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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - March 21, 2006
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News from the Convention
Wired's Anderson to Keynote NAB Technology Luncheon
Washington - Mar 16, 2006 - Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, will deliver the keynote address at the NAB2006 Technology Luncheon on April 26. Anderson's speech, The Long Tail, is also the title of an upcoming book he wrote based on his research and 2004 article in Wired. The theory of The Long Tail is that our culture and economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively small number of hits (mainstream products and markets) at the head of the demand curve and toward a huge number of niches in the tail.
Since taking the editor-in-chief position at Wired in 2001, Anderson has led the magazine to four National Magazine Award nominations, winning the prestigious top prize for General Excellence in 2005. Previously, he was at The Economist, where he served as U.S. business editor, Asia business editor (based in Hong Kong); and technology editor. Anderson's editorial career began at the two science journals, Nature and Science. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory's meson physics facility and served as research assistant to the chief scientist of the Department of Transportation. He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from George Washington University and studied quantum mechanics and science journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.
ATA Audio Granted Exclusive North American Distributor for the Prodsys Line
Randolph, New Jersey – ATA Audio was granted exclusive North American distributorship for the Prodys product line. One of the first products available is the Prontonet IP codec with ISDN backup. The Prontonet is a multiformat audio codec with capabilities as dual audio codec (two independent encoders and decoders) supporting G711, G722, MPEG1/2 Layer II, MPEG1/2 Layer III, MPEG2/4 AAC LC and MPEG4 LD as well as Apt- x among its standard coding algorithms and bi-directional uncompressed linear audio transmission over IP through its 10/100 port. Also available is the Prontonet IP Decoder. It is based on the Prontonet IP with the functionality of being an IP decoder. The Kronos E1/T1 multiplexer is also available. This system allows transportation of voice channels with high quality audio and data across 2.048Mb/s or 1544Mb/s structured links (E1 or T1), using time division multiplexing (TDM). All products will be shown at ATA Audio's booth (N4519) at NAB2006 in Las Vegas.
NAB Announces Crystal Radio Awards Finalists
Washington - Mar 13, 2006 - The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 2006 Crystal Radio Awards competition. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. This list of this year's finalists follows.
KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, IA|
KFOG-FM San Francisco, CA
KGO-AM San Francisco, CA
KHOW-AM Denver, CO
KIOA-FM Des Moines, IA
KLVI-AM Beaumont, TX
KMOX-AM St. Louis, MO
KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
KPPV-FM Prescott Valley, AZ
KPRS-FM Kansas City, MO
KQRS-FM Minneapolis, MN
KRBE-FM Houston, TX
KRSP-FM Salt Lake City, UT
KSL-AM Salt Lake City, UT
KTOZ-FM Springfield, MO
KTSY-FM Boise, ID
KUDL-FM Kansas City, MO
KUZZ Bakersfield, CA
KVAK-AM Valdez, AK
KVET-FM Austin, TX
KZBR-FM San Francisco, CA
WBEB-FM Philadelphia, PA
WDAY-AM Fargo, ND
WDRV-FM Chicago, IL
WFBQ-FM Indianapolis, IN
WGHT-AM Pompton Lakes, NJ|
WHAI-FM Greenfield, MA
WHIZ-AM Zanesville, OH
WHUR-FM Washington, DC
WIBC-AM Indianapolis, IN
WILV-FM Chicago, IL
WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN
WIZM-AM La Crosse, WI
WJJY-FM Brainerd, MN
WJON-AM St. Cloud, MN
WLHT-FM Grand Rapids, MI
WMRN-AM Marion, OH
WPHI-FM Philadelphia, PA
WQCS-FM Fort Pierce, FL
WQMX-FM Akron, OH
WRVW-FM Nashville, TN
WSBA-AM York, PA
WSTR-FM Atlanta, GA
WTAM-AM Cleveland, OH
WTLC-FM Indianapolis, IN
WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, WI
WTUZ-FM Uhrichsville, OH
WWWQ-FM Atlanta, GA
WXKS-FM Medford, MA
WYLD-FM New Orleans, LA
The Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon on April 25 during NAB2006.
The Radio Luncheon will feature a keynote address by Walt Mossberg, technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
Did you know...?
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Q: Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind what country?
Products on the Floor
Enco Systems Streamline
Automation, scheduling, management system
Booth N617, C2507F
Enco partnered with Wicks Broadcast Solutions and Powergold to create Streamline, an integrated automation, music scheduling and traffic system. Streamline integrates DAD’s library/playlist functions with Visual Traffic spot entry/log management and Powergold music scheduling/analysis, simplifying a workflow. The system runs on standard PCs with Windows 2000 or Windows XP Pro operating systems.
Comrex Access Portable
About the size of a camcorder, this hand-held unit may be powered for more than seven hours by its rechargeable battery. For broadcasts that require larger mixing and headphone capabilities, the system may be docked into the stereo mixer/headphone management section to provide a full featured, table-top, five-channel mixer/codec. The codec uses BRIC technology to deliver wideband mono or stereo audio on a single POTS line or IP network including the public Internet. A Web browser is included for connection to Wi-Fi access points that require log-in. Other features include a built-in Ethernet port, and connection to a range of other networks via integral Cardbus slot including, modem, 3G cellular, Wi-fi and Wi-max.
AEQ Listener 8
AM/FM radio receiver
This multiple AM and FM radio receiver for recording and monitoring fits in 2RU and offers capability for eight radio receivers. Each receiver features an independent output that can be easily controlled from the front monitor. Each receiver includes alarms.
Broadcast Electronics 4MX 25
Broadcast Electronics will introduce its 4MX 25kW transmitter at NAB2006. The 25kW transmitter is the second in a line of medium-wave transmitters based on 4M Modulation, BE's patent-pending method of modulating the duty cycle of the radio frequency directly to produce a more linear output waveform. The transmitter is DRM-compatible and capable of linear audio reproduction. It comes with separate audio input to pass the full frequency range possible of digital transmission.
The patent-pending 4M Modulation scheme uses a breakthrough technique to apply signal to all PA modules in parallel. This design also maintains the audio quality and efficiency during full power daytime and reduced power nighttime modes.
NAB2006 Debuts First Web and Mobile Development Conference
Washington - Mar 9, 2006 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is launching a new conference at NAB2006. The Web and Mobile Development Conference is targeted toward professional Web designers, developers and content providers. In this two-day conference, sessions will focus on Web design and development, server-based media streaming and mobile content from industry experts. Topics will include Web technologies such as CSS, XML, RSS, Flash Video, Content Delivery Networks, Action Script and Flex.
The Broadcast Engineering Conference Sessions for the Weekend
Saturday, April 22
8:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. SBE/Ennes Workshop:Everything RF -- Radio and Television
10:00 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. SBE/Ennes Connecting with the Consumers
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. SBE/Ennes Workshop:Everything RF -- Radio and Television
Sunday, April 23
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Opening Keynote
9:30 a.m. - noon What Is Broadcast Quality?
9:30 a.m. - noon Making Radio Work- Part I
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Evolution of IT in Radio Broadcasting
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Final Steps in the DTV Transition: The Death of Analog
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. NAB Radio and TV Member Lounge, Sponsored by Sprint
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Living the Digital Media Lifestyle in the Home and Beyond
Sierra Automated Systems Rubi-T
This mini Rubicon broadcast console is 6” high and features any number of input modules, monitor modules and talkback modules. This console is useful for news booths, edit booths, voice booths, voice tracking and mini secondary effects mixer in on-air studios. Features include full-length 100mm P&G fader and four programmable source select or bus assignment buttons.
By connecting this Ethernet-based remote monitoring and control system to a LAN hub, concentrator or Ethernet switch, the system can be accessed from almost anywhere in the world. A unit will monitor eight inputs and each input can be individually set as metering (voltage monitoring) or status (binary). Multiple units can be tied together (via the software control panel) for monitoring of more than eight sources. AC or dc measurements of zero to 160V, auto-ranging or user defined at 1, 4, 16, 64, or 256V full scale and an ac frequency range of 20 to 400Hz are also features of this product.
Audioarts Engineering IOC-16
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.
Prophet Systems XLR8R
Booth N3522, C4431
With this system, users can create and post podcasts 10 times faster than conventional means. The Nexgen podcast module is user friendly and is easily integrated into the workflow at a radio station. The module helps users to craft compelling, original and experimental programming.
Out and About in Las Vegas
Free Internet Access
Wi-fi Freespot provides a list of free Internet access points around the country. Search the Nevada listings at www.wififreespot.com/nev.html and you'll find some of the most convenient spots in Las Vegas. Here are some of them.
Library District Headquarters - Las Vegas-Clark County Library District - 833 Las Vegas Boulevard, North - 702-734-READ Clark County Library - 1401 E Flamingo Rd - 702-507-3400 Enterprise Library - 25 E Shelbourne Ave - 702-507-3760 Las Vegas Library - 833 Las Vegas Blvd N - 702-507-3500 Rainbow Library - 3150 N Buffalo Dr - 702-507-3710 Sahara West Library - 9600 W Sahara Ave - 702-507-3630 Spring Valley Library - 4280 S Jones Blvd - 702-507-3820 Summerlin Library - 1771 Inner Cir - 702-507-3860 Sunrise Library - 5400 Harris Ave - 702-507-3900 West Charleston Library - 6301 W Charleston Blvd - 702-507-3940 West Las Vegas Library - 951 W Lake Mead Blvd - 702-507-3980 Whitney Library - 5175 E Tropicana Ave - 702-507-4010
V-Soft Schedules Training at NAB2006
Las Vegas - Dec 6, 2005 - V-Soft Communications has scheduled a training session to be held just before the NAB2006 convention in Las Vegas. The session will focus on broadcast engineering allocation problem solving using the company's software. Previous sessions have attracted a range of participants, from new users to experienced users.
An RSVP is requested for the session to be held April 15 and 16, 2006 before the convention floor opens. E-mail Kate Michler at email@example.com or call 800-743-3684. V-Soft also welcomes suggestions for discussion topics.
Ghana Station, Korean Broadcasting System to Receive NAB Award
Washington, DC - Mar 10, 2005 - Joy 99.7-FM and the Korean Broadcasting System will receive NAB's 2006 International Broadcasting Excellence Awards at the International Reception at NAB2006. The reception will be held April 24. The awards, established in 1995, recognize international broadcasters for exceptional leadership in bettering the lives of their communities and for significant contributions to the advancement of broadcasting through effective use of resources.
Joy 99.7-FM was the first private commercial station in Ghana. Since 1995, the station has put help for children at the heart of its charity, the Joy Needy Fund. The fund acquired four acres of land and constructed the Orphanage at Frafraha, which cares for 120 children. Joy 99.7's charity also provides clothing, food and necessities to other orphanages and funds a home for mentally challenged children.
The Joy Needy Fund screens children who have left school because of financial difficulty and sponsors their return to education. The station's fund annually feeds more than 35,000 people through its Easter Soup Kitchen, which has evolved into an event also providing basic medical care. Joy 99.7-FM has raised awareness of and raised thousands of dollars for children requiring major surgery and suffering from HIV, sexual abuse and hunger. The Joynews Team was the first to monitor and report on general and parliamentary elections in Ghana.
The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), a provider of innovative audience services, is now the first broadcaster in the world to provide terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB), a new form of mobile broadcasting. Launched Dec. 1, 2005, T-DMB provides TV, radio and data services on mobile devices such as phone, PDA, digital camera and automobile receivers. Users can access weather, traffic, real time news and entertainment.
KBS operates two free-to-air DMB channels, using content from the existing TV, audio and data channels. KBS provides four channels via DMB, including national news, youth and family programming, music and news, and a channel dedicated to public service information.
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Dielectric DFM series
The unit is similar in appearance to a traditional branch-style combiner, but the output manifold, which is comprised of one coaxial line, has a separate tee junction for each input frequency and a short circuit stub on the end farthest from the output. As with all combiners, each input to the manifold combiner requires a band-pass filter tuned for the input frequency. This filter rejects all other frequencies in the manifold.
Audio Processing Technology Worldnet Chicago Lite
The Worldnet Chicago Lite features Enhanced Apt-x to provide a low-delay audio path via IP for AM, FM, DAB and HD Radio. It is scalable in bandwidth, with contact and optocouple closures for remote status and alarms. The unit occupies 1RU. A GUI is provided to adjust all parameters.
Harris Masterlink IP
A flexible IP-based monitoring system for broadcasters with a large network of distant stations or translators, this system allows broadcasters to perform confidence monitoring and share resources over the public Internet. The system can also be used as a cost-efficient RPU or STL solution, linking audio across multiple sites over IP.
Energy-Onix Legend 1500, ECO-15
The Legend 1500 has a broadband design to make tuning easy. It includes a frequency-agile exciter, which allows the transmitter to serve as a main, backup, or emergency-use transmitter. Three solid-state amplifier drawers provide up to 1.5kW output. The ECO-15 is a single-tube, grounded-grid design that provides 5kW to 17.5kW of RF output. The 2kW solid-state driver can be used as a back-up transmitter. The final amplifier uses a 3CX15,000A7 tube.
Did you know...?
A: Nevada is second in the world behind South Africa in gold production.
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