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119th AES Prepares Papers Schedule
New York - Jul 29, 2005 - Coordinating one of the most comprehensive presentation schedules in the Audio Engineering Society's 57-year history, 119th AES Convention Papers Chairman James Johnston has posted 120 individual sessions. This includes 90 lecture papers and four poster sessions of 30 additional papers.

Some of the topics being covered include surround sound, signal processing and file storage indexing.

The 119th AES convention will be held in New York on Oct. 7 to 10.

Michigan Research: Local Radio Remains Strong
Lansing, MI - Jul 24, 2005 - The results of a Michigan research project conducted by the Communications Research Institute (CRI) of East Lansing, MI, shows that listeners strongly prefer the ability of local radio stations to keep them in touch with their communities. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) commissioned the study. The MAB states that the research results "stand in stark contrast to recent media hype surrounding the emergence of competing audio services including satellite radio and personal audio players such as Ipods."

The MAB hired CRI to test Michigan listeners’ attitudes about local radio and emerging competitors, including satellite radio and personal audio devices. The CRI team consisted of Michigan State University communications researchers Dr. William A. Donohue, Dr. Charles Atkin and Dr. Bradley Greenberg.

CRI conducted the research during April and May 2005. The firm used a statewide telephone survey of 300 Michigan residents and seven focus groups to compile the data. Some of the findings in the telephone survey include:

  • 79 percent of respondents said they had spent as much or more time listening to local radio compared to one year ago;
  • 95 percent said they expected to listen to local radio as much or more in the coming year;
  • 88 percent felt their local radio station provides a valuable service to the community;
  • 20 percent listen regularly to personal players (typically 45 minutes per day).

    The research also conducted focus groups with 75 people. Information gathered during these focus groups shows:

  • Virtually every research participant could name his favorite local radio station:
  • When asked why they like listening to local radio, respondents mentioned local news, weather and sports reports;
  • Many respondents liked hearing about local events and concerts, which they feel keeps them in touch with their communities;
  • Listeners said in contrast to satellite radio that local radio stations reveal the "sounds of a city" and reflect the unique culture of the community.

    The MAB plans to use the data from the CRI research to develop a campaign to promote the strengths of local radio throughout Michigan. The local radio campaign will be launched in late summer 2005.

    The results of the survey agree with many of the common arguments that terrestrial radio provides a local element that satellite radio and personal players do not.

    Museum of Broadcast Communications Breaks Ground
    Chicago - Jul 25, 2005 - Construction started July 22 on the new $21 million Museum of Broadcast Communications on State Street in downtown Chicago. The 70,000-square-foot museum will document American radio and TV and their effect on audiences. The new MBC will open late summer 2006.

    Visit to learn more about the new MBC.


    Crown Broadcast and Airsis Ink Distribution Agreement
    Elkhart, IN, and San Diego, CA - Jul 28, 2005 - Crown Broadcast/International Radio and Electronics and Airsis have signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement for Airsis' transmitter/translator product line. Under the agreement, Crown will sell the Airsis products through its domestic and international dealer channels.

    The first product to be launched under this agreement is the Translator Monitor 2000, an integrated product and service that allows stations to monitor and control their Crown transmitter/translator network full-time via satellite and the Internet. This system monitors and sends alerts based on customer-defined parameters and receives diagnostic and operational commands (such as turning transmitter on and off) in a 1RU device. Communication to the end user is via the Internet, a land-based or cellular connection. The Translator Monitor 2000 does not need telephone connections, satellite dishes, Web interface modules or a PC at the tower.

    Ibiquity Launches Online Resource for Radio Stations
    Columbia, MD - Jul 27, 2005 - Ibiquity Digital has unveiled the HD Radio Playbook website, an online guide for AM and FM stations. The site combines how-to information and success stories with updated content to provide information on the challenges stations face as they convert to IBOC. The site offers strategic advice, sample and customizable liners, IDs, promotions and press releases.

    The site was designed by Media Arts and Sciences, who consulted radio stations in the site's design. Access the site at

    Ibiquity notes that the goal of the site is to give broadcasters the tools they need to promote and to educate listeners about HD Radio.

    To launch the new website, Ibiquity is sponsoring a nationwide promotion contest with cash prizes totaling $15,000. The winner of the Best in Show award will receive $10,000. Other categories, with $1,000 prizes, include Best AM HD Radio On-Air Promotion, Best FM HD Radio On-Air Promotion, Best Freelance Producer-Created On-Air Promotion, a Copywriter Award and a Webmaster Award for using audio on an HD Radio station's website. The winners will be announced at this fall's NAB Radio Show in Philadelphia.

    Nagra USA Moves Office
    Franklin, TN - Jul 26, 2005 - Nagra USA is expanding and moving its office to a new location. Effective Aug. 8 Nagra's new address will be:
    357 Riverside Dr., Suite 230C
    Franklin, TN 37064

    The company's phone and fax numbers will stay the same:
    phone 615-726-5191
    fax 615-726-5189.

    Broadcast Electronics Plans HD Radio Seminar in Philly
    Quincy, IL - Jul 25, 2005 - The plans have been finalized, and Broadcast Electronics is accepting reservations for its next HD Radio seminar, to be held on Sept. 21 during the NAB Radio Show at the Philadelphia Marriott. The main point of discussion will be second-generation deployment issues: multicasting and data.

    BE HD Radio seminars are free, but registration is required. Broadcasters can register for the fall seminar by e-mailing

    Sales Call
  • WNYC is using the Limelight Content Delivery Network to provide the high-bandwidth infrastructure for Internet delivery of podcasts. WNYC reports that its podcast traffic has tripled since being added to the Itunes Podcast Directory. WNYC distributes four programs through the Itunes Podcast Directory: On the Media, The Leonard Lopate Show, The Brian Lehrer Show and PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen.
  • Clear Channel Albany, which owns WGY-AM, WOFX-AM, WHRL-FM, WKKF-FM, WPYX-FM, WRVE-FM and WTRY-FM, has purchased a turnkey radio systems package including a Harris Vistamax networked audio management system with multiple Harris digital consoles. Harris also will provide all studio furniture and cabinetry through its Smoothline brand to house the new equipment, along with all the studio wiring. The group will integrate seven Harris RMX Digital consoles, six Airwave consoles and one Impulse console into the Vistamax.
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    Netia Adds SMS to Radio-Assist
    Claret, France - Jul 28, 2005 - Netia has added a new tool to its Radio-Assist automation system to provide a mobile service to send or integrate SMS messages into the radio station's daily activities. With it, stations can directly receive messages from listeners in the system interface.

    The SMS service can also inform listeners about songs, performers or titles being broadcast automatically. Listeners can request the information and receive it on their cell phones. Listeners send an SMS message to the station, indicating the date and time when the desired track was broadcast.

    Moseley Starlink Updates for International Use
    Santa Barbara, CA - Jul 14, 2005 - Moseley has recently expanded the capability of the Starlink SL9003Q studio-transmitter link to operate in the International STL bands. Recent shipments include 220MHz for Mexico, 450MHz for the Armed Forces Radio and TV, 920MHz for New Zealand and 1.7GHz for Greece.

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