NAB Radio Update - Aug 15, 2006


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Index:

  • HD Radio Seminar to Kick off NAB Radio Show
  • Exhibit Space Sells out Early for 2006 NAB Radio Show
  • How much do you know about Dallas?
  • LAN International Viero Revenue Management
  • Klotz Digital Vadis 212
  • Technical Sessions on Wednesday
  • Airshift Airshift Studio
  • Prophet Systems Nexgen 2006
  • Pick up your badge early.
  • Communications Expert Ken Schmidt to Keynote NAB Radio Show
  • Hit a few of the highlights of Dallas during your stay.
  • Dmarc Maestro 2.5
  • Wheatstone G-7
  • Answers to the trivia

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    News from the Convention

    Exhibit Space Sells out Early for 2006 NAB Radio Show
    Washington - Jul 27, 2006 - The exhibit space for the NAB Radio Show has sold out. More than 100 companies have reserved booth space at the convention this year. The NAB Radio Show will be held Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.


    HD Radio Seminar to Kick off NAB Radio Show
    Broadcast Electronics (BE) will once again take its free HD Radio Seminar on the road, this time opening up the NAB Radio Show in Dallas on Sept. 19. The seminar, entitled "HD Radio: All the Basics and More," will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Miro Room at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas on Tuesday, Sept. 19, with a second session on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Anatole's Travertine Room.

    This year's seminar will be divided into three, one-hour sessions focused on issues facing program directors, station managers and engineers now planning for a HD Radio conversion or whose stations already have HD Radio on the air.

    The first session, "HD Radio Conversion: Processes, Pitfalls, Strategies and Successes," will examine HD Radio's impact on station operations, listeners and the bottom line, with particular emphasis on management and programmer roles.

    The second session, "HD Radio Conversion: Technical Planning and Realization" concerns the evolution of HD Radio hardware, how it interfaces with analog station infrastructure and upcoming developments.

    The final session, "HD Radio Conversion: Nuts and Bolts Technical Issues," will survey a variety of lessons learned during hundreds of radio station digital conversion projects across the United States, presented by BE's engineering staff.

    The session is open and free to broadcasters, but advanced registration is suggested. More information on the event is available at www.bdcast.com/bulletins/NABRadioHDRadioSeminar/index.php.


    Do you know?

    The NAB Radio Show has made its way around to several cities over the past few years. With this visit to Dallas, we thought that we would test your knowledge of Texas trivia.

    Q: 1. Which one of these was invented in Dallas?
    A. Integrated circuit computer chip
    B. The transistor
    C. Spread spectrum technology

    Q: 2. True or false: The "Texas Star" Ferris wheel at the State Fair of Texas is the tallest in the world.


    Products from the Floor

    LAN International
    Viero Revenue Management
    Traffic, billing software
    Booth 209A

    More than a traffic and billing system, this software uses a scheduling service known as the Booking Agent to maximize spot placement and revenue. It provides management with reports on inventory and revenue, past and future. E-PIF is the Electronic Public Inspection File that allows the user to oversee and manage public files from a central location, automate missing file notifications and provide the public with safe, streamlined access at each local site. Radio Fusion, for customer relationship management and sales force automation, allows users to create proposals and manage accounts. The workflow automates the approval process. Best Rate, a rate and yield management tool, offers enterprise reporting with drill down capabilities.
    949-425-3300
    www.lanint.com


    Klotz Digital
    Vadis 212
    Router
    Booth 326

    A compact audio router and DSP engine, the Vadis 212 is the direct successor of the Vadis 210 and handles as many as 256x256 I/O channels. It features a fanless PSU, which reduces the frame size to 3RU. The fanless PSU is installed at the front of the frame offering easy accessibility and silent operation. The router consists of a 19" fanless main frame with 10 freely assignable slots for interface plug-in cards. Multiple DSP cards are available to enable real time audio processing like EQ, limiting, expanding, compression, level adjustment, level measurement for metering and alert, distribution and mixing.
    www.klotzdigital.com
    sales@klotzdigital.com


    Session Highlights

    Technical Sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 20
    The technical program at the NAB Radio Show will cover a variety of practical topics. Dallas SBE Chapter 67 has joined the NAB to develop Wednesday's sessions that include an SBE Certification exam session. The technical presentations run from 9 a.m. to noon.

    9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.
    Planning Considerations for Upgrading to HD
    Presenter: Alan White, Continental Electronics

  • Site considerations
  • Audio path, STL and processing considerations
  • Studio equipment and installation issues
  • Transmitter equipment and installation issues

    10:10 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.
    Transmitter Installation, Setup and Tuning Process
    Presenter: Richard Garrett, Continental Electronics

  • Preparation for and installation of the transmitter
  • Tuning an HD Radio transmitter (compared to an analog transmitter)
  • Monitoring the HD Radio transmitter operation
  • HD Radio system maintenance

    11:05 a.m. to noon
    System Verification and Measurement Procedures
    Presenter: Daniel Dickey, Continental Electronics

  • Test equipment requirements
  • Measurements required for verification
  • Measurement techniques and documentation
  • Ongoing maintenance measurements

    12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    Radio Luncheon
    2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee and Sports Analyst Troy Aikman will participate in an in-depth on-stage interview during the Radio Luncheon. Aikman, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, now hosts two radio talk shows in addition to his role as the lead game analyst on the NFL on Fox. Nationally, the former Super Bowl MVP hosts The Troy Aikman Show on the Sporting News Radio Network. Additionally, Aikman can be heard every Thursday morning with Dunham and Miller and Gordon on Cumulus-owned KTCK-AM Dallas-Fort Worth.

    2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    SBE Certification Exams
    Preregistration is recommended to take an exam during the Radio Show session, but on-site registrations will be accepted as space permits. Contact the SBE National Office for more information at 917-846-9000 or mclappe@sbe.org.

    2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    NRSC Meetings
    The NRSC has been setting standards and investigating new technologies for radio for more than 20 years. This is an opportunity for everyone attending the Radio Show technical program to participate in these industry meetings. You do not need to be a member of the NRSC to attend.

    5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Radio Show Opening Reception
    With the exhibit floor open for business this a chance to catch up with old friends, compare the latest equipment and grab a bite to eat.


    More Products

    Airshift
    Airshift Studio
    Play-out and production software
    Booth 227

    Designed for radio stations that have one to five studios, the software is used for all production-related tasks. The station defines their program schedule for each weekday. The template divides each hour of program to a segment that has various attributes: start and end time, name, type and selected music clock. For daily planning, playlists are created for each program containing all the elements needed: music tracks, sounds and commercials. A third-party system, such as music scheduler or traffic system takes care of the scheduling of commercials. A producer finishes production of one item, then places it in the playlist. After the program is published, the content used in it is archived or purged.
    www.airshift.tv
    sales@airshift.tv


    Prophet Systems
    Nexgen 2006
    Automation software
    Booth 209

    One enhancement to this software is that it offers an easier way to produce podcasting content. Users can burn podcasts straight to an audio or data CD using the Podcast Wizard and Podcast XLR8R. Users can also preschedule podcasts to be automatically created and transmitted. Automatically back up station content as well as restore Voice Tracs and entire logs. Titles now include station, date, hour and even position within the hour. If stations have to do re-takes on Voice Tracs, the software lets users undo and redo them, making it easier to create multiple takes.
    www.prophetsys.com
    sales@prophetsys.com


    Convention Events

    Join the Meet and Greet Reception
    If you arrive in Dallas on Tuesday night, pick up your badge and registration materials, relax and join your peers for a Meet and Greet Reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


    Communications Expert Ken Schmidt to Keynote NAB Radio Show
    Washington - Aug 2, 2006 - Communications expert and former Harley-Davidson spokesman Ken Schmidt will provide the keynote address during The NAB Radio Show in Dallas. Schmidt, who helped rejuvenate Harley-Davidson's reputation as an American corporate icon, will tell radio executives how to build a culture that rekindles relationships with listeners while reaching out to new ones in completely untraditional ways.

    Schmidt, a specialist in corporate positioning and media relations, began his career with Harley-Davidson when he was asked to restore the then-struggling Harley-Davidson's image and create demand for its motorcycles. Within a few years, Harley-Davidson became one America's most recognized brands, while sales of its motorcycles soared. Schmidt became director of corporate and financial communications, serving as primary spokesman to the media and the financial communities.

    Schmidt left Harley-Davidson to take an ownership position with Chicago-based marketing firm VSA Partners. In addition to Harley-Davidson, VSA serves General Motors, Coca-Cola, IBM and Campbell's Soup. He later sold his portion of VSA to start his own business, Ken Schmidt Company.

    The keynote address follows the opening remarks by NAB President David K. Rehr and is slated for 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 21.


    Out and About in Dallas

    Hit a few of the highlights of Dallas during your stay:
    Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas provides a panoramic view of the city. Built in 1978, the tower stands 50 stories high. Guests ride a set of glass elevators that offer views of the area. There is a revolving restaurant and bar at the top, as well as an observation floor referred to as the Lookout. Admission is $2 and the tower is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight. For more information call 214-712-7145.

    Southfork Ranch provided the setting for the Texas fairy tale of J.R. and the Ewings. The 300-acre, once-working ranch is now one of Dallas' most popular tourist stops and attracts some 40,0000 visitors annually. It's located about 25 miles northeast of Dallas, so you'll need to rent a car. Admission is $9. The ranch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours every 30 minutes. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. For more information visit www.southfork.com.


    Product Peeks

    Wheatstone
    G-7
    Production console
    Booth 615

    This console features 12 user-programmable switches, automatic failsafe DSP/CPU card options, a redundant power supply option, switched meters with system wide access, GUI setup software, automation-friendly protocol and event scheduling software. No PC is required for independent operation. The console also features a mixing router based topology, expansion and compression on all input channels, four-band parametric EQ on all input channels, variable high- and low-pass filters on all input channels, event storage and recall, four stereo output buses and eight mix-minus outputs.
    www.wheatstone.com
    sales@wheatstone.com


    Dmarc
    Maestro 2.5
    Digital audio hard-disk storage system
    Booth 705

    Maestro 2.5, the latest version of the Windows NT-based digital audio hard-disk storage system, provides multiple record/play audio channels, an easy-to-read display with on-screen countdown, and full integration of all digital and audio operations. Enhanced graphics and user-friendly options are features in this version.
    www.dmarc.net
    pr@dmarc.net


    Did you know?

    Answers:
    A: 1. The answer is A. The integrated computer chip was invented in July 1958 in Dallas.

    A: 2. False. The ferris wheel isn't the tallest in the world, but it's the tallest in the nothern hemisphere.


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