Founded in 1983, Information Station Specialists is the USA's best
known source for Information Radio Stations (TIS/HAR), advisory
the specialized services required to
transmit spoken messages to citizens − the only such source
providing products entirely made in America.
Workstation Audio Control (WAC), which functions
as an audio source for Information Radio
Stations, allows on-screen control of high
quality broadcast messages from a single,
dedicated workstation and/or across a network.
WAC enables natural audio recordings,
text-to-speech generation, broadcast audio processing, visual
audio editing, scheduled playlist changes and
The system includes a configurable PC and custom
software suite for drag-and-drop message control
specifically designed for Information Radio
Stations. Workstation Audio Control works in
conjunction with an optional studio package to
manage creation, visual editing and up to 3,000
hours of audio of high quality recorded or
text-to-speech broadcast messages. This unique
package allows “one-stroke message processing”
to produce the best broadcast message quality
and sound intensity. It also provides the
creation of preset groupings of messages that
may be immediately put on the air in
emergencies, prescheduled program changes, as
well as time-based event logging to document
which messages are being broadcast at a given
moment in time.
New features in Edition 2.1 include program
control via remote interface *, integrated live
microphone and playlist creation/editing in an
off-line programming mode.
The hardware package consists of a Dell PC
running Windows 7 Pro, 22-inch flat panel
monitor, 250GB/1TB hard drives, 4 GB RAM,
headset, mouse, keyboard, studio quality sound
card and all interface cables. The high quality
audio output can be interfaced to transmitter
systems via Wireless Audio
LinkTM, leased line, distribution amp or
direct feed. The package also includes an
uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and power
surge arrestor system.
Workstation Audio Control Enhanced Edition 2.1
retrofits to any ALERT AM or Information Station
radio system. It works in conjunction with
telephone message control and automatic NOAA
“all hazards” override from the ALERT AM’s
NX8R ** Digital Message Player. Retrofit
packages include all hardware, software, cables,
preprogramming, uninterruptible power supply,
illustrated instruction manual and user
Bill Baker (phone 616.772.2300 x102) will
help you plan your station, select options and
will provide a formal quote. Illustrated
instruction manuals come with every station, and
technical support for the life of the
Workstation Audio Control Enhanced Edition 2.1 includes PC
and factory setup.
Cables and software
Complete, configured PC with . . .
- Windows 7 Professional operating system.
- Gigabit integrated network interface card.
- 16X DVD-ROM.
- 250GB operating system hard drive.
- 1TB hard drive for recordings.
- 4GB RAM.
- Dual Core processor.
- ASI 5111 audio card.
- Live audio mixer (internal).
- 22" wide flat screen monitor.
- Power surge arrestor.
- Complete factory setup.
Optional software suite for broadcast
recording, processing, archiving and
uploading as well as
playlist creation and text-to-speech capability:
One-stroke audio processing and optimization for
highest AM broadcast quality, intelligibility
and signal distance via audio management
software for recording, graphic editing:
- Allows storage and drag/drop control of 3,000 hrs of
broadcast .WAV messages from an active PC
- Unlimited number of broadcast messages in
- 1-10 broadcast messages in rotation on screen.
- Unlimited number of messages may be broadcast
- Unlimited number of message playlists may be
- Message scheduling by date and time.
Text-to-speech module for broadcast message
creation from imported or typed text.
Headset and mic.
Remote support for the life of the product.
Optional installation, training and
Vail, Colorado, Police
Department Utilizes Workstation Audio
Photos courtesy of
Jennifer Kirkland, Vail, CO
Information Stations are
strategically positioned to
cover local streets and the I-70
corridor, as it travels through
the well-known resort community.
The programming is managed by
computer and is distributed to
the stations across the city’s
fiber optic system. Vail Public
Safety Communications Center
Interim Director Jennifer
Kirkland praises the Information
Station: “The system is
extremely beneficial to our
guests and citizens, as it
provides up-to-date, recorded
information that is useful and
* Remote Interface
While the remote interface does include most of
the functions and features of the host system,
certain features are not enabled, such as, live
microphone and production mode (playlist
creation and editing without broadcast
** NX8RTM Digital Message Player
Workstation Audio Control V2.1 is recommended
for use with the NX8R Digital Message Player.
NX8R has 2 input channels, which allows NOAA
All-Hazards/Weather Radio as the second live
Hardware by Dell has a 3-year, onsite warranty
with next-day service. The software has 1-year
email support. The Audio Science sound card has
a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Upon delivery, we provide 1
year of phone support (24
hours/7 days a week) technical staff for
operation and troubleshooting all Work Station
Audio Control hardware and software. Warranty is
void should the configuration of components,
hardware or software be modified (modified with
respect to their operating environment)
subsequent to delivery.
Sample Software Screens
thumbnails below to view larger images.
Screen Showing Active On-Air
Info (left) & Message Library
Screen to Schedule Message
Playlists by Day/Time
Screen to Schedule Message
Playlists by Date/Time
Message Management Software
Screen for Recording & Visual
US Patents: PowerPlane Flex Factory-Assembled Groundplane (5,495,261),
Vertical Profile Antenna System (7,027,008).
Trademarks: 2XTM Signal
Booster, ALERT AMTM
Emergency Advisory Radio System, AP55TM
Digital Message Player, ENcastTM
Emergency Notification Broadcast System, FAS6000TM
Flashing Beacons & Controller, FASTrackTM
Quick-Erect Sign, Flashing ALERTTM
Sign System, HearMoreInfoSM
Internet Broadcasts, Information Station Specialists, InfoRadioTM
Format, Information Station ClassicTM,
Information Station IPTM,
Radio Station, IP8TM Digital
Message Player, IP76TM
Digital Message Player, ITS6000TM
Highway Advisory Radio Network, LIGHTNINGTM
LED Portable Changeable Message Sign, NX8RTM
Digital Message Player, OP2200TM
On-Premise Radio Broadcast System, Potential Interference Notification
ServicesTM (PINS), Power
Loss Notification ModuleTM,
Factory-Assembled Groundplane, PowerSTATTM
Portable Power Source, evINFOSM
Portable Information Radio Service, RadioSTATTM
Portable Emergency Advisory Radio Station, RoadRunnR®
Portable Highway Advisory Radio Station, Signal Measurement RadioTM
Internet Broadcast Service, StealthTM
Sign, StreamCastSM Internet
Broadcast Service, Stylized ISS LogoTM,
SX200TM Wattmeter, TR6000
Vertical Profile Antenna System, VoiceStarTM
Portable Highway Advisory Radio Station (with our without Changeable
Message Sign), Wireless Audio LinkTM.
Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers
Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) /
Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation
of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is
required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable.
Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system,
digital voice player, wattmeter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin
locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial
cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice
accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program
access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power,
remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio
distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.