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Additional Congressmen Oppose Radio Performance Fees
Washington - Nov 13, 2007 - The list of co-sponsors of the Congressional resolution to oppose a radio performance fee on radio stations has grown to 79. The resolution, introduced in late October, now has 79 co-sponsors including its authors, Reps. Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Conaway (R-TX). An additional 26 Congressmen have signed on to support the resolution.

The key point of the House Concurrent Resolution 244 reads, "Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings."


Business

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Logitek has sold two Mosaic consoles and Audio Engine routers to Utah State University/Utah Public Radio in Logan, UT; two Artisan consoles and Audio Engine routers to Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia; and two Remora consoles with Audio Engine to Backyard Broadcasting in Olean, NY.

Logitek has received orders for a Mosaic console, two Audio Engine routers and various router controllers from MCM Entertainment in Australia; also in Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ordered Mosaic and Remora consoles with associated Audio Engines for operations in Albany, Bundaberg and Sale; Logitek Distributor Preco (United Kingdom) placed orders for four Mosaic consoles with associated Audio Engines for various installations in the country.

Radio Maria has chosen APT Worldcast Meridian codecs for a new studio-to-transmitter link in Serbia. The link connects a new studio at the station in Subotica to a satellite uplink site in Novi Sad, which is a distance of approximately 120km.

Rede Itatiaia in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will receive the first Broadcast Electronics FMI 35DT transmission system combining FM and HD Radio broadcasts. Rede Itatiaia 95.7 FM will take delivery of the new system in early December and begin broadcasting in HD Radio soon after.

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Bob Barker

Bob Barker to be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Washington - Nov 2, 2007 - Bob Barker, retired host of the CBS game show The Price is Right, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April 14 during NAB2008. Barker retired from The Price is Right in June 2007 after 35 years as the show's host. Named the "greatest game show of all time" by TV Guide, the series is the longest running game show in TV history and has been one of the highest-rated daytime shows during Barker's reign.

In addition to receiving the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for Daytime Television, Barker has won a total of 19 Emmy awards, including 14 as TV host, more than any other performer.

Barker attended school at Drury College, where he first took a job at a local radio station to help finance his studies as an economics major. After graduating summa cum laude, Barker worked for a radio station in Palm Beach before hosting his own radio program, The Bob Barker Show, in Los Angeles. The show's success led to a job as host of the popular TV show, Truth or Consequences, which Barker hosted for 18 years.

Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include NBC's Meet the Press, Regis Philbin, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Ted Koppel, MASH, 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Star Trek, among others.


Larry Lujack

Larry Lujack to be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Washington - Nov 13, 2007 - Radio disc jockey Larry Lujack, Lawrence of Chicago, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB2008 Radio Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on April 15 in Las Vegas.

Known for his popular Animal Stories and Klunk Letter of the Day segments, Lujack began his Chicago radio career in 1967 at WCFL-AM. Four months later he went to WCFL's Top 40 competitor, WLS-AM. It was here where Lujack honed his understated sarcasm and launched his well-known feature, Animal Stories. Lujack returned to WCFL in 1972, and was there for four years before moving back to WLS, where Lujack teamed with Tommy Edwards for their widely popular segment, Uncle Lar and Li'l Tommy. Lujack remained at WLS for 11 years before retiring from radio in 1987. In 2000, Lujack came out of retirement and spent six more years on the Chicago airwaves.

Born in Quasqueton, IA, as Larry Blankenburg, Lujack later changed his last name in honor of his football idol, Johnny Lujack. His career in radio began when he joined KCID-AM in Caldwell, ID, at the age of 18. For 10 years he worked at various radio stations in Idaho and Washington, including KJR-AM in Seattle, before moving to Chicago. Lujack has been inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame (2002) and the Radio Hall of Fame (2004).


Products

HD Radio Tagging Makes CEA Awards List
Arlington, VA - Nov 14, 2007 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its 2008 International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award honorees. Sponsored by CEA, producer of the International CES, the International CES Innovations awards honor exceptional product and engineering design in 32 consumer electronics product categories, including new categories such as eco-design and sustainable technology and healthcare.

Itunes Tagging with HD Radio Technology is featured in two products that are Innovations Awards honorees: the Alpine Electronics TUA-T550HD in the In-Vehicle Audio category and the Polk Audio I-Sonic Entertainment System 2 in the Enabling Technologies category.


World Broadcasting Unions Release Digital Radio Reference
Toronto - Nov 13, 2007 - Established in 1992, The World Broadcasting Unions is the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks around the world. The broadcasting unions who belong to the WBU are the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the Arab States Broadcasting Union, the African Union of Broadcasting, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, the European Broadcasting Union, the International Association of Broadcasting, the North American Broadcasters Association, and the Organizacion de la Television Iberoamericana.

In an effort to track the status of digital radio around the world, the group has created the World Broadcasting Unions Digital Radio Guide to explain digital radio technology and services. The guide was written by the technical experts who work with the systems. The systems covered in the book include Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), Eureka 147, Japan's Digital Radio Broadcasting (ISDB-TSB), HD Radio, World Space, Sirius and XM Satellite Radio, Mobile Broadcasting Corp. and TU Media Corp., and Internet Radio.

Hard copies of the book are available, but it can also be downloaded from the North America Broadcasters Association website: www.nabanet.com/wbuarea/library/Docs/Public/DRG-2007.pdf.


Axia Updates IP Audio Driver
Cleveland - Nov 14, 2007 - Axia Audio has released version 2.4.8.12 of its IP audio driver for Windows. The new release increases the number of supported streams from 16 to 24 in the OEM version available from Axia software partners. Registered users with a previous version can obtain the free update through the Axia website. Other features include new audio metering, clipping and silence detection functions, and enhanced real-time monitoring of audio stream statistics.


Eye on IBOC

Continental Electronics Completes Phase 1 of Mississippi Project
Dallas - Nov 15, 2007 - Continental Electronics has completed Phase 1 of a $1.48 million contract with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to install eight analog and HD transmission systems throughout the state of Mississippi. Phase 1 included four systems installed and commissioned throughout September and early October for analog and digital operation. These stations are WMPN (Jackson), WMAU (Bude), WMAV (Oxford), and WMAH (McHenry). Phase 2, which includes the remaining four stations, is expected to commence in January.

All systems include the Continental 816HD analog/HD transmitter; the Continental HDE IBOC Exporter; the Nautel M50 digital exciter, the Orban 8500HD audio processor, and a PSI IBOC Importer.




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