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FCC Issues New IBOC Notification Procedures
Washington, DC - Mar 20, 2003 - The FCC's Media Bureau (MB) announces that AM and FM radio stations must notify the Commission by letter within 10 days of the commencement of in-band, on-channel (IBOC) digital transmissions. This new notification procedure is effective immediately and replaces the requirement that radio stations obtain special temporary authority (STA) prior to the initiation of IBOC transmissions. The digital notification letter should provide the information listed below. A sample notification letter is shown on the FCC's website at

AM and FM stations may commence IBOC operations immediately with the Ibiquity hybrid IBOC systems evaluated by the National Radio Systems Committee. The notification procedure is intended to assist the Commission in monitoring the development of digital radio, including its technical impact on analog service. Specifications of Ibiquity’s hybrid IBOC systems, known as HD Radio, are given in Appendices B and C of the IBOC Order. Stations implementing IBOC should broadcast the same main channel program material in analog and digital modes, and should use their licensed main antennas.

The limitation for AM stations to operate IBOC during daytime hours is still in effect.
DMCA to Open for Discussion
Washington, DC - Mar 20, 2003 - The Library of Congress' Copyright Office will hold a series of public hearings during the next two months in Washington, DC and California to decide if any changes should be made to the section of the DMCA that restricts bypassing copy-protection schemes.

Opinions may be expressed by submitting a request by April 1 to testify during the public forums. The hearing dates in the U.S. capital will be April 11, April 15 and May 2. The dates and locations in California have not been set yet. The announcement can be viewed at

The DMCA has received criticism because of its anticircumvention restrictions. With a few exemptions, section 1201 of the DMCA prevents individuals from circumventing a "technological measure that effectively controls access to a work," as well as creating or distributing tools to do the same.

The last window for comments closed on Feb. 20. When enacted in 1998, Congress ordered the Copyright Office to conduct regular reviews of one portion of section 1201 of the law. The Librarian of Congress, who oversees the Copyright Office, may exempt specific groups from being covered by that part of the DMCA.

Senators Seek Media Ownership Changes
Washington, DC - Mar 19, 2003 - Reuters reports that on March 19 three U.S. senators asked the FCC to publicly release proposed changes to media ownership limits before issuing a final Report and Order. At stake are the rules that limit the national TV audience that one entity can reach, as well as bans on common ownership of TV and radio stations or newspapers and broadcast stations in a market.

Senators Wayne Allard (R-CO), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell seeking public and congressional review of any changes to existing limits. According to the letter, the lawmakers want to see a full description of all proposed changes with the grounds on which the decisions are made. In addition, an "ample public comment period" was requested for Congress and the public to evaluate the pending decision.
FCC Revamps 450MHz to 470MHz Band
Washington, DC - Mar 11, 2003 - On July 24, 2001, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), seeking comment on proposed revisions to the Commission’s rules and policies for low power, i.e., 2W operations in the 450MHz–470MHz band. The NPRM was issued in response to a petition for rulemaking filed on Sept. 11, 2000, by the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC). The NPRM, which considered adopting the LMCC’s recommendations, proposed to create five groups of channels for licensed operations to accommodate the varying needs of low power users. The NPRM further proposed power increases for certain frequencies, and the establishment of a band for non-coordinated itinerant services.

An FCC Report and Order implements many of the proposals set forth in the NPRM and other changes related to low power operations in the private land mobile radio (PLMR) 450MHz–470MHz band. General changes are as follows:
  • Designate forty-nine 12.5kHz 450MHz–470MHz industrial/business channel pairs and one unpaired frequency for low power coordinated use. Thirty-nine of the channel pairs and the unpaired frequency will be available for full power at least 50 miles outside of the top 100 urban areas. These channels will be referred to as Group A.
  • Raise power limits for base/fixed operations on the Group A channels to 20W effective radiated power. Designate 10 12.5kHz 450MHz-470MHz channel pairs for low power non-voice coordinated use nationwide, with voice operations allowed on a secondary basis. These channels will be referred to as Group B.
  • Designate 21 12.5kHz 450MHz–470MHz channel pairs and four unpaired frequencies for low power non-coordinated use nationwide. These channels will be referred to as Group C. Although the majority of these channels are immediately available, 10 Group C frequencies will become available only after completion of the medical telemetry migration deadline.
  • Convert power limits for mobile operations on the Group A, B and C frequencies to 6W effective radiated power.
  • Designate five 12.5kHz 450MHz-470MHz channel pairs for low power coordinated use, reserved for central station alarm operations, as under current rules. These channels will be referred to as Group D.
  • Designate 14 12.5kHz channels pairs for low power use in the Public Safety Pool. These channels will be referred to as the Public Safety Group.
  • Grandfather high power operations currently licensed on the low power channels.

    WT Docket No. 01-146; RM-9966.
    FCC Begins Inquiry on Receiver Interference Immunity
    Washington, DC - Mar 13, 2003 - As part of its ongoing effort to promote efficient use of spectrum, the FCC issued a Notice of Inquiry asking for public comment on the possibility of incorporating receiver interference immunity performance specifications into its spectrum policy on a broader basis. Such specifications could be in the form of incentives, guidelines or regulatory requirements, in particular frequency bands, services or across bands and services. Incorporation of receiver performance specifications could serve to promote more efficient use of the spectrum and create opportunities for new and additional use of radio communications by the American public. This proceeding builds on recent work of the Spectrum Policy Task Force, which recommended that the Commission make receiver performance a more prominent part of its spectrum policy.

    In the notice, the Commission observed that a radio receiver’s susceptibility to interference is largely dependent on the interference immunity of the device, particularly with regard to its rejection of undesired radio frequency (RF) energy and signals. It stated that if the receivers used in connection with a radio service are designed to provide a certain immunity or tolerance of undesired RF energy and signals, more efficient and predictable use of the spectrum resource can be achieved, as well as greater opportunities for access to the spectrum. These opportunities could potentially lead to consumer benefits in the form of innovation, competition and choice among services and devices. The Commission further stated that, in recent years, the preemptive effect of minimally performing receivers has been demonstrated, as licensees seek protection for service predicated on the performance of receivers with little tolerance for other signals. Had the expected performance characteristics of those receivers been defined in some way, these services could have been developed with receivers that could better tolerate the introduction of newer services on the same or proximate frequencies.

    The Commission stated that it seeks information, comment and research on issues concerning receivers, specifically:
  • immunity performance and interference tolerance of existing receivers
  • possibilities for improving the level of receiver immunity in the various radio services
  • potential positive and negative impacts of receiver standards on innovation and the marketplace
  • possible approaches by which desired levels of receiver immunity or tolerances could be achieved, including incentives for improving performance, voluntary industry standards, mandatory standards or a combination of these or other approaches
  • considerations that should guide the Commission’s approach to these matters in the various licensed radio services

    In taking this action, the Commission stated that it is not its intent at this time to implement a new regulatory regime that would subject all receivers to mandatory standards. Rather, it believes it is preferable to rely primarily on market incentives and voluntary industry programs that provide flexibility in establishing and managing guidelines for receiver immunity, rather than formal mandatory standards incorporated into the rules.

    Action by the Commission March 13, 2003, by Notice of Inquiry (FCC 03-54). ET Docket No. 03-65.
    Homeland Security Urges Measures to Provide Service Continuity in Case of Attack
    Washington, DC - Mar 14, 2003 - Leaders from the telecommunications, ISP, satellite and cable industries began consideration of widespread recommendations to help restore communications services in the event of an attack on the nation’s communications infrastructure. The recommendations were presented by members of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) VI at its quarterly meeting at the FCC. The 56-member council will review more than 200 best practices - many of which are currently being practiced within the industry today - for adoption and implementation. Votes will be completed on March 28, 2003.

    FCC Chairman Michael Powell said, "Today’s meeting marks the end of the first phase of NRIC’s mission to develop best practices that will help fortify our industry’s critical infrastructure and secure communications for all Americans. Our work is just beginning and much will be asked of us in the months ahead. The industry must now act to adopt and implement these recommendations to ensure the viability and operations of our communications services."

    In developing its best practices for service continuity and disaster recovery, industry representatives identified and analyzed more than 200 best practices, covering a wide range of scenarios. In the area of cyber security, this represents the first time the communications industry has conducted a thorough assessment and analysis of best practices.

    In addition to the more than 300 best practices to protect communications networks that were adopted by NRIC in December, the Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Focus Group, led by Gordon Barber, general manager, staff, Bell South and Joseph Tumulo, director business continuity planning of Verizon, presented some 70 best practices the industry should consider to help sustain critical business activities in a crisis.

    In the event a network is attacked, the Cyber Security Focus Group, led by Dr. Bill Hancock, vice president of security and chief security officer, Cable and Wireless, and the Physical Security Focus Group, led by Karl Rauscher, director in the network reliability office of Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, identified more than 200 best practices the industry should consider to restore service in a timely and secure manner.

    Chairman Powell chartered NRIC VI Jan. 7, 2002, to focus on homeland security by ensuring the security and sustainability of public telecommunications networks in the event of a terrorist attack or national disaster. Membership in NRIC was significantly expanded through NRIC VI to include corporate representatives from the cable, wireless, satellite and ISP industries. It also established four new working groups to address homeland security: Physical Security, Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery and Public Safety.
    LPFM Applications Dismissed
    Washington, DC - Mar 17, 2003 - Through a public notice, the Audio Division of the FCC's Media Bureau dismissed more than 500 low power FM (LPFM) new station applications. Each application violates the Commission’s LPFM third-adjacent channel distance separation requirements with respect to at least one other protected FM authorization or application.

    New station applications filed in Window 1 or 2 of the four-stage national LPFM filing window were not required to provide third-adjacent channel protection to FM stations. Subsequently, Congress passed legislation in December 2000 mandating third-adjacent channel protection standards for LPFM facilities, including those specified in then-pending applications. The Second LPFM R&O codified these requirements. It identified Window 1 and 2 applications that failed to comply with these revised requirements and announced that the Media Bureau would open a remedial filing window for corrective major amendments. This window opened on Oct. 28, 2002, and closed on Nov. 1, 2002.

    The applicants listed in Public Notice failed to timely file corrective amendments. Accordingly, the Bureau dismissed each of these applications.

    For the complete Public Notice, including a list of all the dismissed applications, go to
    NPR Offers PRC Subsidy
    Washington - Mar 18, 2003 - As part of the continuing efforts to encourage diverse voices in public radio, NPR is offering five scholarships to subsidize the costs of attending PRC 2003, carrying the title Connect. Expand. Strengthen. The subsidy, termed a scholarship, of $1,300 per person, will be used for PRC registration and hotel accommodations in New Orleans. Participants are responsible for travel, meals and incidental expenses. See for more conference details.

    The scholarships are available for people early in their public radio careers who work in the programming or new media field. Public radio station staff and independent producers can apply for a scholarship. Applicants must have a minimum of six months experience in public radio; must work in programming and/or new media; must be a person of color or working in an underserved area (rural area or at a minority station) and must be attending his or her first PRC.

    To apply for a scholarship, submit the following items by close of business, Friday, April 4:
    A description of what you hope to gain from attending PRC; the reason why you need a scholarship; a resume and professional reference from someone familiar with your work (applicable only for station staff); signature of a supervisor or an authorized representative (for NPR member station staff) indicating permission to apply for a PRC scholarship.

    Applications must be received by 5:00pm EST on Friday, April 4th, 2003. Scholarship recipients will be announced by Monday, April 14th, 2003. Scholarship recipients are required to confirm registration information and hotel reservations by April 21.

    Send applications to:
    PRC Scholarships
    c/o NPR Training Department, attn. L. Erwin
    National Public Radio
    635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    NAB2003 Will Feature Congressional Appearance
    Washington - Mar 19, 2003 - NAB2003 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Members of Congress and their staffs at two convention events. On April 7, six members of the 108th Congress will be featured panelists at the NAB2003 Congressional Breakfast held at the Las Vegas Hilton. Senators Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Gene Green (D-TX) and Lee Terry (R-NE) will participate in the annual Congressional Breakfast, which will be moderated this year by Steve Newberry, president/CEO, Commonwealth Broadcasting, and vice chairman of the NAB Radio Board of Directors.

    Later that day, at a panel entitled Legislating the Airwaves, seven congressional aides will discuss the behind-the-scenes, decision-making process on Capitol Hill. These staffers, who advise key members of the House and Senate Commerce Committees, specialize in telecommunications policy.
    Translator Window Closes
    Washington - Mar 18, 2003 - The March 17 deadline for FM translators and major modifications to existing translators reached a peak, with the number of applications estimated to be anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000. An exact count will be known in a few days. The FCC was overwelmed with applications for the secondary services.

    Harry Martin of Fltecher, Heald and Hildreth and Radio magazine's consultant on FCC issues, noted that he knows of one group that filed 4,220 applications. Most of the groups that filed through FHH were non-commercial licensees.

    The original filing deadline was March 14, but the extra days were added when problems developed on the FCC website database, preventing applicants from accessing required data. The filing window opened on March 10.
    Radio Pirate Found in Contempt of Court
    Washington, DC - Mar 6, 2003 - The FCC announced that on March 3, 2003, in the United States Southern District of Florida, United States District Judge, Honorable Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr., found Shlomo Malka in civil contempt due to Malka’s continued unlicensed radio operation in violation of FCC rules and a court-ordered injunction.

    The court ordered Malka to pay a fine of $35,000 and to relinquish any claim to radio station equipment seized from Malka’s unlicensed radio station last week. In addition, Malka was ordered to fully cooperate with the FCC in the continuing investigation of the unlicensed radio station, and to identify all individuals and advertisers who had any relationship with the operation of the unlicensed station.

    The Commission’s Miami office received complaints from listeners and broadcasters in south Florida of interference to the reception of licensed broadcast stations in the area. Previously, U.S. Marshals and the FCC had seized Malka’s radio station equipment. On Jan. 29, 2002, Judge Ferguson issued an order enjoining Malka from future acts of possessing and/or using radio equipment to willfully and knowingly violate Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Following issuance of this order, Malka persisted in the unlicensed operation.

    The injunction against Malka’s unlicensed operation has now been made permanent. Additional fines of $10,000 per violation will be imposed if court finds Malka has engaged in unlicensed broadcasting at any time in the future, along with any additional civil and/or criminal penalties imposed by the court. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Division.

    The operation of an unlicensed broadcast station is a violation of Section 301 of the Act. Operators of unlicensed stations may be subject to monetary penalties of as much as $11,000 per violation. In addition, unlicensed operators may be subject to criminal sanctions, including fines and imprisonment.

    Commissioner Copps Announces Staff Changes
    Washington, DC - Mar 13, 2003 - Commissioner Michael J. Copps announced the following changes to his staff:
    Jessica Rosenworcel has been named Competition and Universal Service Legal Advisor. Rosenworcel joined the Commission in May 1999. She presently serves as legal counsel to the Wireline Competition Bureau Chief. Prior to her current position, she was an attorney in the Policy and Program Planning Division of the Common Carrier Bureau. In her years with the Commission, Rosenworcel has worked on a wide variety of issues involving implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

    Prior to joining the Commission, Rosenworcel was an associate with the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. Rosenworcel received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University.

    Jordan Goldstein will continue to serve as Senior Legal Advisor. In addition to his duties as senior advisor, Goldstein will serve as Media and Consumer Protection Legal Advisor.

    Alexis Johns, who currently serves as Media and Consumer Protection Legal Advisor, will be joining the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.


    New Look for Broadcast Richardson
    LaFox, IL - Mar 26, 2003 - Richardson Electronics has unveiled a new logo for its Broadcast Richardson division. The new logo identifies the group as a division of Richardson Electronics. The new logo will see its debut at NAB2003.

    Along with the new logo, Broadcast Richardson has a new toll-free number dedicated to its business (800-882-3872), which is available for customers in the United States and Canada.
    Turnkey Media System is New U.S. Distributor for Netia
    Fairfield, NJ, and Olathe, KS - Mar 19, 2003 - Turnkey Media Systems of Olathe, KS, has become the U.S. distributor for the Netia products. The suite of Netia software solutions will become Turnkey’s primary focus.

    Turnkey Media's sales manager is Scott Slocum, who worked for Computer Concepts from 1991 until late last year. Previously, he worked in radio as a station owner, manager and programmer in markets of various sizes for 20 years. Slocum is joined by another former Computer Concepts representative, Obie Dixon, who will initially handle projects in the southern half of the United States. Dixon was with Computer Concepts for 12 year and also has experience in radio sales, programming and management.
    XM and Sirius Ink Royalty Deal with Sound Exchange
    Washington, DC - Mar 19, 2003 - While the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the satellite broadcasters have made arrangements for the performance royalties through 2006. XM and Sirius pay royalties under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's rules for preexisting satellite digital audio radio services. The deal must be approved by the U.S. Copyright Office.
    Andrew Obtains Intelsat Type Approvals
    Orland Park, IL - Mar 17, 2003 - Andrew has received Intelsat type approval on its 4.9-meter C- and Ku-Band earth station antennas. A newly Intelsat-approved 4.9-meter ESA anti-icing system can also be added to these antennas. This is the second type-approved deicing system in Intelsat's history, and it is the only system that is Intelsat approved for standard F-1 and E-2 earth stations.

    Andrew 4.9-meter C-and Ku-band earth station antennas are typically used in multinational private networks, broadcast news reporting systems and public-switched services.

    AETA Transfers to ATA Audio
    Mt. Arlington, NJ - Mar 13, 2003 - In January 2003, ATA Audio was granted an exclusive distributorship license to manufacture, market and distribute the AETA Audio codec line and Pro Audio line in the United States and Canada. ATA Audio intends to build on the customer and dealer relationships established by AETA Audio and by manufacturing the codecs in the United States, further improving the product line to meet the North American market needs. ATA Audio will continue to provide technical support and service to all existing AETA products, which include the Scoop Reporter I and II, Scoop E-Z, PSP 2 and 3 and Mix 2000.

    The founder and president of ATA Audio is Alvin Sookoo who has been the general manger of AETA USA for the past four years.

    Contact ATA at 973-659-0555, or
    Easi-Set Adds Florida Distributor
    Midland, VA - Mar 1, 2003 - Easi-Set, the manufacturer of precast concrete buildings, has added J.E. Hill Contractor of Leesburg, FL, to its group of distributors and installers. J.E. Hill has offered concrete service to the state of Florida for more than 30 years.

    The Easi-Set and Easi-Span prefabricated buildings are widely used in broadcast and communications for easy-to-build, durable buildings to house equipment. Buildings are available in sizes from 6' by 8' to 40' by 170'. The buildings are rated for winds up to 150 mph and Seismic Zone 4.
    Latin American Broadcasters See First On-Air HD Radio Demo
    Cincinnati - Mar 13, 2003 - Harris' Broadcast Communications Division sponsored the first demonstration of the HD Radio system in Latin America at the Extreme Digital Roadshow, during an all-day event designed to help general managers, radio executives and engineers better understand the benefits of and transition to digital radio. The event was held on Thursday, March 13, at the Anatel Auditorium, in Rua Princesa Isabel, Porto Alegre-RS-Brazil. The seminar was co-sponsored by Ibiquity and RBS Group, a leading Brazilian multimedia company.

    Harris and Ibiquity representatives presented information about the digital transition, standards and market environment, as well as a live demonstration with digital receivers to over 200 Brazilian policy makers, and local and Latin American broadcasters.

    The seminar focused on the key issues surrounding HD Radio including: rollout plans, business models, availability of receivers, legal considerations and requirements, and HD Radio/IBOC technology and implementation issues. Attendees were able to learn how the HD Radio implementation will affect their radio businesses, as well as what opportunities HD Radio will present.
    AA Roadwatch Installs 69 Codecs from Sonifex
    Northants, UK - Mar 12, 2003 - AA Roadwatch, the traffic news provider for radio and TV stations in the UK, based in Stanmore, has installed 69 Sonifex Nica X audio codecs to provide travel news to the GWR group of radio stations.

    Some of the Nica X’s were modified for the airfield sites by the addition of an internal microphone amplifier together with a headphone output built into the codec, so that the operators have a self-contained unit. Together with Beyer Dynamic headphones and microphones chosen to reduce background noise, they provided a useful solution in an area where there is a lot of aircraft noise.

    The traffic news service from AA Roadwatch began in 1973 when Capital Radio and LBC turned to the AA for traffic and travel information. The size of AA’s operation has increased in parallel with the amount of traffic problems on the roads and they now service a number of clients, such as the Capital Radio Group, SRH, Chrysalis (Heart, LBC), part of Radio Investments, the CN Group, Real Radio and now GWR.
    Clear Channel Sarasota Taps Harris for Consolidation Project
    Cincinnati - Mar 11, 2003 - The Broadcast Communications Division of Harris will supply studio equipment, including Airwave Digital on-air consoles and studio furniture, for a new Clear Channel facility in Sarasota, FL. The facility will house six Clear Channel radio stations currently located in two separate facilities.

    The Clear Channel Sarasota stations moved to the new facility not only to consolidate the stations into one building, but also to upgrade their studios. They chose Harris Quickline furniture for the nine studios and a custom-built counter for the talk studio. The group also purchased five Airwave digital consoles.

    The stations to be housed at the new facility include WAMR-AM 1320, WCTQ-FM 106.5, WDDV-FM 92.1, WSPB-AM 1450, WSRQ-FM 105.9 and WSRZ-FM 107.9.

    Look for a Facility Showcase on the new facility in an upcoming issue of Radio magazine.
    Coast Guard Chooses Burk to Control Loran Sites
    Littleton, MA - Mar 11, 2003 - Burk Technology has been awarded a contract to supply 200 GSC3000 transmitter remote control units to the United States Coast Guard. The GSC3000 systems will be used to monitor and control solid-state Long Range Navigation (LORAN) transmitter facilities, which provide position information for mariners and aviators across 48 states, their coastal waters and parts of Alaska.

    The Burk GSC3000 is used extensively to manage complex broadcast facilities. The system includes software for PC-based monitoring, control and customized logging.


    The Voice of Ampex and STL Alignment Tapes Dies
    Oakland, CA - Mar 10, 2003 - Anyone who has realigned a reel-to-reel tape machine is probably familiar with the steady delivery on the reference tape. "Ampex reproduce alignment tape 31321-01. The following tone is a reference tone of 700 cycles, recorded 10dB below operating level." The same voice recorded the Standard Tape Laboratories tapes, too. That voice is now silent.

    The voice is that of Robert Keith Morrison. Morrison, a victim of cancer, passed away at the age of 77 on March 10, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Patricia.

    Morrison entered the audio industry at the start of WWII when he was 16. His first job was at Picto Sound Productions, a San Francisco film and audio studio. As part of his duties, he manned a bank of five Universal disc-recording lathes, delaying network broadcasts, preparing transcriptions for Armed Forces Radio and recording hours of podium audio from a fledgling United Nations. During this time he earned a bachelor of the arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

    He spent one year in the early 1950s as a recording engineer and staff announcer with the Voice of America in New York. After that he returned to the Bay Area to become the chief engineer and a primary air talent with KRE radio in Berkeley. At this time he became a contractor for Ampex in Redwood City and ultimately assumed full-time management of Ampex's alignment tape facility in 1960. Morrison founded his own firm, Standard Tape Laboratory, in 1969, and continued to manufacture test tapes and magnetic films into the 1990s.

    Morrison retired in 1995, but remained active in recording technology. He maintained his membership in the Audio Engineering Society, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Golden Gate Sapphire Group, a club with its roots in disc recording. Morrison's fondness of audio was linked to the days of disc recording. His love for disc recording and vintage audio equipment kept him occupied with research and experimentation in this arcane, historical area of the industry.

    Information provided by Jim Wood of Inovonics. Wood was personal friend of Morisson.
    Jeep Harned Dies
    La Plata County, CO - Mar 13, 2003 - Grover C. "Jeep" Harned, a pioneer in the music-recording industry, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, CO, from pneumonia. He was 72. Harned was best known as the founder and owner of MCI, a manufacuturer of audio recording products.

    Harned was born June 7, 1930, in Tulsa, OK, to Grover and Winifred (Triplett) Harned. He married Joyce Sutton, who preceded him in death in 1986. He married Carla Kachigian on Aug. 3, 1986, in Fort Lauderdale.

    He served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant until he was discharged in June 1960. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. He started Music Centers, Inc. (MCI), a multi-million dollar music-recording equipment company, in 1955. Recording equipment he invented was used to record several gold records, including "I Feel Good," by James Brown and "Respect," by Aretha Franklin. Most broadcasters are familiar with the popular JH-110 reel-to-reel tape recorder, which had several design innovations. MCI equipment commonly carried a "JH" model number, signifying Harned's initials.

    Harned sold MCI to Sony in 1982. At the time the firm had 525 employees. He retired after the sale. He enjoyed restoring Mercedes Benz automobiles and gardening. He was also an avid Miami Dolphins fan.
    Jenkins Named to NSM for AKG
    Dallas - Mar 13, 2003 - AKG Acoustics has appointed Paul Jenkins to the newly created position of U.S. national sales manager. The announcement was made by Garry Templin, AKG Acoustics, U.S. vice president of sales and market development, at the NSCA convention in Dallas.

    In his new role, Jenkins will manage the company's national sales force, including the 15 independent sales firms representing the AKG Acoustics line of products. Jenkins has been serving as AKG's western regional sales manager since March 2002. Prior to joining AKG, Jenkins served for six years as a regional sales manager for Audio-Technica. Before that, Jenkins was a district sales manager and manufacturer's sales rep for Kaman, a distributor of musical instruments and related products. Jenkins' professional experience in the music industry began with a 13-year tenure at Marshall Music Company, where he rose through the ranks to become the company's manager of pro audio/guitar sales and manager of school services.
    NPR Names Huey as VP for Communications
    Washington - Mar 3, 2002 - NPR has named Rodney Huey as vice president for communications. In his new role, Huey will lead NPR's strategies in public and media relations, branding and national promotion, promotional service to member stations and graphic design/multimedia projects.

    Huey's broad professional background includes more than 15 years in the communications field. Most recently, he spent 10 years as vice president for public relations at Feld Entertainment, an international entertainment company whose businesses include Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice. There he oversaw strategic promotional campaigns, public relations, media relations, corporate communications and crisis management.

    Previous to his work as vice president at Feld Entertainment, Huey was senior account executive at Read-Poland Associates, a public affairs consulting firm based in Washington, DC, and Austin, TX. Before that, he was director of public relations at BHBC Public Relations Group. Huey also worked for several years as a professional photographer in his own studio, specializing in product photography.
    Sonifex Appoints a New Sales Manager
    Northants, U.K. - Mar 10, 2003 - Sonifex has appointed Eamonn Heffernan sales manager, after working for Sonifex for more than 25 years. Eamonn started his career in the product test department before heading up the quality control and IT departments.


    Tieline Updates Voice Algorithm
    Indianapolis - Mar 24, 2003 - Tieline has added a new voice algorithm to all models in the company's codec range. The new algorithm reduces audio artifacts at bit-rates between 9.6kb/s and 16.8kb/s. The algorithm, called the Voice algorithm, provides 5kHz of bandwidth on lines running as low as 9.6kb/s.

    The new algorithm is also available for purchase and retrofit by existing Tieline users. See for more information.
    HHB Improves CD-R Line
    Simi Valley, CA - Mar 19, 2003 - HHB has overhauled five products in its CD-R media line. HHB's new Silver Type discs, the CDR74 and CDR80, the inkjet-printable CDR80IP and CDR80BulkIP, and the thermal-printable CDR80 Bulk Thermal use a new phthalocyanine dye formulation in conjunction with a new, high-precision stamper to deliver benefits in three areas: speed rating, burn yield and burner operating stress.

    Specifications for HHB CDR74 Gold and CDRW80 discs remain unchanged. The new upgraded CD-R discs join a comprehensive range of HHB Professional Recording Media delivering high levels of performance and archival security across all major digital formats – CD-R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, MD, MO, DAT, ADAT and DTRS.
    Telos Begins Shipping Zephyr Xport
    Cleveland - Mar 17, 2003 - The Telos Zephyr Xport is now shipping to clients worldwide. Xport is the companion to the Zephyr Xstream ISDN transceiver and uses a POTS line or ISDN line in the field to connect to the ISDN unit in the studio.

    Xport users can choose the ISDN option at time of purchase or add it later if desired. Zephyr Xport connects over ISDN using Fraunhofer Labs’ Low Delay MPEG AAC (AAC-LD), which offers quality equivalent to MPEG Layer 3 with about 75 percent less delay.
    Mayah Releases Flashman 1.0.4 Firmware
    Munich - Mar 17, 2003 - Mayah has released a firmware upgrade for the Flashman portable recorder. Version 1.0.4 ads several features to the solid-state recorder.
  • The level meter has a peak-hold function
  • Markers are stored in an additional cue chunk, allowing more editing programs to read the markers
  • Tracks can be played back automatically
  • Support of up to 1GB Compact Flash Cards
  • Recording can be done in raw MPEG format
  • New Flashman Remote software for firmware upload

      The update can be downloaded from the Mayah website at
    Dalet Launches Activelog
    Paris - Mar 17, 2003 - Developed on Dalet's media management technology, Daletplus Activelog provides a common environment to address the many needs of large scale media recording and management. The core architecture records multiple channels and formats simultaneously. Media is cataloged and centrally stored for quick retrieval and review while recording is still in process. Daletplus Activelog administrators use streamlined controls to define privileges, automate recording sessions and distribute media. Novice users can operate the familiar recording and playback controls with little or no training.

    Mackie Revives Tapco Brand Name
    Woodinville, WA - Mar 05, 2003 - Mackie Designs has introduced the Tapco 6306, six-channel mixer, the first product in the new Tapco by Mackie family. The Tapco 6306 features two low-noise mic preamps, two instrument inputs, a stereo aux return to monitor, two aux sends, eight-segment LED metering as well as separate phones and control room level controls.

    In 1969, Greg Mackie introduced the first six-channel Tapco mixer specifically designed for use as a rock ‘n’ roll P.A. It was designed to handle the wear and tear of road use while providing a quality sound that was priced for those with tight budgets.

    The Tapco 6306 will begin shipping in 2003Q2.
    Altacert Launches Certification Service
    Fortescue, NJ - Mar 13, 2003 - The Altacert Institute has launched the Broadcast Professional Certification Program, a proficiency and certification program designed for broadcast radio and TV career professionals. About 40 free tests are available online representing most radio and TV broadcast occupations.

    Certifications cover radio and TV career areas including sales, management, on-air, IT and engineering. The Altacert Institute also offers non-broadcast subject tests that are allied to radio and TV broadcasting but do not include a broadcast-related test component.

    More information is available on the Altacert website at
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