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NAB Announces 2008 Marconi Radio Awards Finalists
Washington, DC - Jul 14, 2008 - The NAB has announced the finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards, which honor radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced Sept. 18 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show held during The NAB Radio Show at the Austin Convention Center.
The finalists are:
| Legendary Station |
KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA
KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN
WBLS-FM New York, NY
WBT-AM Charlotte, NC
WSM-AM Nashville, TN
Network Syndicated Personality of the Year
Major Market Station of the Year
Large Market Station of the Year
Medium Market Station of the Year
Small Market Station of the Year
Major Market Personality of the Year
Large Market Personality of the Year
Medium Market Personality of the Year
Small Market Personality of the Year
| Spanish Format Personality of the Year |
Diamond Boy Luis, KXOL-FM Los Angeles, CA
Los Hijos De La Manana, KTTA-FM Sacramento, CA
Marimar, KMYX-FM Bakersfield, CA
Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, KSCA-FM Los Angeles, CA
Omar & Argelia, KLVE-FM Los Angeles, CA
AC Station of the Year
CHR Station of the Year
Country Station of the Year
News/Talk Station of the Year
Oldies Station of the Year
Religious Station of the Year
Rock Station of the Year
Spanish Station of the Year
Sports Station of the Year
Urban Station of the Year
The NAB Marconi Radio Awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi.
FCC's Martin Calls Asks for Additional Sat Merger Conditions
Washington - Jul 11, 2008 - In a press briefing, Kevin Martin, chairman of the FCC, said that he would consider imposing additional conditions on the Sirius/XM merger. Martin has already said that he will approve the merger with certain conditions in place. Martin noted that of the other commissioners had expressed concerns about the deal, but none had made any proposals for additional terms.
Martin asks the other commissioners to decide what they want and propose it. He hopes to be able to vote on the transaction at the Commission's next meeting on Aug. 1, 2008.
Martin's approval conditions include creating 24 channels for noncommercial and minority programming, a company pledge to cap subscription rates, and offer a la carte subscriptions packages.
FCC Sets Schedule for TV White Spaces Tests
Washington, DC - Jul 10, 2008 - The Federal Communication Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) will begin field testing the performance of prototype television white space devices (WSD), commencing the week of July 14, 2008. The Commission is conducting tests of prototype white spaces devices as part of its rulemaking to consider authorizing the operation of new low-power devices in the TV broadcast spectrum at locations where individual channels/frequencies are not being used for authorized services. The test plan was initially released on Jan. 17, 2008.
The field tests are open to the public and announcements of the specific dates and locations will be updated regularly at the FCC's website.
While the issue may appear to be a concern for TV stations and not radio stations, the TV white spaces are used for wireless microphones. The test locations include suburban, residential, urban high-rise and rural locations. Two field tests will be devoted to testing interference to wireless mics.
During lab tests of proposed white spaces devices, many units did indeed cause interference. The device from Microsoft did not function properly and failed the lab test as well. For the field tests, Motorola, Philips Electronics and Adaptrum will provide test devices. Microsoft will not participate in the field tests.
FCC ET Docket No. 04-186
National Radio Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2008
Chicago - Jul 18, 2008 - The National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) released the results of its national online balloting process, including three posthumous inductees, who make up the class of 2008. The inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame are:
- Art Bell
Showing an early interest in radio, Bell became a licensed amateur radio operator at the age of 13. In 1989, he was offered a five-hour time slot in the middle of the night by KDWN Las Vegas. The original format was a political talk show, but Bell switched the focus to paranormal-themed topics in the mid 1990s. At its peak, Coast to Coast AM was syndicated on more than 500 stations with an audience of 15 million. While Bell has reduced his schedule, he still occasionally hosts the weekend edition.
- Jess Cain (deceased)
Long-time morning talk-show host on WHDH Boston, Cain began as an actor and appeared in more than 20 plays before and during his radio career. The morning man, who died in February 2008, was the first voice many New Englanders heard each day for 34 years. Cain was beloved for finding humor in everyday moments with his song parodies, quick wit, and impressions.
- Howie Carr
An outspoken, conservative commentator, Carr has been on the air for almost two decades in the Northeast United States. First heard on WHDH Boston, The Howie Carr Show now originates from WRKO Boston and is syndicated across New England and parts of New York every weekday. Carr is also an award-winning columnist for the Boston Herald and a best-selling author.
- Bob Collins (deceased)
Collins was a top-rated morning show host from 1986 until his death in 2000 on WGN Chicago. Known to his fans as Uncle Bobby, his show featured conversation, music and Collins' folksy charm. The native of Florida had a regular afternoon show when he was only 14 years old and spent time at stations in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami before finding a home at WGN.
- Michael "Mickey" Luckoff
The president and general manager of one of America's most successful radio stations, KGO-AM San Francisco, he is one of the industry's most respected managers. He also oversees the operations of KSFO-AM San Francisco.
- Charlie Tuna
Tuna has been on the radio for more than 40 years. After getting his start at KOMA Oklahoma City and brief stints at KLEO Wichita and WMEX Boston, he took a job at KHJ Los Angeles in 1967. He has been an LA fixture ever since. Tuna was one of the original DJ's at the legendary KROQ and can still be heard on KRTH Los Angeles every weekend. He also had a 25-year run (1971-1996) on Armed Forces Radio, doing approximately 6,000 shows.
- Dick Whittinghill (deceased)
Whittinghill began his career as a movie and television actor, as well as a recording artist who once sang with Tommy Dorsey's big band. From 1950 to 1979, he established himself as one of the most popular morning disc jockeys in Southern California at KMPC Los Angeles. His creativity and brash personality earned him millions of loyal fans, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Whittinghill died in 2001.
- Focus on the Family
The Focus on the Family ministry was founded in the mid-1970s by Dr. James Dobson, a psychologist, lecturer and author. Following a television appearance in 1978, Dobson recorded his first radio program calling for a return to conservative, Christian values. The internationally syndicated show has been on the air ever since and is heard on over 4,000 stations worldwide.
Votenet Solutions supervised and tabulated the 2008 National Radio Hall of Fame ballots. More information on National Radio Hall of Fame inductees is available at www.radiohof.org.
Michigan Broadcasters Inducted into MAB Hall of Fame
Lansing, MUI - Jul 17, 2008 - Six people in Michigan broadcasting history were inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony held July 15 at the MAB Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat.
Richard Sommerville retired in 2000 after a half-century of distinguished broadcasting excellence including his ownership of several radio stations. Sommerville started his career as a morning man at WTTH (now WPHM) in Port Huron. He purchased WSMA in Marine City in 1962 and subsequently purchased WCEN-AM/FM in Mt. Pleasant in 1986.
James Bleicher has served as news director at WJRT-TV in Flint for 22 years. Bleicher is recognized for his steady, creative and sensitive presence that has built and maintained the highest journalistic standards and audience levels at the station. He has a long established track record of mentoring dozens of news employees who've gone on to other stations and networks. Bleicher's entire professional career has been spent in Michigan, starting in radio news in Jackson prior to television news assignments in Detroit, Lansing and Flint. He has won numerous state and national journalism awards, including a regional RTNDA award and five Emmys.
Larry Estlack is director of technology for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He began working in Michigan broadcasting operations in 1970, and has been involved in just about every area of broadcasting from engineering to programming. Estlack has been the chief engineer at several radio and television stations in Michigan and is widely respected as an engineering consultant. He was named MAB Engineer of the Year in 1997.
Gordon A. Lawrence was hired by Grand Valley State University in October of 1971 to be its first station general manager. He created and launched PBS station WGVC bringing service to the West Michigan market to what had previously been the largest region in the nation without public television. In March 1979, Lawrence was hired as director of broadcasting and media resources at the University of Michigan-Flint. For the second time, he developed another PBS station, WFUM-TV, again in a market that was the largest unserved region in the nation without public television.
Diana Lewis has been an integral part of the WXYZ-TV family since 1977 and has become one of the most recognized and respected faces in Michigan television. In addition to her role as news anchor on the WXYZ-TV 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, Lewis can also be seen anchoring two of the biggest Detroit area events, the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview Special and The Woodward Dream Cruise.
Mike Whorf is best known as the producer and host of WJR radio's award winning program Kaleidoscope, a music, docudrama featuring stories of people and events which influenced our thoughts, words, deeds and actions. The program received many of broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award. Whorf created many special projects during his stellar career, at WJR, which began in 1964, including holiday specials, The Quest for Excellence series: a 13-part series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ending of WWII, a 36-week series I Remember Radio, as well as programs on sports and music.
Sat Radio Merger Looking Likely
Washington - Jul 18, 2008 - Up to now, it appeared that FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate would have the deciding vote in the satellite radio merger debate. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has openly expressed his support for the deal with certain restrictions. Commissioner McDowell has also supported the merger. Commissioner Copps has opposed it, and it was expected that his Democrat party colleague Jon Adelstein would vote with him. That left Republican Taylor Tate to break the tie. Or so it was thought.
The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting that Adelstein has made a proposal to allow the merger if the companies agree to a six-year price cap and make 25 percent of their spectrum capacity available for public interest and minority programming in addition to other conditions. The Associated Press speculates that Adelstein used the timing and pressure facing Taylor Tate to seek further conditions on the merger.
Adelstein told the Associated Press, "It's critical that if we're going to allow a monopoly, that we put in adequate consumer protections and make sure they're enforced."
Sirius and XM agreed to cap subscription fees for three years and provide 24 channels to for non-comm and minority programming. Adelstein's proposal doubles the term and triples the spectrum requirement.
Liquid Compass Adds Greater Media to Streaming Network
Denver - Jul 15, 2008 - Liquid Compass has signed Greater Media to the Web service provider's list of streaming radio networks. Greater Media is the parent company of 23 radio stations throughout the U.S.
In addition to providing stream hosting services, Liquid Compass has developed a Silverlight-based, custom media player with a new, video-on-demand feature that will be rolled-out to Greater Media stations.
Clear Channel Total Traffic Network Hits 500,000 Subscriber Mark
San Antonio - Jul 17, 2008 - Half a million people are now signed up for the Clear Channel Radio Total Traffic Network (CCTTN), a real-time traffic service where subscribers receive data from a number of distribution platforms. Clear Channel has partnerships with BMW, Mini USA, Volvo, Garmin, Tom Tom, Navigon, Mio Technology, Delphi, Kenwood, Clarion, Harmon Kardon, Panasonic, Siemens, Cobra Electronics and others.
CCTTN also supplies traffic content to Citadel Broadcasting, Univision, Fox Interactive Media and others.
McIntosh Intros TM2 AM/FM HD Radio Tuner Module
Binghamton, NY - Jul 14, 2008 - McIntosh Laboratory has introduced the TM2 AM/FM HD Radio tuner module at a suggested retail price of $800. Like McIntosh equipment, the tuner module is touted as being a "high-performance luxury component that provides users with the finest HD Radio reception."
The McIntosh module integrates with McIntosh's MA6600 integrated amplifier, and it was designed to integrate with future McIntosh products. The TM2 module makes the MA6600 McIntosh's first stereo receiver offered by the company in more than 15 years.
The module includes a blend feature to allow users to select between auto, digital-only or analog-only modes. Other receivers can do this, but many put that control deep in a setup menu. The module includes a remote, dual-differential AM antenna. The module is multicast capable, store 18 station presets (nine FM, nine AM), shows signal strength, station info, and RBDS data via the MA6600's front-panel display.
Adam A5 Now Shipping
Westlake Village, CA - Jul 15, 2008 - Adam Audio is now shipping the A5 powered monitor. The A5 features a compact size, three finishes and is powered by two 25W on-board amplifiers.
The A5 tweeter is Adam's Accelerated Ribbon Technology folded ribbon tweeter with a 5" woofer constructed of a carbon fiber and Rohacell sandwich. The front of the A5 sports dual ports for low frequency response down to 55Hz. The rear panel includes balanced XLR jacks, unbalanced RCA jacks, and Adam Stereolink that connects speakers with input and output jacks and allows the user to control the overall volume of the system from any one speaker's gain control.
Billy Bush to Host NAB Marconi Radio Awards
Washington, DC - Jul 14, 2008 - Billy Bush, host of Westwood One's The Billy Bush Show and co-anchor of Access Hollywood, will host the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show on Sept. 18 during The NAB Radio Show in Austin, TX. Bush joined Access Hollywood in 2001 as the East Coast correspondent before moving to co-anchor in 2004. In addition to his duties at Access Hollywood, Bush hosts The Billy Bush Show, a Westwood One radio program that combines entertainment news with hit music. Launched in 2008, the evening radio show features interaction with callers across America as Bush delivers his unique take on the latest celebrity news.
Bush has reported for NBC at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, and is scheduled to cover the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He has also covered numerous red carpet events, ranging from the Golden Globes and Grammys to hosting ABC's live pre-show for the 2004-2006 Academy Awards and the 2006 Emmy Red Carpet Special.
Bush began his career hosting the afternoon drive show on WLKZ-FM in New Hampshire, later moving to Washington, DC, where he hosted the midday show on WARW-FM. In 1997, he became the host of Billy Bush and the Bush League Morning Show, which aired until 2001. Prior to joining Access Hollywood, Bush was a correspondent for WNBC-TV's Today in New York morning show.
Westwood One Appoints Kalin as EVP, COO
New York, NY - Jul 14, 2008 - Westwood One has appointed Steven Kalin as executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this role, Kalin will be responsible for business operations, inclusive of network and traffic operations, and information technology, as well as play a lead role in business development activities and strategic planning. Kalin will be based in New York and report directly to Westwood One President and CEO Thomas Beusse.
Kalin was most recently the chief operating officer and a board member of Rodale, a publisher of magazines, books and online health and wellness information. Kalin has 20 years of media experience with traditional and digital platforms and strategic, business development and operational roles. Earlier in his career, Kalin served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Medscape, a website for physicians. Kalin was also vice president of business development for ESPN Internet Ventures and with ESPN Enterprises. At the start of his career, Kalin was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the firm's media practice.
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