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Arbitron Surveys Chinese Language Radio Listening
New York - Jun 1, 2005 - Arbitron has released the results of its first ever survey of radio listening by Chinese language consumers in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan radio markets. Conducted during the Winter 2005, the two local market surveys found that 56.2 percent of radio listening by Chinese-speaking Asian Americans is to Chinese language radio. The surveys also found that, over the course of a week, 82.5 percent of Chinese-speaking Asian Americans, age 12 and older, listen to the radio. These consumers spend an average of 16 hours each week with the medium.

"The Chinese-language community represents a significant up-and-coming niche market for advertisers," said Arthur Liu, chief executive officer, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting. "Similar to the Hispanic market 20 years ago, the Asian population in this country is growing at an extraordinary rate with unparalleled education and income levels."

FCC Seeks Comment on Regulatory Flexibility Act Changes
Washington - May 31, 2005 - The FCC is reviewing the Regulatory Flexibility Act to see if there has been a significant economic impact on a large number of small entities. The purpose of the review is to determine whether such rules should be continued without change, or should be amended or rescinded. The Commission seeks comments by Sept. 1, 2005. In reviewing each rule under this plan, the FCC will consider the following factors:

  • the continued need for the rule,
  • the nature of complaints or comments received concerning the rule from the public
  • the complexity of the rule
  • the extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates or conflicts with other federal rules and, to the extent feasible, with state and local governmental rules,
  • the length of time since the rule has been evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions or other factors have changed in the area affected by the rule.

    Several of the rules affect radio, such as the schedule of annual regulatory fees and filing locations; allocation, assignment and use of radio frequencies; EAS standards and procedures; and the conditions under which commercial radio operators are licensed by the Commission.

    To read the public notice go to


    Sennheiser to Distribut K+H Products in U.S., Latin America
    Old Lyme, CT - March 1, 2005 - Sennheiser has taken over the marketing and development divisions of Klein+Hummel, including all product rights and brand use. Sennheiser will assume the distribution of the Klein+Hummel line of products in the United States and Latin America effective Aug. 1, 2005.

    At Infocomm 2005, Sennheiser will preview the new K+H Freeport PAS 400 wireless speaker for installed sound, corporate presentations and smaller live sound applications.

    Royer Labs Relocates
    Burbank, CA - Jun 3, 2005 - Royer Labs, a manufacturer of ribbon microphones, has moved into new, larger facilities. The new facilities will enable Royer Labs to increase its operating efficiency and expand further while simultaneously improving its customer service and support programs. Its new contact information is:

    2711 Empire Avenue
    Burbank, CA 91504
    Tel: 818-847-0121
    Fax: 818-847-0122

    Another Company Joins the DRM Consortium
    Karlsbad, Germany - Jun 2, 2005 - Harman/Becker Automotive Systems has joined the Digital Radio Mondiale consortium, bringing DRM's global membership to 89 members from 29 countries. The DRM consortium developed the non-proprietary, on-air digital system called DRM. It has been endorsed by the ITU, IEC and ETSI. DRM will showcase its consumer products at IFA 2005, in Berlin from Sept. 2-7.

    Conclave Radio Scholarship Winners Announced
    Minneapolis, MN - Jun 1, 2005 - The Conclave has announced its 2005 Radio Scholarship winners. Luke Prins of Isanti, MN, has won the Dennis Becker Memorial Scholarship to attend Brown College of St. Paul, MN, and Gary Steven Ahlberg of Dryden, MI, has won a scholarship to attend the Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Arts of Southfield, MI.

    The scholarships will be presented to the winners during the 30th Annual Conclave Learning Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, July 22, 2005, at the Marriott City Centre. The Conclave Awards Luncheon has been providing the record and radio industry with fresh new talent since the first scholarships were awarded in 1979.

    Solutions Broadcast RF Designated Orban's Canada Dealer
    Tempe, AZ - Jun 1, 2005 - Solutions Broadcast RF is the excusive authorized dealer of Orban products in Canada, effective immediately. All Canadian broadcasters should now contact Solutions Broadcast RF for their Orban product needs. Canadian broadcasters can reach Solutions Broadcast RF on the worldwide web at; additional contact information is:

    JoAnne Desmarais
    1047, 40e Avenue
    Laval, Quebec, H7R 4X4
    Phone: (450) 627-0854
    Cell: (514) 713-1132
    Fax: (450) 627-1536


    Bill Schofield
    Sales Manager
    42-209 Castle Rock Drive
    Richmond Hill, Ontario,
    L4C 5M2 Canada
    Phone: (905) 780-0693
    Cell: (416) 659-1937
    Fax: (905) 780-0776

    Intertain Signs Four Year Agreement with CBC-Galaxie
    Ottawa, ON, and Winnipeg, MB - Jun 1, 2005 - Intertain Media, a division of OMT, has signed a four-year exclusive agreement with the CBC to offer Galaxie Music for Business content to retailers and commercial businesses in Canada. As part of the agreement, Intertain will be responsible for sales, content delivery and service while CBC-Galaxie will be responsible for music content, licensing and programming.

    Clients of the service can create their own audio environments that include music to entertain consumers and promotional messages to increase sales. Clients can choose from more than 100 programmed channels, have a unique channel programmed for them by Galaxie, or build their own channel by accessing content through a secure Internet connection.

    Sales Call
  • Sacramento, CA-based EMF Broadcasting has ordered 60 Omnia-6fms making EMF the owner of just over 200 Omnia audio processors, which power the company's Air One and K-Love broadcast networks.
  • Sure Shot Transmissions has finished its new mid-market digital production and uplink truck. The 40-foot, Gerling-built Kelsey Marie is now home to a new Soundcraft MH4 audio mixing desk.
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    Prophet Appoints Customer Support Manager
    Ogallala, NE - Jun 3, 2005 - Jeff Hillis has been appointed customer support manager of Prophet Systems Innovations. Before joining Prophet Systems, Hillis, who has years of experience in support and operations management, was president of Sypport. During his professional career, Hillis has held management positions as technical support manager with Hewlett-Packard, Corvallis, OR, and support operations manager of World Com, of Greeley, CO. At Hewlett-Packard, he managed a worldwide network of 300 technicians in five countries and seven call centers.

    Laird Named CTO of Journal
    Milwaukee, WI - May 31, 2005 - Andy Laird has been named vice president, chief technology officer for the Journal Broadcast Group. The appointment was announced by Carl Gardner, executive vice president for TV and radio operations.

    Laird will begin his new post on June 1. He is promoted from vice president, radio engineering to replace Randy Price who will retire on May 31, 2005. Prior to joining the Journal Broadcast Group in 1998, Laird was vice president of engineering, radio for Heritage Media. He is a frequent contributor to industry publications, speaker at broadcasting and technical conventions and has consulted on more than 100 radio station and recording studio designs. Laird is a 35-year veteran of the broadcasting business and is Society of Broadcast Engineers-certified as a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer. He has completed the coursework toward a master's degree at the University of Denver.

    Journal Broadcast Group owns 38 radio stations and seven TV stations in 11 states and operates an additional TV station under a local marketing agreement.

    Tascam Appoints Division Manager, Director of Product Development
    Montebello, CA - May 31, 2005 - Tascam has appointed Rick McClendon to Tascam division manager to replace Jim Mack who held the position for the last two years. Mack has resigned his spot to pursue other opportunities within the industry. In addition, John Larabee has been promoted to the newly created position of director of product development and marketing.

    With 27 years in pro audio, McClendon previously worked for Tascam as national sales manager since 2003. Larabee has been with Tascam for 15 years. For the last two he served as national accounts manager for the company.


    Prophet Enhances Nexgen for Content Depot
    Ogallala, NE - Jun 3, 2005 - Prophet Systems Innovations has enhanced its Nexgen digital automation software to better support the Public Radio Satellite System's Content Depot program distribution system. Content Depot uses new technologies for distributing programming over satellite and for managing information. Prophet's Nexgen now supports Content Depot files using new features and a number of other configuration options to allow more functionality and flexibility, such as a way to map a Content Depot audio file to a specific Nexgen audio-cut number.

    Steinberg Unveils Nuendo 3.1 at AES
    Barcelona, Spain - May 28, 2005 - Steinberg's Nuendo Media Production System now offers the ID Controller by WK Audio and the Nuendo Time Base synchronizer with the integrated Nuendo DTS and Dolby digital encoder plug-ins. Nuendo can also now interface with Euphonix hardware using the Eucon protocol. This allows Nuendo to meld into studios and facilities operating the Euphonix MC and System 5-MC digital mixing and editing hardware.

    The Nuendo 3.1 update will be available via download to current registered users at in July 2005.

    Klotz Digital Adds Auto Mixer to Vadis
    Munich - May 31, 2005 - Klotz Digital has released the automatic mixer Mi[c]xer for the Vadis-based mixing and routing system. As many as 40 mono or stereo line level inputs or microphone channels are automatically mixed. Each channel provides an individual level meter for level control and offers adjustment to parameters such as pre-gain, threshold, attenuation or attack and release-time. Equalizers and dynamics can also be inserted in any signal path.

    Mi[c]xer can be configured to give one input priority over the other inputs. The complete group of microphones is operated via one fader of the mixing console. Mi[c]xer is controlled and set up by a software GUI, which also enables remote control via LAN or modem of any single microphone.

    TI, Radioscape Release First Chips and Modules for DRM
    London - Jun 1, 2005 - Texas Instruments and Radioscape have announced the first chips and modules for the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) standard. The TI chip supports the DRM and Eureka standards, and Radioscape's software-defined digital radio system provides a module that supports DRM, DAB, FM RBDS and analog AM. The companies hope that this multisystem approach will speed the development and deployment of multistandard receivers.

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