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SBE Announces New Officers
Indianapolis - Sep 1, 2007 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers has completed its national elections. The organization's ballots were tallied Thursday night. Elected president was Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT, vice president of engineering for Radio Lincoln Financial Media, Atlanta. Thomas says his immediate goals for the SBE include to, "Continue the excellent efforts the SBE has made in certifying, educating and networking broadcast engineers but to also to refine all of our efforts to better serve our members." Long term, Thomas says his goals are, "to finely focus our work on the core purposes of SBE, to strengthen SBE chapters and facilitate our members’ involvement in creating the next innovations in broadcasting, to make SBE members the most qualified, certified and best-equipped people to provide service to broadcasting and media."

Vincent Lopez, CEV CBNT, will serve as vice president. Lopez is currently director of engineering for WSYT-TV/WNYS-TV, Syracuse, NY. Ted Hand, CPBE 8-VSB, chief engineer for WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV, Charlotte, NC, is the new secretary. Assuming responsibility as treasurer is Ralph Hogan, CPBE CBNT, assistant general manager of engineering services, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Thomas recently completed two terms as treasurer of the SBE. Lopez served two terms as secretary.

New members of the board of directors include Cris Alexander, CPBE AMD, director of engineering, Crawford Broadcasting Company, Denver; Andrea Cummis, CBT CTO, engineering and operations consultant, A.C. Video, Roseland, NJ; Dane Ericksen, CSRTE CBNT 8-VSB, senior engineer, Hammett and Edison, Sonoma, CA; Clay Freinwald, CPBE, RF systems engineer, Entercom-Seattle, Auburn, WA; Hal Hostetler, CPBE, senior engineer/IT director, KVOA Communications, Tucson, AZ; and Jerry Massey, CPBE CBNT 8-VSB AMD, corporate regional engineer and director of engineering, Entercom Communications, Greenville, SC.

Returning to serve the second year of their terms are Ralph Beaver, CBT, Tampa, FL; Keith Kintner, CPBE CBNT, Oshkosh, WI; Thomas Ray, CPBE, New York City; Christopher Tarr, CBRE CBT CBNT, Milwaukee, WI; Larry Wilkins, CPBE CBNT AMD, Prattville, AL; and James Bernier, CPBE CBNT, Alpharetta, GA. Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT, who will step down as president, will join the board as the immediate past president.

SBE officers serve one-year terms. Board members serve two-year terms. The new officers and board members will be sworn in at the SBE national meeting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 11.


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.


NPR Labs Posts Public Radio Coverage Map
Washington - Aug 30, 2007 - NPR Labs has published a visualization depicting the public radio coverage for the United States. The graphic was compiled from data current as of June 2007. To view the map, follow this link. The image is about 3.6MB.


Business

BE Announces HD Radio Receiver Winners
Quincy, IL - Aug 27, 2007 - As a finale to its online HD Radio seminars, Broadcast Electronics announced the names of the recipients of the Sangean HD Radios offered to attendees. Enrique Lopez, director of engineering for Clear Channel in El Paso, TX, and David Liu, assistant engineer for Univision in San Francisco, have each won Sangean HD Radio tuners, which retail for around $200.

BE also awarded two NAB Radio Show convention registrations worth $500 to two online attendees. Dave Remund, vice president of engineering for Regent Broadcasting in Yuba City, CA, and Jim Glogowski, senior vice president of technical resources for Multicultural Radio Broadcasting in New York were the recipients.

BE drew the names from a pool of several hundred broadcasters who entered for a chance to win during one of six sessions at BE's HD Radio Summer School 2007. The BE webinars drew broadcasters at all stages and functions of HD Radio adoption, including programmers, managers, engineers and production personnel for large and especially small- to mid-market stations.


Dielectric Hosts Annual Radio Executive Roundtable
Raymond, ME - Aug 28, 2007 - Dielectric Communications hosted radio engineering executives from around the country during the company's annual FM Engineering Executive Conference in Sebasco, ME, Aug. 15 to 17. During the event, attendees learned from Dielectric's top engineers about a variety of topics, including filter/RF system theory, RF myths revealed, HD Radio implementation methods, antenna theory and LED tower lighting conversion. Terry Cockerill from Harris participated in the event with a presentation on isolation and IBOC systems, while Mike Woods of Nautel spoke to attendees on techniques for improving FM HD Radio transmission and reception.

An overview of Dielectric's product offerings and the broadcasting scenarios for which they are best suited was presented, along with an in-depth discussion on the installation, maintenance and operation of the company's popular RF Scout remote monitoring system. Tours of the manufacturing facility were also provided.

To attend next year's event, contact Dielectric at 561-735-0835 or sally.dixon@dielectric.spx.com.


WFUV Wins Multicast Development Grant
WFUV, Fordham University's non-commercial radio station serving the NYC market, has announced the award of a $500,000 grant from the New York State Music Fund. The money is intended to fund development of an eclectic HD multicast format designed to target listeners in the sought after 20-to-30-year-old demographic.

WFUV General Manager Ralph Jennings says the new channel will reflect a diverse blend of indie, electronica, world, dance and other musical forms with a presentation aimed at upscale, educated young people in their 20s and early 30s -- a demographic some observers claim has all but abandoned radio. The station plans to develop the service with inputs from artists, labels, writers, websites, bloggers and venues across the city. Programmers will employ an "emerging generation of radio talent for its new air staff, young New Yorkers with a passion for hearing, sharing and discussing music" according to a WFUV press release.

The New York State Music Fund was created when then New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer's office settled multiple cases against major record labels accused of payola. The agreement stipulated that settlement funds received by the state funds be used to support music education and appreciation for the benefit of New York State residents.

WFUV management says the $500,000 grant will cover approximately half of the total development, marketing and rollout costs for the new program stream, which will also be carried on the Web.


XM to Expand Nashville Studios
Washington - Aug 28, 2007 - XM Satellite Radio signed an agreement with the city of Nashville to expand the XM presence in the music city with new studios located in the Sommet Center's arena tower. Construction on the new space is scheduled for completion later this year. XM's current Nashville studios are located in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The new facilities will include expanded broadcast and production studios, as well as a dedicated performance studio, full production suite and office space. XM will use its new Nashville studios to originate its country music programming and content for other channels. Additionally, XM has also teamed with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau to collaborate on free, live music events for Music City's Visitor Information Center, which is located on the main level of the arena tower.


Coaxial Dynamics Appoints Measuretest as Rep in South Africa
Middleburg Heights, OH - Aug 30, 2007 - Coaxial Dynamics has appointed Measuretest as its representative in South Africa. Measuretest was formed and started trading in October 1984. The company imports and distributes electronic equipment, servicing the telecommunications, ATE, RF, microwave, manufacturing and broadcasting industries.

Through the partnership, Measuretest will distribute the Coaxial Dynamics line of RF filters, attenuators and terminations for power levels ranging from 1W to 200kW.


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NFL Films has selected Lectrosonics wireless equipment to gather on-the-field audio during televised games.
International Datacasting Corporation (TSX:IDC) announced today that it will overhaul and modernize CBS-Westwood One’s broadcaster's radio network using IDC's SuperFlex Pro Audio suite of products including its Datacast XD Content Management and Delivery system.

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Sean East

Harris Expands Radio Broadcast Sales Team in Canada
Cincinnati and Toronto - Aug 29, 2007 - Harris has expanded its Canadian radio broadcast sales team, naming Sean East to be the regional sales manager. In his new role, East will report to Chris Pannell, director of North American radio sales, and focus on Harris transmission sales throughout Canada.

East's sales team includes Al Jason (district sales manager, northwestern U.S. region), Terry Becht (district sales manager, southern central U.S. region) and a large group of new channel partners in the U.S. and Canada.

East began his broadcast career in engineering, working with SPL, a broadcast engineering company. He was most recently Canadian sales manager and international sales manager for Larcan, where he worked for eight years. Prior to that, East served as audio/RF Canadian sales manager for Applied Electronics for five years.

He is based in Toronto and can be reached at 416-722-7174.


Products

Netia Radio-Assist Adds 5.1 and 7.1 Support
Claret, France - Aug 28, 2007 - The Netia Radio-Assist 7.5 range of digital audio software programs now support 5.1 and 7.1 multichannel audio from acquisition through to broadcast. With this latest enhancement to Radio-Assist, users can record an input containing up to 5+1 or 7+1 channels, edit that content using Netia's Snippet tool, and broadcast finished media through the Air-Cartstack application included in Radio-Assist 7.5.


Eye on IBOC

First HD Radio Tests Launch in Germany
Radio Regenbogen, a privately held FM radio outlet located in Germany's Rhine-Nectar region, says it plans to commence HD Radio transmission tests within a matter of days. The HD Radio operation will include two multicast channels and marks the first IBOC digital radio broadcasting to take place in that nation.

Technical support for the Radio Regenbogen is being provided through a joint effort of Ibiquity Digital, Audioexport Georg Neumann, Orban/CRL Systems, Broadcast Electronics and Ruoss AG, a company that has already assisted with HD Radio tests in Switzerland.

Initial test results will be publicly presented at a regional Government Office for Communication in Stuttgart on Sept. 27, 2007.




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