New York University had been planning to relocate and enlarge its Department of Journalism for several years. In its base plan was the desire to enhance its new technical facilities at 20 Cooper Square, New York City. The Systems Group was contracted to consult on and then integrate the technology used within the new facility. The broadcast facilities included in the plan were to have the look and feel of a working broadcast environment, giving the students who pursue a career in television or radio a view into their future endeavors.
The 1,500 square foot television studio is outfitted with three Hitachi cameras for normal production along with a single Sony robotic camera for smaller events. The studio also holds a Digital Displays Ivision HD projector teamed with a ten foot retractable screen to be used for presentations and screenings. Supporting the studio is a production control room console which houses the Comrex phone hybrid control, the Sony robotic remote control, Ross Synergy switcher control surface and a legacy Mackie audio console with its accompanying compressors and equalizers. The rear console for the producer, graphics operator houses the Chyron Micro Duet CG and the Avid Airspeed servers for record and playback.
The radio studio is an integral part of the main instructional newsroom. It has one main operating position with an Audio Arts D-75 radio mixing board and supporting audio equipment. Along side the main operator are three guest positions. Simulated radio newscast and talk shows are viewed from the newsroom’s adjoining window allowing professor and class to participate with the radio atmosphere. The projector within the newsroom can display a POV camera above the Audio Arts console to allow the main class body to view operations while receiving instructions. The newsroom also acts as an extension of the radio studio with the addition of a broadcast service panel. This allows additional mics and audio feeds into the audio mixer for larger class participation.