Radio Currents Online - May 15 - May 21, 2006


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News

NAB National Radio Award Goes to Kennedy
Washington - May 17, 2006 - David Kennedy, past president of Susquehanna Media, will receive the NAB National Radio Award during the Radio Luncheon on Sept. 20, at the NAB Radio Show in Dallas. During his 35-year career in radio, Kennedy has served as the NAB Radio Board Chairman, the NAB Joint Board Chairman and was the chair of NAB's Financial Advisory Committee. Kennedy is also the immediate past chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau.

Kennedy has already received several awards recognizing his leadership and dedication in radio. He was honored with the NAB/Broadcast Education Association H.M. Beville Award in 2004 and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters named him Radio Broadcaster of the Year in 2000.


Business

CBS Radio Chooses Arbitron's PPM
New York - May 18, 2006 - CBS Radio has signed a seven-year agreement to use Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) radio ratings service. The service will begin when the new audience ratings technology is deployed in the 35 CBS Radio markets encompassed in Arbitron's previously announced PPM roll-out plan.

"CBS Radio is counting on the PPM to enhance the value of both our programming and the audiences we reach in the eyes of our advertisers," said Joel Hollander, CEO of CBS Radio.


The Ticket Gains Access in Dallas
Dallas - Apr 17, 2006 - In April, Dallas radio stations The Ticket sports radio 1310/104.1 FM completed a week-long, 24/7 broadcast using a Comrex Access rackmount stereo BRIC IP codec. The broadcast featured the air staff of The Ticket all living together Big Brother-style in a newly constructed house for one week and all doing their shows from this "undisclosed location."

The stations connected through the Internet using a Verizon FIOS fiber connection that offered 35Mb/s download speeds and 5Mb/s up. The service accommodated the Access plus a video Web encoder broadcasting two streams at 113kb/s each.

BRIC technology enables broadcasters to use a variety of commonly available Internet access points to broadcast high quality, real-time audio. Access is capable of using widely available wired circuits like DSL, cable, POTS and frame as well as wireless circuits such as Wi-fi, 3G cellular data networks and satellite data services.


Communications Supply Acquires Liberty Wire and Cable
Chicago - May 16, 2006 - Communications Supply (CSC) recently completed the acquisition of Liberty Wire and Cable. The transaction brings the number of CSC branch locations across the United States to 32. The Liberty distribution centers in Colorado and North Carolina will continue to service Liberty customers globally.

Liberty, led by Andy Bergdoll, president, will continue to operate under its current management team.


SCMS Sets Conference Agenda
Charlotte, NC - May 16, 2006 - Equipment dealer SCMS has set the agenda for its Communications Conference to be held June 1 in Charlotte, NC. The event will be held at the University Hilton.

There are two session tracks planned for engineers and managers. The session outline follows.

Engineering TrackPD/Management Track
8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
HD Radio Transmission
Ted Lantz, Broadcast Electronics
8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Multicasting's Effects on Your Job
Ray Miklius, Broadcast Electronics
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Multicasting
Ron Paley, OMT
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Utilizing Mobile marketing with HD
Ivan Braiker, Hipcricket
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
HD Radio Programming and Management PD Panel
Jack Daniel, WEND-FM; Paul Stribling, WFAE; Neil Glassman, Broadcast Electronics
noon to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Keynote: Scott Stull, Ibiquity
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Planning Digital Audio Infrastructure
Jay Tyler, Wheatstone
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
HD Receiver Status and Effects of Processing on Digital Receivers
Jeff Keith, Telos Systems; David Day, Day Sequerra
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Spectral Regrowth - a discussion of Digital IBOC and Analog Signal Interactions
Bob Surette, Shively Labs
 

There will also be an exhibit floor during the event. Exhibitors include AEQ Broadcast, Atlas, Audemat-Aztec, Audio Processing Technology, Audioarts Engineering, Avant Electronics, Beyer, Broadcast Electronics, Burk Technology, Comrex, Davicom, Day Sequerra, Dielectric, EMR, Gorman-Redlich, Jampro, Kintronic, KRK, Marantz, Maxmpact, Micro Communications, Middle Atlantic, Millar Electronics, Moseley, National Power, OMT, Orban, Phonic, Quality Engineering, Radio Systems, Rane, Secom, Shively, Shoreview Distribution, Sundance Systems, SWR, Symetrix, Tannoy, Telos Systems, TFT, Tieline, TOA, Translantech, TWR Lighting, United Sales Associates, US Commerce, Wheatstone and Yamaha.

Additional information and registration details are available at www.scmsconference.com.


Sales Call
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Jampro has been awarded a contract for a JMPC-FM side-mount antenna by WKKC-FM, a station licensed to the Board of Trustees of Community College District 508 for the City Colleges of Chicago.
Grupo Radio Centro SA de CV, which owns 14 FM/AM station in Mexico, has purchased a Jampro JAPD cavity-back panel antenna for three of its FM stations: XHYZ, XHUZ and XHNO.
ZJAM Youth Ministries, a syndicated Christian youth music and information network, has chosen OMT's Imediatouch broadcast automation to produce its radio show.
Hellenic Broadcasting, the national broadcaster of Greece, has chosen Dalet's Daletplus Media Library to digitalize and streamline its entire media archive system.

Eye on IBOC

Towercast Broadcasts HD Radio using Shively Filter
Bridgton, ME - May 17, 2006 - Towercast, France's first privately held tower company, has selected Shively Labs' Model 2914 filter for broadcasting its HD Radio signal on a test license granted for 88.2MHz. Shively Labs provided its four-cavity low power bandpass filter as part of the equipment package for the system. The filter is tuned to suppress out-of-band emissions that may cause interference to broadcast signals on neighboring frequencies.


Radio Shack, Others Join HD Radio Roll-out
San Antonio, TX - May 15, 2006 - Radio Shack is launching a pilot program in several major markets as a prelude to a national roll-out later this year. More than 100 Radio Shack stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are now stocking digital radio receivers for the pilot launch, as are several dozen additional stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and Washington, DC.

Radio Shack stores in the pilot program will initially carry the tabletop Boston Acoustics Recepter Radio HD, with the plan to add exclusive Radio Shack receivers in the fall when the pilot expands nationally.

In addition, Detriot retail outlet Mickey Shorr will launch a marketing and advertising campaign devoted to HD Radio, while ABC Warehouse in Detriot will expand its current HD Radio campaign. Los Angeles retailer Ken Crane will offer HD Radio products in its stores and launch online and print advertising and marketing campaigns beginning May 15, and New York-area retailers Harvey and Electronics Expo will provide HD Radio receivers in its stores.


People

SBE Elects Fellows
Indianapolis - May 17, 2006 - Raymond Benedict, CPBE, Gary Hartman, CPBE and Troy Pennington have been elected to the membership grade of Fellow by the SBE Board of Directors. The recipients will be recognized during the SBE National Awards Dinner, held as a part of the SBE National Meeting on Sep. 27 in Verona, NY. The annual meeting is being held in conjunction with the Broadcast and Technology Expo, sponsored by SBE Chapter 22 of Central New York.

Benedict is director of spectrum engineering for CBS and is responsible for the FCC licensing and engineering regulatory compliance matters for all of the CBS owned entities. Benedict has almost 50 years of service to the broadcast industry, beginning in his home state of Vermont. Benedict is an active member of SBE, serving as a member of the Board of Directors in the early 1980s and again from 1996 through 1999. He then served as secretary from 2000 through 2001, vice president from 2001 through 2003 and as national president for two terms from 2003 through 2005. He is currently serving on the board as immediate past president. He has been SBE Life Certified at the CPBE level since 1998.

As a charter member of Chapter 22, Hartman held several positions including the chairman's post from January 1976 to March 1978. Hartman served as chairman for the Chapter 22 SBE regional convention during the early 1980s. About that time, he became involved in the chapter's frequency coordination committee and has served as volunteer frequency coordinator for his region for many years.

Troy Pennington is regional director of engineering for Cumulus Broadcasting, serving the Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee areas and is based in Nashville. Pennington served as chapter chairman for Chapter 68 in Birmingham, AL, for two terms and also vice chairman, newsletter editor, secretary/treasurer for three terms and program chairman. He was active in the formation of the chapter in Montgomery, AL, and the reorganization of the Huntsville, AL, chapter. He is currently active with Chapter 103 in Nashville. He has served the SBE as president for two terms, vice president, treasurer and twice as a national director. Additionally, he has served as chairman of the executive committee, as a member of the certification committee, and represented the SBE on the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference planning committee.


Loud Technologies Appoints VP of Domestic Sales
Woodinville, WA - May 17, 2006 - Michael MacDonald has joined Loud Technologies as interim senior vice president of domestic sales. MacDonald will be responsible for the domestic sales team, as well as the company's network of independent domestic reps. He will also be responsible for recruiting a permanent senior vice president later this year. Frank Loyko will continue as senior vice president of international sales.

MacDonald brings more than 20 years of experience in professional audio from the production side as well as supplier sides of the industry. In the 1970s, MacDonald began providing sound systems and production services for events throughout southern California, including the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and the Reagan-Bush Presidential Inauguration.

In 1986, MacDonald joined Yamaha, where he served as a product specialist and later as marketing manager. MacDonald joined Timeline as vice president of sales and marketing before being recruited by JBL in 1996, where he spent six years developing products and strategies for the production and fixed installation sectors. He served the last four years at JBL Professional as president.


Beck Appointed President of Eventide
Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - Jason Beck joined Eventide in 1999 and was a key member of the team that created the TEC award-winning Eclipse Harmonizer effects processor. Now, with Richard Factor stepping down after 35 years as president, Beck is taking over. Prior to becoming president, Beck was director of the audio software group leading the development of Eventide's TDM plug-ins. In December 2004, he was promoted to chief operating officer.

Beck graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota.


Tekserve Adds Pollack to Sales Force
New York - May 13, 2006 - Tekserve has added Brian Pollack to its pro audio sales force. Pollack began his career at NYC's Right Track studios, working with the likes of Frank Filipetti, Celine Dion, Junior Vasquez and Mariah Carey. For the past three years, Pollack worked for a Miami-based dealer/integrator.


Products

Voxpro 4.1 Ships With New Features
Seattle - May 18, 2006 - Audion Laboratories has released Voxpro 4.1, adding a publication wizard to its audio recording and editing software that generates RSS files, compresses audio in MP3 format and uploads audio files directly to the Web. Other features added to the system include a new search function that allows file names to be searched using particular combinations; vertical zoom that enables low-level signals to be clearly seen and edited; noise reduction to remove recording hum and hiss; improved automatic gain control; markers; mono-mix recording;, adjustable VU meters; and the ability to add ID3 tags to files being exported in MP3 formats.


Tieline's Commander G3 Offers More Options
Las Vegas - Apr 24, 2006 - The Commander G3 audio codec from Tieline now offers six new network options. The selection offers broadcasters a stable audio link to the studio wherever the remote broadcast is located.

The six options are: audio over IP, LAN, WAN, the Internet and 802.11x wireless networks; 3G broadband wireless cellular networks; POTS, including leased 3kHz dry pairs; wireless GSM cell phone network; ISDN, BRI, PRI and Inmarsat satellite circuits; and digital leased lines with X.21 interfaces.


Spacial Audio Partners with Coding Technologies
Las Vegas - Apr 25, 2006 - Spacial Audio Solutions, a provider of audio streaming services and products, has adopted Coding Technologies' MPEG-4 AAC Plus audio codec into its line of Internet radio broadcasting products. By doing this, customers can create, play and stream AAC Plus content directly over the Internet.

Consumers can log onto www.spacialaudio.com and download the beta version of the product, called Sam Broadcaster, for fully-integrated AAC Plus encoding and decoding.

Content delivered via AAC Plus is more bandwidth-efficient than content delivered in other formats.


Logitek Unveils Updates to Vscreen
Las Vegas - Apr 28, 2006 - Logitek Electronic Systems has updated its Vscreen PC application for console router systems. The updates include flexible screen backgrounds including wallpaper BMP and JPG graphic files; gradient patterns for backgrounds; support for transparent backgrounds in many Vscreen Designer objects; adjustable height and width on meter displays, which allows meters of any size to be created; and the choice of user-defined labels, active device names or active device aliases for meter labeling.

Vscreen allows users to design custom operator interfaces consisting of faders, meters, buttons and graphics of any configuration. Users configure Vscreen with the drag and drop method, starting with a blank screen.


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