Radio stations and news networks conducting telephone interviews
with NIH researchers and scientists can now avail themselves of
a technology that sounds as if the interviewer and subject are
actually in the same room.
|Bill Schmalfeldt, production manager for the NIH Radio News Service, demonstrates
the new ISDN equipment set up in the new studio adjacent to the Visitor Information Center in Bldg. 45.||
The NIH Radio News Service, part of the Office of Communications
and Public Liaison, OD, has installed an ISDN transceiver in its
new studio adjacent to the Visitor Information Center in Bldg.
45. An abbreviation for "integrated services digital network," the
ISDN line eliminates the traditional degradation of sound usually
associated with a telephone conversation. As more radio stations
convert to digital audio, their news departments are relying more
on broadband communications for long-distance interviews.
Bill Schmalfeldt, production manager for the NIH Radio News Service,
said the new ISDN transceiver at the Natcher Center will allow
NIH'ers to take part in interviews (where the radio station or
network is also using an ISDN decoder) that will sound more clear
and natural than the traditional interview by telephone.
"A lot of news directors in radio are getting away from doing
telephone interviews because of the way such interviews sound," Schmalfeldt
said. "But with our new ISDN equipment, that negative aspect is
eliminated. To the listener, it sounds like the interviewer and
subject are sitting down, chatting face to face. It's convenient
for the radio stations, and makes news directors more agreeable
to conducting a long-distance interview."
For more information about using the ISDN transceiver, contact
Schmalfeldt at (301) 435-7557.