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There are a few things I love about my job. For one thing, it's something different every day. Another, is toys, lots of cool toys.

This may be a little too inside baseball, but maybe that's why you read our blogs. KSL has long been willing to put money on the latest technology in the effort to get better live and edited reports from the field to the station - and thus on the air. Our engineering staff, really through 85 years, has come up with some very innovative ways to get that done. And, as you can imagine, advancing techhnology is making more and more things possible.

One of my jobs is to "try out" some of the latest stuff. I don't know exactly how it evolved, but now it seems I'm the guy the engineer or the News Director will give things to, to work out.

For several years now, we've had laptops that allow us to enter, edit and mix sound for our stories. With an internet connection, we're able to send them to the station at almost studio quality.

Now, there's another gizmo. It allows us to broadcast live with near studio quality, anywhere we have a high speed internet connection. (It's the thing to the right on the photo) The connection can be through wi-fi, a wilreless card or a network link. It's sooo cool, just a little bigger than my original PDA. But, like anything, we've had to work out a few bugs.

The first time we tried it, we learned there was quite a delay in the sound reaching the studio. Engineers worked with the manufacturers on some fixes for that.

The second time, we thought we had it down. I had hoped to pull off a very clear broadcast from the Utah Idaho border east of Snowville. Like it seems to go every time, everything sounded great until we hit air. Then, suddenly the sound started fading in and out. (Nothing like an on air crash and burn.)

Again, after a few ajustments, it seems we've figured out how to use it. The access point should allow us to greatly broaden range when it comes to news coverage.

It's amazing to me, considering when I started here - and it really wasn't that long ago - no one knew what the internet was. I can't wait to see what the next decade brings.

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