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Staco Appoints Regional Reps
Dayton, OH - Apr 1, 2005 - Staco Energy Products has made three appointments for manufacturer's representatives in various regions around the United States. R.S. Industrial Sales has been appointed the rep in the state of Arizona, Stevens Sales has been appointed the rep in the state of Utah, and Joe Bertsch Sales has been appointed the rep for Iowa and Nebraska, as well as Rock Island, IL.


OMT Joins Axia Ranks
Cleveland and Winnipeg - Mar 29, 2005 - OMT, maker of the Imediatouch digital audio delivery system, has become the newest Axia Audio partner, offering its clients Axia IP-Audio networking components bundled with Imediatouch systems. Axia will provide their IP-Audio driver software to OMT.


Digital Radio Express Debuts FM Extra at NRB
San Jose, CA - Mar 14, 2005 - Digital Radio Express (DRE) demonstrated the capabilities of its FM Extra digital radio technology to radio broadcasters at the National Religious Broadcasters Expo in February. The technology enables an FM station to transmit digital signals using its subcarrier. Additional FCC licensing or authorization is not required.

FM Extra radio receivers are based on the ST Microelectronics' digital radio chip set. ST’s chip set is the foundation for radios based on Digital Intermediate Frequency (DIF) architecture. Rikei of Japan will produce FM Extra radios.


Regal Cinemedia to Participate in Houston PPM
New York - Mar 28, 2005 - Regal Cinemedia will participate in the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) ratings service in Houston, beginning mid-2005. Regal will insert PPM coding into The Twenty, an original short-form program that includes national advertising.

The feature will be delivered by satellite to about 5,300 screens in 450 Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres in 79 top markets. In Houston, The Twenty is available on 46 screens in two theatres.


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  • Infinity Broadcasting has chosen Media Monitors' online broadcast monitoring services, Aircheck, for WINS in New York City plus its stations in Chicago and Atlanta.
  • KRNB-FM Dallas-Fort Worth, owned by Service Broadcasting, recently purchased a DCR-M10 antenna and custom tower top. With this purchase, Service Broadcasting has adopted Dielectric as its sole provider of antennas. The company currently uses a Dielectric CBR master antenna for Dallas' KKDA-FM.

    Dielectric is also producing a second antenna for KRNB-FM, which will serve as the station's full-power auxiliary antenna for analog service and will allow for future IBOC broadcasting.

  • Media Monitors has signed an agreement with Entravision Communications to provide airplay data of commercials and songs for Entravision stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas and Phoenix. Entravision is a major Spanish-language media company operating radio and TV stations throughout the United States.
  • People

    Klotz Appoints Hammell as Sales Director North America
    Norcross, GA - Mar 31, 2005 - Klotz Digital Audio Systems has appointed Joseph A. Hammell as national director of sales, North America. Hammell’s responsibilities will include all sales and marketing management for the complete Klotz Digital product portfolio, new business development and sales promotion. Additionally, he will be responsible for product launches, and the enhancement of customer loyalty by supporting the current installed customer base in North America. In addition he will strengthen cooperation with Klotz Digital’s existing partners in the United States and actively participate in the selection and development of new sales partners. He will report to Karl Schoning, president of Klotz Digital Audio System.

    Hammell's sales career has included growing responsibility at Sony and GE Capital. He has acquired sales experience in the CATV industry as well as experience in the content delivery software and Web hosting industries. Before joining Klotz Digital, Hammell worked with numerous technology-based start-up companies helping them jump-start their sales efforts.


    Maines Joins Broadcast Depot, Forms Own Company
    Richmond, IN - Mar 28, 2005 - Chuck Maines, a 25-year veteran of broadcast equipment sales, has created a new company, Mainesource, located in Richmond, IN, and he has been appointed the national sales manager for Broadcast Depot of Miami, FL, for the U.S. market.

    From 1978 until 1999, Maines worked for Allied Broadcast then later Harris, where he last held the position of district sales manager. In 1999 Maines joined Richardson Electronics to manage the broadcast systems sales department, later becaming a product line manager.

    Maines will represent the entire Broadcast Depot line card to the U.S. market, plus some additional brands direct from the manufacturers.

    Contact Maines at 877-90-BDNOW, 765-983-3816, or cmaines@broadcastdepot.com.


    Products

    Nautel, Burk Provide Serial Interface for Remote Control
    Littleton, MA and Bangor, ME - Mar 29, 2005 - Nautel and Burk Technology have partnered to deliver the One Connect interface, which provides a direct serial link between Nautel transmission equipment and Burk Technology's GSC3000 transmitter remote control system. One Connect provides integrated remote monitoring and control of the Nautel V10 transmitter with the GSC3000 using a serial connection.

    One Connect provides a specialized graphical user interface to control the transmitter. Engineers at Nautel used the tools in Burk's Lynx 5 software to provide more detailed troubleshooting information, such as amplifier operating temperature. One Connect also allows unprecedented remote control of the transmitter. Any function available from the transmitter can be done remotely using One Connect.

    The user also has the option to develop an interface and to combine transmitter control and ancillary equipment management in the same display.

    The One Connect interface is part of Burk Technology's G-Link G-Bus Expansion Series line, which uses the GSC3000's G-Bus to add new capabilities to the transmitter remote control system. G-Link products will be on display at Burk Technology's NAB booth N3602. Nautel is hosting a live demonstration of One Connect and the V10 transmitter at booth N2811.


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