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Streaming Royalties May Affect Terrestrial Radio
June 24, 2008 - According to an article by Tim Siglin on streamingmedia.com, terrestrial radio may soon be brought into the fight over royalties. Almost a year ago we reported on the Copyright Protection Board's decisions to enforce a set of performance royalty rates suggested by Sound Exchange and lobbyists for the RIAA. These were retroactive and focused on Internet radio broadcasters.
According to the story, since Sound Exchange took action against Internet radio providers, in the last 12 months, it has "successfully negotiated a royalty performance fee with cable and satellite radio providers, at a rate significantly lower than the rate it proposed for Internet radio."
Siglin writes, "Sound Exchange has also been using the CPB's ruling on Internet radio and its deals with satellite and cable radio providers to go after its true target: the traditional terrestrial radio station. In the last few months, two additional bills have been introduced that address the issue of performance fees for traditional radio, a target the recording industry has been after since the 1930s when Paul Whiteman, a big band leader, lost a court appeal against radio stations for playing records that his record label had marked 'not authorized for radio play.'"
The two bills are in opposition, one opposing new performance fees for radio stations and the other supporting a performance fee. Representative Mike Conway who introduced the bill opposed to the fees along with Representative Gene Green, said, "The performance fee would disrupt the mutually beneficial relationship between local radio stations and recording industries."
To read Siglin's full article, visit streamingmedia.com.
Paravel Systems Becomes Axia Partner
Cleveland - Jun 23, 2008 - Paravel Systems, a developer of open source broadcast systems, is now an Axia Audio partner. Paravel Systems users will now be able to purchase Axia IP-audio networking components bundled with and customized for use with Paravel-supported products, including the Rivendell automation system and the Call Commander call management system.
Axia will provide its IP-audio driver software to Paravel Systems. This new driver technology allows any audio workstation running the Linux operating system to send audio directly to an Axia audio network from its network interface card.
Yangaroo, OMT Integrate Imediatouch and DMDS
Toronto - Jun 24, 2008 - Yangaroo has integrated its Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) with the Imediatouch radio automation software from OMT. This allows Imediatouch users to import new music available through Yangaroo's DMDS directly into Imediatouch music libraries. New music is imported with Cart Chunk track information and album artwork using the Imediaimport module.
Yangaroo's DMDS is a free Web-based delivery system that replaces the physical distribution of music.
Cumulus, Hubbard and Cobalt Join Broadcaster Traffic Consortium
Indianapolis - Jun 25, 2008 - The Broadcaster Traffic Consortium (BTC), a nationwide coalition of radio companies formed to distribute data via HD Radio technology, announced that three additional radio companies will contribute spectrum to the venture: Cumulus Media, Hubbard Broadcasting and Cobalt Operating.
The Broadcaster Traffic Consortium is building a nationwide network to distribute traffic data via radio. The BTC is working with Navteq to use HD Radio to broadcast real-time Navteq Traffic and other location-based information to portable navigation devices and automobile in-dash systems.
The board of the BTC also announced that Paul Brenner has been named president of the organization. Brenner previously held the title of administrative agent for the consortium. He remains VP of integrated technologies for Emmis Communications.
The founding members of the BTC are Beasley Broadcast Group; Bonneville International, Cox Radio, Emmis Communications, Entercom Communications, Greater Media, NPR and Radio One. The BTC's purpose is to further accelerate consumer HD Radio receiver penetration and create new revenue.
Triton Radio Networks Acquires Jones Media Group
New York - Jun 23, 2008 -Triton Radio Networks has acquired Jones Media Group and its operating companies, Jones Media America, Jones Radio Networks and Jones TM from Jones International Ltd. Jones Media America will combine with Dial Global under the leadership of David Landau and Ken Williams, the co-presidents/CEOs of Dial Global.
The Jones 24/7 format business will operate alongside the Dial Global existing 24/7 business, which it acquired from Westwood One in 2006. Jones TM will remain a separate reporting unit.
Dial Global is a subsidiary of Triton Radio Networks, which is part of the Triton Media Group.
Father of FM and TV Stereo, Eilers Dies at 83
Lincolnshire, IL - June 23, 2008 - Carl G. Eilers is often considered the father of stereo FM radio and stereo television sound for pioneering work during his 50-year career at Zenith Electronics. Eilers died on June 21, 2008, of an apparent heart attack in his River Forest, IL, home. He was 83.
A native of Fairbury, IL, Eilers joined Zenith in 1948 after receiving his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Through 1961, he worked on the world's first pay television system, Zenith Phonevision, earning key patents on subscription TV technologies. During that period, Eilers led Zenith's development effort on stereophonic FM radio broadcasting. The stereo FM standard he co-developed was first adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 1961 and is still in use today around the world.
Two decades later, as R&D manager, Eilers co-developed Zenith's Emmy Award-winning MTS (multichannel television sound) stereo TV system, adopted by the industry in 1984. Through the 1990s, Eilers was a key member of Zenith's HDTV development team.
Over the years, Eilers had been granted 21 U.S. patents and authored numerous technical papers and articles. Eilers' contributions were honored by two technical Emmy Awards for Zenith developments, stereo TV in 1986 and HDTV in 1997.
His many honors include the 1977 Fellow Award from the IEEE, the Best Paper Award of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society in 1984, the Audio Engineering Society Fellow Award in 1993 and the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award in 1994 for pioneering contributions to FM stereophonic and television multichannel sound broadcasting systems, as well as Zenith's E.F. McDonald and Robert Adler technical excellence awards.
Eilers was inaugurated into the Consumer Hall of Fame in 2000. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) recognized him for "high-fidelity stereo sound that revolutionized the radio listening experience," as well as enhancing the TV viewing experience. CEA said Eilers "holds a unique place in the annals of consumer electronics technology history as co-developer of two key industry standards."
He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 1947, the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) since 1956, and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) since 1973. He served as both a member and chairman for a number of their special committees. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN., with his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, in 1948, and received his master's degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1956.
Härtzell Joins AEQ
Madrid, Spain - Jun 27, 2008 - John Härtzell has joined AEQ as the new business development director for North America. Härtzell joins AEQ with more than 36 years experience in commercial broadcast operation, radio navigation, large scale systems design and engineering, project management and commercial/government broadcast sales. During his career he has held position as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, a radio broadcast engineer at Harris, the senior technical manager at WR Systems and director of international and government sales at Burk Technology.
As part of the AEQ team in the United States, Härtzell will work with dealers to promote its major product lines and work with customers to provide turnkey systems and sales of digital audio systems.
Contact Härtzell at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 954-581-7999.
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All Clear Channel HD2 Stations Add Itunes Tagging
San Antonio - Jun 27, 2008 - All 350 Clear Channel HD2 stations are providing Itunes tagging codes in their streams. Clear Channel Radio announced in early April (and reported in the Radio magazine Currents) that all of its primary HD Radio stations were compatible with Itunes tagging.
Currently, the Polk Audio I-Sonic Entertainment System 2 and the Alpine IDA-X100 Digital Media Receiver and IVA-W505 2-DIN Mobile Media Station are capable of using the tagging system.
Utah Public Radio Returns to Student-Programmed Broadcasting
Quincy, IL - Jun 27, 2008 - Students at Utah State University will have their own radio station once again, after an installation of Broadcast Electronics HD Radio multicast equipment made possible through Utah Public Radio supporters. Utah Public Radio added a BE HD Radio exciter and importer for multicasting its traditional program channel along with a live, student-run HD3 digital channel on low-powered KUSR 89.5 FM. With this addition, students returning to the university this fall will program and operate a separate HD Radio station, known as Fusion HD3, piggybacked onto 89.5MHz.
National Public Radio newscaster Corey Flintoff ceremoniously flipped the switch to the new station in April, commenting that "what was old is new again" in reference to a return of the days of student-programmed public radio. Not since the 1970s has the university had a student-run station offering a hands-on radio experience and preparing journalist students for careers in broadcasting. Like many public stations, Utah Public Radio went on the air as a student-operated radio station but began full service public broadcasting with professional programming distributed by NPR, and funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the late '70s.
The pubcaster has two FM stations, KUSU 91.5 FM and KUSR 89.5 FM, and 31 translators covering the state of Utah.
The station installed a BE FXI 250 digital FM exciter and a BE XPI 10 to generate the HD Radio digital signal. A BE IDI 20 HD Radio data importer is being used to provision the HD Radio bandwidth for multicasting the main audio channel and the additional student-operated Fusion HD3 channel now, and will require a simple setting change for adding another broadcast channel to come.
Starting in September, Utah Public Radio will alternate music and news magazine program blocks on the main and the HD2 channels in order to provide program continuity to its listener base. In addition to KUSR 89.5 FM, Utah Public Radio will broadcast alternate programming on its 90kW KUSU 91.5 FM and has acquired a BE FMI 301 HD Radio transmitter along with BE FXI 60 digital FM exciter, XPI 10 HD Radio generator and IDI 20 importer for this purpose.
The digital upgrade of KUSR 89.5 FM and KUSU 91.5 FM was funded with two grants by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a grant by the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, as well as private donations. Associated Students of Utah State University (ASUSU) helped make the needed match to qualify for the grants and is helping to mentor the student station.
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