SCA’s New Home in Wagga Wagga

Staff Writer

Wagga Wagga’s 2WG and Star FM marked a new chapter in their history this week, when they moved into new studios and they look sweet. The move has been a year in the making and who better to ask than one of the guys who headed up the new set-up than Andrew Meachen. Andrew is the Radio Chief Engineer for the Southern Region for SCA.

So Andrew, from start to finish how long did the fit out take?

After the architect and builders had finished the interior fit-out, the technical build lasted for just over 7 weeks.

We’re guessing you got a bit of help with it all?

SCA Engineering staff helped out from Townsville, Toowoomba, Coffs Harbour, Mildura, Gosford, Albury, Melbourne and Perth, with as many as 7 engineers on site at times. Brett Kelly, the SCA National Project Engineer programmed the Axia On-Air Studio delegation, the consoles and the Axia Pathfinder system.

Step us through what new gear the team in Wagga has got to play with.

The state of the art digital studios feature height adjustable desks, Axia Fusion consoles, a Telos VX on-air phone system, Cisco IP office phones, custom made neon on-air lights, custom made headphone/microphone to Livewire IP units. The Axia fusion consoles work seamlessly with the SCA satellite & terrestrial audio distribution system (which has been dubbed “SCAsat”).

The whole station – including the phone system – is IP based with IP studio to transmitter links, and only three digital telecommunication lines coming into the building. Only the OB equipment and receivers are analogue, everything else is IP based.

This set-up has got to cost a bit of coin?

The new Wagga Wagga media centre was built at a cost of just over 1.6 Million and is to be the template for all future SCA regional stations.

So how many more upgrades planned in the group?

SCA has another four stations undergoing either relocation or new studio fitouts this financial year.

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