NAB Radio Update - Sep 20, 2005
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News from the Convention
Burk's Trade-in Program Extended Until End of 2005
Littleton, MA - Sep 15, 2005 - Burk Technology has announced that it will extend its trade-in program for the VRC1000 or VRC2000 system until the end of the year. The promotion provides for $400 cash back when purchasing a new GSC3000 or VRC2500 from Burk Technology and trading in a VRC1000 or VRC2000. For more information on the trade-in or about the GSC3000 and VRC2500 transmitter remote control systems, visit www.burk.com.
BE, Beasley Demo Multicasting at NAB Radio
Quincy, IL and Philadelphia - Sep 15, 2005 - Broadcast Electronics (BE)and Beasley Broadcast Group will team up at the NAB Radio Show to create a real-world demonstration of multicasting and other HD Radio applications. Supplemental audio channels multicast on Beasley's WXTU-FM 92.5, along with a main program service, will be picked up off-air at BE booth 319 using its IDI 20 data importer and the Big Pipe STL. BE and Beasley also will demonstrate on-radio text readouts of song title and artist, plus more advanced data applications such as real-time traffic alerts with text coded by location and event (accident or freeway jam). Bandwidth will be configured for data file delivery using the data tunneling feature of BE's IDI 20; the information will be interpreted by a navigational system and mapped for display.
Also, BE will be introducing three features for its Now Playing and Now Playing Plus text management studio applications. One feature is the Live CD module, which uses proprietary hardware and software to interface with CD players having serial data ports, such as several models by Denon. With the News Flash Pro feature, on-air announcers can compose "instant messages" from the control room for transmission over RDS, HD Radio and Internet streaming applications. And the Live Data module can be used by broadcasters for accessing and incorporating text readouts from third-party organizations such as the NOAA weather service and traffic.com.
Ibiquity Launches Online Resource for Radio Stations
Columbia, MD - Jul 27, 2005 - Ibiquity Digital has unveiled the HD Radio Playbook website, an online guide for AM and FM stations. The site combines how-to information and success stories with updated content to provide information on the challenges stations face as they convert to IBOC. The site offers strategic advice, sample and customizable liners, IDs promotions, press releases and more.
The site was designed by Media Arts and Sciences, who consulted radio stations in the site's design. Access the site at www.hdradioplaybook.com.
Ibiquity notes that the goal of the site is to give broadcasters the tools they need to promote to and educate listeners about HD Radio.
To launch the new website, Ibiquity is sponsoring a nationwide promotion contest with cash prizes totaling $15,000. The winner of the Best in Show award will receive $10,000. Other categories, with $1,000 prizes include Best AM HD Radio On-Air Promotion, Best FM HD Radio On-Air Promotion, Best Freelance Producer-Created On-Air Promotion, a Copywriter Award and a Webmaster Award for using audio on an HD Radio station's website. The winners will be announced at the NAB Radio Show.
Do You Know?
Products from the Floor
Continental Electronics 816HD
HD Radio transmitter
Building on the success of the 816R series of transmitter, Continental has adapted the transmitter to the 816HD, which is capable of amplifying HD Radio signals. Currently available in power levels up to 35kW, the transmitter uses the same overall design as the 816R-C series transmitter, except for a 4CX20000E tube final. Additional components are upgraded for the linear amplification, including a linear driver stage. The transmitter efficiency is about 65 percent. Existing 816R-C series transmitters can be upgraded to 816HD operation.
Audioarts Engineering Input/Output Center
This audio routing and switching system switches 16x16 stereo signals per switcher. Inputs and outputs can be a combination of analog or digital signals, and it combines 24 logic ports with multiple I/O centers, which may be linked together though AE Net to build a 256X256 mixed signal matrix. The Audioarts I/O Center works with AE Net and Net 75 Panels.
OMT Technologies Imediadatacast
RBDS, HD Radio PAD interface
The Imediadatacast Module for Imediatouch automation allows a station to send full artist and title information to RBDS and HD Radio encoders. Imediadatacast allows Imediatouch users to provide listeners with expanded "now playing" information and customized radio promotion data on FM Radios supporting RBDS encoding.
The Sensus technology in this processor is a suite of audio enhancement tools designed especially for multicast. Sensus predicts the effects of the HD Radio codec and counters the problems. It works to improve fidelity, reduce artifacts and optimize audio. Other features included in Omnia Multicast are a 48kHz, 24-bit audio processing platform with up to 384kHz internal sampling rate; a three band dynamic peak limiter plus wideband AGC; and it accepts digital inputs from 32kHz to 96kHz.
Friday'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 10 a.m.
Data Technologies and Applications for Digital Radio
Presenters: Mike Starling, NPR; Joe D'Angelo, Ibiquity Digital
One of the driving factors for digital radio is the ability to offer datacasting services. This session will explain the progress being made in this area and how some broadcasters are planning to develop ancillary revenue-producing opportunities based on data applications.
10:30 a.m. to noon
Measuring Broadcast Signals
Presenter: David Maxson, Broadcast Signal Lab
Verifying a broadcast system's performance is critical to maintaining it in top working order and in complying with FCC rules. Maxson will discuss several new techniques to measure analog and digital broadcast signals.
Friday, September 23
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Regulatory Hot Topics: LPFM and FM Streamlining
This summer, the FCC again looked at LPFM and it technical and ownership aspects. The Commission also began a proceeding to streamline the FM allotment procedure.
1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Profiting from New Technology: Ideas from Around the World
The adoption of digital technology will open new revenue streams for terrestrial broadcasters, but there's even more money to be made in the convergence of radio with other emerging technologies. Several radio operators share their successes in profiting from the new technologies.
More Convention News
Fanton Joins ERI as Senior RF Engineer
Chandler, IN - Aug 16, 2005 - Myron Fanton joined the RF engineering division of Electronics Research in July. His role as senior RF engineer includes leading new product development, providing technical support to the sales force and engineering software applications. In addition, Fanton will work closely with filter engineering and with ERI's industry partners.
In 1995, Fanton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from LeTourneau University. This was followed in 2005 with an MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Fanton is a registered professional engineer and a member of IEEE and AFCCE. He has been awarded two U.S. patents. Prior to arriving at ERI he held senior engineering positions at Andrew designing microwave antennas, broadcast antennas and components.
Klotz Digital Aeon
Digital on-air console
Based on the company's Air Board concept, the Aeon measures about 1" thick and features a modular control surface that allows flexible console layouts and studio set up. The console offers graphic configuration software that allows individual users to configure the system to fit their own requirements. This surface is available in 8-, 12- and 16-fader configurations. Each four-fader module is in its own housing. Each channel strip is equipped with a 100mm fader and a clear alphanumeric display with 16 digits in two lines, as well as large on/off buttons and free assignable routing keys and status indication LEDs. The Monitor-DSP-Master Control module offers access to DSP functions via rotary encoders and large displays. It comprises central bus assignment, 20 assignable push-buttons for monitor sources and 10 assignable function buttons.
This transportable HD Radio receiver can handle any number of multicast streams along with existing HD Radio and analog signals. The removable receiving unit measures less than 6" x 4" and the complete radio is less than 16" x 7". When broadcasters add a second digital stream, the receiver will allow listeners to receive the additional programming.
Prophet Systems Digilogger
This audio logging and digital archiving program allows the user to retain as much of the station's audio as needed using compressed or non-compressed audio formats. The logger is expandable, allowing recording from one to 16 sources simultaneously (mono or stereo) when used with the ASI8702 tuner card. Audio can be stored at multiple bit-rates per recording channel. Recording lengths and times are user-configurable, and the unit can be configured to work with most analog or digital audio sources, including automation systems, satellite receivers and switchers. VU metering allows the user to monitor the current status of the recording.
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.
FCC Breakfast to Feature Commissioners Abernathy and Adelstein
FCC Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Jonathan Adelstein will be the featured speakers at the FCC Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 22. The Commissioners will discuss current issues in radio with Bruce Reese, NAB Joint Board chairman and president and CEO of Bonneville International.
Commissioner Abernathy was sworn in as FCC Commissioner in May 2001. She has extensive experience in the communications industry, including several FCC posts, serving as a telecommunications legal advisor to FCC Chairman James Quello, legal advisor to Commissioner Sherrie Marshall and special assistant to the FCC's general counsel.
Commissioner Adelstein was sworn in as FCC Commissioner in December 2002 and began a new five-year term in December 2004. Prior to joining the FCC, Adelstein served for 15 years as a staff member in the United States Senate, with stints as a senior legislative aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Sen. David Pryor, Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. Donald Riegle Jr.
Out and About in Philadelphia
Cheese steaks are a south Philly favorite. Grilled, sliced beef is served hot on a large, crusty roll and often topped with cheese or Cheese Whiz and onions. If you are asked "with or without?" when you order, you are being asked if you want onions. Visit Pat's, Geno's or Jim's and you'll fit right in.
If you're looking for a big sandwich, don't look for a sub or a grinder, ask for a hoagie. Meats, cheese, lettuce and tomato on an Italian roll are the foundation.
Water ice is a refreshing treat that blends ice and flavorings. Some call it Italian ice.
The soft pretzels look a little different, but they're great when they're hot from the oven. Mustard makes it the traditional Philly-style experience.
Lots of History and More
There are attractions beyond the historical sights of Philadelphia. Antique Row on Pine Street is lined with shops carrying a wide selection of period furnishings, antiques, collectibles, estate jewelry and vintage clothing. Jewelers' Row, established in 1851, is the oldest and one of the largest diamond districts in the country, with more than 300 jewelers and designers located one block from Independence Hall.
Avenue of the Arts is Philadelphia's entertainment and arts district. Stretching four and a half miles along Broad Street, the avenue is home to internationally acclaimed theaters, museums and concert halls including The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Freedom Theatre and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
The area along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is loaded with museum dwellers during the day. Popular attractions include the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Armstrong Transmitter FM Series B
Solid-state FM transmitters
The 4kW to 20kW solid-state FM transmitters are comprised of self-contained 2kW solid-state amplifiers with redundant power supplies (three per amplifier) and complete status for individual amplifiers. The transmitters feature VSWR foldback and protection, optional CD-quality exciter and remote control capability. The transmitters are compatible with HD Radio. Each transmitter stands 22.25" W x 33" D. The 4kW and 6kW models stand 48" tall. The 8kW and 10kW models stand 76" tall.
Danagger Audio Works Plan B Deluxe upgrade
New software features make the Plan B Deluxe capable of local insertions, automatic bypassing and other automated functions. The existing Plan B Deluxe can be programmed to play user-defined replacement audio when silence is detected on the main program feed. Users now can add control elements to a backup playlist to execute commands such as halt playback, bypass silence detection and close relay n. Combined with the system's ability to start playback from an external closure or at a specific time of day, the Plan B Deluxe can be used to insert local programming during a network break and rejoin the network after the break.
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Did You Know?
William Penn planned Philadelphia around five public squares: Washington, Penn, Rittenhouse, Logan, Franklin.
The first cheese steak was invented in 1932 by Pat Olivieri, who is called the King of Steaks.
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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