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FCC Briefed on Extent of Devastation from Katrina
Washington, DC - Sep 7, 2005 - Ken Moran, the director of the FCC office of homeland security, briefed the FCC Commissioners on the extent of the damage to communication networks in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
"Today, we understand that more than one million customer lines and over 20 switching centers remain out of service. Approximately 1,700 DS-3 interoffice facilities remain down. Six public safety answering point remain out of service. Approximately 30 percent of cell sites are not operational. Fifty to 100 radio and TV stations remain off the air. Many of the sites that are operational depend are dependent on back-up energy supplies," said Moran.
The Commission has already received at least 22 STA requests and 77 requests for temporary frequency assignments as a result of Katrina. The Commission has also received several requests for temporary waiver of its rules. The FCC has granted each of these requests within 24 hours of receipt of all necessary information.
CBI Moves Convention from New Orleans to Kansas City
Overland Park, KS - Sep 8, 2005 - Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc has moved its national convention, scheduled for Oct. 26-30, to Kansas City, MO. Originally scheduled for New Orleans, the location was moved after the devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
CBI along with the College Media Advisors and the Associated Collegiate Press will bring more than 2,500 students and advisors to the Crown Center Complex.
Details are available at the CBI website, www.collegebroadcasters.org, or by phone at 1-877-ASK-CBI1. There is limited remaining vendor space available.
ABC News Radio Provides Feed of WIBR
New York - Sep 8, 2005 - ABC News Radio is providing a satellite feed of WIBR in Baton Rouge, LA, to all of its affiliates, and is planning to keep the satellite feed up for as long as Citadel wants it. In addition, ABC News Radio produced a special report that aired on Sept. 6 that included a segment on how radio has helped to keep survivors informed of the rescue efforts in the areas affected by the hurricane.
NAB Launches Website to Assist Hurricane Relief Efforts
Washington, DC - Sep 7, 2005 - The NAB has launched the website www.broadcastunity.org as a resource for broadcasters to help with the relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. BroadcastUnity.org will serve as a central repository for PSAs, BroadcastUnity Day information, resources, charities and stories about what broadcasters are doing around the country to aid in Hurricane Katrina relief.
"We encourage all broadcasters to check the site frequently for updated information, and to gather ideas from other broadcasters on what can be done for victims of this natural disaster," said Eddie Fritts, NAB president.
The NAB has designated Friday, Sept. 9 as Broadcast Unity Day. Stations are encouraged to dedicate a minimum of 60-seconds at the top of each hour to air Katrina fundraising messages, and to consider radiothons, telethons and the establishment of telephone banks to generate money for Katrina relief.
Walgreens Participates in PPM
New York - Sep 8, 2005 - Beginning in September, Walgreens stores will use encoded audio programming from the In-Store Broadcasting Network, which provides an in-store music service and broadcast advertising network for Walgreens in Houston. There are 189 Walgreens stores in the Houston area that will participate in the market trial. The audio programming will be embedded with unique Portable People Meter (PPM) identification codes supplied by Arbitron. These codes are inaudible and can only be detected by a PPM. When an Arbitron PPM survey participant enters one of these retail outlets, the PPM will detect the codes and report that the individual has been exposed to its in-store audio programming.
Walgreens joins Kroger, Best Buy, Gap, Gallery Furniture, National CineMedia and Old Navy as retail participants in the Houston PPM demonstration. In total, nearly 300 retail locations and sports venues in the Houston market. The In-Store Broadcasting Network also provides a PPM-encoded in-store music service and broadcast advertising network for 109 Kroger stores in Houston.
Interest Growing in Digital Audio Monitoring According to ASCAP
New York - Sep 8, 2005 - From the list of companies currently using Mediaguide, include CMJ Network, Taylor Nelson Sofres, JazzWeek, ABC Radio Networks, more than 150 record labels, hundreds of advertisers and numerous radio groups, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has concluded that there is growing interest in digital audio monitoring.
"Our 220,000 ASCAP members already enjoy the benefits with every ASCAP royalty distribution and are beginning to see new revenue streams from Mediaguide's unique ability to serve radio stations, major and independent music labels, independent artists, political candidates, advertisers and ad agencies," said ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento.
Based in Berwyn, PA, is a joint venture of ASCAP and Connexus. Mediaguide provides comprehensive, accurate, timely and reliable airplay data products.
DRM, DAB Receivers Unveiled at IFA
Berlin, Germany - Sep 2, 2005 - Several companies attending IFA in Berlin demonstrated prototype DRM, DAB receivers developed around Texas Instrument's (TI) DRM350 digital baseband and Radioscape's RS500 module. Among those unveiling designs were Morphy Richards, Roberts Radio and Sangean.
TI's DRM350 enables developers to create DRM and DAB-based devices with one chip and implement enhanced features on the integrated programmable DSP, such as digital content playback of MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) files. Radioscape's RS500 module is based on TI's DRM350 and includes all of the hardware and software necessary to support any combination of DRM, DAB, FM-RDS and AM. Cutting down on the development time and resources needed from manufacturers to develop multi-standard receivers, applications include table-top radios, CD boom boxes, micro Hi-fis and tuners.
TI and Radioscape will enable products from consumer brands to appear on store shelves within the year.
Harris Acquires Leitch
Melbourne, FL - Aug 31, 2005 - Harris is acquiring all of the shares of Leitch Technology at a C$14.00 cash price per share. Total price consideration, net of cash on hand, will be about US$450 million. The transaction is expected to close in about 60 days.
Leitch provides video systems for the TV broadcast industry, including routers and distribution equipment, signal processing, signal management and monitoring, servers and storage area networks, branding software and post-production editing systems. Harris is a provider of digital broadcast technology solutions for global broadcast media markets, including TV and radio transmission systems, networking solutions and enterprise-wide software and media management systems.
Radio Free Asia Appoints President
Washington, DC - Sep 8, 2005 - Radio Free Asia (RFA) has appointed Libby Lui as its next president. Liu succeeds RFA's founding president, Richard Richter, who retired in July. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from the Wharton School and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Funded by an annual grant from the bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information in nine languages to listeners in Asia where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable.
Crown Hires Jaime Albors
Elkhart, IN - Aug 30, 2005 - Crown International has hired Jaime Albors as the manufacturer's intercontinental sales director. Albors will manage all sales activities pertaining to the Latin American and Canadian markets.
Albors comes to Crown following a 10-year career with Villa Music, a pro audio, musical instrument and lighting wholesale and retail operation in Puerto Rico, where he most recently held the position of vice president of operations and was responsible for management, strategic planning, market development and sales.
APT Updates Oslo and Rio
Belfast - Sep 9, 2005 - APT announced updates to two of its products at the IBC Convention. The Worldnet Oslo, a modular, multiple-channel audio codec, now has an IP transport card in addition to the existing E1/T1 options. In addition, Quad Encoder and Decoder modules are now available, which offer four simplex channels per card. These cards are useful in transporting surround audio.
The Worldnet Rio audio codec, which features the Standard and Enhanced Apt-x algorithms, now adds MPEG Layer II and III and an SNMP option for remote operation.
Netia's Radio Assist Provides Multitrack Editing, Recording
Fairfield, NJ - Sep 8, 2005 - Netia is offering a sneak preview of its new multitrack audio version of Radio Assist at the IBC 2005 show in Amsterdam. Intended for radio professionals, this editing tool provides multitrack digital audio recording and editing. The multitrack tool can mix linear and compressed data on a single track.
Harris to Introduce Flexstar HDX-FM at NAB Radio
Cincinnati, OH - Sep 8, 2005 - Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division will introduce the Flexstar HDX-FM exciter, the third component in the growing Flexstar family of HD Radio products, at the NAB Radio Show in Philadelphia. The exciter offers real-time adaptive correction, which provides noise reduction and transmitter/antenna linearity to provide a clear, crisp signal to the end user's receiver.
Promo Only MPE Integrates into Imediatouch
Orlando, FL - Sep 1, 2005 - Promo Only MPE, a digital music distribution system, has now been integrated with OMT's Imediatouch software suite. The addition allows radio stations using Imediatouch to instantly track delivery that the Promo Only MPE system provides.
"The integration of Imediatouch gives our users at cable and satellite television and radio stations the ability to directly export tracks from Promo Only MPE into their systems for immediate broadcast," said Dean Ernst, director of the Promo Only MPE project.
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