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FCC Seeks Comments on NRSC-5
Washington - Jun 16, 2005 - In a Public Notice, the FCC has asked for comments about the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) initial digital audio broadcasting standard entitled In-band/On-channel Digital Radio Broadcasting Standard NRSC-5. On April 16, 2005, NRSC-5 was approved by the NRSC DAB Subcommittee. On May 18, 2005, the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Broadcasters, co-sponsors of the NRSC, submitted NRSC-5 to the Commission for consideration in MM Docket 99-325 A copy of NRSC-5 is available electronically from the Commission's website at http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi under MM Docket 99-325.
Comments are by July 18, 2005, and reply comments are due by August 17, 2005.
MM Docket No. 99-325
Arbitron to Discuss Latest PPM Results
Montreal - Jun 16, 2005 - Researchers from Arbitron and its international colleague, BBM Canada, will present results from the Portable People Meter (PPM) research at the ARF/ESOMAR Worldwide Audience Measurement Conference in Montreal, Canada, June 20 through June 24. Arbitron will discuss the PPM and how it believes that the survey method provides new insights into audience behavior for broadcasters, agencies and advertisers. BBM will discuss the results from a first test panel using the PPM to measure radio in Canada. Arbitron will also take part in a panel discussion on electronic measurement.
The ARF/ESOMAR Worldwide Audience Measurement Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal.
SAE Institute Aquires AMS NEVE
Byron Bay, Australia, and Lancs, England - Jun 17, 2005 - SAE Group has acquired console manufacturer AMS Neve. The SAE Institute will provide AMS Neve broadcast/music/film and post seminars through its network in more than 45 colleges in 20 countries.
Solid State Logic Gets New Owners
Oxford, England - Jun 16, 2005 - The assets of Solid State Logic have been acquired by musician and technologist Peter Gabriel and broadcaster David Engelke. The company, which will trade as Solid State Logic, will continue to design and manufacture mixing consoles and related audio technology at its Begbroke, Oxford headquarters.
Gabriel is already known for his musical background, but he also has a long-standing involvement with technology. Syco Systems, a company that he co-founded, developed the Tablet, one of the first purpose-built digital audio workstations. Real World Multi Media, part of Gabriel's Real World Group, has won awards for technological and creative innovation. More recently, he has had success with OD2 (On Demand Distribution), a European distributor of online music.
David Engelke, formerly also an SSL console owner, has been involved with production and broadcast companies including Pinnacle Systems, Montage Group and Digital Editing Services and invented several technologies in the broadcast industry. Engelke currently heads Broadcast Devices.
Gabriel and Engelke have recruited a management team for their joint venture. Antony David, SSL sales director in the '80s and early '90s joins the company from Sony Broadcast and Professional Europe as managing director. Piers Plaskitt, previously president of SSL and president of sales and marketing at Euphonix is group commercial director. Chris Smith is group finance director.
Clear Channel Issues RFP for Radio Ratings System
San Antonio - Jun 13, 2005 - Clear Channel Radio has issued a request for proposals to create a "state-of-the-art radio ratings system that will accurately and credibly represent radio's true performance and value to advertisers." In the release from Clear Channel, Kathy Crawford of media-buying company Mindshare said that, "Ratings as they exist today are part of an antiquated system."
John Hogan, CEO of Clear Channel Radio, added, "In discussions with other radio groups, it's become clear that a different approach is needed to find an industry-wide solution. We want to investigate those options. Every time radio's performance and value is measured accurately, we absolutely shine."
Hogan notes that his company has worked to improve its accountability to advertisers, but he wants the industry to move more quickly to provide the accurate data it needs to show value to advertisers.
Arbiton, the most popular radio ratings service, relies on a system where listeners are asked to recall their listening habits by entering the information into a paper diary. Arbitron has been testing its Portable People Meter (PPM) system in Philadelphia and Houston. Arbitron has been asked to participate in the Clear Channel RFP.
Steve Morris, president of Arbitron, issued a statement in response to the Clear Channel RFP. He stated that Arbitron will submit a plan to Clear Channel in July that will promote a fast track to delivering PPM rating to radio station as soon as April 2006. While the PPM is designed to work with any aural media, the submitted plan will put radio in the forefront of the rollout to get stations on quickly. Other media will be added later.
Arbiton has been working with a task force of the Radio Advertising Bureau to answer the group's questions about the PPM. Arbitron has asked this task force to act quickly on it findings. In addition, Arbitron has asked the RAB Board to release the results of the Forrester study of the Economic Impact of Electronic Measurement, and the ratings firm has asked the Media Ratings Council to conclude the audit of the PPM ratings system that it began last September.
Linear Acoustic Appoints New Distribution Channels
Lancaster, PA - Jun 16, 2005 - Linear Acoustic has named Enders and Associates and Sascom Marketing Group to handle sales of the company's range of digital radio and TV processors for the West Coast region of the United States and Canada. Strassberg and Associates, based in New York City, continues to represent the company throughout the eastern and central states.
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Retail Outlets Join Houston PPM Trial
New York - Jun 14, 2005 - Four retailers in the Houston market have agreed to participate in the market trial of the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) system. More than 50 store locations operated by these retailers throughout Houston will play in-store audio that has been embedded with PPM identification codes supplied by Arbitron. When an Arbitron PPM survey participant enters one of these retail outlets, the PPM will detect the codes and report that the individual has been exposed to its in-store audio programming.
The retailers that have agreed to encode in-store audio include 16 Best Buy locations, 18 Gap locations, one Gallery Furniture location and 15 Old Navy locations.
Arbitron states that the test will be used to demonstrate how the PPM can measure the store traffic that advertising generates. According to Scarborough Research, these outlets in aggregate are visited by at least 63 percent of the adult population over the course of the past year.
Arbitron is working to bring additional retailers online for the Houston PPM demonstration. Arbitron previously announced that National Cinemedia will also participate in the Houston PPM demonstration by encoding The Twenty, a short pre-feature program, on 46 movie screens in two theatres in Houston.
Dmarc Revenuesuite Surpasses 250 Stations
Newport Beach, CA - Jun 14, 2005 - Dmarc Broadcasting, the supplier of the Revenuesuite service, the radio station revenue-on-demand program that is offered exclusively to Scott Studios and Maestro users, has been syndicated into more than 250 radio stations. The company reports that several hundred more stations are in various stages of review or pre-installation.
One of the early adopters is Nassau Broadcasting Partners, headquartered in Princeton, NJ. Nassau recently committed all 55 of its stations to the Revenuesuite program.
Once a day's logs are closed, Revenuesuite fills unsold and designated avails automatically. The system runs autonomously while providing real-time revenue reports and local control through a Web-based interface.
Creative Studio Solutions Tapped for Bermuda Project
Wheat Ridge, CO - Jun 13, 2005 - Defontes Broadcasting of Hamilton, Bermuda, has selected Creative Studio Solutions to be the broadcast studio designers and integrators of its new studios. CSS will design and integrate three new studios and master control.
Defontes, which broadcasts local and network programming to the island, has been planning the studio build for more than a year. Kenneth Defontes, president of the firm, met with Creative Studio Solutions during the integration of WOR's new studios.
The Defontes system is being designed for a possible move to another location on the island in the future. In addition, Defontes has chosen Arrakis consoles, furniture and a Digilink automation system.
The integration of the new studios is expected to be complete by late fall of this year.
Joyner's experience includes more than 25 years as an analyst with Procter and Gamble as well as his audio-specific knowledge he gained as owner of White Horse Studios. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and Gospel Music Association. He is now focused on fulfilling the informational needs of Audio-Technica's internal and external publics, managing and aiding the Audio Solutions department's efforts to offer convenient tools for the audio industry.
The Audio Solutions Department acts as the first point of contact for A-T's staff, reps, dealers and end users seeking technical or product advice and application assistance. In addition to phone and e-mail consultations, the department creates online resources as readily accessible knowledge banks, gathers feedback from the field to identify emerging trends and business opportunities, and assists in product design, development and sales.
Dmarc Broadcasting Hires Hilles as VP
Newport Beach, CA - Jun 17, 2005 - Dmarc Broadcasting has appointed Drew Hilles to vice president, advertising solutions. Hilles will oversee Dmarc's advertising sales and media systems for its Revenuesuite program, which is now syndicated across more than 250 stations.
Hilles has more than 15 years of advertising sales and station management experience. Most recently he served as senior vice president/market manager for Infinity Broadcasting, managing the Philadelphia and Denver markets. Prior to Infinity, Hilles served as a regional vice president for Clear Channel Radio.
Mediaguide, Radiowave Partner for Airplay Monitoring
Berwyn, PA - Jun 16, 2005 - Mediaguide Artistmonitor and Radiowave Airplay Monitor have teamed on a radio information package that covers over-the-air and online broadcasts for independent artists. Independent artists and songwriters can know where their music and works are playing, who is playing them and when they are playing them across 2,500 terrestrial radio stations and 4,800 Internet radio stations.
Musicmaster for Windows 2.0 Now Available
Brookfield, WI - Jun 14, 2005 - A-Ware Software have released Version 2.0 of its Musicmaster for Windows music scheduling software. Enhanced features in Version 2.0 include a real time studio editor, a trivia editor, manual-assist scheduling, a custom separation wizard, external library synchronization, segue preview, and new schedule editor tools.
Telos Named Distributor of Neowinners
Cleveland - Jun 16, 2005 - Paris-based Neogroupe and Telos Systems have entered an agreement whereby Telos will be the sole distributor of Neogroupe's Neowinners software package in the United States.
Neowinners is a contest-and-winner-tracking software package that helps broadcasters control call-in contests. The software is a standalone suite for Windows that can also interface directly with Telos Twox12 and Series 2101 talk show systems. It automates the scheduling of giveaways and the tracking of winners, keeping a real-time count of prize inventories and identifying and eliminating "serial winners."
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