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NPR, CBI Sponsor Radio Journalism Training Project
St. Louis - Aug 10, 2006 - For the fourth consecutive year, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) are sponsoring a radio journalism-training project for college students. The project gives students who are interested in radio and journalism an opportunity to report and produce their own radio story. The project will be held during the CMA/ACP/CBI National Student Media Annual Convention in St. Louis, which will be held Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 2006.

Five students will be chosen for the project. While radio experience is helpful, it is not required. NPR is looking for students with a variety of technical skills, journalistic ability, some understanding of Web applications and creative thought processes.

The selected participants will work under the guidance of professional journalists from around the country. Those selected must be enrolled in an accredited college or university or must be less than one year past graduation. The selected students must be at least 18 years of age and must be a registered attendee of the National Student Media (CBI) Convention. Selected students must be in St. Louis starting Oct. 23. The project will conclude with a conference-wide listening session Oct. 28.

The project is part of NPR's series of next generation radio journalism training projects that are held across the country. The sponsors are looking for student journalists to serve as reporters for a highly intensive boot-camp. Each participant will conceive, develop, report and produce stories for broadcast on NPR's next generation radio website (www.npr.org/nextgen), the CBI website (www.collegebroadcasters.org) and PRX, the Public Radio Exchange (www.prx.org). Public radio stations in the United States have licensed two stories from last year's college media project from the PRX website. A previous student participant filed a story with an NPR news magazine.

Applications are due by Sep. 30. Additional information is available at this link. Interested students and educators who have students to nominate to participate in the project can contact Doug Mitchell, project manager of Next Generation Radio at nextgenerationradio@npr.org.


AES Announces Preliminary Convention Calendar
San Francisco - Aug 8, 2006 - With final arrangements being polished for the Audio Engineering Society 121st Convention to be held at the Moscone Center Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, the AES has posted a detailed preliminary calendar of events at www.aes.org/events/121. The online calendar is color-coded and includes pop-up boxes with additional information.


National Radio Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2006
Chicago - Aug 8, 2006 - Two CBS News talents, two longtime New York City broadcasters and a much admired radio executive make up the National Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2006. The honorees will be recognized during a ceremony that will be broadcast on Nov. 4 from the Renaissance Chicago Hotel. Premiere Radio Networks will produce and distribute the live one-hour induction special at 10 p.m. ET.

The 2006 inductees follow.

Douglas Edwards (deceased)
A CBS newsman from 1942 to 1988, Edwards was a war-time correspondent on The World Today during World War II and anchored The World Tonight on CBS Radio for 22 years.

Christopher Glenn
In his 35 years with CBS News Radio, Glenn has excelled as a producer, writer, anchor and field reporter. In early 2006, Glenn retired as anchor of The CBS World News Roundup after serving in a similar capacity for The World Tonight for 11 years.

John Hare
As president of ABC Radio, Hare is responsible for networks that reach 145 million listeners each week. His 37 years of experience as a radio executive have included sales and management positions nationwide.

Scott Shannon
The veteran on-air personality and program director of WPLJ New York, Shannon is one of radio's most respected music programmers, and he helped create and define the Morning Zoo format.

William B. Williams (deceased)
As disc jockey for WNEW New York, Williams combined his knowledge of music and personal anecdotes to become the standard of radio excellence for a generation, playing pop standards on the legendary Make-Believe Ballroom.

Tickets for the black-tie induction gala and broadcast may be purchased at www.radiohof.org.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications, home to the National Radio Hall of Fame, is scheduled to open in 2007.


FCC Pushes for BPL
Washington - Aug 3, 2006 - The FCC adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) to reinforce its belief in the benefits of access to broadband over power lines (BPL), reaffirm its commitment to address interference issues, and re-emphasize that the Part 15 rule changes were made to ensure that access BPL operations do not become a source of interference to licensed radio services. If harmful interference does occur, the Commission will take appropriate action to remedy the situation. The decision was adopted in response to several petitions for reconsideration of the BPL rules established in October 2004.

The MO&O details several points.

  • It affirms the FCC rules regarding emission limits for BPL, including its determination that the reduction of emissions to 20dB below the normal Part 15 emissions limits will constitute adequate interference protection for mobile operations.
  • It denies the request by the amateur radio community to prohibit BPL operations pending further study and to exclude BPL from frequencies used for amateur radio operations.
  • It denies the request by the TV industry to exclude BPL from frequencies above 50MHz.
  • It affirms the July 7, 2006, deadline for requiring certification for any equipment manufactured, imported or installed on BPL systems, with the proviso that uncertified equipment already in inventory can be used for replacing defective units or to supplement equipment on existing systems for one year within areas already in operation.
  • It affirms the requirement that information regarding BPL deployment must be provided in a public database at least 30 days prior to the deployment of that equipment
  • It adopts changes regarding protection of radio astronomy stations by requiring a new exclusion zone and amending consultation requirements for these stations.
  • It adopts changes to provide for continuing protection for aeronautical stations that are relocated.
  • It denies the request by the aeronautical industry to exclude BPL operating on low-voltage lines from frequencies reserved for certain aeronautical operations.
  • It denies the request by the gas and petroleum industry to be considered as public safety entities.

    FCC 06-113, ET Docket No. 04-37 and 03-104


    Business

    Auralex Expands in Canada
    Indianapolis - Aug 10, 2006 - Auralex Acoustics has named Pacific Island Audio as the company's representative in Canada. Pacific Island Audio was founded in January 2005 by Ron Sluzar, who studied music at Grant McEwan College. Sluzar founded the company to represent Event Electronics and Millennia Media in Canada.

    Prior to starting his own company, Sluzar worked in music sales for Canadian music retail chain Long and McQuade Music in Edmonton, AB, during the mid-1980s. In the early 1990’s, Sluzar worked for Alesis Studio Electronics in Santa Monica, CA, as the Canadian sales manager.


    Gepco Turns 25
    Des Plaines, IL - Aug 7, 2006 - Gepco International celebrates its 25th year of supplying broadcasters with video and audio cable for in-house signal distribution. Under the guidance of founder and current CEO/CTO Gary Geppert, Gepco has grown from a single product line to a complete range of professional audio and video cabling technology, with international sales and distribution.

    Exclusively focused on cabling technology for professional audio and video applications, Gepco's initial product line consisted solely of its multi-pair series of cables. The product line soon grew to cover a wide range of wire and cable offerings. In addition to its manufactured products, Gepco also stocks and distributes third-party items, such as connectors, tooling and patch bays.


    Media Audit, Ipsos Plan First Measured Markets
    Houston - Aug 7, 2006 - If the Media Audit/Ipsos Smart Cell Phone measurement system is selected by the radio industry for radio ratings, the largest Designated Market Areas (DMA) will be the first to be surveyed. The company is currently conducting tests of the system in Houston.

    The tests are the lead-up to the full market test, and the company will start recruiting for the full market test in the fall. The results of those tests will be released this winter. If The Media Audit/Ipsos system is selected as the electronic radio ratings service, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago will be the first three markets to be surveyed after the completion of the full market test in Houston. The company plans to provide the service to 12 markets in 2007 if adopted.

    The Media Audit/Ipsos system uses a Smart Cell Phone to capture the ratings data, so there is no hardware to manufacture for listeners to carry.


    Apple Teams with Auto Makers for Ipod Integration
    Cupertino, CA - Aug 3, 2006 - Apple has teamed with Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Mazda to deliver Ipod integration across the majority of these companies' auto brands and models. With the addition of these models, more than 70 percent of 2007-model United States automobiles will offer Ipod integration.

    Ford and General Motors will feature Ipod integration in the majority of their 2007 models in the United States beginning later this year, while Mazda's entire global 2007 lineup of cars and SUVs will offer Ipod connectivity. The Ipod will be placed in the car's glove compartment while the car stereo's multifunction controls will select music and provide a display.


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    Jampro Antenna ships its RCHA-323-10HD FM High Power Combiner to the Mass Communications Organization of Thailand (MCOT) to support the country's inaugural HD radio transmission. MCOT will use Jampro's combiner to transmit HD programming to the greater Bangkok public transportation systems.
    Radio Hansard Broadcast Services of British Columbia, Canada has acquired a Wheatstone Bridge networked audio system for its Victoria facility.
    The Major League Baseball organization has chosen the Heil PR 30 microphone for its new uplink studios in New York City. This studio will be used to broadcast Major League Baseball games to its MLB.com subscribers.
    KIIS-FM, a radio station broadcasting a top 40 format to the Los Angeles area at 102.7, has added Jampro Antennas' JSPC-2 antenna to its equipment list.
    Clear Channel Atlanta, home to WGST, WLTM, WKLS, WWVA, WBZY WVWA and GNN, expands its 18-studio facility with the addition of a Wheatstone Generation 6 control surface with 24 faders and Satellite studio router cage.

    People

    Dalet USA Expands Offices
    New York and Washington - Aug 8, 2006 - Dalet USA has added two key players to its team. Luc Comeau has been named the business development manager and is based in New York, and James Ohana has been named a project manager and is based in Washington, DC.

    Comeau comes to Dalet from Insight Media Solutions, a technology consulting firm for broadcast and asset management. He is a seasoned conference speaker and has been a Dalet expert since 1996.

    Ohana began his professional services career at Dalet in the Paris office in 1996. During his tenure, Ohana has managed and championed many key Dalet customer deployments including ABC, NPR, Worldspace and XM Satellite Radio. He was also responsible for Dalet's most recent and largest radio installation to date: CBC Radio.


    NAB Promotes Wharton to Executive VP
    Washington - Aug 9, 2006 - Dennis Wharton, senior vice president, corporate communications, has been promoted to executive vice president, media relations. Wharton joined the NAB in June 1996 as vice president of media relations, serving as the chief spokesman for the association. In 1997, he was promoted to senior vice president, continuing his role as primary spokesman while supervising the NAB's news media outreach on public policy initiatives as well as the association's conventions, which have drawn more than 1,000 registered reporters in recent years.

    In his new position, Wharton's duties will be expanded to include additional outreach and public policy advocacy to the national news media on behalf of broadcasters. He will continue to serve as a key strategic adviser to Rehr, NAB senior staff and to NAB member stations.

    Wharton joined the NAB following a 16-year stint in journalism. He began his career as a reporter and bureau chief for The Times Leader in Martins Ferry, OH. He later reported for the Columbus, OH, bureau of the Associated Press. In 1983, Wharton became a Washington reporter for Variety and Daily Variety covering legislative and regulatory issues related to broadcasting, cable and the Hollywood studios. After a two-year stint as managing editor for Financial Product News, a monthly magazine for investment advisors, Wharton returned to Variety and Daily Variety, this time as Washington bureau chief, where he remained until joining the NAB.

    A native of Hillsboro, OH, Wharton received his BA in journalism from Ohio State University.


    Products

    Orban Releases Optimod 2300 Version 2
    San Leandro, CA - Aug 8, 2006 - Version 2 software for the Orban Optimod-FM 2300 is now available at the Orban FTP site. This version allows the 2300 to be used as a stand-alone stereo encoder/generator. Features include 64kHz to 512kHz sample rate, left/right domain overshoot limiters (with GR metering; usually used to eliminate overshoot in STLs using lossy compression), variable lowpass filtering, and composite limiting using the same technology currently found in the 8500.

    The update can be downloaded from ftp.orban.com/2300/Software.




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