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FCC Announces Agenda For EAS Summit
Washington, DC - Apr 21, 2008 - The FCC announced the agenda for its upcoming Summit on the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS). The summit, called Promoting an Effective Emergency Alert System on the Road to a Next Generation EAS, will be held on May 19, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room TW-C305.
The panel discussions will focus on the current state of the nation's EAS and what is needed to transition to a more robust, next-generation alert and warning system to help ensure accurate and timely information dissemination during emergencies.
The Summit will be open to the public, but admittance will be limited to the seating available. To attend, preregister online at www.fcc.gov/pshs/summits/eas. The deadline to preregister is May 15, 2008. The meeting will be streamed online.
9:00 a.m. - Welcome
- Derek Poarch, chief, FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, PSHSB
9:20 a.m. - Opening Remarks
9:40 a.m. - Panel One: Examines the current state of the nation's EAS initiative. Discussions will focus on failure points within the system - breakdowns in the 'daisy chain' - as well as ways to improve testing protocols and heighten awareness to the importance of education and training for broadcasters and other EAS participants.
- Moderator: Tom Beers, chief of the Policy Division, PSHSB Panelists:
- Ann Arnold, chairman, Texas State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC); executive director, Texas Association of Broadcasters
- Dale Gehman, president Gehman Compliance and Consulting
- Steve Johnson, consultant, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
- Mark Manuelian, Primary Entry Point Advisory Committee director; chairman Massachusetts SECC
- C. Patrick Roberts, chairman, Florida SECC; president, Florida Broadcasters Association
11:00 a.m. - Break
11:15 a.m. - Panel Two: Focus on Next Generation Technologies and explore what policies and protocols should be implemented to ensure compatibility between Federal implementation of the Common Alert Protocol (CAP) architecture and state government operations. Panelists will also discuss funding issues and what states are expected to do to ensure that their state, county and local emergency response systems are fully functional in a new system design.
- Moderator: William Lane, chief engineer, PSHSB Panelists:
- Malena Barzilai, senior counsel, Association of Public Television Stations
- Art Botterell, manager, Community Warning System, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, CA
- Lance Craver, program manager, Integrated Public Alerting and Warning System, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Clay Freinwald, chairman, Washington SECC; chairman, Society of Broadcast Engineers EAS Committee
- Suzanne D. Goucher, chairman, Maine SECC; president, Maine Association of Broadcasters
- Mark Paese, director of Operations Division, National Weather Service
12:35 p.m. - Closing Remarks
- Chief Derek Poarch
Radiotime Tuner Used in NAB Radio Heard Here Campaign
Dallas - Apr 16, 2008 - The Radiotime Internet radio tuner has been integrated into the website for the NAB's Radio Heard Here campaign. Visitors to www.RadioHeardHere.com automatically see a scan of their local radio dial including now-playing programs and a play button. The widget has a link to Radiotime's electronic program guide.
As reported from the NAB Show, the Radio Heard Here campaign is a continuation of the NAB, RAB and HD Digital Radio Alliance Radio 2020 project. The goal of the campaign is to reinvigorate radio.
"The technology Radiotime offers is a great example of how the industry is competing as a medium by adapting, innovating, investing and responding to a changing world," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "With this campaign, we want to remind all consumers of the numerous innovations taking place in radio - we're not hiding from technology, we're driving it. Streaming is a great example of that; radio has become a leading source for music on the Internet, investing millions of dollars in streaming technology to make radio accessible online."
Deva Broadcast Signs HD Radio License Agreement
Columbia, MD; and Burgas, Bulgaria - Apr 10, 2008 - Ibiquity Digital has licensed Deva Broadcast to develop, manufacture and market HD Radio broadcast monitors and professional receivers for AM and FM broadcasters who are converting to digital broadcasting.
Deva expects to begin delivering the HD Radio products at the end of the summer 2008.
Wheatstone Announces Partnership with UK-Based Audio Emporium
New Bern, NC - Apr 17, 2008 - Audio Emporium has been named the sole distributor of Wheatstone Audio products in the UK and Ireland. This landmark venture represents the official launch of Wheatstone products into a previously untapped broadcast audio market. Audio Emporium is headquartered in Walsall, Midlands, UK, and has been a leading supplier of broadcast audio solutions for more than five years. Wheatstone is optimistic that the alliance with Audio Emporium will create a new market presence for the Wheatstone, Audioarts Engineering and Vorsis Audio Processing divisions. New offerings from Wheatstone include the E Squared Ethernet Audio System, Evolution Series radio control surfaces, D-Series Television consoles, Audioarts Air 1 and Air 2 radio consoles, and Vorsis AP2000 and VP-8 audio processors.
Auralex Acoustics Creates Sonic Safe-Haven for B;&H at NAB
Las Vegas - Auralex Acoustics acoustically treated a portion of B:&H’s booth at the 2008 NAB Show for a broadcast/large-diaphragm condenser mic shootout.
B;&H gave attendees the opportunity to try different mics in a sonic safe-haven, thanks to Auralex’s acoustical products, amidst the roar of the NAB floor. Attendees were able to listen to the mics via headphones throughout the show. Auralex provided its newest Eco-Friendly Studio Foam pyramids, its Pro Banners as well as its best-selling pArt Science Audio Tiles to the display.
Auralex’s Eco-Friendly Studio Foam brand products now include soy components, reducing petroleum-based chemical usage by up to 60 percent and lessening dependence on fossil fuels, including foreign crude oil. Auralex Pro Banners are designed to reduce reverberation and reflection in large, noisy areas such as gymnasiums, arenas, sanctuaries, restaurants, clubs and in this case at trade shows; are available in PVC, nylon or fabric finishes; are Class A Flame Retardant and are acoustically tested for performance in accordance with ASTM C423.
Audio-Technica Chosen for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
For the 11th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied more than 70 mics to capture the audio for this widely celebrated musical event, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The 23rd annual induction ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held on March 10, 2008, with inductees including John Mellencamp, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures, as well as legendary blues harmonica player Little Walter and Philly soul producers Gamble ;& Huff. The show was broadcast live on VH1 Classic.
Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals on performances by Damien Rice, John Fogerty, Patti LaBelle, Joan Jett and Ben Harper (paying tribute to Leonard Cohen, the Ventures, Gamble ;& Huff, the Dave Clark Five and Little Walter, respectively), as well as for presentations by Billy Joel, Paul Shaffer and Jerry Butler. Noted saxophonist Alto Reed (Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band) performed with the Ventures using an ATM35 on an AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter.
Oklahoma Station Uses Barix for In-store Radio Station Delivery Platform
Yukon, OK, and Zurich, Switzerland - Apr 22, 2008 - The Splash of Yukon, OK, has standardized on Barix IP audio decoders to deliver its custom in-store audio programming to retailers, restaurants and other consumer-oriented businesses. The Barix devices provide a live, point-to-multipoint radio broadcast service over IP connections.
The Splash, whose local customers include grocery chain Williams Grocery and restaurant chain Citybites, provides Splash Radio, a live radio station service to its clients, complete with DJ, music and advertising. Splash Radio produces the program feeds at its Yukon studios and delivers them directly to retail outlets, where Barix Exstreamer 100 IP devices receive and decode the audio for immediate playback over the in-store PA system.
The audio feed to the stores is continuous from open to close, featuring a blend of music and advertising customized for the client, with the ability to send music requests for inclusion into the stream to the company's studios.
Minnetonka Audiotools AWE Adds Dolby Media Meter
Minnetonka, MN -Apr, 14, 2008 - Minnetonka Audio Software has added the Dolby Media Meter plug-in to Audiotools AWE. Dolby Media Meter, a new software loudness meter, is designed to measure subjective loudness of dialog to minimize inconsistencies between programs and channels.
The plug-in will be available later this year.
Neumann Works with Digico on Microphone Interface
Old Lyme, CT - Apr 17, 2008- In 2001, Neumann unveiled its Solution-D generation digital microphones. These conformed to the new AES 42 data transmission protocol to allow its digital microphones to work in conjunction with digital workstations. At the 2008 NAB Show, Neumann's collaborative effort with UK-based digital mixing console manufacturer Digico takes this technology a stage further, allowing Neumann's digital microphones to interface directly with Digico's consoles.
RCS Brings Google Advertisers to Radio Stations
Las Vegas, NV - Apr 14, 2008 - RCS has empowered Nexgen Digital automation with Google's Ad Sense for Audio program. Ad Sense for Audio provides stations access to advertisers who are new to radio marketing by allowing them to easily place radio spots themselves. Ad Sense for Audio also enhances accountability by letting advertisers purchase and track their radio campaigns all the way from creation to play out.
Once a spot is purchased via the Ad Sense for Audio program, the request is sent to the station's automation system Nexgen Digital. Nexgen automatically pulls the spots from Ad Sense for Audio and then slots the spots into the appropriate day's log - providing a seamless process. In the next release of Nexgen, RCS will be one of the first automation companies to use the Google Ad Sense for Audio API.
Foneshow Offers Text-based Service for Radio Staff
Portland, ME - Apr 21, 2008 - In the company’s first official public showing, Foneshow announced Breaking News at the 2008 NAB Show. Breaking News offers a free, advertising-based solution to news organizations seeking a more efficient platform to distribute information to their audience. By leveraging the cellular telephone network, Foneshow Breaking News enables reporters to file stories on-site as news breaks and allows producers to distribute information to virtually any wireless phone in the world using Foneshow’s patent pending technology.
Every step of the news distribution process is made easier with the Foneshow Breaking News. Wherever or whenever there is a breaking news event, a reporter, producer, Web staff or other personnel can file a report from their cell phone by simply dialing a number provided by Foneshow. As a story is filed it is instantly sent to a producer or editor, who merely has to add a headline and any necessary text to publish the Foneshow. Audience members sign up to receive news alerts on a content provider’s website, and as soon as news breaks they receive a text message with an embedded phone number to call and listen to the audio report of the news.
Foneshow has the capability to incorporate audio brands and any pre-roll audio sponsorships into each Foneshow Breaking News segment, thus presenting an additional source of revenue. It works with any cell phone and Foneshow supplies the software, set-up and training at no additional charge, allowing a smooth transition to moving into the mobile space.
Foneshow is a venture capital funded technology company based in Portland, ME, that has built a telephony-based distribution platform for short-form audio (primarily news/talk radio and podcast programming). The platform leverages the cellular telephone network and enables users to subscribe to, access, publish, share and consume short-form audio programming immediately from any cell phone. The system features the very rapid propagation of programming from the creator to the consumer.
RTW Appoints Michael Kahsnitz to CTO Position
Cologne, Germany - The management of RTW has appointed Michael Kahsnitz as the new chief technical officer of the Cologne-based manufacturing and retail company. Kahsnitz has been working for RTW since 1989, and during this time his comprehensive expertise, particularly in areas relating to instrumentation, has made him very popular with RTW customers. In addition to his work in technical support, which he will continue to perform, Kahsnitz will now assume responsibilities for the company’s technology strategy and will coordinate RTW’s technology departments, including R&D, production, support, and sales.
Before joining RTW, Kahsnitz’s career included a position as the technical director of a large recording studio operation in the greater Cologne area. At RTW he played a key role in the German launch of the U.S. company Audio Precision’s computer-assisted audio instrument systems, which RTW has been marketing with great success since 1985. Kahsnitz also made a key contribution to the development of RTW’s DistriCon series. He conducts regular training courses and seminars on audio instrumentation subjects, including at the ARD.ZDF Media Academy (formerly SRT) in Nuremberg.
Beyerdynamic Appoints Two for Pro Audio
Las Vegas, NV - April 14, 2008 - Beyerdynamic has selected Dana Froula as its market development manager-pro audio. Froula will be managing and developing the broadcast, studio and touring markets. She will also be directing the company's Artist Relations program, building and managing their vast stable of artists. Froula brings to Beyerdynamic her experiences as a performing artist, in addition to project studio development and artist management.
In addition, Beyerdynamic has chosen Anthony Zammit as its sales and marketing support specialist-pro audio. Zammit’s primary function will be to provide sales support to Beyerdynamic’s Pro Audio dealer base across the U.S., while overseeing various aspects of public relations and interfacing with the industry press. Zammit is no stranger to the world of professional sound as he has previously worked for a well-established pro audio manufacturer in a sales support role and also has many years under his belt as a professional performing and recording musician and teacher.
Scheduall Names Joel Ledlow as CEO
Hollywood, FL - Scheduall announced the appointment of Joel Ledlow as chief executive officer. Ledlow brings 19 years of executive-level experience in business development to the company, with expertise in identifying emerging markets and implementing scalable best practices that significantly improve stakeholder value. In his new role, Ledlow will focus on Scheduall's next generation products, customer care and expanding the company's presence in key markets such as Europe and the Middle East.
Ledlow has served as CEO for Acarra in Boca Raton, FL; CEO of Touch Point; and as vice president of CyberGuard, Productivity Point, International Paper/XPEDX, SYSCO and Parisian.
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