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NATE Puts Focus on Tower Safety
Orlando - Feb 8, 2008 - The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) launches its 2008 annual convention and exhibition on Feb. 11 and will use the event to launch a new campaign to change the tower industry. The initiative magnifies the organization's "safety above all else" message and asks everyone in the tower industry, from CEOs of broadcast and cellular companies to members of NATE that are climbing towers in the field, to commit to safety.

Safety has always been the focal point of NATE's mission, and the group hopes this program will work to re-emphasize the safety message at all levels of the industry, from top to bottom.

At NATE 2008, attending NATE members will be asked to re-pledge their commitment to safety by signing their name to an 8' commitment wall, which confirms they are dedicated to making the tower industry as safe as possible. NATE board members will also use NATE 2008 as the arena to outline the association's future goals and plans.


Business

KPBS-FM Turns to Stream Guys During Wildfire Emergency
Arcata, CA - Feb 5, 2008 - KPBS-FM, an NPR member station serving the San Diego region, was knocked off the air on Oct. 23, 2007, when the Southern California wildfires destroyed power lines that fed its transmitter on Mount St. Miguel. The station, which had provided its listeners with terrestrial and Internet radio coverage throughout the emergency, scrambled to increase its streaming capacity to accommodate concerned listeners in San Diego and beyond. With assistance from the Integrated Media Association (IMA), a nonprofit organization focused on Internet policy, practices and service for public broadcasting, KPBS contacted Stream Guys of Northern California to handle the increased website traffic.

The station normally handles its Internet stream on its own servers, but because of the anticipated additional traffic from being off the air during an emergency, the station acted quickly. Stream Guys configured a new stream for KPBS across multiple servers to support 5,000 listeners using the existing KPBS stream for the source.


APT Raises Money for Great Charity Challenge
Belfast, North Ireland - February 2008 - APT has raised £8,000 (nearly $11,670) for charity over the past 12 months. The money raised will be used for Oxfam's livelihood programs in Uganda and Sudan and will go toward helping people support themselves and build their own way out of poverty.

APT presented the money to Oxfam Fundraising Executive Dearbhla McGrath last week at its Belfast offices. Dearbhla was delighted with the donation and said, "Oxfam will use £4,000 (about $5,835) of APT's £8,000 donation to continue to support those caught up in the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Now entering its fifth year, the Darfur crisis continues to be one of the world's largest concentrations of human suffering. A massive 2.5 million people - more than one in three Darfurians - have been forced from their homes by the violence."

"Over 2 million of them are now sheltering in camps for Internally Displaced People inside Darfur and the money APT has raised will help Oxfam continue to support those living there. Our programmes in the camps are designed not only to keep people healthy and reduce disease, but also to help people maintain their basic human dignity."

"The other £4000 will be used for Oxfam's Support a Woman in Business in Uganda. This project involves giving women's groups a loan to set up their own business, giving them a means to support themselves and build their way out of poverty. Projects like these have been a solution and a relief from many challenges suffered by women, girls and the whole community."


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Jamie Foxx, Academy Award-winning actor, American Music Award-winning, Grammy-nominated musician, and stand-up comedian has added on-air host, contributor and executive producer of a satellite radio station's 24/7 comedy, entertainment and lifestyle program to his resume. This new radio show features routines from a variety of comedians, guest appearances by Foxx's friends from the worlds of entertainment and sports, and, on Foxx's segment of weekly show, skits and interviews recorded on the run by the comedian on his HHB Flash Mic. On an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Foxx said of the mic, "I can take this mic, record whatever I want, and then pop it right on the radio. It's my secret weapon."  

XM Satellite Radio has installed Foundry's Big Iron, Fast Iron SuperX, Fast Iron SX 800 and Fast Iron Edge X series layer 2/3 switches to power its satellite broadcasts to subscribers. XM's customer base includes more than 8.5 million subscribers and the company offers more than 170 digital channels of music, news, talk, sports, comedy and children's programming.
Classic FM in London has launched one of the first interactive classical music services and is using RCS Iselector, a personalized online player, to stream the radio station’s content. Listeners can customize the stream to their liking, and Iselector players are branded with the station’s graphics. The software allows each listener to his own unique sequence of music.

People

Ralph Hogan

Hogan Moves to KJZZ
Phoenix - Feb 4, 2008 - Ralph Hogan, CPBE CBNT DRB, has taken a new job with KJZZ-FM as the director of engineering. Hogan was most recently the assistant general manager, engineering services for Washington State University's Northwest Public Radio and Television and Academic Media services in Pullman, WA.

Hogan is active with the Society of Broadcast Engineers and currently serves the society nationally as its treasurer and a member of the SBE Certification Committee. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a senior member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the founding chairman of the Association of Public Radio Engineers, and education chairman of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. In 1986, while at KSLU-FM, he installed public radio's first touch-screen digitally controlled master control facility.

Hogan has more than 39 years in public broadcasting and received a BS in engineering science from the University of New Orleans.


Thomas Marcher

Marcher Joins Crown as Sales Director, Asia/Pacific Rim
Elkhart, IN - Feb 4, 2008 - Thomas Marcher is now serving as Corwn International's sales director for Asia and the Pacific Rim. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Marcher is tasked with overseeing all of Crown's sales activities in a territory that spans from Pakistan and India in the northwest to New Zealand and Australia in the southeast, and everything in between, including China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. He will also act as a liaison between the field and Crown factory in regards to product development, large-scale sales opportunities, and various marketing issues, such as international trade shows and advertising.

Marcher comes to Crown from Klotz Digital Asia, where he most recently served as managing director. Prior to that, he spent two and a half years in Bangkok, Thailand, as a sales manager for Danish Interpretation Systems, following eight years with TC Electronic, where he ultimately held the title of director of sales for Asia and Pacific.


Maria Xithalis

Klotz Digital Names Xithalis Director of Sales Americas
Atlanta - Feb 6, 2008 - Maria Xithalis has joined Klotz Digital Audio Systems as director of sales - Americas. Her key function in this role will be business development and the management of sales and customer relations. Xithalis will be based in Ontario, Canada, but will work closely with Klotz Digital's team in Atlanta.

Xithalis joined Klotz Digital Audio Systems after overseeing sales at RVA Canada. Prior to that she was a member of the management team of Lawo North America and vice president of Studer North America. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from York University in Toronto as well as a masters of music degree from the University of Victoria.


Norville to Emcee Service to America Awards Again
Washington - Feb 6, 2008 - Deborah Norville, host of the syndicated news magazine Inside Edition, will serve as master of ceremonies for the NAB Education Foundation's 10th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards to be held June 9 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The celebration recognizes broadcasters for outstanding service to their local communities.

The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation with major support from Bonneville International and the National Association of Broadcasters. As previously announced, this year's Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award will honor entertainment industry icon Quincy Jones.


Products

Dielectric Updates Interleaved Array Design
Raymond, ME - Feb 5, 2008 - Dielectric Communications has made improvements to its interleaved arrays for FM radio, providing better isolation without the use and added cost of a circulator. Dielectric's interleaved systems now will yield a minimum -40dB isolation for single-frequency antennas and a minimum -30dB isolation in dual-frequency applications, regardless of the antenna bay styles.

The increase in isolation between the analog and digital sections broadcasters can increase their digital transmitter power without affecting their analog transmission.

The new interleaved arrays, including a DCRC6 interleaved array with an HDRH4 antenna that will provide -41dB of isolation, will soon be in use at transmitter sites. At KRTH 101.1 FM in Los Angeles, Dielectric's DCRM4 array is integrated with an HDRM3 dual-frequency antenna. Because this antenna was 3/4-wave spaced, it was difficult to achieve sufficient isolation. With the application of Dielectric's new interleaved array design, the antenna measured better than -32dB at 94.7 and 101.1MHz in the field.


Dynaudio Acoustics Ships Air 12 Monitor
Westlake Village, CA - Feb 8, 2008 - Dynaudio Acoustics is now shipping the Air 12, the latest addition to the Air Series of reference monitors. The unit integrates into any Air network and is available as the Air 12 Master AD (two analog inputs plus two AES3 inputs) and the Air 12 Master D6 (six AES3 inputs).

The speaker features a 1.1" soft dome tweeter with a 4mm die-cast aluminum voice coil and an 8" woofer. The speaker's frequency response ranges from 37Hz to 22kHz with 128dB peak SPL. Other features include internal EQs and delay lines.




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