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Radio Revenue Grows 3 Percent In November
Dallas - Jan 5, 2007 - The Radio Advertising Bureau reports that radio revenue increased three percent in grand total combined spot and non-spot dollars during November 2006 compared to the same month from 2005. Total combined local and national spot revenue for November 2006 was also up three percent over November 2005. National ad dollars climbed 16 percent November 2006 over November 2005, while local sales figures fell one percent November of this year compared to November of last year. Non-spot revenue rose 13 percent November 2006 over November 2005.

Year-to-date, grand total combined spot and non-spot revenue remained flat January through November 2006 over January through November 2005. The total combined local and national spot revenue for the first 11 months of 2006 also remained flat compared to that same time period from 2005. National ad sales figures grew four percent January through November 2006 over January through November 2005. Local ad dollars dropped one percent during the first 11 months of 2006 compared to those same months from 2005. Non-spot revenue grew 10 percent January through November 2006 compared to January through November 2005.

Local and national revenues are based on a pool of more than 150 markets as reported by the accounting firm of Miller Kaplan Arase. Non-spot data has been collected and verified since January of 2002, and reported since September of 2004.


NAB Distributes AMBER Alert PSAs
Washington - Jan 5, 2007 - The NAB is distributing PSAs to radio and TV stations that remind listeners and viewers of the importance of the communications channel between the public, law enforcement officers and local broadcasters through the AMBER Alert Plan. The PSAs feature America's Most Wanted host John Walsh, whose six-year-old son was abducted and murdered in 1981, and Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart who was abducted in the summer of 2002 and found alive in March 2003, and will begin airing on Jan. 13 to coincide with the anniversary of the abduction of Amber Hagerman, for whom the program is named. Radio stations can download audio PSAs from the NAB website.


Business

RCS Technology Powers Web Service
White Plains, NY - Jan 5, 2007 - Gcap Media has launched its Mi-Xfm service, which is described as a personalized online player branded by parent station Xfm and Microsoft's Xbox in a new cooperative project launched in December for UK listeners. A service of Xfm radio called Mi-Xfm, Gcap's user-customized player allows station listeners specify playlists.

Mi-Xfm features four musical flavors, all derived from Xfm and using the customizable Iselector software from RCS. A listener teaches the online player about his listening experience.

The Four X-Channels of Xfm are Xfm Chill, ballads and laid-back tunes; Xfm Loud, energetic music; The X-list, classic songs; and Xfm Hits, contemporary hits.


(l-r) Chris Pannell, national sales manager, radio broadcast systems, Harris; Ron Kramer, president WSPR and President Jefferson Public Radio, Ashland, OR; Deb Huttenburg, VP/GM radio broadcast systems, Harris; Hal Kneller, senior manager public radio initiatives, radio broadcast systems, Harris.

Harris Named Exclusive HD Radio Transmission Vendor for JPR
Cincinnati - Jan 4, 2007 - Jefferson Public Radio (JPR), owner of 21 public radio stations in Oregon and Northern California, will exclusively install Harris HD Radio transmitters and the Flexstar family of HD Radio products for its FM and AM stations. Harris Neustar SW4.0 precodec conditioners, powered by Neural Audio, will be installed at all the sites for HD Radio audio processing.

Jefferson Public Radio expects to take delivery of Harris equipment for its first conversions in January 2007 for KSYC-AM, Mt. Shasta, CA, and KSJK-AM and KSMF-FM, Ashland, OR. In preparation for these and other conversions, JPR, assisted by the Harris team, will upgrade JPR's network-wide analog microwave system to digital. The microwave system, which currently carries three public radio services shared between various stations, will be upgraded to carry as many as nine program services, which will equip each FM station to broadcast two supplementary channels. Harris will also assist JPR in installing Intraplex STL HD systems to stack multiple audio services over JPR's existing T1 lines. The conversions will be staggered over a 15-month period, with a target completion date of April 2008.

The JPR order marks the station group's first transmitter purchases since the early 1980s. The group previously had only one Harris analog transmitter installation between the group's network of 21 stations.

Harris will provide a mix of Z-Series high-power and ZX low-power FM transmitters and DAX AM transmitters to the 21 stations. Flexstar importing and exporting equipment at FM stations will multiplex and prepare audio at the studio for distribution to the transmitter, where the Flexstar HDX-FM exciter will prepare the HD Radio and analog signals for transmission. The Neustar SW4.0 codec pre-conditioner, a software version of the 4.0 stand-alone product, will monitor and process the multiple HD Radio channel audio prior to reaching the Flexstar platform. Neustar SW4.0 lives inside the Flexstar HDI-100 importer to digitally process and remove noisy artifacts from the highly compressed audio typical in an HD Radio multicasting system.


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KYAL-FM, which serves the greater Tulsa, OK, market, has purchased a JHPC antenna from Jampro.

People

Lackness Joins SCMS
Pineville, NC - Jan 3, 2007 - SCMS has appointed John Lackness as the southwest representative for broadcast products. Lackness most recently worked for Marti /Broadcast Electronics and founded Converse RF, an engineering and broadcast equipment supply company in Texas.

Lackness holds many years of RF and audio experience in engineering, sales and marketing. He replaces Tyler Callis who previously served commercial broadcasters in the southwest area for SCMS.

Lackness' office is located in Cibolo, TX, near San Antonio and Austin. He can be reached at 210-775-2725, fax 210-566-5501, cell 210-737-4058 or johnl@scmsinc.com

SCMS operates seven other field sales offices around the country.


Hailey Joins Balsys as Senior Project Engineer
Winter Garden, FL - Jan 3, 2007 - Robert Hailey has joined Balsys Technology Group as a senior project engineer. Hailey has more than 30 years of radio broadcast engineering experience, most recently as the chief engineer of WLCC/WMGG in Tampa. He previously held positions with Brown Engineering and Consulting, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network and other radio stations in Florida.


Thomason Joins BE as Southeast Sales Manager
Quincy, IL - Jan 2, 2007 - Jim Thomason has joined Broadcast Electronics (BE) as the southeast regional sales manager. Thomason will be responsible for BE's studio and RF product sales for the five-state territory of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Thomason is a broadcast veteran who has served in a number of roles for Harris and Electronics Research since the early 1990s, starting out as a digital product specialist for Harris. His most recent role was district sales manager for Harris.

Thomason began his radio career at the age of 16 and studied radio, TV and film at Ball State University.

Thomason will maintain a BE field office in Ocala, FL. He can be reached at 352-857-4305 or jthomason@bdcast.com.


Products

SE Electronics Ships USB2200a
Somerville, MA – Jan 2, 2006 - The SE USB2200a is a USB microphone built on the SE2200a capsule. It provides a 16-bit or 24-bit output at a 48kHz sampling rate to a USB input on a computer. It features a mix control to set playback vs. record levels, a 10dB pad, bass cut and an analog switch to allow the mic to be used via an XLR connector with 48V phantom power.


Eye on IBOC

Digital Radio Worldwide Set for Growth in 2007
Scottsdale, AZ - Jan 2, 2007 – Research firm In-stat says that the conversion from analog radio to digital radio is well under way around the world and gaining momentum rapidly. According to recent research from the company, the worldwide market for digital radio receivers will grow from 5 million units in 2005, to almost 25 million unit shipments in 2010.

The study, More Consumers to Tune Into Digital Radio in 2007, cites the primary factors of the expected growth are falling receiver prices, an increase in the amount of compelling digital programming, significant boosts in promotion and advertising of digital radio, and enhanced functionality of digital radio receivers. The report also notes that digital radio is still an emerging market with opportunities for retailers, broadcasters, automobile OEMs and receiver manufacturers.

In-stat notes that in 2006, 73 percent of respondents to an In-Stat U.S. consumer survey were aware of HD Radio on some level. In-stat also notes that digital radio is outpacing analog radio in Europe and especially in the United Kingdom.




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