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2007 NAB Marconi Radio Award Winners Announced
Charlotte, NC - Sep 27, 2007 - Winners of the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards were announced Sept. 27 at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner. Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards recognize radio's outstanding personalities and stations in 21 categories. An independent task force of broadcasters selected the finalists and ballots were sent to members of the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy in August. The ballots were tabulated by an independent accounting firm.

This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are:

Legendary Station
WWL-AM New Orleans, LA
AC Station of the Year
WBEB-FM Philadelphia, PA
 
Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year
Sean Hannity, ABC Radio Networks
CHR Station of the Year
WVAQ-FM Morgantown, WV
 
Major Market Station of the Year
WGN-AM Chicago, IL
Country Station of the Year
WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN
 
Large Market Station of the Year
KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN
News/Talk Station of the Year
WWL-AM New Orleans, LA
 
Medium Market Station of the Year
WWL-AM New Orleans, LA
Oldies Station of the Year
WWSW-FM Pittsburgh, PA
 
Small Market Station of the Year
WAXX-FM Eau Claire, WI
Religious Station of the Year
KLTY-FM Dallas, TX
 
Major Market Personality of the Year
Big Boy, KPWR-FM Burbank, CA
Rock Station of the Year
WMMR-FM Philadelphia, PA
 
Large Market Personality of the Year
Chuck Collier, WGAR-FM Cleveland, OH
Spanish Station of the Year
KLVE-FM Los Angeles, CA
 
Medium Market Personality of the Year
Van & Bonnie, WHO-AM Des Moines, IA
Sports Station of the Year
KTCK-AM Dallas, TX
 
Small Market Personality of the Year
Mike McNamara, KNOX-AM Grand Forks, ND
Urban Station of the Year
WHUR-FM Washington, DC
 
Spanish Format Personality of the Year
Rafael Pulido, WOJO-FM Chicago, IL

The NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show was hosted by talk radio personality Glenn Beck of Premiere Radio Networks. The show also featured a performance by Collective Soul.


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NAB Announces Radio 2020 Initiative
Charlotte, NC - Sep 27, 2007 - NAB President and CEO David Rehr unveiled the plans for a marketing campaign to reposition radio for a vibrant and successful future. The campaign, dubbed the 'Radio 2020' initiative and unveiled during Rehr's keynote address at The NAB Radio Show in Charlotte, is the result of a cooperative effort between the NAB, the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the HD Digital Radio Alliance.

In preparing for the Radio 2020 initiative's launch, the groups oversaw a research project analyzing hundreds of reports, interviewing scores of radio stakeholders, fielding a dozen focus group sessions and conducting telephone research with more than 5,000 consumers. Results from the research showed that nearly all participants said they rely heavily on radio, Rehr noted, explaining that listeners value radio's accessibility, portability and diversity.

Radio 2020 goals include accessible technology, building for the future, and re-igniting consumers. The next phase of the campaign will include a marketing outreach through radio and print advertisements incorporating messaging from a national and local level. The groups are also assessing initiatives to foster new talent in the creative fields of radio advertising.

Two major aspects of this initiative include the goal of having a radio receiver included in every personal electronic consumer device, and an effort to improve radio programming in the future.


HD Radio Broadcasters Reach 1,500
Columbia, Maryland - Sep 25, 2007 - The 1,500th HD Radio station has gone on the air: Clear Channel's rock station WROV-FM 96.3 in Roanoke, VA.


Well-known Tower Climber Dies in Fall
Pittsburgh - Sep 25, 2007 - Marking the ninth fatality this year of workers falling from communications structures, 51-year-old Dan Plants fell to his death Sept. 24 while dismantling a WGBN 1150 AM tower in East Deer Township. The tower had been damaged by a spring storm. Plants, a resident of West Virginia was frequently called to work on towers in the Pittsburgh area. He was working alone on this tower.

His body was discovered by a young girl walking her dog and was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:10 p.m. He was wearing a safety harness. Neighbors said he was seen using a torch to dismantle the tower around 2 p.m.

Firefighters examined the tower, but OSHA inspectors are doing the actual investigation of the fatality.

Plants' widow and sons need help paying for the funeral. The Daniel Plants Memorial Fund has been established. Donations can be sent to Wesbanco, 1 Bank Plaza, Wheeling, WV 26003.


Business

Harris, Object Video Partner on Security System
Las Vegas and Cincinnati - Sep 24, 2007 - Object Video and Harris have entered into an agreement to create a system that provides added security and protection at remote sites. Under the agreement, Harris has integrated the Object Video On Board DSP-based suite of analytics software tools within the video encoding module of its Intraplex Netxpress managed IP networking platform.

Integrating Object Video On Board software within the Netxpress video encoder expands the system's capability, providing an additional layer of security monitoring and protection. Object Video's video content analysis software discerns objects of interest; distinguishes between people, vehicles and other objects; continuously tracks positions for all moving and stationary targets; and recognizes if objects have been removed or left behind at the designated site; among other possible security breaches. When significant changes are detected in the video, Object Video On Board immediately issues alerts complete with still images or full-motion video-over the IP network to security personnel and maintains detailed event logs.


NDS RadioGuard Launches for General Availability in HD Radio Market
NDS has made its Radioguard system commercially available for HD Radio broadcasting. This product will allow HD Radio end-users to access preferred musical content, pay-per-listen events and other opt-in broadcasts.

Radioguard was first announced at NAB2007 when Ibiquity Digital chose the NDS system as a component to the HD Radio system.


Traffic.com Signs Multi-Year Agreement With Texas Public Radio
Wayne, PA - Sep 26, 2007 - Traffic.com, a NAVTEQ company, announced a three-year agreement with Texas Public Radio stations KSTX 89.1 FM, KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM to provide real-time traffic solutions for radio broadcast and website content as well as email and mobile alert solutions to drivers in San Antonio and South Central Texas.

TPR traffic broadcasters create their on-air reports using up-to-the-minute Traffic.com traffic information via Traffic.com Broadcaster, an Internet-delivered traffic information management system. Traffic.com broadcast solutions are powered by NAVTEQ Traffic data sources which include real-time traffic flow information from road sensors as well as historical data and information on roadway construction projects. Traffic.com solutions include real-time vehicle speeds, congestion levels, travel times and delay times as well as predictive traffic trends, delivered via radio, television, Web, wireless devices and in-vehicle navigation systems.

In addition to on-air traffic reports, the full suite of Traffic.com online and mobile alert solutions is available to the audience through the Texas Public Radio Web site: www.tpr.org.


Dialight's LED Obstruction Light Receives ATEX Certification
Farmingdale, NJ - Sep 24, 2007 - Dialight's 860 Series, hazardous location LED obstruction light for severe duty conditions and hazardous environments has gained European ATEX certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as flare stacks, chimneys, refinery towers and other potential obstacles to aircraft navigation.

The light is also ETL Listed in compliance with UL1598 and UL844 for use in Class I, Division 2 hazardous locations; certified to FAA AC NO: 150/5345-43E and Canadian Aviation Regulation CAR 621.9; compliant with ICAO (Annex 14, July 1999); and IP 66/NEMA 4X rated.


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Student-run, public station WUSC 90.5 FM Columbia, SC, completes its transformation to all-digital with the acquisition of a Broadcast Electronics Audio Vault system. The upgrade replaces a BE AV100 system.

Audemat-Aztec announced at the start of the NAB Radio Show that the company has sold its 500th monitoring unit for HD Radio. Mark Williames, director of engineering for Moody Broadcasting Network, acquired his Golden Eagle HD unit for WMBI Chicago. The unit combines time alignment monitoring, audio streaming, spectrum analyzer and digital demodulator, NRSC mask monitoring and a smart modulation monitor.
Journal Broadcast Group has purchased six new Harris HD Radio transmitters for radio stations serving major markets in Oklahoma and Kansas. Harris is the Journal Broadcast Group's exclusive provider for HD Radio broadcasting, with 11 transmitters now installed in four other markets. Under this latest purchase, Harris will provide its Flexstar family of HD Radio products (HDI-100 Importer, HDE-100 Exporter and HDx exciter) for the five FM stations, plus a Harris Dexstar exciter to enable HD Radio broadcasting on the AM station.
Nautel has sold 13 V10 HD Radio transmitters to Radiorama Corporativo, one of Mexico's largest broadcast corporations, to be installed in cities along the Mexico/U.S. border.
Wave Production Studios, an audio post-production house based in London, is using Scheduall production and operations management software to create new efficiencies in the facility's bookings and invoicing processes. Scheduall software is an operations management system designed to meet the fast-paced resource scheduling and business needs of the broadcast, postproduction and production industries.

International Datacasting Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary and European base of operations Profline has been awarded a contract to supply digital Radio Data Systems (RDS) encoders to TDF, one of Europe's largest broadcasters. With its base of operations in France, TDF has operations throughout Europe, and around the world. TDF provides radio programming throughout France on more than 4,200 frequencies that provide programming 24 hours a day.

Products

Sony Reveals new Xplod Models
Sony recently announced two new models in its Xplod car stereo line featuring HD Radio compatibility: the CDX-GT520 and the CDX-GT320. The CDX-GT520 is Sony's new CD receiver model that provides the most options for connectivity in the car. In addition to being HD Radio ready, the well-designed head unit supports MP3 and non-DRM WMA and AAC codecs. Plus, it features front, rear and subwoofer preamp outputs; has a flip-down detachable faceplate; and a 13-segment, LCD with blue LED display; and blue key illumination. It is also Ipod and satellite radio ready.

The CDX-GT320 unit provides versatility, with HD Radio, Ipod and satellite radio compatibility. It offers MP3 and non-DRM WMA playback support and two pre-outs. Both the GT-520 and the GT-320 require Sony's XT-100HD HD Radio tuner to receive HD Radio broadcasts.


Axia Releases Element 2.0
Cleveland - Sep 26, 2007 - Axia Audio announced that its modular broadcast console, Element, will be getting a software upgrade. Element Version 2.0, which will be released shortly, contains many new features and refinements of existing capabilities. New features in Element 2.0 include: New SmartSharing feature; motorized faders; virtual mixer functions; and advanced telephone support.


Liquid Compass Announces Royalty Reporting Tool
Denver - Sep 25, 2007 - Liquid Compass has developed RIAA Reporter, a royalty reporting tool that automates the new per performance RIAA royalty reporting requirements that go into effect in 2008.

As a result of the new royalty fee arrangement announced earlier this year, streaming radio stations will no longer be allowed to report royalty fees by "aggregate tuning hour," which was based on the total hours of programming that the stations transmitted during a month to all listeners. Instead, stations will be required to report on a per performance basis -- or the total number of people listening each time a performance is played. Royalty fees are paid by streaming radio stations to SoundExchange, the performance rights organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office to collect and distribute digital performance royalties to artists and copyright owners.

RIAA Reporter removes the burden for stations by generating a monthly and quarterly report in spreadsheet format that does all the calculations, showing what was played, how often, and the total number of listeners. Clients need only to logon to the Liquid Compass Client Control Center and select from pre-populated dropdown information such as call letters and date range. The program will automatically calculate the stations fee and provide it in a form acceptable to SoundExhange.


People

Harris Names Anderson as FM/Digital Product Line Manager
Cincinnati - Sep 25, 2007 - Harris has named broadcast industry veteran Tim Anderson as the company's FM/digital product line manager for the transmission business. In his new role, Anderson will be responsible the company's radio transmission products.

Anderson has more than 30 years experience in the broadcast field. His experience includes working as an HD Radio specialist to stations and assisting in the development of HD Radio transmission and receiver products for manufacturers. He has served as a broadcast engineer for Ibiquity Digital.


Zapis Joins Sonicbids' Board
Boston and Cleveland - Sep 25, 2007 - Sonicbids, an online submission platform for indie bands and musicians, announced Lee Zapis, co-founder of Zapis Communications and President of Cleveland-based Zapis Capital Group, has joined the company's board of directors.

Zapis' role with Sonicbids will be in an advisory capacity, helping to infuse new ideas into the company with regard to working with radio and communications companies while helping to fast-track the company's growth using his knowledge of media and interactive services.

While in the broadcast industry, Zapis was president of Zapis Communications, a closely held corporation that owned and operated radio stations in Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown, OH, as well as Atlanta and Boston. Under Zapis' guidance, the stations received numerous national broadcast awards, including: Billboard Magazine's Black Radio Station of the Year; Program Director of the Year; Music Director of the Year and Air Personality of the Year. Zapis Communications stations were also nominated eight times for the Marconi award, the highest honor of the National Association of Broadcasters.


Eye on IBOC

Dolby Pro Logic II Drives HD Experience to NAB Radio Show 2007
Charlotte, NC - Sep 26, 2007 - At this year's NAB Radio Show, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. will showcase real-world applications of Dolby Pro Logic II audio technology.

In a car equipped with a factory-installed system incorporating Dolby Pro Logic II and utilizing content provided by National Public Radio, Dolby will allow visitors to its booth to experience multichannel audio in one of the most common listening environments for radio. Additionally, the company will display its professional encoding and decoding equipment.

With Dolby Pro Logic II, the surround soundfield remains intact, even while tuning HD Radio stations and during signal fades or other periods of blending to analog. HD Radio content encoded in Dolby Pro Logic II can be stored, edited, and broadcast as a traditional two-channel signal, and then decoded into surround sound by the Dolby Pro Logic II receiver in many of today's car and home audio systems.


NRSC Revises AM Standards, Adopts New Guideline Documents
Charlotte, NC - Sep 26, 2007 - The National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) adopted two NRSC Guidelines, adopted two newly revised NRSC Standards and retired an AM radio receiver standard. The NRSC is a technical standards-setting body co-sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

The AM Broadcasting (AMB) Subcommittee adopted the first-ever NRSC Guideline, NRSC-G100, Bandwidth Options for Analog AM Broadcasters. This document is a guideline for broadcasters who desire to operate their AM facilities with audio bandwidths below 10kHz, and offers a thorough explanation of why reduced AM bandwidth may be advantageous. Additionally, the AMB Subcommittee adopted NRSC-1-A, NRSC AM Preemphasis/deemphasis and Broadcast Audio Transmission Bandwidth Specifications, and NRSC-2-A, Emission Limitation for AM Broadcast Transmission. These are revisions to previously adopted NRSC Standards, as a result of the NRSC's periodic Standards review process. NRSC-3, Audio Bandwidth and Distortion Recommendations for AM Broadcast Receivers, was retired because it has not been widely adopted.

NRSC-G200, Harmonization of RDS and IBOC Program Service Data (PSD) Guideline, was adopted by the Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) Subcommittee. This Guideline discusses specific text message features of the NRSC's in-band/on-channel (IBOC) digital radio (NRSC-5-A) and RBDS (NRSC-4-A) Standards, and defines an intended usage that will allow broadcasters to send, and receivers to display, common information independent of whether the data signal is being received from IBOC or RBDS.

These documents will be available free-of-charge on the NRSC's website at nrscstandards.org, following a final, procedural review that will take approximately four weeks.


Ford to Offer HD Radio Available in Most Products
Dearborn, MI - Sep 26, 2007 - Ford has committed to offering HD Radio receivers as a factory option in most of its product lines. The dealer-installed HD Radio option is now available nationwide on nearly all 2008 model year Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. Additionally, HD Radio can be installed on many earlier models from 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Beginning immediately, HD Radio will be available as a dealer-installed option on new, pre-owned and currently-owned vehicles. Price points will vary by dealership. A comparison of the three models with HD Radio capability is available at this link. To support the launch, the HD Digital Radio Alliance will launch a 13-week, on-air radio marketing campaign in partnership with Ford. The commercials will air in 100 markets over some 700 radio stations beginning on Sept. 26, 2007.


Internet Watch

Axia Debuts online IP-Audio Forum
Cleveland - Sep 26, 2007 - Broadcasters who want to discuss and learn more about IP-Audio can now visit the Axia online IP-Audio Forum at forums.AxiaAudio.com. Guests are invited to post questions or comments about all facets of broadcast networks and IP-Audio networking. Registration is free.




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