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Online Radio Listening At-Work Grows
New York and Somerville, NJ - May 6, 2008 - The Arbitron/Edison Media Research study called Internet and Multimedia 2008 Study has been released, and it shows that more American workers are listening to Internet radio more than traditional radio at work. The study shows that people who are employed full or part time and listen to radio at work has grown from 12 percent to 20 percent over the last year.

Edison and Arbitron note the bigger difference when the data is examined by education. Among college graduates who listen to the radio at work, 30 percent are listening most often via the Internet, as compared to non-college graduates, among whom 12 percent listen most often online.

Edison Media Research states that traditional radio stations should take notice and think about the quality of their streams, and promote those streams.

A total of 1,857 people were interviewed to investigate Americans' use of various forms of traditional, online and satellite media. From Jan. 18 to Feb. 15, 2008, telephone interviews were conducted with respondents age 12 and older chosen at random from a national sample of Arbitron's Fall 2007 survey diary keepers. In certain geographic areas (representing eight percent of the national population), a sample of Arbitron diary keepers was not available for the survey, and a supplemental sample was interviewed through random digit dialing.


Congressmen Urge FCC: Include HD Radio and Ipods with Satellite Radio Merger
Washington - May 2, 2008 - Representatives John D. Dingell (MI), chairman of the House Commerce Committee, and Ed Markey (MA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin urging the commission to impose certain requirements on the satellite radio merger proposal is if is approved. The key points of the letter:

  • Any electronic device manufacturer should be able to develop equipment that can deliver the satellite radio service;
  • Device manufacturers should be permitted to incorporate in satellite radio receivers any other technology that would not result in harmful interference with the merged company's network, including HD Radio, Ipod ports, Internet connectivity or other technology;
  • The new satellite radio company should honor the price options, including a la carte pricing, that they originally proposed.

According to the letter: It would be contrary to the public interest to permit the merged company to bar HD Radio capability or Ipod compatibility from being included in a new satellite radio receiver.

The letter also notes that the two congressmen not taking a position on whether the agency should approve or deny the merger, but only including the requirements if it is approved.


NAB Opens Radio Show Registration
Washington, DC - May 7, 2008 - Attendee and hotel registration is now open for The NAB Radio Show, held Sept. 17-19 in Austin, TX. Information on hotel rates and housing blocks and registration forms are available on the NAB Radio Show website, www.nabradioshow.com.

Radio magazine will provide an exhibits-only registration code closer the event.


NABEF, BEA Open PSA Contest for College Students
Washington, DC - May 8, 2008 - The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) are accepting entries for a public service announcement (PSA) competition for college students in recognition of National Freedom of Speech Week. Each year, the third week of October is designated as National Freedom of Speech Week.

PSA entries can be produced and submitted in radio or television format and should be 25 seconds in length. The spots should address, "What freedom of speech means to me." Winning entries will receive scholarship prizes in the following amounts:

Radio 1st place: $3,000Television 1st place: $3,000
Radio 2nd place: $2,000Television 2nd place: $2,000
Radio 3rd place: $1,000Television 3rd place: $1,000

In addition to the scholarships, winning PSA entries will be made available to radio and television stations nationwide for airing starting during National Freedom of Speech Week (Oct. 20 - 26, 2008). Entries must be submitted by September 15, 2008. Details and entry forms may be found at www.beaweb.org/nabefpsacontest.


People

Eric Mariette

RFS Adds VP Global Marketing and Strategy
Meriden, CT - May 6, 2008 - Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) has appointed Eric Mariette to the role of vice president of global marketing and strategy. Mariette joins RFS with 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and business operations in the telecommunications and IT sector, a great many of those years with Alcatel-Lucent. His recent roles with Alcatel-Lucent were as Asia Pacific vice president of business support and operations for the mobile communications and convergence groups, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There, Mariette was involved in radio access and consumer application development.






Clear Channel Radio Names Engineer of the Year Recipients
San Antonio - May 6, 2008 - Clear Chanel Radio announced the winners of its annual Engineer of the Year awards. Senior Vice presidents of engineering from the western, central and eastern regions each recognized an engineer for outstanding contributions over the past year.

  • Josh Hadden - director of engineering and IT, Clear Channel New York City
    Senior Vice President of Engineering Randy Mullinax recognized Josh Hadden, a multi-year winner, for his work in constructing a new office and studio complex that consolidated the operations of all the NYC radio stations.
  • Jeff Bennett - director of engineering, Clear Channel Dayton
    Already honored with this award in 2005, Senior Vice President Dan Mettler presented this year's award to Jeff Bennett for his continuing leadership and technical direction for the Dayton cluster, including testing and refining monitoring and control software to be deployed throughout the radio group.
  • John Paoli - AM chief engineer, Clear Channel Los Angeles
    Selected by Senior Vice President Tim Cox, John Paoli has proven to be a tremendous asset to the Clear Channel Los Angeles engineering team, rebuilding the KFI tower that was destroyed by an airplane in 2004. He managed all reconstruction logistics, including legal and regulatory requirements.

"Every year I find myself more impressed with the engineering skills we put to work throughout the company," said Steve Davis, Clear Channel Radio senior vice president, engineering and capital management. "I know the three regional SVPEs had a tough time selecting the 'best' from such a deep talent pool."

The Engineer of the Year awards will be presented during a luncheon at the local market where each winner lives and works, so each can be recognized among his colleagues.

Josh Hadden Jeff Bennett John Paoli


Patricio Northland Appointed New CEO for Satmex
Mexico City - May 6, 2008 - Satelites Mexicanos appointed Patricio Northland as its new chief executive officer in another step to strengthen the company as a leading satellite operator in the Western Hemisphere.

At companies such as Intelsat, Panamsat, Americatel Corporation and AT&T Latin America, Northland built and executed strategies to establish satellite communication channels between the United States and Latin America, which were key factors in strengthening the financing of several of these accounts.


Panamax Appoints Paschke to Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Petaluma, CA - May 6, 2008 - Panamax, a provider of ac power management systems, has appointed Jimmy Paschke to the position of eastern regional sales manager. In his new role, Paschke will develop and implement strategic sales plans for Panamax's power management products, while directing channel development activity and coordinating sales distribution of territories. His territory encompasses the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida including the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and New York metro markets, in addition to Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky.

With 15 years experience in the consumer electronics industry, Paschke comes to Panamax from D&M Holdings, the parent company of Denon and Marantz. Serving as the company's sales manager, he oversaw a sales force of 63 representatives within 16 independent firms to grow existing business, while expanding the Eastern U.S. dealer base by more than 200 new dealers.

Previously, he served as the southeast region's account manager for Kaleidescape, a provider of multiroom media management systems, and as the national home products sales trainer for Sony Electronics. Paschke holds a bachelor of science degree in communication and political science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

Paschke will be based in North Carolina and report to National Sales Manager Kristin Ruff. Kyle Rice, who was covering the east coast from California, will become the western regional sales manager. Paul Lemay, who was covering the west coast, will cover the central states and Canada as central regional sales manager.


Aaron Berg

Sennheiser Appoints Berg to West Coast Sales Force
Old Lyme, CT - May 7, 2008 - Sennheiser Electronic Corporation has added Aaron Berg to its professional products sales team. Berg now serves as the sales representative for the Rocky Mountain territory and reports directly to Thom Salisbury, western regional sales manager.

Berg joins Sennheiser from 3M, where he had a career as a pro audio specialist, and later in graphics and film coatings. He will cover the territory spanning Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.


Westwood One Appoints Kosinski as SVP, CDO
New York - May 7, 2008 - Westwood One has appointed Richard J. Kosinski to senior vice president, chief digital officer. Kosinski will be responsible for the company's digital product offerings including news, sports, music, talk, entertainment programs, features and live events. He will oversee all product and business development in the digital area.

Prior to joining Westwood One, Kosinski worked for Yahoo as the vice president of political advertising. He also served Yahoo as category development officer for business and finance.


Business

AVT Licenses Apt-x Algorithm for Audio Codecs
Belfast - May 5, 2008 - Nuremberg-based Audio Video Technologies (AVT) has licensed the Apt-x algorithm for use in its Magic range of audio codecs.

The Apt-x algorithms are utilized by more than 20,000 radio stations worldwide. Wilfried Hecht, managing director AVT said, "We have partnered with APT to license the Apt-x algorithm because of the outstanding quality and exceptionally low-latency of the technology. The added benefits offered by the algorithm will ensure that the post-production houses and broadcasters who utilize our codecs have the best-performing product possible."


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Oklahoma-based Bartlesville Community Center recently acquired a Fiberplex Light Viper audio transport system. The Marie Foster Performing Arts Hall within the BCC is recognized as one of the finest performing arts venues in the country. The 94,000-square-foot Center complex features the 1,700-seat state-of-the-art theatre.
Oregon Public Broadcasting has purchased APT Worldcast Horizon HD units for a new studio to transmitter link. The new Worldcast Horizon HD is a duplex stereo codec that enables broadcasters to deliver FM/AM and HD content from studio to transmitter site.
Harris Stratex will provide its Eclipse radios to Team Talk, New Zealand's largest mobile radio network provider. Team Talk will deploy the Eclipse radios as part of its network expansion throughout New Zealand. Harris will also provide a complete range of consulting services and support to Team Talk. Team Talk is a majority shareholder of fiber-optic carrier City Link, and wireless broadband operator Araneo -- the latter will utilize Team Talk's expanded transmission network for its own linking needs. The radios will provide access link capabilities, using Eclipse's compact nodal configuration to enable operators to aggregate and concentrate traffic with no need for additional equipment. They provide significant reductions in the complexity of network deployments, such as those used by Team Talk.
The University of Texas at Austin has chosen Axia consoles and routing systems to power its student-run radio stations. NPR affiliate KUT-FM and student-programmed KVRX-FM will get a makeover thanks to three 12-position and one 28-position Axia Element consoles; more than a dozen Analog, AES/EBU and Microphone Nodes and 10 IP-Audio Driver for Windows software drivers comprise the routing switcher. Pathfinder PC router control software, Axia Iprobe network management software and several Mic Control + Headphone Selector panels complete the order, which was placed through Broadcasters General Store.
Destiny Media Technologies, the creator of the Play MPE audio distribution network, has signed an exclusive agreement with Curb Records to deliver music using the Play MPE system. Both Curb Records and imprint label Curb/Asylum Records will utilize the Play MPE System for digital delivery of their pre-release content to radio broadcasters and other music VIPs.
Wheatstone will supply SCMS with three Evolution 6 control surfaces, seven E-Sat I/O frames, two Microsat I/O frames and one Ethernet XY controller for an upcoming KDUS-AM/KUPD-FM project in Tempe, AZ. The new equipment will be added to an existing Audioarts Engineering D-75N, IOC-16 I/O frame and AEnet-8 audio network switch. The stations provide local programming in addition to network programming from the Sporting News Radio Network. KDUS-AM is the radio Flagship of sports organizations such as the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Arizona Diamond Backs, Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona Coyotes.

Harris Holds First Annual Channel Partner Training Program
Cincinnati - May 6, 2008 - Harris recently completed its first annual channel partner training in Mason, OH. The three-day event provided training on Harris analog AM/FM and HD Radio transmission, studio systems and Intraplex STL products for the North American Channel Partners team for the company's radio broadcast market.

The North American Channel Partners team, established in late 2006, is comprised of equipment dealers, distributors and systems integrators. Channel partners support Harris efforts to offer new value-added services, including planning and design assistance, disaster recovery, regionalized field resources, quicker response times and specialized integration teams.

Representatives from 12 channel partners attended the event for education on all established Harris product lines sold in the U.S., and were introduced to new studio design services. Representatives from Ibiquity Digital and Harris Finance also made presentations to the team.


Graham Studios, Paravel Systems Collaborate
Fort Collins, CO - May 6, 2008 - Studio furniture manufacturer Graham Studios and software provider Paravel Systems announced a partnership at the 2008 NAB Show. Paravel System's flagship product is Rivendell, a radio automation system that runs on Linux.

Through the partnership, the two companies will promote and resell each other's products.

At the convention, Graham Studios displayed its latest furniture offering, Modulux Premium. Premium has massive applications of hardwood trim, rounded corners, and exotic woods and surfaces while retaining the utility, ease of installation and transportability for which Modulux is known. White glove shipping and installation services are also available.

Rod Graham, president of Graham Studios and Fred Gleason, president of Paravel Systems, note that the partnerships provides a single source approach for automation and furniture.


Spectrarep to Deploy Next-Gen EAS in Missouri
Chantilly, VA - May 6, 2008 - Spectrarep will provide a digital upgrade to Missouri's Emergency Alert System and the Alert Missouri program. The new system will provide enhanced security, improved warning system coordination and simplified operational procedures without disrupting existing EAS facilities or programs. Missouri's Alert Manager system will support Homeland Security alerts, All Hazards alerts, and AMBER alerts.

The heart of Missouri's next-generation EAS will be the Alert Manager Alert Server Core and Command Center interface that will allow authorities to enable EAS messages along with audio and other multimedia, such as video, maps, digital photos and documents. The Alert Manager deployment will connect 56 broadcast locations to the Missouri State Highway Patrol as the AMBER Alert origination point.

Alert Manager is a patent-pending all-hazards emergency notification capability based on the latest version of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). The system also provides a foundation for interoperability with other alerting systems, enabling authorities to deliver complete, consistent and coordinated warning messages to the public.


Central VA to get EM Net
Richmond, VA - May 8, 2008 - Localities in central Virginia and Hampton Roads are getting a new alerting system designed to allow emergency responders to maintain communications during a disaster if phones lines and Internet service were disabled. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said that the satellite-based EM Net system will be installed in 22 sites by the end of the summer 2008.

Virginia State Police and the Virginia Emergency Operations Center installed EM Net in 2004 with funds from the General Assembly. Northern Virginia localities used federal grant money to get the system in 2006. The General Assembly approved funding last year to expand the network to the local governments that may be affected by hurricanes or other disasters.


Products

RTW Introduces Loudness Family
Cologne, Germany - RTW's Surround Control, Surround Monitor, and Digital Monitor now include an integrated loudness display conforming to the ITU BS.1771 guideline as a standard feature. With this line-up, the manufacturer now offers easy-to-use monitoring for loudness of stereo, multi-channel and surround signals in a wide range of applications, as a complement or an alternative to conventional peak meters.

With the RTW Digital Monitor 10500, a high-performance, budget-friendly display system with a TFT screen for monitoring digital stereo audio signals, users can select integrated loudness measurement for stereo signals, as an alternative to the usual peak meter bar graphs.

The six-channel Surround Monitors 10600 and 10660-VID extend this capability to include monitor digital multi-channel and surround audio signals as well as stereo. They also include an integrated Surround Sound Analyzer. Depending on the selected channel mode, the display shows two or six bar graphs for the individual channels, plus two further bar graphs for the summed-up loudness of the 5.1 or stereo channels and the result of an integration over longer time-spans.

The eight-channel Surround Monitor 11900, and the Surround Control 31900 and 31960 with an additional sophisticated monitoring control, give users even more display options. Three individual bar graphs show the summed-up loudness of all individual signals, the integrated value with a dynamical time window, and the result of a long-time integration over the last seven days or more. These can be used in addition to or instead of the usual peak meter bar graphs.

The current software versions for all three series include a number of further enhancements and improvements. For example, the new full-screen mode for the Digital Monitor 10500 and Surround Monitor 10600/10660-VID features an extra-large display, while the Surround Control 31900/31960 incorporates a flexible internal signal generator that relies on signal clusters in BLITS format, enabling easy identification of individual surround channels.


Axia Adds Touchscreen Timer Panel
Cleveland, OH - Apr 29, 2008 - Axia Audio debuted a new addition to its line of studio accessories for the Element broadcast console - the Element Touchscreen Timer Panel at the 2008 NAB Show.

Board operators and hosts using Element consoles have access to a full-featured timekeeping suite using console-mounted controls; the Element Touchscreen Timer Panel gives studio guests, producers and show hosts access to these functions as well by way of an elegant, touch-sensitive interface.

The Element Touchscreen Timer Panel features:

  • Digital and analog time-of-day clocks, configurable for 12- or 24-hour display
  • An elapsed-time counter with freeze and pause functions
  • An adjustable event countdown timer
  • The ability to be slaved to the console timer, act as timer master or operate independently
  • Expansion ports that can host up to five more Element studio accessories
  • A built-in Web server for easy configuration
  • The option to be desk or turret-mounted (using an accessory mounting frame)

RCS Updates Gselector
White Plains, NY - May 8, 2008 - RCS has again updated Gselector and released Gselector 3.7.0. New features include:

  • Gselector Helper is a new utility that loads when Windows starts and allows Gselector to start and run more efficiently.
  • When highlighting items in the Editor the Test Bar and Failure Details panes update more quickly.
  • A new Linker/Link Goals/Balance window allows users to apply Shifts, Limits, Maximum per Hour and Minimum Separation values to individual links.
  • A new Cumulative Airtime field is now available in the Editor, in Export Schedule and in Reports.
  • The interface between Gselector and Master Control Versions 15.2.2 c and greater has been significantly improved.

Details on the updates are available at rcscommunity.com.


Internet Watch

12th Annual Webby Awards Nominees for Radio Announced
New York, NY - Apr 8, 2008 - The 12th Annual Webby Awards announced the nominees for Best Radio Site of the Year. The Webby Awards honor excellence on the Internet, including websites, online film and video, interactive advertising and mobile content. A full list of nominees can be found at www.webbyawards.com.

The five nominees in the category are:

  • Virgin Radio International www.virginradiointernational.com
  • CBC Radio 3 radio3.cbc.ca
  • BBC World Service channel site www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice
  • Accutunes (from Accuradio) www.accutunes.com
  • KEXP website kexp.org

    Last year's winner for Best Radio Site was BBC Radio 1 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio1). Winners are chosen by judges and online voters. Votes can be placed at this link. Every 10,000th voter will win one of Nokia's Nseries mobile devices.

    The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy.

    Winners will be announced on May 6, 2008, and honored at ceremonies in New York City on June 10.




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