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Tony Snow to Keynote NAB Radio Show Luncheon
Washington - Sep 3, 2004 - Tony Snow, host of Fox News Radio's The Tony Snow Show will keynote The NAB Radio Show Luncheon, Oct. 8 in San Diego. Snow will share his story about his current on-air drive for Soldier Ride, an effort to raise money for American soldiers severely injured in the line of duty. The ride will culminate in San Diego in early October. The Tony Snow Show helped raise more than $180,000 for the project where Chris Carney, a rugby player and bartender from Long Island, has embarked on a 4,200-mile cross-country bike ride from Montauk, NY, to San Diego, CA.
In addition to his radio show, Snow is the host of Weekend Live with Tony Snow on the Fox News Channel. His career in broadcasting began in 1996 when he served as the host of Fox News Sunday. He has also worked as a reporter for a variety of newspapers including The Greensboro Record, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; The Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia), the Detroit News and The Washington Times. From 1993 to 2002 he wrote a syndicated newspaper column, which appeared in more than 200 papers across the nation.
FCC's Powell Wants New Telecom Laws
Washington - Aug 30, 2004 - FCC Chairman Michael Powell said last week that the nation's pre-Internet telecommunications laws are broken and need to be fixed by Congress.
In comments at a Progress and Freedom Foundation conference in Aspen, CO, Powell made his strongest public comments to date against the sweeping 1996 Telecommunications Act -- the law that guides the digital television transition and was supposed to reform the nation's electronic communications infrastructure. "Is the current law broken and are we in need a new one? Of course," Powell said. The law is "dated -- it does not match reality anymore."
However, Lawrence Babbio, vice chairman and president of Verizon, said it's the FCC that's broken and the nation's largest communications companies are tired of waiting for decisions from the commission. As an alternative to the FCC, the companies are turning to the courts for quick decisions on such issues as line-sharing and the unbundling of communications services. The telecommunications laws have created arcane regulatory categories that do not clearly include the Internet. That lack of clarity has frustrated regulators and left entrepreneurs puzzled about what laws might eventually apply to their businesses. Powell noted there are two "models" now in competition: the highly-regulated "common carrier" environment of cable TV and telephone service, and the lightly-regulated world of the Internet. Powell said he favors the lighter regulation of the Internet.
Yet, for Babbio and Verizon, who are in the heat of building fiber networks directly to consumer and business premises, answers are needed now. They want a national policy on broadband services, as well as no "economic regulation" on new broadband services, which will - if successful - wrap pay and on-demand television, high-speed Internet and telephony into a single fiber service.
Babbio noted Verizon's fiber rollout signed up its first paying customer in Keller, TX, last week, calling the event a "tipping point" for a faster broadband future. Verizon, he said, still plans to pass one million homes with its fiber rollout this year, and will soon announce six more states where the company will deploy fiber, with a goal of passing two million homes by 2005.
Politicians already have said they intend to revisit the 1996 Telecommunications Act starting next year. Earlier this year, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), said "the 1996 Act is a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation. Some of my colleagues have joined me in expressing the need for Congress to take a serious look at reforming the act."
AM Auction Opens
Washington - Aug 26, 2004 - In a public notice, the FCC announced the filing dates for AM Auction No. 84. Following an inquiry in January 2004, a set of applications were deemed to be not mutually exclusive with any other applications submitted in the filing window. The applicants must submit a Form 301 between Aug. 30 and Oct. 29, 2004.
There are 135 applications listed in the public notice. The list is available on the FCC website at this link.
The FCC will study the submitted applications for acceptability and will announce applications determined to be acceptable for filing by public notice in the daily Broadcast Applications reports. Petitions to deny an FCC Form 301 application must be filed within 10 days after the release of the pertinent notice of acceptance.
Muzak Standardizes on Stardraw A/V and the Project System
Sep 3, 2004 - Muzak has opted to standardize its proposal-generation and audio systems design and documentation procedure on Stardraw A/V and the Project System. The Project System provides a flexible estimating platform that will be used by the National Accounts Division of Muzak to accelerate the estimating process on system installations around the country.
Stardraw A/V provides the front-end drawing package that will enable Muzak to produce engineering schematics, rack layouts, custom panel designs and sales presentations.
The Site Preparation and Protection Training Workshop will be held on Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The location has not yet been determined but will be announced soon. This workshop explains the characteristics of effective site preparation and how to achieve many years of reliable performance. The workshop also covers potential threats to a transmitter site, lightning, electromagnetic susceptibility, RF exposure, high-voltage, cooling, maintenance and repair, and safety.
Registration and a fee is required to attend the workshop. Download the registration form at www.nautel.com/invite/NAB_NUG_Regform.doc.
Nautel will also host the next Nautel Users Group (NUG) on Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in the Cunningham room. In contrast to the black-tie Marconi Awards dinner, the NUG will be a jeans and beer event. There is no fee to attend the NUG.
Clyde's Synergy Broadcast Centre Adds Apt-x
Sep 3, 2004 - APT's Apt-x audio compression algorithm has been incorporated into the Synergy Broadcast Centre, developed and distributed by Clyde Broadcast Products in the UK and co-developed by Diaced Engineering in Holland. The move adds the algorithm to to Synergy's existing support of linear, MPEG Layers II and III and Ogg Vorbis audio encoding formats.
The Synergy Broadcast Centre comprises a split-console digital mixer integrated with an on-air playback system and production tools.
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Digidesign Ships Pro Tools TDM 6.4.1
Daly City, CA - Aug 30, 2004 - Digidesign is shipping Pro Tools TDM 6.4.1 software for Pro Tools|24 MIX. Pro Tools TDM 6.4.1 offers new feature enhancements and is the final Pro Tools software release to support the Pro Tools|24 MIX product line.
Intended to provide Pro Tools|24 MIX owners to extend the effective life of their hardware through new features, the software revision maintains session compatibility with current Pro Tools HD-series systems.
Some new features are extended fader gain, support for the new Command|8 control surface, track position numbering with scroll-to-track-number, hierarchical plug-in menus, and enhanced support for SCSI drives.
Voxpro PC 3.3 Now Shipping
Bainbridge Island, WA - Aug 30, 2004 - Audion Laboratories is now shipping Voxpro PC 3.3. Version 3.3 adds customer-requested features and functionality to the Voxpro PC broadcast recording and editing software system. The upgrade includes the ability to increase gain for selected audio for one or both tracks, a resizable interface from minimal to full screen, compatibility with virtually all sound cards, MP3 import and export of multiple files, and faster access to folders containing thousands of files.
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