Building a CBC station

The transformation underway behind the opaque "coming soon" window-wrap on our building in downtown Kamloops really is amazing. CBC's new station on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Victoria Street is quickly taking shape.

Weeks ago, the basic space was carved out. Walls, plumbing, ventilation and electrical were installed in a small part of what used to be the Bank of Montreal's main branch (No, the vault is not included).
Then in came a team of CBC technicians with a stack of schematic diagrams, spools of wire, lots of boxes and loads of know-how. They've put months of planning into action and the installation is going like clockwork.  

The sound proof announcer's booth, where a new morning show on CBC Radio will originate, occupies the corner office.   Attached is a semicircle desk where the station's news anchor and guests will pull up to the microphones.

Across the room, computers and audio equipment sit ready for business on temporary card tables -- yes, card tables. The final furniture has been delayed in shipping, but the show must go on.

Though the office is just 12 meters across, almost four kilometers of wiring has been laid. That's audio wire and computer cable -- a vast array tucked into the ceiling, floor and walls.

And while the groundwork's been laid there's a lot more to do, still.

A fibre-optic line will soon be installed. That's the critical link between the Kamloops station and the rest of the CBC Network.

Patiently waiting in a refrigerator-sized box is the control room audio console. The host will tinker with its sliders, knobs, and buttons to activate microphones, music, and every other sound on the show.

It will be one of the last pieces to be installed -- and that's not far away.  

Of course, there's still a million little things too get done: clocks, TV, a doorbell ... the list goes on.

Then comes testing and troubleshooting.  (Really, what could go wrong with 4 kilometers of wiring?), and some training for the crew.

Then we'll be on the air, simple as that.

It really is coming soon!

~CBC Kamloops producer, Rob Polson
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