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Cooley to Keynote NAB Radio Luncheon
Washington - Dec. 20, 2006 - Brian Cooley, the editor at large of, will deliver the keynote address during the NAB Radio Luncheon, on Tuesday, April 17 during NAB2007 in Las Vegas. In his position as editor, Cooley covers consumer electronics and personal technology, focusing on how technology can make life more efficient, fun and productive.

Cooley has been with CNET for more than 10 years. Prior to that, Cooley served as news director at KMEL-FM San Francisco and KKBT-FM Los Angeles. Just before joining CNET, he was morning host and Web evangelist at KPIX-TV San Francisco.

NAB2007 takes place April 14 through April 19, 2007 in Las Vegas.

NAB Accepting 2007 Engineering Achievement Award Nominations
Washington - Dec 20, 2006 - Each year since 1959, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for his outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry. In 1991, the association began giving two awards--one for achievements in radio and the other for TV. Award recipients will be recognized at the NAB2007 Technology Luncheon in Las Vegas.

Candidates for the Radio and Television Engineering Achievement Awards must be or have been an owner, officer or employee of any company, subsidiary or division whose primary business is broadcasting, or is directly in support of broadcasting, including employees of the federal government directly engaged in broadcast engineering work. The size of the organization with which each candidate is affiliated is not a determining factor. The merits of the contributions to broadcast engineering are the sole factors to be taken into account.

The candidates for the two Engineering Achievement Awards shall be recognized on the basis of a single significant contribution or contributions made over a period of time that, taken together, have significantly advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering. The candidates for the awards shall have made contributions in the following categories:

  • Inventions
  • Development of new techniques
  • Dissemination of technical knowledge and literature
  • Leadership in broadcast engineering affairs
  • An outstanding contribution which, in the opinion of the NAB Executive Committee, warrants consideration

    The period of time encompassed by the engineering contributions of the candidates for the awards should be reasonable. The award winners will be selected by the NAB Executive Committee. The committee will emphasize the more recent achievements of the nominees. Submit the completed nomination form and letters of recommendations to the NAB by Jan. 19, 2007. Access the form at this link.

    Past award recipients include John Battison, Geoff Mendenhall, Bob Orban, Glynn Walden and Milford Smith.


    The strategic quality test lab at Crown.

    Crown Adds In-house Testing Lab
    Elkhart, IN - Dec 18, 2006 - Crown International established a Strategic Quality Team earlier this year and recently upgraded its factory to include a reliability test lab. Crown has operated its own testing equipment for some time, but as the manufacturer has made its testing criteria more stringent it needed to send items to an outside laboratory for evaluation. The new in-house lab accelerates testing during the early phases of product development, and also allows the company to conduct quality audits on lines already in production.

    Heading the Strategic Quality Team is Crown Senior Director of Engineering Bob Chadderdon. The equipment in the test lab exposes units to simulated environmental stress in extreme conditions. Some of the conditions include a thermal/humidity chamber that allows for accelerated life testing in environments ranging from -95 to +355 degrees Fahrenheit at 95 percent humidity, a shaker table that can generate 100G of acceleration, and a drop-test for impact testing.

    David Bock to Acquire Soundelux Mic Rights
    Hollywood - Dec 15, 2006 - David Bock, designer and co-founder of Soundelux Microphones, is acquiring the rights to the Soundelux Microphone company. The acquisition, scheduled to be finalized in early 2007, includes the use of the Soundelux brand name, all of the microphone design and manufacturing rights, all microphone model numbers/designations and current inventory.

    Sales and customer service are being handled through Soundelux dealers and the U.S. sales management office, Transaudio Group.

    Soundelux is owned by Ascent Media.

    Rapco International, Horizon Music Merge
    Jackson, MO - Dec 20, 2006 - Rapco International and Horizon Music are merging to form the Rapcohorizon Company. The former sister companies will debut as one at Winter NAMM 2007.

    The merger will integrate all corporate counterpart divisions: Major Custom Cable, which services the Fiber Optic and Data Telecom industries, Horizon Wire and Cable, the company's wire extrusion facility, N.A.F.T.A. Manufacturing, the company's Mexican manufacturing facilities, Rapco Professional servicing the Canadian market, and Oculus Designs, servicing the home theater and custom home installation markets.

    Promo Only MPE Doubles Growth Rate
    Orlando, FL - Dec 19, 2006 - Promo Only MPE's volume has more than doubled for the second consecutive year. In 2006 alone the system's user numbers grew from 5,200 to 11,500. The system provided more than 700,000 downloads and provides more than 32,000 tracks.


    JBL Appoints Neves as Director of Sales
    Northridge, CA - Dec 20, 2006 - JBL Professional has appointed Adinaldo Neves as director of sales, intercontinental. In his new position, Neves will be responsible for sales in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

    Neves has more than 15 years of experience in professional sound, having previously worked with Digidesign, Loud Technologies and most recently L-Acoustics. He has an extensive background in South American international sales and seminars, having conducted product launches and training sessions in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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