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Ice Storm Brings Down Illinois Tower
Joliet, IL - Dec 11, 2007 - A winter storm brought the 460ft WJCH tower down to a meager 200ft on Dec. 8. Around 2 p.m., the station's signal was cut off, silencing the 50kW station. The automated system should have notified management, but power and telephone lines were also cut. Because of some long-standing problems with the anchor system, the rest of the tower will be taken down.

The station has a potential temporary site and a transmitter. It is looking for a three or four bay antenna, tuned or with the ability to be tuned to 91.9 to use until it gets its tower back up.

If you have an antenna available, please contact Jeffrey Zimmer at ab6ne@juno.com.


Business

Play MPE Readies Launch in Australia
Vancouver, BC, Dec 5, 2007 - Destiny Media and Sydney-based Shooting Star Picture Company will be representing the Clipstream and MPE product lines in Australia and New Zealand.

The addition of Play MPE to Shooting Star's digital delivery service, D-Star will enable radio stations and media partners across Australia and New Zealand to simultaneously access a growing database of secure, instantly downloadable music. D-Star is currently used for the digital delivery of broadcast video assets.

In regular use by over a thousand labels since launching in October 2004, Destiny announced an intent in April to make Play MPE a global standard, with an initial expansion of the service into Canada. Since then, testing of the system has begun in Europe and Asia.


Media Monitors Ranks Christmas Music on Radio
White Plains, NY - Dec 13, 2007 - Media Monitors, the broadcast monitoring and verification service, turned its attention to the stations that switch their formats to Christmas music during December to compile the company's latest report. Media Monitors states that the all-Christmas move became popular about 10 years ago and is now a tradition at more than one hundred stations nationwide.

Media Monitors focused on 105 major market stations playing nothing but Christmas music and The 12 Songs of Christmas, the 12 most played Christmas songs on those stations during the first week of December 2007. All but one song on the list are more than 20 years old.

PositionSongArtistYear Released
1Holly Jolly ChristmasBurl Ives1965
2Feliz NavidadJosé Feliciano1970
3Happy Xmas (War Is Over)John Lennon1971
4The Christmas SongNat King Cole1946
5Please Come Home For ChristmasEagles1978
6White ChristmasBing Crosby1942
7Rockin' Around The Christmas TreeBrenda Lee1960
8All I Want For Christmas Is YouMariah Carey 1994
9Jingle Bell RockHall & Oates 1984
10Merry Christmas DarlingCarpenters1970
11Jingle Bell RockBobby Helms1957
12It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ChristmasJohnny Mathis1971

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As part of an upcoming Laptop Initiative, Holophone’s H3-D surround microphone has been added to The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences’ equipment locker. Starting December 14, each student enrolled in the Conservatory will be given a laptop package including Apple MacBook with Logic Studio, Pro Tools, M-Powered Academic, an M-Audio Fast Track Pro interface, Sennheiser EH 150 headphones and a Sennheiser 815S-X mic. Now students will be able to take their H3-D recordings and mix it on their laptops in 5.1.

TNS Media Intelligence has added Media Monitors for the analysis of advertising trends. TNS Media Intelligence provides advertising intelligence to advertising agencies, advertisers and media properties. Media Monitors will provide station-level occurrence detail on local radio advertising, covering 31 markets and 500 stations.
Bespoke Lighting, who recently merged with Ledtronics combined their skills in developing a unique method of illuminating chandeliers using light emitting diodes. The project was undertaken at the request of The Royal Household, in an effort to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs. The center room chandelier was nominated and all 32, 25W tungsten lamps were removed, and a low-voltage system controlling 2.8W light emitting diode lamps were installed initiating an energy saving in excess of 80 percent. The next re-lamping will not need to be scheduled until 2020.
Sutro Towers has selected Dielectric as the provider of antennas, combiners and transmission lines for its tower site in San Francisco. Sutro Tower's purchase, scheduled to be installed over the next three years, will complete the facility's transition to digital broadcasting, improve the systems coverage area and allow the television broadcasters who use the tower to provide maximized DTV service to Bay Area customers.
At the beginning of October the BBC commissioned VCS Aktiengesellschaft to develop an advanced, comprehensive content management solution for distributing the output of all national BBC radio channels via the Internet. The project, code-named Coyopa, is being implemented for BBC Audio and Music, and will extend the online offering of the BBC's national radio stations for live and on-demand listening.

People

Bob Pittman

Pittman to Keynote NAB2008 Radio Luncheon
Washington, DC - Dec 7, 2007 - Robert Pittman, former COO of America Online and founding member of media investment firm Pilot Group, will provide the keynote speech during the NAB2008 Radio Luncheon on April 15. Pittman led the programming content team that created the MTV cable network and helped launch the music video industry. As CEO of MTV Networks, Pittman oversaw the growth of MTV and the expansion of the company into international markets. It was during this time that MTV Networks became the first profitable cable network group, a status that was held throughout Pittman's tenure at MTV.

In 2003, Pittman founded Pilot Group, a consumer brand-focused, private investment firm based in New York. The company's investments include Double O Radio, a privately held corporation with radio stations in New York, South Carolina, Florida, Texas and Missouri. Pilot Group also has investments in broadcast TV, various Internet products and services, a research company, and a specialty retail chain. Prior to Pilot Group, Pittman served as both CEO of Time Warner Enterprises and president and COO at America Online. He began his career in radio at age 15, when he worked as an announcer at a Mississippi station. Pittman moved on to program radio stations in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and WNBC in New York City, NBC Radio's flagship station.


Steven Siegel

Hipcricket Hires Brand Solutions VP
Bellevue, WA - Dec 11, 2007 - Hipcricket has named Steven Siegel as its vice president of brand solutions. Siegel has developed mobile marketing programs for Dunkin Donuts, The History Channel, McDonalds, Snapple, Verizon Wireless, Viacom, Mediacom and Ogilvy.

Most recently, Siegel was vice president of mobile marketing and solutions at Enpocket (now Nokia Ad Solutions). Siegel has also held senior sales and management positions at Responsys (an e-mail service provider), Engage Media, and Mediacom/Beyond Interactive.

Hipcricket produces interactive mobile marketing campaigns to generate revenue for radio, television, brand and agency clients.


Charles Osgood

Osgood to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award
Washington, DC - Dec 13, 2007 - Charles Osgood, anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning and of CBS Radio Network's The Osgood File, will be honored with the NAB Distinguished Service Award during NAB2008. The award will be presented during the All Industry Opening Keynote on April 14.

Known as CBS News' poet-in-residence, Osgood has anchored Sunday Morning, considered one television's highest quality programs, since 1994 and has been called one of the last great broadcast writers by his Sunday Morning predecessor, Charles Kuralt. Every week Osgood closes Sunday Morning with his signature, "I'll see you on the radio," where his voice is known to millions who tune into his daily news commentary on The Osgood File.

He has been recognized with four Emmy Awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards. His radio program, The Osgood File, has been the five-time recipient of the Washington Journalism Review's Best in the Business Awards. In 1999, Osgood received the Radio Mercury Award and the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS) Award for significant achievement. He also received a 1996 President's Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for outstanding coverage and support of music creators. In 1993, Osgood received an NAB Marconi Radio Award.

He was also the recipient of the Paul White Award, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, for lifetime contribution to electronic journalism, and the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award from Arizona State University in 2005. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990.

Before joining CBS News in September 1971, Osgood was an anchor/reporter for WCBS-AM in New York. Prior to that, he worked for ABC News, was the general manager of WHCT-TV Hartford, CT, and the program director and manager of WGMS-FM Washington, DC.


Products

Holiday Gift Idea: DAB+ and Internet Radio Receiver
London - Dec 12, 2007 - Frontier Silicon and Revo are touting to be the world's first radio to combine DAB/DAB+ and Wi-fi. The unit is called the Blik Radiostation, and it is built around Frontier Silicon's Venice 6 multistandard module.

The companies note that more than 6.5 million DAB units have shipped worldwide, with 80 percent of them sold in the UK alone. World DMB reports that with the introduction of DAB+ that many new countries are looking to roll out DAB+ digital radio services, including Australia (which officially launches in January 2009), Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Malta, Israel, Hungary, Kuwait, Malaysia and New Zealand.


Eye on IBOC

France Adopts DRM up to 30MHz
Paris - Dec 11, 2007 - On Dec. 5, French Minister of Culture Christine Albanel signed a decree to confirm the adoption of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and Terrestrial Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (T-DMB) in Band III and in the L-band as the digital radio standards in France. The adoption of DRM in France is the result of long-term experiments and discussions conducted with or under the scrutiny of the regulatory and governmental bodies. The statements of industry ministers along the past years have paved the way for the decision made by the Minister of Culture and Communication. Both T-DMB and the DRM standard were named as driving technologies.

The DRM and T-DMB adoption will boost the commercial launch of digital radio in France, scheduled for next year. Early in 2008, the Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) will invite tenders for radio stations and program editors to broadcast digital radio. The first digital radio programs are expected to be on air in France in the last quarter of 2008.




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