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FCC Preps for Media Ownership Hearings in L.A.
Washington - Sep 26, 2006 - The FCC has released further details of its previously announced Los Angeles field hearing regarding media ownership. The hearings will be divided into two sessions held in two locations on Oct. 3, 2006.

From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the hearing will be held at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Davidson Conference Center Embassy Room. The Davidson Conference Center is located at 3415 South Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.

The second hearing will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at El Segundo High School, 640 Main St. in El Segundo, CA.

The purpose of the hearing is to fully involve the public in the process of the 2006 Quadrennial Broadcast Media Ownership Review that the Commission is currently conducting. The hearing is open to the public, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This hearing is the first in a series of media ownership hearings the Commission intends to hold across the country.

A final roster of panelists will be released prior to the hearing. The USC meeting will feature a panel discussion called Creative Community/Independent Programming. The El Segundo hearing will feature a panel discussion called Market Overview/LA Case Study. Both panels will be followed by a period for public comments.

A live audiocast of the hearing will be available at the FCC website on a first-come, first-served basis. Public comments may be filed with the Commission and should reference docket number 06-121. Filing instructions are provided at www.fcc.gov/ownership/comments.html.


CES Announces Session Topics for 2007 Show
Arlington, VA - Sep 28, 2006 - The 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show will hold more than 175 conference sessions designed to help educate attendees on the latest consumer electronics industry trends. Held Jan. 8 through Jan. 11, 2007, in Las Vegas, the CES sessions will explore product categories such as emerging technology, mobile entertainment, digital imaging, gaming, robotics, wireless technology and home entertainment. The CES Knowledge Tracks will feature in-depth coverage of specific market segments. Some of those topics are:

  • Car Technology - See and hear the latest technologies in hybrid vehicles, gaming, navigation, satellite radio, surround sound and mesh networking.
  • Home and Lifestyle Entertainment - Get a peek at new integrated technologies for audio, video, HDTV, wireless and gaming from a consumer perspective.
  • Issues and Attitudes - Discuss current challenges in the consumer electronics industry - looks vs. performance, copyright holders vs. manufacturers and consumers and the revamping of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  • Sales & Marketing - Learn how to enhance the retail experience for your customer, reach your target market and increase profit opportunities.
  • Wireless Retail - Take advantage of innovative new sales programs to realize the full potential of the wireless revolution.

Partner programs consist of informative sessions on new and emerging technologies as well as hands-on training courses in digital media, mobile electronics and home installation. Some of the Partner programs at the show will include:

  • Digital Hollywood - Explore the new frontier of digital content and entertainment - user generated media, TV 2.0 and the fully connected universe.
  • CES Mobile Entertainment - What's the latest in the mobile entertainment movement and how can you take advantage of it?
  • CES Government 2007 - What are the challenges of managing and moving information across agencies and jurisdictions of government? Get the inside scoop from senior executives in the executive branch, Congress, state government and industry.
  • Consumer VoIP Summit - Pulvermedia returns for the third year to help you discover and understand the newest trends, strategies and profit opportunities in the convergence of communication, entertainment and collaboration.
  • IEEE: International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) - The ICCE program consists of technical papers, tutorials, keynotes and panel discussions in all important areas of consumer electronics worldwide.
  • Mobile/Consumer Market Trends and Memory Solutions - What are the various memory components affecting the current and future direction of mobile/consumer applications? Learn about memory DRAM, SRAM and flash.
  • Mobile and Personal Broadband Conference - Where is the future of mobile and personal broadband going? What are the key technologies, trends and issues? Find out from leading experts in the field.

For more information visit www.cesweb.org.


Business

Digigram Receives Microsoft Certification
Grenoble, France - Sep 28, 2006 - Digigram's HF series of sound cards have been submitted to Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) for testing. The sounds cards have met Microsoft's standards and Microsoft has dubbed the VX222HR as "Designed for Microsoft Windows XP." With this designation, Digigram partners and customers will receive full support from Microsoft, a service that is only available to customers with this designation. Driver updates will also be available via the Windows Update website and installation time will be quicker with this certification.


Bid4spots Produces $2 Million in One Year
Dallas - Sep 20, 2006 - Bid4spots, an online auction for unsold radio ad inventory, has reached the $2 million milemarker on its first anniversary. The company has awarded that amount of auction winnings among its participating radio stations. Participants in the online auction bid ad rates down and the lowest bidder wins. Nearly 2,300 radio stations in the United States have participated in the auctions. Launched in September 2005, about 900 advertisers and and 180 ad agencies have enrolled in the Bid4spots.com system to buy last-minute airtime from radio stations.


Promo Only Hits New Numbers
Dallas - Sep 21, 2006 - Promo Only MPE is now servicing 10,000 registered users with 25,000 tracks to radio stations for more than 600 record labels and recording more than 500,000 individual downloads through the Promo Only system. Promo Only is a digital distributor of promotional music content to radio stations in the United States. Promo Only works with broadcasting companies such as Clear Channel, Citadel, Cox, Cumulus, Salem Communications, Radio One, Emmis, Entercom, Sirius and more.


Radio One Chooses Harris Again
Cincinnati - Sep 22, 2006 - Radio One, the seventh largest radio broadcasting company in the United States, has purchased Harris transmitters for its third round of HD Radio conversions. Radio One will install Harris transmitters at 17 FM stations and one AM station. As the exclusive provider to Radio One, Harris will supply the FM stations with Z Series transmitters, Flexstar HDI-100 importers, HDE-100 exporters and HDX-FM exciters for multicasting. The AM station will receive a DAX transmitter with a Dexstar exciter.

By the end of 2006 Radio One will have 35 station on the air with Harris transmitters.


Mississippi Stations Find New Way to Send Emergency Alerts
Dallas - Sep 20, 2006 - With help from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, 30 Mississippi radio stations have installed Global Security Systems' First Alert System to deliver emergency alerts and enhanced RDS data to first responders and listeners. The First Alert System uses a station's existing FM infrastructure to provide a consistent, open communications channel. GSS developed the single point-to-multipoint messaging system to provide redundant distribution of emergency alert messages in the event that other modes of communication become ineffective. The system uses a commercial FM receiver chip that can be inserted into smoke detectors, pagers, cell phones and PDAs to provide information during emergency situations.

"GSS is able to provide the necessary equipment free to local broadcasters not only in Mississippi, but across the country," said Roberty Adams, president of GSS. "Once installed, the system works seamlessly, requiring little or no maintenance or attention."

The system is fully compatible with the new RDS standard adopted at the June RDS Forum.


Clear Channel Chooses Barix for Southern U.S.
Zurich, Switzerland - Sep 15, 2006 - In an effort to remain on the air during emergency situations, Clear Channel Satellite Services has purchased Barix's Instreamer, Exstreamer and Barionet products to connect to its radio towers in the southern United States. Launched at the beginning of the 2006 hurricane season, the service allows Clear Channel stations in this region to remain on the air in the event of extreme weather or other disasters, and provide important information to the public.

The Clear Channel Satellite Services facility, headquartered in Englewood, CO, streams audio nonstop every day directly to the radio towers. The Instreamer and Exstreamer equipment encode and decode audio in preparation for broadcast if studios experience power outages. The Barionets, installed with Exstreamers at each radio tower site, are used to activate and automatically switch the Exstreamer back-up audio feed for transmission over the air. The Barionet devices are controlled from Englewood through an IP connection established via the satellite.


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Lawo has supplied the Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk with six zirkon mixing consoles for use in the production and on-air control rooms, two Nova17 matrices for the B2 and B4 programs and two double-star Nova73 HD routers for its master control room.
XENK 620 in Mexico City has acquired Broadcast Electronics' 4MX 50kW medium-wave transmitter. Grupo Radiodifusoras Asociadas, SA de CV owns XENK 620 as well as a number of radio stations in the states of Michoacan and Yucatan.
WMMS-FM, a rock music station serving the Cleveland area, has purchased a Jampro VSWR Fine Matcher unit to adjust its FM antenna.
Harris has delivered three of its Netwave digital on-air consoles with Vistamax studio audio networking to Commonwealth Broadcasting of Glasgow, KY. Commonwealth will also update its Campbellsville facility with the same equipment by Oct. 1, 2006.
Worldspace, a satellite radio provider serving Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East is installing six of Harris' Netxpress audio over IP platforms at four of its uplink locations: Silver Spring, London, Singapore and Bangalore India. The system will consolidate audio transport and data communications over a multi-protocol label switching network. Installation is scheduled for the end of 2006.
P4, Norway’s largest commercial broadcaster, has selected the Worldnet Oslo from APT to interconnect its two primary broadcast facilities. The units have been deployed on the main E1 link connecting P4’s studios in the capital, Oslo, with the studios and station headquarters based in Lillehammer.
Audio codec manufacturer APT is supplying Canal Sur, the regional radio and TV broadcaster for Andalusia, Southern Spain, with six Worldnet Oslo units.

People

IDC Names VP of Sales, Marketing
Ottawa, Canada - Sep 28, 2006 - Edward DiCarlo has joined International Datacasting Corporation (IDC) as the vice president of sales and marketing. DiCarlo will oversee the sales, marketing and new product/service development for IDC worldwide.

DiCarlo has served in various senior level positions at Loral Skynet and Loral Cyberstar, including vice president general manager marketing and product management, vice president general manager for Latin America and vice president Europe. In these roles he was instrumental in opening and operating sales regions, closing acquisitions, and developing a suite of satellite-based IP and managed data network products. Prior to joining Loral, he was the director of marketing for CBS (Westinghouse) where he was responsible for domestic and international marketing and sales of satellite networks, as well as strategic alliances.

DiCarlo has an engineering degree from Capitol College and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. He has also participated in the Executive Education program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Products

Barix Introduces New Feature to Instreamer, Exstreamer
Zurich, Switzerland - Sep 15, 2006 - At the NAB Radio Show in Dallas Barix introduced a new programmable software feature for its Instreamer and Exstreamer audio encoding and decoding products. The new feature allows system integrators and OEMs to develop custom applications in a network-, audio- or USB-flash environment. The Instreamer and Extstreamer products can be used for fixed STL, remote pick-ups and audio stream monitoring. With this new software feature these products can also be used to schedule announcers, for call sign generators, or network or input and output triggered alarming devices.




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