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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - Mar 20, 2007
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News from the Convention
NAB Announces Crystal Radio Award Finalists
Washington, DC - Mar 12, 2007 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the 50 finalists for the 2007 Crystal Radio Awards competition. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. This year's finalists follow.
|KBAY-FM San Jose, CA||WGHT-AM Pompton Lakes, NJ|
|KBHP-FM Bemidji, MN||WGOH-AM Grayson, KY|
|KCSR-AM Chadron, NE||WGY-AM Latham, NY|
|KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, IA||WHHH-FM Indianapolis, IN|
|KFOR-AM Lincoln, NE||WIBC-AM Indianapolis, IN|
|KHHT-FM Los Angeles, CA||WISR-AM Butler, PA|
|KKPL-FM Windsor, CO||WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN|
|KLGR-AM Redwood Falls, MO||WJBC-AM Bloomington, IL|
|KLOS-FM Los Angeles, CA||WJJY-FM Brainerd, MN|
|KMTX-AM Helena, MT||WLEN-FM Adrian, MI|
|KOA-AM Denver, CO||WPAP-FM Panama City, FL|
|KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA||WQNZ-FM Natchez, MS|
|KPRS-FM Kansas City, MO||WSYR-AM Syracuse, NY|
|KRSP-FM Salt Lake City, UT||WTAM-AM Cleveland, OH|
|KSFI-FM Salt Lake City, UT||WTLC-AM Indianapolis, IN|
|KSTP-FM St. Paul, MN||WTMX-FM Chicago, IL|
|KTAR-AM Phoenix, AZ||WTOP-FM Washington, DC|
|KTCK-AM Dallas, TX||WTRV-FM Grand Rapids, MI|
|KUGR-AM Green River, WY||WUMB-FM Boston, MA|
|KYKX-FM Longview, TX||WUSL-FM Philadelphia, PA|
|WBUT-AM Butler, PA||WVAQ-FM Morgantown, WV|
|WCMT-AM Martin, TN||WVKL-FM Virginia Beach, VA|
|WDBR-FM Springfield, IL||WXMA-FM Louisville, KY|
|WDRV-FM Chicago, IL||WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL|
|WFYR-FM Peoria, IL||WZPL-FM Indianapolis, IN|
The Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. The finalists will be honored and the winners announced at the Radio Luncheon on April 17 during NAB2007.
The Radio Luncheon will feature a keynote address by Brian Cooley, editor for CNET.com. Rick Dees, legendary radio personality who recently joined Emmis-owned Movin' 93.9 in Los Angeles, will also be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Brown, a North Carolina native, has held the position of vice president of sales for the LBA Group, including LBA Technology and Lawrence Behr Associates, since August 2005. Before coming to LBA, he served as vice president and general manager of Joyner Broadcasting group. Formerly, he held senior sales positions with Shively Labs and Broadcast Electronics. His experience also includes director of engineering roles for several broadcast groups.
Brown is a Society of Broadcast Engineers Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer. He is also a senior member of the SBE. He is a member of the UK's Institute of Engineering Technology and the IEEE.
Public Radio Engineers Seek Award Nominations
Washington – Jan 26, 2007 - The Association of Public Radio Engineers (APRE), formed in May 2006 to work with the specific needs of engineers working for public radio stations, seeks nominations for the first annual Engineering Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the Public Radio Engineering Conference held prior to NAB2007 in April.
The honor will be awarded to a single individual for outstanding contributions to the art and/or science of radio engineering that have had a significant effect on or improvement in the state of the public radio industry.
Do you know...?
So, You Think You Know Vegas?
Q2. On average, how much rain does Las Vegas receive annually?
The answers are below.
Q1: Which of the shows listed has played the longest in Vegas?
1. Penn & Teller
3. Lance Burton: Master Magician
1. 2.13 inches
2. 4.13 inches
3. 6.13 inches
Q2. On average, how much rain does Las Vegas receive annually?
The answers are below.
Day Sequerra Offers Upgrade Path for M2 and M4
West Berlin, NJ - Mar 14, 2007 - Day Sequerra has announced a factory upgrade program for existing M2 and M4 HD Radio modulation monitors and tuners to add the new features of the newer models, the M2.2R (shown here) and M4.2R.
The new tuners add functions such as Ethernet remote control and logging, programmable audio, data and multicast alarms, dry, floating alarm relay contact closures, notifications by e-mail and full-time AES output. The upgraded models will be unveiled at NAB2007.
In addition, Day Sequerra will debut the M3, which houses contains three separate AM, FM and HD Radio tuners in a single 2RU enclosure. It provides a compact method for HD Radio stations to monitor and alarm analog and digital signals, including up to eight multicast streams. Each tuner's vacuum florescent display shows station frequency, HD-1 through HD-8 PAD, analog RBDS, signal strength and multipath. The M3 will ship in May.
Current M2 and M4 users can contact Day Sequerra at email@example.com with the serial number of their units to request upgrade information.
Products from the Floor
FM bandpass filter
This FM bandpass filter is rated for 1kW and can be used as a standalone device to filter unwanted out-of-band energy, provide the necessary filtering requirements for IBOC signals and can be used in a channel combining system to combine two close-spaced FM channels that would then feed a common antenna. FMBP1000 series filters attenuate unwanted signals to reduce cross modulation. The filter is available in three- and four-section designs with or without cross coupling to meet your stations most stringent FM/IBOC filter requirements.
Transmitter remote control
This product complements the Audemat-Aztec remote control product line. It is a 1RU device that includes 64 digital inputs, 64 relay outputs and 24 analog inputs. It also includes four RS-232/412/485 ports, two Ethernet ports and four USB ports. There is an embedded Web server and it includes Scripteasy V2. Scripteasy V2 offers new features such as the ability to connect a slave unit to expand the I/O capabilities. The software also allows the user to configure I/O and actions with a chart that can then be converted to the Scripteasy GUI for more advanced programming.
Prophet Systems Nexgen Digital 2007
New features of this software include an improved control room experience with new information available on the button bar. The DRR module has been revised to make its logs work more like station logs, allowing staff to transition between tasks faster. The software is faster with less network traffic and offers a revamped logs screen. An on-air image is now protected with pooled hotsparing, which allows any machine to take over in the event of a failure, and includes redundant WAN-casting. Production tasks go faster with a new mass changer, and filters let the user browse just the content he wants to view.
Sessions of Interest on Monday, April 16
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Hilton Barron Room
NAB2007 Opening Keynote and State of the Industry Address
David Rehr, NAB president and CEO, will deliver his second annual state of the industry address. In addition, the NAB Distinguished Service Award will be presented to David L. Wolper, executive producer of Roots, the 12-hour mini-series that followed several generations in the lives of a slave family.
10:30 a.m. to noon, S228
STL Bandwidth Requirements for Radio
STLs are being asked to provide additional capabilities to their existing audio path functions. This session will examine some of the added bandwidth needs for data and multicasting.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., S228
Audio Solutions for Radio
Presentations cover speech synthesis, audio over IP, audio encoding, satellite transmission for remotes, and a discussion of the imporatnace of HD Radio time alignment.
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Radio & Audio Live Stage (N6330)
HD Radio Reception at the Radio/Audio Live Stage
This is a chance to network and learn more about HD Radio.
Neumann KM D series
The modular construction of these microphones permits the KM D output stage to be combined with the various passive microphone capsules (omnidirectional, cardioid or hypercardioid). In the microphone, the A/D converter receives the output signal directly from the capsule. The microphones are equipped with a three-pin XLR connector for transmission of a bi-directional signal conforming to the AES 42 standard. Two versions of the digital miniature microphones are available: classic nickel and black Nextel finish. All standard sampling frequencies are supported, from 44.1kHz to 192kHz. An A/D converter receives the output signal directly from the microphone capsule. Level matching required for subsequent devices is performed digitally in the microphone itself.
Audioarts Engineering Air-2+
The new Audioarts Air-2+ radio console is designed for small market stations, such as college radio and worships facilities, that are seeking high-end features such as: phone channel with TB, two stereo buses and separate control room/studio monitoring.
Omnia Audio Omnia.8X
Multistream networked audio processor
With algorithms modeled after the Omnia.3net, this processor provides eight discrete three-band stereo audio processors in a single, networked box. Its architecture works ahead of any bit-reduced audio coder to reduce artifacts and improve the sound audio destined for HD Radio, Internet and satellite broadcasting. Use it to process headphone feeds where off-air monitoring is not possible; as multi-band level control for remote codecs or on-air telephone systems; to process and send multiple audio streams from a single studio complex to multiple transmitter sites; or on-demand for in-studio musical performances or commercial production applications. The processor uses the Livewire standard over Ethernet.
Logitek Plans Users' Group for NAB2007
Houston - Jan 16, 2007 - As plans for NAB2007 are being made, several manufacturers will hold training and information sessions during the convention. Logitek will hold its annual user group meeting on Sunday, April 15 at the Flamingo hotel. The meeting will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will get a sneak peek at Logitek's product introductions for the show and will also receive a copy of Logitek's new Vengine simulator software. The software allows users to experiment with triggers and configurations without having to try them out on the actual Audio Engine.
Advance registration is required. To RSVP for the meeting, visit www.logitekaudio.com/usergroup.html.
Free Exhibits-only Passes
Be a guest of Radio magazine and see the NAB2007 exhibits for free. Follow this link and register today. The Radio magazine registration code is KB2163.
Out and About in Las Vegas
If you need Wi-fi access while you're in Las Vegas, there are some free Wi-fi offerings available. The Wi-fi Restaurant and Lounge at the east end of the South Upper Hall has free W-fi. In addition, the Cyber Cafe in the North Hall next to booth N9138 has free Wi-fi. Both are open during show floor hours (Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
The LVCC Monorail station has free Wi-fi access from Sprint Nextel.
Lots of restaurants and cafes offer free Wi-Fi. Some hotspots are located in the major hotels. Here are a few to look for:
From Here to There
With so many people converging on Las Vegas for NAB, gauging travel times to different destinations can be difficult. Here are some quick time estimates to make traveling easier.
|South Strip (MGM Grand) to LVCC||15||20|
|Center Strip (Bally's) to LVCC||10||15|
|North Strip (Circus Circus) to LVCC||n/a||10|
|Gateway District (Stratosphere) to LVCC||n/a||10|
|Downtown to LVCC||n/a||20|
|Airport to LVCC||n/a||25|
While taxis are convenient, you can often save some time by taking the Monorail. Fares start at $5 for a single ride, but multi-ride passes offer a cheaper fare. For many convention attendees, a ten-ride pass ($35) is a good option. These passes are valid for one year from the date of the first use. One-day and three-day passes are also available. Learn more about the Las Vegas Monorail at this link.
Shively Labs 2604, 2612
Interdigital bandpass filters
These interdigital bandpass filters provide filtering in a footprint less than half the size of conventional bandpass filters. The 2604 is designed for use with transmitters up to 2.5kW and the 2612 for transmitters up to 10kW. Both are manufactured for use in HD Radio applications.
Burk Technology Watchband
Delivering station and market monitoring tools to managers, engineers and programming departments, this receiver provides stereo, phase and field intensity data, streaming audio and decoded RDS to any PC with an Internet connection. Broadcasters can record audio streams for remote playback, as well as log audio metrics for review and analysis. Automatic logging routines allow station-to-station comparisons for the entire market. Logged RDS data reveals content on market stations.
Netia Radio Assist 7.5 upgrade
Enhanced Radio Assist range
Netia has integrated its U-Share network management system into Radio-Assist 7.5 to automate the exchange of content for easy management of content distribution. The speech-to-text upgrade offers broadcasters content analysis and retrieval. By turning audio content into text, which in turn can be incorporated as metadata, the software helps identify and evaluate broadcast patterns.The Multitrack XT with integrated VST editing tool is designed for multitrack digital audio recording and editing. Finally, Radio-Assist 7.5 is now available bundled with customized Axia IP-Audio networking components that allow any audio workstation PC running Windows to send studio-grade audio directly to an Axia audio network from its network interface card.
Do you know...?
How did you do?
A1: Jubilee! has been entertaining audiences since 1981 and is the longest running show of those three. Penn & Teller have performed in Las Vegas since 2001, and Burton's show at the Monte Carlo opened in 1996.
A2. Las Vegas receives 4.13 inches of rain annually. The average rainfall for April is 0.15 inches, so leave the umbrella at home.
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