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What happens when AV nerds grow up...

Busy master control room at the former WSBT Broadcast Center in South Bend...


This master control room began operations in 1954, and was retired late 2008. The facility is currently being renovated for their new tenant, WNIT Television (PBS).


Playing on 22.1 is a 'Walk Fit Orthotics' infomerical

Playing on 22.2 is the second tape of 'Silence of the Lambs'


If you view the full size image and look at the clock, you can see the second hand motion - this was a 2 second exposure, if I recall. That's why all of the monitors are over-exposed


Unique trivia concerning this WSBT broadcast center, and this room in specific... This facility was designed by the same architects as CBS Studio City in Burbank, CA.


If you've ever seen 'Good Night and Good Luck', this control room and studio configuration is, or at least when built in 1954, was nearly identical to the one in the movie. The racks of equipment on the left are in front of the 40' long set of windows looking down in to the studio from this control room, currently Master Control, but it built as the studio control room.


Not seen in the photo are the rest of the equipment racks in the room behind the camera - the 'rack room'. At a rough guess I'd say 50+ racks filled with routers, switchers, frame syncs, distribution amps, not to mention the satellite equipment, audio routers, studio transmitter links and such for 4 radio stations. And there's the telecine room in the basement, with the DirecTV uplink and the 120KVA UPS, and the ProFile video servers....

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Taken on May 3, 2006