The new digital rundown at the 1111 North Capitol studios in DC is called NewsFlex. It was developed over the course of five years by NPR Technology. It manages every aspect of radio production from idea to archive.

The first broadcast from 1111 N. Capitol. Host Scott Simon readies Weekend Edition in Studio 31.

Charlie Mayer, director of operations, NPR Technology, shows off the program rundown he helped design.

Scott Simon in the first successful live broadcast from the new HQ.

Master Control engineers communicate with Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition, before his first broadcast from the new station digs.

Madhulika Sikka and Weekend Edition supervising senior producer Bridget Kelley confer before the show.

Here's the POV from the host's chair. Seen here: The red one-line telephone used by Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne, Scott Simon’s reading stand from Chicago, RPG diffusor panels, some of the clocks, and coffee mug are familiar surroundings transferred from the old headquarters.

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Peer Inside NPR's New D.C. Digs

NPR's new headquarters is a 330,000-square-foot LEED-certified private/public space designed as both a studio and a tourist attraction. Why can we already imagine Bill O'Reilly making a big deal about this?

NPR is opening their new headquarters in June, and gave an advance tour to Interior Design. The new space in Washington, D.C., located several blocks from the Capitol near Union Station, includes mixed office/studio and public spaces.

According to Interior Design's Laura Fisher Kaiser, NPR's new headquarters combines a four-story converted telephone company warehouse with a seven-story office block. Built by Hickok Cole, the space includes an open newsroom with enclosed side spaces for interviews, studio space, and open areas for tourists. The public radio organization, which has been one of the leaders in digital growth, is offering daily tours to the public.

[All images courtesy NPR, by Stephen Voss]

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  • 4prongpitchfork

    On a sidenote, I don't know who designed the booth in the picture, but whoever he was..he's an idiot. He used QRD diffusers of 1980 vintage..which anyone who's been around studio design for over a year knows they're a budget spending joke.  Although highly touted by some designers, at least the newer versions, some have proven various attributes of these devices are bald face lies.  First off, in close proximity, these particular devices create lobbing, unplanned absorption and other anomalies. While maybe not particularly devastating to speech, when used for music recording depending on the instrument and proximity, they can actually be a detriment to the band of frequencies, as they can cancel some while boosting others. Not good for flat, truthful room response.

    While some may not agree, all one has to do is look a a decade of arguing between various studio designers at gearslutz. I've watched this battle ensue for over 30 years, until a well known acoustician finally, empirically showed by virtue of acoustic lab tests, how ridiculous the claims of the manufacturer are.