NAB Radio Update - Sep 5, 2006


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Index:

  • Logitek Names Grundstein Director of Sales
  • Liquid Compass Adds Managed Services Division
  • Test your knowledge of Texas
  • Audio Processing Technology Worldcast Horizon, Worldcast Meridian
  • Burk Technology Arc Plus
  • Mid-Atlantic RF Systems BSC98-20-D
  • Nautel Users' Group Session Accepting Registration
  • FCC Breakfast to Feature Two Commissioners
  • RAB to Present Training Workshops
  • V-Soft AM-Pro 2
  • Global Security Systems
  • Hit a few of the highlights of Dallas during your stay.
  • Barix Technology Exstreamer 100, Instreamer 100
  • Harris Micromax
  • Answers to the Trivia

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    News from the Convention

    Logitek Names Grundstein Director of Sales
    Houston - Aug 25, 2006 - Logitek Electronic Systems has appointed Frank Grundstein as the company's director of sales. Grundstein replaces Cam Eicher, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

    Grundstein has been with Logitek for three years as the North American sales manager. His prior experience includes sales for Lightner Electronics, Radio Systems and Harris Broadcast. He has also worked in broadcasting and production, including positions at Malrite as the chief engineer of Eagle 106 in Philadelphia, director of A/V facilities for DDB Needham WW in New York and for Bonneville at WRFM in New York. Grundstein is an SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer and holds an FCC General Radiotelephone License. He has a Master's Degree in Communications Systems from NYU.

    Grundstein will be based in Philadelphia and can be reached at 800-231-5870, 610-642-2487 or frank@logitekaudio.com.


    Liquid Compass Adds Managed Services Division
    Denver - Aug 30, 2006 - Liquid Compass has launched a new Managed Services Division to manage all aspects of a customer's media website and in-stream ad scheduling needs. The company also announced that its roster of terrestrial stations and HD Radio multicast has exceeded the 500 mark with the signing of Entercom Communications.

    The Liquid Compass staff spends time with each station training its employees how to update website content and to use the new ad replacement software to traffic all station promos, paid advertising and PSAs. Those stations that choose to take advantage of the in-house services simply fill out a traffic request form on Liquid Compass' client log-in site, upload the advertiser's creative material, and the Liquid Compass team manages the entire process from that point on.

    Liquid Compass reached a milestone in August as it surpassed its goal of 500 live radio stations streaming on its network within the United States. Recently the company re-signed Entercom Communications to a new contract, which will surpass 100 radio stations (including both terrestrial and HD2 side channels) on its network by year's end.


    Do you know?

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

    Q1: Which one of these is not a festival held in Texas?
    A. International Gumbo Cook-off
    B. Fire Ant Festival
    C. Hotter 'n Hell Chili Cook-off

    Q2: What year did John Neely Bryan claim the land that is now Dallas as his own?


    Products from the Floor

    Audio Processing Technology
    Worldcast Horizon, Worldcast Meridian
    IP codecs
    Booth 316

    Worldcast Horizon and Worldcast Meridian are the first products in this new generation of APT audio codecs featuring IP connectivity as their core functionality. The Worldcast Horizon offers digital audio over IP for bi-directional stereo audio transport. It operates using Enhanced Apt-x coding technology that is suited to the transport of audio over packet-switched networks. Based on DSP architecture, the Worldcast Horizon provides contact closures and opto-couples for remote status alarms. The unit comes complete with APT's powerful Network Management Software package for easy management and monitoring. The new Worldcast Meridian is a fully duplex, multi-algorithm audio codec offering both IP and leased line connectivity. Users can choose from a suite of coding options including: Enhanced Apt-x, G.711, G.722, MPEG Layer II, MPEG Layer III, AAC, AA LD and AAC LC.
    www.aptx.com
    aptmarketing@aptx.com


    Burk Technology
    Arc Plus
    Transmitter remote control system
    Booth 519

    The system is a next-generation transmitter remote control system for full-time, multi-site or dial-up operation. Taking advantage of the scalability of IP, the unit connects an unlimited number of sites, each with as many as 256 channels of metering, status and command. Access the entire system from the front panel of any unit, take control using a Web browser or PC software, or dial into the system over the phone. With Arc-16 backward compatibility, the device allows broadcasters to advance their facility management operation incrementally, protecting the station's hardware investment.
    www.burk.com
    sales@burk.com


    Mid-Atlantic RF Systems
    BSC98-20-D
    Pre-delay audio receiver
    Booth 419

    This FM/SCA receiver is intended for use by commercial digital FM stations to receive predelay audio to reliably communicate with and queue talent in the field without the eight-second delay inherent in the digital FM broadcast. The receiver is a TCXO referenced phase lock loop-controlled receiver that operates in the standard FM band. It demodulates the main channel audio as well as the standard 67kHz or 92kHz subcarrier audio. A front panel switch selects main or SCA audio. The front panel also provides connections for a headset jack for monitoring the received signal. The rear panel features connectors for antennas, dc power and audio line output, which is not gain controlled.
    www.midatlanticrf.com
    info@midatlanticrf.com


    Convention Events

    Nautel Users' Group Session Accepting Registration
    Nautel will hold a Nautel Users' Group (NUG) Session at the NAB Radio Show on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Steuben Room at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The slated topics are:

  • What's new at Nautel: new AM transmitters and new remote monitor and control options
  • A case study of an AM HD Radio installation, with a special focus on the correct cusp orientation
  • A case study of an FM HD Radio installation introducing an implementation of a ultra-reliable data connection from the studio to the transmitter.

    The NUG will also feature a guest speaker: Bill Gould of Moseley Associates will discuss new solutions for digital STL/TSL and adding LAN/WAN connectivity to the transmitter site.

    A complimentary lunch and roundtable discussion round out the event. Advance registration is required by Sept. 12, 2006. To register, e-mail your name and call letters to nug@nautel.com. More info about the event is available at www.nautel.com


    FCC Breakfast to Feature Two Commissioners
    Washington - Aug 24, 2006 - FCC Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Robert McDowell will be the featured speakers at this year's FCC Breakfast. The FCC Breakfast will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

    Commissioner Adelstein has been at the FCC since 2002 and was sworn in for a new five-year term in December 2004. Commissioner McDowell was sworn in as FCC Commissioner in June 2006. He brings to the FCC nearly 16 years of private sector experience in the communications industry.


    RAB to Present Training Workshops
    New York - Aug 31, 2006 - The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) will present two sales training workshops just prior to the opening of The NAB Radio Show. The seminar is entitled "Breaking The Daily Habit: Winning New Radio Dollars From Print in Dallas" and will be held as two sessions--one for sales managers and one for account executives--on Sept. 19. Sponsored by Media Monitors, the workshop will be conducted by RAB Senior Vice President of Training Lynn Anderson. Anderson will reveal how to position radio's strengths against newspapers and expose the inequity that exists between newspapers' dwindling circulation figures and its share of local advertising budgets.

    Both sessions will be held at The Renaissance Dallas Hotel, Lone Star Rooms 1–3. The managers' session is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., followed by the account executives' session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Each session is free to the first 50 radio professionals in the Dallas area to register. Applicants may register by phone at 1-800-67-MEDIA ext. 274, or by e-mail at seminar@mediamonitors.com.


    More Products

    V-Soft
    AM-Pro 2
    Broadcast engineering software
    Booth 523

    AM-Pro 2 is an upgrade to the AM-Pro allocation and coverage mapping program. This new version supports grid-style calculation of ground wave and sky wave field strengths and interference, similar to V-Soft's Probe propagation prediction program. Daytime allocation studies now remove overlap area over water and accommodation for the existing facility. Night allocation studies now support full 'clipping' studies. Other new features include a cancel button for initial night and day allocation studies and enhanced equivalent distance methodology for quick limit and point location field strength calculation.
    www.v-soft.com
    info@v-soft.com


    Global Security Systems
    Emergency Warning Receiver
    Mass distribution of alerts
    Booth 709

    This wireless, battery-driven receiver is designed for mass distribution of alerting messages to the public. The system uses the national FM transmission network to deliver data to the receiver. Through advances in FM receiver products, the receiver achieves a nationwide footprint. There is a cost of membership.
    www.gssnet.us
    info@gssnet.us


    Out and About in Dallas

    Hit a few of the highlights of Dallas during your stay:

    Visit the Dallas Museum of Natural History to see a 90-million-year-old protostega sea turtle and the "Texas Tenontosaur." The museum is located at 3535 Grand Ave. and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit www.dallasdino.org.

    For pre-Civil War history, visit Freedman's Cemetery Memorial African-American burial ground and historical landmark. This area honors the lives of more than 7,000 of America's earliest pioneers. The memorial was established in the late 1850s with the abolition of slavery. It's located at Lemmon Ave. and Central Expressway.


    Product Peeks

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    Barix Technology
    Exstreamer 100, Instreamer 100
    Network audio encoder, decoder
    Booth 224

    The Instreamer 100 encodes audio from analog and digital devices into the MP3 format in real-time for point-to-point or multipoint delivery over the Internet or IP-based systems. The serial port in the Instreamer 100 allows the operator to remotely control additional devices over the same network connection from any location. The Exstreamer 100 is a network-based audio decoder that pulls digital audio from an IP network and converts it to music or voice at the receiving address. The Exstreamer 100 improves on previous Exstreamer products by offering the following enhancements: one USB port, allowing connection of a USB Flash Drive for backup or stand-alone playback applications; "streaming client" software supports new hardware features such as USB for backup audio, switchover between multiple sources, WMA and MMS support and network updateable and reconfigurable over the network in a secure fashion.
    www.barix.com
    info@barix.com


    Harris
    Micromax
    FM exciter
    Booth 405

    The 30W, 1RU exciter can interface with any existing Harris transmitter. It is designed as a cost-effective exciter for international and small market U.S. broadcasters, and as a strong backup exciter for larger U.S. markets. The exciter combines PLL technology with RF amplifier circuits and features to provide driving power to any FM transmitter. Other features include a built-in stereo generator and automatic power control at any power level. An optional AES/EBU digital audio input is also available.
    www.broadcast.harris.com
    broadcast@harris.com


    Did you know?

    Answers:

    A1: The Hotter 'n Hell Chili Cook-off is not a Texas festival. There is a Hotter 'n Hell Bicycle Race, however. There are more than 1,000 festivals held each year in Texas.

    A2: In 1841, John Neely Bryan laid claim to this area and built a single log cabin.


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