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Andy Rooney to Keynote RCA Banquet
Littleton, CO - Aug 31, 2007 - At the Radio Club of America's Nov. 16, 2007, banquet, Andy Rooney will deliver the keynote speech. The banquet, conducted at the New York Athletic Club in New York City, marks RCA's 98th anniversary.
Since 1978, Rooney has delivered more than 800 essays on the CBS TV network's Sunday evening news magazine program, "60 Minutes." He joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts." He also wrote for CBS News public-affairs broadcasts. In the 1960s, as a writer and producer, he collaborated with CBS News Correspondent Harry Reasoner on CBS news specials. He was a producer for Reasoner during the first few seasons of "60 Minutes." Rooney has written a national newspaper column for Tribune Media Services since 1979. Among the 14 books he has written, the most recent is Years of Minutes, published in 2003 by Perseus Books. Rooney has won three Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy and a Peabody Award. In the fall, Rooney will begin his 30th season on "60 Minutes."
SBE to Present National Webcast
Indianapolis, IN - Sep 4, 2007 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers will present a special webcast, "The SBE and You," on Oct. 9 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT. The webcast will offer members and chapters an opportunity to hear directly from the SBE's national leaders on current issues and projects. Hosted by President Chriss Scherer and President-elect, Barry Thomas, the program will begin with an update on activities and a review of the SBE leadership structure. It will then cover a review of the current strategic planning process underway, provide insight into the latest educational efforts of the Society and deliver additional updates on ongoing projects and programs. More than half of the program will be devoted to an open question-and-answer session, when members can e-mail, call or instant message questions to the webcast to be answered live by the SBE officers, board members or national staff.
FCC Seeks Applicants for Training Program
Washington, DC - The Federal Communications Commission announced that it is seeking applications from engineering school graduates with superior academic credentials and an interest in communications engineering for its 2007 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Program. Through the program, the FCC recruits new and recent engineering school graduates to the FCC and the field of communications.
Recent engineering school graduates and candidates for graduation in the fall of 2007 are invited to apply for several openings in the program’s fall 2007 class. All EIT Program participants will be located at the FCC's headquarters in Washington, D.C. or select FCC field offices. Candidates will receive training at FCC headquarters. Applications must be received by Sept. 21, 2007.
For more information visit www.fcc.gov/jobs.
Liquid Compass to Provide Media Players for Internet Radio
Denver - Sep 5, 2007 - Liquid Compass is one of the first providers to offer a custom media player within the radio industry that utilizes Microsoft Silverlight technology to broadcast a live stream, while also using the cross-browser capabilities of Silverlight to rotate synchronized in-stream and banner advertisement content across multiple browsers and platforms. The new technology will begin integration into Liquid Compass clients’ media players in September 2007.
In addition to reaching a broader audience, the media player will enable radio stations to be more listener-friendly and interactive, utilizing their existing Microsoft Windows Media-based streaming media platform and, at the same time, appealing to Mac users and others who prefer Firefox and Safari browsers. This encourages listeners to remain on a station’s website or stream for longer periods of time.
Behringer and Infinium Partner DJ Fader Technology
Plasa, London – Sep 9, 2007, Behringer and Infinium Technologies have signed a deal to use Infinium's patented contact-free fader technology in future Behringer DJ products.
Infinium and Behringer have been co-developing a new 45mm optical and contact-free fader that will be used in a series of Behringer DJ mixers scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2008.
THX Surround Increases Among Major Manufacturers
Kirkland, WA - Sep 5, 2007 - Neural Audio Corporation and THX Ltd. have seen their Neural-THX Surround technology integrated in an estimated 70 percent of new audio-video receivers, from companies such as Sony, Pioneer, Yamaha, Onkyo, Integra, Denon and Marantz.
In addition to the home receiver launch in January 2006, Neural-THX Surround is involved in radio broadcast through XM Radio, and The Classical Radio Network (CPRN), as well as a number of commercial broadcasters across the United States.
Neural-THX Surround enables a bit rate-efficient and stereo-compatible representation of multi-channel audio. The technology accommodates the transmission of surround sound, even for applications with analog mixing constraints, audio compression and limited bandwidth such as digital audio, video broadcasting and Internet streaming.
Fraunhofer IIS Becomes Axia Partner
Cleveland, OH - Sep 6, 2007 - Germany's Fraunhofer-IIS research organization is now an Axia Audio partner. According to Alexander Zink, product director of Fraunhofer's Content Server systems, Fraunhofer plans on implementing the Livewire standard for IP-Audio connectivity into their broadcast server solutions, making it possible for broadcasters with Axia IP-Audio networks to integrate with Fraunhofer ContentServer products using a single, simple Ethernet connection.
RCS Names New Managers
White Plains, NY - Aug 31, 2007 - Shaun Bullock has been named the manager of software quality assurance at RCS Ogallala, while Tony Williams will take over the QA lab in the White Plains headquarters. Bullock has been in the software industry since 1994 when he began installing Novell Netware servers. He has been with Prophet/RCS since 2001.
Tony Williams has been a broadcast engineer since 1989, working with the RCS automation products since 1997. Williams was recently the product manager for the Selector XV line of RCS products. Taking the reins of product management for Master Control is Eric Vanryckeghem. Vanryckeghem has been in the broadcast industry since 1981 and joined RCS in August 1999. Most recently he was the lead program developer for RCS Traffic. He will be based in White Plains.
Istor Networks Appoints Daly as CEO
Irvine, CA - Sep 5, 2007 - Istor Networks, announced that Dr. Kevin C. Daly has assumed the role of chief executive officer, expanding on his existing position as chairman of the board. Simon Huang, a founder of Istor, will assume the role of chief operating officer working with Daly to grow Istor on a worldwide basis.
Daly's prior experience includes a CEO post with Avamar Technologies, a five year tenure as CEO of ATL Products, and CEO of Maxxess Systems. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and continues to sit on its academic advisory board and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.
DK-Technologies Includes BskyB's Blits Test Tone Sequence
Copenhagen, Denmark – Sep 5, 2007 - DK-Technologies has been given permission to incorporate BSkyB's Blits 5.1 surround sound test tone sequence into its flagship range of MSD 600M audio meters.
The new test tone sequence was developed by BSkyB Senior Sound Supervisors Martin Black and Keith Lane to provide a source ident tone sequence for BSkyB’s HDTV broadcasts with associated 5.1 surround sound. Provision is made for stereo line identification, channel phase and identification of the six 5.1 audio channels, L, R, C, LFE, Ls and Rs. These channel identification frequencies correspond to notes A4, A4, E4, E0, E3 and E3 respectively.
Nautel Revolutionizes with NX Series
Hackett’s Cove, NS - Sep 6, 2007 - Nautel Ltd. has announced the release of its NX Series of high power, medium wave radio transmitters. Nautel NX transmitters have been designed with DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) and HD Radio digital transmission as integral features, making this line the first in the industry to assume digital transmission as standard for high power medium wave applications.
Global Security System's Alert FM Meets FCC Compliance
Jackson, MS. – Aug 28, 2007 – Global Security Systems (GSS) announced that Alert FM, an FM-based digital alert and messaging system, is in compliance with the newly-issued Report and Order from the FCC requiring EAS participants to accept messages using the open, non-proprietary Common Alerting Protocol.
The new FCC rule is designed to strengthen the nation’s EAS by promoting the development of fully digital next-generation EAS technologies and delivery systems that will better serve the American public.
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BE Installs HD Radio in Germany and Vietnam
Quincy, IL - Sep 5, 2007 - Broadcast Electronics is participating in an HD Radio test at Radio Regenbogen, one of Germany's private radio stations; a test of the first HD Radio broadcast from Czech Republic; and completed HD Radio testing in Prague, the first in the Slovak Republic region.
In the past three years, BE has participated in HD Radio endeavors in Switzerland, New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Mexico. Thailand is currently positioned for HD Radio.
HD Radio Technology Enhances Products at CEDIA Expo
Denver - Sep 5, 2007 - Eight prominent consumer electronics brands will demonstrate an expanding line-up of HD Radio-enabled products at the CEDIA Expo. Sixteen models, from high-end receivers to pre-amplifiers, tuners, tuner cards and complete audio systems, will be on display.
The latest products include: Audio Design Associates’ Swan Structured Wiring Audio Network; Denon’s AVP-A1HDCI preamplifier/tuner, AVR-4308CI and AVR-5308CI A/V receivers, and the SR-52 executive shelf system; Integra’s DTR-8.8 home theater receiver, DTC-9.8 preamplifier/processor and the HD-SAT, a new tuner card for the TUN-3.7 multi-platform tuner; Marantz’s SR8002 surround receiver; and Yamaha’s RX-Z11 flagship receiver.
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