Engineering project brings major upgrades to Relevant Radio

On Friday, April 27, 2018, the Relevant Radio® Engineering department was up before dawn to make major configuration changes to the Relevant Radio network. Frank Maranzino, Director of Engineering and Technical Services at Relevant Radio, began work on the project at 4am to switch all equipment to the new circuit, which is located in North Carolina.

Frank Maranzino
Frank Maranzino

Despite the huge transition to our engineering system, there was zero silence heard on network audio, leaving listeners unaware of what was going on behind the scenes. “This is the perfect case of ‘if engineering does everything right, nothing is noticed,’” said Maranzino.

This upgrade is part of the path that our audio signal follows as it travels to your radio. First the audio comes from our studios across the country to our Master Control facility, which sends the audio to the uplink in North Carolina. It then travels up 20,000 miles to a communication satellite and back down to a receive satellite dish and to your local radio transmitter site, from which you receive the signal for your radio!

The new circuit will bring greater reliability to the network, and cohesively connects audio broadcasts from our studios in Wisconsin, California, and Illinois to the uplink site in North Carolina. This change will also save money, helping us to be even better stewards of the gifts entrusted to us.

Praise God for blessing us with smooth transitions and the ability to be even more efficient and reliable!

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.