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NAB Radio Update - Sep 4, 2007
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News from the Convention
NAB Announces 2007 Marconi Radio Award Finalists
Washington - The National Association of Broadcasters announced the finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced on Sept. 27 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show held during The NAB Radio Show at the Charlotte Convention Center.
KIRO-AM Seattle, WA
KKOB-AM Albuquerque, NM
WMMR-FM Philadelphia, PA
WRVA-AM Richmond, VA
WWL-AM New Orleans, LA
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
Luz Maria Briseno, KTNQ-AM Los Angeles, CA
El Chulo, KHHL-FM Austin, TX
Rafael Pulido "El Pistolero," WOJO-FM Chicago, IL
Javier Salas, WRTO-AM Chicago, IL
Rocio Sandoval "La Peligrosa," KSCA-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 awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show will be hosted by talk radio personality Glenn Beck.
Sierra Automated Sytems ICM-32
Intercom monitor, talk panel
Designed for a variety of broadcast communications, the monitor features 32 separate talk/listen channels, each with a two-line/eight-character VFD display; dial-up listen and talk of any router system source or destination; and mixing of multiple sources for listen with independent volume control adjustment. Connectivity is via Internet, local LAN or directly to the SAS 32KD.
Harris Sage Endec-HD
The new version handles analog and digital signals for EAS distribution and adds remote control capabilities for studio-to-transmitter communications. IP connectivity is also added to allow broadcasters to use standard network components for log printing. This eliminates the need to buy thermal paper required for traditional EAS systems with built-in printers. The system uses an internal AES/EBU interface, LAN support, and a Web browser-based interface to support a new generation of EAS users. New hardware features include 10/100 Base-T LAN support, two USB connectors for printers, additional serial ports, future expansion, and four new GPIO inputs for expanded control.
KLZ Innovations Audiofile
Audio software suite
Use the GPI delay system, mic skimmer, audio logger, silence detector and MP3 streamer/extractor simultaneously on all eight channels with this post-broadcast audio suite. Users can choose from two, four, six or eight channels, each pair configured as stereo or dual mono. MP3-archiving, skimming and streaming is built in. Remote access is also included via KLZ Webserver technology. Audio is linear 48kHz PCM. GPI delay requires a GPI interface that includes four opto-coupled inputs, eight relay outputs. The interface features a timeline, channel/date tree, skim segments and three players.
Dielectric Communications M2M
Flash Technology will introduce additions to its line of M2M products. The product can monitor and manage non-IT-based assets such as HVAC units, back-up generators, security access instruments, exterior lamps and cooling towers. 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 tower site or complex enough to manage and control a an entire facility's functions.
Do you know?
A. John Quincy Adams
B. Martin Van Buren
C. William Henry Harrison
D. Andrew Jackson
A. It was thrown back in the river.
B. It was sold for $100.
C. It became a doorstop.
D. It was stolen.
The answers are at the end.
Jerry Lee to Receive National Radio Award
Washington - Jerry Lee, the independent owner of WBEB-FM (B101) Philadelphia, will receive the NAB National Radio Award on Sept. 28 during the Radio Luncheon at The NAB Radio Show in Charlotte, NC.
Lee has served several terms on the NAB Radio Board during his four decades in radio broadcasting. Following his tenure as president of Broadcast Pioneers, Lee became an active member of several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), and was head of the Research Committee for the Radio Advertising Effectiveness Lab (RAEL). Lee is also the founder of the Broadcast Industry Council to Improve American Productivity and received two Private Sector Initiative Awards from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Lee has also demonstrated a commitment to education and community service. He founded the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the 15-member national board for Education Sciences in 2004. His philanthropic efforts include the establishment of the Jerry Lee Foundation, dedicated to solving problems in the inner city, and his service as a member of the advisory board of the Greater Philadelphia Salvation Army. In 2003, Lee's efforts were recognized by the Caring Institute of Washington, DC, where Lee was named one of the 10 most caring people in America.
Previous National Radio Award recipients include David Kennedy, last year's honoree, along with John Dille, Lowry Mays, Jeff Smulyan, Bill Stakelin, Erica Farber and Nancy Widmann, among others.
Eye on IBOC
IBOC Rule Changes Kick in Sept. 14
Publication of the FCC's Second Report and Order in the Federal Register on Aug. 16 means that the long-awaited IBOC digital radio rule changes will become the law of the land on Sept. 14.
Among the most controversial new provisions will be the green light for 24-hour HD Radio hybrid operation on AM. Critics of Ibiquity's implementation of AM IBOC digital transmission have charged that many stations currently serving a significant audience within secondary nighttime coverage areas will lose that service area to digitally generated adjacent-channel interference. In a separate but related move announced just this week, the FCC appears to be addressing AM owner coverage anxieties by tendering an NPRM that would grant new FM repeater privileges to eligible AM licensees.
Among other key provisions set to go into effect include the right for FMs to commence HD Radio multicasting without experimental authority grants and use of separate FM antennas for HD Radio hybrid operation without STAs.
Other matters, such as specific public service requirements, limitations on and regulatory fee assessments for digital subscription services, and what role multicasting will play in any new ownership equation remain to be addressed by future rulemaking.
Products from the Floor
APT Worldcast Eclipse
IP audio codec
The Worldcast Eclipse is a multi-interface, multi-algorithm audio codec thatt offers Ethernet, X.21/V.35 and ISDN ports providing access to a wide range of networks such as IP, leased line, satellite, microwave and dial-up. Broadcasters can also choose from coding algorithms such as standard and enhanced Apt-x, MPEG 1/2 Layer II/III, MPEG 4 AAC, G.711 and G.722. The codec is designed with a DSP-based architecture. Enhanced 16- and 24-bit Apt-x are standard.
IBOC 5kW filter
Using Myat's Evanescent couple technology, the filters attenuate unwanted signal to reduce cross-modulation products generated at the transmitter. Myat's three-section filter with cross coupling allows close-spaced, two-station combining without the high losses associated with typical four-section filters. It is available in three and four section designs, with and without cross coupling, to meet a station's FM/IBOC needs. It is tunable through FM band and features temperature compensation.
Coaxial Dynamics 4000 Series
Coaxial Dynamics' series of low VSWR, high peak power terminations range from 5W to 150W with a frequency range to 4GHz. The VSWR is 1.05:1 maximum to 1GHz and 1.10:1 maximum to 4GHz. The peak power handling capabilities are from 5kW to 25kW with a 1-microsecond pulse width, depending on the model selected. These terminations come with a standard two-year warranty and detachable N Female connectors. There are 26 different Quick Match connector types for this series including male or female SMA, BNC, LC, TNC, SMA, 7/16 and many others.
NAB Radio Show Session to Examine Media Consumption
Washington - The NAB Radio Show will feature a super session entitled The Bedroom Project: How Young Americans Use, Consume and Interact with Technology and Media. The session, designed by Arbitron and conducted by Jacobs Media, will take place on September 26 at 3:45 p.m. in the Charlotte Convention Center. The session will focus on ways that young Americans between the ages of 18 and 28 consume media.
The Bedroom Project includes interviews with participants in their natural surroundings to determine how Americans are navigating the digital environment and the effect this has on radio listening. The two-hour interviews were conducted in comfortable surroundings, including dormitories, living rooms, cars and bedrooms to provide a more revealing look at how consumers use media technology such as radio, Ipods, social networking sites and the Internet.
Orban Optimod-AM 9300
AM audio processor
Useful for AM shortwave, medium wave and long wave broadcasts, all processing is performed by high-speed mathematical calculations within Motorola DSP56367 digital signal processing chips. The processor's quick setup wizard walks the user through the setup process. A less/more knob customizes the processor's factory presets. Most of peak modulation control is performed within the five-band limiter, using multiband distortion-canceling clipping. An all-pass phase scrambler makes peaks more symmetrical to reduce clipping distortion and to allow better control of loudness. The analog input is buffered and immediately followed by an analog-to-digital converter. All processing takes place in the digital domain. The automatic gain controller compensates for operator gain-riding errors.
Jampro Antennas JLCP
This stainless steel, omni-directional antenna is easy to install with a supplied 2" pole mount. A helix design makes it useful for LPFM broadcasters wanting flexibility. The antenna offers higher V-pol field than similar designs providing better car reception and building penetration. A stacking harness is included when multiple bay arrays are ordered. The antenna features a VSWR 1.5:1 or better ±150kHz.
Out and About in Charlotte
Where to eat in Charlotte
Although the NAB Radio Show sports plenty of opportunity to eat free food, you shouldn't leave Charlotte without trying some of the food the locals crave. Citysearch.com recently polled the residents of Charlotte on their favorite dining venues. Here are some of the top winners, all within two miles of the convention center.
Audemat-Aztec Digiplexer 2/4
This processor is also a full RDS encoder, a digital and a stereo encoder. It allows I/O remote control and backup audio. The processor uses high-speed DSP to create a stereo signal and radio data messages. With the Ethernet connection and the PC software, configuration is possible from anywhere in the world. The processor features real-time clock for RDS scheduling, two-band audio processing, 2 giga-flops of DSP power, clippers that run at 1.5MHz, LCD screen and Ethernet, USB and RS-232 ports, all in 1RU.
Inventory sales tool
This program is scalable so that general sales managers with multiple stations can enter their rates on one bidding screen and apply them to multiple stations. Advertisers create auctions early in the week for ads they would like to run the following week. Radio stations bid against each other to win an advertiser's spots. The more auctions in which stations compete, the better their chances of winning auctions and selling last-minute airtime. With Powerbidder, sales managers enter the total number of radio spots they wish to sell across any number of stations, along with gross dollars per spot for each daypart. Powerbidder automatically determines which ads the stations should bid for to sell the most inventory.
Tieline Technology 3G
Cellular remote software module
A software upgrade for current users, the Commander G3 and I-mix G3 platforms now deliver live nroadcast-quality remotes to the studio via emerging 3G wireless broadband technology. Broadcasters with 3G broadband enabled cell phones can connect from anywhere they can get reliable wireless 3G coverage and deliver FM-quality mono and stereo audio for remote broadcasts. A 3G broadband connection enables data transfer at download speeds of up to 384kb/s and upload speeds of up to 128kb/s.
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