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Accredited Houston PPM Moves Forward
New York - Jan 29, 2007 - In March 2006, Arbitron decided to wait until it received MRC accreditation for the PPM radio ratings service in Houston before it would discontinue the diaries and make the PPM the main radio ratings service in Houston. The Media Rating Council (MRC) has recently accredited the Portable People Meter (PPM) radio ratings data in Houston. With this accreditation, Arbitron now will meet with radio broadcasters, agencies and advertisers to determine a schedule for commercializing the electronic radio ratings service in Houston.

Arbitron is currently conducting a Winter 2007 survey in Houston using its standard diary methodology. It intends to complete that diary survey and deliver a full suite of ratings reports for the Winter 2007 survey in April.

MRC accreditation means that the Houston PPM radio ratings service delivers radio audience estimates that meet the MRC's Minimum Standards for Media Rating Research. Accreditation helps ensure that audience measurement products are "valid, reliable and effective."


NAB2007 Adds Radio/Audio Hall Presentation Stage
Las Vegas - Feb 1, 2007 - As the plans for NAB2007 are unveiled, one notable change is the layout in the North Hall. For several years, the east end of the North Hall has been considered the Radio/Audio Hall, with the west end being used for a variety interests in addition to audio and radio. This year, the west end of the North Hall will host the majority of the audio/radio exhibitors with additional media interests being added to the radio/audio them etoward the east end.

The main registration area will be in the North Hall this year, and another notable addition is a presentation stage on the convention floor. The stage will occupy booth space 6330. Several presentations are already scheduled, and the first one to be announced will be provided by Broadcast Electronics.

The BE presentations will be given on April 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and April 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The presentation is titled Where HD Radio Meets Creativity, Revenue and Technology. The presentation will discuss methods and business models for increasing listener numbers, generating new sponsorships on the Web and on the air, and creating a rich listener experience based on multi-platform opportunities.

Details of additional presentations will be announced in the weeks leading to the convention.


Deadline Nears for AWRT/SBE Female Engineer of the Year Award
McLean, VA - Jan 31, 2007 - American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) for the second year are jointly sponsoring the Female Engineer of the Year Award. This is part of the AWRT's history of recognizing women making inroads in all areas of electronic media.

The award recognizes a female AWRT or SBE member who has made significant contributions to the broadcasting industry in a technical focus. The individual must be someone who has advanced the goals and objectives of the SBE or AWRT, while simultaneously promoting the field as a career path for women in the electronic media.

Nominations must be submitted to AWRT headquarters via e-mail to jhowitt@awrt.org or fax 703-506-3266 by Feb. 2, 2007. The nomination form is available at this link.

The award will be presented at the 2007 AWRT Leadership Summit, March 8 to March 10, 2007, in Washington, DC.


Public Radio Engineers Seek Award Nominations
Washington – Jan 26, 2007 - The Association of Public Radio Engineers (APRE), formed in May 2006 to work with the specific needs of engineers working for public radio stations, seeks nominations for its first Engineering Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the Public Radio Engineering Conference held prior to NAB2007 in April.

The honor will be awarded to a single individual for outstanding contributions to the art or science of radio engineering that have had a significant effect on or improvement in the state of the public radio industry.

Nomination forms are available from Roger Karwoski, the APRE awards chairman. E-mail requests to karwoskir@missouri.edu. Nomination forms will also soon be available at www.nprlabs.org.


NHK's Nishiyama to Keynote NAB2007 BEC
Washington - Jan 29, 2007 - Hirokazu Nishiyama, managing director of Japanese public broadcaster NHK, will provide the keynote address for the 61st annual Broadcast Engineering Conference at NAB2007. The Broadcast Engineering Conference provides a forum for engineers to discuss technology's effects on future trends in the broadcast industry. Nishiyama will discuss new broadcast services such as mobile, HDTV, IPTV, and VOD and the opportunities these advanced services create for broadcasters. He will also discuss the various applications that make ultra-HDTV, which offers 16 times the resolution of current HDTV.

From 1989 to 1995, Nishiyama served as executive deputy president of NHK Enterprises America, where he played a major role in production of HD programs in the United States. He was later appointed associate director of the Engineering Administration Department, where he was responsible for developing broadcasting equipment for HDTV.

Nishiyama served as the director-general of the Engineering Administration Department in 2004, overseeing all aspects of broadcast technologies within NHK. In 2005, Nishiyama was appointed managing director. He currently oversees all engineering activities and supervises the Engineering Administration Department and the Science and Technical Research Laboratories.


Business

APT Opens U.S. Offices, Makes Appointments
Boston - Jan 22, 2007 - APT has opened two new sales offices in the United States and made two sales appointments for the company's North American operations. Kevin Campbell, formerly European sales manager with APT has taken the post of VP North American operations, and Ted Nahil, formerly of Harris, has been appointed as national accounts manager.

APT opened the new offices to better accommodate its existing and expected future user base in North America.

Ted Nahil has been in broadcasting for more than 30 years. He spent six years in the Broadcast Communications Division of Harris as sales and channel manager for Intraplex products and has also worked for Greater Media Detroit, Noble Boston, Shamrock and Salem Denver. He has been a chief engineer or director of engineering for facilities in Boston, Detroit and Denver, and in satellite radio and TV in Avon, CT, and Detroit. In his new role as national accounts manager, Nahil will serve the radio and TV STL customers in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Kevin Campbell has worked with APT since July 2003, and has been quickly promoted through the ranks holding a number of sales and customer support roles with responsibility for customers throughout Europe and the United States.

Most recently, as European sales manager, he secured major projects and tenders with Canal Sur, PT Emitel and Euro Radio. AS VP North American operations, Campbell will work to grow APT's market share among the broadcast and post-production communities in the United States and Canada.

APT's headquarters are in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company also has has sales offices in Japan and Germany.


Journal Broadcast Group Realigns Management
Milwaukee - Jan 31, 2007 - Journal Broadcast Group has made several adjustments in its management alignment to focus on interactive and new media opportunities. The changes are part of the company's response to its changing audience base, and a commitment to building businesses in interactive and traditional media.

Carl Gardner, executive vice president, television and radio operations and digital interactive media, who has been working with Journal Broadcast Group's Web teams to launch dozens of sites and revenue initiatives over the past few years, now has responsibility for building and leading that business across all Journal Broadcast markets. He also continues to oversee the Milwaukee, Green Bay and Lansing broadcast markets.

Jim Thomas becomes vice president marketing, programming and new media development and is responsible for developing new programs, new channels and cross-media initiatives to create ratings, revenue and additional reach. Thomas will help the company integrate its cross-platform product initiatives and develop new products and multicasting opportunities.

Steve Wexler has been promoted to executive vice president, television and radio operations, and adds responsibility for the Knoxville radio market. Jim Prather, also a Journal Broadcast executive vice president, television and radio operations, adds responsibility for Journal's Boise cross-platform TV and radio market.

Journal Broadcast Group owns and operates 36 radio stations and nine TV stations in 12 states and operates two TV stations under local marketing agreements.


Omnia Celebrates 10 Years
Cleveland - Jan 29, 2007 - Audio processing manufacturer Omnia is celebrating its 10th year of manufacturing the Omnia line of audio processors. Frank Foti, founder and president of Omnia began his career as a radio broadcast engineer in the Cleveland area, during which he developed his interest and skill with audio processing. When he worked for WHTZ-FM New York, he put his ideas into practice and created his first product in 1988.

That product, called the Vigilante, was Foti's enhancements and additions to an Aphex Domniator multiband limiter. The Vigilante became the core of processing chains at stations including Y-100 Miami, Eagle 106 Philadelphia, WMMS Cleveland and B-104 Baltimore. It's with the Vigilante that Foti founded his new company: Cutting Edge Technologies.

In 1992, Cutting Edge merged with Telos, and in 1999 Cutting Edge became Omnia. A range of processors helped form this legacy today: the Vigilante-FM, the Dividend, Unity 2000I and today the Omnia audio processing line: Omnia.fm, Omnia.fm.hot, Omnia.fm.jr, Omnia.6, Omnia.5 (fm and am), Omnia.3 (fm, am, and net) and Omnia A/X.

Omnia will highlight its 10-year milestone at NAB2007.


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BBC World Service has completed the first phase of a multi-year, multi-phase project for the global distribution of radio and TV broadcasts using Wegener equipment.
APT has been selected by many of the newly-licensed private FM stations in India as the codec supplier for all their inter-studio networking and studio to transmitter links. APT has sold almost 300 codecs in the country to date. These sales have resulted from the recent granting of over 300 Private FM Licenses throughout India. Complementing the government-run AM service, the newly licensed stations will deliver FM coverage to 350 to 400 million people throughout India.

People

Jamo U.S. Posts Lyle Smith to VP Role
Indianapolis - Jan 29, 2007 - Klipsch Group Americas, the distribution company for Klipsch and Jamo speakers, has named Lyle Smith as the vice president of sales for Jamo U.S. In his new position, Smith is responsible for overseeing distribution, channel and category strategies for the Jamo brand in North and South America.

Smith joins Jamo with 17 combined years of sales leadership at Ultimate Electronics and Best Buy/Magnolia Home Theater. At Ultimate Electronics he served as a general manager and later moved into a regional management position. He joined Best Buy in 2003 as a general manager and most recently as the home theater market manager.


Axia adds Nemcik to Customer Support
Cleveland - Feb 1, 2007 - Axia Audio has expanded its customer support department with the addition of Milos Nemcik. Nemcik holds a degree in electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, has occupied engineering posts at KCRW-FM, Santa Monica, and KPBS-FM, San Diego, and has served as chief engineer at KCPR-FM, San Luis Obispo. Most recently he was at Clear Channel's Central Coast, California cluster where he was responsible for the operation of eight radio stations.

Nemcik will join the Axia customer support team on Feb. 12, working from his West Coast office in San Luis Obispo.


RCS Names VP Sales for United States
White Plains, NY - Jan 26, 2007 - Broadcast software manufacturer RCS has named Neal Perchuk to VP of sales U.S. He will begin in his new role at RCS immediately. Perchuk has more than 17 years experience in the broadcast technologies and services industries. He was most recently the vice president of sales and marketing for Florical Systems, a subsidiary of RCS. Perchuk will continue in his role at Florical Systems.

Previously, he was senior vice president of worldwide sales for Video Monitoring Services of America and founding member of the AT&T digital media sales group.


Products

Audio Science Unveils TV Tuner Cards
Newcastle, DE - Jan 30, 2007 - Audio Science has added two PAL/SECAM-TV tuner versions of its ASI8700 series of broadcast tuner PCI adapters to its product offerings. The new tuner cards are the ASI8733 and the ASI8734.

The ASI8733 contains eight PAL/SECAM-TV tuners. The audio from each tuner is presented to the computer host as a mono or stereo record stream that may be accessed through a high-speed bus master PCI interface. The ASI8734 is similar to the ASI8733 except that it contains four PAL/SECAM-TV audio tuners. PAL TV systems that are supported include PAL-BG, PAL-I and PAL-DK. SECAM support extends to SECAM-BG and SECAM-DK.


Orban Adds 16-second Upgrade for Optimod-FM 8500
Tempe, AZ - Jan 31, 2007 - Orban has released an upgraded DSP board for the Optimod-FM 8500 that can produce 16.4 seconds of diversity delay for HD Radio installations. The original 8500 hardware produced 8.2 seconds of delay, which was adequate for earlier generations of HD Radio transmission hardware that required about 7.8 seconds.

After the original 8500 hardware was developed, Ibiquity introduced its exgine architecture. In some broadcast manufacturers' implementations, the exgine architecture requires more than 8.2 seconds of analog-signal delay to match the analog and digital signals at an HD Radio receiver. The 16.4-second upgrade makes the 8500 compatible with such exgine-based exciters with an added margin for future developments.

The upgrade only benefits stations using new-generation HD Radio hardware that prevents them from matching their analog and digital channel delays. Other stations do not need the upgrade because it does not affect any other 8500 features.

Beginning in February 2007, all new 8500s will ship with the 16.4-second delay. Any 8500 can be retrofitted in the field with a new DSP board, which can be purchased from Orban customer service at 480-403-8300 or custserv@orban.com. The upgrade process consists of upgrading the 8500's software and then swapping the old and new DSP boards.


Eye on IBOC

CPB Opens Next Round of Digital Radio Grants
Washington - Jan 31, 2007 - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has been allocating funds to finance the conversion of public radio stations to transmit HD Radio signals. In 2006, the CPB created a $13 million fund for the effort. During the last round of grants 85 stations were awarded funds. As of August 2006, a total of $7.3 million of the overall fund had been awarded. An additional round of funding, called 2006 II, has been created to distribute the remaining $5 million.

The station application, guidelines, FAQs and other pertinent information are available at the CPB website at this link. All CPB qualified stations are eligible to apply.

This funding round closes March 30, 2007.

To date, the CPB has awarded funds for the digital conversion of 540 public radio transmitters, which is 63 percent of all public radio transmitters. More than 200 public radio stations now transmit a digital signal, and more than 100 additional stations will begin digital transmission in 2007. Many of these stations offer additional channels of programming through multicasting.

Application questions on the process can be directed to Brian Gibbons at 202-879-9753 or bgibbons@cpb.org. Engineering questions can be directed to Doug Vernier at 319-266-8402 or dvernier@v-soft.com.




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