To support the operation of 116 stations located throughout the country, in both AM and FM, RCN Radio has a professional 39 engineering team and four technicians distributed throughout different cities. In general, engineers cover all areas of radio, broadcast, studio and satellite.

José Alfredo Cano, National Technical Manager RCN Radio and who is in charge of the entire team, noted that the largest group is Bogotá with 15 engineers and supports the rest of the country when a problem can not be solved by the personnel of the regional.

"In Bogota we have a little more specialization and we have the training as an internal exercise. Once a month we carry out a technical committee to discuss a technology issue and analyze current issues. There are areas, as in the studies, in which engineers have had to adapt to technology, such as the inclusion of video. We do not handle video and we have had to learn to implement it. The same happens with the internet, "he said.

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In RCN the technical department is in charge of radio. But there are other areas that begin to grow within the company for which they must provide the service of the audios and the technological capacity of the studios. That's why they have had to learn about streaming, audio for streaming. This is how they respond to the need of the company to be updated and to the new realities of the audiences.

José Alfredo Cano highlighted that by having a sister television company, they have achieved alliances with various programs and products. Starting from that they had to return the studies of radio, that were very taken care of in the subject of audio, kind to the video, doing them more pleasant for the television. This led to a redesign, adding other types of qualities that were not available before, including professional video equipment.

In addition, in the stations that make up the chain there is a lot of concern to adopt the dynamics of the video, especially in youth radio. In the case of La Mega, they have adequate studies with the ability to remote and edit video.

With the top of technology
RCN Radio has always been in high-end in terms of technology, which allows them to have a robust and reliable technology network. It is a heritage that they have built and cultivated well. Annually the area presents a plan for technical renewal and purchases, although each year the budget is slightly more limited.

But there are areas in which investment is maintained, as is the case of remote transmissions, in which more constant developments are presented and new ways of realizing them are always being sought.

He reminded the national technical manager of RCN Radio that they have several national broadcasters, which have a great capacity of IP codecs that allow them to make connections from all over the world against the whole world and, according to the need, they use a different system .

"The IP is developing towards mobility, to remote transmissions using cell phone networks for connection. With this we had many problems because we did not have the capacity and reliability for the radio transmissions. Today they can have more than one card to increase reliability. The journalists use smartphones to connect to the studios, from the technical side we do not encourage them much because sometimes they are in places with low signal, degrading the quality of the audio from the technical point of view, "he said.

The big project RCN Radio is currently developing is to strengthen a digital strategy. And from the engineering are working on the renewal to support that strategy. "In Colombia there are no changes towards digital transmission models. Since technology is very attractive but from the broadcasters still no interest or need to perform the migration. In the quality of the audio that increases, it would not be so perceptible on the part of the habitual listener ", concluded José Algredo Cano.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Editor
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.

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