This job has a lot of perks, like developing relationships that span decades. Or rubbing shoulders with committed and influential people. Or being involved with organizations that are trying to do good in the world.
Or, in the case of Hope for the Heart, all three. June Hunt is one of Christian radio’s first women’s voices and the founder of Hope for the Heart, established in 1986. Her broadcasts, heard on nearly 900 radio outlets around the world, emanate from the counseling ministry’s studios in Plano, Texas.
We first encountered Hope for the Heart in 2003 through their audio engineer David Boothe, who we had worked with for the prior twenty years, originally in the creation of studios for Lyrick Studios, the producers of the PBS children’s series Barney and Friends and Wishbone.
At that time, Hope for the Heart was preparing to move to new facilities on the third floor of a high-rise building. We designed 2,500 sq.ft. of technical spaces that included a control room, an on-air studio for a host and three guests, a second audio production control room, editing support, and a central equipment room.
Those studios marked a big step forward for the ministry’s production values, but HFTH eventually outgrew that facility. In 2009 they moved again, replicating the successful configuration of their technical spaces in a different high-rise. At every step along the way RBDG has been there to assist them in making sure the studios are providing the best acoustical and audio performance they can.
By getting to know June and her mission, and by understanding the way David works to create HFTH’s audio, RBDG has been able to help shape and define the studio spaces to be a perfect fit for the ministry. The result is a better sound on-air, which means better communication of their message to their listeners. Being a part of that process is just another one of those perks.