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NAB Announces Marconi Radio Award Winners

Philadelphia - Oct 2, 2003 - The winners of the 2003 NAB Marconi Radio Awards were announced at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show. The event was held in conjunction with the NAB Radio Show.

The awards recognize radio's outstanding personalities and stations in 19 categories. An independent task force selected the finalists and ballots were sent to members of the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy in mid-August. The ballots were tabulated by RSM McGladrey.

The winners are:
Legendary Station of the Year
WABC New York, NY

Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year
Sean Hannity, ABC Radio Networks

Major Market Station of the Year
KGO San Francisco, CA

Large Market Station of the Year
WMJI Cleveland, OH

Medium Market Station of the Year - Tie
WIBC Indianapolis, IN
WIVK Knoxville, TN

Small Market Station of the Year - Tie
KLVI Beaumont, TX
WCRZ Flint, MI

Major Market Personality of the Year
Ronn Owens, KGO San Francisco, CA

Large Market Personality of the Year
Preston Westmoreland, KTAR Phoenix, AZ

Medium Market Personality of the Year
Greg Garrison, WIBC Indianapolis, IN

Small Market Personality of the Year
Jim Kerr, KNCO-AM Grass Valley, CA

AC Station of the Year
KOIT San Francisco, CA

CHR Station of the Year
WSTR Atlanta, GA

Classical Station of the Year
KDFC San Francisco, CA

Country Station of the Year
KPLX Dallas, TX

News/Talk/Sports Station of the Year
WTMJ Milwaukee, WI

Oldies Station of the Year
KCMO-FM Kansas City, MO

Religious Station of the Year

Rock Station of the Year
KQRS Minneapolis, MN

Urban Station of the Year
WVAZ Chicago, IL
Steve Harvey, comedian and host of Radio One's KKBT morning show, emceed the event and the show featured a performance by the NAB broadcaster band, The Formats. The Formats, produced by Jefferson-Pilot Radio President Clarke Brown, featured Brown, ABC Radio's Mitch Dolan and Premiere Radio Networks' Gary Krantz on guitar; Urban Radio Broadcasting's Kevin Wagner and Coastal Broadcasting's Bob Maschio on drums; Converge Media's John Martin on harmonica; Susquehanna's Norm Philips and Radio One's Jim Guinn on bass; The Wall Street Journal Radio Network's Ed Coury and Atlantic Records' Danny Buch on keyboard; Regent Communications' Fred Murr, Bonneville's Bruce Reese, R&R's Erica Farber and Hotchkiss Marketing Solutions' Dan Hotchkiss on vocals.

Former "Saturday Night Live" bandleader G.E. Smith served as the musical director and bandleader.

Media Ownership Hearing Slated for Oct. 2

Washington - Oct 1, 2003 - Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hear testimony on evidence of concentration in various media markets and appropriate regulatory limits on ownership. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2003, at 9:30 a.m.

Arbitron Conducts a PPM Pilot Study

New York - Sept 25, 2003 - By conducting a pilot study of the PPM marketing panel in Philadelphia, Arbitron is hoping to assess the feasibility of combining basic PPM radio and TV multimedia audience measurement, with the collection of other media and marketing information, from a "single-source" panel of consumers.

The goal of the pilot study is to find out if panelists comply with the new research program, if in-store media can be successfully encoded, does the PPM effectively measure shopping behavior and does this research deliver value to marketers and retailers.

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Beasley Integrates HD Radio in Florida Stations

Miami, Boca Raton and Naples, FL - Oct 1, 2003 - Beasley Broadcast Group, a large- and mid-size market radio broadcaster, has integrated HD Radio in five of its six radio stations in southeast Florida.

The digital broadcasts, powered by Ibiquity’s HD Radio technology, are now available at WKIS-FM Kiss Country (99.9MHz), Miami’s only country station; at WQAM-AM Sports Radio (560kHz), Miami’s sports-talk radio station; and at WWNN-AM (1,470kHz), WSBR-AM (740kHz) and WHSR-AM (980kHz) in Boca Raton. Benefits to consumers who purchase receivers equipped with an HD Radio tuner include enhanced FM and AM sound fidelity, improved signal reception capabilities and data services such as song and artist information and weather and traffic alerts.

Seven Companies Fully Integrated HD Radio

Philadelphia - Oct 2, 2003 - Seven principal suppliers of radio broadcast systems have licensed and integrated the company’s data services technology for HD Radio broadcasting. The licensees are Broadcast Electronics, Dalet Digital Media Systems, D.A.V.I.D., Dmarc Networks, Enco Systems, Prophet Systems Innovations and RCS. With the addition of the software to each company’s broadcasting technology, stations using these systems will be able to easily integrate automated text messaging, such as song and artist identification, traffic and weather alerts into their HD Radio broadcasts.

Ibiquity, Microspace Agree to Partnership

Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Ibiquity Digital and Capitol Broadcasting-owned Microspace Communications, a business satellite broadcasting network operator, have agreed to integrate HD Radio data services into Microspace’s Velocity satellite service. The agreement will allow Microspace to deliver content and media via satellite to stations broadcasting in HD Radio technology. Currently, Velocity delivers business music to more than 100 million people every day.

The partnership between Ibiquity and Microspace will offer content providers an easy-to-use and reliable means for distributing content directly to stations for real-time and archival insertion within their HD Radio broadcasts.

More than 280 Stations have Licensed HD Radio

Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Ibiquity Digital has announced that more than 280 radio stations encompassing more than 100 markets have licensed the company’s technology and have begun HD Radio broadcasting or are in the process of converting. These markets represent more than 145 million listeners or nearly two-thirds of the Arbitron-ranked, listening public.

Ibiquity Unveils Interface and Data Protocol

Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Ibiquity's Advanced Application Service application programming interface (AAS API) and version 1.0 of the HD BML (Broadcast Multimedia Language) protocol are now available. Together, HD BML and the AAS API will serve as the primary building blocks for developers creating multimedia programming and services that use the HD Radio technology.

The version 1.0 release of the HD BML protocol incorporates feedback from broadcasters, receiver manufacturers and application developers, following the standard’s draft release for evaluation at the April 2003 NAB convention. New features of version 1.0 include support for advanced multilevel advertising and informational services, uniform method for rendering various graphical and data formats and streamlined user interaction and navigation techniques.

Harris, Orban Selected For Iraq Rebuilding Effort

Cincinnati - Sept 29, 2003 - Radio transmitters and related equipment from Harris will be used to help rebuild the communications infrastructure of Iraq, bringing listeners news and entertainment programming from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Radio SAWA, Radio Free Iraq and Voice of America broadcast services.

The contract, awarded to Harris by the BBG International Broadcasting Bureau, includes Harris Quest-1 1kW FM radio transmitters, Z10FM 10kW FM radio transmitters and Z5FM 5kW FM radio transmitters, along with accessories and additional equipment from Orban for various sites in Iraq, including the city of Baghdad.

Harris recently created an Iraq Initiatives Office that pools the products and resources of its five communications businesses to address the business opportunities related to the rebuilding of Iraq. Heading the company's new Iraq Initiatives program is managing director Youssef "Joe" Sleiman. Sleiman, who was born in Lebanon and educated in the United States, has been with Harris for 26 years in varying domestic and international positions.

Symetrix Plans Symnet Boot Camp

Mountainlake Terrace, WA - Sept 26, 2003 - Symetrix will hold the first in a series of Boot Camp training seminars for its Symnet Audio Matrix system at the Symetrix headquarters in Mountlake Terrace on Nov. 3 and 4. Symnet product manager Michael Worona will present a full curriculum that provides a thorough understanding of the Symnet family through multimedia presentations and hands-on training. Attendees can expect to gain a much deeper insight into the theory and application of designing, installing and operating a Symnet system over a wide range of scenarios.

The program is open to contractors and consultants interested in acquiring a more in-depth understanding of this powerful system. Attendees provide their own transportation to and from Seattle. Symetrix covers lodging. Personal laptops will be required. For more information see

Kenwood Ships First Commercial IBOC Tuners

Columbia, MD, and Long Beach, CA - Sept 25, 2003 - Kenwood has delivered the first commercial production run of 1,000 KTC-HR100 IBOC tuners. Ibiquity will be taking tuner pre-orders from broadcasters next week at the 2003 NAB Radio Show. The Kenwood KTC-HR100 tuners will be used by stations for internal listening and consumer awareness promotions. Additionally, Ibiquity will make a select number of IBOC tuners available to media for reviewer demonstrations. Shipment from Ibiquity of the KTC-HR100 tuners will coincide with an upgrade in October to Ibiquity's IBOC, branded HD Radio, software with the new HDC codec. Retail availability of the KTC-HR100 tuner is anticipated at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

HD Radio Live in Philadelphia

Columbia, MD - Sept 25, 2003 - The upcoming NAB Radio Show promises to have several IBOC-related announcements and demonstrations. These include the following highlights:

Philadelphia to Tune in IBOC

Philadelphia – Sept 25, 2003 – Philadelphia will spotlight IBOC broadcasts from two Beasley stations during the NAB Radio Show. At booth 317 during the show, Broadcast Electronics will have a Kenwood IBOC receiver tuned to 92.5 WXTU-FM to showcase the broadcasts. WWDB-AM (860) will also transmit IBOC signals using a Broadcast Electronics ASI 10 IBOC signal generator and a Harris DX 10 transmitter.

Beasley Broadcast Group is planning a media tour of WXTU’s studio the Tuesday before the show. To reserve a space for the tour contact Denyse Mesnik at or 239-659-7303.

WXTU will transmit signals will be created through the low-level combining process with an FMi 1405 transmitter, an FXi 60 digital exciter and an FSi 10 signal generator.

Nautel NA200 Goes into Service with DRM

The Nautel NA200 at VT Merlin’s Ofordness transmitter site.

Hackett's Cove, NS - Sept 24, 2003 - A Nautel DRM-compatible NA200, 200kW AM broadcast transmitter began DRM broadcast service today as VT Merlin Communications officially launched DRM service for the BBC World Service. The NA200 was installed at VT Merlin's site on Orfordness, England, and was commissioned prior to the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. It was put on the air with a digital signal at 1296kHz for the inaugural DRM broadcasts.

VT Merlin currently broadcasts DRM for six hours in the evening with a short break for the AM analog service. The transmitter's coverage includes Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Northern France during the day and adds Germany at night.

The transmitter was configured for dual-mode operation to allow for DRM and conventional medium-wave AM.

Shure, Middle Atlantic Join Stardraw Weblink

London - Sept 22, 2003 - Shure and Middle Atlantic Products have endorsed Stardraw Weblink, the service from Stardraw that allows linkage of Stardraw product symbols to any online data. These companies join Audio-Technica US, BSS and TOA as early adopters of this program.

Manufacturers enrolling in the Weblink program can embed custom data within the symbols that represent their products across the range of Stardraw design and documentation applications, including The custom links can point to simple Web pages or retrieve sophisticated parameter-driven information.

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Intelix Transfers Ferg to Sales Force

Middleton, WI - Oct 2, 2003 - Intelix, a U.S. manufacturer of audio and video hardware and software, has transferred Justin Ferg from its Application Engineering Department to its U.S. sales force. Ferg will serve as an inside sales engineer and primary sales representative for Indiana, Southern Illinois, metro St. Louis and most of Kentucky.

Previously, Ferg worked as an audio and video system installer with Audio Architects in Chippewa Falls, WI. Ferg has spent the last three years as working as an applications engineer designing matrix systems, and as a lead instructor in the Intelix Direct Connect Seminar Series, a program designed to educate audio and video dealers and consultants about A/V hardware and software, as well as the principles of A/V design and installation.

Baumann to Leave NAB

Washington - Oct 2, 2003 - Jeff Baumann, head of NAB Legal and Regulatory Affairs, will retire in February 2004. As NAB executive vice president of legal and regulatory affairs, Baumann oversees a staff of nine lawyers, support staff and the three-person Human Resource Development Department. Baumann and his department represent NAB before the FCC, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and in court.

Harris Appoints Two District Sales Managers

Cincinnati - Oct 1, 2003 - Harris has appointed two new district sales managers to the Harris Broadcast domestic radio sales team: James Thomason and Chuck Johnston.

A radio, television and film graduate of Ball State University, James Thomason rejoins Harris from Electronics Research, where he has been Southeast sales manager. Thomason is an eight-year Harris veteran working as a Harris district sales manager for radio and as a digital product specialist. He was a five-time sales award winner - including the Pinnacle of Excellence Award - during his previous Harris tenure. Thomason will be responsible for covering Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Chuck Johnston moves from his current position as Harris district sales manager for television. He has been with Harris for the past five years working as a manager, national accounts for TV broadcast groups and as a sales representative in the Harris Broadcast Center. Johnston is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Communications. Johnston will be district sales manager for Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Harris Names Huttenburg as VP of Sales, Marketing

Cincinnati - Sept 30, 2003 - Harris has appointed Debra Buck Huttenburg as vice president of sales and marketing for Harris' Broadcast Communications Division. In this role, she will be responsible for all of the division's sales and marketing efforts including international, domestic and enterprise efforts. Huttenburg will be based in Cincinnati.

Most recently, Huttenburg served as vice president, business development, at Channel Master, responsible for the global sales, program management, marketing and customer service teams. Prior to Channel Master, she served as president at Galaxy Engineering Services, a division of American Tower, where she held responsibility for the division's sales, strategic accounts and operational efforts. The 12 years prior, she served in various roles at Andrew, serving as president, Antenna Systems, from 1997 - 2000.

Before joining Andrew, Huttenburg began her career at Harris Broadcast Communications, working in several sales-related functions, until becoming a district sales manager for Radio Broadcast Products.

Huttenburg received a Bachelor's degree in International Business from Quincy University and a Master's of Business Administration from Western Illinois University.

Parke Joins Easi-Set Industries

Midland, VA - Sept 19, 2003 - Jeff Park has joined Easi-Set Industries, an architectural concrete precaster, as general manager. Most recently, Parke was president of Hydrolab of Austin, TX. Hydrolab had been a member company of the UK-based Viridor environmental instrumentation group. Prior to that, Parke served as vice president of operations with Great Lakes Instruments International of Milwaukee, WI.

Enco Systems Adds to Domestic Sales Team

Southfield, MI - Sept 25, 2003 - Enco Systems has hired Martin Burns as the sales director for the Southeast United States.

Burns, most recently with 360 Systems as eastern regional sales manager, has a long track record in the broadcast and professional audio industry. In 1984 he joined Harrison Systems, where he was instrumental in establishing its presence in the broadcast market. While at Harrison, Burns advanced to the position of vice president. He then joined Siemens Audio, the American arm of AMS-Neve, as general manager for the central region in 1993. After three years placing large-scale digital mixing consoles and workstations, Burns joined a start-up, Fostex R and D as the Foundation workstation was hitting the market.

Burns will be based in Nashville, TN, and will be responsible for sales in the southeast region of the United States for Enco in the radio, television and fixed sound markets.

Harris Appoints Pannell as DSM

Cincinnati - Sept 26, 2003 - Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division has hired Montana-native Chris Pannell as BCD district sales manager for the United States radio sales team. He will be responsible for the Northwest sales territory for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Pannell recently joined Harris from Cutthroat Communications and Alaska Wireless Cable, a Boseman, Montana-based company specializing in providing secure, IP-based, network services where he was director of sales and business development. While in this position, Pannell was responsible for managing and supervising the Cutthroat sales team. Prior to Cutthroat, Pannell was the business development manager for TargetFirst, a Santa Clara, CA, company that was an industry leader in private label customer profiling and ad targeting software.

Pannell is a graduate of Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, with a B.S. degree in Scientific Economics. He is currently enrolled in the University of Denver, Denver, CO, and is working toward a Masters Degree in Telecommunications.

Huang Joins Andrew

Orland Park, IL - Sept 24, 2003 - J.C. Huang, Ph.D. has joined Andrew in the new role of chief technology and strategy officer. In this position, Huang will provide overall technology leadership for the company and oversee the development of corporate strategy.

Huang has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, having worked as technologist, management consultant and venture capitalist. Most recently, he was a managing director and general partner of Ericsson Venture Partners. Prior to that, he was director of wireless ventures at Lucent's New Ventures Group. In these positions, he helped create several wireless industry start-up companies. From 1996 to 1998, he was a management consultant with McKinsey providing strategic advisory services to wireless companies.

Prior to these business roles, Huang worked as a physicist and electrical engineer, researching next-generation electronic and optical components, designing digital and analog integrated circuits, and building modules and subsystems for wireless data networks. As a principal scientist at Raytheon's Research Division, where he worked from 1987 to 1994, he managed several wireless technology programs and led research in radio frequency and microwave solid-state electronic devices. In his early career, he held engineering roles at Westinghouse and Alpha Industries.

Huang holds a B.A. in physics from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in applied physics from Cornell University, and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School.

Gould Joins Moseley

Santa Barbara, CA - Sept 23, 2003 – Moseley has appointed Bill Gould as broadcast sales engineer. Gould comes to Moseley from Harris, where he was product manager responsible for the Intraplex products for digital audio, voice and data transport. Gould has also been active in IBOC development and has participated in IBOC manufacturer’s forums.

Gould began his career in broadcasting nearly 30 years ago and has served in station management and technical capacities. He was station manager for a pair of suburban Boston AM and FM radio stations for many years. Just prior to his work with Intraplex, he held the position of sales manager for Burk Technology. He has also worked as a broadcast engineer for New England-area radio stations and broadcast consulting firms. He holds a BS in Business Administration and a Communications Electronics Certificate.

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Omnia Releases Omnia-6 Software

Cleveland - Oct 1, 2003 - Omnia Audio now offers a software upgrade for users of the Omnia-6 family of audio processors: Version 7.0. Some of the new features found in Version 7.0 software include enhanced processing algorithms, an extended bass management section and control menus and support.

Harris, BE Provide HDC Codec for IBOC

Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division began shipping the new Ibiquity HDC digital audio codec for every Harris Dexstar HD Radio exciter. Broadcast Electronics will also be shipping units with the HDC codec. BE will update its generator product line and begin mailing to radio stations a software upgrade with the new HDC codec as early as this fall.

The Harris Broadcast engineering team participated in recent HDC demonstrations and conducted listening tests of demanding voice and music material. According to Harris, the HDC codec addresses the remaining industry concerns about audio quality at lower bit-rates.

Mackie Releases Dreamverb Plug-in

Woodinville, WA - Sept 23, 2003 - Mackie and Universal Audio have released Dreamverb, a powered plug-in for the Mackie UAD-1 DSP card. To introduce the product, Mackie is offering the plug-in free of charge for 30 days for all registered UAD-1 owners. The plug-in can be downloaded from from the Mackie website.

Vizuall Updates Scheduall

Hollywood, FL - Sept 22, 2003 - The Scheduall system serves as a centralized information source that helps broadcast and media facilities gain complete control of its key business areas. The software is a complete scheduling and operation management solution that manages personnel and equipment scheduling, billing, library and archiving management, and tracks use of resources & costs, and offers detailed reporting capability.

Version 4.40 of Scheduall increases performance and feature sets. Some of the new features include greater control over existing modules such as pricing and discounting, work order processing, personnel time management and more project-based reports. Improvements have also been made in the processing of large amounts of data. The program has streamlined a number of its modules to increase the programs efficiency in processing data. Enhancements in the Developers Toolkit include giving users greater control of screen layouts. Other features include giving the user the ability to create pick lists, configurable browser columns and improved browser navigation. Improved troubleshooting ability and security and control features have also been added.

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