KEXP is more than a radio station. KEXP is a dynamic arts organization that provides rich music experiences on the air, online and on the streets. Their curatorial staff of 40 DJs, who are widely recognized as experts in their field, present the newest emerging popular artists alongside established bands. More than 200,000 listeners from around the world tune in to the station each week over the air and online. On KEXP’s YouTube channel, videos of exclusive in-studio performances garner more than 1.7 million views per week.
As the station has evolved to include over 500 live performances each year, many with video, along with an array of local events and programming, it became clear that a larger, more centrally located facility allowing full public access was needed. KEXP’s moved into their New Home at Seattle Center in 2015. The facility is 28,000 sq. ft. and large enough to include a public interior performance space as well as a gathering space that includes a café and record store.
The result is a truly state-of-the art multi-purpose radio facility. It boasts full AOIP and contains two on-air studios, two large production studios (one serving double duty as a mastering suite) capable of hosting multiple guests, four audio and video editing suites, a live video control room, and a live recording studio and audio control room with sound proof viewing for 75 people. DJs have space in the library / archive station for previewing music. Audio is fully routable throughout the facility, so bands can perform in the recording studio, broadcast through the radio studio, and be seen live over KEXP’s live streaming service. And with live DJs working 24/7 (literally), KEXP’s custom asset management solution affords them radio play-out flexibility while allowing DJ’s to still use manual crossfade adjustments without automation assistance. A uniquely KEXP solution.
SkB Architects, Walters-Storyk Design Group