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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - Apr 10, 2007
News from the Convention
BIA Report: Radio Revenues Stagnant in 2006
Chantilly, VA - Apr 3 2007 - According to a report from the BIA Financial Network, the radio industry experienced a second year of less than one percent growth in revenues in 2006, achieving a mere 0.4 percent increase in station revenues. The first edition of BIAfn's quarterly Investing In Radio market report says that the year closed with $18.1 billion in income, just slightly higher than the $18 billion recorded in 2005. BIAfn predicts the industry's slump will begin to rebound in 2007 with a growth rate of 2.2 percent.
"As the radio industry continues to adjust to its competitive role within the entertainment industry we still see a slight improvement in radio industry growth," said Mark R. Fratrik, vice president, BIA Financial Network. "The growth we have recently seen has primarily been in the mid-level and small markets and should continue, as these markets have responded better to the competitive challenges facing the radio industry."
BIAfn also notes that 2006 was the first time in six years that radio transactions returned to volumes above $22 billion ($24.9b in 2000 and $22.9b in 2006) and the number of stations sold nationwide exceeded 1,000 (1,794 in 2000 and 2,100 by the end of 2006). The high level is connected to the announced privatization of Clear Channel Communications, but even without that sale it demonstrates overall that the industry is considered a smart investment in the long term.
Zaxcom Ships ZFR800 Hand-held Recording Microphone
Pompton Plains, NJ - Mar 26, 2007 - Zaxcom is now shipping the ZFR800 hand-held recording microphone, designed for portable interview recording. The ZFR800 records eight hours of uncompressed audio on a removable 2GB memory card. An integrated time-code receiver allows users to jam time code and sync multiple ZFR800 units remotely. The ZFR800 provides an ergonomic, camouflaged control pad for one-handed control of all record functions. It can be used with any Shure screw-on capsule.
Audio files are always recorded without compression. The recorder includes Zax Convert software to select the desired audio file format and resolution, such as WAV files in 16- or 24-bit resolution with a sample rate of 32, 44.1, 48 or 48.048kHz. The software will also convert files to MP3 format.
Shure has no affiliation with Zaxcom and has not endorsed nor will it warranty the use of its heads on non-Shure products. Zaxcom will exhibit at NAB2007 in booth N9017.
Symetrix Appoints Jones as East Coast Regional Sales Manager
Mountlake Terrace, WA - Mar 28, 2007 - Symetrix has appointed Chris Jones to the position of East Coast regional sales manager. Symetrix created the position in response to increased sales volume and will soon fill an analogous position on the West Coast. Jones is located in Greenville, SC, and will report directly to Paul Roberts, Symetrix director of sales.
Jones' experience in pro audio includes work as a musician, radio DJ, and recording engineer in the 70s before applying his skills in sales and marketing positions. Most notably, Jones led a six-member team that specialized in marketing professional audio equipment in Texas and neighboring states for 15 years.
Panamax/Furman Sound Appoints Swan to VP of Ops
Petaluma, CA - Mar 27, 2007 - Panamax/Furman Sound has promoted Chris Swan to vice president of operations for Panamax and Furman. Swan has served as the Panamax director of operations since 2000.
Since joining Panamax in 1994, Swan has been involved in obtaining the company's ISO 9000 certification and product development. In addition, Swan led the shift to overseas manufacturing.
Before joining Panamax, Swan was an owner and vice president of Jemco Enterprises. He also worked at Kallen's Computer Products and Seagate Technologies. Swan holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State University.
Do you know...?
Q2. Can you guess which of these themes have been proposed for hotels in Las Vegas?
1. Addams Family
2. London Resort
Tieline Adds Cellular Module into Codec
Indianapolis - Apr 4, 2007 - Wireless broadband cellular broadcasts are now possible without a separate cell phone as Tieline Technology unveils two new 3G voice-enabled software modules embedded into its Commander codec. New global 3G networks are enabling broadcasters to deliver wireless stereo FM quality remote broadcasts from the field back to the studio at bit rates comparable with ISDN performance.
The new optional embedded modules come in two choices: one offering connectivity to all three HSDPA/UMTS/GSM frequency bands and the other offering connection via CDMA EV-DO Revision A networks and the CDMA EV-DO Release 0 and IX networks.
Tieline first introduced 3G wireless broadband cellular remote software modules at NAB2006. Previously, users had to connect a 3G-enabled cellular phone to the codec. The new modules will be demonstrated at Tieline's NAB2007 booth, N9311.
3G broadband connections enable data transfer at download speeds of up to 3Mb/s and upload speeds of up to 384kb/s via HSDPA networks. If the 3G connection supports the bandwidth, IFB can be carried over the same connection as the broadcast backhaul.
Products from the Floor
Broadcast Warehouse RDS1, RDS2, RDS3
The RDS1 encoder is a rack-mount unit with a simplified set-up through the user interface, which allows all the basic RDS parameters to be controlled with four buttons. All options and settings are controlled from the front panel LCD display. There is a virtual earth mixer to mix the RDS with your audio and 'stand-alone mode' RDS output for connection to the RDS input of a compatible transmitter. The RDS2 encoder supports scrolling text and timed text lists. Users can program as many as 8,000 characters of information into the encoder. Program the system directly or remotely via satellite. The RDS encoder provides a full loop-through interface for connection to the existing broadcast chain. The RDS3 provides TCP/IP connectivity. It creates an RDS subcarrier and permits the insertion of static RDS parameters. The RDS3 may be controlled through its 10BaseT Ethernet port and has an embedded Web server.
Barix Technology Annuncicom 100
This intercom can be deployed over a standard IP or Ethernet network infrastructure to any number of locations. It can connect directly to a PC or function autonomously with other Barix products. The device can connect to one of eight preset radio stations. It can also connect to an unlimited number of stations in a point-to-multipoint configuration. Target stations can be addressed over a standard Web browser, contact input or a serial interface. Used within the universal and stand-alone paging, emergency call and intercom system, the unit is equipped with an Ethernet interface and communicates over existing TCP/IP networks. All network-connected devices can be controlled from a single central command station. Each device comes with its own integrated Web server that allows it to be configured over a standard Web browser.
Eddystone Broadcast XE150/XE300
The XE150/XE300 is a broadcast FM exciter that is also ideally suited for use as a low-power stand-alone transmitter. It can be provided with a wide range of input options from the standard composite and three SCA/RDS to stereo inputs with AES/EBU for stereo digital input as well as a rebroadcast RBRX version.
NAB2007 Adds Radio/Audio Hall Presentation Stage
As the plans for NAB2007 are unveiled, one notable change is the layout in the North Hall. For several years, the east end of the North Hall has been considered the Radio/Audio Hall, with the west end being used for a variety interests in addition to audio and radio. This year, the west end of the North Hall will host the majority of the audio/radio exhibitors with additional media interests being added to the radio/audio them toward the east end.
The main registration area will be in the North Hall this year, and another notable addition is a presentation stage on the convention floor. The stage will occupy booth space 6330. Several presentations are already scheduled, and the first one to be announced will be provided by Broadcast Electronics.
The BE presentations will be given on April 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and April 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The presentation is titled Where HD Radio Meets Creativity, Revenue and Technology and will discuss methods and business models for increasing listener numbers, generating new sponsorships on the Web and on the air, and creating a rich listener experience based on multi-platform opportunities.
Details of additional presentations will be announced in the weeks leading to the convention.
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Radio Technology Advancements, LVCC S228
From 9 to 9:30 Michael Bergman will discuss RDS enhancements.
From 9:30 to 10 Sid Shumate of BIA Financial Network will offer a Longley-Rice and FM Reception Prediction
10 to 10:30: The digitalization of broadcasting in Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Islamic Republic of Iran by 2015 represents a major landmark toward establishing a more equitable, just and people-centered information society. Learn more about this transition in this session.
From 10:30 to 11 is a session about FM-based technologies led by Matthew Straeb of Global Security Systems.
11 to 11:30 is a session entitled "Public Radio International's Program Service Data Project: A New Dimension of Local Service on HD Radio."
From 11:30 to noon listen to a NRSC report from David Layer, director, advanced engineering, NAB, and Skip Pizzi, technical policy manager, Microsoft.
JK Audio Innkeeper 1x, Innkeeper 1rx
The Innkeeper 1x feeds audio in and out of telephone lines. The digital hybrid connects audio signals to a standard analog telephone line without variations. The unit features a 16-bit DSP to monitor the phone line and audio signals continuously. Its dual-convergence algorithm achieves trans-hybrid loss typically exceeding 50dB, without any setup. Users can monitor the send signal, the caller's voice or a mix of the two. The audio connections include mic/line switchable XLR input, XLR caller output and an additional, user-defined XLR output. The Innkeeper 1x can be remote controlled by the optional Guest Module 1, RIU-IP remote interface or the included RS-232 cable. The Innkeeper 1rx is the 19" rackmount version.
This flexible, modular control surface for the Logitek Digital Audio Engine, a modular X-Y router, offers a low-profile design. Multiple frame sizes are available to accomodate two to 30 faders along with two master mixes, eight sub mixes, four aux mixes, 24 mix-minus outputs and three monitor outputs. 5.1 surround processing is available on one master mix, one sub mix and one monitor out. Available modules include fader, monitor, master and effects. Two sizes of meter bridges are also available, along with the Vscreen software application, which allows the user to build full-screen meter banks as well as router controls. A separate rack mount power supply can be located out of the way. All parts in the surface are isolated from the ac mains power for safety as well. The power supply includes 25 GPI in and 25 GPI out connections for external device interfacing.
The unit can be used on site for transmitter installation to validate and install a transmitter; it can also be used as a monitoring unit. There are three types of inputs on the unit RF: multiplex/composite and audio. The analyzer can measure all audio signals (left-right), (left-right) with or without de-emphasis, (M-S) or (M,M), and the modulation power. The device also includes a digital spectrum analyzer and it decodes all RDS groups from PS to PI even ODA application.
Henry Engineering Powerclamp series 4
Transient voltage surge suppressor
These transient voltage surge suppressor units are rated at 60,000A of surge attenuation. The units will virtually eliminate spikes and surges on ac power lines, attenuating them to within a few volts of the normal ac voltage. They eliminate or greatly reduce the chance of serious equipment damage or malfunction caused by ac power disturbances. The devices also remove noise and harmonics from the ac power line.
NDS to Showcase Conditional Access for HD Radio
Las Vegas - Apr 4, 2007 - NDS will unveil its conditional access capability for HD Radio at NAB2007 at its booth, N7137, as well as in partner demonstrations with Broadcast Electronics (N7106) and Harris (N2505). The BE and Harris demonstrations will demonstrate the integration of the NDS technology into the two companies' transmission equipment.
The Harris demonstration will include details of the system test that was carried on WUSF-FM, Tampa in March. The BE demonstration will detail the technology integration into the BE IDI 20 Importer.
NDS already provides conditional access technology for TV set-top boxes.
Senator Landrieu to Speak at NAB2007
Washington - Apr 3, 2007 - U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisianna will be a featured speaker during the Washington Policy and Politics Breakfast and the All-Industry Opening Keynote Event at NAB2007. Both events will take place on April 16.
The Washington Policy and Politics Breakfast will feature an in-depth discussion with Sen. Landrieu. The breakfast, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will examine current political trends and how decisions made in Washington can impact broadcasters nationwide.
During the All-Industry Opening Keynote at 9 a.m., the senior senator will discuss the unique lifeline service provided by local broadcasters before, during and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged her home state.
Landrieu is currently the chairman of the Disaster Recovery Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and serves on the Senate Appropriations, Energy and Natural Resources, and Small Business Committees. She began her public service career in 1979 when she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Louisiana state legislature. Eight years later, she was elected Louisiana State Treasurer. In 1996, Landrieu became the first woman from Louisiana elected to the Senate. She was re-elected in 2002.
BE to Hold Reception at NAB
Broadcast Electronics (BE) will sponsor a HD Radio reception on Monday, April 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Held in the Radio Hall, the reception is intended to help broadcasters unwind after the first day of the convention, as well as network with others interested in HD Radio business and technology developments.
SBE to Hold Reception
Indianapolis, IN - Mar 9, 2007 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is hosting a SBE Member Reception on Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. Hors d'oerves and beverages will be provided, and there will be a drawing for a special prize. SBE members, their spouses and engineers and technicians who are interested in becoming members of SBE are invited to attend.
The SBE Member Reception follows the spring SBE Membership Meeting, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room S228 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. NAB Conference registration is not required for entry.
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Out and About in Las Vegas
Love to bowl? There are several bowling alleys located in casinos. Visit www.lvol.com/lvoleg/other/bowling.html for a list.
The McCarran Rent-a-Car Center has opened. The facility is three miles south of the airport terminal. Located on Gilespie Street, it houses 11 rental companies and has a capacity of 5,000 cars. Passengers travel to the center from the airport by taking shuttle buses, which run about every five minutes. The rental companies operating from the center are Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Savmor and Thrifty. For more information visit http://www.mccarran.com/03_CarRentals.asp.
Holophone Side-winder 6
Terminated mic snake
When used in combination with any of the microphones in the Holophone line the terminated mic snake encodes a 5.1 surround recording into a stereo recording. The accessory connects to the H4 Super Mini, multi-channel pre-amplifier, monitor and encoder with left and right outputs. Attached to the Side-winder 6 is a 3' Monster cable that terminates in six Neutrik six-pin XLR connectors. The Matrix encoded surround output created by the module can be transmitted, shared and processed via any surround infrastructure.
Solutions Radio Church Web Radio
Internet radio equipment
This Internet receiver features a built-in dial-up modem that can be connected to an existing telephone or DSL line. Turn the unit on and the service can be heard live. The system automatically stores each service so it can be listened to after the live service has ended. Call waiting has been implemented so that the system will switch off and the call can be answered.
Jampro Antennas RCPU
The RCPU is a quick-release patch panel with a low insertion loss. A positive lock mechanism ensures quick re-directions of RF signal paths. The equipment is useful for patching RF feeds to emergency antenna, alternate main/auxiliary transmitters, filter by-pass, master station combiner re-routes and test point insertions. No tools are required to make patches. The unit comes in several sizes with an optional signal-flow indicator panel, dual-line power splitter or power measuring VSWR.
Focal Press A Face for Radio
Station planning and design book
This book explains the basic concepts of applicable architectural and interior design elements as guidelines for space planning; building infrastructure; layout schemes for offices and technical facilities; colors, materials and finishes; lighting; and scheduling. The book includes images and plans of the work of leading designers of radio broadcasting facilities in the United States and overseas, budgets and construction schedules for a variety of typical projects, and guidelines to follow for flexible programs that apply to radio stations of all sizes, from major market network affiliates to small independents. Two of the authors, Peter Bloomfield and Mark Motl, will appear for a book signing on April 16 at 3 p.m. in the NAB Store.
UN Radio UN Radio News Service
Booth R131 (RTNDA)
UN Radio will be demostrating the UN Radio News Service, an Internet-based service that provides journalists news reports, features and sound bites, as well as unedited interviews from the field, news conferences, meetings, speeches, stake-outs and briefings. The unedited sound provides reporters with full access to raw audio.
Did You Know...?
A1. According to www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com, the original Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and is made of wrought iron pieces that are fastened together with 2,500,000 rivets. The one in Vegas is made from welded steel so it is stronger structurally and has fake rivets to duplicate the look of the original.
2A. All of these themes have been proposed at various times for hotels in Las Vegas. Visit www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/dreams2.htm to see renderings of what these hotels would have looked like had they been built.
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