Aaron Read

Director of Information Technology & Engineering

Aaron leads the team that keeps our transmitters, computers and studios working at peak proficiency while strategizing future technical improvements.   Born in Westerly and raised in nearby Mystic, CT, Aaron has lived in New England for over 30 years...albeit with a five year detour to the Finger Lakes of NY and Santa Barbara, CA.  

Prior to joining RIPR in 2012, he's worked at, with, or for a multitude of NPR and college radio outlets; including WBUR (Boston University), WEOS & WHWS (Hobart & William Smith Colleges), KCSB (UC, Santa Barbara), KCBX (San Luis Obispo), WMFO (Tufts University), WBRS (Brandeis University), WZBC (Boston College), WZLY (Wellesley College), and also the public radio programs The Infinite Mind and Living on Earth.

Read has a BA in Psychology from Boston University, is a Certified Broadcast Technologist in the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and relishes his "jack of all trades" reputation.  He writes The Engineer's Corner, an occasional series on technical topics involving RIPR.

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Aaron Read RIPR

If you follow RIPR on Twitter...and you don't I highly recommend it; even if you're not really a Twitter fan, we post all sorts of cool stuff on there....then doubtless you've noticed that not long ago we created a system that automatically tweets links to the audio of our local newscasts.  

Our Intrepid Engineer is a little intimidated by Alexa
James Baumgartner RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio, in conjunction with our webcast provider, StreamGuys, has created a new Alexa Skill just for RIPR!  To activate it for your Echo or Echo Dot, just go to this address:

http://alexa.ripr.org

Your intrepid engineer can be a bit, err, intimidated by how much Alexa can do...especially how much it can insert itself into your personal life...but even he can't deny that it's pretty cool.  Just say:

"Alexa, open Rhode Island Public Radio."

Tonight during Marketplace (6:30-7pm) there will be about 10-15 minutes of dead air on RIPR.  All our FM signals will be off, and the webcast will be down.

Resurgent Russia in the Time of Trump - With Corey Flintoff
Brown University

NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff spent four years as NPR's bureau chief in Moscow, where he reported as Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on dissent, seized Crimea, and led Russia into war in eastern Ukraine. Since his recent return to the U.S., Flintoff has been following the revelations of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between two of the world's most potently armed nations.

Astute listeners probably noticed at 8pm on Friday night (Jan.20th) that RIPR was airing our new "Double Content Delivery System."   It's still technically in the prototype stage, so there's some bugs to work out, but overall we were very happy with its ability to put out twice as much content at once.  Soon we'll roll it out across our schedule, and you'll barely be able to make sense of all the content we'll be throwing at you!

Okay, so, yeah, that's a joke. :)

President Obama
Colin Marshall NPR

On Tuesday January 10th at 9pm ET, RIPR will be providing live, special coverage of President Obama's "farewell address" in Chicago.

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating the speech; they'll be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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RIPR's Intrepid Engineer sips cocoa during the storm
Lisa Read / RIPR

With the forecast being for 10 to 15 inches of snow (!!!) across the Providence region today, why is your Intrepid Engineer smugly sipping hot cocoa in his kitchen, instead of frantically sweeping mounds of snow from the satellite dish?

Tower crane
Aaron Read

UPDATE 03/06/17: AT&T reports they are   FINISHED!  WOOOOOT!!!  :)  No more reduced power days on 102.7FM!

UPDATE 03/03/17: Unfortunately, if not unsurprisingly, AT&T was unable to finish today.  They'll be back on the tower Monday 3/6 at 9am so reduced power on 102.7 again.

AT&T Tower Climbers on 102.7 Tower
Aaron Read RIPR

UPDATE 3:15PM: The tower crew needed a few extra minutes to finish up, but they are done and down from the tower...and we are back on the air!

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To our South County listeners: 102.7FM may be off the air for periods between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday June 21st to allow AT&T Wireless tower climbers to perform emergency repairs on their equipment.

Radios on Omni Hotel Roof
Aaron Read RIPR

This week we have crossed a new milestone for our Studio/Transmitter Links (STL) for WELH 88.1FM.  Longtime EC readers know that we've had, well, "issues" with the STL for a long time.

102.7FM is off-air from about 1:15pm to 2:30pm or so on Saturday Dec. 5th for emergency tower work by AT&T Wireless on their antennas, which are a few feet below our FM transmission antenna on the same tower in Narragansett.   We have to shut down to get the power levels low enough for the safety of the tower climbers.

They say it shouldn't take more than about an hour.

Front and back of SureStreamer
APT

Transmitting audio over the internet is a fact of almost every radio station's life these days, and RIPR is no exception.  In fact, we use it even for mission-critical purposes like getting our main programming audio from our studios to our transmitters in Seekonk (88.1FM/Providence) and South County (102.7FM/Narragansett Pier).  But while audio over the internet is so ubiquitous that everyone takes it for granted, it's important to remember that, strictly speaking, it's a terrible idea and the internet was never designed for it.

That's where nifty devices like the new APT SureStreamer come in.

Jesse M. Smith Library in Harrisville
RIPR

Join Rhode Island Public Radio for a listening party for our series One Square Mile: Burrillville at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville!  Hear highlights from the series, meet the local reporters who produced the stories, and share your stories with us!

Logitek Mosaic mixer
Aaron Read RIPR

Our new Logitek Audio-over-IP (AoIP) mix console system, and its accompanying ENCO automation system, is in the process of being installed.  We'll have some on-site visits starting Nov.2nd and the big changeover will be the week of Nov. 16th.

Starting on August 18, 2015 we've added a new feature to the ripr.org homepage: you can download MP3 audio files of the three most recent local newscasts!  So if you just missed the news, but still want to get caught up on the most breaking of breaking developments, fear not - you can get it right from our website!

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