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Last Call for AES Papers
New York - Jan 12, 2005 - The AES 26th International Conference is designed to explore the history, hardware and techniques of forensic investigation of audio materials. The field has gone through significant advances with the advent of digital audio recording, signal processing and computer-assisted evaluation.

The AES 26th Conference Committee invites submission of research and technical papers by Jan. 31, 2005. A proposed title, 60-120 word abstract and a 500-1,000 word précis of the paper should be submitted via the Internet to the AES 26th Committee at the following site Preference will be given to papers that combine a lecture with a listening experience.

Topics for the papers include audio sources and acquisition; voice or data recorders; audio recovery and enhancement; analog and digital authenticity; analog and digital media; security applications; forensics in audio curriculum; voice recognition; voice identification; and archiving and restoration.

Presidential Inauguration Frequency Coordination Preparations Underway
Washington - Jan 10, 2005 - Preparations are underway in Washington, DC, for the Jan. 20 inauguration of George W. Bush for his second term as President of the United States, and that includes frequency coordination. The FCC has selected the Washington Executive Broadcast Engineers Frequency Coordinators as the frequency coordinator for the event.

The group is holding regular meetings to prepare for the event. For more information, visit

118th AES Convention Finalizes Organizing Cmte
Barcelona - Jan 11, 2005 - From May 28 to May 31, 2005, the European AES Pro Audio Expo and Convention will be held in Barcelona. Roger Furness, executive director of the AES, has introduced the organizing committee for the upcoming event. Chaired by Eloi Battle and Luis Ortiz from the Universities of Barcelona and Madrid, the committee is arranging a series of workshops, tutorials, papers and special events.

The convention will be held in the new CCIB (Centre Convencions International Barcelona) located near Barcelona's seafront. Technical Tours will include the Barcelona Opera House and the football stadium.

The 118th committee members are
Convention Chairmen: Eloi Battle and Luis Ortiz
Papers Co-chairmen: Ben Bernfeld, Basilio Pueo and Alexandre Enrique
Workshops Co-chairmen: Alberto Gonzales and Javier Lopez
Tutorial Co-chairmen: Pep Agulló and Jóse Ramón Beltrán
Students Program Co-chairmen: Enric Guaus and Ulrike Schwarz
Technical Tours Chairman: Xavier Serra
Facilities Chairman: Suso Ramallo
Program Coordinator: Han Tendeloo
Organization AES Europe: Thierry Bergmans

Music Pros Form Alliance to Shape Music Technology
Los Angeles - Jan 10, 2005 - A group called the Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (META) has been formed to ensure the implementation of optimum standards and practices for the highest-quality music recording and delivery achievable by uniting audio professionals, technology providers and consumer electronics manufacturers in a collaborative effort.

An executive team is in place with the appointment of META President and co-founder Rory S. Kaplan, who brought on his colleague, former DTS COO Bill Neighbors as Acting CEO. In addition, META co-founder George Massenburg has taken on the responsibilities of chief technical officer and standards committee chairman. Entertainment industry veteran Raphael Tisdale has been appointed general counsel for the group.

"We plan to support those technologies and formats that opt to work with us in a collaborative setting thereby bridging the existing gap between technology providers and the experts who use and apply it. In this way, we plan to improve and heighten the capabilities to deliver to consumers what artists are actually producing in the studio," said Kaplan.

META plans to implement a certification program, and establish services to facilitate research and development, standardization and cross-platform interoperability as well as education and mentoring.

The group is the result of the founders being friends and associates for years, as well as fans of each other's work. The members believed that the music industry lacked an objective resource to review technology from a professional user perspective. "The highest quality audio to have ever been produced for mass consumption is currently available to all lovers of music and yet most channels of current delivery fall well short of what's possible," said META co-founder Frank Filipetti.

NPR Seeks HD Multicast Receiver Bid
Las Vegas - Jan 8, 2005 - Consumer Electronics Show - At a press conference, Mike Starling, NPR vice president for engineering and operations, announced that NPR has released a request for information (RFI) for a potential group buy of up to 50,000 HD Multicast receivers to all licensed HD Radio receiver manufacturers. This news piqued the interest of the radio receiver manufacturers at the convention.

In addition, NPR will launch new NPR HD Radio program streams covering music and news/talk. The target launch date for the first of these NPR channels is June 2005.

NPR initiated the project to establish a main and secondary audio channel for the FM IBOC system. Called Tomorrow Radio, the project launched in January 2003. The project was profiled in the March 2004 issue of Radio magazine. That article is available at this link. Currently there are 50 NPR member stations broadcasting in HD radio with a total of 312 public radio stations committed to convert in the coming months.

Radio magazine is also preparing a supplement for the February issue providing an update on the Tomorrow Radio project.


Two Journal Stations in Milwaukee go IBOC
Milwaukee, WI - Jan 10, 2005 – Milwaukee stations Newsradio 620 WTMJ and 94.5 WKTI lay claim to being the first in Wisconsin to offer regularly scheduled broadcasts via IBOC.

Journal Broadcast Group, headquartered in Milwaukee, owns 38 radio stations and seven TV stations in 11 states and operates an additional television station under a local marketing agreement.

Orban/CRL Announces Mobile Broadcast Laboratory Schedule
Tempe, AZ - Jan 14, 2005 – The touring schedule of the Orban/CRL Mobile Broadcast Laboratory has been announced for the first half of 2005. Stops will include the NAB Convention in Las Vegas, several SBE chapter meetings and key radio station groups.

The MBL fleet consists of vehicles that provide test facilities and demonstrations of Orban and CRL products as well as comparisons with other products. New to the product display will be RF metering and RBDS products from Audemat-Aztec.

Mar 1-4Dallas
Mar 15-18Oklahoma City
Mar 15-18Orlando
Mar 21-25Miami
Mar 29-Apr 1Memphis
Apr 5-8New Orleans
Apr 18–21NAB2005 Las Vegas
May 10-13Grand Rapids and Chicago
May 10-13Houston
May 16-20Phoenix
May 24-27Nashville
May 3-6Atlanta
May 3-6Birmingham
Jun 7-10Chicago and Milwaukee
Jun 7-10St. Louis
Jun 13–17Appleton/Green Bay
Jun 21-24Kansas City

The tour schedule is subject to change.

Orban/CRL Restructures PC Products Distribution Channel
Tempe, AZ - Jan 14, 2005 – Orban/CRL has restructured its dealer/distributor channel for Orban's PC products. Orban's PC-based products will be available worldwide on a non-exclusive basis to all Orban/CRL dealers. These products currently include the Optimod-PC 1100 audio processor for streaming audio, the Opticodec-PC PE and Opticodec-PC LE AAC/AACplus MPEG-4 streaming encoding products, and the Opticodec-PC Package.

All of Orban/CRL's products for AM, FM, TV or satellite are not affected and will continue to be available exclusively from authorized Orban/CRL broadcast product dealers and distributors.

The change was made to allow Orban to recruit new sales channels and markets outside of its traditional broadcast focus, including the possibility of selling directly to the end-customer. Current dealers are still able to introduce the streaming products to their bases of traditional broadcasters.

Altinex Partners with Analog Way
Brea, CA - Jan 12, 2005 - Altinex has released of a set of new Analog Way product libraries for AV Snap, a system design software. The Analog Way libraries and the AV Snap software are available for download from

AV Snap was designed as an open system, which allows users or manufacturers of AV and computer equipment, cables and connectors, as well as other related products and accessories to create product libraries

Broadcast Warehouse, Translantech Partner
London and New York - Jan 13, 2005 - Broadcast Warehouse (BW) and Translantech (TLT) Sound have entered into a cooperative technical and marketing agreement. The initial plans are for Translantech Sound to promote and support BW in the United States, arranging demos and offering telephone technical support and parts/maintenance. There will also be a reciprocal sharing of each company’s proprietary technologies.

The companies expect that the combined audio processing skills should lead to some interesting new audio processing developments in 2005. According to the announcement, a synergy exists for the two organizations. The partnership will allow each to leverage its own strengths.

MGE UPS Systems and Wright Line Form Partnership
Costa Mesa, CA - Jan 12, 2005 - MGE UPS Systems and Wright Line have entered into an agreement to provide each other's customers with rack enclosures integrated with uninterruptible power systems (UPS) and other power availability systems.

The integrated enclosure systems will be supported by Wright Line's direct sales force of nearly 170 personnel together with MGE's 140 direct and indirect sales professionals.

MGE UPS Systems is a manufacturer of power protection and backup systems. Wright Line is a designer and manufacturer of consoles, electronic and server enclosures, office and specialty furniture.

Ninth Indianapolis Station Adds HD Radio
Quincy, IL - Jan 11, 2005 - Emmis Communications' WIBC-AM, Indianapolis, began transmitting an HD Radio signal with a Broadcast Electronics HD Radio signal generator. WIBC is the ninth Indianapolis station to begin HD Radio broadcasts.

All nine stations in the market are using Broadcast Electronics equipment. Several more stations there have BE HD Radio products on order.

WIBC is the first Emmis Indianapolis station to begin HD Radio broadcasts. It is using a BE ASI 10 HD Radio signal generator into an existing 50kW AM transmitter. Emmis Indianapolis will begin converting its three FMs, WENS-FM, WNOU-FM and WYXB-FM, to HD Radio starting as early as April 2005, and will acquire high-powered as well as low-powered BE HD Radio FM transmitters for the installations.

The group also has a BE Radio Data Dimensions System (RDDS) on order and plans to use this digital data management system to schedule, store and manage song title, artist and other text services for display on HD Radio receivers.

Clear Channel, Susquehanna Radio, ABC and a university-run station are on the air with HD Radio in Indianapolis in addition to Emmis Communications. Entercom stations WZPL-FM and WTPI-FM are expected to convert to HD Radio in March 2005, also using BE equipment.

Media Monitor to Provide Broadcast Monitoring to Susquehanna
White Plain, NY - Jan 10, 2005 - Media Monitors is going to provide Susquehanna Radio with online broadcast monitoring services for its radio stations in Dallas, Atlanta and Indianapolis. Media Monitors uses its AirCheck service to deliver broadcast data online via its web site,

Sales Call
  • Buckley Broadcasting WOR Radio in midtown Manhattan has purchased 30 HHB CDR830 Burn It Plus CD recorders as the two-network station prepares for a move downtown into a new, all-digital facility in early 2005. The HHB recorders will be used to record and playout syndicated programming, as well as provide backup to the facility's digital server system.
  • Audioarts Engineering will furnish WBCR-Berkshire Community Radio of Great Barrignton, MA, and St. Cloud State University of St. Cloud, MN, with one of its newest on-air mixing consoles for radio, the R-55e, which now includes illuminated LED switches and a flip-up meterbridge that provides direct access to I/O connectors.
  • People

    OMT Technologies Promotes Tech Support Manager
    Winnipeg, MB - Jan 11, 2005 - OMT has promoted Rick Landry to tech support manager. Landry's primary role will be to oversee the day-to-day operations of OMT technical support and manage support calls with an emphasis on responsiveness of OMT’s technical support delivery and follow-up.

    Landry joined OMT at the beginning of 2004 as a technical support technician. Prior to OMT, he spent nine years at CKLQ/STAR FM in Brandon, MB, as the station engineer. During that time, he designed and coordinated the STAR FM installation with transmitter located at the Global site in Basswood, MB, and worked with OMT software.

    Schoning to Lead Klotz Digital's American Operations
    Norcross, GA - Jan 10, 2005 - Klotz Digital AG has renamed its U.S. subsidiary, formerly known as Klotz Digital America, to Klotz Digital Audio Systems. The company's U.S. operations headquarters remain located in Norcross, GA. Thomas Klotz, founder and CEO of Klotz Digital AG, made the announcement and explained that Klotz Digital's U.S. business operations have been rearranged in an effort to better adapt to market requirements. In the future the company will put a stronger focus on the radio broadcast sector. In line with the strategic reorientation Karl Schoning, former Klotz Digital America's director of engineering, has been named president of Klotz Digital Audio Systems.

    Schoning has been with Klotz for seven years. Prior to his work with Klotz Digital, Schoning worked as a broadcast systems consultant, where he designed and installed radio stations, digital audio playback and control systems, and acoustic and IT systems. In his new role, Schoning will oversee all of Klotz Digital Audio Systems' operations, including technical support such as system design ranging from custom system programming and configuration to installation and all project administration, as well as product supply, customer service and purchasing.

    Mathis Moves to Clear Channel Mississippi
    Meridian, MS - Jan 10, 2005 - Jerry Mathis has been hired to be the chief engineer of two Clear Channel clusters in central Mississippi. He will be responsible for 10 stations that are divided between two clusters, one in Meridian and one in Tupelo, MS.

    Mathis spent the past 5.5 years with Lifetalk Radio. He started in broadcasting in 1970 as a DJ, and moved to engineering in 1975. Most of his career has been spent in Tennessee as chief engineer for a few big stations, and providing contract engineering services for many small stations. From 1988 to 1999 he worked for station in Indiana.

    In the early 1970s, Mathis helped launch WDNX, a non-commercial FM station, at the private boarding academy he attended near Savannah, TN.

    Sennheiser Names Alexander VP Sales
    Old Lyme, CT - Jan 10, 2005 - Jeff Alexander has been promoted to the position of vice president sales, professional products for Sennheiser U.S.A. A six-year veteran on his second period of employment with Sennheiser Electronics, Alexander will retain his responsibilities, that of director-Neumann and distributed brands, in addition to the new position, which is effective immediately. Alexander's first tenure with SEC began in 1991 as brand manager and then as national sales manager for Neumann. After a short hiatus with Crest, he returned to Sennheiser in 1999 to manage all third-party brands.

    In 2001, Alexander was promoted to director-Neumann and distributed brands and has helped SEC move toward its objective of being a one-stop solutions provider, enhancing the company's overall growth by securing distribution rights to several complementary brands, while also successfully managing the growth of the Sennheiser-owned Neumann brand. Those now reporting directly to Alexander include Dawn Birr (Neumann), Paul Giansante (Turbosound) and Robb Blumenreder (HHB, Innovason, Australian Monitor), as well as the professional products sales team of Mark Humrichouser (pro sales-northeast), Rick Renner (pro sales-south central) and Lee Stein (pro sales-west).

    Through his work with SEC's internal team, an ever-growing group of external suppliers and the company's customers, Alexander has managed a four-fold growth in revenue over the last six years.

    Dave Scott Retires
    Dallas - Jan 10, 2005 - Scott Studios founder and president, Dave Scott, a 46-year radio veteran has retired from full-time operation and management duties with Scott Studios and Computer Concepts, both divisions of Dmarc Broadcasting. Scott will continue working for the company as a consultant and product architect.

    Dave Scott has been an announcer, chief engineer, program director and part-owner of stations in small and large markets. He has submitted more than 80 technical broadcast improvements that were accepted by the FCC. For 17 years, Scott was CEO of radio programming firm TM Century, and was an announcer on program formats aired on more than 400 affiliate stations. Scott's programming inventions include Gold Disc digital CD oldies libraries, Hit Disc weekly CD compilations, Super Carts music libraries, contests, comedy services, production and jingle packages used by thousands of radio stations.

    He has grown Scott Studios into a successful studio automation and digital systems provider in the United States with more than 4,600 broadcast clients.

    Dmarc acquired Scott Studios in the Fall of 2004. Dmarc is privately held corporation.

    Internet Watch

    Narada Internet Radio Launches Eight Channels
    White Plains, NY - Jan 11, 2005 - Narada Productions has teamed with RCS to launch a new personal online music player called Narada Internet Radio. The interactive player, Iselector, allows users to create their own commercial-free listening experience featuring recording artists on Narada, Higher Octave, Real World, Shakti and Back Porch labels. It features eight free channels - Jazz, New Age, Electronica, Americana, Potpourri, Seasonal and two for World music.

    The RCS Iselector allows users to fine tune the player to their unique tastes with the interactive buttons that skip, rest, play more or play less of the songs, or artists, tailoring a stream or playlist to the user's liking.


    Edirol Ships R-1
    Bellingham, WA - Jan 13, 2005 - Edirol has begun shipping the R-1 portable WAV/MP3 recorder. Since its announcement, the unit has been refined to version 1.03 offering compatibility with 4GB Compact Flash cards. The R-1 is a mobile recording device that offers 24-bit effect processing, and operation from two AA batteries.

    DRM Goes Mobile
    Las Vegas and Erlangen, Germany - Jan 10, 2005 - Consumer Electronics Show - Taking steps to make Digital Radio Mondiale mobile, Fraunhofer IIS presented the first DRM chip designed for car radios. It is based on Philips' SAF7730 digital car radio platform. The chip allows manufacturers to add DRM reception by adding a DRM module into an existing connector slot. In the next phase of development, fully integrated DRM car radio chip sets will lower the system cost further.

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