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117th AES Expects Record Crowd
San Francisco - Oct 21, 2004 - Returning to the Moscone Center for the first time since 1998, the Audio Engineering Society expects that more than 400 exhibitors from around the globe and more than 16,000 attendees are expected to fill the many workshops, seminars and special events at the 117th convention. The AES reports that pre-registration is 35 percent ahead of previous years.

A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events may be found at

AES Convention Update: Surround for Broadcast
San Francisco - Oct 21, 2004 - The 117th AES Convention runs Oct. 28 to Oct. 31 in San Francisco. Several of the sessions cover radio broadcasting topics, as we reported in the October issue, as well as in the Oct. 11 Currents Online.

The session Surround Sound for Digital Radio has been updated to include a demonstration and discussion of the KUVO Denver broadcast of Dianne Reeves with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra that was held on Sept. 24. Mike Pappas, chief engineer of KUVO, will detail the setup used for the broadcast and play a recording of the event.

The session will be moderated by Emil Torick. Panelists will include Frank Foti of Telos Omnia Audio, Rocky Graham of Dolby Labs, Alan Kraemer of SRS Labs, Michael Lyons of Ibiquity, Tony Masiello of XM, Robert Orban of Orban and Robert Reams of Neural Audio.

More information on the radio-related sessions is available at the AES website, or in the Oct. 11 issue of Currents Online.

FCC Auction 37 Bidders Confirmed
Washington - Oct 18, 2004 - In a Public Notice, the FCC identified 456 applicants found to be qualified to bid in the upcoming auction for 288 FM broadcast construction permits, referred to as Auction 37. The auction is scheduled to begin on Nov. 3, 2004. In addition, this public notice contains bidding instructions and other important information regarding Auction No. 37.

Complete details of the qualified stations and the steps they must take are available on the FCC website at

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AES Convention Features 25 Tutorials
San Francisco - Oct 18, 2004 - The diverse series of programs scheduled for the 117th AES Convention span the broad interests held by the organization's members. Among the 25 sessions are subjects geared to appeal to virtually every branch of the industry. The convention will be held at the San Francisco Moscone Center, Oct. 28 to Oct. 31.

Some of the tutorial topics include:

  • Physics of Sound and Hearing
  • Subjective Microphone Comparisons
  • Live Organ Concert Recording
  • The Basics of Digital Audio
  • Surround Sound for Picture, Dramaturgical Goals - Tools and Concepts
  • Analog Design in a Digital Environment
  • Acoustic Issues Concerning Small Studio Environments

    A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events is available at

    ASCAP and RMLC Reach Licensing Agreement
    New York - Oct 18, 2004 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which represents more than 190,000 members, and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC), which represents most of the nearly 12,000 commercial radio stations in the United States, announced an agreement totaling more than $1.7 billion. This is the largest single licensing deal in the history of American radio.

    The settlement, which was approved by Federal District Court Judge William C. Conner on Oct. 15, 2004, provides stations with the right to perform ASCAP music over the air and also as part of a simultaneous stream of their over-the-air signals on their Internet websites. It also provides fee certainty to the radio industry and ASCAP's members. ASCAP's repertoire contains more than 7.5 million copyrighted musical works in addition to works in the repertories of more than 60 affiliated foreign performing rights organizations.

    The agreement finalizes license fees for the period 2001-2003 and establishes new ASCAP licenses for the period 2004-2009. The negotiated settlement replaces revenue-based license fees with a set payment schedule for the stations that will provide significant guaranteed income to ASCAP composers, songwriters and music publishers. Both sides will also benefit from a simplified and streamlined administration process.

    "Separating royalty fees payable from radio station revenues has been a goal of the RMLC," said Keith Meehan, executive director of the RMLC. "For many years. With this agreement we have now accomplished that with both of the major performing rights organizations."

    The RMLC is an organization comprised of broadcaster volunteers that represents the interests of the radio industry in their dealings with the major U.S. performing rights organizations and on other music licensing matters. The principal objectives of the RMLC are to achieve fair and reasonable music performance licenses for radio stations that reflect the realities of the current and changing state of the radio business and to enable radio stations to control their music costs.


    CRC Chooses Microspace for its Stations Nationwide
    Raleigh, NC - Oct 22, 2004 - The Christian Radio Consortium (CRC) has choosen Microspace Communications to deliver its programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide via Microspace’s Velocity satellite system.

    Velocity will help the CRC to broaden its programming reach and its nationwide customer base. The transition to the Microspace network is expected to be complete by March 2005.

    CRC is a partnership of organizations collaborating to develop a common solution for distributing Christian radio programming while minimizing the need for radio stations to adopt costly new technologies. The group has been using a common satellite-based system for five years, having developed a standard platform now in use by all members.

    Microspace Communications is a provider of point-to-multipoint satellite services and the operator of the largest business satellite network in the world.

    Sales Call
  • Wicks Broadcast Solutions has completed an agreement with New Radio Group of Cedar Rapids, IA, to integrate Wicks’ Deltaflex 4 Broadcast Management into New Radio’s stations. New Radio Group operates 27 radio stations in Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • Since its launch APT Milano, a full-duplex stereo codec, has been installed in more than 65 facilities. All the codecs were supplied by APT’s exclusive U.S. distributor EDNET. The codec incorporates Standard and Enhanced Apt-x and supports SMPTE timecode. Among the companies that have recently acquired Worldnet Milano codecs are Gold Sound, Michigan; McKinny and Silver Advertising, Durham, NC; and In Your Ear, Richmond, VA.
  • Entercom Communications has ordered 14 HD Radio transmission systems from Broadcast Electronics to equip five additional markets for digital broadcast. This brings the total count to 21 Entercom stations in seven markets that will be using BE transmitters. The recent purchases include transmitters for five stations in Portland; five in Kansas City; two in Indianapolis; and two in Denver. Entercom’s Seattle stations were among the first in the country to install HD Radio using BE’s FMI73 transmitters. An Entercom station in Boston has been using BE HD Radio transmitters since December 2002.

    Entercom’s Seattle, Boston and Kansas City stations have purchased Audiovault Studio upgrades within the last year as well.

  • People

    Mark Mays Is New Clear Channel CEO
    San Antonio, TX - Oct 21, 2004 - A change has taken place in the top slot of Clear Channel. Mark Mays has been named president of the media conglomerate, effective immediately. He had been Clear Channel's interim CEO since May. His father, Lowry Mays, relinquishes his CEO spot but remains chairman of Clear Channel.

    Lowry Mays appointed Mark as interim CEO after undergoing surgery to relieve a blood clot in his brain. Mark Mays had been president since 1996.

    Lowry's son Randall Mays is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Clear Channel.

    Internet Watch

    Live365 Offers Opt-in Advertising
    Foster City, CA - Oct 15, 2004 - Live365 will begin offering opt-in advertising on its website. Registered users will have the ability to explicitly register with advertisers of their choosing. The demand for opt-in advertising (commonly called co-registration) by advertisers has increased as spam and privacy concerns have escalated. Live365 has chosen Opt-Intelligence to provide the technology platform behind this new revenue stream.

    Live365 added the service in response to advertisers. The consumer is contacted only if he chooses to be, and then only by the specific advertiser he chose. Because the message is requested and expected, the advertiser doesn't have to worry about the message being treated as spam, which increases the response rates.


    Steinberg Updates Music Production Software
    Hamburg, Germany - Oct 21, 2004 - Cubase SL3, the latest version of Steinberg’s music production software, will ship beginning Oct. 25, 2004.

    Cubase SL3 offers new features such as an Audio Warp engine that imports ACID files and time-stretching and pitch-shifting in real-time; and audio can now automatically follow a tempo set for a project in real-time. The Play Order Track feature offers tools for pattern-style composers, and also allows quick and easy checking of alternative song arrangements. The Pre-Record feature can record 10 minutes of audio, even if record wasn’t engaged.

    Symetrix Posts Studio Matrix Designer 2.0
    Mountlake Terrace, WA - Oct 19, 2004 - Symetrix has released Studio Matrix Designer software version 2.0 for the Air Tools Studio Matrix series. Symetrix posts all of its Designer applications online for download at no charge.

    Studio Matrix Designer, an application for Windows, is the heart of the Studio Matrix series of audio DSP hardware for broadcast. The software, a direct descendent of the Symnet Designer for installation sound, brings a DSP system to the broadcast market. When connected to Studio Matrix hardware, the software creates signal pathways and provides a control interface for real-time adjustment of any and all audio parameters.

    Moseley Updates its Starlink Products
    Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 19, 2004 - Moseley has updated its Starlink SL9003Q-4S and Starlink SL9003Q-2S.

    The company recently added the ability to run two stereo pairs 44.1kHz audio sampling rate streams on its Starlink SL9003Q-4S using 128 QAM. In the past Moseley has been limited to twin stereo pairs at 32kHz sampling at 32 QAM.

    Also, Moseley has developed a 300kb/s LAN card for use in the Starlink SL9003Q-2S. This allows the end user to convey 44.1kHz and 300 kb/s LAN on the link.

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