Saga Communications Picks Axia - Again

Five-station Charlottesville, Virginia cluster to install Livewire™ network

16 April 2009, Cleveland, OH USA

Saga Communications’ Charlottesville, Virginia radio cluster will soon install a new Axia IP-Audio routing network and consoles. WINA-AM, WVAX-AM, WCNR-FM, WQMZ-FM and WWWV-FM will be recipients of the new Axia gear.

“Our experience at our first Axia build, in Asheville, North Carolina, brought us back to them for the Charlottesville project,” says Greg Urbiel, Director of Engineering for Saga. “Reduced wiring cost and complexity, the presence of a unified control platform, both local and remote, system efficiencies like the replacement of sound cards with direct connections to the network, and our experience with the Axia team during our first project — all these things led us to choose Axia again.”

Existing consoles will be removed to make way for a new, integrated routing network that encompasses 7 studios, each with Axia consoles and mixing engines, and a TOC. Other equipment includes 19 Axia Audio Nodes and PathfinderPC Routing Control software, which allows users to build custom routing applications ranging from simple point-to-point routes to multi-point scene changes.

More than 1,000 studios worldwide are now on-the-air with Axia IP-Audio systems, which enable broadcasters to build audio routing networks of any size using standard switched Ethernet. Axia networks have a total system capacity of more than 10,000 audio streams, and can carry hundreds of digital stereo channels over a single CAT-6 cable.


Axia, a Telos company, builds Ethernet-based professional IP-Audio products for broadcast, sound-reinforcement and commercial audio applications. Along with the popular Element modular console for on-air, commercial production, audio workstations and personal studios, Axia products include digital audio routers, DSP mixers and processors, and software for configuring, managing and interfacing networked audio systems.