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Jan 2, 2008 - What made news in 2007? We can answer that. Here's a list of the top 10 articles and the top 10 news indices based on your clicks. For articles, the Engineer's Notebook received lots of attention. We are adding more useful information to this feature as well, and we welcome your ideas.
Clear Channel Outdoor to Post FBI Messages
Phoenix - Dec 24, 2007 - Clear Channel Outdoor has made an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to display wanted messages on all of its digital billboards across the country. The national initiative stems from the successful apprehension of three criminals in Philadelphia as a direct result of information displayed on Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboards in that market. In addition to wanted bulletins, the FBI will be able to display high-security messages relevant to the communities in which Clear Channel Outdoor's digital billboards operate. A protocol also will be established for high priority hot pursuit messages to assist apprehending suspects in the immediate aftermath of the commission of a felony.
Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboard networks are located in nearly 20 cities across the country. The boards have also been used to display AMBER alerts and emergency information, such as Minneapolis bridge collapse during the summer.
NPR's Toast of the Nation to Feature Neural-THX Surround
Kirkland, WA and San Rafael, CA - Dec 27, 2007 - Toast of the Nation, the annual nine-hour New Year's Eve music special produced by NPR Music and WBGO/Jazz 88.3 FM in Newark, NJ, will be broadcast in 5.1 Neural-THX Surround. Toast of the Nation will be presented live from the new Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco and will feature live performances from across the U.S., including New York, Minneapolis and Boston.
Host Rhonda Hamilton, of WBGO's Midday Jazz, will anchor the nine-hour event to an audience in more than 140 countries. The event will feature music from artists such as pianist Danilo Perez and His Big Band, Patti Austin, Trio de Paz and pianist Kenny Barron, Nachito Herrera and the Steele Family Singers, sextet Convergence, and singer Ledisi with the Count Basie Orchestra.
Toast of the Nation will be broadcast on NPR Member stations nationwide from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. ET. Many stations will also offer the program on their websites as live streaming audio, as will npr.org. It will also air on NPR Worldwide, NPR Berlin FM channel, Radio Netherlands in Amsterdam, the American Forces Network and Voice of America in Latin America.
An overview of the technical operation of the broadcast is being prepared for the February 2008 issue of Radio magazine.
Media Monitors Adds Sqad Data
White Plains, NY - Dec 20, 2007 - Media Monitors and Sqad, a media-cost forecasting company, have come to an agreement to add Sqad Radio CPP data to the Media Monitors service. Media Monitors will use CPP and CPM data from Sqad to provide an estimate of expenditure based on the radio airplay on the Media Monitors site.
For more than 15 years Sqad has provided buy-based spot-radio pricing data and forecasts to more than 1,500 advertising agencies, advertisers, TV and radio broadcasters.
Entercom Promotes Two in Corporate Tech Roles
Bala Cynwyd, PA - Dec 17, 2007 - Entercom Communications has named Ken Beck to be the vice president of news/talk programming and technical operations, and John Graefe has been promoted to be Entercom's vice president of information technology.
Beck joined Entercom in 2000 as the director of news/talk programming. For the past two years, he has served a dual role as vice president of news/talk programming and vice president/market manager of Entercom New Orleans, where he spearheaded news/talk WWL's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Beck's broadcast experience includes all aspects of news/talk management and programming at a number of stations, including WWJ-AM and WXYT-AM in Detroit, KFWB-AM in Los Angeles and KGO-AM in San Francisco. In his new position, he will continue to oversee news/talk programming throughout Entercom's 23 markets, as well as all engineering and IT resources throughout the company.
Graefe began his Entercom career in 2001 as director of corporate information technology, coordinating strategic direction of the company's information technology resources. Prior to joining Entercom, he worked with energy provider Exelon in a variety of technology roles, most recently as manager of IT technical services.
Dialight offers 48-volt version of its LED flashing red beacon
Farmingdale, NJ - Dec 21, 2007 - Dialight Corporation has introduced a 48Vdc version of its D264 Series of medium-intensity LED red beacons for marking radio towers and other obstacles that pose hazards to aircraft navigation. Until now, the beacons had been available only in 120/240Vac fixtures.
Designed to replace 300mm incandescent obstruction lighting fixtures, the beacon mounts onto standard bolt patterns, requires no additional wiring, controllers or monitors, and allows simple replacement of the light engine. Using 90 percent less energy than incandescent lights, the beacon can be operated in flashing or steady-burning mode.
It is certified to FAA AC NO: 150/5345-43F and Canadian Aviation Regulation CAR 621.9 (Transport Canada) and complies with ICAO (Annex 14 - Fourth Edition, July 2004). Its unique design optimizes LED performance, resists shock and vibration, and provides 360-degree visibility, while minimizing unwanted ground-lighting effect.
Lectrosonics, Heil Sound Strike Strategic Partnership
Rio Rancho, NM, and St. Louis - Jan 3, 2008 - Wireless mic system manufacturer Lectrosonics and mic manufacturer Heil Sound entered into a strategic partnership in late November 2007 to produce a new handheld wireless microphone systems.
The first product from the combined effort is the Lectrosonics UTPR20, which combines the capsule from Heil Sound's PR20 dynamic microphone with Lectrosonics UT Series digital hybrid wireless transmitters.
The unit features 100mW RF power, 256 synthesized frequencies, and full compatibility with Lectrosonics digital hybrid wireless and analog receivers.
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