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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - Apr 3, 2007
News from the Convention
Executive Producer to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award
Washington, DC - Mar 8, 2007 - David Wolper will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award during NAB2007 in Las Vegas. Each year the NAB Distinguished Service Award recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry.
Wolper has made over 700 films that have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys, seven Golden Globes and five Peabodys. He was the executive producer of Roots, the 12-hour mini-series that followed several generations in the lives of a slave family, as well as The Thorn Birds, North & South, L.A. Confidential, and the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Wolper's career includes production of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles; chairman of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty; and documentaries on Jacques Cousteau and for National Geographic.
Wolper attended Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and the University of Southern California. He did not graduate from either, though. He left school early in 1949 to enter the TV business. Since then, both universities have awarded him honorary doctorate degrees.
Do you know...?
Q2. What is the oldest casino building still in operation in Las Vegas today?
Q3. Two films named Ocean's Eleven are based in Las Vegas and have a similar plot where hotel casinos are robbed. Which hotels were robbed in the 1960 version? Which hotels were robbed in the 2001 version?
The answers appear below.
Products from the Floor
Surround sound mixing system
Using current DSP technology, Headzone provides headphone-based 5.1 surround sound reproduction. It also offers an ultrasonic-headtracking system that locates the orientation of the listener’s head with respect to the source material and adjusts the audio accordingly. The system also offers an advanced room simulation program that allows the users to create an ideal auditory space within which to monitor the surround audio.
Bext TFX 10000
The first of a new generation of hot pluggable solid state FM transmitters, this unit offers a modular architecture, a dual redundant exciter and a stainless steel enclosure. Housed in 1RU, the transmitter is 55" tall (30 rack spaces high). The unit features 70 percent overall efficiency. RS-485 and USB connections for PC readings and control are also included.
Klein + Hummel M52D
Active control monitor
Klein + Hummel took the M 52, equipped it with switchable inputs for analog and digital signals in AES/EBU and S/P-DIF format, and christened the new model the M 52 D. The D/A converter features 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 32kHz to 48kHz. The analog input is transformer-balanced and floating. The digital input encompasses both stereo channels. A rotary switch on the front panel allows the user to select from four sources: the analog input, digital left, digital right or both digital channels combined. The rear panel hosts an XLR connector that can accept the analog signal or the AES/EBU digital signal, and a BNC connector for a S/PDIF digital signal, which makes for easy daisy-chaining.
Dielectric's Flash Technology will introduce additions to its line of M2M products. The system can monitor and manage non-IT-based assets such as HVAC units, back-up generators, security access instruments, street lamps and cooling towers. The the monitor can help with predictive maintenance, which can streamline operations. The units in the M2M product line are simple enough to monitor lights at a cell tower or complex enough to manage and control a cooling tower at a large power plant.
Day Sequerra Sells 1,000th HD Radio Monitor
West Berlin, NJ - Mar 15, 2007 - Day Sequerra has sold its 1,000th HD Radio monitor. The unit was sold to Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in Burlington, VT, who ordered the new Model M4.2R. VPR already owns a number of Day Sequerra M2.2 and M4.0 units, and will use the new M4.2R for audio monitoring and to alarm key parameters of its HD Radio signal.
The new M4.2R includes six dry, floating relay contacts that can be programmed to operate on the loss of HD Radio PAD, analog RBDS data, audio, RF carrier, OFDM lock, multicast available and delay bit status. The unit can stream PAD from its Ethernet port, or function as a fully remote controllable tuner/alarm using the included proprietary Day Sequerra Remote Dashboard software. HD Radio SIS and PAD are displayed in the M4.2R's vacuum florescent display along with RBDS data, signal strength and multipath.
In addition to balanced left and right analog outputs, the unit contains a transformer-driven digital output that operates full time, even when the M4.2R is tuned to an analog station.
Vermont Public Radio will use the M4.2R to monitor WVPS, 107.9 FM, which is currently transmitting three HD Radio streams.
APT to Introduce Apt-x Live at NAB
With Apt-x Live, APT can deliver compression of up to 8:1 while retaining the same acoustics and ultra low delay found in the Apt-x brand. Apt-x Live is currently available to license and will be incorporated into APT’s codec range in late 2007.
Shure has signed a licensing agreement to incorporate the technology into its wireless live performance products.
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., LVCC S228
Surround Sound For Radio
There are five presenters during this session, each focusing on different surround topics ranging from whether the radio industry is ready for 5.1 surround to how to implement surround in a broadcast facility.
9 a.m. to noon, LVCC S226
Emerging Broadcast Technologies
Six presenters will discuss various topics, such as interactive radio, DRM and multiplatform radio.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Las Vegas Hilton Ballroom B
Amateur Radio Operators Reception
Relax and talk shop with the radio amateur community while winning door prizes.
Radio and Audio Stage Offers an HD Destination
A presentation stage in the North Hall will feature presentations covering HD Radio and DTV. The stage is located at booth N6330. The presentations scheduled so far are listed here.
Monday, April 16, 2007
11 a.m. to noon - HD Radio: A Local Perspective
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Sound Challenges for HDTV - Integrated Solutions-Studer Soundcraft
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Integration of workstation audio tools in modern broadcast live situations-Lawo AG
11 a.m. to noon - HD Radio: A Local Perspective
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Where HD Radio Meets Creativity, Revenue and Technology-Broadcast Electronics
3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Sound Challenges for HDTV - Integrated Solutions-Studer Soundcraft
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
11 a.m. to noon - HD Radio: A Local Perspective
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Where HD Radio Meets Creativity, Revenue and Technology-Broadcast Electronics
JK Audio Remote Mix 4
Portable broadcast mixer
A four-channel field mixer and headphone amplifier, this unit is a communications interface that features a phone line hybrid and keypad, a PBX handset interface and a 2.5mm cell phone interface.The portable unit is smaller than a lunch box. Use it as a phone line hybrid, calling into the studio talk show hybrid. Use it as a front end mixer for a POTS, ISDN or IP codec. Features include four XLR mic jacks with phantom power, male XLR clean mixer output and four 1/4" headphone jacks with individual source selectors and level controls. The mixer is powered by dual 9V batteries and/or 100-240Vac external ac power supply.
The PA500 is a 500W FM power amplifier based on the PA 1000 range. This amplifier incorporates a "fresh air tunnel" concept that reduces maintenance and increases reliability. The unit features comprehensive monitoring and fits in 3RU.
Burk Technology SL-1
Serial LAN extender
Connect two LANs via an existing serial connection, allowing remote IP access without a separate ISP or VPN, with this device. Use it at remote sites where traditional IP connectivity is limited or not feasible. The LAN extender enables wide-scale deployment of IP-based technologies. Personnel at remote sites can access otherwise unavailable network resources, including e-mail, PDF manuals and wiring documentation. Because the system operates on the same subnet as the local and remote networks, devices integrate seamlessly over any distance, with minimal security obstacles, at speeds from 4.8 to 115.2 kb/s.
SBE to Hold EAS Meeting on April 16
The annual SBE-sponsored meeting covering the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and related emergency communications issues will be held in Ballroom G of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel on Monday, April 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone interested in EAS is encouraged to attend the meeting. NAB2007 badges are not required for admittance.
Two presentations during the meeting will provide a look into the future of EAS and the public warning system. David Webb, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will deliver a presentation on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. Also, Jason Shattuck from Warning Systems (WSI) will speak about the CAP-driven EAS system that is being used in Washington.
FCC Commissioners to Speak at NAB
FCC Commissioners Michael Copps, Jonathan Adelstein and Deborah Taylor-Tate will participate in the Regulatory Face Off on Tuesday, April 17 during NAB2007 in Las Vegas. Attendees will be able interact with federal regulators, Capitol Hill insiders and legal experts on a number of governmental issues that impact the broadcast industry.
The Regulatory Face Off will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Las Vegas Hilton Ballroom A. For more information visit www.nabshow.com.
Free Exhibits-only Passes
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Out and About in Las Vegas
Stay in Touch with the LV Ham Repeater
The Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club welcomes visitors to use the repeaters in Las Vegas. Most of the time, a UHF and VHF repeater are linked together. The 2 meter operates on 146.94MHz, -600kHz offset and 100Hz tone. The 70 cm operates on 448.500MHz, -5MHz offset and 100Hz tone.
The club also operates a net on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and invites visitors to check in. The club will also have representatives in the ARRL booth (lobby booth 1).
DAVID Digasystem Upgrades
The scheduling and play-out tools of the Digasystem can send text and graphics to the station’s website to show what’s presently playing on the air and as many as 10 songs that preceded it. The News Portal allows text, audio and graphics to be assembled into a story for view on the Internet. Listeners can now browse through station audio to replay and download news stories, memorable program moments and full-length interviews. Podcasting is possible with a click. The software adds the RSS data and assigns the ID3 tags also. Remote Reporter allows users to access the database through a standard Web browser anywhere in the world. The EAS Listener manages alerts and sends notifications as preconfigured to do. The Digasystem now includes hundreds of Metadata fields---compliant with the Program Associated Data and Program Service Data standards.
Nemal Electronics NE3700 series
37-pin audio connectors
This DT12 connector for field and studio applications features a patented set screw design that prevents insert rotation. Accessories include dust caps, fan-outs, and break out boxes to XLR connectors. Typical applications include termination of 12-pair audio molt cable or up to 37-conductor control cable. Additional features include a positive lock insert system to prevent conductor breakage during interconnection, secure attachment of cap to connector, standard thread strain relief, and complete compatibility with existing ITT Canon type designs. The connectors are available from stock; either individually, or terminated on cable.
Propagation Systems Turnkey Transmission Services
FM transmission systems
PSI now offers full FM turnkey transmission systems including a PSI antenna, PSI transmission line (rigid or flexible), transmitter of customer’s choice, tower, building and commissioning. The customer has the flexibility to use all or any part of the turnkey offering. PSI antenna models include directional and non-directional using: panels and Power-Tiller for FM and IBOC, at all power levels. Also available is pattern optimization, customization, multi-station antennas, filters and combiners.
Did you know...?
Do You Know Your Las Vegas History?
A1. The oldest building standing in Las Vegas is not a hotel or a casino. It's a fort. Before Las Vegas was the modern adult playground, it was little more than a trail stop for settlers and mail service between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. In 1855, Mormon settlers erected adobe buildings that are now called the Old Mormon Fort. The fort is also the oldest non-Indian structure in Southern Nevada.
A2. The oldest casino still in operation is in downtown Las Vegas. The Golden Gate Casino stands at 1 Fremont St. The hotel opened Jan. 13, 1906, as the Hotel Nevada. The hotel took the Golden Gate name in 1955.
Historical information from www.vegas.com/lounge/centennial/historicbuildings.html.
A3. The 1960 version of Ocean's Eleven had the Rat Pack stealing from five hotel casinos: the Sahara, the Flamingo, the Riviera, the Sands and the Desert Inn. The 2001 version of the film only robbed one hotel casino: the Bellagio.
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