NAB Radio Update - Sep 18, 2007


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Index:

  • FCC Chairman Martin to be Featured at NAB Radio Show
  • Top Radio Executives to Present at Marconi Awards
  • Comrex Access
  • D.A.V.I.D. One-Click Podcasting
  • Broadcast Software International Natural Music
  • How Well Do You Know Charlotte?
  • HD Radio for Managers: Stages of Implementation
  • HD Programming
  • ERI-Electronics Research Ultra Guy Anchor Rod
  • Energy-Onix SST-1000C
  • LEA International LS Plus
  • Shively Labs 2604, 2612
  • Making your Facility Green
  • SBE Radio Engineering Forum
  • Bill Press to Speak During NAB Radio Luncheon
  • Thales Components and Subsystems TH 594
  • Nautel Reliable HD Transport
  • Kintronic Labs Kinstar
  • Events in and Around Charlotte
  • Rohde and Schwarz SR8000
  • Barix Technology Extreamer 1000
  • Westar Music Star Trax
  • How Did You Do?


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    News from the Convention

    FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

    FCC Chairman Martin to be Featured at NAB Radio Show
    Washington, DC - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin will speak during the FCC breakfast on Sept. 27 at 7:30 a.m. during the NAB Radio Show in Charlotte, NC.

    FCC Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Deborah Taylor Tate will also attend this year's show.

    President Bush appointed Martin to the FCC in 2001 and elevated him to the FCC chairmanship in 2005. Before joining the FCC, Martin was a special assistant to the President for economic policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and was deputy general counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He has also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel and worked as an associate at the Washington, DC, law firm of Wiley Rein LLP.

    Martin received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association.


    Top Radio Executives to Present at Marconi Awards
    Washington, DC - Some of Radio's top executives will serve as presenters at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards. The prestigious award honors radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. Sponsored by HD Radio, the biggest night in Radio will take place Sept. 27 during The NAB Radio Show in Charlotte, NC.

    The Marconi Radio Award presenters include George Beasley, chairman and CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group; David Benjamin, president and CEO, Triad Broadcasting; Kim Guthrie, regional vice president, Cox Radio; Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, president and COO, Access.1 Communications; Joe Schwartz, president and CEO, Cherry Creek Radio; Gary Stone, president and COO, Univision Radio; and Kevin Wagner, president and CEO, URBan Radio Broadcasting.


    Exhibitor Extra

    Comrex Access

    Comrex Access
    Portable stereo IP codec
    Booth 300
    Access Portable is a compact, handheld unit capable of sending mono, stereo or dual mono audio over POTS, DSL, cable, Wi-Fi, 3G Cellular (EVDO/UMTS), satellite, and more. Access is also a fully featured POTS codec able to send and receive 15kHz stereo audio on a single POTS line when connecting to another Access. The codec comes with a seven-hour lithium-ion battery with built-in charger and an integrated Card Bus slot for wireless IP cards and modems.


    Broadcast Software International Natural Music

    Broadcast Software International Natural Music
    Music scheduling software
    Booth 121
    Natural Music maintains music library databases, generates daily music logs according to pre-set rules and includes interfaces for most computer automation systems. Natural Music features a virtually unlimited number of songs in the library, 1,225 different music categories, drag-and-drop music-log editing, day part and hour circulation rules, including horizontal separation, and an audit log for troubleshooting.


    D.A.V.I.D. One-Click Podcasting
    Podcast creation software
    Booth 203
    Routine podcast conversions, such as turning an entire talk show into a podcast format, can be configured to happen completely in the background without daily human intervention. When a program specifically produced for podcast is finished, the user clicks the mouse to create the checkmark. When the production is saved, the podcast is automatically created. Whether listeners access the podcast from Itunes or the station's website, all of the RSS data, ID3 tags and Metadata are automatically created and attached to the file.


    Do you know?

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    How Well Do You Know Charlotte?
    Which of the following Fortune 500 companies is headquartered in the Charlotte metro area?
    A. Bank of America
    B. General Motors
    C. Home Depot
    D. FedEx


    In 2006, Charlotte's radio market was ranked what number in size according to Arbitron?
    A. 27
    B. 38
    C. 40
    D. 33


    Eye on IBOC

    HD Radio for Managers: Stages of Implementation
    In a session from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Sept. 27, Jeff Detweiler, Geoff Mendenhall, Dan Mettler and Jim Watkins will lead a session where attendees will take home updates on licensing, the equipment needed for conversion, where to buy it and how to budget/finance the deal.


    HD Programming: The New Frontier
    In this session led by Michael Albl, Charlie Cook, Don Kelly, Cynthia Morgan, and Andy Mussaw from 3-4:15 p.m. Sept. 27, attendees will learn that when it comes to programming, HD multicasting opens up a whole new age of experimentation. Whether it's extending the main channel's brand or striking out in a completely new direction, these programmers are taking full advantage of this new technology.


    Products from the Floor

    ERI-Electronics Research Ultra Guy Anchor Rod

    ERI-Electronics Research Ultra Guy Anchor Rod
    Guy anchor rod
    Booth 310
    This guy anchor features a port to allow non-destructive ultra-sonic testing of guy anchor integrity, without soil excavation. It's noninvasive because there is no digging and nondestructive because there is no surface damage. No temporary anchors are required. The equipment provides more detail than visual a inspection, including detection of stress cracks and internal flaws. The rod is Polyethylene sealed and anticorrsive.


    LEA International LS Plus

    LEA International LS Plus
    Parallel protector
    Booth 200
    This compact, modular, multi-stage, parallel protector utilizes a symmetrical array of balanced MOVs for maximum surge handling performance. The LS Plus is equipped with a user-friendly digital readout touchpad for surge counter, audible alarm and dry contacts.


    Energy-Onix SST-1000C
    Amplifier, exciter
    Booth 427
    This system includes the SST-30FS, frequency agile, 30W exciter, broadband SSA-1000C, 1kW amplifier, ac line surge protector and polyphasor lightning protector. SST-30FS includes built-in stereo generator. All chassis are 19" rack mountable and, when including exciter, amplifier and ac line protector, occupies 11RU of rack space. It includes the SST-30FS limiter. The ac line surge protector has additional ac outlets that can provide line surge protection for processor and STL receiver.


    Session Highlights

    Making your Facility Green
    There has been a lot of focus on building "green" in recent years, but many people don't know what it is or what it means for broadcast facilities. In this session, Peter Bloomfield and Mark Motl of Bloomfield and Associates Architects, Philadelphia, will lead this session on how site selection, space use programs, and strategic building design and construction can serve the planet and your corporate bottom line.

    The presenters' recent book A Face for Radio: Radio Station Planning and Design will be raffled off and three session attendees will be selected to receive a free initial energy audit.

    The session takes place Sept. 28 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in room 218A of the Charlotte Convention Center.


    SBE Radio Engineering Forum
    Radio engineering will be highlighted Wednesday morning, Sept. 26, in a session led by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. The schedule is as follows:

  • 8 a.m. HD Radio Technology Update - Raymond Miklius
  • 8:30 a.m. VSWR Measurements in Broadcast Systems - Tim Holt
  • 9 a.m. The Pitfalls and Procedures of HD Radio Measurements - Ben Brinitzer
  • 9:30 a.m. The SBE Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist Certification - Ralph Hogan; Chriss Scherer
  • 10 a.m. Audio Processing for HD Radio - Frank Foti; Greg Ogonowski
  • 11 a.m. STL Considerations for HD Radio - Kevin Campbell
  • 11:30 a.m. Practical Implementation of PAD (PSD)

    More Convention News

    Bill Press

    Bill Press to Speak During NAB Radio Luncheon
    Washington, DC - Bill Press, a veteran radio and television talk show commentator, will be the speaker during the Radio Luncheon at the NAB Radio Show. The Bill Press Show: Hardline Liberal Talk With No Apologies blends a mix of political and pop culture news. Press draws from his experience as a political commentator to tackle complex political issues. The program features prominent guests from Capitol Hill and beyond, with a focus on Congress, the president, presidential candidates and other inside-the-Beltway personalities. Nationally syndicated by Jones Radio Networks, the radio talk show airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.

    An award-winning radio talk show host, Press has received numerous awards for his work, including Best Commentator of the Year by the Associated Press. For six years, Press was co-host of CNN's Crossfire. He also co-anchored The Spin Room on CNN, with Tucker Carlson, and Buchanan and Press on MSNBC. Currently, Press writes a weekly, nationally syndicated newspaper column for Tribune Media Services.


    More Products

    Thales Components and Subsystems TH 594

    Thales Components and Subsystems TH 594
    Water-cooled tetrode
    Booth 127
    The new water-cooled tetrode is designed for the high-power digital FM radio broadcast market. It is especially suited to the new IBOC technology, and in general to high-definition radio broadcasting technologies. Thales' TH 594 tetrode has 40kW anode dissipation and delivers 35kW of continuous wave power, or 60kW peak power. The tetrode incorporates the technologies that have earned Thales tetrodes a reputation for performance and reliability: pyrolytic graphite grids for very high mechanical stability, ensuring optimum high-power performance, and a water-cooled anode (hypervapotron technology) for a high power dissipation rating. At the same time Thales developed a common grid cavity, which is compact, easy to use, and does not require adjustments to the neutralization circuit. Used with the TH 594 tetrode, this cavity enables peak power of 60 kW with a gain of 15.5 dB. The TH 594 tetrode offers the high linearity, long life and ease of installation and operation expected by users.


    Nautel Reliable HD Transport

    Nautel Reliable HD Transport
    HD Radio STL
    Booth 221
    This system features Clock Packet Tunneling that arranges clock packets to be sent during times when no data packets are using the STL bandwidth, facilitating a more accurate measurement of the STL throughput delay. Data rebalancing ensures continuous operation without dropout by creating a constant bit-rate stream, reducing instantaneous STL bandwidth requirements. Its automatic E2X start-up sends the initial control packet only once.


    Kintronic Labs Kinstar

    Kintronic Labs Kinstar
    AM antenna
    Booth 110
    The radiation pattern and efficiency of this antenna provide operation equivalent to that of a standard quarter-wave monopole, but at approximately 20 to 25 percent of the height. The low profile antenna consists of four electrically short, vertical, closely spaced elements each of which is terminated in a horizontal top load element. Each vertical element is fed via a phase-matched section of 50ohm transmission line.


    Out and About in Charlotte

    Events in and Around Charlotte
    When you're ready to escape the hustle of the NAB Radio Show, be sure to see some of the best events Charlotte has to offer.

  • The Rat Pack is Back: You'll think you're in Vegas when you see this tribute show. Located at the McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College Street, this tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin recreates the concerts of 1960, when the men appeared together for the first time. The show runs Sept. 26-28 at 8 p.m., Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.blumenthalcenter.org or call 704- 372-1000.
  • The Championships at the Palisades: Tennis fans will want to check out this tournament, featuring eight tennis greats, including Jim Courier and Pete Sampras. Matches begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 26-27, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 28, 1:30 and 6:30 Sept. 29 and 12:30 Sept. 30. For more information visit www.championseriestennis.com.
  • Body Worlds:More than 20 million people around the world have seen Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. Best of all, it's right down the street from the Convention Center at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon Street. For more information call 704-372-6261 or visit www.discoveryplace.org.
  • An Evening with Crosby and Nash: Located at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28801, this would be a great event to catch on your way out of town on Sunday, Sept. 30. It begins at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com and search for Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

    Product Peeks

    Westar Music Star Trax

    Westar Music Star Trax
    Music library
    Booth 336
    Star Trax contains broadcast-length tracks (60s, 30s and stingers) from the Westar Music Library, plus all of the collection's Tags, Bridges, Production Elements and Segues, published in 16-bit/44.1kHz .BWF format. A complete set of metadata is embedded in the files, ready for use with asset management software. This production music collection is available on 10 DVD ROM discs, and it currently offers more than 5,300 tracks (26.5GB) of professional music and transitions.


    Barix Technology Extreamer 1000
    Network audio decoder
    Booth 113
    The Extreamer 1000 combines Instreamer and Exstreamer technology into a single device, and adds several new features including a host of inputs and outputs not available on previous models, designed specifically for the professional radio broadcaster. Eight contact closures allow broadcasters to transport data information with the audio to trigger and control local announcements, such as station identification, an EAS signal or even local studio cut-ins to a national feed. The Exstreamer 1000 adds a signal converter with a significantly higher dB level to reduce noise and improve audio quality; and a professional AES/EBU interface to capture a digital signal at the source and maintain it throughout the chain.


    Rohde and Schwarz SR8000

    Rohde and Schwarz SR8000
    FM transmitter
    Booth 529
    This transmitter is equipped with a digital exciter and provides output power from 100W to 1kW. The digital exciter combines the specs of the analog exciters from the company with the reliability of modern digital signal processing. Due to their compact design, the transmitter occupies a maximum of four height units. All functions are integrated in one box; single frequency network operation is possible.


    Did you know?

    How Did You Do?

  • Of the companies listed, Bank of America is the only one headquarted in Charlotte. Other Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Charlotte metro area include Duke Energy, Family Dollar, Goodrich Corporation, Lowe's, Nucor, Sonic Automotive, SPX Corporation and Wachovia.
  • The Charlotte radio market was the 33rd largest in 2006, according to Arbitron.

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