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NAB Radio Show Session Examines AM Tower Revenue Opportunities
Washington, DC - Sep 3, 2008 - The NAB Radio Show will include a session discussing the technical and legal regulations broadcasters need to know when renting AM tower space. Garrison Cavell, president of Cavell Mertz and Associates, and Erwin Krasnow, chairman of the Communications and Technology Group at Garvey Schubert Barer, will lead the discussion on Sept. 17 in Austin, TX.

Titled Renting AM Towers to Non-Broadcasters - Practical Tips for Managers and Engineers, the session will examine how the growth of mobile communications technologies has led to a worldwide demand for tower space, creating additional revenue opportunities for radio stations. During the session, managers and engineers will learn how to prepare their stations for shared tower use, as presenters Cavell and Krasnow discuss the technical and legal issues broadcasters need to know before renting out their AM tower space.


Zune Adds FM Tagging
New York - Sep 8, 2008 - Nine radio broadcast groups have committed to providing song tags using their existing infrastructure. The effort is in conjunction with Microsoft's announcement of a new set of features for all Zune portable media players that uses the built-in FM radio tuner to let users tag and retrieve songs broadcast from any song-tagging enabled FM radio station.

More than 450 FM radio stations operated by Beasley, Bonneville, CBS Radio, Citadel, Clear Channel Radio, Cox Radio, Emmis, Entercom and Greater Media will broadcast the FM song tags via RBDS. The tags are saved on the user's media player. This form of tagging was developed by Jump2Go and Clear Channel Radio.

The ability to tag songs has been added to the HD Radio system for use with receivers that have Ipod docks. This latest announcement adds the function to analog broadcasts via RBDS, and takes advantage of the built-in FM tuner on the Zune devices.

Newer Zune devices also have Wi-fi connectivity built-in, so a user can purchase tagged songs when he enters a Wi-fi hotspot directly from the player.


NATE Issues Safety Reminder for Hurricane Season
Watertown, SD - Sep 8, 2008 - With Hurricane Ike barreling toward the coastline, storms have caused outages for wireless, broadcast and cellular companies and their customers. To ensure that customers' demands are met, these carriers have been hurriedly calling tower companies and asking for immediate assistance in tower repair work for disaster stricken areas.

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) realizes that broadcast and wireless communication towers have become essential to keeping communities connected during times of disaster; however, it is critical to keep safety top of mind especially when working under such time constraints and deadlines.

NATE is asking its members and tower climbers everywhere to consider several things before saying yes to performing disaster relief work. NATE believes that safety must always remain top of mind and proper safety procedures need to be taken into account when calculating the risks and rewards for disaster relief jobs.

NATE offers several tips in maintaining site safety during disaster repairs.

  • Survey the surroundings and environment.
    Is the site accessible by normal routes? Washed out roads and flooding may be evident in the area. Also, are there utility lines down in the area?
  • Ensure that a site-specific safety plan has been created and is on-hand
    A plan is essential in case of an emergency. Are local care centers and hospitals open?
  • What additional equipment is needed to ensure the job can be completed safely?
    Will you need to purchase special items before you arrive at the job site? Consider coolers for ice and food, water, canned food products, batteries, tarps, bug repellent, medications, hygiene products, weather radio, rain gear/clothing, converter chargers for cell phones and laptops, gas cans, extra cash, etc.?

    A disaster relief project will unlikely resemble a typical jobsite; climbers will likely be placed in adverse weather conditions and pushed to work irregular hours at a rapid pace to complete the repairs quickly. Safety is everyone's responsibility, and tower workers should not be pushed to complete tasks faster than they can safely be completed. Safety needs to remain the number one priority on all jobsites, even more so regarding disaster relief work.

    Radio magazine is working with NATE to produce a tower safety webinar that will be presented on Oct. 7. Watch for announcements in Currents and at RadioMagOnline.com.


    AWRT, MIW Radio Group to Host Speed Mentoring Session NAB Radio
    McLean, VA - Sep 9, 2008 - The American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will present a speed mentoring session on Sept. 17, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as part of the NABEF Career Day event at the 2008 NAB Radio Show in Austin, TX. The six-minute advice sessions will be modeled after speed dating concept.

    Hosted by members of the AWRT and the MIW, it's the opportunity to meet and speak one-on-one with top professionals in radio programming, sales, marketing and management to gain tips on how to better reach and excel at career goals.


    Never Mind the Strap, Take the Whole Tower
    Windber, PA - Sep 9, 2008 - WJAC-TV reports that scrap metal thieves have reached a new low in heights. While metal theft continues to be a problem, thieves in Windber, PA, a town near Johnstown, took a big haul. According to the WJAC article, the police believe the thieves had a very thorough plan to get all 120 feet of steel and copper down from the old radio tower.

    In addition to the tower, a 300-pound electrical transformer that was still energized was also taken.

    While the tower was not being used, WJAC reports that the owner was in discussions to lease the tower site for wireless Internet.

    Read more and see video at this link.


    Survey: Radio Listenership Remains Strong, Internet Radio Gains Popularity
    Charleston, SC - Sep 11, 2008 - According to results of a nationwide telephone survey from American Media Services, radio is alive and well despite talk of its demise. The latest AMS Radio Index shows that 64 percent of American adults listen to the radio at least once a day. 80 percent say they usually turn on the radio when they get into their car, and 73 percent said they are listening to the radio as much or more than they did five years ago. Each of these findings is consistent with the past three AMS polls over the past two years.

    Among those who have listened to Internet radio or continuous music on the Internet, 39 percent said they listened in the past week, compared with 23 percent who said that six months ago. While 20 percent were familiar with Chrysler's recent announcement that it can install Internet connections in its 2008 and 2009 vehicles, 37 percent said they are interested in having an Internet connection in their current vehicle or their next one.

    The national poll was conducted for AMS by Omnitel in a telephone survey of 1,005 Americans adults during the weekend of Sept. 5-7, 2008. The survey is considered accurate within plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    Further details of the survey will be reported in Sign Off in the October issue of Radio magazine.


    Survey: HD Radio Awareness on the Rise
    Ann Arbor, MI - Sep 11, 2008 - Research from Mark Kassof and Co. shows that 67 percent of 18-64 year olds have heard of HD Radio. This represents a dramatic increase from a similar Kassof study in 2006, when only 38 percent had heard of HD Radio.

    Consumers' understanding of HD Radio has also grown. Now, 21 percent indicate HD Radio delivers higher quality sound, versus 17 percent in 2006. Significantly, 8 percent now volunteer that HD Radio delivers more stations or choices, versus only 1 percent two years ago.

    On the downside, this year's research also finds continued misconceptions about HD Radio. Now, 7 percent indicate that HD radio is satellite radio, up from 3 percent in 2006. And 3percent think they receive HD Radio even though they have not purchased an HD Radio-capable receiver.

    The research findings are based on 688 telephone interviews in the U.S., conducted from Sept. 4-7, 2008.


    Business

    Navigon, Clear Channel Extend Traffic Relationship
    Chicago and San Antonio - Sep 8, 2008 - Navigon, a provider of navigation products, and Clear Channel Radio have signed a multi-year deal that will extend Navigon's use of Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network (CCTTN). In August, Navigon made CCTTN's Real-Time Traffic available as a free lifetime subscription on its products.


    Globecast Acquires Netia
    Paris - Sep 8, 2008 - Globecast has acquired all the shares of software company Netia. Netia will retain its identity and autonomy in terms of administrative functions, as well as its personnel. Both companies will optimize their product development and marketing costs by taking advantage of synergies between skill sets and will, of course, cooperate both commercially and technically to the benefit of broadcasters of all sizes.

    A subsidiary of France Telecom, Globecast is a provider of content management and transmission services for broadcast and operates a secure global satellite and fiber network.

    Netia provides software for managing and broadcasting television and radio content. The company has four product ranges: Radio-Assist (audio), Manreo (video), Open Net (audio and video), and Media Logging (audio and video).


    Emmis, Worldband Media Launch Asian Radio Network
    Indianapolis - Sep 9, 2008 - Emmis Communications and Worldband Media have partnered deliver programming targeted to the South Asian communities in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Through the partnership, Worldband Media's South Asian programming will be broadcast on the HD3 multicast channel of Emmis' stations in New York (WQHT 97.1-3), Los Angeles (KPWR 105.9-3) and Chicago (WLUP 97.9-3).

    According to the U.S. Census and Statistics Canada, North America has 3.8 million reported South Asians, which include those of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent. Worldband Media programming using Emmis' HD Radio bandwidth should be available in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago by the middle of October.


    Auralex Partners with Hallmark Licensing for Printed Sound Panels
    Denver, CO - Sep 9, 2008 - Auralex Acoustics has collaborated with Hallmark Licensing to use Hallmarks' six million licensed images to be used on the Auralex custom-printed acoustical panel line of products, Sonic Print. Sonic Print artistic acoustical panels are custom-printed Pro Panels that look like artwork

    Auralex will work directly with Hallmark's design team to provide additional services such as custom cropped images to be tailored specifically to the Auralex panels. Hallmark's licensed images will be available on Auralex's website.


    Media Monitors Receives MRC Accreditation
    White Plains, NY - Sep 10, 2008 - Media Monitors has been granted Media Rating Council accreditation for its Radio Spot Service. The MRC is a non-profit industry association established in 1964 that is composed of TV, radio, print and Internet companies, and advertising agencies, advertisers and trade associations.

    George Ivie, executive director of the Media Rating Council, said "MRC accreditation provides subscribers with confidence that Media Monitors is identifying and reporting radio advertising occurrences in accordance with MRC Standards."

    Measurement services desiring MRC Accreditation are required to disclose to their customers all methodological aspects of their service; comply with the MRC Minimum Standards for Media Rating Research; and submit to MRC-designed audits to authenticate and illuminate their procedures. In addition, the MRC membership actively pursues research issues they consider priorities in an effort to improve the quality of research in the marketplace. Currently approximately 50 research products are audited by the MRC.


    Sales Call
    Wireworks has provided custom-created panels for the Prudential Center, the new multimillion-dollar sports and entertainment arena in Newark, NJ. For the project, Wireworks specially manufactured more than 400 panels to aid broadcasters covering events at the arena to patch directly into the house system.
    Moseley Broadcast shipped its Event 5800 high capacity STL/TSL to Gap West Broadcasting in Missoula, MT. The Event 5800 was installed at Gap West to provide a link for one AM and three FM stations, which are all collocated. Linear uncompressed digital audio, RPU backhaul, IP networking, RBDS and control circuits complete the payload. The single unit has replaced six transmitters previously used for STL, RPU and TRL.
    Educational Media Foundation has ordered 600 DVB-S2 tuner cards to upgrade its currently deployed Wegener Unity 4600 satellite receivers. Based in Rocklin, CA, Educational Media Foundation, a not-for-profit company, operates the K-LOVE (www.klove.com) and Air 1 (www.air1.com) radio networks.

    People

    George Beasley

    George Beasley Inducted Into Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame
    Naples, FL - Sep 9, 2008 - George Beasley, chairman and chief executive officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. A "Who's Who" of Nevada Broadcasting, the Hall of Fame thanks and pays tribute to those broadcasters who have dedicated 20 years or more to the industry. The individual path taken by each inductee is unique and special.

    Beasley Broadcast entered the Las Vegas market in 2000 with the purchase of Centennial Broadcasting's three FM stations. Today, the Beasley Las Vegas five-station cluster includes 96.3 KKLZ-FM, 102.7 KFRH-FM, 104.3 KCYE-FM, 720 KDWN-AM and 790 KBET-AM.

    George Beasley founded Beasley Broadcast Group in 1961 when he constructed his first radio station, WPYB-AM, a 500-watt daytime-only station in Benson, NC. In 1966, he sold WPYB to acquire WFMC-AM in Goldsboro, NC, which became the cornerstone in the development of the company. Over the next 40-plus years, Beasley has acquired and improved under-performing stations and has purchased or invested in approximately 100 stations across the country. Today, the company owns or operates 44 stations (27 FM and 17 AM) located in 11 markets in the United States.

    Also inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in honor of their more than 20 years in broadcasting were seven employees of Beasley Broadcast Las Vegas: account executives Rick Denton (43 years) and Corky St. Germaine (30 years); on-air talent Tom Kelly (34 years), Mike Manko (28 years), Jeff Anderson (27 years) and Rob Banks (23 years), and production manager Gus Stone (23 years).


    Chris Currier

    Sennheiser Promotes Currier
    Old Lyme, CT - Sep 9, 2008 - Sennheiser Electronic has promoted Christopher Currier to associate product manager for Neumann and Klein + Hummel studio systems products. Currier joined Sennheiser in late 2004 as an accounts receivable associate and soon became the credit manager. He now reports to Robb Blumenreder, industry team manager for music industry products.

    In his new role, Currier supports Neumann and Klein + Hummel products by planning and monitoring inventory levels, assisting with product-related inquiries and collaborating on marketing activities.

    A former composition major at the HARTT School of Music in Hartford, CT, Currier has conducted two a cappella choirs and is an accomplished singer and pianist.


    Joe Meleski

    ERI Appoints Meleski as Director of Services
    Chandler, IN - Sep 10, 2008 - Electronics Research has appointed Joe Meleski to the position of director of services. Meleski will lead ERI's structural and RF installation and field service organizations, with responsibility for supervision and management of service delivery. In addition, he will provide technical sales support for structural products to the ERI field sales staff and be responsible for the management of specific installer and tower accounts.

    Meleski will report to Jerome Gruber, vice president and director, RF Division.

    Meleski returns to ERI from Harris where he was district sales manager of the Mid-Atlantic region for its Broadcast Communications radio business. During his previous 12-year tenure with ERI, Meleski was directly involved with some of the largest broadcast tower and antenna projects in North America. He served as director of the installations division, with responsibilities including hiring and managing 12 to 14 broadcast tower and antenna construction crews and overseeing challenging broadcast installations.

    Meleski is an associate member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). He will work from ERI's corporate headquarters campus and main manufacturing facility in Chandler, IN.


    Burt Returns to Powergold
    Little Rock, AR - Sep 10, 2008 - Brenda Burt as been hired to be the sales manager at Micropower Corporation, creator of Powergold music scheduling software. She can be reached at brenda@powergold.com or 800-870-0033. Burt will attend the NAB Radio Show in Austin where the company will demonstrate the latest version of its scheduling software.


    Eye on IBOC

    NAB Radio Show: Revenue Opportunities for HD Radio
    Washington, DC - Sep 2, 2008 - The NAB Radio Show will include a panel discussion on how broadcasters can generate additional revenue from HD Radio channels. Titled HD Radio: From Novelty to Viable Commodity, the session will be held Sept. 19 in Austin, TX.

    The panel, moderated by WHUR-FM's program director David Dickinson, will examine the challenges that stations face during the transition to digital, and money-making opportunities that can be derived once the transition has been completed. Panelists include:
    David Dickinson (moderator), program director for WHUR-FM, Howard University
    Paul Brenner, vice president of integrated technologies for Emmis Communications
    Steve DeVries, product manager of Connected Services, Navteq
    Jeff Littlejohn, executive vice president of distribution development, Clear Channel Radio
    Ken Williams, program director, Ichannel.fm and Ichannel HD Radio network


    Products

    Steinberg Updates Nuendo to 4.2
    Buena Park, CA - Sep 11, 2008 - Steinberg has released an update to its Nuendo 4 system. Nuendo 4.2 and NEK 4.2 are available now as a download for all registered customers from www.steinberg.net.

    Nuendo 4.2 extends the support for external hardware. The update offers full support for all advanced integration functionality with the new MR816 CSX and MR816 X advanced integration DSP studio hardware by Steinberg. Among the features available with Nuendo are full user interface integration and the use of VST3 plug-ins as DSP FX in the Nuendo mixer. Steinberg's CC121 advanced integration controller is also fully supported, integrating fully with Nuendo. Nuendo 4.2 also offers enhanced support for Yamaha MOTIF XS series and the KX USB Music Studio series.

    Nuendo 4.2.2 includes a range of improvements to enhance stability, as well as several workflow enhancements. These include new key commands for the Mediabay sound management system, new synchronization options and a range of additional minor enhancements. Nuendo 4.2 also includes support for VST Sound, an improved universal media management format. VST Sound is a fundamental part of VST3 and integrates media such as audio and video files as well as plug-in and track presets directly into the Nuendo Mediabay.


    OMT, Amb-Os Add Automation Features for Christian Broadcasters
    Winnipeg, MB - Sep 9, 2008 - OMT Technologies and Amb-Os have added features for Christian Broadcasters using the Imediatouch radio automation system and the AMR-100 Amb-OS receiver. Amb-Os users who have upgraded to the latest UI developed for the AMR-100 receiver can now configure a category setting on programs that are delivered by the receiver. The category information is saved as cart chunk data on the audio files, and the Imediatouch Auto Import module automatically ingests the files into specific categories inside the automation system's database, as well as assigning cart numbers.

    Contact OMT for more information.


    Zaxcom to Ship Deva Mix-8 in October
    Pompton Plains, NJ - Sep 12, 2008 - The Zaxcom Deva Mix-8 eight-fader mixing control panel will begin shipping in October 2008. The Deva Mix-8 integrates directly with the company's Deva and Fusion audio recording systems to provide a more compact, mobile, and precise control panel for audio mixing.




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