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About a year ago I posted an article titled “Rebuild a TV station on the cheap” – as I stated in that post, the CEO of the company I work for – Chuck Peters said – do you think you really can? I said – I have no idea. Blew it off – but it bothered me until now. So – now, 11 months later, I’ve put a pencil to it.
We have a TV station (kcrg.com) which needs to take it to the next level. I’m not sure what our budget is to rebuild the TV station, I have heard numbers from $8 to $20 million. Either way, in my opinion…that’s WAY too much.
I really like podcasts – I listen/watch (for me is is mostly listen, but many are also a video feed) around 10-25 hours each week. So I know a good one when I heard/see it. One of my favorites, is twit.tv. Leo Laporte has built a killer network on a low cost budget. Now granted – that budget is bigger than a small podcast operator, but this is reasonable compared to the $8 million number.
My inspiration, as I said before, has basically come from Leo’s system – here is a better idea from his wiki.
It starts with the audio – nothing too fancy – but a nice audio board and mics.
We need streaming stuff too – we’re going real time.
This is a hard one for me – lots of guesses and probably too low.
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That adds up to $473,000 – which is a lot of money. Plus, I’m sure I have forgotten a bunch – so let’s double it, just to be safe. $1 million.
Now – some of what needs to be “fixed” is networking and construction. Lets add $750,000 more for that – and also $250,000 for anything else I forgot.
That’s a total of $2 million. I realize that is a lot – but this is a very nice station. One that has been proven on a handful of podcasts and one that will work from broadcast too – we just have to let our past go and move to the new.
OK – please fill it full of holes, I appreciate the feedback. What have I forgot that cost so much?
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