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NAB Board Election Results
Washington, DC - Mar 31, 2008 - The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the results of the 2008 NAB Radio and Television Board elections. The two-year terms of the newly elected board members will begin in June 2008.

Radio Board

Radio DistrictName/TitleStation/Group/Location
2-NY-NJJoseph M. Bilotta, COO*Buckley Radio, New York, NY
4-DE-DC-MD-VAJoel Oxley, Senior Regional Vice President*Bonneville International; Bonneville Washington Radio Group; WTOP/WGMS/WFED/WTWP; Washington, DC
6 NC-SCWilliam McElveen, Vice PresidentCitadel Broadcasting; South East Region; Columbia, SC
8-LA-MSBob Holladay, Owner/General Manager*Holladay Broadcasting; Monroe, LA
10-INRick Cummings, President - Radio Div.*Emmis Communications; Burbank, CA
12-MO-KSJohn Beck, Senior Vice President/Market Manager Emmis Communications; St. Louis, MO
14-IA-WI Mary Quass, President/CEO*NRG Media; Cedar Rapids, IA
16-CO-NEEric Brown, General ManagerNebraska Rural Radio Association; KRVN; Lexington, NE
18-So. TXBen Downs, General ManagerBryan Broadcasting; Bryan, TX
20-MT-ID-WYRon Davis, President/GM*Butte Broadcasting; KBOW-AM/KOPR-FM; Butte, MT
22-AZ-NV-NM-UTPaul G. Gardner, President/CEO*Elko Broadcasting Company; KELK-AM/KLKO-FM; Elko, NV
24-S.CA-GU-HIHoward B. Anderson, Pres./CEO*KHWY; Los Angeles, CA

Television Board

Name/TitleStation/Group/Location
David Barrett, President/CEO*Hearst-Argyle Television; New York, NY
Lynn Beall, Executive Vice President* Gannett Broadcasting, KSDK-TV; St. Louis, MO
Elizabeth Murphy Burns, President* Morgan Murphy Stations; Duluth, MN
William B. Peterson, Sr. VP, TV Station Group* The E. W. Scripps Company; Cincinnati, OH
Doreen Wade, President* Freedom Broadcasting; West Palm Beach, FL
James Yager, CEO* Barrington Broadcasting; Hoffman Estates, IL

* Incumbent


Broadcast Warehouse Fined for Providing Pirate Radio Equipment in UK
Croydon, UK - Mar 28, 2008 - An article in the The Register details a pirate-radio crackdown procedure that takes enforcement action not only against the pirate broadcaster, but also the equipment supplier.

Ofcom Wins Pirate Radio Components Case


Business

Rapco Horizon Sold to RHC Management
Jackson, MO - Mar 31, 2008 - The Rapco Horizon Company, a whole owned subsidiary of VTG Holdings, has signed a sale agreement with RHC management in conjunction with equity investment groups Midwest Mezzanine Funds and Busch O'Donnell Capitol Partners for the sale of the company's stock and assets.

Lisa Williams, the senior executive vice president of sales and marketing takes over as president of the Rapco Horizon Company, the A/V cable manufacturing arm of the business, and Scott Wachter, VTG's CFO will resume as president of Major Custom Cable, the data/telecom manufacturing business unit.

RHC Holding Corp. will continue to own and operate seven facilities in Missouri, Texas, Mexico, Massachusetts and Canada.


Play MPE, A&R Musexpo Partner on Worldwide Digital Music Distribution
Vancouver, BC - Apr 1, 2008 - Destiny Media Technologies has entered into a strategic agreement with indie artist discovery company, A&R Worldwide and its international conference, Musexpo. Under the agreement, A&R Worldwide will represent the Play MPE digtal media distribution system to a variety of label groups in Europe. A&R Worldwide will also utilize Play MPE to maximize exposure for its clientele. Additionally, Play MPE will become a media partner of Musexpo.


Comrex Offers AAC-ELD for Access Codecs
Erlangen, Germany and Devens, MA - Apr 1, 2008 - Comrex has signed an agreement with Fraunhofer IIS to license Fraunhofer's new AAC-ELD (enhanced low delay) coding algorithm for use with the Comrex Access line of audio codecs. The new algorithm will make its Comrex debut the upcoming NAB Show.

Comrex Technical Director Tom Hartnett explains, "AAC-ELD combines the best aspects of low-delay audio coding with Spectral Band Replication to reduce bit-rate. This combination creates a coding algorithm that is uniquely suited to real-time audio transmission over IP circuits."

The algorithm is part of the Comrex AAC Option Package for Access codecs. AAC-ELD is free to current owners of the Access AAC Option. It is currently available for Access Rack and will be available soon for Access Portable.


Transom Capital Completes Acquisition of Blue Microphones
Los Angeles - Apr 2, 2008 - Transom Capital Group has completed the acquisition of Blue Microphones. Blue was founded in 1995. Skipper Wise and Martins Saulespurens, the founders of Blue, will retain an ownership interest in and continue working for the company.


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Dallas-based Radio Time, the provider of an online guide for searching and listening to streamed radio stations, has completed agreements with CBS, Cox and Clear Channel that enable listeners to stream content from those three companies' stations to home entertainment systems.

Harris has delivered 13 Harris HD Radio broadcast transmitters to American Public Media for its group-wide HD Radio broadcast initiative, targeted for completion in December 2008. The phased rollout also includes three HD Radio upgrades to existing Harris Z-Series analog transmitters and Harris Flexstar HD Radio broadcast products at each station for multicasting initiatives. American Public Media is produces about 20 national programs and specials, including A Prairie Home Companion, Marketplace, and Saint Paul Sunday, that reach 14.7 million people each week.

D&M Holdings Acquires Allen & Heath
Tokyo - Apr 2, 2008 - D&M Holdings has completed the acquisition of Allen & Heath Holdings of Penryn, Cornwall, England. Founded in 1969, Allen & Heath supplies digital and analog consoles in more than 80 countries. The company operates from its Cornwall, England manufacturing facility and has more than 150 employees in R&D, sales, marketing, manufacturing and administrative functions. The company will continue to be led by Glenn Rogers and its current management team.

The terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.


Prism Sound Acquires Sadie
Cambridge, UK - Apr 3, 2008 - Prism Sound, manufacturer of audio interfaces and converters, has acquired the business and intellectual property rights of Sadie, formerly owned by Studio Audio and Video. Prism Sound directors Graham Boswell and Ian Dennis negotiated the deal after learning that Sadie Studio Audio and Video had gone into administration in February.

"Prism Sound is financially secure and in an ideal position to take on the Sadie brand," Boswell said. "By combining two complementary product ranges with overlapping customer bases, we are confident that we can create a formidable and highly competitive business for the future."

The Sadie brand name will be retained but now as part of the Prism Sound business. Prism Sound's initial aim is to place the existing Sadie product range on a secure business and financial footing. Existing customers will have full access to product support as before using the same telephone numbers and e-mail addresses as previously, and new orders are now being accepted by Prism Sound's sales offices in Cambridge, UK and New Jersey. Deliveries will resume almost immediately, although availability of certain products may be limited initially as a result of reduced stock levels during the period of administration.

Prism Sound's acquisition has been welcomed by Joe Bull, founder and managing director of Sadie's former owner, Studio Audio and Video. Bull said, "It was a very sad day when Studio Audio and Video Limited had to be put into administration, but I'm delighted that Prism Sound has stepped forward to continue supporting the brand and the customers. Prism Sound and Sadie have very similar philosophies. I am sure that under Graham and Ian's stewardship the Sadie brand can thrive once again."

Over the next few months, Prism Sound will identify a new location that will allow it to combine both businesses in one premises. During this transitional period, the Prism Sound team will operate from Sadie's old headquarters in Stretham, Cambridge, as well as the current headquarters at Cowley Road. However, all enquiries relating to Sadie products should be directed to Prism Sound's head office at William James House, Cowley Road, Cambridge at +44 1223 424 988 or sales@prismsound.com.


Correspondents of Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) around the globe are now working with Luci Live Two, the software application for live radio reporting. From the most remote regions, the news can be delivered simply and live from a mobile phone or laptop computer. Radio Netherlands Worldwide is the first Dutch broadcaster to start using this technology on a large scale. The application is also suitable for use on websites and blogs, and therefore fits with the cross-media strategy of RNW.


People

Auralex Acoustics Adds to Executive Team
Las Vegas, NV - Apr 1, 2008 - Auralex Acoustics has added two new members to its executive team, Joseph Ziemer as senior director of Auralex Acoustics' global and broadcast divisions and Tim Martin as director of sales.

Ziemer will assist Auralex in expanding the company's national and international presence in the broadcast market. Ziemer worked with Broadcast Richmond, a division of Ziemertronics for more than 10 years, serving as president, general manager and vice president throughout his tenure, which was sold to Richardson in 2002. In 2003, Ziemer also re-established Broadcast Richmond's parent company, Ziemertronics, as a systems provider and high-end consultant to global communications firms.

Martin has a long history of professional experience in sales, consulting and leadership, and will oversee Auralex's entire domestic and international sales force. Martin most recently served as project manager at Celerant, a consulting firm in Boston, where he served as a management advisor in a diverse range of assignments in the retail, telecommunications and logistics industries for companies such as Coca Cola Enterprises, Telus and Horizon Lines. Prior to this position, Martin was president and managing partner of JAAT Consulting, a sales process development and training firm where he worked with clients to improve overall sales performance. Additional experience includes executive sales roles at Buztronics, Technuity and Bluestar Battery Systems. Martin also served as a Major in the United States Army and worked in the Office of the Chief of Staff where he planned, developed and executed professional and social events for the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Army.


Gerardo Vargas

Nautel Adds Vargas to Sales Team
Hackett's Cove, NS - Apr 1, 2008 - Nautel Limited has appointed Gerardo Vargas to head the company's Latin America sales efforts. With broad professional experience and 20 years in the broadcast industry, Vargas joins Nautel with extensive skills in international and domestic sales and marketing. He comes from AEQ where he worked as a manager for many years, successfully establishing that company's business in United States and in Latin America. Vargas also worked for five years for CRL, the audio processing company, as international sales manager during which he established the company's distribution worldwide.

He obtained his MBA with emphasis in international business, at the Thunderbird Business School in Glendale, AZ, and he also has a post-graduate degree from the University of Costa Rica.

In a separate announcement, Nautel named Chuck Kelly director of sales. Kelly, who joined Nautel in October 2006 as international sales manager, will now oversee all domestic and international sales and will manage Nautel's fast growing sales organization. Kelly is a 35-year veteran of the radio industry and has worked in sales management for more than 26 years. He is a two-term past president of the SBE and serves as the chairman of the SBE International Committee.

Also receiving a promotion was Wendell Lonergan, a long-time Nautel staffer. Lonergan has been named sales manager - Europe. He was a member of Nautel's engineering team for 25 years and has been technical sales and marketing manager at the company for the past five years.


APRE Announces Award Recipients
Washington, DC - Mar 18, 2008 - The Association of Public Radio Engineers (APRE) has announced the winners of the second-annual APRE Engineering Achievement Awards.

Chuck Leavens, director of engineering and information technology management at WDUQ Pittsburgh will be presented with the 2008 APRE Engineering Achievement Award during the annual Engineering Dinner. When asked why Leavens's name was being recommended for the award, one nominator stated, "One word: Pubtech. Chuck's creation and maintenance of the Pubtech listserv is a godsend to us pubradio engineers!"

Leavens began the e-mail remailer service in July 1996. At the time, the goal was to provide a forum for public radio engineers and friends to discuss the special technical aspects common to public radio stations. Leavens notes that since then, the list has grown to be more. It has become a communications backbone between stations for many topics. There are currently 942 subscribers.

Marty Bloss will be presented with the 2008 APRE Meritorious Service Award for his role as director of technology for the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS.) Bloss shepherded the new Content Depot satellite distribution system now in use by public radio stations to deliver high-quality, real-time and file-based audio programming. He worked with major equipment vendors, software integrators, member stations, engineers and program producers to champion the new system.

The honor is intended to be awarded to individuals for outstanding contributions to the art and/or science of radio engineering that have made a significant impact on, or improvement in the state of the public radio industry.

The awards will be presented at the annual NPR Labs/APRE Engineering Dinner on April 11 in Las Vegas.


Products

Parrot Adds New Features
Delft, Netherlands - Mar 29, 2008 - You/Com will demonstrate new features of the Parrot flash recorder at the 2008 NAB Show. The recorder includes the capability to transfer files through a 3G phone at the touch of a button.

Additional telephones have been added to the list of models that support the unit's file transfer. Also, battery life has been extended to a minimum of 10 hours, a LED display has been added to indicate takes and clips, and telephone interviews can now be recorded in stereo.


Enco Supports HD Radio Itunes Tagging
Southfield, MI - Mar 26, 2008 - Enco Systems will add support for Itunes Tagging for HD Radio to its DAD Digital Audio Delivery system. Enco notes that the update will be made available to DAD users at no additional cost or monthly service charge.

As previously reported, Itunes Tagging allows listeners to tag songs they like that are broadcast by HD Radio stations. Information about these tagged songs is stored by the receiver and transferred to the listener's Ipod. When the Ipod is connected to a computer, Itunes automatically presents the songs in a new tagged playlist so the user can preview, buy and download the tagged songs. Radio broadcasters can share in the revenue derived from song purchases made by their listeners.

Enco's implementation will be delivered in an upcoming release of DAD and be supported in an upcoming release of Padapult, Enco's multipurpose real-time data delivery engine.




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