Just as its previous automation system reached end-of-life, WJCT-FM (89.9 FM) received a state grant through the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) for new equipment that would enable it to stay on the air during natural disasters and public emergencies. The Jacksonville, FL-based National Public Radio (NPR) station chose DAD automation, which has since proven to be 100% reliable in delivering audio programs to air.
WJCT has three DAD systems for channel playout—including the NPR FM signal on HD1, “Classical 24” music on HD2 and easy listening music on HD3—with a fourth for back-up. Scalability was also critical. DAD scales from one to many workstations, each of which plays out up to 16 playlists simultaneously, with a SQL database for virtually unlimited audio files. Now, as the backbone of the station, DAD works quietly and reliably in the background, keeping WJCT on the air, come what may.