KLRC moved into our new home, The John Brown University Broadcast Center in historic downtown Siloam Springs, in July of 2011.
The new studios meant a new presence for the station in the heart of Siloam Springs, a doubling of the available square footage, stand-alone studios for KLRC's sister station MyPositivEdge.com, voice-tracking suites, many additional offices, a functional kitchen, more storage space, and more.
Check out the images below for a quick virtual tour of the John Brown University Broadcast Center!
The JBU Broadcast Center
KLRC moved to new studios in historic downtown Siloam Springs in July of 2011. The building includes separate studios for KLRC, MyPositiveEdge.com, and voice-tracking, a recording booth, a kitchen, and a large multi-purpose room most often used for Sharathon events.
The JBU Broadcast Center
The new KLRC studios are over twice the size of the old facility. In the old building, most office spaces were shared by multiple staff, and a cold-war era bomb shelter out behind the building was used for storage. The new building provides ample space for offices and storage - without having to go "out back."
The new KLRC studio includes space for up to four on-air hosts (complete with leg-room under the furniture, which was a most welcome improvement!), and gives visiting recording artists the space to do on-air performances.
The aging studio equipment from KLRC's old building was also replaced as a part of the move to the new building. New audio boards, computers, microphones, speakers, and furniture makes the KLRC studios a state-of-the-art place to broadcast from!
The new studios are located right in the front of the building, and the large windows look out over Broadway street in downtown Siloam Springs. KLRC announcers always enjoy watching people press their noses up against the glass to take a peek inside.
Previously, KLRC's online, student-run station MyPositiveEdge.com was broadcast out of an extra voice-tracking studio (that doubled as an equipment storage and server room). In the new facility MPE has its own home that's nicer than the main studio in the old building! The studio has room for up to three simultaneous on-air hosts, and can also be used as a backup for KLRC in the event of technical problems in the primary studio.
If guests want to record themselves saying the Pledge of Allegiance, or if a KLRC Ministry Partner needs to record a new on-air spot, they'll find themselves in our recording booth! The booth is completely sound-proofed, and wired to our Production Director's studio, where he can record the audio and provide feedback or instructions through the headphones to the person recording.
In KLRC's old facility, the "conference room" also doubled as a voice-tracking studio. And at Sharathon time, the room held 8 phone lines, two KLRC staff work-stations, and two on-air hosts! The new conference room might be around the same size, but serves only as a meeting space for KLRC staff. That means there's room for a bigger table that the entire KLRC staff can actually fit around! The room also has a drop-down media screen and projector for watching mov... ahem. We mean PowerPoint presentations.
This is the KLRC trophy cabinet... that's actually just a small desk where we put awards because there's nowhere else to put them! Awards are a bit of a weird thing for us - we are incredibly grateful and thankful for the recognition we receive, but they really just don't compare to the people who walk through our doors every day and tell us how KLRC has made an impact in their life!
In addition to the studios, KLRC's new building also includes a receptionist desk, six large and permanent cubicles, one larger half-wall office, three stand-alone offices, a conference room, a large server and phone/computer equipment room, and a copy/print room. There's even a kitchen and a small second-story and basement for storage!
The final stop on our tour is a large, multipurpose room we refer to as the Sharathon room. It's used once or twice a year during Sharathon to house twelve work-stations for our staff and phone volunteers! The room has been a huge improvement, and has made moving from paper pledge forms to computer work-stations possible. It still gets very loud and hectic during the busy hours of Sharathon!