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FCC Establishes Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Washington - Mar 17, 2006 - The FCC has created the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau "to provide a more efficient, effective, and responsive organizational structure to address public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster management and other related issues." This includes the EAS. The bureau itself is going to be broken down into three divisions: Policy Division, Public Communications Outreach and Operations Division, and the Communications Systems Analysis Division.

The Policy Division administer policies pertaining to 911/Enhanced 911 and public safty answering points.

The Public Communications Outreach and Operations Division will be responsible for coordinating the Commission's emergency response procedures and operations.

And the Communications Systems Analysis Division will in charge of information collection requirements (e.g., network outage reports) and perform analyses and studies concerning public safety, homeland security, national security and disaster management.

MSRC Hears Report on Media, Public Safety Initiatives
Washington - Mar 16, 2006 - The FCC's Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC) met March 10 and heard a report from the Local Coordination Working Group on local media and public safety initiatives taking place in Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

At the meeting, the last under the MSRC's current charter, the Toolkit Working Group also presented its draft Local Market Cooperative Emergency Response Plan.

Under this charter, the MSRC's work over the past two years includes:

  • local TV station model vulnerability assessment checklist
  • local radio station model vulnerability assessment checklist
  • local cable system model vulnerability assessment checklist
  • direct broadcast satellite system model vulnerability assessment checklist
  • guide to establishing local coordination of emergency communication systems
  • local TV station model disaster recovery plan and incident response manual
  • local radio station model disaster recovery plan and incident response manual
  • local cable system model disaster recovery plan and incident response manual
  • direct broadcast satellite system model disaster recovery plan and incident response manual
  • local market cooperative emergency response plan.

    Wired's Anderson to Keynote NAB Technology Luncheon
    Washington - Mar 16, 2006 - Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, will deliver the keynote address at the NAB2006 Technology Luncheon on April 26. Anderson's speech, The Long Tail, is also the title of an upcoming book he wrote based on his research and 2004 article in Wired. The theory of The Long Tail is that our culture and economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively small number of hits (mainstream products and markets) at the head of the demand curve and toward a huge number of niches in the tail.

    Since taking the editor-in-chief position at Wired in 2001, Anderson has led the magazine to four National Magazine Award nominations, winning the prestigious top prize for General Excellence in 2005. Previously, he was at The Economist, where he served as U.S. business editor, Asia business editor (based in Hong Kong); and technology editor. Anderson's editorial career began at the two science journals, Nature and Science. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory's meson physics facility and served as research assistant to the chief scientist of the Department of Transportation. He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from George Washington University and studied quantum mechanics and science journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

    Senators Intro Localism Bill
    Washington - Mar 15, 2006 - Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Max Baucus (D-MT) and Trent Lott (R-MS) introduced Senate bill S. 2418, which is called the Local Emergency Radio Service Preservation Act of 2006. The legislation is nearly identical to H.R. 998, which now has 111 co-sponsors in house. The Senate bill covers many points, but one that raises interest among terrestrial radio broadcasters is that the bill requires the FCC to rule within 270 days whether satellite radio providers may offer locally originated services on nationally distributed channels.

    The six-page bill is posted on the NAB's website at this link.

    Not surprisingly, the NAB issued a statement supporting the move.

    FCC Commissioner Tate to Speak at NAB2006
    Washington - Mar 15, 2006 - FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate will speak on April 25 at NAB2006. Tate will join Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein during the Business, Law and Regulation Conference, where NAB brings federal regulators and legal experts together to highlight the most important legal issues of the day to assist broadcast managers, station owners and station counsel in managing technology policy.

    Tate joined the FCC in January after serving a six-year term as a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, where she was chairman from 2003-2004. In that position, she was appointed by the Chairman of the FCC to the Federal-State Joint Board on Advanced Telecommunications Services. As a member of the national utilities association (NARUC), she served as chairman of the Washington Action Committee, and served on the Consumer Affairs and Gas Committees.

    Prior to her service on the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, Tate served as an attorney and senior policy advisor to former Gov. Lamar Alexander and former Gov. Don Sundquist.

    Bridge Ratings: Digital Media Use to Increase
    Glendale, CA - Mar 10, 2006 - Bridge Ratings has released updated projections of audience attrition of various forms of radio and growth of alternative digital media. The update includes the company's findings first published in March 2005 and December 2005.

    Initial estimates showed solid growth for satellite radio during 2005, and data updated through March 2006 indicates a continued positive growth pattern for the foreseeable future.

    Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2015 2020
    XM 2.00 4.30 6.00 9.06 13.13 19.04 27.61 37.28 46.60
    Sirius 1.00 2.00 3.10 5.98 10.47 18.32 26.57 38.52 48.15
    Internet Radio 45.00 56.70 72.01 91.45 116.14 147.50 187.33 196.69 226.20
    Wireless Internet Penetration 0.00 5.67 18.10 41.15 69.68 110.63 159.23 178.34 205.09
    Mobile phone Audio Streaming 0.00 0.00 1.475 3.66 6.97 11.81 20.61 23.70 27.26
    HD Radio (Terrestrial) -
    0.56 1.05 2.00 4.21 8.84 18.55 46.39
    Statistics represent millions of persons using the medium

    The Bridge findings project the growth of HD Radio to 8.84 million by 2010, and 46 million by 2020. Internet radio could benefit from Wi-max or Wide Area Wireless Access, which will bring Internet radio to portable devices by 2008.

    Sample size: 3,200 persons 18+. Markets included Los Angeles; Portland, OR; Dallas; Phoenix; New York; Boston; Washington, DC; Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Burlington, VT; and Denver. Surveys were completed through random digit phone dialing and mall intercepts.

    Arbitron Begins Roll-out of PPM
    New York - March 14, 2006 - Arbitron will begin the roll-out of the Portable People Meter (PPM) system as its radio ratings service in the top 50 markets in the United States. Beginning with Houston in July 2006, Arbitron will start making the change to the Portable People Meter, an electronic audience measurement technology that has been in U.S. market trials since 2001. The PPM will be used in place of the current paper and pencil diary method that the company has used to collect radio audience estimates since 1965.

    The roll-out schedule puts the PPM into the top 10 U.S. radio markets by the fall of 2008, and into all of the top 50 U.S. radio markets two to three years thereafter. Market trials of the PPM began in 2001.

    Arbitron notes that the current PPM is the 10th generation of the system. Arbitron expects that the PPM will provide several advantages to its radio station rating service, including faster and more frequent delivery of ratings reports, better insights into how people listen to radio, more reliable measures of the total audience reached by a radio station, and additional sales opportunities for stations through better measures of the audience to special programming events. During evenings or weekends, the PPM will provide more stable audience trends with less bounce from one report to the next, and the ability to report all of radio's new distribution methods, such as HD Radio, Internet streaming, digital multicasts and podcasting.

    The PPM has been in use in Houston as a demonstration of the electronic ratings system since July 2005. The company is launching the service in July 2006 to give the Houston market additional time to prepare for the transition from diary-based measurement to electronic measurement.

    PPM Roll-out for the Top 10 Markets

    Rank Market Survey Date
    Last Diary
    7 #Houston-Galveston, TX July-06 2000 Spring 2006
    6 Philadelphia, PA January-07 2040 Winter 2007
    1 New York, NY October-07 3720 Fall 2007
    18    *Nassau-Suffolk October-07 1440 Fall 2007
    37    *Middlesex-Somerset-Union October-07 925 Fall 2007
    2 Los Angeles, CA January-08 3275 Winter 2008
    3 Chicago, IL January-08 2595 Winter 2008
    4 San Francisco, CA April-08 2245 Winter 2008
    33    *San Jose  April-08 1155 Winter 2008
    5 Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX July-08 1815 Spring 2008
    8 Washington, DC October-08 1775 Summer 2008
    9 Detroit, MI October-08 1920 Summer 2008
    10 Atlanta, GA October-08 1645 Summer 2008

    # DMA
    * Embedded Metro

    Proposed Roll-out Schedule for Markets 11 to 50

    Rank Market Survey Date Start Panel Size Last Diary Report
    11 Boston Oct 2008 2,025 Summer 2008
    12 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Oct 2008 2,070 Summer 2008
    14 Seattle-Tacoma Jan 2009 1,625 Fall 2008
    15 Phoenix Jan 2009 1,335 Fall 2008
    16 Minneapolis-St. Paul Jan 2009 1,515 Fall 2008
    17 San Diego Jan 2009 1,440 Fall 2008
    19 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Jan 2009 1,355 Fall 2008
    20 St. Louis Apr 2009 1,470 Winter 2009
    21 Baltimore Apr 2009 1,440 Winter 2009
    22 Denver-Boulder Apr 2009 1,290 Winter 2009
    23 Pittsburgh, PA Apr 2009 1,450 Winter 2009
    24 Portland, OR July 2009 1,185 Spring 2009
    25 Cleveland July 2009 1,355 Spring 2009
    26 Sacramento July 2009 1,290 Spring 2009
    27 Riverside-San Bernardino July 2009 1,065 Spring 2009
    28 Cincinnati Oct 2009 1,260 Summer 2009
    29 Kansas City Oct 2009 1,170 Summer 2009
    30 San Antonio Oct 2009 1,180 Summer 2009
    31 Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo Oct 2009 1,035 Summer 2009
    13 Puerto Rico Oct 2009 1,060 Summer 2009
    32 Las Vegas Jan 2010 870 Fall 2009
    33 Milwaukee-Racine Jan 2010 1,175 Fall 2009
    35 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill Jan 2010 980 Fall 2009
    36 Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket Jan 2010 775 Fall 2009
    37 Orlando Apr 2010 945 Winter 2010
    38 Columbus, OH Apr 2010 1,075 Winter 2010
    40 Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News Apr 2010 1,060 Winter 2010
    41 Indianapolis Apr 2010 1,235 Winter 2010
    42 Austin July 2010 895 Spring 2010
    43 Raleigh-Durham July 2010 905 Spring 2010
    44 Nashville July 2010 930 Spring 2010
    45 Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point July 2010 990 Spring 2010
    46 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton Oct 2010 935 Summer 2010
    47 New Orleans TBD 1,235 Summer 2010
    48 Jacksonville Oct 2010 900 Summer 2010
    49 Memphis Oct 2010 660 Summer 2010
    50 Hartford-New Britain-Middletown Oct 2010 1,020 Summer 2010

    Ghana Station, Korean Broadcasting System to Receive NAB Award
    Washington, DC - Mar 10, 2005 - Joy 99.7-FM and the Korean Broadcasting System will receive NAB's 2006 International Broadcasting Excellence Awards at the International Reception at NAB2006. The reception will be held April 24. The awards, established in 1995, recognize international broadcasters for exceptional leadership in bettering the lives of their communities and for significant contributions to the advancement of broadcasting through effective use of resources.

    Joy 99.7-FM was the first private commercial station in Ghana. Since 1995, the station has put help for children at the heart of its charity, the Joy Needy Fund. The fund acquired four acres of land and constructed the Orphanage at Frafraha, which cares for 120 children. Joy 99.7's charity also provides clothing, food and necessities to other orphanages and funds a home for mentally challenged children.

    Joy Needy Fund screens children who have left school because of financial difficulty and sponsors their return to education. The station's fund annually feeds more than 35,000 people through its Easter Soup Kitchen, which has evolved into an event also providing basic medical care. Joy 99.7-FM has raised awareness of and raised thousands of dollars for children requiring major surgery and suffering from HIV, sexual abuse and hunger. The Joynews Team was the first to monitor and report on general and parliamentary elections in Ghana.

    The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), a provider of innovative audience services, is now the first broadcaster in the world to provide terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB), a new form of mobile broadcasting. Launched Dec. 1, 2005, T-DMB provides TV, radio and data services on mobile devices such as phone, PDA, digital camera and automobile receivers. Users can access weather, traffic, real time news and entertainment.

    KBS operates two free-to-air DMB channels, using content from the existing TV, audio and data channels. KBS provides four channels via DMB, including national news, youth and family programming, music and news, and a channel dedicated to public service information.

    NAB Announces Crystal Radio Awards Finalists
    Washington - Mar 13, 2006 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the 50 finalists for the 2006 Crystal Radio Awards competition. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. This list of this year's finalists follows.

    KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, IA
    KFOG-FM San Francisco, CA
    KGO-AM San Francisco, CA
    KHOW-AM Denver, CO
    KIOA-FM Des Moines, IA
    KLVI-AM Beaumont, TX
    KMOX-AM St. Louis, MO
    KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
    KPPV-FM Prescott Valley, AZ
    KPRS-FM Kansas City, MO
    KQRS-FM Minneapolis, MN
    KRBE-FM Houston, TX
    KRSP-FM Salt Lake City, UT
    KSL-AM Salt Lake City, UT
    KTOZ-FM Springfield, MO
    KTSY-FM Boise, ID
    KUDL-FM Kansas City, MO
    KUZZ Bakersfield, CA
    KVAK-AM Valdez, AK
    KVET-FM Austin, TX
    KZBR-FM San Francisco, CA
    WBEB-FM Philadelphia, PA
    WDAY-AM Fargo, ND
    WDRV-FM Chicago, IL
    WFBQ-FM Indianapolis, IN
    WGHT-AM Pompton Lakes, NJ
    WHAI-FM Greenfield, MA
    WHIZ-AM Zanesville, OH
    WHUR-FM Washington, DC
    WIBC-AM Indianapolis, IN
    WILV-FM Chicago, IL
    WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN
    WIZM-AM La Crosse, WI
    WJJY-FM Brainerd, MN
    WJON-AM St. Cloud, MN
    WLHT-FM Grand Rapids, MI
    WMRN-AM Marion, OH
    WPHI-FM Philadelphia, PA
    WQCS-FM Fort Pierce, FL
    WQMX-FM Akron, OH
    WRVW-FM Nashville, TN
    WSBA-AM York, PA
    WSTR-FM Atlanta, GA
    WTAM-AM Cleveland, OH
    WTLC-FM Indianapolis, IN
    WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, WI
    WTUZ-FM Uhrichsville, OH
    WWWQ-FM Atlanta, GA
    WXKS-FM Medford, MA
    WYLD-FM New Orleans, LA

    The Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the Radio Luncheon on April 25 during NAB2006.

    The Radio Luncheon will feature a keynote address by Walt Mossberg, technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal.


    SCMS Plans Western Road Tour
    San Diego - Mar 15, 2006 - The West Coast office of SCMS is conducting a series of road tours in March. The tour includes equipment exhibits from Aphex, Orban, Digigram, Audio Science, Heil, HHB, Tascam, Comrex, NTI, Burk, Genelec, Vorsis, Boston Acoustics and Dielectric. Also, each session includes a presentation from one of two speakers. Jay Tyler of Wheatstone/Audioarts/Vorsis will present Planning for a Digital Audio and Control Networked Facility. Chris Crump of Comrex will present IP Coding and BRIC Technology for Remote Broadcasts.

    March 15San DiegoEmbassy Suites Downtown4 p.m. - 8 p.m.Tyler
    Held in conjunction with the SBE Chapter 36 meeting
    March 16Las VegasNevada B'casters Assoc.11 a.m. - 3 p.m.Tyler
    Held in conjunction with the SBE Chapter 128 meeting
    March 17Salt Lake CityCourtyard Marriott10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Tyler
    Held in conjunction with the SBE Chapter 62 meeting
    March 22DenverHyatt Regency Tech Center10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Crump
    March 24AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Marriott Pyramid North2 p.m. - 6 p.m.Crump
    March 28PhoenixScottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Crump
    March 30TucsonJW Marriott Starr Pass10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Crump

    To attend any of these events, RSVP to Doug Tharp at

    Logitek Users Group to Meet at NAB
    Las Vegas - Mar 15, 2006 - The Logitek Users Group will meet at NAB2006 on April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tuscany Suites Hotel. The hotel is located at 255 E. Flamingo Road, between Koval and Paradise, and the meeting rooms are on the second floor over the lobby.

    This year's agenda features several sessions.

  • 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: New Products Preview
  • 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Audio Engine Basics Seminar
    Overview of the Logitek Console Router System and an introduction to AE Configuration
  • 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Advanced Programming Seminar
    Overview of Command Builder and an Introduction to Writing Triggers

    RSVP online at before April 14. Choose which seminar you would like to attend when you RSVP. Call John Davis for more information at 877-231-5870.

    JK Audio Moves Headquarters
    Sandwich, IL - Feb 13, 2006 - JK Audio has moved to a new location at 1311 E. 6th street, Sandwich, IL, 60548. Designed around its office, manufacturing and warehouse needs, the new building will allow for growth and additional expansion. JK Audio's phone and fax numbers will remain the same.

    Sales Call
    Logitek has sold a Mosaic digital console system to WSJM Radio in Benton Harbor, MI; a Mosaic system to WFCJ in Miamisburg, OH; and the same system to Relevant Radio in Green Bay, WI.
    Washington, DC's WETA-FM has purchased a Neosoft Neoscreener call screening software suite to control its call-in shows from Telos. Telos is the North American distributor of Neosoft's Neoscreener, which is a call screening/caller managment software package that integrates with Telos Twox12 and Series 2101 broadcast phone systems.


    ATI Group Adds Inside Sales Coordinator
    W. Berlin, NJ - Mar 15, 2006 - ATI Group has added Stephanie Latona to its inside sales team. Latona has 15 years of experience in building inside sales teams. Her education is in business management and aeronautical engineering.

    In this new position, she will be responsible for all phases of inside sales, customer service and new business development.

    Clear Channel Recognizes its Station Engineers
    San Antonio, TX - Mar 16, 2006 - Clear Channel Radio unveiled the 10 winners of its third annual recognition of the talent, hard work, dedication and contributions of its station engineers. Charlie Wooten, director of engineering in Panama City, FL, was named 2006 Clear Channel Radio National Engineer of the Year, having played a major role in keeping stations in the Florida panhandle and Southern Mississippi on the air throughout devastating hurricanes, and leading the recovery effort throughout.

    The executives below were named 2006 Clear Channel Radio Engineers of the Year in their respective regions.

  • Northwest/Sunbelt - David Williams
  • Southwest - Ken Meek
  • Rockies - Ted Foster
  • Midwest - Steve George
  • Mid America - Tom Rusk
  • Central - Jeff Bennett
  • Northeast - Ken Neenan
  • Mid South - Homer Wilson
  • Southeast - Richard Petty

    "Station engineers in our different regions faced vastly diverse challenges over this past year, whether due to hurricanes, evacuations, new studio and tower projects or complex HD digital radio installations," said Jeff Littlejohn, executive vice president for distribution development, Clear Channel Radio.

    The winners of this honor receive free travel, lodging and admission to the NAB2006 convention. Nominations were solicited from Clear Channel Radio regional vice presidents of engineering for each of the regions that make up the radio group, and winners were selected by Steve Davis, senior vice president of engineering, Clear Channel Radio.

    "These individuals represent the very best in the radio engineering craft, and we are extremely proud of their commitment to maintaining the highest quality of on-air product for Clear Channel Radio," said Davis on announcing the awards.

    Additions and Promotions at Shively
    Bridgton, ME - Mar 15, 2006 - Shively Labs has added Adam Jones to its staff as mechanical engineering manager. Jones graduated from the University of Maine in 1993 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering technology and has completed an MBA degree at the University of Southern Maine. He brings more than 10 years of RF mechanical design experience to Shively, having worked most recently at Dielectric Communications in Raymond, ME, and Radio Frequency Systems in Wallingford, CT.

    Shively Labs has promoted Angela Gillespie to the position of sales manager. Gillespie joined Shively Labs in 2003 and has been instrumental in the design of a number of HD Radio products and coaxial components. In her new position, she will oversee marketing and sales of Shively's growing coaxial component product lines.

    In addition, Shively has promoted three senior staff members to directorships: David Allen to director of broadcast sales, Peter Matthews to director of RF engineering, and Bob Surette to director of sales engineering.

    AWRT 2006 Elects Board of Directors
    McLean, VA - Mar 15, 2006 - American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) installed its 2006 National board of directors on March 10 in conjunction with the 2006 AWRT Leadership Summit and Business Conference. Chickie Bucco, president of Katz Direct Marketing of Katz Media Group in New York will serve as the organization's president.

    Serving as vice president of AWRT is Mary Bennett, EVP/national marketing, Radio Advertising Bureau. Treasurer is Sylvia Strobel, president, Pennsylvania Public Television. The treasurer-elect is Valerie Blackburn, director of business operations, Susquehanna Radio.

    The following were elected to the board of directors.
    Erinn Carter, account executive, NBC5, Chicago
    Lynne Conlan, director of programming and promotion, WMOR-TV, Tampa, FL
    Catherine Corry, executive director, AOL Television Ventures, New York
    Andrea Cummis, media consultant, Roseland, NY
    Christa Dahlander, senior VP/communications, Radio Advertising Bureau, Dallas
    Elizabeth Hammond, attorney, Drinker Biddle and Reath, Washington
    Dick Kernen, vice president, industry relations, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, Southfield, MI
    Judith Marlane, president, Marlane Media Consultants, Marina del Rey, CA
    Nia Mathis, attorney, Latham and Watkins, Washington
    Amanda Mountain, sales and marketing director, UCCS Theatreworks, Colorado Springs, CO
    Kathleen T. Ross, EVP and chief administrative officer, Arbitron, Columbia, MD
    Janice Sharp, vice president, human resources, Capitol Broadcasting, Raleigh, NC
    Vivian Unger, president, Broadcast Resources, Dallas
    Celeste Villarreal, attorney, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin, TX
    Melodie Virtue, owner, Garvey Schubert Barer, Washington

    Officers serve one-year terms and directors serve two-year terms.

    Founded in 1951, AWRT works to improve the quality of electronic media; promote the entry, development and advancement of women in the media; serve as a medium for communication and idea exchange; and become active in community concerns.

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