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NAB Radio Update - Sep 13, 2005
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News from the Convention
John Dille to Receive National Radio Award
Washington - May 24, 2005 - John F. Dille III, president and chief executive officer of Federated Media, will receive the NAB National Radio Award, Sept. 23, at the Radio Luncheon during the 2005 NAB Radio Show.
At Federated Media, Dille oversees a 15-station radio group with stations in Indiana and Michigan. He has also worked in a multitude of leadership positions throughout his career. He has served twice as NAB Radio Board chairman and was the chairman of the unification task force that merged the National Radio Broadcasters Association and NAB. He is also past chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the NAB Congressional Relations Committee. Dille is past president of the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
Dille chaired the NAB Legislative Liaison Committee program for Indiana and served on the Radio Music Licensing Committee. In addition, he has worked as director and first vice president of Michiana Public Telecasting.
Born in Chicago, Dille began his career as a copy boy for The Washington Post. Later, he worked as a foreign correspondent for Thomson Newspapers before moving into broadcasting. In 2000, he became an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he teaches broadcast management.
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Products from the Floor
Audio Processing Technology (APT) Worldnet Oslo Updates
T1 and IP codec
New options for the Worldnet Oslo have been added for increased flexibility. An IP transport is now available in addition to the existing E1/T1 connection options. The Ethernet interface can also be used for WAN/LAN data transfer. Also, a Quad Encoder and Decoder module that offers four simplex channels per card has been added. Using a Quad Simplex Card along with a duplex stereo card will provide a 5.1 transport method.
Linear Acoustic Aeromax-HDFM
Multichannel radio processor
This processor incorporates programmable audio processing for a station's analog and digital FM signal paths, in addition to providing separate multiband processing for up to two supplementary audio channels. The unit also provides 5.1-channel surround-sound encoding via built-in SRS Labs Circle Surround technology. The unit's front panel display offers a spectrum analyzer and digital oscilloscope displays.
Musicam USA Roadstar
Based on the Netstar IP and ISDN digital audio codec, this product is housed in a compact, portable enclosure with protective elements for controls, cables and connectors. Four Neutrik XLR inputs feed individual level and pan controls. Each input can be switched for mic, line or unbalanced operation. All inputs are equipped with switchable phantom power. A separate AES/EBU input can be enabled to bypass the mixer section. Analog and AES/EBU outputs for return audio are standard. The codec can send and simultaneously receive bi-directional audio via IP through its Ethernet port, and can connect to ISDN codecs through its 1-BRI ISDN terminal adapter. Both U and S/T ISDN interfaces are supported. Simultaneous operation on IP and ISDN is possible. The unit includes G.711, G.722, MPEG 1 and 2 Layer II and MPEG 1 and 2 Layer 3 algorithms.
Arrakis Connected Radio
File transfer service
This service lets stations transfer audio, events, logs and text between multiple stations, station personnel, remotes, program originators and remote talent. The station provides a PC with Internet access at each site and Arrakis does the rest. Files can be transferred by dragging and dropping. The service provides the functions and links for the user. Once files are received, they can automatically be routed to the appropriate destination, regardless of the software or automation system that will use the file.
Thursday's Technical Sessions
The technical program at the NAB Radio Show is presented this year in a workshop format. The program begins Wednesday morning and runs until Friday at noon. All the sessions are held in room 201B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
8 a.m. to noon
AM Directional Antennas in a Digital World, Part 2
Presenters: Ben Dawson of Hatfield and Dawson; Ron Rackley of du Treil, Lundin and Rackley
AM antenna systems are a mystery to many people, but Dawson and Rackley bring their expertise to this session to provide insight into the needs of AM systems for IBOC. They will cover maintenance and optimization of the AM transmission system. The session should provide a refresher for those with AM experience and also provide a solid foundation for those who are new to AM systems.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Processing Audio for AM, FM and Digital Radio
Presenters: Andy Laird, CPBE, Journal Broadcast Group; Frank Foti, Omnia Media
Audio is everything in radio, and audio processing can be the key to standard or stellar sound. In addition to covering the fundamentals of processing for broadcast, Laird and Foti will discuss how to process for the hybrid IBOC mode to smooth the analog-to-digital blend.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
SBE Certification Exams
The Society of Broadcast Engineers will offer an SBE Certification exam opportunity at the Radio Show. The SBE introduced the first of its Specialist Certifications at NAB2005. The first certification covers AM directional antenna systems, and the two-part session presented by Ron Rackley and Ben Dawson may be suitable preparation for this Specialist Certification exam. Any SBE Certification exam can be taken during the exam session. Preregistration for the AM directional antenna exam is recommended, and a few on-site registrations will be accepted. Advance registration with the SBE is required for all other levels of certification. Contact the SBE for registration information at 317-846-9000 or visit sbe.org.
Thursday, September 22
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
HD for PDs
Despite the poor choice in title that further confuses the HD Radio trademark with IBOC, this session will help programmers understand HD Radio and how it will affect programming. Perhaps the first step will be explaining that digital radio is not HD.
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The 411 on 911 Emergencies
This session will discuss ways for a station to cover emergency events when it does not have a news department or wire service. It will detail the adjustments needed for music formats, and discuss the effectiveness of EAS and how to handle AMBER alerts.
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Steering Clear of FCC Fines and Forfeitures
Steering clear means knowing what the FCC expects. Learn the basic federal regulations so you aren't wasting your money on unnecessary fines, or more importantly, in danger of losing your station's license.
3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
PPM for PDs
This will provide a look at the Arbitron PPM from the programmer's point of view. It will include an update on the device's progress in Houston, and comment on expectations for the future.
More Convention News
Klarer Joins Logitek Tech Support Team
Houston - Aug 17, 2005 - Logitek Electronic Systems has appointed Andrew Klarer as a technical support representative. Klarer has been in broadcasting for 29 years, including 23 years in all phases of TV production and six years with Quantel, a broadcast equipment manufacturer.
Radiosophy Brings Former Gateway Executive Back to South Dakota
North Sioux City, SD - Aug 18, 2005 - Radiosophy has hired Bruce Young as chief technology officer. He will be responsible for the company's technology, vision and implementation.
With more than 25 years of experience, Young has provided leadership skills and a broad engineering background to many companies, ranging in size from small to Fortune 100. He is a technologist with a deep understanding of PC architecture, consumer electronics, high speed I/O and video/graphics.
Prior to joining Radiosophy, Young was the chief technology officer for Digital 5, which creates networking software for consumer electronics products. He previously held the position of director of engineering for the consumer solutions group at Gateway Computers where he helped develop Gateway's non-PC products, such as plasma TVs and digital cameras. Young also held positions at various other companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Lucasfilm/Pixar and Intel.
A holder of more than 35 patents, Young has been involved in nearly every aspect of electronic product design and manufacturing at some point in his career, including the development of several industry-standard specifications such as PCI, the backbone of modern PC architecture.
Young holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
BRIC technology enables broadcasters to use a variety of commonly available Internet access points to broadcast high quality, real-time audio. Access is capable of using widely available wired circuits such as DSL, cable, POTS and frame relay as well as wireless circuits such as Wi-fi, 1XRTT, Edge and 3G data networks. The codec is available as a rack-mount and portable unit. Capable of providing voice quality connections over IP connections, the codec also offers a stereo mode that offers optimized performance when used on managed data networks.
Wide Orbit WO Traffic
Business automation system
WO Traffic for radio can handle multi-station, multi-location, one terminal or 800+ users on one database for real time inventory, real time reports, HD Radio multi-channels, electronic invoicing, EDI, Internet and NTR revenue streams and podcasts. It includes several sales-oriented features like proposal writers, self-contained contact management, sales force automation and Sarbanes-Oxley compliant reporting tools. WO Traffic offers centralized management of traffic and reporting from one location for multi-station groups, and tracks market history and conditions to help broadcasters optimize pricing decisions to maximize revenue.
OMT Non-Stop Broadcasting Failsafe
Audio delivery software
OMT will introduce a new failsafe feature to its Imediatouch digital audio delivery software at the NAB Radio convention. Non-Stop Broadcasting Failsafe protects stations from downtime by automatically switching to an alternate location for audio as soon as a hardware failure is detected.
Omnia Audio EXI Series
HD Radio on-air processor
Three units are part of the new line of processors designed for hybrid analog/digital broadcasting: the Omnia-6 EXI for FM, and Omnia-5 EXI for AM and FM broadcasters. The EXI processors add new tools for HD Radio broadcasts. Most notably is an onboard diversity delay method and an advanced clipper design engineered to help eliminate intermodulation distortion (IMD). The diversity delay capability moves the audio delay required to match the analog and HD Radio signal paths from the exciter to the audio processor. This simplifies the audio path and eliminates a failure point in the audio chain. The Lo IMD Clipper featured in the processor reduces the IMD that is created when using moderate to aggressive clipping to create competitive loudness. Existing Omnia-6, Omnia-5 and Omnia-4.5 processors can purchase an upgrade to add EXI capabilities.
Belar HD Radio Monitor
This 2RU monitor decodes and analyzes AM and FM IBOC signals. The frequency-agile front end can accept signals off the air or through a high-level input for use at the transmitter. The graphic display shows the measured results of the signal and includes basic spectrum analysis. Level metering is displayed as horizontal bar graphs in percent with a user-selectable dBFS level used as the reference. Capability to display SIS data, quality of service information, MPS data and bit-error data are standard. An RS-232 serial and RJ-45 Ethernet connection are included.
Modular DA and processor
This modular, rack-mount system accepts a variety of modules to fit particular needs. Distribution amplifiers in a variety of I/O configurations, line amplifiers, mic preamplifiers, metered distribution amps, metered line amps and a compressor/DA are available. The rack unit holds as many as 10 modules and two power supplies. Each plug-in module is supplied with its own applicable connector assembly. The system features headphone jacks on all modules to allow a quick signal check.
Mark Plotkin Headlines Legislative Breakfast
Political commentator and analyst Mark Plotkin will discuss the shifting political landscape in Washington at the Legislative Breakfast on Sept. 23. Active on the political scene since the late 1960s, Plotkin hosts The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin for Bonneville International's WTOP-AM in Washington, DC. He is also a contributor to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the British Broadcasting Company and has made numerous appearances on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, C-SPAN and Australian TV. Plotkin has provided analysis of national politics in major publications throughout the nation, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Time and The New Republic.
Out and About in Philadelphia
To, From and Around Philadelphia
How are you getting to Philadelphia? If you will arrive by air, you can take the SEPTA rail line from the airport to Center City. The signs at the airport will lead you to the R1 line. The Suburban Station and Market East Station are in Center City. Ask your hotel which stop is closer. The Convention Center is at the Market East Station. The train departs every 30 minutes at most times during the day and costs a few dollars. A taxi from the airport to Center City costs a flat $20.
A City of Historic Sights
Philadelphia is known for its historical significance during the founding of the United States, but there's more to see that just Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Take a walking tour around this historical square mile to see many more sights.
Independence National Historical Park features more than a dozen of the nation's most important historic sites and attractions. Start at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. Watch the movie Independence, then ask a park ranger or guide to help you plan a route through the park.
Stop at the Liberty Bell for an up-close look in its new home, which was opened in 2003, then walk across the lawn to Independence Hall, the site where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the U.S. Constitution was written. In the building's west wing, the Great Essentials exhibit features original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation. Next door in Congress Hall is where the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives met from 1790 to 1800 when Philadelphia was the nation's capital.
During the convention, the National Park Service offers a free-of-charge timed ticket system so you don't have to wait in line for Independence Hall. Get tickets on the day of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center. For a $1.50 per ticket service charge, you can also order tickets up to a year in advance by calling the National Park Reservation System at 800-967-2283 or online at reservations.nps.gov.
Nearby, at 5th and Chestnut Streets stands Old City Hall, home of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1791 to 1800. Library Hall on 5th Street just off Chestnut Street is the home to the American Philosophical Society. Continue east along Chestnut Street to the New Hall Military Museum, a reconstruction of the 1790 building that served as headquarters for the U.S. Department of War from 1791 to 1792. Today, it houses a commemoration of the early history of the U.S. armed forces.
Stop by Carpenters' Hall at 3rd and Chestnut Streets where the First Continental Congress was held. Between 3rd and 4th Streets and Chestnut and Market Streets is Franklin Court. Although Benjamin Franklin's house no longer exists, you can see where it once stood at the Ghost House, which depicts the house and printing shop, and also has an underground museum.
At 5th and Arch Streets, you'll find the Christ Church Burial Ground, where more Colonial and Revolutionary War leaders are buried than at any other civilian cemetery in the United States.
Audemat-Aztec Goldeneagle HD
This equipment monitors of the quality and continuity of HD Radio and FM signals as well as PAD and RBDS data. An embedded spectrum analyzer is available as an option to monitor power of the sidebands and other parameters. The monitor features an embedded Web server and SMTP server for alarm notification as well as a touchpad screen on the front panel. When installed at the transmitter site it can also be used as a remote control unit by adding 16 digital inputs, 16 metering channels and 16 relay outputs.
Audio Science ASI2416
A modular 1RU Cobranet interface, this interface can be populated with four function-specific modules, allowing as many as 32 channels of analog or AES3 I/O and 64 relay-based GPIO outputs and 64 opto-isolated inputs. Each module has a unique interchangeable connector portion that may be configured with a pluggable terminal block, Studiohub or a standard 50-pin Centronics connector interface compatible with Audio Science's sound cards. The ASI2416 base unit features 16 channels of Cobranet I/O and a Texas Instruments 32-bit floating point DSP that allows switching/mixing and broadcast specific features such as tone decoding. A graphics display on the unit's front panel displays peak meters and network status. This device may be operated in a tethered mode, whereby it is connected directly to an ASI6416 Cobranet sound card with an Ethernet crossover cable.
Burli Software Virtual newsroom
This application links workstations across the city or across the world to facilitate sharing of information. To send a story to a different location, a user clicks on the story and drags and drops it onto the name of the remote location. Users can share wire copy, scripts, faxes, e-mail, rundowns and full broadcast-quality audio. Users can conduct a search of a remote bureau, read assignments from home or remote locations and grab clips from the archive remotely. Virtual Newsroom supports MP3, MP2 and linear audio and includes FTP support. Replication can automatically share data with connected newsrooms without someone manually feeding, downloading or saving. This allows multiple locations to be set up on a mini-network.
Exhibit Hall Hours
The exhibit hall at the convention is open on Wednesday evening, and Thursday and Friday in the morning and early afternoon.
September 21: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
September 22: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
September 23: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the show floor on Sept. 21. An exhibit hall lunch will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 22.
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Did You Know?
The Liberty Bell was repaired after it cracked at its first ringing in early 1753 and was silenced for good when it rang out for George Washington's birthday in 1846.
The inscription on the Liberty Bell reads, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof."
Information about Philadelphia attractions and history from the Philadelphia Trip Planner from the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. www.gophila.com
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