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MBC Receives American Music Awards Shows for Archives
Chicago - Jan 13, 2006 - Al Schwartz, a veteran TV producer-director, has donated his collection of American Music Awards shows to The Museum of Broadcast Communications. The collection will be accessible to the public in the archives of the media museum that will be completed in 2006.

The American Music Awards were created by Dick Clark in 1973 to honor achievements in popular music and the recording business.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is one of only three broadcast museums in the United States. Its new 70,000-square-foot facility will enable the museum to accommodate an increased number of school groups and extend its educational outreach.


FCC to Demo ULS Changes
Washington - Jan 6, 2006 - Following the announcement that the FCC will begin automatically terminating unbuilt licenses in the Universal Licensing System, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will publicly demonstrate the changes on Jan. 24, 2006, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at the FCC offices. To attend the event, registration is required by Jan. 23, 2006.

The demonstration will be streamed. Beginning Jan 20, 2006, information will be available at esupport.fcc.gov/streamingmedia.htm to explain how to view the stream. Following the presentation, a video recording of the event will be available at wireless.fcc.gov/papers2006.html.


FCC Appoints Hurricane Review Panel
Washington - Jan 12, 2006 - FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has appointed members of the Commission's independent panel reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on communications networks. The panel will review the affect of Hurricane Katrina on the telecommunications and media infrastructure in the affected area and will make recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability and communications among first responders. The panel's report is due by June 15, 2006.

The panel's first meeting will be held Jan. 30, 2006, at the FCC offices. At its first meeting, the panel will discuss a tentative timeline and process for completion of its task and its committee structure. The panel will also introduce and receive brief statements from panel members about the affect of Hurricane Katrina on their company's or industry sector's communications infrastructure.

Two broadcasters have been appointed to the panel: Steve Davis, senior vice president, engineering, Clear Channel Radio; and Martin Hadfield, vice president of engineering, Entercom. The chairman of the committee is Nancy Victory of Wiley Rein and Fielding. The panel includes representatives from public safety, wireline and wireless telecommunications providers, cable, satellite, equipment manufacturing, utilities and some related interest groups.


New AWRT Award Recognizes Women in Engineering
McLean, VA, and Indianapolis - Jan 9, 2006 - The contributions of women in the field of broadcast engineering will be recognized with a new award cosponsored by the American Woman in Radio and Television (AWRT) and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). The Outstanding Woman in Broadcast Engineering Award will be presented during the AWRT's Leadership Summit on March 10, 2006, in Washington, DC.

The SBE Awards Committee is working with the AWRT to draft the criteria for the award. The committee will also participate with members of the AWRT in the selection of the winner.

The award is open to members of SBE and AWRT. The nomination form is available on AWRT website at this link. Nominations are due by Feb. 3, 2006.


NAB to RIAA: Don't Impede IBOC with Content Protection
Washington - Jan 11, 2006 - In a letter from David Rehr, president of the NAB, to Mitch Bainwol, chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Rehr expressed his interest in working with the RIAA to find a "workable solution to content protection issues associated with terrestrial digital radio broadcasting." Rehr's letter notes that many stations have already commenced HD Radio transmissions, and that strict legislation on copyright protection with digital delivery systems could impede this effort.

Rehr states, "The goal for our industry is to find a resolution that balances protection of copyrighted works against the important objective of ensuring the continued and rapid expansion of digital audio broadcasts. Such a balanced approach could, in fact, aid the HD Radio rollout by removing regulatory and legislative uncertainty from the marketplace."

The NAB's position is that HD Radio will not threaten copyright royalties, nor will it facilitate unauthorized, digital distribution of sound recordings. Rehr's letter notes that if someone wants to violate copyright laws by illegally recording music that there are much better and more efficient methods to do so. He noted that "Ipod uploads and digital music on the Internet would seem to present much larger and more immediate threats to copyright holders."

The RIAA has suggested broadly empowering the FCC to mandate that all radio broadcasters encrypt their digital content at the source. The NAB argues that "this approach is antithetical to the concept of free, over-the-air broadcasting. No U.S. free, over-the-air broadcast service, analog or digital, has ever been required to encrypt its transmissions." This fits with the FCC's current promotional campaign that radio should be free.

Rehr also notes that an encryption system would likely obsolete HD Radio receivers that are already available, as well as the "millions more currently in the manufacturing pipeline."

Some would argue that this is wishful thinking on the NAB's part because there are few HD Radio receivers actually in the field. Congress has already stated that it would not include free, over-the-air broadcasting in its current copyright legislation.


AES Calls for Broadcast Program Proposals
New York - Jan 13, 2006 - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has issued a call for broadcast program, paper and special event proposals for the 121st AES Convention, which is scheduled to be held Oct. 6 to Oct. 9, 2006, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The AES has included broadcast events as part of its program offerings for several years, and fresh ideas are always welcomed. Proposal briefs can be sent to 121st_broadcastevents@aes.org.


NRSC Defers on HD Radio "Expanded Band" Specification
Members of the NRSC's Digital Radio Subcommittee have declined a proposal by Cox Broadcasting that would have formalized a recommendation for an expanded band approach to displaying HD Radio multicast program channels on compatible receivers.

Meeting at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas last week, members of the subcommittee voted against adoption of the Cox proposal, saying that such a decision was beyond the scope of a technical standards body.

The Cox proposal was based on the findings of a study conducted by Bob Harper and Co. to determine whether consumers would prefer a layered, or nested, approach to listing multicasts under a primary station header (i.e., WXYZ HD 1, HD 2, etc.) or an expanded band approach (e.g., 108.1, 108.3, etc) that would treat each multicast channel as separate and unique entity. The findings of that study overwhelmingly suggested that consumers embraced the expanded band concept.

The topic has been a mater of lively debate within the industry. One observer noted that a thumbs-down to the Cox proposal signals engineers serving on the technical-subcommittee to believe that such a decision ought to be made at the marketing level.


Gulf Coast Broadcasters to be Honored by NABEF
Washington - Jan 10, 2006 - Gulf Coast broadcasters will be honored for their public service efforts before, during and after Hurricane Katrina at the eighth annual NAB Education Foundation's Service to America Celebration June 12 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington. The NABEF will also recognize local broadcasters nationwide for raising more than $200 million to aid victims and communities affected by the storm.

Louise Munson, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters president; Jackie Lett, Mississippi Association of Broadcasters president; Sharon Tinsley, Alabama Broadcasters Association executive director; and Whit Adamson, National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations president-elect will accept the Service to America Samaritan Award.

Previous STA Samaritan Award recipients include syndicated radio personality Don Imus for his work with the Imus Ranch, a working ranch for children with cancer, and for raising millions for research on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; the Children's Miracle Network; syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner for raising millions of dollars in scholarships for students attending black colleges and universities; and a group of Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters and law enforcement officials for initiating the first AMBER Plan.


NAB Education Foundation Calls for Award Entries
Washington, DC - Jan 9, 2006 - The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) seeks entries for the 2006 Service to America Awards. The finalists and winners will be honored at the Service to America Awards Gala, which will be held June 12 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.

The Service to America Awards Celebration recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters. The 2006 Service to America Call for Entries is available on the NABEF website at www.nabef.org . The entry deadline is Feb. 15, 2006.

The Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with support from Bonneville International and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan have been recognized at the event.


Business

BSI Named Axia Development Partner
Cleveland, OH - Jan 12, 2005 - Broadcast Software (BSI) joins Enco, OMT, Pristine Systems, Prophet Systems and Scott Studios as the latest partner whose automation and playout software works with the Axia IP-Audio Driver. BSI clients will now be able to purchase Axia IP-Audio networking components bundled with BSI's audio delivery systems.

Using the Axia IP-Audio system, broadcasters can build audio networks of any size using switched Ethernet to connect a few rooms or an entire facility. Axia audio networks can carry hundreds of digital stereo audio channels over standard CAT-6 cables or fiber links.


Sales Call
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WSM-AM, Nashville, has purchased an Omnia-5EX HD+AM.
Susquehanna Indianapolis had received a Wheatstone Bridge digital audio network with three G-6 control surfaces, three satellite cages and a Bridge Router.

People

Broadcast Electronics Appoints Regional Sales Manager
Quincy, IL - Jan 13, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics has added Richard Rice, who most recently worked for Internet and information technology business as a business development leader, as a regional sales manager responsible for the company’s Audiovault and The Radio Experience digital media product lines.

Rice's background focuses on interactive Web, computers and software development. Previously, he was director of business development for Midwest Information Technology Group, and prior to that he was in charge of operations for an instant messaging software-development company.

Rice takes over key account duties from Mike Oakes, who left the company in late 2005. Rice's territory is the western states.


Härtzell Joins Burk Technology
Littleton, MA - Jan 9, 2006 - John Härtzell has joined Burk Technology as the company's director of government and international sales. His experience spans more than three decades and includes commercial broadcast operation, radio navigation, engineering, solutions integration and project management.

Härtzell has previously worked with WR Systems and Harris, and he was with the U.S. Coast Guard for more than 20 years. He can be reached at john@burk.com .


Enco Expands UK Team
Nutbourne, Chichester, UK - Jan 13, 2006 - Enco Systems has added to its UK team by hiring Marc Phillips. Phillips has 12 years of experience in commercial radio and media, has taken on the role of head of sales and marketing (UK). Phillips has held key positions at UK radio stations and worked across media, new media, design, Web and IT.


Internet Watch

Clear Channel Radio Launches Beta of On-demand Music Videos
San Antonio - Jan 9, 2006 - The Online Music and Radio unit of Clear Channel Radio has beta launched a videos-on-demand feature on 16 of its radio-station websites in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis. A video vault of artist videos from 40 record labels will be available.

Videos on Demand will include a "Buy CD" link and "Share Video" component that will allow listeners to purchase the CD the video is derived from and share links to the video with others. The following stations are participating in the Videos on Demand, which launches Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006:

Station Website Format
New York
WHTZ-FM Z100 www.z100.com CHR/Pop
WAXQ-FM Q104.3 www.q1043.com Classic Rock
WWPR-FM Power 105.1 www.power1051fm.com Urban
WLTW-FM 106.7 Litefm www.1067litefm.com AC-Soft
Los Angeles
KBIG-FM KBIG 104.3 www.kbig.com AC
FM KIIS-FM 102.7 KIIS www.kiisfm.com CHR/Pop
KYSR-FM Star 98.7 FM www.star987.com Hot AC
Boston
WXKS-FM Kiss 108 FM www.kiss108.com CHR/Pop
WJMN-FM Jam'n 94.5 www.jamn945.com CHR/Rhythmic
Washington, DC
WITH-FM Hot 99.5 www.hot995.com CHR/pop
WMZQ-FM 98.7 WMZQ www.wmzq.com Country
WWDC-FM DC 101 www.dc101.com Rock-Alternative
St. Louis
KSLZ-FM Z107.7 FM www.z1077.com CHR/Pop
KSD-FM 93.7 The Bull www.thebullrocks.com Country
KATZ-FM 100.3 The Beat www.thebeatstlouis.com Urban
KMJM-FM Majic 104.9 www.kmjm.com Urban Adult Contemporary

Products

The audio metering for the Access was displayed on several laptops during the convention broadcast.

Comrex Access Transmits Graveline from CES
Las Vegas - Jan 8, 2006 - Dave Graveline originated his show, Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline from the convention floor at the Consumer Electronics Show. The program was delivered from Las Vegas to ABC New York using a Comrex Access via the Internet.

The show, in its 11th season, was broadcast from the convention on Jan. 8 for three hours. A Comrex Blue Box was on hand for a back-up path, but it was not needed. The show's technical director, Chris Graveline, used a Web browser to interface with the Access, and had the audio meter display on several laptops in the broadcast booth. The show's staff in Miami was also able to access the unit.


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