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Loud Technologies, Echo Digital Sign Cross-licensing Agreement
Woodinville, WA - Aug 19, 2004- Loud Technologies, the parent company of Mackie, EAW and Tapco brands, has signed a cross-licensing agreement with Echo Digital Audio. Under the agreement, Loud will license Fire Wire audio technology from Echo and Echo will license Mackie-branded application and plug-in products from Loud.

Echo will begin bundling Mackie-branded software products with Echo PCI and Fire Wire devices. This bundle will include Mackie Tracktion and Final Mix.


Moseley Signs Licensing Deal With APT
Belfast and Santa Barbara, CA – Aug 17, 2004 - Audio codec manufacturer APT has signed a licensing agreement with Moseley Associates that will enable Moseley to use APT's Apt-x algorithm for three years. The agreement, which covers both standard and enhanced versions of the Apt-x algorithm at 16-, 20- and 24-bit resolution, was signed by APT's licensing manager John McCaffrey and Moseley Associate's director of engineering, Sunil Naik, at the Broadcast Asia Exhibition and Conference in Singapore.


Digital Radio Roll-Out Restructures
Ottawa - Jul 28, 2004 - At a special meeting of its members held on July 21, Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. (DRRI), an organization mandated to ensure the promotion of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) in Canada, restructured the organization, appointed a new Board of Directors and endorsed a plan to re-focus its mandate. Glenn O'Farrell, president of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), was appointed DRRI interim president.

DRRI will shift its primary focus away from marketing to keep track of digital audio broadcasting activities and to address the policy and regulatory issues fundamental to DAB advancement in Canada. An engineering consultant will be hired shortly to closely follow all DAB activities and to manage the policy, regulatory and technical files. This consultant will also develop and manage liaison with CRTC, Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage and Communications Research Centre and will serve as Canadian DAB point of contact with World DAB, receiver industry, auto industry and retailers.

Duff Roman had served as DRRI's president since 1997. DRRI executive director David Garforth will leave DRRI at the end of August.

Members of the new Board of Directors of DRRI include:
Interim President
Glenn O'Farrell, president, Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Vice-President
John Hayes, president, Radio, Corus Entertainment

Secretary
Ray Carnovale, vice president, CBC/Radio-Canada

Treasurer
Michel Arpin, senior advisor, government and regulatory affairs, Astral Media

Directors
Michael Caine, president, Whiteoaks Communications Group Limited
Rael Merson, president, Rogers Broadcasting
Duff Roman, vice president, industry affairs and digital operations, CHUM
Gary Slaight, president, Standard Radio


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  • Entravision Communications in Phoenix has purchased an audio routing and mixing system from Wheatstone. The system includes four Generation 4 digital control surfaces and a Bridge digital audio network router. Wheatstone Wiremax studio pre-wiring was also chosen to facilitate the equipment installation.
  • The Shanghai Media Group (SMG), which operates radio stations in China, is completing an upgrade of its on-air studios, equipping them all with new Studer On Air 2000 Series audio mixing consoles. SMG is a multimedia conglomerate of radio and television stations, newspapers and websites. It is comprised of 10 media organizations, which all use the same production facilities. Chief among these are Radio Shanghai and Eastern Radio Shanghai. Ten on-air and production studios at the station have been upgraded with three more in the works. Some of the smaller on-air studios are using Studer On Air 1000 mixers. SMG has taken delivery of 11 Studer consoles to date.
  • Media Monitors has reached an agreement with Emmis Radio to provide its radio stations with the Media Monitors Aircheck spot airplay data service. Accessible from any computer, Aircheck's same-day, online reports analyze commercials and songs played on stations nationwide.
  • Capital Radio, a UK commercial radio group, is installing APT's Worldnet Rio codecs in all its main FM transmitter links. The group, which has a total of 22 analog licenses and 59 digital licenses, broadcasts to over half of the country's adult population. The codecs replace the Musicline 2000 service from British Telecom.
  • People

    BE Appoints HD Radio Product Manager
    Quincy, IL - Aug 18, 2004 - Broadcast Electronics has appointed Ted Lantz as the product manager of its HD Radio product line. Lantz has served in various capacities for Broadcast Electronics over a 12-year period, including applications developer for the company’s digital audio line.

    Lantz started his new role with Broadcast Electronics in August as manager of the company’s line of HD Radio transmitters and new data management suite, the Radio Data Dimensions System (RDDS). He is located in Quincy, IL, and can be reached at 217-224-9600 or via email at tlantz@bdcast.com.


    NY Times: Klein Next for FCC?
    New York - The Aug. 17 issue of the New York Times speculates that Becky Armendariz Klein is next in line to fill a vacant seat on the FCC. Currently running Congress in Texas, many expect Klein, a Republican, to lose to Democrat and five-term incumbent Lloyd Doggett.

    Klein's biggest supporters are several telecommunications and power companies.

    According to The Times, if President Bush is re-elected, Bush will consider Klein for an FCC post. Klein served Bush as a senior policy adviser when he was governor of Texas. If an FCC seat is not awarded, Klein will likely be considered for a post on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Klein's husband is a senior official at the Pentagon.

    Among the executives and lawyers who have donated to her campaign are those from Verizon, Bell South, Qwest Communications, Time Warner, AT&T, Allegiance Telecom, Covad, Qualcomm, Intelsat, American Electric Power, Centerpoint Energy, Exelon, TXU and Teco Energy.


    Mouser Electronics Promotes Hess
    Mansfield, TX - Aug 16, 2004 - Mouser Electronics has promoted Kevin Hess, senior sales manager, to the newly created position of director of marketing and business development.

    Hess joined Mouser Electronics in 1989 and has served in numerous positions within the company, from logistics to sales management. Since 1995, Hess has held various sales management positions and has been responsible for technical support, sales training, lead development, educational sales and international sales. His new responsibilities place him in charge of direct marketing, tradeshow exhibits, advertising, e-marketing, catalog production and geographic market growth.


    Fraser Appointed As Behringer USA President
    Bothell, WA - Aug 13, 2004 - Behringer has appointed Stephen Fraser as the company's president for Behringer USA.

    Fraser previously held several senior-executive positions, predominantly in the financial and customer-fulfillment industries. He started his early international-banking career with Bankers Trust Company of New York and Bqe Bruxelles Lambert, with responsibilities spanning lending, corporate advisory, leasing and foreign exchange management. He later moved on to assume the position of managing director of ICE plc and president of Lenlyn Ltd. USA (a sister company).

    Fraser later became the COO of Hotelguide AG, and concurrently acted as advisor or consultant to fledgling start-ups, including Touchpoint Solutions. Fraser's career achievements have earned him several industry awards and accolades in the banking sector in London, Paris and Brussels.

    Fraser operates from Behringer's new office in Bothell, WA.


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