Radio Currents Online - May 8 - May 14, 2006


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AMBER Alerts Delivered to Truckers
San Antonio - May 8, 2006 - An initiative to help increase the likelihood of recovering abducted children has prompted positive response from trucking companies nationwide. The AMBER Alert Highway Network, through a collaboration with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), redistributes AMBER Alerts directly to truck drivers, significantly broadening the audience of those who can watch for abducted children. The number of carriers participating in the AMBER Alert Highway Network has more than doubled since it was launched in mid-March. Two tanker carriers, bulk liquid commodities carrier Distribution Technologies and tanker specialist Grammer Industries, are among the participants. Both the American Trucking Associations and the National Tank Truck Carriers have expressed support for the growing initiative.

In addition to Disttech and Grammer Industries, members of the AMBER Alert Highway Network include Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, CR England, Fedex, National Freight, Cornhusker Motor Lines, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Cargo Transporters, Averitt, Boyle Transportation, Gordon Trucking, Pottles Transportation, G&P Trucking, US Xpress Enterprises, Trans-System, Raven Transport, Howard Baer, South Shore Transportation Company and Panther II Transportation. Combined, these companies dispatch more than 35,000 drivers across the country every day.


Business

BGS Finalizes Expo Plans
Dayton, OH - May 11, 2006 - Equipment dealer Broadcasters General Store (BGS) will host the Midwest Expo 2006 on May 18 at the Holiday Inn Dayton Mall in Daton, OH. The event starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 5:00 p.m. The date and location were chosen because the Dayton Hamvention begins the next day. A continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. There will be exhibits and several presentations during the day.

10:00 a.m. - Chris Crump, Comrex
Presentation: Remotes via IP

noon - lunch buffet

12:30 p.m. - Chriss Scherer, Radio magazine
Presentation: Great Ideas in Studio Design

2:30 p.m. - Kirk Harnarck, Telos/Axia/Omnia
Presentation: Processing Audio for Multicast

Exhibitors include AEQ, Andrew, APT, APW, ATI/Day Sequerra, Audemat, Audio Science, Audion Laboratories, Barix, Bird Electronic, Broadcast Devices, Burk, Circuit Werkes, Circuitwerkes, Comrex, Dialight, Dielectric, Dixon Systems, Easi, Enco, Gepco, Gorman Redlich, Heil Sound, Mainline Marketing, Microgen, Middle Atlantic, Moseley, Orban, Radio magazine, Radio Systems, Sennheiser, Seps, Symetrix, Telos/Omnia/Axia, TFT, Tieline, Towerswitch, Translantech, Voxpro and Will-Burt.

A RSVP to 352-622-7700 by May 12 is appreciated, but on-site registration will be accepted. See this link for more information.


Sonifex Acquires SBS Product Line
Irthlingborough, UK - Apr 24, 2006 - Sonifex has acquired the IT and Flexrack range of Sound Broadcast Services audio products. These products will be branded and distributed under the ProAVM name--professional audio, video and media.

"We're basically buying into a larger share of this market," said Marcus Brooke, managing director of Sonifex. "Our Redbox range of audio interfaces is going from strength to strength and the SBS audio products add to the customer's choice."


Wide Orbit Traffic Surpasses 400 Station Installments
San Francisco - Apr 18, 2006 - Wide Orbit's WO Traffic software for traffic and billing has been installed in more than 400 TV stations, radio stations and cable networks. More than 80 broadcasat groups have selected Wide Orbit for all or a portion of their stations or networks.

WO Traffic is a scalable, Windows-based system that provides a traffic, sales client management, billing and accounts receivable suite.


Promo Only Surpasses 250,000 Downloads
Orlando - May 8, 2006 - More than 250,000 individual tracks have been downloaded through the Promo Only MPE System. This growth is partly attributed to the newly added features of Promo Only MPE’s version 2.0, including music video delivery. With this recent addition, labels can now send more material to users and in a more convenient package. Artist interviews, full length videos and biographies can be sent directly through the Promo Only MPE System.

Launched in 2004, Promo Only MPE has about 7,500 individual registered users that are predominantly radio station programmers. Promo Only MPE is the official digital delivery system of choice for the Clear Channel Radio network.


Skybridge to Deliver All Comedy Radio
Los Angeles - May 9, 2006 - Skybridge Technologies has reached an agreement with All Comedy Radio to provide digital delivery of ACR's HD Radio programming stream. All Comedy Radio's HD Radio program feed will emanate from an upload site near Hollywood and be digitally delivered via IP to each affiliate HD Radio station in a high bit-rate.


Cumulus Media Completes Cumulus Media Partners, Acquisition of Susquehanna
Atlanta - May 5, 2006 - Cumulus Media Partners, a private partnership created by Cumulus Media, Bain Capital, the Blackstone Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners, completed the acquisition of the radio broadcasting business of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Company. The deal is valued at about $1.2 billion. Cumulus Media has entered into a management agreement with Cumulus Media Partners, pursuant to which the management of Cumulus will manage the operations of Media Partners' subsidiaries.

As previously reported in the Radio Currents, Cumulus contributed four radio stations in the Houston and Kansas City markets in exchange for membership interests in Cumulus Media Partners. Lew Dickey, the chairman of Cumulus, will also serve as the chairman of Cumulus Media Partners.

Cumulus Media Partners will own and operate 33 radio stations in eight markets including San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Kansas City and York, PA.

There are reports that some staff changes have been made at the former Susquehanna stations, which is not unexpected with any ownership consolidation.


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Minnesota Public Radio will be opening a new expansion of its facilities in St. Paul, which will expand its headquarters to 135,000. The 19 new studios, control rooms and edit suites will use Genelec 8020A, 8030A and 8040A monitoring systems with 7050B and 7060A active subwoofers.
Jampro Antennas is supplying KHHT-FM in Sacramento, CA, with a JSCP FM antenna to facilitate a new digital radio FM channel. KHHT is a 50kW station serving the entire Los Angeles metro.
KWFX-FM and KWDQ-FM in Woodward, OK, have purchased a Jampro JHPC-10 R 10-bay sidemount antenna with radomes and added a Jampro master station RCCS-322-2.OH combiner. This configuration allows the station to merge KWFX and KWDQ's signals on the same antenna.
Iceland's National Broadcast Service, RUV, has installed the Eventide Reverb 2016 in one of its multi-purpose OB vans for on-site processing and mixing during live transmissions.
KFMB-AM in San Diego has purchased 25-Seven Systems' Audio Time Manager for on-air delays.
Australia's newest Super 14 rugby team, the Western Force, used the Tieline I-mix to broadcast its game against the West Coast Eagles.

People

Jones Heads Merging Technologies U.S. Ops
Portland, ME - May 9, 2006 - Swiss-based Merging Technologies has appointed Fraser Jones to head its expanded and restructured operation in the United States. Merging's original Chicago office gives way to two new sales and support offices in Los Angeles and Portland, ME, to support the customer base for Merging's Pyramix and Vcube digital audio and video workstations. A new dealer structure has also been implemented.

Jones will continue working with his Independent Audio distribution company, expanding his personnel to support this new role with Merging Technologies. Kaspar Hugentobler, Merging's representative in Los Angeles, will continue to run that office under the direction of the Portland headquarters.


Audio-Technica Names VP of Marketing
Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - Greg Pinto has been appointed vice president, marketing for Audio-Technica. Pinto will guide a unified, long-term strategy to increase market penetration and overall brand visibility. In his new role, Pinto will direct Audio-Technica’s marketing efforts with a definitive understanding of the factors that contribute to sustained growth.

Pinto started his career with a degree in marketing from Miami University, Ohio. He most recently held the position of managing business director for Beech Acres, and has served as general manager at Evenflo Company. Before that, Pinto was employed by Newell Rubbermaid as director of channel marketing in the Graco division, and director of marketing for the Century brand.


Mojave Audio Promotes Wakeman to President
Burbank, CA - May 9, 2006 - Microphone manufacturer Mojave Audio has promoted Dusty Wakeman to the position of president. Wakeman, who for the past 26 years has guided Burbank, CA-based Mad Dog Studios, possesses a background in professional touring, the recording arts and music retail. In his new position Wakeman will oversee all aspects of the company's operations, including marketing, manufacturing, financial and distribution.

As a recording engineer/producer Wakeman has amassed more than 100 production and engineering credits, including projects with Dwight Yoakam, Roy Orbison, Lucinda Williams, Anne McCue and Buck Owens. As a performing musician Wakeman played bass and toured with numerous artists, among them Michelle Shocked and Rosie Flores. Further, Wakeman’s retail experience includes serving as store manager for West LA Music.


Genelec Makes Key Appointments
Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - Genelec has hired Paul Stewart as product specialist. Stewart will be responsible for educating and motivating manufacturer's representatives and retail sales personnel, helping serve the needs of Genelec’s dealers and offering clients onsite counsel and loudspeaker calibration for installations including broadcast, studios and home theater projects. Stewart is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and has more than 10 years experience in professional audio sales to high-end production facilities and individual artists around the globe.

Dan Pye has joined Genelec in the position of sales support. Pye will help in advancing the company’s sales and marketing department capabilities, handling warehouse maintenance, trade show representation and daily shipping/receiving. Pye is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he received a degree in Sound and Recording Technology.

Amy Tran has been named sales administrator. She is now responsible for order processing, establishing new accounts and providing dealer sales, general office and marketing administration. Tran has more than four years experience in sales support, order processing and HT project management, along with general office administration. Previously, she worked for Genelec as an authorized reseller and CEDIA member.


Internet Watch

10th Annual Webby Awards Announced
New York - May 9, 2006 - The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announced the winners of the 10th Annual Webby Awards in 69 business, consumer and culture categories. The awards received 5,500 entries from more than 40 countries. In addition, more than 300,000 votes were cast as part of the People's Voice Awards. A full list of Webby Award and People's Voice Award winners is available at www.webbyawards.com.

The Webby Award winner in the radio category is www.npr.org from National Public Radio. The People's Voice Winner is Accuradio at www.accuradio.com.

There were five nominees in the category. The other three nominees were:

  • KEXP.org
  • Voices (BBC)
  • Youth Radio

    The winners will be saluted alongside a slate of Special Achievement honorees, including the founders of Myspace.com, Thomas Friedman, Mark Cuban, The Gorillaz and Internet co-inventor Dr. Robert Kahn, at the June 12 ceremony in New York City.


    Products

    GSS Introduces Emergency Network Access Line
    Jackson, MS - May 9, 2006 - At NAB2006, Global Security Systems (GSS) unveiled its three new GSS Net receiver systems that provide OEMs, public emergency personnel and members of the public with easy, reliable access to FM hazards-alerting transmission networks. As part of the new GSS appliance integration model, IC-level and modular offerings allow OEMs to integrate the functionality of the GSS system into their own branded systems for network access. GSS is also introducing a new FM-network-enabled PDA with advanced features to simplify operations in the field, as well as a new home receiver that offers intuitive access to emergency alert data at a low cost of ownership.

    GSS supplies real-time information systems and products based on FM subcarrier systems. GSS will be signing broadcast stations and groups to participate in the United States Homeland Security and All-Hazards Alert System to support FEMA and DHS efforts during the upcoming hurricane seasons. A commercial data services component will yield a new revenue stream for the broadcaster as a side benefit.


    Audemat-Aztec Adds Features to its IP2 Choice
    Las Vegas - Apr 19, 2006 - Audemat-Aztec has added advanced features to its IP2 Choice transmitter remote control unit, such as an application program interface for advanced programmers to link an IP2 Choice with external equipment via one of the serial ports. Other features include a hyptertext preprocessor feature, DTMF, Scripteasy Viewer that allows users to see in real time the status of each object of the script and a touchscreen display.


    Radio Manufacturers can Now Test RDS Using Free Script
    Cambridge, UK - Apr 28, 2006 - Prism Sound is offering a downloadable script developed for the Dscope III audio analyzer to FM radio manufacturers, particularly those making car stereos. The RDS test script adds RDS testing to other standard audio tests, including CD transport quality and multitone frequency response tests. The script enables users to send RDS data via an FM transmitter to the device being tested and verify the result on the device's RDS display.


    Bird's BPM Series Updated
    Las Vegas - Apr 28, 2006 - Bird Technologies Group has updated its BPM Series broadcast power monitors with more options for measuring, monitoring and protecting a RF broadcast transmission system. The BPM-E (E for enhanced) now offers data logging capabilities, a new RF test port for spectral compliance applications and remote access from any Web-enabled device.


    ESE Enhances ES-102
    Las Vegas - Apr 28, 2006 - The ES-102U is an enhanced version of the ES-102 GPS master clock/time code generator. The upgrade includes SMPTE time code selection (drop frame, NDF, EBU and real time) through supplied software and USB connection. The system uses an on-board 23 channel GPS receiver and includes a six-digit yellow LED display in 24 hour format, rack mount enclosure with black front panel, indoor-outdoor antenna, 1 PPS output and four time code outputs (SMPTE/EBU, ASCII, ESE-TC89 and ESE-TC90).


    Mojave Audio Broadens Distribution of MA-200
    Burbank, CA - May 9, 2006 - Mojave Audio is offering its MA-200 tube condenser microphone in broad distribution. Since its introduction in May 2004, the microphone has been available in limited quantities.

    The Mojave Audio MA-200 uses a 1" diameter gold-sputtered capsule in conjunction with a specially designed Jenson audio transformer and a military-grade JAN 5840 vacuum tube. It features a cardioid polar pattern and a balanced transformer output, and it ships with a carrying case, power supply, shock mount and cables.


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