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SBE National Election Results Announced


Indianapolis – Sept 12, 2003 – The Society of Broadcast Engineers held its national elections for officers and board members and tabulated the results on Sept. 11.

Elected president of the Society is Raymond C. Benedict, CPBE. Benedict is director of spectrum management for Viacom in Washington, DC. Benedict has served the society as vice president, secretary and board member.

As SBE president, Benedict will lead the more than 5,300 member national organization for the coming year and will chair its board of directors. The SBE board is responsible for society governance and determines the policies and programs for the organization. As SBE president, Benedict is the official spokesman for the society and represents the SBE before other organizations and government agencies.

Other officers elected for one year terms include:

  • Vice President – Samuel E. Garfield, CPBE CBNT, vice president, Dilicast/Technical Broadcast Consultants, Raleigh, NC.

  • Secretary – Ralph Hogan, CPBE CBNT, assistant general manager-engineering services, Northwest Public Radio and Television and Washington Higher Education Telecommunications System, Pullman, WA.

  • Treasurer – Robert J. Russell, CSTE CBNT, operations and engineering manager, KYMA-TV, Yuma, AZ.

    Elected to two-year terms on the national board of directors were:

  • Andrea Cummis, CBT, senior vice president, engineering and operations, Oxygen Media, New York, NY.

  • Dane E. Ericksen, P.E., CSRTE, senior engineer, Hammett and Edison, Consulting Engineers, San Francisco, CA.

  • Clay Freinwald, CPBE, senior facilities engineer, Entercom, Seattle, WA.

  • David Hultsman, CSRE, broadcast channel manager, Continental Electronics, Birmingham, AL.

  • Mark S. Olkowski, CPBE, engineering manager, Infinity Broadcasting, New York, NY.

  • Henry B. Ruhwiedel, CPBE, chief engineer, WYIN TV, Gary, IN/Chicago, IL.

    The elected board members will join six other members of the board who will begin the second year of their two-year terms. They include Ted Hand, CPBE, director of engineering, WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA; Mark Humphrey, CPBE, chief engineer, WPLY-FM/Radio One, Media, PA; Keith Kintner, CPBE CBNT, Urbana, IL; Vincent Lopez, CEV CBNT, systems technician, WSYT/WNYS-TV, Syracuse, NY; Tom Ray, CSRE, corporate director of engineering, Buckley Broadcasting/WOR Radio, New York, NY; Barry Thomas, CPBE, CBNT, vice president of engineering, Westwood One, New York, NY.

    Outgoing SBE president, Troy D. Pennington, CSRE CBNT, chief engineer, Cumulus Broadcasting in Mobile, AL, will continue to serve on the board of directors as immediate past president.

    The newly elected officers and directors will assume their offices on Wednesday, Oct. 15 during the SBE Annual Membership Meeting in Madison, WI. The meeting is part of the SBE National Meeting, held in conjunction with the Broadcasters Clinic presented by SBE Chapter 24 and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.



FCC to Terminate Temporary Application Freeze; Announces Revised Processing Guidelines


Washington, DC - Sept 10, 2003 - On Sept. 3, 2003, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an order staying the effectiveness of the new media ownership rules adopted by the Commission on June 2, 2003. The Court ordered "that the prior ownership rules remain in effect pending resolution of these proceedings." In response, the Commission established a freeze on the filing of certain commercial broadcast station applications and amendments.

The order requires that the Commission process broadcast station applications under the prior ownership rules. Accordingly, the Media Bureau has issued a public notice to announce the revised processing guidelines for broadcast station applications filed on Forms 301, 314 and 315. The prior versions of these forms will be effective and available for use on publication of this public notice in the Federal Register. The temporary application filing freeze will be terminated simultaneously with this Federal Register publication.

The FCC staff has resumed the processing of commercial radio and TV station applications filed on June 2002 versions of Forms 301, 314 and 315. Applicants are not required to demonstrate compliance with the ownership rules adopted in the report and order. The invitation to file amendments demonstrating compliance with these rules is withdrawn.

For commercial and noncommercial educational station applications filed on or after Aug. 14, 2003, using the July 2003 versions of Forms 301, 314 and 315, must be amended by resubmitting complete applications on the June 2002 versions of these forms. Applicants should promptly submit these filings following publication in the Federal Register of this public notice. Waiver requests must be submitted for applications that do not comply with the prior ownership rules. The failure to submit a waiver request will result in an application’s dismissal. All applications will retain originally assigned file numbers.

Commercial and noncommercial educational broadcast station applicants must use the June 2002 versions of Forms 301, 314 and 315 for new applications. The Media Bureau will begin accepting new applications on these forms following publication in the Federal Register of this public notice.

To facilitate the transition to the June 2002 versions of the affected forms, the Media Bureau will no longer accept any applications or amendments filed on the July 2003 versions of Forms 301, 314 and 315. This freeze is effective immediately. Accordingly, the current temporary filing freeze is extended to include all noncommercial educational radio and TV station applications filed on these forms.


UMG Tries CD Price Cuts to Combat File Swapping


Sept 8, 2003 - On Sept. 3, the Universal Music Group (UMG) announced that it was cutting its wholesale prices and MSRP for music CDs to $13, from $17 to $19. UMG states that the reduced prices should appear as early as Oct. 1.

UMG, a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal, is home to a number of record labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group and Philips.

Research firm The Yankee Group states that the recent RIAA campaign to pursue file swappers has resulted in a decline in peer-to-peer (P2P) file trading. In mid-June, the peak simultaneous users for Fastrack, the network that supports Kazaa and Grokster, averaged about 4.5 million per day. By late August, the number had dropped to about 3.5 million users. Although vacations may have been a factor, the majority of this decline is likely because of the threat of a lawsuit from the RIAA.

However, the decline in CD sales accelerated during the period of reduced P2P file trading. On June 15, prior to the RIAA’s subpoena campaign, CD sales were down 6.1 percent year-to-date. In the seven weeks since launching the subpoena campaign, (June 15 to August 3) the decline in CD sales has accelerated 54 percent. As of Aug. 3, CD sales are down 9.4 percent YTD.


RIAA Files 261 Lawsuits


Washington - Sept 8, 2003 - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has started its legal assault on audio file swappers by filing 261 civil lawsuits. The suits accuse individuals of illegally distributing copyrighted music through peer-to-peer networks.

The RIAA also announced that it has begun an amnesty program for those who voluntarily identify themselves and pledge to stop illegally sharing music on the Internet. The RIAA has stated that it will guarantee not to sue as-yet-unidentified (by the RIAA) file sharers who will sign a notarized affidavit promising to respect recording-company copyrights.

The RIAA states that the lawsuits were only filed against "substantial" violators, which the RIA defines as those who distributed an average 1,000 or more copyrighted works. Swappers distributing files on networks Kazaa, Grokster, Imesh, Gnutella and Blubster were targeted in this initial round. Under U.S. law, damages for copyright violations range from $750-$150,000 per copyrighted work infringed.


NAB Seeks Speaker Proposals for NAB2004


Washington, DC - Sept 8, 2003 - The National Association of Broadcasters is seeking speaker proposals for the NAB2004 Broadcast Engineering Conference and NAB New Media Professionals Conference. The deadline for proposal submission for these two conferences at NAB2004 is Oct. 17. Those interested in submitting proposals can do so online at www.nabshow.com.

The Broadcast Engineering Conference presents the most recent developments and changes impacting the broadcast industry, from digital television and radio implementation to digital encoding and decoding advancement. The NAB New Media Professionals Conference provides an intensive educational overview of digital media creation, distribution and presentation from technical and business perspectives, in addition to the relationships among the various delivery platforms - broadcast, Internet, satellite, broadband, wireless and cable. The conference will offer case studies on streaming media business models plus the latest news regarding new media technologies and applications.

NAB2004 will be held April 17-22, 2004, in Las Vegas.


Business



Harris Conducts DRM Tests in China


IBC 2003, Amsterdam - Sept 12, 2003 - Harris has conducted China's first over-the-air Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) digital audio broadcasting demonstration on the medium-wave broadcast band. The demonstration, conducted in late August at the SARFT transmitter site outside of Beijing, showed that Harris DX Medium Wave radio transmitter systems can be converted quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

According to Don Spragg, director of high-power radio and programs for Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division, a Harris DX200, 200kW transmitter was prepared for DRM transmission in less than an hour for an extended over-the-air DRM broadcast. "The testing purpose was two fold: to assist SARFT with the first MW DRM demonstration in China; and to prove that Harris' DX line of 10kW through 2,000kW transmitters operating in the field are DRM ready."


Orban Updates Mobile Broadcast Laboratory Tour


Tempe, AZ - Sep 2, 2003 - Orban/CRL has updated its schedule for the Mobile Broadcast Laboratory USA Tour, which is taking place now through late November. New events include the SBE New York City chapter meeting on October 8, the SBE Cincinnati chapter meeting on October 16, and the SBE Salt Lake City chapter meeting on October 24.

Here is the updated tour schedule.

Date Group Location
Sep 15 Madison SBE Madison, WI
Sep 16 Milwaukee SBE Milwaukee, WI
Sep 18 Chicago SBE Chicago, IL
Sep 22 Detroit SBE Detroit, MI
Oct 1 - 3 NAB Radio Show Philadelphia, PA
Oct 8 New York SBE New York, NY
Oct 10 - 13 115th AES convention New York, NY
Oct 14 Cleveland/NE Ohio SBE Cleveland, OH
Oct 16 Cincinnati SBE Cincinnati, OH
Oct 20 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Wichita, KS
Oct 22 Denver SBE Denver, CO
Oct 24 Salt Lake City SBE Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 28 Sacramento SBE Sacramento, CA
Oct 29 San Francisco SBE San Francisco, CA
Oct 30 Fresno SBE Fresno, CA
Nov 11 Los Angeles SBE Los Angeles, CA
Nov 12 Inland Empire SBE San Bernardino/Riverside, CA
Nov 19 Phoenix SBE Phoenix, AZ



To arrange a tour date, contact David Rusch at 602-438-0888 or drusch@orban.com for more information.


Mackie Designs Renamed Loud Technologies


Woodinville, WA - Sept 7, 2003 – Mackie Designs has changed its corporate designation from Mackie Designs to Loud Technologies. This change is intended to eliminate confusion between corporate identity and the brand that share the same name.

The company states that the transition from Mackie Designs to Loud Technologies will take place over a period of weeks rather than days.

Currently there are seven brands in the Loud Technologies portfolio: Mackie, the primary music-industry retail brand; Tapco, the entry-level retail brand; EAW, the sound reinforcement and professional touring brand; RCF, the commercial/industrial sound brand; RCF Precision, the OEM loudspeaker components brand; SIA Software, the sound system measurement software brand; and Acuma Labs, the brand of embedded software applications for professional audio.

Loud Technologies will continue to be headquartered in Woodinville, WA, at the current Mackie Designs headquarters.


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Products



Tascam Ships FW-1884


Montebello, CA - Sept 12, 2003 - Tascam’s FW-1884 DAW control surface and audio/MIDI interface is now shipping. Designed by Tascam and Frontier Design Group, the FW-1884 uses the Firewire high-speed data transfer protocol and features an 18-channel audio interface, eight mic preamps, 4x4 MIDI interface and flexible editing and mixing controls.


Digigram Adds More Linux Support


Monbonnot, Fance - Sept 7, 2003 - Digigram has released a Linux driver under open source licensing for its miXart 8 and miXart 8 AES/EBU multichannel sound cards. The driver follows the most advanced audio standard for Linux called ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and is available for download at http://www.alsa-project.org.

In March 2003, Digigram released a Linux driver for its VX222, VXpocket v2 and VXpocket 440 sound cards.


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