Radio Currents Online - Sep 4 - Sep 10, 2006
Sirius Files with FCC for Additional Satellite
Washington - Sep 6, 2006 - Sirius Satellite Radio has filed an application for authority to launch and operate an additional satellite to enhance its services. The new satellite is being referred to as Sirius FM-5. It would be placed into a geostationary orbit.
Sirius currently has three satellites in orbit in highly elliptical orbiting patterns. A fourth backup satellite, Sirius FM-4, is kept in storage on the ground.
Sirius FM-5 would be placed in orbit at 96 ° west longitude in tandem with the existing three satellites to create a hybrid constellation that, according to Sirius, "will provide subscribers with unparalleled redundancy, enhanced coverage and exceptional performance."
Sirius notes that FM-5 would primarily enhance its current coverage, but that it could also fill any coverage that could be lost if one of the existing three failed. Sirius FM-4, the on-ground spare, has been ground-tested and can be launched if needed, but doing so could take as long as six months.
Read the application filing at the FCC website at svartifoss2.fcc.gov/servlet/ib.page.FetchAttachment?attachment_key=-115654.
36 Organizations Oppose New Property Rights for Broadcasters
Sep 5, 2006 - The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is considering a new treaty that would grant broadcasters a new 50-year property right over the content of broadcasts, regardless of whether the broadcasters own the content they are transmitting. Thirty-six companies, public-interest groups and non-profit associations declared their opposition to the proposed treaty, including AT&T, Verizon, Dell, Intel, HP and Radio Shack.
The objection, released at a roundtable discussion of the proposed treaty held by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, set out the basic objections on which all of the signers agreed. Individual organizations also had other areas of concern. "Creating broad new intellectual property rights in order to protect broadcast signals is misguided and unnecessary, and risks serious unintended consequences," the statement said, adding that if broadcasters believe there is a problem with signal theft, then a much more narrow treaty could be drafted.
In addition, the statement outlined concerns that the treaty would interfere with the roll-out of broadband and home networking services and would subject network carriers to the threat of direct or secondary liability.
The objection can be read at www.publicknowledge.org/node/618. Read the proposed treaty at www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/sccr/en/sccr_15/sccr_15_2.pdf.
DRM Shows New Receivers at IBC
Amsterdam - Sep 5, 2006 - The latest DRM-capable, multi-standard consumer products will arrive at the DRM booth at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam this week. At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last week ST Microelectronics, Kenwood and Fraunhofer presented a fully working prototype of a DRM receiver. This prototype paves the way to the development of a low-power application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for DRM applications such as fixed and portable radios, car receivers, software receivers and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Additionally, Audi and Fraunhofer demonstrated News Service Journaline inside an Audi vehicle. The service, which can be accessed with PC-based DRM receivers, allows passengers to navigate through thematically organized textual news.
DRM will show several receivers at IBC, including the Morphy Richards DRM Radio, two new prototype portable receivers by Himalaya (Power) Electronics, the new W37 receiver from Starwaves, Radioscape's RS500 DAB/DRM module, a live off-air electronic program guide (EPG) demonstration by the BBC, and Nero's DRM hardware decoder IP core solutions.
Enco Expands in Puerto Rico, Caribbean
Southfield, MI - Sep 7, 2006 - Enco Systems has appointed RGB Broadcast Services of Puerto Rico as the Enco distributor of radio and TV audio automation systems throughout the Caribbean. RGB will provide a regional sales and support facility to service Enco products in the region.
RGB specializes in sales, services, consulting and installation of technical products related to broadcast professional, audiovisual, production and post production areas. Enco is headquartered in Southfield, MI, with offices in Oregon, Minnesota, South Carolina, India and the United Kingdom.
Media Audit Demos Smart Phone Monitoring System
New York - Sep 5, 2006 - On Sept. 7, as part of the group's effort to evaluate new radio monitoring systems, the Smart Cell Phone monitoring system from the Media Audit/Ipsos will be demonstrated for the first time. The Next Generation Committee, a group of 20 radio broadcasters and advertising agencies is headed by Clear Channel.
This demonstration will show the Media Audit/Ipsos' Smart Cell Phone monitoring encoded radio signals, storing the monitored data in the cell phone buffer (memory) for a couple of minutes and then transferring the monitored data to the data center in Houston where it will be processed in five minutes. The monitored results will show up on the computer screen linked via Internet connection to the Houston data center. Total lapse time will be less than 10 minutes.
Radio One Taps Harris For HD Radio Again
Cincinnati and Lanham, MD - Sep 5, 2006 - Radio One has exclusively purchased Harris transmitters for its third round of HD Radio conversions. Radio One will install Harris transmitters at 18 stations (17 FM and one AM) through the end of the year. All FM stations will receive Z-Series transmitters with the Harris Flexstar family of HD Radio products (HDI-100 importers, HDE-100 exporters and HDX-FM exciters) for multicasting. Harris also will supply a DAX transmitter with its Dexstar exciter for the AM installation, and will deliver Flexstar products to three existing HD Radio installations to initiate multicasting.
Radio One was the first commercial radio broadcasting group to purchase HD Radio transmission equipment in 2003. Since then, the company has exclusively purchased Harris transmitters. A total of 35 Radio One stations will be on the air with Harris transmitters by the end of 2006. The incorporation of Flexstar HDI-100 importers at certain stations will allow Radio One to launch supplementary channel programming alongside its main HD Radio channel program.
Most FM stations in Radio One’s second round of HD Radio conversions will install Harris Z-Series solid-state transmitters. Dallas station KSOC-FM will use the Harris proprietary split-level combining method, which sums the output from an existing analog FM transmitter and a common amplification analog/digital transmitter.
Clear Channel Radio Launches National Mobile Content Program
San Antonio - Sep 6, 2006 - Clear Channel Radio has launched a national roll-out of mobile radio programming. The initiative kicks off with WHTZ-FM New York (Z100) streaming live radio and new features directly to cell phones across the country serviced by Cingular Wireless. Clear Channel Radio expects to launch similar programs on 100 more of its radio stations in the next 12 months.
Subscribers of Z100 Mobile, the premiere service of Clear Channel Radio's mobile offering, can interact directly from their phones to listen to streamed and on-demand content including podcasts of celebrity interviews and popular segments. They can also find the title and artist of the last 10 songs played on-air, make a song request directly to Z100 and receive a text message alert 15 minutes before the song is played, get free station wallpapers for their phone, rate listener-submitted photos and obtain real-time reports on local traffic.
The content of Clear Channel Radio's mobile program to be offered on the 100 additional stations over the next year will be similar to the features described above for the premiere service, Z100 Mobile. More information on Z100 Mobile can be found at mobile.z100.com. A monthly subscription is required to receive Clear Channel Radio's mobile content to cell phones.
Nautel Users' Group Session Accepting Registration for NAB Radio
Nautel will hold a Nautel Users' Group (NUG) Session at the NAB Radio Show on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Steuben Room at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The slated topics are:
The NUG will also feature a guest speaker: Bill Gould of Moseley Associates will discuss new solutions for digital STL/TSL and adding LAN/WAN connectivity to the transmitter site.
A complementary lunch and roundtable discussion round out the event. Advance registration is required by Sept. 12, 2006. To register, e-mail your name and call letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info about the event is available at www.nautel.com
Jenkins Joins Tascam as Sales Manager
Montebello, CA - Sep 1, 2006 - Tascam has appointed Paul Jenkins to the position of national sales manager. Jenkins, with more than 25 years of experience in the pro audio and music instrument industry, will lead the Tascam sales effort throughout the United States.
Jenkins will be responsible for creating and executing programs to increase Tascam's penetration into the market. His duties include working closely with Tascam dealers, independent sales representatives and other business partners.
Most recently Jenkins held the position of national sales manager for AKG Acoustics. Prior to that he worked as a regional sales manager, district sales manager and in retail music.
Intel’s Maloney Receives RCA Award
Red Bank, NJ - Sep 8, 2006 - Sean Maloney, executive vice president of Intel, will receive the Radio Club of America Lee de Forest Award at the RCA annual banquet on Nov. 17 in New York. He is being recognized for his efforts in developing Wi-max technology. Maloney will deliver a special address at the banquet.
Initiated in 1983, the Lee DeForest award was established concurrently with the joining of The DeForest Pioneers with The Radio Club of America, and is made in memory of the many contributions of Dr. Lee DeForest to the radio communication industry. It is awarded by the RCA board of directors to a person for significant contributions to the advancement of radio communications. The award has generally been limited to people who were members of the DeForest Pioneers and had original contract or employment with Dr. DeForest.
The RCA banquet is open to members, guests and non-members. For information and reservations, contact Lisa McCauley, the RCA executive secretary, at 732-842-5070.
Thomas Joins LFM as VP of Radio Engineering
Atlanta - Sep 8, 2006 - Lincoln Financial Media Company has appointed Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT, as vice president/engineering of its radio division. Thomas replaces Tom Giglio, who is retiring after 45 years with Lincoln Financial Media and Jefferson Pilot Communications. Giglio will assist in the transition until the end of the year.
Thomas comes to Lincoln Financial Media from Westwood One Radio Networks, where he served as vice president of engineering for three years. He also has held engineering and managerial positions with Stratos Audio, Thomas Media System and Design, Comedy World Radio Network, AMFM/Chancellor Media, Omniamerica Group of Cleveland and Ardman Broadcasting of Ohio. Thomas currently serves as national treasurer to the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He is also a frequent contributor to Radio magazine.
Thomas begins his new position on Oct. 2. Lincoln Financial Media Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lincoln National, owns and operates TV stations in Charlotte, NC (WBTV-TV); Richmond, VA (WWBT-TV) and Charleston, SC (WCSC-TV); and radio stations in Atlanta (WQXI-AM, WSTR-FM); Charlotte, NC (WBT-AM/FM; WLNK-FM), Denver (KCKK-AM, KJCD-FM, KKFN-AM, KQKS-FM, KYGO-FM); Miami, FL (WAXY-AM, WLYF-FM, WMXJ-FM) and San Diego, CA (KBZT-FM, KIFM-FM, KSON-AM/FM, KSOQ-FM). In addition, the company’s Lincoln Financial Sports division, located in Charlotte, NC, produces and distributes Southeastern Conference football and basketball games, Atlantic Coast Conference football and (with Raycom) basketball games and other sports events.
Steve Schott Returns to CE as Regional Sales Manager
Dallas - Sep 8, 2006 - Veteran AM/FM radio products expert Steve Schott returns to Continental Electronics (CE) as the company's south central regional sales manager. Schott brings four decades of experience in the technical and the sales side of radio products.
Schott replaces Bret Brewer, who now owns and operates several Oklahoma radio stations. Based in North Texas, Schott's territory includes Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Schott began his broadcast career at a small station in Colorado. He has since served as chief engineer or director of engineering for stations in Colorado, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas. Switching gears in 1978, he became a field service engineer for Collins Radio and later became the Collins district sales manager for its south central region. When CE acquired Collins Radio, Schott became Continental's regional sales manager, representing Continental from 1980 to 1994. Schott has also worked at Harris and most recently at Broadcast Electronics.
Non-Stop Music Announces Staff Changes
Salt Lake City - Sep 8, 2006 - As Non-Stop Music heads towards its 25th anniversary, the company has made some changes in regional offices following the promotion of Tim Arnold to the role of vice president and national sales manager.
David Noble, who until recently was managing the UK office, has now moved to New York to target the East Coast sales and marketing effort, teaming with Andy Lykens who joined the company last year. From the New York office, Lykens will manage all film trailers (East Coast), national TV promotions and programming, corporate, post houses (production) and government. David Noble will handle ad agencies, post houses (ad campaigns) and local TV, radio and cable for the East Coast.
In the meantime, Micki Peel, who until recently was responsible for the New York/East Coast region, has relocated to Non-Stop's LA office and will handle ad agencies, post houses, corporate clients and broadcast in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, British Columbia and the Yukon. Peel will also be in charge of all ad agencies, broadcast and post houses north of Los Angeles.
Finally, Mike Hicks, based at Non-Stop Music's Salt Lake City headquarters, adds additional territories and areas of business to his portfolio, giving him oversight of all ad agencies, post houses, corporate and broadcast clients in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. In Canada, he adds the areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
TM Century Adds Eichenger
Dallas - Sep 7, 2006 - Amy Eichenger, a Texas native with a 10 year on-air Morning Show background including KPLX Dallas to KISS FM, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, Philly's WXTU morning show and finally back home to Dallas for KVIL's morning show, joins TM Century as a domestic regional sales manager in the Production, Imaging and Jingle division.
Hunter was most recently counsel to the House of Representatives Government Reform Committee, appointed by Chairman Tom Davis. Previously, he was of counsel at Reed Smith, McNair and Sanford, representing telecommunications companies including local exchange, wireless, interexchange and international carriers, broadcasters, cable companies and equipment manufacturers. He was also senior counsel of the United States Telecom Association representing local exchange carriers and served as senior attorney in the Washington office of United Telecommunications. Hunter began his legal career at the Commission, serving in the Common Carrier and Cable Television Bureaus. He also worked for Congressman Guy Vander Jagt. Hunter is the former chairman of the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board, appointed by then-Governor George Allen and reappointed by then-Governor Jim Gilmore, and a former at-large member of the Fairfax County, Virginia Planning Commission, appointed by then-Chairman Tom Davis. Hunter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Albion College and a Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington Law School.
Giancarlo was most recently acting legal advisor to Commissioner McDowell for wireless and international issues. Previously, she held the position of associate chief for spectrum policy in the Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked in the Washington office of Hogan and Hartson where her primary focus as senior associate was advising clients on commercial and private wireless regulation, auction-related transactional matters and strategic planning on spectrum allocations. Giancarlo has authored several articles on spectrum and technology matters, and is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She began her career in the congressional office of former U.S. Representative Jack Kemp, where she served in a number of capacities over the course of four years. Giancarlo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Trinity College in Washington and a Juris Doctor degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America.
Prior to working in the McDowell office, Pauzé was an associate bureau chief in the FCC's Media Bureau. Before joining the Commission, Pauzé was of counsel at Morrison and Foerster's Washington office, where her practice included representing media clients in regulatory compliance, licensing, rulemaking and transactional matters. She has also held positions as policy advisor to the assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and as senior counsel for commercial transactions at Teleglobe USA. Pauzé received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and her Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Heyburn II of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
Calamis joined Commissioner McDowell's office as confidential assistant in June 2006. Her prior experience includes positions in the government relations and public affairs departments of the National Association of Broadcasters and Comptel, a trade association representing telecommunications entrepreneurs, and providing public affairs support for technology and communications clients at Dittus Communications. Calamis holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Davidson College.
Fernandez most recently served in Commissioner McDowell's office as part of the transition team. Prior to joining the McDowell office he held various positions at the Commission, including staff assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs and executive receptionist for the eighth floor under Chairman Powell. Fernandez holds a Masters in Information Technology from the American Intercontinental University.
Broadcast Electronics Ships First 100kW 4MX
Quincy, IL - Sep 6, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) has shipped to Radio Nacional de Angola (RNA) a new 4MX 100kW medium-wave transmitter, the first in the 4MX series at this power level. RNA purchased the transmitter as part of a contract specifying BE as the supplier for 10kW, 25kW, 50kW and 100kW medium-wave transmitters. Seratel, the BE representative in Spain, is supplying the transmitters for the state-run broadcaster, which operates 49 stations in Angola, Africa, including Canal A, Radio 5, Radio Ngola Yetu, Radio FM Stereo and Radio Luanda.
BE's 4MX transmitter line is available for 25kW, 50kW and now 100kW output levels.
Broadcast Electronics Ships HD Radio Tube Transmitter
Quincy, IL - Sep 8, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) is now shipping a new line of tube transmitters for HD Radio, the FMI T series. The first FMI 21T transmitter went on the air in August at Clear Channel station WGAR-FM in Cleveland, combining analog FM and HD Radio into a single antenna system.
Among the orders already received by BE for the new line is a recent purchase by Cache Valley Radio in Logan, UT, which ordered three FMI 25T transmitters for similar configurations.
The FMI T Series consists of three models (FMI 17T, FMI 21T and FMI 25T) with up to 25kW FM+HD Radio operation, and better than 55 percent overall efficiency. All models include BE's FXI FM+HD Radio exciter.
All modesl use BE's exclusive ESP correction technology to improve spectral output performance and efficiency. Based on the T Series, the FMI T Series includes BE's patented folded half-wave cavity eliminating DC plate blocking capacitors and all sliding RF contacts. BE FM 25T, FM 30T and FM 35T transmitters now operating as analog FM can be updated for HD Radio operation.
BE Unveils DRM Module
Quincy, IL - Sep 7, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics has introduces a new transmitter module that allows any BE medium-wave transmitter to transmit DRM signals. The AMD 10 DRM exciter module was debuted at IBC.
BE is a member of the DRM Consortium and is developing the module in cooperation with Glen English of Pacific Media Technologies, Australia. The exciter was tested with a BE solid-state transmitter on 1386kHz in Windang, NSW, Australia.
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Colorado Symphony Orchestra Opens Season with Live 5.1 Surround Sound Broadcast
Denver - Sep 7, 2006 - KVOD, Denver, will broadcast the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's 2006-2007 Masterworks season opening program on Sept. 16 in 5.1 surround sound, using Neural Audio's 5.1 technology for analog and HD Radio. The concert will be aired live from Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
The concert, conducted by CSO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, will give KVOD's analog and digital listeners a rare opportunity to hear the CSO from a virtual seat in the hall. The orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Andre Watts; Chabrier's Espana and Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe, plus the world premiere of Daniel Kellogg's Refracted Skies commemorating the opening of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum.
KVOD's live broadcast will coincide with The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) conference, a trade association of companies specializing in planning and installing electronic systems including 5.1 surround systems for the home and office.
On site, Neural's Downmix and Upmix units will enable KVOD's mix engineer, Martin Skavish, to deliver his live 5.1 mix from the Boettcher Concert Hall through KVOD's existing stereo infrastructure, and broadcast to KVOD listeners across Colorado.
Neural worked with KUVO Denver on the live HD Radio 5.1 concert broadcast featuring the CSO and jazz artist Dianne Reeves in September 2004.
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