131st AES Plans Salute to 50 Years of FM Stereo

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New York - Oct 18, 2011 - After its first four decodes of transmitting in mono, in 1961 the FCC chose among competing systems to declare a standard for FM stereo broadcasting. On Oct. 21, 0211, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., a panel of FM radio engineers will gather at the Clear Channel Studios in the PC Richards & Sons Theater at 32 Avenue of the Americas in lower Manhattan to celebrate FM stereo's 50th anniversary.

The event is a highlight of the 131st AES Convention set for Oct. 20-23 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. Developed by the New York Section of the AES and by AES Convention Broadcast/Streaming Events Co-Chair David Bialik, the panel will be co-chaired by Bialik and Scott Fybush of Fybush.com. Participants will include Richard Burden, an original member of the FM Stereo Committee; Frank Foti, Omnia Audio; Richard Mertz, Cavell and Mertz; Arno Meyer, Belar; Robert Orban, Orban; Skip Pizzi, NAB; Bill Sacks, Orban; Eric Small, Modulation Sciences; Jeff Smith, Clear Channel; and former WQXR Radio Chief Engineer Herb Squire.

Topics to be addressed include FM stereo's birth, the merits of the competing systems that sought FCC approval, the initial technical challenges faced by the new medium, the development of high-density FM audio processing, and the future of analog FM stereo in an increasingly digital world. Seating is limited and tickets are available at the AES Tech Tour Desk in the registration area at the Javits Center. Bus transportation to and from the event will be available from the Javits Center.

The Audio Engineering Society thanks Clear Channel Communications for providing the theater for this event. The AES plans to stream the event live. Details will be posted at AES.org.

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