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Streaming Media East Wraps Up
Medford, NJ - May 20, 2004 -More than 2,400 business executives and streaming media professionals gathered in New York City May 11 and 12 to learn how to increase the efficiency, profitability and productivity of their businesses with rich-media applications and solutions. The two-day conference was filled with interactive sessions and featured three tracks with more than 125 speakers and presenters from various companies in the technology, enterprise and media and entertainment industries.
The list of conference presenters includes A&E Television Networks, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Central Florida, Chicago Police Department, Forbes.com, Comedy Central, The Weather Channel Interactive, Reuters, Bloomberg, Comcast.net and more. Conference sessions will be archived and for on-demand viewing starting May 24th at www.streamingmedia.com/east.
AES Extends Proposal Date for 26th Conference
New York - May 20, 2004 - The initial May 17 deadline for paper proposals for the AES 26th Conference proved to have several conflicts from the recent 116th Convention in Berlin and the proposal deadline for the 117th Convention in San Francisco. Because of this, the Audio Engineering Society has extended the deadline for proposals for the 26th Conference an extra two weeks to May 31.
To propose a paper, go to www.aes.org/26th_authors to propose a paper for High-Quality Analog Audio Processing, the AES 26th International Conference, which will be held in Baarn, The Netherlands, Oct. 1 to 3, 2004. The AES asks for early submissions to reduce the workload on the papers chairman.
FCC Considers Nationwide Pre-dig Phone Number
Washington, DC - May 13, 2004 - The FCC has launched a rulemaking to simplify the nation's one-call notification system. The one-call system is designed for excavators and the general public to notify operators of underground facilities in advance of excavation activities to enhance public safety and protect the environment. Currently, the 70 nationwide one-call centers that serve different geographic areas are accessed by dialing toll-free or local telephone numbers.
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will consider possible nationwide abbreviated dialing arrangements to access one-call centers by enabling '811' as the single number to call. The North American Numbering Council (NANC) has analyzed the effect of using various abbreviated dialing arrangements and has recommended the nationwide toll-free abbreviated dialing code.
Docket No. 92-105
New EAS Event Codes Take Effect in June
Mar 4, 2004 - On Feb. 26, 2002, the FCC issued a Report and Order amending the Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules. The R&O became effective May 16, 2002. As part of the R&O, the FCC adopted numerous new civil emergency, weather and natural disaster event codes and National Weather Service's (NWS) marine area location codes. The complete list of EAS event codes (also known as NWR-SAME Codes) is shown below. The codes are distinguished between those in use today and those the NWS will implement on NOAA Weather Radio on June 30, 2004. NWR and the EAS use identical digital protocols, and NWR is the primary means for NWS alerts to activate the Emergency Alert System.
The reason for the delay between the effective date of the R&O and the NWS implementation of the new codes is that broadcasters needed time to upgrade their EAS encoder/decoder equipment to implement many of the changes in this R&O. If EAS equipment is not upgraded, the new event codes being implemented by NWS on June 30 will cause unknown event code operator alarms. Most broadcasters have upgraded their equipment, so NWS is making final preparations to proceed.
|Coastal Flood Watch||CFA||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Coastal Flood Warning||CFW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Dust Storm Warning||DSW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Flash Flood Watch||FFA||Operational|
|Flash Flood Warning||FFW||Operational|
|Flash Flood Statement||FFS||Operational|
|High Wind Watch||HWA||Operational|
|High Wind Warning||HWW||Operational|
|Severe Thunderstorm Watch||SVA||Operational|
|Severe Thunderstorm Warning||SVR||Operational|
|Severe Weather Statement||SVS||Operational|
|Special Marine Warning||SMW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Special Weather Statement||SPS||Operational|
|Tropical Storm Watch||TRA||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Tropical Storm Warning||TRW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Winter Storm Watch||WSA||Operational|
|Winter Storm Warning||WSW||Operational|
|Emergency Action Notification||EAN||Operational|
|Emergency Action Termination||EAT||Operational|
|National Information Center||NIC||Operational|
|State and Local Codes-optional|
|Avalanche Watch||AVA||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Avalanche Warning||AVW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Child Abduction Emergency||CAE||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Civil Danger Warning||CDW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Civil Emergency Message||CEM||Operational|
|Earthquake Warning||EQW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Fire Warning||FRW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Hazardous Materials Warning||HMW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Law Enforcement Warning||LEW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Local Area Emergency||LAE||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|911 Telephone Outage Emergency||TOE||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Nuclear Power Plant Warning||NUW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Radiological Hazard Warning||RHW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Shelter in Place Warning||SPW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Volcano Warning||VOW||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|National Periodic Test||NPT||Operational|
|Network Message Notification||NMN||NWS implementation June 30, 2004|
|Required Monthly Test||RMT||Operational|
|Required Weekly Test||RWT||Operational|
The FCC Report and Order that became effective May 16, 2002, establishes naming conventions for the new and future EAS event codes. In most cases, and for all future codes to be approved, the third letter of all hazardous state and local event codes is will be limited to one of four letters:
The existing event codes for Tornado Warning (TOR), Severe Thunderstorm Warning (SVR) and Evacuation Immediate (EVI) will not be changed to conform to this naming convention.
Sirius Offered Through Dish Network
New York and Dallas - May 20, 2004 - Sirius has increased its number of listeners across the country by making its music service available to Echostar Communications and its more than 9.7 million Dish Network satellite television customers. The official launch of the service is to take place May 20 at the Dish Network 2004 Team Summit Satellite Television Conference in Dallas.
Subscribers of Dish Network's premium packages now receive Sirius' music channels at no extra charge. The remaining Dish Network subscribers have the option to upgrade their subscription packages to include Sirius.
In addition to providing Dish Network subscribers with music programming, participating Dish Network retailers around the country will have the ability to offer consumers a Dish Network-branded Sirius Satellite Radio receiver. The transportable Dish Network Satellite Radio Receiver, SR200, can be installed in a vehicle and can be inserted into a portable boombox.
Harris Installs 100th Vistamax
Cincinnati - May 20, 2004 - Harris will install its 100th Vistamax Networkable Audio Management System at Bonneville radio station, WWZZ-FM, Washington, DC. WWZZ-FM will incorporate the Vistamax system into its new studios at the current broadcast facilities for WGMS-FM and WTOP-AM, the Capitol's oldest and most listened to radio source for news. Additionally, WWZZ has purchased four studios of Harris' custom furniture and four of Harris' BMXdigital on-air radio consoles for the build.
Harris recently introduced two new components for the Vistamax system: the RMXdigital on-air radio console and VSDM, the Vistamax Small Digital Mixer.
Delphi Looks to Sale of 1 Million Portable Satellite Receivers
Troy, MI - May 18, 2004 - Delphi expects to sell its 1 millionth portable satellite radio receivers to retailers this June. Delphi manufactures XM SKYFi and Roady products. This will bring Delphi's total receivers sold next month to 2.6 million, including original equipment radios.
RF Software Becomes Audemat-Aztec Dealer
Gainsville, FL - May 17, 2004 - RF Software is now a dealer for Audemat-Aztec field measurement equipment. RF Investigator 2.5 will include new features to import and display field measurement surveys from the Navigator 100 and Navigator 007. The function will allow users to predict the coverage or interference of a station and display it in real time.
NASB Elects Garlinger President
Washington, DC – May 7, 2004 - The National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB) at its 2004 annual meeting on May 7 elected Doug Garlinger, CPBE CBNT, as the new president of the Association. Garlinger is the former director of dngineering for Lesea Broadcasting, which owns shortwave stations WHRA, WHRI and KWHR. Just a few months ago, he left Lesea to take an engineering position with Emmis in Hawaii, but he continues to be active in issues of importance to shortwave broadcasters.
Garlinger has served the NASB in the as the association's vice president, and has been with the NASB since it was formed in 1989.
Outgoing NASB president Jeff White's NASB Board term ended at the annual meeting. The membership chose Dennis Dempsey of WEWN Global Catholic Radio to fill the Board vacancy. Paul Hunter, an engineering consultant who represents Word Broadcasting, was re-elected to the Board and as vice president of the NASB, and Dan Elyea of WYFR Family Radio continues as NASB secretary/treasurer.
Lynx Appoints Erlandson to Oversee Product Support
Costa Mesa, CA - May 12, 2004 - Paul Erlandson has joined Lynx Studio Technology as director of product support. In addition to technical support via phone and e-mail, Erlandson will assist in the development of technical documents, website content and related materials.
Erlandson has been in the professional audio industry for 10 years. During the past year he was the director of sales at carillon. In 1994, he founded and ran Sound Chaser, which provided computer-based music systems, through 2002. He is also an accomplished bassist and keyboard player with a degree in music from Humboldt State University.
Lynx Studio Technology designs and manufactures computer-related audio products for audio production, delivery and testing for recording studios and broadcast.
Two New Members Appointed to NAB Radio Board
Washington, DC - May 17, 2004 - NAB Radio Board Chair Carl Gardner has appointed two new members to the NAB Radio Board: Susan Davenport Austin of Sheridan Broadcasting and Susan Patrick of Legend Communications. The appointments are made by the Radio chairman with approval of the Radio Executive Committee and the joint board chairman.
Austin is vice president of strategic planning and treasurer of Sheridan Broadcasting in New York, as well as president of the Sheridan Gospel Network. Founded by the Davenport family in 1972, Sheridan Broadcasting operates six radio stations in Pennsylvania, Alabama and New York. She immediately assumes the seat recently vacated by Maria Elena Llansa, formerly with Spanish Broadcasting Systems.
Patrick will begin her term at the upcoming June Board meeting and will assume one of the vacant designated radio board seats. Patrick currently serves as executive vice president and co-owner of Legend Communications in Ellicott City, MD. Legend Communications operates 14 radio stations in Wyoming, Ohio and Missouri.
Live365 and Terra.Com Team on Hispanic Internet Radio
Foster City, CA - May 20, 2004 - Live365 and Terra.com, the U.S. Hispanic portal of the Terra network of sites, have teamed to create an online radio service. More than 30 stations featuring Spanish-language music and other content, programmed by U.S. and international DJs using Live365’s broadcasting service, will be available to Terra’s users.
Additional DAWs Support Tascam FW-1884
InfoComm 2004 – May 21, 2004 - Following recent updates by Cakewalk, MOTU, Steinberg and Emagic, the Tascam FW-1884 Audio/ MIDI interface and control surface is being added to the list of supported DAW applications. Co-designed by Tascam and Frontier Design Group, the FW-1884 adds workstations controls to a Mac or PC through a Firewire cable. The unit features an 18-channel audio interface, eight mic preamps, a 4x4 MIDI interface and an editing and mixing control surface.
NXT Flat-panel Loudspeaker Technology Gains Popularity
New York - May 19, 2004 - NXT has issued a list of U.S. manufacturers who have introduced products to the U.S.market that use NXT-enabled flat speaker technology. The manufacturers and their products are listed.
|Brookstone||www.brookstone.com||AcoustiClear Desktop, 3CD AcoustiClear, 5.1 Wafer-thin system, 2.1 Wafer-thin CD system, Speaker Bag|
|Sonic Impact||www.si-5.com||Si-5 Portable Speakers, Gen 2 Si-5 portable speakers, Boom Bag, Boom Case|
|KEF||www.kef.com||KEF KIT 100|
|Mission||www.mission-usa.com||Tecsonic, FS1, FS2-AV|
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