SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
April 20, 2021  

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Attendees

Name
Mr. Jonathan Charry 
Mr. Steve Floyd 
Mr. Willy Halla 
Mr. William Harrison 
Mr. Rob Hawthorne 
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn 
Mr. Thomas Hormuth 
Mr. Kent Kramer 
Mr. Aaron Lane 
Mr. Chuck Lindner 
Mr. Tom McNicholl 
Mr. George Molnar 
Mr. Nathan Mumford 
Mr. Horace Murray 
Mr. James O'Neal 
Mr. Brian Oliger 
Mr. Jonathan Perkes 
Mr. Andrew Prouse 
Mr. Christopher Root 
Mr. Daniel Ryson 
Ms. Mary Schnelle 
Mr. Sidney Shumate 
Mr. Carl Swanson 
Mr. Fred Willard 

Remote Hybrid Workflows & Cloud Disaster Recovery

Nathan Mumford

Guest Speaker: Nathan Mumford

March 9, 2021

Our Tuesday, March 9, 2021 meeting featured guest speaker Nathan Mumford of RCS. Nate discussed Remote Hybrid Workflows and Cloud Disaster Recovery while introducing local workflows and the future of radio automation.

Broadcast Automation traces a rich, decades-long history through multiple, distinct generations. Early systems were analog and electro-mechanical systems focused on reducing staffing costs in smaller markets. Later generations of digital, hard-drive based systems improved production and audio quality while eliminating the high maintenance costs of tape-based systems. As explained below, yet another evolutionary generation is now upon us.

March marked the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in the United States that forced stations to grapple with new, largely unforeseen work-at-home challenges. Some facilities were evacuated for days and weeks by local health officials. Stations equipped with remote access and good disaster-recovery plans quickly adapted, remained competitive, and thus maintained ratings and advertising revenue. Others have a renewed appreciation for disaster plans. One lesson learned is that suitable recovery methods depend on the specific nature of each adversary. With COVID-19, physical infrastructure remains operational but is inaccessible by staff. In other scenarios, studio equipment can be rendered inoperative, requiring disaster plans to consider off-site or “cloud” backup production facilities. Nate discussed topics that can enhance daily operations, be operated remotely, while also being capable of such backup duties.

Nate Mumford has been with RCS for nearly 5 years, supporting and demonstrating RCS software throughout the United States and won the RCS Support Technician of the year in 2016. He wrote and co-produced the RCS Academy Certification GSelector and Zetta programs. Previously, Nate worked as the Director of Digital Operations for Berkshire Broadcasting in Danbury, Connecticut and designed and programmed four stations from scratch for the company. His 15-year career included stations WBMX(FM) Boston, WCZX(FM) and WPDH(FM) in the Poughkeepsie, NY market, as well as WRKI(FM) and WDBY in the Danbury, CT market. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Our meeting began promptly at 6:30 pm after an informal visit starting about 6:00 pm.  Thanks to sponsors Paul Fitts and Owen Garland of Vertical Technology Services, LLC for their ongoing financial support of Chapter 37's recent Zoom sessions and other technical support costs.

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