NAB Radio Update - Aug 26, 2008

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Eye on IBOC

IBOC Technical Panel Featured at NAB Radio Show
Technical experts will discuss the impact of an in-band-on-channel (IBOC) proposal recently submitted by radio broadcasters to the FCC at The NAB Radio Show. Geoffrey Mendenhall, vice president of transmission research and technology at Harris Broadcast Systems, will moderate the panel discussion featuring executives from Continental Electronics, Broadcast Electronics, Nautel, Greater Media and NPR.

The proposal would allow FM broadcasters to increase power in the digital portion of their IBOC signals by up to 10dB, to increase their digital coverage area and to improve reception by portable HD Radio receivers which are soon to be on the market. Attendees will learn how to design new facilities to operate at these higher power levels, and will also examine the issues surrounding the upgrading of existing facilities. Session participants include:

  • Geoff Mendenhall, currently responsible for the research and application of new technologies to Harris radio and television transmission products.
  • Jeff Detweiler, broadcast technology manager of Ibiquity Digital. Detweiler manages the introduction and launch of the company's HD Radio brand of IBOC technology to radio stations worldwide.
  • Dan Dickey, vice president of engineering with Continental Electronics Corporation, where he oversees research programs and new product development.
  • Ted Lantz, serves as manager of HD radio products for Broadcast Electronics. He is responsible for the HD Radio Transmitters and data management suite, Radio Data Dimensions System.
  • Gary Liebisch, an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers for more than 25 years. He joined Nautel in April 2007 as the Eastern U.S. regional sales engineer and manager, focusing on product development.
  • Milford Smith, vice president of radio engineering for Greater Media, a position he has held for the past 24 years. He is active chairman of the NAB Digital Radio Committee and chairman of the National Radio Systems Committee.
  • Mike Starling, joined NPR in 1989 as a senior engineer and was named vice president for engineering and operations in 1998. Currently he is VP and CTO of NPR and in Executive Director of NPR Labs.

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