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Bill Press

Bill Press to Speak During NAB Radio Luncheon
Washington, DC - Aug 20, 2007 - Bill Press, a veteran radio and television talk show commentator, will be the speaker during the Radio Luncheon at the NAB Radio Show. The Bill Press Show: Hardline Liberal Talk With No Apologies blends a mix of political and pop culture news. Press draws from his experience as a political commentator to tackle complex political issues. The program features prominent guests from Capitol Hill and beyond, with a focus on Congress, the president, presidential candidates and other inside-the-Beltway personalities. Nationally syndicated by Jones Radio Networks, the radio talk show airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.

An award-winning radio talk show host, Press has received numerous awards for his work, including Best Commentator of the Year by the Associated Press. For six years, Press was co-host of CNN's Crossfire. He also co-anchored The Spin Room on CNN, with Tucker Carlson, and Buchanan and Press on MSNBC. Currently, Press writes a weekly, nationally syndicated newspaper column for Tribune Media Services.


AES Convention Education Panel to Enlighten Students
New York - Aug 20, 2007 - Jason Corey, the education chairman of the 123rd AES Convention, has developed student programs to accompany the established career workshop, recording and design competitions, a second annual technical paper competition and an information-packed education fair. The All-star Education Forum Panel will provide student attendees access to career-building insights provided by some of the most connected and accessible members of the professional audio community.

Scheduled for Oct. 7, the All-star Education Forum Panel, chaired by Mark Parsons of Parsons Audio and Center for Audio Studies, will focus on how audio education is preparing prospective professionals for the marketplace. Panelists include Jim Anderson, chairman of the NYU Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, AES 123 convention chairman and Grammy Award-winning recording engineer; Alex Case, convention tutorials and workshop chairman and University of Massachusetts professor; Dave Moulton of Sausalito Audio Works, a Grammy-nominated engineer and producer; Eddy B. Brixen, an audio consultant with Denmark's EEB; Dave Lebolt of Digidesign; and Zoe Thrall director of the Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas and former GM of Hit Factory.

The topics to be addressed by this panel will include:

  • What does it take to be employable?
  • What skills need more emphasis
  • Future-proofing: teaching skills
  • How to get the most for your education dollar
  • Mistakes students should avoid

The 123rd AES Convention will be held in at the Javits Convention Center in New York, Oct. 5 to 8, 2007.


Business

Harris Expands Presence in South America
Cincinnati - Aug 21, 2007 - Harris is expanding its presence in Brazil to service its expanding customer base in the growing South American broadcast product, systems and services market. In September, Harris plans to move from its smaller Alphaville office to a new, larger office at 1511 Berrini Avenue in the Brooklin neighborhood of Sao Paolo. The expanded office will serve as regional headquarters for Harris' Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) operations.

The new office will house a growing sales operation with pre- and post-sales engineering resources, along with administrative staff for accepting orders and structuring logistics. A laboratory and repair center with test equipment and spare parts will allow Harris to service its installed base. The facility will also include conference and training rooms for Harris staff and customers.


Neutrik Donates Connectors to the NEIA
Lakewood, NJ - Aug 21, 2007 - Neutrik recently provided an assortment of its connectors to the audio department of the New England Institute of Art (NEIA). The connectors will be used to create a cables and connectors reference board for the school's electronics and maintenance lab, which is used by more than 500 students in the associate and bachelor programs.

The donation included Neutrik's X and XX series connectors, XLR chassis connectors, an assortment of Speakon lockable loudspeaker connectors and cable connectors, Ethercon cable connector carriers, USB and Firewire connectors, phono sockets and various phone plugs and jacks.

Students in the audio production concentration at NEIA, focus their studies in audio recording, editing, and mixing audio or content where the audio is the primary medium. The audio production concentration allows students to take advanced production courses in music recording, live sound, maintenance and radio. Students in this concentration can choose to focus on the business and management aspects of the audio industry.


Dielectric Teams With Brazil-Based Trans-Tel
Raymond, ME - Aug 21, 2007 - Dielectric Communications has teamed with Trans-Tel, manufacturer of RF products and designer, installer and maintainer of RF systems. As part of the agreement between the two companies, Dielectric will provide RF antennas and components that complement Trans-Tel's current product portfolio. In return, Trans-Tel will provide pre- and post-sales engineering support and service on these products in its local market while also acting as Dielectric's exclusive certified technical consultant in Brazil.

Trans-Tel will help Dielectric in Brazil by assisting with sales, customer consultations and technical support. Dielectric will train Trans-Tel employees at Dielectric's headquarters in Raymond, ME.


D&M Holdings Acquires Calrec Audio
Tokyo - Aug 21, 2007 - D&M Holdings has completed its acquisition of Calrec Audio Limited of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. The acquisition will be accretive to earnings per share in 2008. Calrec's primary products are digital audio mixing consoles, analog consoles, and audio networking equipment for live production and live-to-air broadcast.

D&M Holdings distributes Denon, Marantz, McIntosh Laboratory, Boston Acoustics, Snell Acoustics, Escient, Replay TV, D&M Professional, and D&M Premium Sound Solutions.


People

Bill Graber, Radiosophy's president and ceo

Radiosophy Appoints Graber as President and CEO
North Sioux City, SD - Aug 23, 2002 - The board of directors of HD Radio receiver manufacturer Radiosophy has chosen William Graber to serve as the company's president and chief executive officer. Most recently, Graber was marketing director for the commercial division of Corporate Express, an international office supply company. Prior to that, Graber held marketing director positions with Direct Alliance and DBL Distributing, a national distributor of consumer electronics. Graber holds bachelors degrees in mathematics and education.

The Radiosophy board unanimously selected Bill Graber based on his previous track record with several large corporations that include Gateway and Corporate Express. During his 13-year tenure at Gateway, Graber held positions as convergence marketing manager, international marketing manager and director of marketing. He managed several emerging technology platforms including new computer technologies, digital television and broadband access. As part of the leadership team for Gateway Europe and Asia Pacific, Graber acquired extensive experience in both international marketing and direct marketing.


Targetspot Names Three Executives
New York - Aug 21, 2007 - Targetspot has named three people to key leadership positions. Andrew Eisele was named the company's chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Eisele previously worked as the senior director of business development at Associated Content, an online publisher and provider of multimedia content with more than 65,000 registered content producers.

Mike Dudas, a former manager of strategy and business development at Kaplan, will be the company's new director of business development. John deCastro, an eight-year veteran of broadcast advertising who has worked for Greater Media Radio of New Jersey, Comcast Spotlight and Katz Media Group, will serve as Targetspot's director of sales.

Eisele had previously worked with Targetspot CEO Doug Perlson at About.com, where his responsibilities included managing Sprinks, a pay-per-click search engine, and the Luna Network, a marketing/advertising network of more than 500 independent partner websites. He was executive producer for About.com's sports, recreation, hobbies and games channels. Eisele has also worked at Time New Media, Loan Pricing Corporation and Citicorp, and is the founder of Dial-A-Box.


Products

JK Audio Ships Daptor Three
Sandwich, IL - Aug 24, 2007 - The JK Audio Daptor Three wireless audio interface is now shipping. When introduced at NAB2007, the company said that it would ship the product by mid-August and it has met that goal.

A recipient of the Radio magazine NAB2007 Pick Hit Award, this simple audio interface offers balanced and unbalanced line level audio through a cell phone or portable audio device. The Daptor Three is equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology and operates for 18 hours on a single 9V alkaline battery.


Airshift 2

Airshift Releases Airshift Studio 2.0
Helsinki - Aug 20, 2007 - Finnish radio automation company Airshift Media will release an upgrade to the Airshift Radio suite at the NAB Radio Show. Airshift Studio 1.0 was launched at the 2006 NAB Radio Show, and the company notes that the product has evolved through an open dialogue with its users.

The Airshift Studio 2.0 advanced playlist manager now serves cartstack and playlist approach to program production. A new music clock and scheduling feature, and an expansion on the range of keyboards and console interfacing possibilities enhance Airshift's functionality.

Airshift Radio 2.0 integrates with the Ericsson IPX brokerage system. The listeners' premium rate text messages provide additional content for the presenter and instant cash receipts for the station, leaving all administration with IPX.


NTI Ships Updated Ripper Suite
Irvine, CA - Aug 21, 2007 - Newtech Infosystems (NTI) has delivered its new NTI Ripper v2 Suite, a digital audio management package for Windows. The suite includes NTI Ripper v2, NTI Burner and NTI Digital Jack.

NTI Ripper v2 can rip from CDs and also batch convert audio files on a hard drive. File Composer, part of Ripper, automatically names the audio files by artist, song title, track number and album name.

NTI Burner creates CDs from a library into CD, MP3 or WMA format. It also supports CD text for players that display song and artist name information. NTI Digital Jack is a music file player.


Harris Adds Video Surveillance to Intraplex Netxpress
Cincinnati - August 23, 2007 - Harris Corporation will introduce a new video surveillance application for its Intraplex NetXpress audio over IP platform at NAB Radio 2007.

Harris first introduced Intraplex NetXpress in late 2005. The managed networking platform can send multiple services, including audio, data and PBX telephone communications, over a single IP connection.

The new video surveillance application uses low bit-rate MPEG-4/H.264 video compression to send and receive multicast or unicast video, which can be viewed on one or more PCs anywhere on the IP network. Video analytics software in the new video encoding module for the Intraplex NetXpress chassis automatically detects people entering designated areas, or objects taken or left behind, and sends alerts complete with still images or full-motion video over the IP network to alert personnel at the studio or security office. Alarm logs maintain records of these events along with associated images.


Internet Watch

Sound Exchange Offers Small Webcasters Discounted Rate Agreement Through 2010
Washington - Aug 21, 2007 - In response to concerns expressed by many small commercial webcasters, and following a request made by Congressmen Howard Berman (D-CA) and Howard Coble (R-NC), Sound Exchange began sending formal offers to qualified small webcasters that would allow them to continue operating through 2010 under essentially the same terms they have enjoyed under the Small Webcaster Settlement Act (SWSA). This offer means that qualified small commercial webcasters would be guaranteed the same rates through 2010 that they have received since 1998 for the use of sound recordings owned by Sound Exchange members. Sound recordings of non-members would still be subject to the new rates.

Although webcasters large and small have begun paying under the new rates, and given that negotiations are ongoing, it had remained unclear to many small webcasters what their obligations would be going forward. As part of the agreement, small webcasters (defined as those earning $1.25 million or less in total revenues) would pay royalty fees of 10 or 12 percent of revenue. The proposal also includes a usage cap to ensure that this subsidy is used only by webcasters of a certain size who are forming or strengthening their businesses.

Small webcasters have until Sept. 14, 2007, to accept the agreement. Small webcasters who do not sign the agreement but continue streaming will be responsible for paying the new rates first announced by the Copyright Royalty Judges in March, the first payment of which was due July 15, 2007.

Several small webcasters not party to ongoing negotiations have been asking for the opportunity to enter agreements based on Sound Exchange's offer of May 22, and Sound Exchange is responding to those requests by sending agreements directly to small webcasters.


Sound Exchange Reaches Accord on Minimum Fee Cap
Washington - Aug 23, 2007 - Sound Exchange has reached an agreement with several of the largest webcasters on Sound Exchange's proposed cap on the minimum fee charged against royalties for sound recordings played on Internet radio. Recently enacted regulations by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) require each webcasting service to pay a $500 minimum fee per station or channel regardless of the overall number of stations/channels they are streaming. The agreement addresses the concerns of certain webcasters about their liability for per-channel minima by calling for a cap of $50,000 per service on the $500-per-station advance against royalties.

This agreement applies only to signatory services and only on behalf of Sound Exchange members, but all the signatories intend to present this agreement to the Copyright Royalty Judges and seek its adoption industry-wide.

The agreement also calls for census reporting -- reporting all tracks played by a service as opposed to a sampling -- and cooperation on discussion and assessment of anti-stream-ripping technologies. There is no requirement that any of the services implement any particular technology, nor that they develop, or accept a particular technology from a third party.




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