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WGUC-FM Begins 5.1 Broadcasting with Neural Surround
Cincinnati - Aug 29, 2006 - WGUC-FM 90.9, Cincinnati, has chosen to broadcast in surround sound on main HD Radio channel and on main analog channel using Neural Audio's 5.1 technology. WGUC will be the first radio station in the country to commence 5.1 programming on its main channel with commercially available 5.1 music. This began on Aug 10, 2006, with the broadcast of Debussy's La Mer, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, available on Telarc International’s SACD #60617.

The surround broadcasts will feature performances of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and many more, from record labels such as BIS, Deutsch Grammophone, Telarc International and others, most commercially available to the public on SACD or DVD.

WGUC prides itself on premier accomplishments, which include being the first station to produce a digital west-to-east transatlantic broadcast and being the first public radio station in Ohio to transmit with HD Radio technology. WGUC began broadcasting an HD Radio signal in July 2003.

According to Don Danko, vice president of engineering for Cincinnati Public Radio, the Neural system allows the station to deliver quality surround sound with minimal changes to the station's existing infrastructure. Danko notes that Neural Surround receivers are readily available in retail stores.

Under the expertise of the Corbett Studio's Audio Recording and Mastering Engineer Alex Kosiorek, WGUC has been thoroughly and uniformly testing all available surround sound technologies for HD Radio for several years, likely being the only station that has done so.

Neural Surround embeds the rich envelopment and discrete image detail of surround sound in a format compatible with stereo and legacy surround sound format.

WGUC is Cincinnati's oldest and largest public radio station and was one of the first in the nation to meet the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's qualification standards, one of the first NPR uplinks, and the first Ohio public radio station to transmit an HD Radio signal. WGUC was a charter member of National Public Radio and a founding member of American Public Radio (now Public Radio International).


Business

MXL Microphones, Tascam Announce Strategic Alliance
El Segundo, CA, and Montebello, CA - Sep 1, 2006 - MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, and Tascam, the professional audio division of Teac America, have formed a strategic alliance for MXL to supply microphones to Tascam to be sold under the Tascam brand name. The Tascam-branded microphone will be sold as an individual product as well as a part of a system package.


On the last day, conference attendees participated in an HD Radio roundtable that discussed current and pending HD Radio issues and concerns.

Dielectric Hosts First FM Engineering Conference
Raymond, ME - Aug 23, 2006 - As the HD Radio transition continues, radio broadcasters are faced with several decisions that affect how each station will implement the digital transmission technology in their facilities. Over a three-day period, Dielectric hosted several radio engineering executives at a coast-side facility in Maine to discuss the aspects of transmission, monitoring and maintenance of HD Radio.

Attendees were first provided with a tour of Dielectric's manufacturing facility in Raymond, ME, which the company has occupied since 1959. After a few additions in the 1990's, the facility now covers 125,000 square feet. Dielectric also own facilities in Bridgton, ME; Newburgh, IN; and Fremont, CA. Dielectric was founded in 1942.

The conference agenda included an overview of the Dielectric product line, including antennas, transmission line, filters and combiners, tower lighting and facility monitoring equipment. Attendees gained insight into antenna and combiner design, and the challenges and importance of analog/digital isolation in various hybrid HD Radio applications.


Mississippi Completes Test of Digital Emergency Alert Messaging
Jackson, MS - Aug 30, 2006 - Global Security Systems (GSS) has completed the test of its Mississippi statewide emergency alert network, designed and delivered under contract to the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. During a test of the FEMA DEAS (Digital Emergency Alert System), originating in Virginia, the GSS system demonstrated live interoperability by delivering EAS text messages via FM radio signals through Mississippi Public Broadcasting and private FM networks to the cell phones of test participants in Jackson.

GSS developed a single-point to multipoint messaging system to provide redundant distribution of emergency alert messages in the event that responders' radios and cell phones become clogged with traffic or ineffective due to heavy network use. The company uses a standard commercial FM receiver chip that can be inserted into pagers, smoke detectors, cell phones, PDAs, and other devices to alert responders and provide vital information as a situation develops. Mississippi Public Broadcasting has partnered with the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security to allow the use of its tower network as the backbone of the statewide alert system.

The system was profiled in the June 2006 issue of Radio magazine.


Directed Electronics to Acquire Polk Audio
Vista, CA - Aug 21, 2006 - Directed Electronics has entered into an agreement to acquire Polk Audio, the manufacturer who recently released a tabletop HD Radio receiver. Directed is paying $136 million for Polk. The current Polk management team will join the Directed team after the acquisition, which is scheduled to close during the third quarter of 2006.

Founded in 1972, Polk specializes in home and mobile audio. Polk co-founders Matthew Polk and George Klopfer will remain actively engaged after the transaction.

Directed Electronics manufactures a variety of products under the Viper, Clifford, Python, Definitive Technology, A D S, Orion, Precision Power and Directed Audio brand names.


Avlex Relocates to Larger Facility
Overland Park, KS - Aug 25, 2006 - Avlex is relocating to a larger facility in Kansas City, MO, on Aug. 28, 2006. The company, now in its eighth year, has outgrown its current location in Overland Park, KS, a suburb of Kansas City. This new move will increase Avlex's facility to more than three times its previous size.

The company's toll-free telephone numbers remain unchanged. The new contact info is:
Avlex
6655 Troost Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64131-1244
P: 816-581-9103, 877-447-9216
F: 816-581-9104, 877-462-9216


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WFCJ-FM, a 50.0kW Christian broadcaster serving the greater Dayton, OH, market, has created its HD-1 channel using a Jampro space-combining JLST model two-bay antenna in concert with its main six bay dipole antenna.
Saarlaendische Rundfunk in Saarbruecken, Germany, refurbished its radio facility using Lawo technology: Nova 73 routing systems, Z4 mini mixers and Diamond digital mixing consoles.
American General Media's KBOX-FM and KPAT-FM in Santa Maria, CA, have acquired Jampro's rigid transmission line, which the stations' needed to connect two transmitters to their combiner.
The Texas Farm Bureau Network has purchased a license of Digital Juke Box's The Radio Spider software for its network affiliates to simplify the downloading of all radio programs. The Radio Spider software allows radio stations to automatically download radio programs from a radio program supplier that places its audio on the Internet.
The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation has opened an all-new facility for its Federal Parliament Radio and Television Center in Bern. The six new radio studios are equipped with Studer's On Air 3000 digital audio consoles.
Nozema, the national Broadcaster of Netherlands, purchased 22 Audemat-Aztec Remote Control Silver units for its installations. The remote control is equipped with 16 digital inputs, eight analog inputs, eight relay outputs and one RS-232 interface connection.

People

Logitek Names Grundstein Director of Sales
Houston - Aug 25, 2006 - Logitek Electronic Systems has appointed Frank Grundstein as the company's director of sales. Grundstein replaces Cam Eicher, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Grundstein has been with Logitek for three years as the North American sales manager. His prior experience includes sales for Lightner Electronics, Radio Systems and Harris Broadcast. He has also worked in broadcasting and production, including positions at Malrite as the chief engineer of Eagle 106 in Philadelphia, director of A/V facilities for DDB Needham WW in New York and for Bonneville at WRFM in New York. Grundstein is an SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer and holds an FCC General Radiotelephone License. He has a Master’s Degree in Communications Systems from NYU.

Grundstein will be based in Philadelphia and can be reached at 800-231-5870, 610-642-2487 or frank@logitekaudio.com.


Eicher Joins SAS
Burbank, CA - Sep 31, 2006 - Cam Eicher has joined Sierra Automated Systems and Engineering (SAS) as the director of sales. SAS is based in California, but Eicher will continue to work from his office in the Cincinnati area.

Eicher brings 19 years of experience in radio, the last 15 in equipment sales. Most recently, he spent five years as the director of sales for Logitek Electronic Systems.

Prior to Logitek, Eicher worked for Harris for 10 years in a variety of positions. He is most often associated with the four years he spent overseeing the Harris distribution business. He also sold and serviced satellite equipment in the early '90s, and began with the company buying and selling used equipment from what was then the largest equipment exchange business in the country. When he left Harris he was then the broadcast center manager.

Eicher's broadcast career began with a four-year stint working for WECI-FM in Richmond, IN. His responsibilities there included air shifts, chief engineer (including two studio rebuilds and a tower relocation) and general manager.


Sacks Promoted to VP of Axia
Cleveland, OH - Aug 31, 2006 - Martin Sacks has been appointed vice president of Axia Audio. Sacks' appointment is part of a corporate restructuring designed to better accommodate the company's growth while facilitating closer communication with its customer base. Sacks will oversee business development for the top 50 U.S. radio broadcasters.

Sacks brings upper level management to his new position at Axia Audio. He served as national sales director for Telos Systems, and director of sales for Electronics Research, a manufacturer of antennas and towers.


Ibiquity Digital Hires Business Manager
Columbia, MD - Aug 28, 2006 - Ibiquity Digital has hired Kitsa Lee as broadcast business manager, based in the company's Columbia, MD, headquarters. Most recently, Lee was operations director at Research Director, a media consulting firm in Annapolis, MD. Previously, she was programming research manager at National Public Radio.

Lee began her radio career at Arbitron, where she worked directly with radio stations in a number of positions. As part of her responsibilities, she helped explain Arbitron's methodology and procedures, analyze survey results, and evaluate and make recommendations on procedure changes. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland, University College, in business management.


Products

Audemat-Aztec Releases Goldeneagle Firmware Update
Miami - Aug 31, 2006 - Audemat-Aztec will release firmware version 1.4 for the Goldeneagle HD at the end of September. The Goldeneagle HD is used for confidence and modulation monitoring. The update includes the addition of time and level alignment monitoring and RF mask monitoring to the the monitoring cycle. This will allow the Goldeneagle HD to send an alarm when it detects out-of-tolerance conditions. Also, the digital demodulator for FM analog modulation monitoring can now measure 67kHz and 92kHz SCA signals.


OMT Releases Imediatouch 2.6
Winnepeg, MB - Aug 31, 2006 - OMT is distributing the full release of Imediatouch version 2.6 for live assist and automated digital delivery. The new release will be shown at the NAB Radio Show in booth 512.

The Imediatouch V2.6 suite offers 48 new operational features, many of which were developed from user requests, focus groups and online customer surveys.


Netia Introduces Podcasting Module for Radio-Assist
Claret, France - Aug 31, 2006 - Netia has released a new podcasting module for the company's Radio-Assist digital audio content management software. An extension for Radio-Assist's Dispatcher automatic converter software, the new podcasting module permits broadcasters to publish podcasts from media assets within the Radio-Assist content database.

Eye on IBOC

Radio Shack in New York Preps for HD Radio
New York - Aug 31, 2006 - Radio Shack is expanding its rollout of HD Radio receivers to include approximately 250 of the nearly 350 Radio Shack stores open in the greater New York metropolitan area. In May 2006, Radio Shack announced that it was becoming the first major national retail chain to support the HD Radio rollout with a staggered launch of HD Radio receivers across the country. The first phase included all Radio Shack stores in Dallas/Fort Worth and less than 20 pilot stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and Washington, DC.

According to a press release from the HD Digital Radio Alliance, the Radio Shack expansion coincides with what the company says is growing customer demand for HD Radio receivers that mirrors the growth of HD Radio content on local New York radio stations.

Nearly 20 radio station in the New York market are transmitting HD Radio signals.




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