NAB Insider from Radio magazine - Mar 31, 2009

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How well do you know your Vegas history?
Each of these events happened from 1996-1998, can you guess the correct year?
Hint: There are four for each year.

  • The first non-stop scheduled commercial flight from Frankfurt-Mein International Airport in Germany lands May 7 with 215 passengers at McCarran International Airport.
  • The $72 million, 1,100-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway with tracks for drag, stock car and formula car races opens.
  • Annual gross gaming revenue in Nevada hits the $8.1 billion mark.
  • "Star Trek: The Experience" opens January 4 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The attraction is now closed.
  • Las Vegas Convention Center opens an expansion, boosting its total space to 1.9 million square feet.
  • Wayne Newton celebrates 25,000th Las Vegas performance. Siegfried and Roy celebrate 15,000th Las Vegas performance.
  • New York-New York Hotel Casino opens on the Las Vegas Strip. More than 100,000 people a day visit the new resort during the casino's first days in operation.
  • Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the U.S. and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, opens.
  • Coca Cola Co. opens its World of Coca Cola store in the Showcase Mall marked by a 100-foot-tall glass Coca Cola bottle.
  • Work is completed on the Desert Inn Road arterial, creating the first tunnel under the Las Vegas Strip.
  • A 66-year-old Las Vegas resident hits a $27.58 million progressive Megabucks jackpot at the Palace Station Hotel Casino.
  • The Forum Shops at Caesars opened 35 new shops, stores and restaurants in a 276,000-square-foot expansion. Growth doubles the size of the upscale shopping mall adjacent to Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.


    Media professionals to recruit job seekers during NAB Show Career Day
    Washington, DC - the NAB education foundation, in partnership with the broadcast education association (BEA) and radio-television news directors association (RTNDA), will host their annual Career Day at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday, April 22 during the 2009 NAB Show. Sponsored by Edge Technology Services, Career Day will allow students and entry-level job seekers to meet with media industry professionals.

    "Career Day typically attracts over 1,500 attendees, and has expanded to include a 'Career Services' component that is particularly relevant given today's challenging job market," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "Our goal is to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to network with broadcasting professionals and learn the tools necessary for career advancement."

    The Career Services Center will provide resume critiquing and one-on-one career coaching sessions to help prepare prospective employees for career advancement. Career Day will also feature several informative sessions, including utilizing social networking tools in your job search, getting back in the job search game and standing out in a competitive market, that will provide job seekers with in-depth information and comprehensive tools to enhance their broadcasting careers.

    Designed for experienced professionals, college students and entry-level job seekers, Career Day will include professionals from a variety of broadcast and media companies, including CBS News, Edge Communications, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., LIN Television, McGraw-Hill Broadcasting, Oregon Association of Broadcasters, The Star Radio Group - WFLS/WWUZ/WWVB and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc./CNN. Recruiters will be on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in job opportunities and internships within the media industry. Admission is free, and open to both registrants and non-registrants of the NAB Show. For additional information, contact Rumana Sultana at or visit the NABEF website.

    Barix Presents Audio over IP Workshops
    Zurich, Switzerland - Barix has scheduled a series of hands-on workshops to immediate follow the upcoming NAB, Infocomm and IBC conventions. The workshops will educate attendees on the topic of Audio over IP, Barix products, applications, and an overview of the Barix Control Language used for custom Barix applications.

    Barix held two workshops alongside Infocomm Asia and the Digital Signage Expo conventions in Hong Kong and Las Vegas, and included hands-on demonstrations of how the products are used in real-world applications. The next three workshops will be held on the following dates with locations to be announced:

  • NAB Workshop: April 23 in Las Vegas
  • Infocomm Workshop: June 16 in Orlando
  • IBC Workshop: Sept. 10 in Amsterdam

    The NAB and IBC demonstrations will mainly emphasize broadcast and pro audio applications for the Instreamer encoding, Exstreamer decoding and Annuncicom intercom product lines, with limited discussion of how the Barionet control and automation products can be applied to these applications. The Infocomm workshop with be more general, focusing on the use of all Barix IP audio and control products in pro audio, security, education, worship and other markets.

    All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the listed dates. Locations will be close to either the airports or convention centers in each city. Seats are limited. E-mail to reserve your sport or request additional information.

    Products from the Floor

    Marantz CDR633

    Marantz CDR633
    CD recorder/player
    Booth Number: N7636
    Housed in a 2RU enclosure, this professional CD player plays and records standard CD-R and CD-RW discs. It can also play MP3 files. Other features include Marantz Minute Track with Adjustable Time - or Level-dependent Auto Track Increment, auto-cue, auto fade-in and out with programmable time and sync (level dependent) recording. It includes an internal sample rate Converter (32 - 48kHz) and analog and coaxial/optical (S/PDIF) digital inputs and outputs.

    Antelope Audio Trinity

    Antelope Audio Trinity
    Master Clock
    Booth Number: N2234
    The Trinity's features include three Independent Audio Generators up to 384kHz, with Varispeed Control; three Independent SD Generators, simultaneously offering PAL and NTSC; three Independent HD Generators, presenting a choice of 16 formats, and Antelope's fourth Generation of Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) which now employs 64-bit DSP. Also, a triple display shows the frequencies for the Independent Audio Generators. Trinity maintains all of the features from Antelope's current OCX-V Audio/Video Master Clock, such as Jitter Management Module, Black burst generator, and full audio and video Gearboxing with simultaneous 0.1 and 4 percent pull-ups/pull-downs.

    Broadcast Tools SS 4.4
    Active stereo matrix switcher
    Booth Number: N8120
    The SS 4.4 provides matrix audio switching of four stereo inputs to four stereo outputs. Matrix switching allows any or all inputs to be assigned to any or all outputs. The SS 4.4 may be controlled via front panel switches, contact closures and/or the multi-drop RS-232 serial port. Additional features include stereo silence sensor with relay, front-panel stereo LED VU meters, stereo headphone jack with level control, powered monitor level control all with output selection switching, 16 GPIs, four GPO- open collectors and four SPST relays. Installation is simplified with pluggable Euroblock screw terminals. The SS 4.4 is supplied in a 1RU chassis.

    Beyerdynamic DT 790 and DT 797

    Beyerdynamic DT 790 and DT 797
    Broadcast headsets
    Booth Number: SL7024
    The basis of these new headsets is the classic closed reference studio headphone DT 770 PRO with the addition of a pivoting gooseneck microphone boom, and one of two first-class microphone capsules. Both models have been built to thrive in highly noisy environments, delivering top notch audio quality and speech intelligibility. The DT 790, with dynamic microphone (hypercardioid), is specially designed with camera men and sound engineers in mind, while the DT 797, with condenser microphone (cardioid), has been developed for use by commentators in live broadcasting situations (i.e. live sporting events). The powerful headphone-systems feature a frequency response of 5Hz to 30kHz, providing an exceptionally balanced sound characteristic. The sound insulating housing and soft-skin ear pads provide superb isolation from ambient noise and the new pivoting goose neck microphone boom makes sure the dynamic microphone can always be optimally adjusted into any required position. The microphone boom can be used at left or right side or can be moved into standby (upper) position. The single-sided cable will be available with a wide variety connectors to accommodate any application.

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