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Behind the Scenes: How A Radio Station Transmits Your Favorite Programs Over the Airwaves [VIDEO]

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ST. CLOUD – In this week’s “Behind the Scenes…” series, we check out what it takes for a radio station to deliver their sounds from the studio to your homes.

Before you can hear your favorite station on the radio, a lot of cords, cables and buttons need to be set up. The engineering room at Townsquare Media controls what is being fed on air to any transmitter at any given time.

Townsquare Media Engineer Mark Young says the engineering room is the central hub for all station signals.

“This room has a lot of wiring and pretty much everything passing through this one room before going on air,” says Young.

Some of the items in the back engineer room are a back-up generator in case of a power outage, satellite receivers, the WJON transmitter, and a wall full of thousands of wires.

“Everything in the building runs through this closet,” says Young.

Townsquare Media consists of six different radio stations. Before the signal reaches your radio, the signal must travel from the studio, to the dog house, and then to transmitter sites around the area.

“Once the signal leaves the studios it comes here to the dog house which is located behind the building,” says Young. “Back here is where the studio transmitter links are located and is what takes the signal from the station and sends to the transmitter on its way to your radio.”

Keeping up with today’s changing technology is a big part of the media industry. Young says there are many different pieces to make everything work just right.

“There’s a lot of different equipment to make it all work, we like to think it’s all smoke and mirrors but there is a lot going on,” says Young.

If there’s a place in central Minnesota that you’ve always been curious about, please send us a message.  It could be a future segment in our “Behind The Scenes…” series.

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Townsquare Media Engineer Mark Young talks about what makes a radio station work. (PHOTO: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

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