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FCC's Copps and Adelstein to Hold Forum on Media Concentration
Washington - Dec 2, 2004 - FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein have announced the agenda for the forum on media concentration to be held in St. Paul, MN. The forum is being held Dec. 9, 2004, from 7 p.m. to 11p.m. in Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University.
The hearing will be organized into two panels. Local News and Information, and Media Diversity. After the panels, there will be an opportunity for members of the general public to make comments.
The purpose of the hearing is to give citizens outside of Washington, DC, an opportunity to voice their opinions about media consolidation and to offer comments on how the agency can develop protections that provide citizens with viewpoints from a diversity of sources and enhance the marketplace of ideas.
The forum is open to the public and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The agenda is available at the FCC website through this link.
Helicopter Crashes After Striking TV Tower Guy Wire
Moody, TX - Dec 1, 2004 - A helicopter out of Fort Hood in Texas crashed near the broadcast tower for KXXV-TV, which is licensed to Waco, TX. Seven soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division, including a brigadier general, were aboard the Blackhawk helicopter.
Weather conditions were foggy that morning. According to a statement from KXXV, the lights on the station's tower were not working after severe weather from the previous week. The station notified the FAA and a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued.
The Black Hawk was en route from Fort Hood to the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The pilot had been given visual flight clearance, but moments before the crash he requested to change to instruments. The flight plan was supposed to steer the aircraft clear of the tower site. An investigation into the accident is underway.
Intelsat Loses Americas-7
Pembroke, Bermuda - Nov 28, 2004 – Intelsat's Americas-7 satellite experienced a sudden and unexpected electrical distribution anomaly that caused the permanent loss of the spacecraft on Nov. 28, 2004, at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST. Consistent with existing satellite anomaly contingency plans, Intelsat has made alternative capacity available to most of its IA-7 customers, many of whom have already had their services restored. Intelsat is working with Space Systems/Loral, the manufacturer of the satellite, to identify the cause of the problem. The satellite, which operated at 129° West, was launched in September 1999 and covered the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Central America and parts of South America. The satellite was self-insured by Intelsat.
The upcoming launch of the IA-8 satellite, currently scheduled to occur on Dec. 17, 2004, will provide 36 Ku-band and 24 C-band, equivalent transponders to the Intelsat North American fleet and help mitigate the impact of the permanent loss of IA-7.
SBE 2004 Awards Nominations Open
Indianapolis - Nov 29, 2004 - Every year, the SBE holds its annual awards program to recognize the outstanding efforts of SBE chapters and members. SBE members and chapters are eligible to be nominated. Some awards are based on chapter statistics such as attendance and percentage of certified members. Other categories require a nomination. The 2004 nomination form is available on the SBE website and can be downloaded at this link.
The categories for chapter awards are Best Regional Convention or Conference, Best Chapter Newsletter, Most Interactive Chapter, Best Chapter Frequency Coordination Effort and Best Chapter Website. The individual awards are Broadcast Engineer of the Year; Educator of the Year; Technology Award; Best Technical Article, Book or Program by An SBE Member; and Best Article, Paper or Program by a Student Member.
Nominations are due in the SBE National Office by May 31, 2005.
The SBE National Awards Committee will review the nominations and choose the winners, who will be announced in June 2005. The awards are presented at the SBE National Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Broadcast Engineering Expo in Dallas in October.
FCC Closes FM Auction
Washington - Nov 24, 2004 - The FCC closed Auction No. 37, in which 110 bidders won 258 FM broadcast construction permits. Many of the winning bidders are new entrants into the radio broadcast market. The auction began on Nov. 3, 2004, and closed on Nov. 23, 2004, after 62 rounds of bidding.
The auction was the first-ever open auction of FM broadcast spectrum held by the FCC, and hundreds participated in the bidding process. The FCC plans to hold annual auctions for more FM construction permits over the next several years.
In a statement, FCC Chairman Michael Powell noted that this auction set a new policy that will introduce new owners into the radio market and bring increased diversity through new FM radio stations. He added, "By placing small businesses on equal footing with other bidders at the auction stage, our policies ensure that more owners have the opportunity to become pioneers in the dynamic media marketplace."
A full list of the winning bidders and markets is available at the FCC website at wireless.fcc.gov/auctions.
After final payments are made and construction permits issued, winning bidders have three years to complete construction of the new stations and begin providing FM service to their communities. The 110 winning bidders will submit payments of $147.4 million dollars during the next several months for the 258 construction permits that were won.
Senate Scales Back Copyright Bill
Washington - Nov 29, 2004 - The Senate passed a scaled-back version of a copyright bill in the final pre-Thanksgiving holiday hours, keeping a provision that imposes severe penalties on people caught with camcorders in movie theaters, but scrapping other provisions that copyright-reform activists had criticized.
The Senate passed the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2004 (SB3021), a revised version of the Intellectual Property Protection Act (HR2391), which had cobbled together a handful of copyright-related bills. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration in early December.
Digital rights groups said that while there is still cause for concern in the bill, it is a vast improvement over the previous version. The Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America supported harsher versions of the bill.
Provisions from the Artists' Rights and Theft Prevention Act were kept in the bill. The act sends a person who brings an audiovisual recording device into a movie theater (to make a copy of a film) to prison for three years. The legislation also increases penalties for people who distribute films or music before the products are released commercially.
However, the bill removed several provisions that had upset consumer advocates, such as the Pirate Act (SB2237), which would have allowed the attorney general to file civil lawsuits against copyright infringers. Critics argued that this would use taxpayer money to fund the copyright battles of the movie and music industries. Entertainment companies have already filed lawsuits against alleged infringers.
The bill preserves the rights of consumers to use devices such as Clear Play, which uses technology that makes movies family-friendly by automatically skipping over violence and sexual situations on-screen. Language that could have prevented the use of this technology to skip commercials was taken out.
Arbitron, Comscore Media Metrix Intro Online Radio Ratings
New York - Nov 29, 2004 - Arbitron Comscore Media Metrixhave debuted a new service designed to provide traditional broadcast ratings for the online radio industry. America Online's AOL Radio Network; Yahoo's Launchcast, and Microsoft's MSN Radio and Windowsmedia.com have signed on as charter subscribers for the new service.
The new measurement service, named Comscore Arbitron Online Radio Ratings, will release data monthly. The first estimates from the service will be released during the week of Dec. 6, 2004.
The Comscore Arbitron Online Radio Ratings service is based on a subset of approximately 200,000 U.S. participants within the Comscore global consumer panel. Comscore passively and continuously captures the online behavior of these panelists, including online radio listening behavior. The service will provide customers with Average Quarter Hour and Cume audience estimates for traditional broadcast dayparts and demographics. This allows online radio to be planned and bought using the same metrics as those used by traditional radio.
Clear Channel Charlotte Taps Wheatstone
Charlotte, NC - Dec 2, 2004 - Wheatstone has been awarded the Clear Channel audio expansion project scheduled for the group's Charlotte, NC, facility. Stations WEND, WRFX, WLYT, WWMG and WKKT will be supplied with a custom, integrated audio network consisting of two Bridge digital routers, seven studio-sized satellite routers, pre-wiring and six Generation Four control surfaces for broadcast and production needs.
Burk Technology Hosts Dealer Training
Littleton, MA - Nov 30, 2004 - Three broadcast dealers completed a one-day training certification program hosted by Burk Technology. Matt Cauthen and Jim Peck of SCMS and Richard Downe of Broadcast Equipment and Services Brokerage are now certified as transmitter remote control specialists. The program covered the entire Burk Technology product line, with special emphasis on transmitter remote control system options and configuration. Training was held at Burk Technology's facility in Littleton, MA.
DK-Technologies Acquires Dag2000
Copenhagen - Nov 30, 2004 - Audio and video metering manufacturer DK-Technologies has acquired Dag2000, a Danish manufacturer of digital bar graph and stereo peak program meters for the broadcast market.
Dag2000 was established in 2000 after the business was separated from its previous owners, NTP Electronics. Over the years many versions of the Dag2000 bar graphs were produced for different markets.
DK is known for its LCD display meters with phase and surround displays. The Dag2000 line adds traditional bar graph displays to the product line.
All Dag2000 products will now be re-branded as DK products and will be manufactured and serviced by the DK team. Distribution will continue to be handled by Dag2000's existing distributor network.
Gerhard Hansen, who has been with NTP and Dag2000 for more than 30 years, has joined DK as a technician.
Studio Hub Holds Dealer Training
Logan Township, NJ - Nov 30, 2004 - Representatives from seven broadcast dealerships and integration firms met at Radio Systems' facility in New Jersey in November for an extensive three-day training seminar on the technology of the Studio Hub+ wiring system. This training qualifies them to sell and install the Studio Hub+ interconnect system.
The seminars were conducted by company president Dan Braverman and included hands-on demos of Studio Hub with SAS, Logitek, Klotz and Telos/Axia integrations.
The training also included tours of the recently completed local Studio Hub+ installations at Infinity Broadcasting's WIP Sports/Talk Radio and the University of Pennsylvania's WXPN/World Café Live complex.
Neural Audio Recognizes Pappas
Kirkland, WA - Nov 30, 2004 - Neural Audio announced the latest recipient of the company's Broadcast Brain Award: Mike Pappas, chief engineer for KUVO-FM, Denver. Pappas was presented the award for his production of the first live 5.1 surround sound digital broadcast on HD Radio for the Denver public radio station, as well as significant contributions and intelligent decisions in the digital broadcast market.
KUVO recently broadcast a live jazz concert by three-time Grammy Award- winner Dianne Reeves and her band accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. Details on this broadcast are the subject of a feature article in the December issue of Radio magazine. The broadcast was also noted in the November 2004 Radio magazine supplement called Insight to IBOC, which can be viewed online at this link.
Casey Joins Neural Audio as Product Line Manager
Kirkland, WA - Dec 2, 2004 - David Casey has joined Neural Audio as product line manager. In his new role, Casey will be a contact point for Neural Audio clients for information on the transition to HD Radio, in particular 5.1 surround sound, and will assist with product installation.
Neural states that Casey was one of the company's first customers to make the transition to 5.1 surround sound. Neural considered Casey's hands-on experience with HD Radio and Neural's 5.1 and audio conditioning systems to be an asset and resource to the company.
Previous to joining Neural Audio, Casey was assistant chief engineer/director of IT for Infinity Broadcasting Seattle, where he led KBKS-FM's transition to HD Radio and 5.1 surround sound (the first Neural Audio 5.1 installation). He was the first broadcaster in Seattle to develop in-house software to update RDS/HD Radio with song title, artist and other dynamic information.
BE Hires Foreman as Customer Service Engineer
Quincy, IL - Nov 30, 2004 - Broadcast Electronics has hired Jon Foreman as a customer service engineer for BE's digital studio line. Foreman comes to BE with 20 years of experience in radio studio engineering, including a background with KSGN-FM of Riverside, CA, and 10 years as a BE Audio Vault customer.
Foreman will provide support Audio Vault and new digital studio products, including the Radio Data Dimensions Systems (RDDS) data management system.
In addition to this new hire, Broadcast Electronics recently hired a new test technician for its RF products and expects to hire another customer service representative by the end of the year.
According to the press announcement, Roalkvam is credited with nearly doubling BSW's sales figures. This is attributed to BSW's increased activity in pro audio and other new markets while maintaining the company's traditional strength in the broadcast business.
Roalkvam joined BSW in 1996 and became sales manager in 1998. Roalkvam was instrumental in BSW's relocation over the summer of its shipping and receiving operations to the DHL Logistics Center in Wilmington, OH.
A former professional musician, Roalkvam broke into the pro audio business as general manager at Puget Sound Audio in Tacoma, WA. Later he was the distributive marketing director at Farpoint Audio in Kent, WA, before joining the BSW sales team.
Adelstein to Stay at FCC
Washington - Nov 22, 2004 - On Nov. 21, the Senate approved Jonathan Adelstein to serve a five-year term at the FCC. Adelstein, 42, has been at the agency since December 2002. His term technically expired last year but he was able to stay on until Congress adjourns this year.
Many expected Adelstein to leave the Commission, particularly after Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, Adelstein's primary sponsor, lost his re-election bid earlier this month.
Adelstein previously served as a liaison to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), which may have improved his renomination chances.
L-acoustics Promotes Three In North America
Oxnard, CA - Nov 23, 2004 -- In tandem with the announcement that L-acoustics of France is now the sole owner of L-acoustics US, three promotions of North American-based personnel have been made. The announcement came from Christian Heil, president of L-acoustics.
Paul Freudenberg, formerly the director of sales for L-acoustics US, will now assume additional responsibilities as vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, he will continue to spearhead all North American sales activities in addition to now directing the distributor's marketing initiatives and overseeing daily operations for the company.
Furthermore, Diane Monet shall retain additional business obligations as she moves into the capacity of vice president of finance and administration, while Bernie Broderick remains the office's primary technical contact as he segues into his new title of head of technical support.
Roush joins Dialight
Farmingdale, NJ - Nov 24, 2004 - Mark Roush has joined Dialight as vice president of illumination futures. He will be responsible for market development of LED products for the lighting industry.
Roush was formerly director of brand experience for Philips Lighting where he spent nearly 15 years in marketing, technology and education. He was also responsible for advertising, public relations, marketing communications, national account sales and the Philips lighting application center. Prior to Philips, he held marketing and application engineering positions with
Lucifer Lighting and Holophane respectively. Earlier in his career, Roush was a staff designer for Howard Branston Lighting Design. He has also served on the faculty of two universities.
He holds a B.S. and masters degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he specialized in architectural lighting.
Orban Europe Adds Sales and Support Engineer
Tempe, AZ - Nov 29, 2004 — Orban/CRL has added Peter van Beusekom as sales and technical support engineer for Orban Europe. Van Beusekom will be responsible for establishing first-line technical support for users of Orban products in Europe.
Van Beusekom comes to Orban/CRL after 18 years with the Royal Dutch Telecom, which operates the Netherlands's phone system, consisting of GSM, ADSL and ISDN networks in Holland. He attended this summer's Orban/CRL Dealer Summit in Poland, conducting demonstrations on Orban products for the attendees. In August, he met with Orban/CRL VP of engineering Bob Orban and VP of product development Greg Ogonowski in San Leandro for extensive, in-depth technical sessions.
European Director of Sales Peter Lee and van Beusekom will also work together demonstrating Orban equipment throughout Europe with Orban Europe's Mobile Broadcast Laboratory.
D'Angelo Promoted at Forecast Consoles
Deer Park, NY - Nov 29, 2004 - Following 10 years with Forecast Consoles, Ernesto D'Angelo has been promoted to vice president of design and engineering. Bill Haberman, Forecast Consoles president, made the announcement.
D'Angelo joined Forecast Consoles in 1994 and has held positions of manager, designer and project manager. His prior accomplishments at the company include the creation and implementation of a customized company database that records and tracks processes ranging from client history and sales through shipping. He also developed standards for 3D presentations, renderings and animated walk-throughs.
In his new position D'Angelo will manage and train the design and engineering staff as well as define and implement all design and engineering standards for CAD and Office. He will assume increased sales, trade show and customer responsibilities and retain his former role as a designer and project manager. In addition, as a member of Forecast Console's management team, D'Angelo will play a pivotal part in the day-to-day operations of the plant and participate in the decision making process of the company.
D'Angelo received a B.S. in Architectural Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY.
NAB HD Radio Workshop Available via Webcast
Washington - Nov 30, 2004 - The HD Radio Workshop, held during the NAB Radio Show in October, is now available to viewers via the Web. The webcast offers more than 16 hours of educational material focusing entirely on HD Radio technology. It includes all the material presented in the live workshop - professionally produced with a separate presentation screen that clearly displays all accompanying computer video. Viewers will have unlimited access to the webcast for 30 days. The cost is $100 for NAB members and $150 for everyone else. Viewing the HD Radio webcast will qualify viewers to earn SBE recertification points.
For more information or to purchase the webcast, go to www.nab.org/scitech/HDWebCast/HD2.htm.
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