Adelaide’s 3D-FM Rebuild with Lawo technology.
Lawo on-air broadcasting system delivered to Three D Radio.
Australian Lawo partner Professional Audio Technology Pty Ltd announced the recent commissioning and delivery of a Lawo on-air broadcasting system to broadcaster Three D Radio from Adelaide.
Three D Radio has been broadcasting since 1979 as a community radio station on 93.7FM across the greater metropolitan area of Adelaide and its surrounding country areas. With up to 87 diverse programs going to air each week, Three D Radio is run by the Progressive Music Broadcasting Association Inc. (PMBA), who is committed to playing contemporary, progressive and alternative music. There are no playlists or rotations on Three D Radio. Each of 120+ announcers is free to choose the music that they present.
Moving into new purpose-built premises, it was time to upgrade the On-Air technology in line with the new studios. Chaired by the independent technologist Glen Donhardt, the technical committee of Three D Radio, assessed various broadcast technologies supported in Australia. The decision to procure Lawo's crystal technology was based on functionality, support and Three D's budget. The Three D technical committee recommended twelve fader crystal consoles in the two main On-Air Studios and a crystal frame in the MCR.
PAT's Technology Specialist Alan Liddelow explains the technology approach that was taken: "Three D Radio is in the fortunate position to have some very technically savvy people on their technical committee, who were able to utilise the technical flexibility that Lawo equipment offers to its full potential."
During a three day commissioning and training session at PAT's training facility in Hornsby NSW, Mark Farley, David Corkill and Ian Moore from Three D Radio undertook in-depth customer training before the system was dispatched to Adelaide. Three D Radio's Robert Ayliffe commented on the new purchase "We have used our move as an opportunity to future proof, as far as practically possible, our station. The Lawo equipment was chosen after a lot of research as being the most suited to meet our needs now and into the future." Three D Radio is planning to be on air with the new system by September this year.
More and more smaller and community broadcasters have been discovering that Lawo's entry level consoles are within their budgets, while providing technological flexibility and sophisticated operating possibilities in addition to outstanding German build quality. MD of Professional Audio Technology Patrick Salloch commented "...as the Lawo user community is rapidly expanding in Australia, I am delighted to see that Australian broadcasters embrace this outstanding German technology and take full advantage of its capabilities. I am sure that Three D Radio will set new technology standards for community broadcasters in South Australia and we are looking forward to working with Three D for years to come."
Pictured: David Corkill, Mark Farley and Ian Moore during the factory acceptance of the Lawo system in Sydney