Hospital Radio Maidstone's engineering team help to keep the service on the air, as well as developing new technology.
HRM has three studios at the Maidstone General Hospital - Studio 1 and 2 are used for broadcasting the two channels to the hospital Chanel 1 - Energy and Chanel 2 - Choice. The third studio is used for production and off-air work.
Each of the two on air studios are equipped with the following:
One Air 2000 mixing desk
Two CD players
Two MiniDisk players
One tape cassette machine
One computer play out system
One computer for internet access
Two pairs of headphones
One telephone-to-air unit
One radio clock
One record player
HRM's music library features more than 30,000 tracks, with new and classic tracks added regularly.
Technology has defiantly played its part in our studios. Our production studio uses Adobe Audition. This is a very powerful editing system and enables the team to produce some very interesting material.
Our digital play out system is Audioenhance's DPS. This has really enabled the HRM to run 24 hours a day, with news every hour.
Every week the program controller sets off a task on the scheduler system that picks daytime music programming. A few tweaks to ensure a constant sounding output and then the presenter adds his or her magic and daytimes on HRM are sorted.