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Senate Confirms Martin as FCC Chairman
Washington - Nov 17, 2006 - The Senate has confirmed Kevin Martin as commissioner and chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for a second term.

In a statement issued by Martin, he said, "I look forward to working with the administration and Congress, as well as with my fellow commissioners and the incredibly able staff at the FCC to ensure that all Americans share in the benefits and opportunities offered by the best communications system in the world. I will continue to work to provide a regulatory environment that promotes competition and drives investment and innovation while protecting consumers and promoting public safety."


Interep Signs On to PPM
New York - Nov 15, 2006 - Interep has signed an agreement for Arbitron Portable People Meter radio ratings services in the top 50 radio markets when Arbitron commercializes the PPM. Interep represents many broadcast groups including ABC/Disney, Beasley, Buckley Radio, CBS Radio, Cumulus Media Partners, Curtis Media, Emmis Communications, Entercom, Franklin Financial Media, Inner City Broadcasting, Renda Broadcasting and Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS).

The Arbitron Portable People Meter is scheduled to be used in the top 50 markets by Fall 2010, beginning with Houston, pending Media Rating Council accreditation in that market. To date, Arbitron has announced contracts for PPM ratings services with a dozen broadcasting companies. Arbitron also has signed contracts with advertising agencies that place more than 90 percent of the national and regional radio advertising dollars.


Clear Channel Merges with Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital Partners
San Antonio - Nov 16, 2006 - Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital Partners will acquire Clear Channel in a transaction with a total value of about $26.7 billion, including the assumption or repayment of about $8 billion of net debt. Clear Channel shareholders will receive $37.60 in cash for each share of Clear Channel common stock they hold, representing a premium of about 25 percent over Clear Channel’s average closing share price of $29.99. The merger is subject to the approval of Clear Channel’s shareholders, requisite regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Under

Clear Channel also intends to sell 448 radio stations in selected small markets as well as for its TV broadcasting division. Last year, Clear Channel sold 10 percent of its outdoor-advertising unit, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, and spun off the concert division, Live Nation.

The merger is subject to the approval of Clear Channel’s shareholders and regulatory approvals. Under the merger agreement, Clear Channel may solicit competing bids from third parties through Dec. 7, 2006, and may negotiate with parties that submit competing proposals by that time until Jan. 5, 2007.


Content Depot Begins Service
Washington - Nov 14, 2006 - On Nov. 1, 2006, the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS) began distributing programming through its new delivery system called Content Depot. The system is currently running parallel with the existing satellite delivery system until the end of January 2007.

During the dual-delivery period, PRSS will be able to fully test the system and resolve any problems that are discovered. The dual period will also help make a smoother transition from the old to the new system.

The new system includes a store-and-forward system to capture and hold programs within the receiver system. Content Depot also provides a cataloging system for stations and producers to share and exchange programs.


FCC Announces Next Public Hearing on Media Ownership
Washington, DC - Nov 14, 2006 - The FCC's second public hearing on media ownership issues will be held in Nashville, TN, on Dec. 11, 2006. At the Commission's first public hearing in Los Angeles, the FCC heard from a large number of citizens about the current state of the media and specific issues facing that local market. This second hearing will provide an opportunity for those in the Nashville area to broadly discuss media ownership issues as well as those of concern to their community.

The FCC will issue further details on the public hearing at a later date.


AAC Option Added to Eureka 147
Nov 3, 2006 - World DMB has released further details of its plans to create a choice of audio coding for digital audio broadcasting (DAB). The international organization, which promotes Eureka 147-based digital broadcasting, has submitted a draft technical specification called DAB Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Transport of AAC Audio to the international standard body ETSI. Following submission to ETSI, it is expected compatible receivers can be designed and broadcast services can be introduced as early as 2007.

A marketing task force has been set up to develop a consumer-friendly name for the effort. The result of this group's work will be announced early in 2007.

Eureka 147 currently uses MPEG Layer II to encode the audio in a stream. By adding ACC as a possible algorithm more stations can be broadcast on a multiplex, which will provide a more efficient use of the radio spectrum. It is expected that the change will also lower transmission costs for digital stations. New receivers with ACC will be backward compatible with the existing codec standard. Current MPEG Layer II services and consumers will be unaffected by the change.

The proposal being submitted to ETSI allows for the parallel use of both audio coding options and ensures that existing listeners and DAB digital radios will not be disrupted. Receivers that include the new codec will also decode all standard MPEG Audio Layer II audio services.


Business

Audio Science Becomes Axia Partner
Cleveland and New Castle, DE - Nov 14, 2006 - Audio Science has partnered with Axia to provide products that offer direct audio and data transfer between Livewire networks and third-party PC-based digital audio delivery systems and workstations.

Audio Science is an established provider of computer-based audio hardware for the radio industry. The company has provided Cobranet audio interfaces for several years, and the partnership with Axia is part of Audio Science's goal to provide audio hardware to meet the technology needs.

The first Audio Science Livewire product will be an eight-in stereo/eight-out stereo card, similar in function to the company's existing Cobranet card.


New Address for Digital Juke Box
Steubenville, OH - Nov 13, 2006 - The offices of automation and software manufacturer Digital Juke Box were relocated in September. The new address for the company is:

101 Cunningham Lane
Steubenville, OH 43953
888-ONAIR99

The website remains the same at www.digitaljukebox.com.


Sales Call
North Texas Radio for the Blind, a service of Reading and Radio Resource of Dallas, has acquired three Harris Netwave digital on-air consoles. The upgrade was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
KXCM-FM, based in Joshua Tree, CA, has ordered a Jampro model JYFM one-bay Yagi antenna.
Crawford Broadcast's Birmingham, AL, facility has purchased five Wheatstone Generation 6 control surfaces, five studio satellite cages and a central Bridge router for the TOC, along with six complete prewiring packages. In addition, 10 rooms of Tek Line studio furniture were delivered to the new facility, which houses stations WDJC-FM, WYDE-AM, WXJC-AM, WLGD-AM and WPHC-FM.

People

Symetrix Names Paul Roberts as Director of Sales
Mountlake Terrace, WA - Nov 14, 2006 - Symetrix has appointed Paul Roberts to be the company's director of domestic and international sales. Roberts spent eight years as an inside sales manager for Symetrix from 1995 to 2003. He returns to the company from Loud Technologies in Woodinville, WA, where he worked in sales management for the past two years.


Sennheiser Appoints NSM/SW Sales Rep
Old Lyme, CT - Nov 13, 2006 - Sennheiser Electronic has appointed Brad Stephens to the dual position of national sales manager for Turbosound and southeast sales rep for Neumann and distributed brands. In his Neumann position Stephens will support Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana representative for Neumann and the HHB, True Systems, Australian Monitor and Klein + Hummel distributed brands.

Stephens's most recent positions were as senior technology consultant for Teng and Associates, Chicago and Dallas, and as territory manager for the Bose.


Sennheiser Adds Tamburri to NY Sales Staff
Old Lyme, CT - Nov 14, 2006 - Sennheiser Electronic has added Bob Tamburri to the Sennheiser sales team. Tamburri accepted the position as sales representative, pro products for the New York Metro and Upstate regions.

Tamburri previously held the position as the national education and merchandising manager for a company specializing in home-theater products. Before that, he worked as a pro audio product manager for another leading audio equipment manufacturer.

Tamburri works out of his New Jersey-based office. He may be reached at btamburri@sennheiserusa.com or 908-227-5294.


BE Names Wesen as Western Regional SM
Quincy, IL - Nov 13, 2006 - Elliot Wesen has joined Broadcast Electronics (BE) as the western regional sales manager for BE's studio product lines including Audiovault and The Radio Experience. His region covers the areas west of the Mississippi.

He also will transition into sales of BE RF products, providing BE customers with one point of contact for analog and HD Radio.

Wesen has more than two decades of experience in broadcast sales and consulting. He was previously the sales manager for Broadcast Automation and has a background in TV engineering.

He will work from a field office in Arlington, TX. Contact him at 817-457-2282 or ewesen@bdcast.com.


Products

Belden Rebrands X-Mark Line
Richmond, IN - Nov. 10, 2006 – Belden is phasing out its X-Mark branded line of cable management products and will offer them under the Belden Cable Management Solutions line. The X-Mark products have been part of the CDT family for the past decade. The change is part of Belden's ongoing effort to unify its portfolio of products under the Belden brand.

Belden notes that the new name will not change the general nature of the company's products and services.


SM Pro Audio Ships A/D-D/A Converter
Champlain, NY - Nov 16, 2006 - SM Pro Audio is now shipping its ADDA 192-S, a two-channel, 24-bit, 192kHz A/D-D/A converter. The unit features two combo connectors on the front panel for mic or line level sources. The mic inputs feature switchable 48V phantom power and 20dB pad. Digital connectivity is optical and coaxial S/PDIF I/O.

The unit operates at sample rates up to 192kHz. The built-in headphone amp and analog/digital rotary mix controls allow for simplified monitoring. The master XLR and headphone output signal can be tailored to provide a controlled mix level of the analog and digital inputs.


Burk Now Shipping Arc and Flame Detector
Littleton, MA - Nov 14, 2006 - Burk Technology is now shipping the AFD-1 arc and flame detector. As the name states, it detects arcs and flame to provide an indication to the Burk Arc Plus, Arc-16, GSC3000 and VRC2500 broadcast facility remote control systems. Applications include transmitter enclosures, antenna tuning units, transfer switches and other arc-prone locations. The device is small enough to be mounted inside equipment cabinets.

The Burk Technology AFD-1 debuted at the NAB Radio Show.


Promo Only Launches Ver. 3.0
Orlando, FL - Nov 16, 2006 - Promo Only and partner Destiny Media Technologies have launched the upgraded Promo Only MPE 3.0 for Mac and PC. The new version is faster and enables customers to download and export complete video files through the system.

The upgrade allows users to download full video files that can be exported onto video Ipods or other portable media devices. Other enhancements include a revamp of the interface and the ability for users to sign into their Promo Only MPE account through any Web browser.


Backbone Integrates Internet Radio Software with Itunes Store
Worcester, MA - Nov 14, 2006 - Backbone Networks has released Backbone Radio 4.2, which integrates Itunes 7 to Internet radio broadcasters and their listening audiences. The integration provides access to programming content and a built-in mechanism for generating station revenues through the Itunes affiliate program.

Backbone Radio is a software suite that operates on a Mac. The software streams and displays clickable images with the audio content. The software also generates podcasts with chapters and associated images.


Eye on IBOC

Nautel, Kintronic Labs Conduct Digital Radio Seminars in Mexico
Mexico City - Nov 14, 2006 - Nautel and Kintronic Labs conducted full-day technical seminars titled AM and FM Digital Radio Systems and Solutions in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico, on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9. Attendees included managers and engineers attended from many stations, including the major networks of Radiorama, Radio Formula, Radiopolis, Imagen, Grupo Acir, ORM, IMER, Multimedios Estrella de Oro, NRM Comunicaciones and Radio Neuvo Leon.

Nautel technical presentations included HD Radio Next Generation Architecture, Studio to Transmitter HD Content Delivery in the G3 System, and DRM Digital Radio Systems Solutions. Kintronic Labs' presentations centered on Implementation of IBOC Compatible AM Antenna Systems.




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