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International Broadcasting Excellence Award Deadline is Feb. 16
Washington - Jan 10, 2007 - The NAB is now accepting applications for its 2007 International Broadcasting Excellence Awards. To enter, NAB international member terrestrial, cable or satellite stations should submit an entry form by Feb. 16. For more information on how to enter, visit www.nab.org/InternationalAward. The awards will be presented during NAB2007, April 14 through April 19, in Las Vegas.

These awards recognize international NAB member broadcast stations, channels or groups that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and uniqueness in successfully serving their listening or viewing audiences through broadcast innovation or commitment to community. Winners of the 2006 International Broadcasting Excellence Award were Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and Ghana's Joy 99.7 FM.


Business

BE Unites RF and Studio Sales
Quincy, IL - Jan 5, 2007 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) has restructured its sales organization so that all BE regional sales managers will offer products from the BE studio and the RF product lines. The company has also appointed key personnel to account management roles and realigned geographic territories to better serve broadcasters. The key changes follow.

  • Jim Thomason will assume the role of regional sales manager for the Southeastern United States, including Georgia.
  • Kevin Haider has been promoted to senior regional sales manager for the Midwest.
  • John Bisset will add Washington, DC, to his territory as northeast regional sales manager.
  • Ellis Terry will retain his current territory as western regional sales manager, adding studio products to his existing RF product offerings.
  • Elliot Wesen will retain his territory as southwest regional sales manager, and will add studio products to his existing RF product offerings.

Neural, THX Collaborate on Surround
THX and Neural Audio are joining forces to develop and market surround sound technology to content producers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Under the terms of the agreement, Neural Audio will work with THX in developing a Neural Surround product suite designed to enable broadcasters, video game developers and other content distributors to deliver multi-channel surround sound using existing stereo channel schemes.

THX-Neural branded technology will make its first appearance in AV receiver products produced by Sony, Pioneer, Yamaha and Onkyo, all of which are reportedly displaying prototypes in the THX booth at CES 2007 in Las Vegas.

The new development will also enable the creation of true 7.1 soundtracks on advanced gaming platforms, allowing game sound designers to produce interactive, 360-degree soundtracks that pull gamers closer to the action.

On the broadcast side, Harris is expected to continue its ongoing relationship with Neural by providing THX-Neural 5.1 surround compatible encoders. Neural Surround technology has already been implemented by some terrestrial broadcasters, such as Public Radio, and XM Satellite Radio’s XM HD Surround, which provides original surround content across the United States on channels 76 (Fine Tuning) and 113 (POPS).


Radio One Joins List of PPM Stations in Philadelphia, Los Angeles
New York - Jan 5, 2007 - Radio One has agreed to encode its radio stations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles for the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) audience measurement services. The Portable People Meter system, an electronic audience measurement technology that has been in U.S. market trials since 2001, is scheduled to begin collecting audience estimates in Philadelphia on Jan. 11, 2007, and in Los Angeles in January 2008. An encoding agreement is separate and distinct from any agreement to subscribe to the Portable People Meter ratings services.

Separately, WCRB-FM in Boston and WQXR-FM in New York have signed with Arbitron to participate in PPM measurements. WCRB-FM is licensed to Nassau Broadcasting Partners, and WQXR is licensed to the New York Times Company.


Sennheiser Electronic Restructures
Old Lyme, CT - Jan 9, 2007 - The shareholders of Sennheiser Electronic and Rolf Meyer, president marketing and sales and speaker of the executive committee, unanimously have decided to part ways. Meyer has served the company for the past twelve years. Volker Bartels, president manufacturing and logistics, will now take on the function as speaker of the executive committee. Susanne Seidel, vice president marketing, takes on the responsibility of marketing for the entire Sennheiser Group and becomes a member of the executive committee. Paul Whiting, vice president sales, is now responsible for sales in the entire Sennheiser Group and also becomes a member of the executive committee.


Emerson to Manufacture HD Radio Receivers
Parsippany, NJ - Jan 10, 2007 - Ibiquity Digital has granted Emerson Radio a technology license to manufacture and sell HD Radio receivers to North American electronics consumers. Emerson hopes to have its first HD Radio receivers available to consumers sometime in 2007.


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Europa FM and Radio 21, two of Romania’s leading FM radio stations, are constructing new studios using Axia Livewire audio routing technology.
Sports radio broadcast engineer Peter Grosskopf has upgraded his personal RF microphone systems with Sennheiser's Evolution wireless 135 mic system and SR300 IFB while traveling with the Syracuse University football team.
Grand View College, a liberal arts college in Des Moines, IA, has selected a Jampro model JLCP antenna for KGVC-FM, its new station currently under construction.

Products

Heil Donates Portion of Sales to Cancer Research
Fairview Heights, IL - Jan 9, 2007 - Heil Sound is donating 10 percent of the retail sale price of its newly introduced Pink Pearl PR20 microphones to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for the purpose of raising the awareness of breast health and breast cancer.

"Our own family has been affected by this terrible disease, and this is our way of helping raise the awareness of breast cancer," said Sarah Heil, vice president of Heil Sound.


Eye on IBOC

BMW to Offer HD Radio Through Entire Product Range
Las Vegas - CES - Jan 7, 2007 - BMW has become the first automotive firm to offer a factory-installed digital HD Radio receiver as an option across its entire 2007 product line. This option will be available in the spring on all 2007 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models, as well as X3, X5 and Z4. The HD Radio option will have a suggested retail price of $500.

In the fall of 2005, the company announced the first OEM availability of HD Radio technology in its 2006 7 and 6 Series models. In June 2006, the company announced that HD Radio receivers would be offered in its 2007 5 Series models and last month it announced the first factory-installed multicast capable HD Radio receiver in the new 2007 3 Series convertible.


MSN Direct Taps Clear Channel for HD Radio Delivery
Las Vegas - CES - Jan 8, 2007 - Microsoft and Clear Channel Radio have executed a collaborative agreement to build a nationwide data delivery service using HD Radio technology, providing personalized and localized content to a variety of HD Radio receivers. This initiative will be branded MSN Direct HD, an extension of Microsoft's existing MSN Direct service, which currently transmits a variety of information including traffic, weather, movie times, sports and stocks to Smart Watches, weather stations, GPS navigation devices and small home appliances. Field tests of the data delivery service will be conducted with the support of Ibiquity Digital.

The expansion of MSN Direct to HD Radio is part of Microsoft's Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) initiative. Beginning immediately, the companies will introduce opportunities for consumer electronics companies and automotive manufacturers to offer MSN Direct content in the HD Radio format on their devices in 2008.

Clear Channel Radio offers HD Radio broadcasts on more than 340 of its radio stations.




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