RFC Media, managed by longtime radio broadcast professionals, creates custom-produced, Internet-delivered radio stations for private enterprises, supplying music with live breaks to create a true broadcast experience. The company is using Barix Exstreamer 100 IP audio devices from Zurich-based Barix to receive and decode its professionally-produced program streams at client locations, citing ease of use and setup, stability, low cost and audio quality as key differentiators from competitive solutions. The project underscores Barix’s expertise in Audio over IP solutions for both radio broadcast and in-store media applications.
RFC Media differentiates itself from background music services by offering a true hosted radio station experience. ‘Host presenters’ make announcements — live or on delay — related to the business during music breaks. All clients receive customized music programs updated every 24 hours, including Spec’s Radio, the private-label radio station created for the Texas retail chain.
“We’re not a playlist company – we’re radio people,” says Pat Fant, co-founder and chief operating officer, RFC Media. “We have a professional production studio with the equipment and software to put together and stream a full presentation. This stems from our background as broadcasters. We approach this differently from interruption-style media common in background music systems. We talk to the customer instead of advertising to them.”
Fant adds that Barix makes it simple to add locations. The RFC Media staff handles device configuration (five minutes or less per device) and adds new IP addresses to the network. The devices are shipped to client locations along with instructions for two simple connections.
“Broadcasters approach in-store media with a different twist,” said Johannes Rietschel, CEO and founder of Barix. “Playlist-based elevator music is often boring, and the personal touch RFC Media adds with individual programming and live announcements makes full use of Barix capabilities: reliable, real-time streaming with system-wide ease of use.”
Spec’s Radio can also be heard online via a custom mobile iPhone app.
RFC Media is building a similar network for NASA.