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BIA Ranks Top Radio Groups of 2005
Chantilly, VA - Jun 9, 2006 - Clear Channel Communications continues to dominate the radio industry in its revenue and station ownership. The group owns 1,171 stations and posted 2005 revenues topping $3.5 billion. The statistics are based on the second edition of the 2006 Investing In Radio Market Report from BIA Financial Network. BIA notes that all the top 25 radio groups are not expected to experience revenue increases beyond 2.3 percent in 2006, even with small pockets of growth in several markets.
BIA forecasts above average growth in several markets this year. In particular, Phoenix has shown promise since early 2006, and is expected to see revenues rise as much as 8 percent. Smaller markets that have distinguished themselves include Tulsa, OK (6.5 percent); Lafayette, LA (5.5 percent); Augusta, GA (5.5 percent); and Lake Charles, LA (6 percent). Below average markets include 34th ranked San Jose, CA (0 percent); 40th ranked Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA (-2.5 percent); 47th ranked New Orleans, LA (1.5 percent); and, 69th ranked Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA (-1.5 percent).
BIA offers possible reasons for the slumps: Ipods, clutter and the Internet. An increase for a group could be attributed to successfully retaining or attracting certain demographics or expanding the advertising-based content distribution, which could include HD Radio multicasting.
|Top 25 Groups Ranked by 2005 Revenues|
|BIA 2006 Rank||Company||Revenue (x1000) $||# of stations||# of Markets|
|12||Cumulus Media Partners||264,175||36||10|
|15||Spanish Broadcasting System||188,900||20||6|
|16||Lincoln Financial Media||157,075||18||5|
|17||Beasley Broadcast Group||134,325||43||10|
|23||Inner City Broadcasting||66,500||18||7|
|25||Multicultural Broadcasting||63,200||44||21||source: BIA|
The profile of all 297 radio markets is available in the recently published second edition of the quarterly Investing In Radio Market Report.
NAB to Shorten Radio Show Hours in Dallas
Washington - Jun 9, 2006 - The NAB Radio Show, which will be held in Dallas from Sept. 20 to 22, will change its exhibit floor hours this year. In years past, the convention floor has been open for three days, with a few evening hours the first day, full morning-to-evening hours the second day, and a slightly shorter morning-to early afternoon hours the third day. The hours this year reduced to two days:
NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton provided an explanation for the change. "The Jewish holiday (Rosh Hashanah) begins at sundown on Friday, Sept. 22, and our concern was that exhibitors and their employees might not have time to tear down their exhibits and get home for observance if we had exhibits open until noon on Friday. Thus, the exhibit hall will officially close Thursday night at 5 p.m.
Wharton noted that the Radio Show sessions will run through Friday at noon, which should also give attendees time to get home to observe Rosh Hashanah.
WFXL-TV Tower Felled, Takes WALB Tower With It
Doerun, GA - Jun7, 2006 - Last week, Radio magazine reported on a tower accident where a military helicopter crashed after it clipped the WFXL-TV tower. The helicopter accident killed four of the five people on board.
On June 7, 2006, the demolition of the WFXL tower had an unintended consequence. The tower for WALB-TV is adjacent to the WFXL tower, and the two towers' guy wires cross. As the WFXL tower fell away from the WALB tower, the WFXL guy wires stuck those of the WALB tower.
The support for the WALB tower was compromised, and both towers ended up on the ground.
WALB captured on video the mishap at the end of the story at this link.
Both stations are now transmitting from a temporary tower erected on the roof of the WALB studios.
2007 CES Issues Call for Speakers
Arlington, VA - Jun 5, 2006 - The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has issued its Call for Speaker applications for the 2007 International CES, which will run Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2007, in Las Vegas. More than 175 sessions are planned to cover the newest trends, strategies and profit opportunities emerging in consumer technology. More than 140,000 attendees including financial analysts, venture capitalists, developers, consumer technology manufacturers, corporate buyers and retailers, from 130 countries attend the International CES.
Speaker proposals are due by Aug. 4, 2006. Proposals can be submitted online at this link. A limited number of presenters will be accepted. All proposals will be considered based on industry representation, professionalism, prior public speaking experience and relevance to session topics. Proposed presenters will be notified of acceptance status at the end of September.
Broadcast Electronics Breaks Ground On Facility Expansion
Quincy, IL - Jun 7, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) has broken ground on a new addition to its Quincy facility that will increase manufacturing capacity almost 30 percent. The company has experienced continued growth and success, and the expansion will allow the company meet its customers' demands.
The 20,000 square-foot addition will support new manufacturing as early as December 2006. The current facility occupies 70,000 square feet.
Heil Equipment Moves to Rock Hall
Cleveland - Jun 5, 2006 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, which opened 10 years ago, houses equipment and memorabilia from all aspects of rock and roll music, including instruments, outfits and microphones. A display that opens on June 8 will highlight some equipment from a manufacturer who has found recent interest in broadcasting: Heil Sound. The company's founder, Bob Heil, has a long history in music performance and professional audio, and the Rock Hall display recounts some of this history.
Bob Heil, who has been a ham radio operator since he was 15, built equipment for use with his radio setup. He was also a theater pipe organist and played at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. His experience with electronics, music and audio taught him about listening and voicing.
Some of Heil's work in the 1960s and 1970s led him to work with several major performers, including the Who, Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh. According to Heil, "We did many things back in the late 60s and early 70s that set the standards for live sound--and some are still be used today."
The Rock Hall exhibit will include several pieces of Heil-designed equipment.
The display will be a permanent part of the Rock Hall.
Zenon Media joins Axia Partners
Cleveland - Jun 6, 2006 - Software provider Zenon Media has joined with Axia Audio to enable direct communication from its All In One playout software suite to Axia IP audio networks. Equipped with a customized version of Axia’s IP audio driver software, All In One users will be able to send audio with embedded GPIO control logic from any Windows-based audio workstation directly to their Axia audio network.
Bid4spots and Voice123 Team
Encino, CA - Jun 6, 2006 - Bid4spots has entered a partnership with Voice123, an online database of voice-over talent, to provide produced radio ads for Bid4spots advertisers. Voice123 can write scripts, coordinate with voice-over talent and produce radio ads for Bid4spots advertisers to provide spots in less than 24 hours. Everything is managed online.
Advertisers tell Voice123 what they're looking for and they will receive many auditions from which to choose. Alternatively, advertisers can browse the Voice123 database of more than 30,000 voice-over professionals.
Bid4spots advertisers can access the service at bid4spots.voice123.com.
DG Systems Completes Merger with Fastchannel
Irving, TX, and Needham, MA - Jun 2, 2006 - DG Systems, a provider of digital media distribution services to the advertising and broadcast industries, has completed its merger with privately held (and former competitor) Fastchannel Network. Since executing the merger agreement in December 2005, operating expenses at the combined company, which is now called DG Fastchannel, have been reduced by $2 million a year, principally through staff reductions. DG Fastchannel generated revenue of $83.3 million in 2005.
DG Fastchannel provides integrated digital advertising services to thousands of advertisers, agencies, newspaper publishers and TV and radio broadcasters. These services include advertising distribution capabilities for TV, radio and print; online business intelligence offerings and searchable database of TV advertisements; digital asset management tools for archiving and collaboration; and media intelligence offerings (including broadcast verification).
Under terms of the merger agreement, Lisa C. Gallagher and William Donner have been appointed to the DG Systems board of directors and Cappy R. McGarr has resigned from the DG Systems' board. As a result, the DG Fastchannel board of directors has been expanded to seven members.
Gemini Sound Changes Name to GCI Technologies
Edison, NJ - Jun 5, 2006 - After 34 years, Gemini Sound Products will change its company name to GCI Technologies. GCI Technologies will act as the corporate umbrella for the Gemini brand, Ikey Audio brand and the newly acquired Cortex digital music controller brand.
GCI Technologies acquired the global rights to Cortex at January’s NAMM. The company manufacturers hard drive-based technology that can access, control and manipulate a digital music collection from a USB storage device.
Doimo Named President of MGE
Costa Mesa, CA - Jun 8, 2006 - MGE Ups Systems has named Daniel Doimo to be the president of MGE and corporate vice president of its North America division. Doimo has been with the company since 1991. Doimo has held executive positions at MGE in North America and internationally. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Dana Brown Shaffer, acting wireline advisor, joined the FCC as deputy bureau chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and served as an interim legal advisor to Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate. Shaffer has more than 10 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, during which time she served in a number of leadership roles, including president of the Southeastern Competitive Carriers Association and president of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association. Shaffer received her JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and served as law clerk to the Honorable Eugene Siler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Angela Giancarlo, acting wireless advisor, recently served as associate chief for spectrum policy in the Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC, Giancarlo was senior associate in the Washington, DC, office of Hogan and Hartson, where her primary focus was advising clients on commercial and private wireless regulation, auction-related transactional matters and strategic planning on spectrum allocations. Giancarlo began her career in the congressional office of former U.S. Representative Jack Kemp where she served in a number of capacities over the course of four years. Giancarlo received a bachelor of the arts degree in political science from Trinity College in Washington, DC, and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America.
Cristina Chou Pauzé, acting media advisor, joined the FCC as an associate bureau chief in the Media Bureau. Her prior experience includes positions at Morrison and Foerster's Washington, DC, office, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Teleglobe USA. Pauzé received her JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law and her AB from Duke University. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Heyburn II of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Knapp Joins Omnimount
Phoenix, AZ - Jun 5, 2006 - Omnimount Systems has hired Tracy Carl Knapp as sales manager, commercial products. Knapp, most recently with Toshiba America Information Systems, will be responsible for managing Omnimount's commercial accounts while focusing on the strategic growth of the company's professional audio/video business.
Prior to working for Toshiba, Knapp owned OSR, a manufacturer representative company. OSR represented LCD and plasma manufacturers from China and the United States.
Nautel Names Iannotti as GM of U.S. Operation
Hackett's Cove, NS, and Bangor, ME - Jun 5, 2006 - Nautel Limited has hired Edward Iannotti to be the general manager of the company's U.S. operation in Bangor, ME. Iannotti was a long time employee of Texas Instruments in Attleboro, MA. Iannotti brings many years of experience building a team focused on quality and on-time delivery.
Eye on IBOC
Stations Transmitting HD Radio Passes 800
Columbia, MD - Jun 6, 2006 - The listing of HD Radio stations on the air from Ibiquity has passed the 800 mark. According to Ibiquity, these stations provide an HD Radio signal to more than 75 percent of the US population.
Ibiquity's projections predict that 1,200 stations reaching 90 percent of the population will be on the air by the end of 2006. It also predicts that by July 31, 2006, the number of stations broadcasting multicast channels will to grow to 400.
Clear Channel Radio Opens Tool Box to Industry
San Antonio - Jun 8, 2006 - Clear Channel Radio has implemented an electronic inspection system that ensures and certifies FCC compliance of all public files. Clear Channel Radio's proprietary Electronic Public Inspection File (E-PIF) system was developed to maintain documents for on-demand, public viewing from all of its main studio locations.
The software provides a way to support stations in their review and maintenance of public inspection files for completeness and accuracy. Documents can be added locally or remotely to a station, a market or the entire company, and automatic e-mail messages send reminders of upcoming deadlines.
Clear Channel has tested the system with surprise FCC audits in Anchorage, Davenport, Denver, Macon, Springfield and Toledo. The next phase of the in-house initiative will be to offer the system to non-Clear Channel stations in the third or fourth quarter of 2006. E-PIF will be sold as part of the Viero product suite. Clear Channel currently offers six business systems, and has begun providing original audio programming to competing radio companies through its Format Lab.
Audemat-Aztec Releases Goldeneagle HD Firmware Version 1.3
Miami - Jun 8, 2006 - Audemat-Aztec has released a firmware upgrade for the Goldeneagle HD. This firmware upgrade incorporates many new features including audio silence sensing on all HD Radio audio channels, enhanced e-mail (plain text or HTML) and the capability to export readings.
For units equipped with a spectrum analyzer, the new firmware adds a GUI with bargraph digital modulation monitor accessible via the touch-screen or the PC application. This provides fast readings of modulation levels on the analog and all HD Radio audio channels. This capability is made possible by exploiting the digital demodulator that is part of the spectrum analyzer.
Audemat-Aztec will provide software upgrades for Goldeneagle HD customers free of charge through 2006, with two additional releases planned during that period. To obtain the new firmware, contact Technical Support Manager Tony Peterle at 305-249-3110 ext. 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The spectrum analyzer and digital demodulator option can be added to existing Goldeneagle HD units.
Polk's I-sonic to Ship in August
Baltimore - Jun 7, 2006 - Polk Audio has announced it plans to release production units of its I-sonic radio receivers. According to the announcement from Polk, the design and manufacturer "has proven to be a more time consuming project than we originally envisioned." The announcement added that delay is attributable to the company's commitment "to delivering a final product that lives up to the Polk Audio name."
The design has been finalized, and units will ship in early August. Before the shipping date, the company will announce when it is ready to accept pre-orders of units.
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