3MBS to Roll Out Major Technology Upgrades
The largest investment since relocating to Abbotsford Convent
3MBS will upgrade its broadcast technology in its two broadcast studios and editing suite at Abbotsford Convent by the end of August 2019.
With rapid technological advances creating new possibilities for radio broadcasting, 3MBS Board has long been aware of the need to reinvest in the technology of the station. After significant consultation with industry professionals, dialogue with sister stations around the country and evaluation of 3MBS’s growing role in the community, the Board has now approved a technology investment of over $200,000 – the largest investment for the station since its relocation to Abbotsford Convent in 2007.
The upgrades, which will include new desks and automation/playout systems, will occur in two stages: the first stage will focus on upgrades to recording Studio 2 and will be completed by the end of April; the second stage will include upgrades to broadcast Studio 1 and will be completed by the end of August. The two-stage roll-out will enable a smooth transition from old to new systems and will be supported by a training program for all on-air presenters.
‘The 3MBS community is dedicated to improving the station’s technical capacity to ensure that 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne remains a contemporary and sustainable organisation that continues to engage our loyal supporters and to grow Melbourne’s diverse audiences,’ says General Manager Gail Southwell. ‘I am thrilled with the thought of what 3MBS will be like with new technology and the opportunity for our presenters to access the station’s new digitised library.’
The funding for these upgrades has come from the Victorian State Government, a number of major Trusts and Foundations and from private donors.
‘I would like to thank the 3MBS technical team, staff and fellow Board members (past and present) for their bold vision and resolve,’ states Chris Howlett, 3MBS Board Chairman. ‘It is an exciting time at 3MBS and I look forward to experiencing these upgrades with the Melbourne classical music community.’