Accredited Houston PPM Moves Forward 

In March 2006, Arbitron decided to wait until it received MRC accreditation for the PPM radio ratings service in Houston before it would discontinue the diaries and make the PPM the main radio ratings service in Houston.

NHK's Nishiyama to Keynote NAB2007 BEC 

Hirokazu Nishiyama, managing director of Japanese public broadcaster NHK, will provide the keynote address for the 61st annual Broadcast Engineering Conference at NAB2007. The Broadcast Engineering Conference provides a forum for engineers to discuss

Public Radio Engineers Seek 2007 Award Nominations 

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 its first Engineering Achievement Award.

First Electronic Diary Arrives at Arbitron 

Arbitron acknowledged that the first electronic diary has been submitted for the Winter 2007 survey. The first electronic diary keeper was

SBE Offers Management Training for Engineers 

Too often, seminars intended to train and educate instead leave the attendees fighting boredom and trying to stay awake. The Leader-Skills Seminar offered by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) appears to break this mold,

FCC's Martin Says "No" to Satellite Radio Merger 

Kevin Martin, the chairman of the FCC, commented that the two satellite radio companies, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, would...

2007 Crystal Radio Award Nominations Due Feb. 1 

The deadline for entering the NAB Crystal Radio Award is Feb. 1, 2007. The award is given to 10 radio stations for their year-round...

FCC Extends Comment Window for Birds and Towers Rulemaking 

On Nov. 7, 2006, the commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing the pleading cycle for comments and reply comments relating to communications towers and the migratory habits of certain birds (WT Docket No. 03-187).

CEA Forecast: Consumer Electronics Revenue to Exceed $155 Billion 

Factory-to-dealer sales of consumer electronics are projected to exceed $155 billion in 2007, which is a seven percent growth, according to the semi-annual industry forecast released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Digital Radio Worldwide Set for Growth in 2007 

Research firm In-stat says that the conversion from analog radio to digital radio is well under way around the world and gaining momentum rapidly.

NAB Distributes AMBER Alert PSAs 

The NAB is distributing PSAs to radio and TV stations that remind listeners and viewers of the importance of the communications channel between the public, law enforcement officers and local broadcasters through the AMBER Alert Plan.

Radio Revenue Grows 3 Percent In November 2006 

The Radio Advertising Bureau reports that radio revenue increased three percent in grand total combined spot and non-spot dollars during November 2006 compared to the same month from 2005.

War of the Worlds, Belgian Style 

Last week, Belgium got its own taste of the power of broadcasting to create mass public fear. And it was, just as with the Orson Welles broadcast, all in the name of art.

FCC Proposes Nationwide Broadband Public Safety Network 

The FCC has proposed setting aside spectrum for a new nationwide broadband IP emergency communications network.

NAB Accepting 2007 Engineering Achievement Award Nominations 

Each year since 1959, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for his outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry.

Cooley to Keynote NAB Radio Luncheon 

Brian Cooley, the editor at large of, will deliver the keynote address during the NAB Radio Luncheon, on Tuesday, April 17 during NAB2007 in Las Vegas.

FCC Eliminates Morse Code Requirements for Hams 

The FCC has removed the 5 words per minute exam requirement for General Class and Amateur Extra Class operator licenses.

Future of Music Coalition: Radio Consolidation Hurts 

The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) released a report called False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry that documents the effects of radio station ownership consolidation on musicians and the public.

FCC Appoints Members for WARN Committee 

The Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act directed the FCC to appoint members to serve on the Commission's Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will chair the Committee.

SBE Announces 2006 Leader Skills Seminar Dates 

The SBE offers the two-part series in cooperation with instructor Richard Cupka. Both courses are being offered in Indianapolis in 2007.

ABC Reduces Transponder Power on AMC-8 

ABC Radio sent a letter to its affiliates stating that the transponder the company uses, transponder 23 on AMC-8, to deliver programming to ABC Starguide receivers will operate at a reduced power at various times until Jan. 3, 2007. After Jan.3, 2007, the power reduction will be permanent.

FCC Tweaks FM Allotment and City of License Rules 

In a Report and Order, the FCC has made some changes to its procedures for allotting and assigning channels, classes and communities of license for AM and FM broadcast stations.

SBE's Ennes NAB2007 Theme is Everything Audio 

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) will again be the organizing partner with the NAB for the upcoming Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC) at NAB2007, to be held April 14 to April 19 in Las Vegas.

HD Radio Multicasts Must Carry EAS on Dec. 31 

With the coming of the new year comes an EAS requirement of which many FM stations may not be aware.

FCC Sets Agenda Media Ownership Hearing in Nashville 

The Federal Communications Commission has set the date and location for the hearing regarding media ownership: Dec. 11, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Belmont University.

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