Tieline Joins Group of Audio-via-IP Experts 

Codec manufacturer Tieline Technology has joined the Audio-via-IP Experts Group as a technology provider advising on the interoperability of audio codecs when broadcasting over IP.

Congressmen Intro Performance Rights Act 

Members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees introduced legislation to end an exemption for radio stations to pay a performance fee for playing music over the air.

FCC Adopts Localism Proposals 

The Federal Communications Commission has stepped into new territory with its Dec. 18 actions to try to ensure that broadcast stations offer programming responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.

FCC Looks to Promote Broadcast Ownership Diversity 

During its Dec. 18 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a report and order that it hopes will expand opportunities for new entrants and small businesses to own broadcast outlets.

FCC Votes to Allow Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership 

The long-awaited vote on the revision to the FCC's rules on cross ownership of a TV or radio station and a newspaper in the same market has taken place. The vote followed party lines with the Republicans winning 3-2.

Sennheiser Appoints Associate Product Manager 

Sennheiser Electronic has appointed Ben Escobedo to the newly created position of associate product manager, music industry products.

Radio Currents Online - Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2007 

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Tascam Makes Sales Changes 

Johnny DeLeon has been promoted to regional sales manager for Tascam.

Osgood to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award 

Charles Osgood, anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning and of CBS Radio Network's The Osgood File, will be honored with the NAB Distinguished Service Award during NAB2008.

Media Monitors Ranks Christmas Music on Radio 

Media Monitors, the broadcast monitoring and verification service, turned its attention to the stations that switch their formats to Christmas music during December to compile the company's latest report.

Ice Storm Brings Down Illinois Tower 

A winter storm brought the 460ft WJCH tower down to a meager 200ft on Dec. 8. Around 2 p.m., the station's signal was cut off, silencing the 50kW station.

Hipcricket Hires Brand Solutions VP 

Hipcricket has named Steven Siegel as its vice president of brand solutions.

France Adopts DRM up to 30MHz 

On Dec. 5, French Minister of Culture Christine Albanel signed a decree to confirm the adoption of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and Terrestrial Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (T-DMB) in Band III and in the L-band as the digital radio standards in France.

Play MPE Readies Launch in Australia 

Destiny Media and Sydney-based Shooting Star Picture Company will be representing the Clipstream and MPE product lines in Australia and New Zealand.

Radio Currents Online - Dec 10 - Dec 16, 2007 

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Pittman to Keynote NAB2008 Radio Luncheon 

Robert Pittman, former COO of America Online and founding member of media investment firm Pilot Group, will provide the keynote speech during the NAB2008 Radio Luncheon on April 15.

Copyright Royalty Board Sets Satellite Radio Performance Fees 

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) issued its determination and order setting the royalty rate payable by XM Satellite Radio under the statutory license covering the performance of sound recordings over XM and Sirius for the six-year period starting Jan. 1, 2007 and ending Dec. 31, 2012.

FCC Releases 2007 EAS Handbooks 

The FCC has updated the EAS Handbooks for participating stations. The new handbooks, which stations are required to post at control points, have been updated for satellite radio and TV, and digital radio services.

Harris Names Meleski as District Sales Manager 

Harris has named Joe Meleski district sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic region for the company's Broadcast Communications radio business.

Bush Nominates Adelstein for New FCC Term 

President Bush has announced his intention to nominate Jonathan Adelstein to a new five-year term that would expire on June 30, 2013.

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