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Covering Live Events with Streaming Video at KAMU, Part 2

Jan 24, 2011 11:16 AM, with Bennett Liles

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Texas A&M University holds a lot of big events and public TV station KAMU sends it all back to the studio with Streambox encoder/decoders. KAMU engineer Wayne Pecena is here to give us the details on the streaming operation, his control room and studio next up on the SVC podcast. Wayne thanks for being back with me for Part Two from public TV station KAMU at Texas A&M University using the Streambox SBT3-9300 encoder/decoders for back hauling various live events around the campus. Having worked at Georgia public broadcasting for many years myself it’s always great to talk to somebody from another public TV outfit. And you have a substantial network there broadcasting over the air to the local community as well as around the campus. So when did you start using the Streambox hardware?
Well our first actual use was in the fall of 2009 actually in early October when President Obama visited the campus as part as a Points of a Light event that was held here. The George Bush Presidential Library is located at Texas A&M and that brings us a lot of notable people to campus. [Timestamp: 1:40]

And of course in a university environment there’s nothing like a high-profile visit by some very notable person to serve as an opportunity for a possible equipment purchase of this or that kind of hardware item that you’ve been wanting to get and try out and use on other things too. It’s a “we got to have this to cover this thing” and “OK well go ahead and get it.” While I was reading about that I also spotted an event that happens at Texas A&M called the Aggie Muster that you cover or a group of events. What’s involved in that?
Well Aggie Muster is an annual event that occurs on April the 21st each year which is also Texas Independence Day but basically Aggie Muster is, if you read or look at the history or the tradition and by the way Texas A&M is very rich in tradition and the tradition says if your within a 100 miles of another Aggie you get together, you share a meal, you share memories of your time in the A&M College of Texas, as the original name was, but there’s about 400 Aggie Muster events around the world and the one in College Station of course is the largest and it is a time again to share a meal, reminisce about your times here but one of the, probably the most moving parts of it to me, is the roll call where those fellow Aggies that have fallen during the past year are honored and recognized. [Timestamp: 3:15]

I’m sure you run through a full range of emotion between that and all of the celebrations that are going on with all the tradition connected with it. You’ve also got a studio and control center and in Part One we didn’t talk much about that but that would be on the receiving end for most of these live streaming feeds. What goes on in the control center and how many people are manning that facility?
Well we have a full time staff of approximately 35 people and at various times we have probably at least that many student or part time workers which are typically limited to 20 hours a week and their times vary depending on our different projects. We do have high definition studio production capability and we do a variety of events from local programs some educational based others just simply public affairs. Like a lot of public television stations we do fund raising events which means the call banks and the pleas for money and sort of thing during festivals. [Timestamp: 4:27]

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