Perhaps you have heard that the new National Public Radio facility must be seen to be believed. Well... October meeting attendees just had that opportunity, with a visit and tour of NPR's new headquarters and studios.
Meeting sponsor NPR Satellite Services kindly provided lunch. We are thankful for their support. During lunch, Kent Kramer conducted a tiny amount of Chapter business and then we got underway with NPR's presentation. Some interesting statistics were provided by NPR's Bud Aiello, our guest speaker in his Powerpoint presentation:
- 330,000 Square Feet
- Certified Leed Gold
- 20 Studios
- 34 Audio Console System
- Dual 8124 x 8124 Audio Routers with Virtual Layers
- Fully Automated On Air switching to 24 Output Channels and ICM/IFB
- Fully Automated Internal Routing and Facility Assignments
- 4.5 MW Generator System
- 2.4 MW UPS System
- Ground System is Buried Under the Building
Following the Powerpoint, that also included photos of the facility that were impractical for us to see in person, Bud and Dan Riley took us on a tour of the facility.
We were pleased to see many Chapter 37 members, visitors from neighboring chapters (Baltimore, Ft. Meade, and Hampton Roads), as well as a number of guests.