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Consumer Electronics Hall Of Fame Inducts 11
Las Vegas - Oct 21, 2005 - Eleven giants of the consumer electronics industry entered the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, joining 87 members inducted since 2000. They were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony held during the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) annual Industry Forum in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame Class of 2005 added the following people.

  • Ken Crane started his first TV business in 1948 and helped develop the concept of single-line retailing in the 1950s with Ken Crane's Magnavox City. Ken Crane's embraces the high-end of new technology and was among the first to sell HDTV and flat-panel technology. His family operates Ken Crane's stores in California.

  • Joseph Donahue spent 43 years at RCA, starting as an engineer and rising to CEO. He invented the "slurry process" still in use today to produce picture tubes and oversaw the development of the Dimensia system, one of the first interconnected video products. In 1989 he began to focus on the development of the HDTV standard and was a leader in the Grand Alliance, which produced the HDTV standard adopted by the FCC.

  • Harry Elias spent 37 years at JVC and built it into a $1.5 billion company with fewer than 300 employees. He is a past chairman of the CEA's Video Division and past member of the CEA's Board of Directors. In January 2005, he joined Akai as chairman of the board and also serves on the board of directors for Bio-Reference Laboratories.

  • George Fezell implemented Magnavox's factory-direct business model in the 1950s and became president of the company's consumer electronics division in 1968. A past member of the Electronics Industries Alliance's Board of Governors, he was instrumental in the formation of the Consumer Electronics Division, the predecessor of the CEA.

  • Saul Gold served as the executive director of the North American Retailers Association for 30 years and was largely responsible for making the retailer buying group a respected force in the consumer electronics industry. Under his direction, regional retailers came together and competed on a national level with big box national retailers.

  • Art Levis, a consumer electronics journalist and writer for more than 20 years, started reporting for Merchandising Week in 1968 and eventually became an editor at Consumer Electronics Monthly and the editor-in-chief of Video Magazine. He has received awards including the 1984 Jesse H. Neal Award for editorial achievement and the American Business Press Excellence Award in 1988. In 1991, he was posthumously inducted into the Video Hall of Fame for pre-eminent video journalism.

  • Jack Luskin, a Baltimore/Washington/Virginia area retailer for nearly 50 years, opened his first store in 1948 becoming one of the nation's first TV dealers. He has spent 15 years as the commissioner of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission and was the vice president of NATM, the retail buying group.

  • Masaharu Matsushita joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Company as an auditor in 1940 and steadily moved up the ranks to president then chairman of the board. Under his leadership, the company, best known for its Panasonic brand, became the largest consumer electronics company in the world.

  • William Hewlett and David Packard launched what is now the world's largest personal computer company from a California garage in 1939. Aside from HP, Packard served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969-71 and was a co-founder and past chairman of the American Electronics Association. Hewlett was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor in 1983.

  • John Winegard, an inventor and entrepreneur who developed the rooftop TV antenna, incorporated the Winegard Company in 1953. Winegard became the prototype for consumer electronics accessory businesses and is still a major supplier of K-band antennas and mobile satellite systems worldwide. During his life, Winegard was granted 28 patents and designed communications amplifiers for NASA for which he was recognized for his contribution to the Apollo space missions.

    Rehr Named NAB President
    Washington, DC - Oct 20, 2005 - David Rehr has been selected as the new president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Rehr will begin his new post on Dec. 5, and at that time his predecessor, Eddie Fritts, will become a consultant to NAB, which will continue through April 2008.

    Rehr is president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). Under his leadership, the NBWA climbed into the top 10 of Fortune Magazine's Power Rankings of the 25 most influential lobbying groups in Washington, DC. The NBWA Political Action Committee (NBWA PAC) has grown from a PAC that raised and spent a little more than $400,000 each election cycle, to nearly $3 million.

    Rehr has a doctorate in economics from George Mason University. He was named a "Top Association Lobbyist" by The Hill multiple times, and has been featured in Beachum's Guide to Key Lobbyists.

    SBE Swears in New Board and Officers, Presents Awards
    Dallas - Oct 20, 2005 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) held its national meeting in conjunction with the Broadcast Engineering Expo (BEE) Regional Convention, sponsored by SBE Chapter 67, North Texas. During the event, the society inaugurated its new officers and board members for their new terms, presented awards to the national awards winners and inducted two new Fellows to the Society.

    The new officers and board members are:
    President: Chriss Scherer, CSRE CBNT, Radio magazine; Vice president: Clay Freinwald, CPBE, Entercom; Secretary: Vinny Lopez, CEV CBNT, WSYT/WNYS-TV; Treasurer: Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT, Westwood One; Board of Directors: Jon Bennett, CPBE CBNT, Cox Radio-Richmond; Andrea Cummis, CBT CTO, American Desi TV; Dane Ericksen, P.E., CSRTE CBNT, Hammett and Edison; Ted Hand, CPBE, WGNT-TV; Hal Hostetler, CPBE, KVOA-TV; and Conrad Trautmann, CPBE, Westwood One.

    During the awards banquet, the winners of the 2004 National Awards program were presented their plaques. A complete list of winners was reported in the Radio magazine Currents on Aug. 2. A complete list of the award recipients is available at this link. In addition, the society bestowed its membership honor of Fellow to Andy Butler, CPBE, of PBS, and Clay Freinwald, CPBE, of Entercom.

    The 2006 SBE National Meeting will be held next fall in Verona, NY, during the Broadcast Technology Expo, which is sponsored by SBE Chapter 22 of Central New York.

    SBE President Chriss Scherer (at the podium) presents some of the 2004 award recipients. Left to right: Keith Kintner, Awards Committee chairman; Tom McNicholl, SBE22 conference coordinator; Larry Wilkins, SBE118 chapter chairman; Vinny Lopez, SBE133 chapter liaison; Ted Hand, SBE54 frequency coordinator and webmaster; Bill Magglioco, SBE5 chapter chairman; Roswell Clark, author, best article or program; Steve Franco; SBE117 chapter chairman.


    WBOI Debuts HD Radio Multicast
    Quincy, IL - Oct 21, 2005 - WBOI-FM in Fort Wayne, IN, began multicasting on a digital signal on Oct. 13. WBOI is broadcasting three audio program services to the same dial position: an NPR news and jazz format, a classical format and a new 24-hour jazz format. WBOI is using Broadcast Electronic's FMI 703 HD Radio transmitter with FXI 250 digital FM exciter high-level combined with a BE FM 30B transmitter into a shared antenna system. BE's IDI 20 data importer is providing the bandwidth scaling necessary to multicast the signals through one transmission system.

    Sales Call
  • Spanish language KSDO/AM 1130 in San Diego recently completed facility upgrade using a new Axia Livewire Audio Network based around Axia's Smartsurface controller.
  • Three Lawo Zirkon 12-fader mixing consoles with visualization have been installed in Xi'an Peoples Radio in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province. Seven million people are fully covered by this radio station, the largest in the province.
  • WHTA-FM Radio One of Atlanta, GA, is scheduled to receive its Wheatstone Generation System order, which consists of five Generations 4 16-fader control surfaces, four Generation 4 eight-fader control surfaces and one TOC Hub router.
  • Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division has helped rebuild WQRZ-FM, a low-power FM station serving Hancock County, MS, after Hurricane Katrina. Harris sent the station a Mackie VLZPRO mixer, a Denon 951FA CD player, microphones, headphones, wiring and cable. The company also sent a Harris Quest 1kW FM transmitter.
  • The BBC has placed an order for a Solid State Logic C200 digital production console, which will be installed in the refurbished Radio Theatre within BBC Broadcasting House.
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    Dmarc Expands Sales Forces
    Newport Beach, CA - Oct 20, 2005 - Dmarc has added four sales executives to its national staff. The new executives will each function as directors of regional advertising sales on a team headed by Drew Hilles. The four new employees are:

  • Jeff Weinand, formerly with the Katz Radio Group, assigned to the Southeast U.S. Region, based in Atlanta. He can be reached at
  • James Bond, previously with Premiere Radio Networks Sales, to serve in the Midwest U.S. Region, based in Chicago and can be reached at
  • John Breen, coming from Crystal Media Networks, to work out of the Western U.S. Region, based in Los Angeles. He can be reached at
  • Joe Anastasi, formerly with Z-100 in NY, now directing sales in Dmarc's Eastern U.S. Region. He is based in New York and can be reached at

    CEA Elects 2006 Board
    Las Vegas - Oct 19, 2005 - The Consumer Electronics Association has elected its 2006 CEA Board of Industry Leaders at its annual meeting held in Las Vegas during CEA's 2005 Industry Forum. The CEA Board of Industry Leaders officially elects members of the CEA Executive Board, which governs CEA. Beyond determining CEA policies and managing the association's affairs, the Executive Board defines the qualifications, procedures and dues for membership and approves all applications for CEA membership.

    The organization has elected Circuit City Chairman Alan McCullough, Best Buy Vice-Chairman Brad Anderson and Radio Shack Senior VP-Chief Merchandising Officer Jim Hamilton to its Board of Industry Leaders. Other new members of the board Stephen Baker, president, Denon; John Banks, president, Audio Center; James Bazet, president, Cobra Electronics; Greg Bosler, EVP – North America Profit Center, TCL/Thomson Electronics; Paul D'Arcy, executive vice president, Sanyo Fisher; David Epstein, president, Sound Solutions; John Godfrey, vice president, Government and Industry Affairs, Pioneer; Jeff Hipps, senior vice president, marketing, Sherwood America; Bob Law, senior vice president, Consumer Electronics Division, Sirius; Dr. Paul Liao, vice president and CTO, Matsushita Electronic Corporation of America and president, Panasonic Technologies Company; Keith Lehmann, vice president, Car Electronics Division, Kenwood; David Lorsch, president, DBL Distributing; James Minarik, president, Directed Electronics; Jay McLellan, president, Home Automation; Henry Muyshondt, general manager, Most Corporation; Mike O'Neal, president, Philips Accessories and Computer Peripherals; Larry Richenstein, president, Unwired Technologies; Sam Runco, CEO, Runco International; Grant Russell, president, Stratus; Paul Sabbah, vice president, business development, Techcraft Manufacturing; Brian Smith, vice president, Technology Policy and Standards, Philips Electronics; Ron Stone, director, DTS; Rich Tosi, president, Uniden; Skip West, president, MAXSA Innovations, LLC and Gary Yacoubian, president, Myer-Emco Audio Video.

    Tannoy Hires Western Regional Sales Manager
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada - Oct 20, 2005 - Tannoy North America has hired Ivan Schwartz as western regional sales manager for the Kitchener-based company's commercial/professional product sector.

    Ivan Schwartz, who will be based in the Seattle area, has been involved with various aspects of sound reinforcement since the late 1970s. He has worked in various positions including president, U.S. operations, for Digico; corporate director of product and market development with Mackie Designs; director of marketing at EAW; and general manager of Mark IV Pro Audio Group. Schwartz holds a BS in industrial technology from Western Washington University and is a member of the AES and IEEE.

    NAB to Honor Three Nightly News Anchors at NAB2006
    Washington, DC - Oct 17, 2005 - Former NBC Nightly News Anchor and Managing Editor Tom Brokaw, former CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor Dan Rather, and Peter Jennings, the late ABC World News Tonight anchor and senior editor, will each receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award at the NAB spring convention in Las Vegas in April. The DSA award recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry.

    "Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings will be remembered as broadcast industry icons," said NAB President Edward Fritts. "They were on the front lines of history and were voices of authority in times of turmoil. It is a pleasure to recognize their valuable contribution to our nation with this year's DSA award."

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