About the la radio studio

The LA Radio Studio is a business:  The business of supplying  a comfortable, acoustically sound and functional radio studio to radio shows, radio stations, radio developers, podcasters and other new media outlets.

The LA Radio Studio, can accommodate everything from full broadcasts to points beyond, via ISDN, or the simplest of voice tracking projects at competitive rates.  Permanent residency for projects are welcome and we work with each client to accommodate the additional needs of doing a daily or weekly radio show.  With the growth of HD Radio, the LA Radio Studio can provide an "alternative" studio location to produce "live" programming for a radio station's HD2 channel. 

The LA Radio Studio is also perfect for corporate, non-radio, applications such as "webinars" and recorded roundtable discussions, for in-house or use on company websites.

The LA Radio Studio will also be a studio that encourages new “audio” ideas.   During the periods that the studio is not being utilized by clients, the LA Radio Studio will be working with other radio pros to develop new programming for a variety of outlets.  Working with people from all areas of the Arts and Media, we want to move shows from this development stage to where the show or program will become a paying customer for our “business”. 

The LA Radio Studio has some "pet projects" planned. 

LA's radio history is rich.  The LA Radio Studio wants to reunite some of LA's most important, historic and influential radio staffs - to replay classic airchecks and record the memories of the on-air staff - then retire to the adjacent Ports 'O Call Restaurant or board a Spirit Cruises private charter boat to continue the celebration with the entire radio station staff. 

There are future plans to make LA Radio Studio the “farm team” for radio students to help them hone their broadcast skills for the real world experience.

The Birth of the LA Radio Studio
Mike Stark

In 2008, the ABC Radio Network shutdown it's Burbank studio.

This Pacific Recorders based studio setup had been meticulously maintained by veteran broadcasters Dave Berges and John Price and represented what I felt was one of the best radio facilities in Southern California.

The studio & control room, as it looked at ABC Radio

Because the west coast portion of the Tom Joyner Morning Show had come from the ABC facility, I was sent, by the show, to tour various studios throughout LA to find a replacement location to broadcast from on a daily basis. John Price, another LA radio vet, and myself visited most of the studio "rentals" that were available and found that none came close to matching the facilities we had at ABC. After a couple months of searching we found the only studio that could meet our needs was the Burbank studios that are owned by legendary DJ Rick Dees. Ironically, they ended up right around the corner from where the ABC studios had been.  The studio was small (a production room), but it was technically sound and could handle the needs of an ISDN feed to the Joyner Dallas studios.

Radio Disney, who took over the ABC facility, was planning on gutting the studios and rebuilding a digital complex to support their very high profile radio needs. The old equipment and furniture housing the gear had to be disposed of and there were deadlines in getting that equipment out, with plans of sending most of it to the local landfill.

Thanks to his negotiations with Disney and many hours of "spec" work from Dave Berges, arrangements were made for myself and long time friend and business associate, Jayme Wilson, to acquire the gear that was destine to be tossed out. Jayme and I, after my studio tours, had talked about building a radio studio in the Ports O' Call Village in San Pedro. Now we had the opportunity to get a "foundation" for that studio in the form of some very good gear.

After a couple of "glitches" including a change in the schedule by Disney for us to remove the gear, Dave, Jayme, myself and our crew arrived on Labor Day 2008 with a huge flatbed truck and carefully loaded the gear for transport to Ports O' Call.

The studio being moved to Ports O' Call

Originally, I had conceived our new studio to be a combo, one room studio with microphones in the same room as the control room. However, after Jayme saw pictures of the way the studio had been configured - as a studio and control room operation, with a beautifully designed triangular microphone console, he said that he would like to see us "duplicate" what had been done at ABC.  The studio includes a small on-site kitchen, restroom, attached to a comfortable lobby/green room area that has a second story view of the LA waterfront.

  Contact: Mike Stark at mike@laradiostudio.com for more information.

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