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John Battison Honored with SBE Lifetime Achievement Award
Las Vegas - Apr 27, 2006 - John Henry Battison was awarded the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Lifetime Achievement Award during NAB2006 in Las Vegas. Battison has played a significant role in the radio industry; from working in radio stations to founding the Society of Broadcast Engineers in 1963. From 1978 to 1985 Battison held several management and engineering positions. He was the director of engineering and general manager of CHCTTV in Calgary, Alta. He became director of TV, produced Burl Ives on ABD Network and produced two weekly shows on Dumont, CBS and NBC. In 1947-1949 he worked for ABC New York, where he planned and designed four network TV and FM stations. In 1968-1970 he worked in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh as chief engineer of Saudi Television.

Battison was also a consultant. He was a consultant for Bing Crosby, owner of KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, from 1961 until going to Saudi Arabia in 1968. He was also a consultant to former Governor of New Mexico John Burroughs from 1960-1962. Battison became a TV consultant, planning TV studios, for American University, Washington, DC, from 1952-1954. He has lectured on broadcasting at New York University, American University and in 1952 became the director of education for the National Radio Institute in Washington, DC. Battison was nominated as a Commissioner to the FCC in 1961 and 1973 by Senator Joseph M. Montoya. He was appointed Colonel-aide-de-campe to Governor Sims of New Mexico. Battison is listed in Who's Who in America.

Other achievements include being the author of 15 technical books and more than 500 technical articles in technical journals. From 1964 to 1967 he was the editor of the Journal of Society of Broadcast Engineers. He is a former editor of Broadcast Engineering, a contributing editor for Public Telecommunications Review and technical editor of Radio magazine.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their dedication, lifelong achievement and outstanding contribution to the broadcast industry. Nominees must be SBE members in good standing and have been active for 40 years or more in the broadcast engineering industry or a closely allied field that benefits broadcast engineering. Nominations must come from SBE members in good standing, and include the endorsement of three other SBE members in good standing.

Radio Magazine Announces 2006 Pick Hit Award Winners
Las Vegas - Apr 26, 2006 - Each year at NAB, Radio magazine awards its Pick Hit Awards to companies that debut innovative products at the NAB convention. Picked by a panel of radio engineers, the judges look for products on the show floor that are affordable, as well as technology that targets a particular need in the radio broadcasting industry. This year's winners of the 2006 Pick Hits Award are as follows:

  • Armstrong TRX HD series
  • Barix Instreamer, Exstreamer, Exstreamer Gold
  • Broadcast Tools ADMS 44.22
  • Broadcast Tools WVRC-8
  • Burk Technology ARC Plus
  • Day Sequerra MAM
  • Harris Flexstar HDX
  • Henry Engineering Matchbox USB
  • HHB Flashmic DRM85
  • Inovonics 532
  • Lucid Gen X 192
  • SAS Rubi T
  • Sencore DA795
  • Tower Switch Collocom-2
  • Vorsis AP-1000
  • Will-burt D-Tec II

    Look for more information on these products in the June issue of Radio magazine.

    Registered Attendees at NAB2006 Tops 100,000
    Las Vegas - Apr 25, 2006 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) released its estimated attendance numbers for the NAB2006 convention held in Las Vegas April 24 to April 27, 2006. The total number of registered attendees at the convention was 105,046. The number of international attendees was 25,537. Press attendees at the show equaled 1,294. All numbers are estimates and final registration data will be released after the show.

    Comrex Access Transmits In-flight Remote
    New York - Apr 22, 2006 - Travel Journalist Peter Greenberg, host of the weekly syndicated talk show Travel Today with Peter Greenberg, originated his Saturday, April 22 radio program from a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to New York's Kennedy airport. The broadcast used the satellite-based Internet service from Boeing called Connexion by Boeing and a Comrex Access codec.

    The program airs from 10 a.m. to noon ET on Saturdays, so about 2.5 hours after Lufthansa flight 406 left Frankfurt the broadcast began. The broadcast originated from the Business-class section of the aircraft. From there, a Wi-fi connection carried the signal to the ISP satellite uplink where is was carried to the program's studio in New York.


    WZLX Offers 24-hour Surround Sound Broadcasting
    Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - CBS Radio's WZLX in Boston will become the first 24-hour surround radio broadcaster in the United States. Starting in about 90 days, the station will begin broadcasting using MPEG surround technology. The transmissions will be carried on WZLX's digital HD Radio channel, which simulcasts the normal FM program. The audio processing and surround studio upgrades will be provided by Telos and the MPEG Surround encoder will be provided by the Fraunhofer Institute.

    "A single RJ-45 connects all the surround channels at once and low-cost Ethernet swtiches are perfectly capable surround audio routers," said Axia President Michael Dosch.

    Continental, Nautel Collaborate on Sales Territories
    Hackett's Cove, NS, and Dallas - Apr 24, 2006 - During the opening hours of NAB2006, Continental Electronics and Nautel announced that the companies have entered into an agreement to distribute each other's products in their respective home countries of the United States and Canada.

    Continental will be able to sell Nautel's solid-state equipment in the United States, and Nautel will be able to sell Continental's high-power tube equipment in Canada. With the deal, Continental will also provide Nautel-made HD Radio exciters in the Continental 816HD tube-based HD Radio transmitters. The Nautel exciter will carry a Continental brand.

    Sales Call
    Clear Channel's Creative Services Group has chosen 12 Neumann TLM 103 microphone for its Atlanta, GA, facility. The group was established to improve the quality of commercial creative on all 1,189 of Clear Channel's radio stations.
    Radio Contact in Belgium has ordered equipment for a major satellite radio network upgrade from Profline, the subsidiary of International Datacasting. The order includes Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) satellite receivers, which are based on the High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding industry standard MPEG4 HE AAC.
    Several stations have recently purchased the Audio Time Manager from 25-Seven Systems: KTMS and KIST-AM in Santa Barbara, CA; KSMA in Santa Maria, CA; and KVEC in San Luis Opbispo, CA.
    National Public Radio affiliate WBUR in Boston acquired a Marantz PMD660 portable digital recorder for its staff.


    Larry Howard Joins Klotz
    Las Vegas - Apr 27, 2006 - Klotz Digital Audio Systems has appointed Larry Howard as vice president of sales for South America, Central America and North America. Howard will be responsible for the ongoing development of new business in the broadcast sector, including direct product sales as well as working with OEM partners.

    Prior to joining Klotz, Howard held positions at Universal Studios, Planet Hollywood International, Soundelux Showorks, Tannoy and Community Loudspeakers.

    Denon, Marantz Hire Brand Managers
    Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - D&M Professional has appointed three brand managers to serve its Marantz Professional, Denon Professional and Denon DJ product lines. Brian Gorman has been promoted to brand manager for Marantz Professional products. This includes installation and portable recorders. Most recently, Gorman held the position of technical sales support.

    Karl Gustafson has been named the company’s new brand manager for the Denon Professional products. He previously worked in the company's Pro’s Tech Support and Product Development departments.

    Silvio Zeppieri is now brand manager of Denon DJ products. Zeppieri will spearhead new product development.

    Hornback Joins Tieline in Sales
    Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - Tieline Technology has hired Brice Hornback as a sales consultant for audio and IP networking. He has more than 18 years experience in the audio and computer industries, and was already working with Tieline as an employee of Cyberbound, a maintenance and installation company for Tieline's codecs and workstations.

    Before Cyberbound, Hornback worked as a systems engineer at Eagle Micro and the USA Group/Sallie Mae, as well as the director of information technology for Boone County in Indiana. Prior to that, Hornback worked for 13 years as the executive vice president of Pathway Technologies.

    Hornback will be based in Indianapolis.

    Wiley to Head NAB Government Relations
    Washington - Apr 20, 2006 - Douglas S. Wiley will join the National Association of Broadcasters as executive vice president of government relations. Wiley joins the NAB from the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), where he was senior vice president of government relations under Congressman Dave McCurdy, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. As leader of the EIA's public policy team, he forged legislative strategies to consolidate support of the high-tech industry on Capitol Hill on both sides of the aisle.

    When Wiley starts at the NAB on May 15, he will be the most senior NAB executive responsible for representing the broadcasting industry before Congress and the Administration and will lead the NAB's government relations team.

    Before joining the EIA in 2003, Wiley was the director of government relations for Alcatel in Washington, DC, where he was a founding member of the High Tech Broadband Coalition. Wiley has also been a vice president at the Telecommunications Industry Association. As director of legislative affairs for the Competitive Telecommunications Association (Comptel), he helped draft and codify key elements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

    Prior to that, Wiley was the senior legislative assistant to Rep. Thomas J. Bliley of Virginia, former chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. While on Capitol Hill he focused on high-tech, telecommunications and mass media issues. In the mid-1980s, he served in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy, under the tenure of former NTIA Administrator and FCC Chairman Alfred C. Sikes. Wiley holds a Master's in Business Administration from the George Washington University.

    Global Security Systems Announces New Management Team
    Jackson, MS - Apr 20, 2006 - Global Security Systems has made several additions to its management team. In addition, GSS has opened its European headquarters near Stockholm in Sweden, which will serve as the base for all of the company's European sales and marketing activities, as well as the GSS European center for engineering, technology and research.

    R. Matthew Straeb joins the company as executive vice president, Robert MacKay as vice president of system development, and Paul E. Burt as vice president of broadcast operations. Appointed to lead the European operation are Managing Director Dick Ollas and Technical Director Frithjof Qvigstad.

    Straeb has more than 22 years of industry experience in a number of technology businesses including HD Radio, high-power AM/shortwave broadcast, on-the-field graphics, virtual sets, and high-end post production color correction, in positions ranging from design engineering to executive management. MacKay has spent more than 20 years helping technology startup companies develop and deploy new systems and solutions, and his experience ranges from enterprise level system architecture and design to hardware manufacturing. Burt's more than 28 years of experience includes the position of director of engineering for Clear Channel Radio in New Orleans.

    In the new European office, Ollas joins the company as GSS Europe AB. He brings 15 years of industry experience, including roles in software engineering, hardware design engineering and project management, and executive management. Qvigstad, technical director for GSS Europe AB, has an engineering and executive management background that spans 25 years.

    Eye on IBOC

    Harris Becomes Exclusive HD Radio Dealer for Cumulus
    Cincinnati, OH - Apr 23, 2006 - Cumulus Broadcasting, the owner of 345 FM and AM stations, has entered a multi-year agreement with Harris' Broadcast Communications Division to use its HD Radio equipment. A minimum of 80 percent of Cumulus stations will be installing Harris' HD Radio transmitters and its Flexstar HDE-100 exporter, HDX-FM exciter and HDI-100 importer.

    We chose Harris for our HD Radio conversion for three reasons," said Gary Kline, corporate director of engineering for Cumulus. "Number one is that they have the ability to develop applications that we need. Number two is that they are focused on pushing HD Radio and multicasting applications forward. And number three is they effectively meet Ibiquity's roll-out timelines."

    Kline also said that he is hoping to convert about 30 stations a year to HD Radio.

    Day Sequerra Holds M2 Raffle at NAB2006
    Las Vegas - Apr 27, 2006 - Day Sequerra raffled off a M2 HD Radio modulation monitor during the NAB convention in Las Vegas. The lucky recipient is Director of Engineering Steve Fluker of Cox Radio in Orlando, FL. Chriss Scherer, editor of Radio magazine, drew the winning ticket.

    The M2 offers over-sampling 24-bit, 96kHz DAC combined with the proprietary Class A-biased audio output circuitry that provides transparent and dynamic audio from every broadcast source. The high resolution, peak and hold 50-segment LED meters indicate RF carrier modulation percent and audio modulation in decibels. The unit uses a multi-function display for tuning and other station information. The monitor also includes alarms for over-modulation, loss of audio and loss of carrier. All tuner functions can be monitored and controlled remotely via an optional PC interface.


    25-Seven Upgrades ATM
    Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - The Audio Time Manager (ATM) time shifter from 25-Seven Systems now offers a "cue" mode that allows users to reposition the starting playback location of an audio stream while it is still recording. The ATM also offers an expanded record buffer capacity to one hour using ATM 1.40 software now.

    APT, Source Elements Collaborate
    Belfast, Northern Ireland - Apr 27, 2006 - Source Elements, a provider of software for the Pro Tools environment, and Audio Processing Technology (APT) have agreed to incorporate the APT Apt-x algorithm in the Source Elements Source Connect plug-ins. Apt-x is a real time digital audio data reduction system that compresses with imperceptible audible degradation and a coding delay under two miliseconds at 48kHz.

    Source Connect is a Pro Tools plug-in that allows broadcast-quality audio to be transmitted between remote locations. Links between Pro Tools users can be accomplished with the Source Connect plug-in over a T1, cable or DSL Internet connection.

    Gepco Ships X-band Mic Cables
    Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - Gepco announced at NAB that its X-band microphone cables are now in stock and ready for shipping. The flexible, high-bandwidth cables sonically transparent and provide a wide frequency response. For noise rejection, each pair is shielded with a 95 percent copper braid.

    Audemat-Aztec's Goldeneagle HD now Available
    Miami, FL - Apr 18, 2006 - At last year's NAB, Audemat-Aztec introduced a prototype of its Goldeneagle HD, but now the Goldeneagle HD AM, FM and AM/FM monitoring equipment is now available for purchase. The units can continuously monitor multiple AM and FM analog and HD Radio signals. The systems automatically send an alarm via e-mail or phone when there is a problem. The Goldeneagle HD can decode RDS and PDS, as well as measure the time and level alignment between the analog and the digital paths.

    Burk Technology Releases Lynx 5.1 Software
    Littleton, MA - Apr 20, 2006 - Burk Technology has released Lynx 5.1 broadcast facility control software. Lynx 5.1 works with the GSC3000 and VRC2500 broadcast facility control systems to provide PC-based facility management and automatic control for unattended operation. New features include full support for the G-Link G-Bus Expansion series, virtual channels that allow new meter or status indicators based on the composite values of other channels, new tools in the custom view editor and SQL server support.

    A fully functional demo of Lynx 5.1 is available at the Burk website at

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