and log customization, as well as support for a wide variety of third party software and hardware.  Rivendell is now used by radio stations and networks all over the world, including Radio America and the host of our meeting, Radio Free Asia.  (See more here.) 

Unlike most radio automation systems, Rivendell is open source software.  As such, if you're comfortable configuring Linux computers and servers and can provide the hardware, you can build a capable Rivendell system completely free.  There are no dongles, unlock codes, software keys or other arbitrary limitations to the software. Alternatively, turn-key installation and 24/7 technical support is available through Paravel Systems (which Fred co-founded) and Broadcasters General Store.

Because Rivendell is open source software, anyone with capable programming skills can modify the software package to meet special requirements of a particular facility, recommend upgrades, or make bug fixes.  These improvements (under terms of the GNU Public License) are shared with all users of the community. This free flow of knowledge has made open source software some of most innovative out there in the marketplace.

A bite to eat, kindly provided by our friends at Paravel Systems and Broadcasters General Store, will be served at 6:30 pm.  We'll have a brief bit of Chapter 37 business about 7:00 pm, and our presentation will follow shortly thereafter.  PLEASE RSVP by Friday, October 14th by sending an e-mail to

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