Clear Channel Asheville Chooses Axia

13-room system to be installed in North Carolina cluster

14 April 2006, Cleveland, OH USA

Axia Audio, the networked-audio division of Telos, has announced the sale of 13 rooms of IP-Audio networking equipment to Clear Channel Radio for installation in its Asheville, North Carolina radio station cluster.

Element modular control surfaces, Axia Audio Nodes and other IP-Audio equipment will be used throughout new networked on-air studios for WWNC, WPEK, WKSF-FM, WQNS-FM and WQNQ-FM. Multiple production and news facilities, editing rooms and a Technical Operations Center are also being equipped by Axia.

“Who needs 256 cross points when you can just change IP addresses?” asks Chris Karb, Chief Engineer of Clear Channel’s Asheville cluster. “We’ll have almost no analog wiring in our new facilities; audio will be present only at the edges of the system and shared via the network. Instead of sound cards, our Prophet system will send audio through the IP-Audio driver. I think the only analog wiring in the plant will be for the phone system!”

Using the Axia IP-Audio system, broadcasters can build audio networks of any size using switched Ethernet to connect a few rooms — or an entire facility. Axia audio networks can carry hundreds of digital stereo audio channels over standard CAT-6 cables or fiber links, eliminating much of the cost and complexity normally associated with wiring labor and infrastructure.

The Axia system includes a family of microphone, analog line and AES/EBU “audio nodes” and DSP mix engines, the popular Element Modular Control Surface and SmartSurface Studio Control Surface, and the soundcard-eliminating Axia IP-Audio driver, which can be used to send audio directly to the Axia network from computer editing applications and playout automation systems.

For more information, contact Clark Novak at Axia, +1-216-241-7225, or e-mail


Axia, a Telos company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio products for broadcast, production, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Products include digital audio routers, on-air control surfaces, DSP mixers and processors and software for configuring, managing, and interfacing networked audio systems.