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NRSC to Begin IBOC DAB Standard Setting
Seattle - Sep 12, 2002 – The National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) has formally begun a process to set a technical standard for in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital audio broadcasting in the FM and AM bands. At the NRSC DAB Subcommittee meeting held on Septermber 12, the IBOC Standards Development working group was formed with the goal of drafting and adopting voluntary industry standards for FM and AM IBOC broadcast transmissions. Ibiquity Digital Corporation, sole developer and proponent of IBOC technology, had requested that the NRSC launch this standard-setting effort, stating its belief that IBOC will offer AM and FM radio broadcasters signal enhancements not presently available with analog broadcast signals.
In a letter to the NRSC, Ibiquity praised the committee’s work on IBOC technology. The FCC is now studying myriad technical data in a proceeding relating to IBOC and some expect that the Commission will issue an initial action on terrestrial digital radio later this year. The NRSC will begin the standard setting process immediately by establishing a working group of cross-industry experts.
The NRSC is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Its membership is composed of companies and individuals working in the areas of radio broadcasting and ancillary services, receiver development and manufacturing, broadcast equipment development and manufacturing, and consumer electronics. The NRSC’s mission is to work toward the improvement of radio broadcasting and reception technology.
Pennington Re-elected SBE President
Indianapolis - Sep 13, 2002 - On September 12, the Society of Broadcast Engineers tabulated the votes for its 2002 election of officers and board of directors. Troy Pennington, CSRE CBNT, veteran broadcast engineer with WZZK-FM, WODL-FM and WBPT-FM in Birmingham, AL, has been re-elected as president of the society. Pennington’s career in broadcast engineering spans more than 35 years. He has previously served the Society at the national level as a member of the Board from 1991 through 1999, serving as a director, treasurer and vice president. He is a Senior Member of SBE and is certified at the Senior Radio Engineer level and also as a Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist. Pennington currently serves as a member of the SBE Certification Committee and is a long-time member of Chapter 68 in Birmingham, having twice served as its chairman. He is co-chair of the Alabama Emergency Communications Committee and a member of the President’s National Advisory Council to the National Emergency Alert System.
Pennington is active in his community, serving on numerous boards and in leadership positions. He holds a BS Degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and is a Marine Corps veteran, with service in Vietnam.
As SBE president, Pennington will lead the 5,300 plus member national organization for the coming year and will chair its board of directors. The board is responsible for Society governance and determines the policies and programs for the organization. As SBE president, Pennington is chief spokesman for the Society and represents SBE before other organizations and government agencies.
Other officers elected to one-year terms include:
The following members were elected to two-year terms on the national board of directors:
Those elected will join six other members of the board who will begin the second year of their two-year terms. They include:
James "Andy" Butler, CPBE, Alexandria, VA, will continue to serve on the board as immediate past president. Butler is senior director of engineering for PBS.
The newly elected Officers and Directors will be inducted on Thursday, October 17 during the SBE Annual Membership Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The meeting is part of the SBE National Meeting, held in conjunction with the SBE Chapter 9 Regional Convention.
FCC Announces an NPRM for Media Ownership
Washington - Sept 12, 2002 - In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the FCC has commissioned a number of empirical studies examining the current state of the media marketplace, including how consumers use the media, how advertisers view the different media outlets, and how media ownership affects diversity, localism and competition. The results of these studies will be released in the coming weeks. Parties filing comments in response to the NPRM will have a full opportunity to review these studies before filing comments.
In the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Congress mandated that the FCC review its media ownership rules to determine "whether any of such rules are necessary in the public interest as a result of competition." This NPRM decision is the most comprehensive look at media ownership regulation ever undertaken by the FCC. The FCC said the objective of this proceeding is to develop ownership rules and policies that are reflective of the current media marketplace, are based on empirical evidence and are analytically consistent.
The NPRM explores the following questions: (1) Does the marketplace provide a sufficient level of competition to protect and advance these policy goals? (2) If not, do the current ownership rules achieve these goals? (3) Are revisions to the rules required to protect and advance diversity, competition and localism in the media market?
The NPRM does not reach any tentative conclusions because the item’s objective is to gather data that will build the foundation for media ownership regulation. The FCC said that parties who file comments should provide empirical evidence supporting their assertions.
Ibiquity Adds Incentive for Conversion to HD Radio
Seattle, WA - Sept 12, 2002 - Ibiquity Digital has announced an incentive to radio broadcasters to accelerate the adoption of HD Radio technology in 2002. The incentive is that audio license fees for stations that commit to convert by year end will have their technology licesning fees waived. According to Ibiquity, all other industry sectors are preparing for the launch of HD Radio technology. Harris, Broadcast Electronics and Nautel are manufacturing IBOC equipment for broadcaster use.
Receivers by Kenwood, Harman Kardon and others are being launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2003. Ibiquity has also stated that it expects the FCC to authorize commercial HD Radio transmissions this fall.
To qualify for the early-adopter incentive, a station's owner must enter a licensing agreement with Ibiquity Digital. Broadcasters interested in learning more about the requirements for the early-adopter incentive plan should contact Scott Stull, Ibiquity Digital's director of broadcast business development, at 877-501-3273 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The technology licensing fees, which are based on a multiple of a stations FCC's regulatory fee, have been a sore subject for many broadcasters.
FCC Opens LPFM Amendment Window
Washington - Sept 9, 2002 - By public notice, the Audio Division of the FCC's Media Bureau will open a filing window to enable certain pending low-power FM (LPFM) applicants to amend their applications to comply with the Commission’s third-adjacent channel protection rules. Under the Commission’s initial LPFM technical rules, an LPFM station application was not required to provide third-adjacent channel protection to FM stations.
The Commission received applications in the first and second filing windows that met the standards applicable at that time, but following Congressional legislation in December 2000, the FCC was ordered to adopt third-adjacent channel protection standards and to apply the new requirements to all LPFM applications already on file.
An LPFM applicant may modify its technical proposal in the upcoming major amendment window only if: (1) the application was filed in Window I or II; (2) the application violates current third-adjacent channel separation requirements; and (3) the application, as originally filed, is otherwise technically acceptable.
Applicants eligible to refile are listed in the Public Notice that can be viewed online at hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-02-2178A1.doc
Arbitron PPM Ratings Announced at NAB Radio
Philadelphia - Sept 6, 2002 - Arbitron will present spring-to-spring radio audience ratings from the Portable People Meter (PPM) trial, taking place in Philadelphia, at the 2002 NAB Radio Show. The latest PPM radio data will be compared to Arbitron’s diary-based radio audience ratings. Additionally, company executives will also address PPM panel measurement and findings from the recent Arbitron/Edison Media Research Internet 9 study.
Arbitron representatives will appear on several session panels to discuss the PPM trials.
DRM to Intro Advances in Live Preview at IBC
Amsterdam - Sept 9, 2002 - The DRM Consortium will unveil a production-ready, world-band consumer receiver, made by Coding Technologies together with the BBC and German device manufacturer AFG. DRM will also demonstrate a version of its first publicly-available receiver, the DRM Software Radio made by Fraunhofer IIS-A, in a special preview with live transmissions at IBC 2002. At the same time, DRM will open the doors to radio enthusiasts who want to be the first non-members to access its transmissions when the DRM Software Radio Project, managed by VT Merlin Communications, begins this December. Qualified radio amateurs and DXers who plan to purchase the software (price: 60€) may register their interest during IBC. The special live preview, featuring DRM chairman Peter Senger, will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the DRM Booth in the Radio Hall (Hall 8), Stand 485 at the IBC in Amsterdam.
DRM is made up of 75 broadcasters, network operators, manufacturers and researchers who have created a digital system (also called DRM) for the broadcasting bands below 30MHz. DRM is the world’s only non-proprietary, digital AM system for short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave with the ability to use existing frequencies and bandwidth across the globe. With near FM-quality sound that offers an improvement over analog AM, DRM hopes to revitalize the AM broadcasting bands in markets worldwide.
The DRM Software Radio Project
The DRM Software Radio, designed for private use, is a downscaled version of an existing professional Fraunhofer receiver. Its features include: audio MPEG-4 AAC +SBR decoding, multimedia reception, selection of service and the possibility to log the reception quality, (which can later be sent back to DRM). Its audio decoding library has been provided by Coding Technologies.
When the project launches in December, the DRM website (www.drm.org) will be able to support and distribute the software for a two-year period and to analyze received DRM transmissions. It will also contain a discussion forum, examples of receiver modifications, an analysis section and general information about the project.
Participants must have systems that meet the following technical criteria:
The receiver modification is the addition of an extra circuit board to produce an extra intermediate frequency (IF) of 12kHz. Several companies already sell these conversion boards. Participants will need a receiver with a 12kHz IF, because this frequency is within the range of PC soundcards. Many radio receivers have an IF of 455kHz, so the extra circuit board mixes this down to the soundcard range. The PC soundcard is used to analyze the DRM signal.
DRM Consumer Receiver
The world-band consumer receiver, developed by Coding Technologies together with the BBC and German device manufacturer AFG, is based on a modular system design comprising standard components. It is a production-ready OEM receiver sample integrated in an enclosure of a commercially available multiband radio receiver. The DRM system also uses Aacplus by Coding Technologies as the standard audio coding format. Aacplus is a combination of MPEG AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) with Coding Technologies’ SBR (Spectral Band Replication) bandwidth extension algorithm.
NWR Releases Info About Amber Alerts
The following was sent by Herb White, NWS dissemination services manager, to manufacturers and resellers of EAS equipment and other interested groups. It details the status of National Weather Radio and Amber Alerts.
Washington - Sept 6, 2002 - Given recent discussion regarding Amber Alerts, we wanted to update you on NWS activities. Here is where NWS stands now, and where we plan to go in the next year.
Currently, some local and state EAS plans and local agreements with NWS offices include provisions for Amber alerts, using the currently available Civil Emergency Message (CEM) EAS event code. In those areas, NWS offices have relayed Amber alerts, when requested by a law-enforcement agency or other designated government authority, over NOAA Weather Radio, according to those EAS plans. As an example, the NWS Office in Lake Charles, LA, broadcast an Amber alert using the CEM EAS event code on March 26, 2002.
For non-weather emergencies, including Amber alerts, NWR is activated by the NWS at the request of local and state officials. The NWS does not initiate the contact nor the message. The supporting NWS policy for non-weather related emergency messages is currently in Weather Services Operations Manual (WSOM) C-64, NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) Program, which is online at www.nws.noaa.gov/wsom/manual/CHAPTERC/NC649809.PDF. (This reference will change to NWS Instruction 10-1710 in the new NWS Directives System at www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/ around Oct. 1, 2002.) See Section 6.5, titled Non-Weather Related Emergency Messages. These general guidelines can be applied to any non-weather related emergency and the relay of Amber Alerts is not inconsistent with the guidelines.
In 2003, after broadcasters have had the opportunity to make their EAS equipment changes, the NWS plans to implement NWS dissemination system (including NWR) changes to enable broadcast of the new EAS event codes that became effective in the amended FCC EAS Rules on May 16, 2002, including the new Child Abduction Emergency (new event code CAE). NWS has not set an exact timeline in 2003 for implementing the new Child Abduction Emergency code, and the other new EAS event codes. An overview of the NWS plans to implement the new codes is online at www.nws.noaa.gov/om/NWS_EAS_chg_impl.pdf and will be updated as needed.
NWR receiver manufacturers should include all of the new EAS event codes in planned upgrades to their receivers, encoders/decoders, and other equipment which uses EAS event codes. That way, when NWS begins using the new EAS event codes in 2003, new equipment will be able to recognize the new codes. The new EAS event codes are listed in the FCC's amended EAS Rules, and are available online at www.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2002/FCC-02-64A1.html.
Amber alerts are just one example of a non-weather emergency, or all-hazard, message. For more information on all-hazards emergency messages on NOAA Weather Radio, see www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/allhazard.htm.
QinetiQ Becomes a DRM Member
Geneva - Sept 5, 2002 - QinetiQ, one of Europe’s largest science and technology solutions providers, has joined the DRM Consortium. DRM is made up of 75 broadcasters, network operators, manufacturers and researchers from 29 countries who have created a digital system (also called DRM) for the broadcasting bands below 30MHz. DRM is a non-proprietary, digital AM system for short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave with the ability to use existing frequencies and bandwidth across the globe. QinetiQ, formerly the bulk of DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency) was formed on July 1, 2001, as a result of the UK government’s Public Private Partnership plan. In March 2002, the MoD announced that it would be seeking to find a strategic partner before the end of the year to invest in QinetiQ as a stepping stone to an eventual flotation in two to four years’ time. The Carlyle Group has been named as the preferred bidder.
QinetiQ’s mission is to undertake extensive technological studies then implement and manage solutions for the UK Ministry of Defence, other government departments and commercial customers. QinetiQ employs 9,000 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of £800m.
QinetiQ is recognized as a leader in RF propagation to analyze and predict the impact of the atmospheric environment on communication, radar, navigation and surveillance systems. Working with frequencies from 10kHz to 100GHz, QinetiQ undertakes short-term consultancy, product development and long-term research. The information gained from studying the propagation channel is then used to optimize the design of modems, amplifiers, antennas, tracking algorithms and other systems. It is also used in simulation and to develop sophisticated propagation tools (coverage planning and frequency management tools).
Arbitron adds Three New Radio Markets in Survey
New York - Sept 3, 2002 – Arbitron has announced that three new radio markets—Victor Valley, CA; Muncie-Marion, IN; and Olean, NY—have been added to the Fall 2002 Arbitron radio survey schedule.
In these markets, Arbitron will use its Qualitative Diary to measure radio listening. The standard seven-day diary used in these markets to collect radio listening also includes consumer questions covering nearly two dozen socio-economic, retail and media categories.
These markets are scheduled to be measured twice each year: in the Fall and Spring.
Museum of Television & Radio Plans 8th Annual Radio Festival
New York - Aug 27, 2002 - The Museum of Television & Radio will present its eighth annual Radio Festival from Thursday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002. The 10-day festival allows the Museum to join with members of radio's creative community to celebrate the powerful presence of radio through seminars, live broadcasts, family events and live radio drama. Funding for this festival has been provided by Clear Channel Radio, Interep and the Mel Karmazin Foundation, with additional support provided by Sirius Satellite Radio.
This year's festival will feature a seminar with legendary radio personality Scott Muni, who will discuss his 40 years on New York City’s airwaves. The museum will also bring together a panel of young radio documentarians from WNYC’s Radio Rookies, who will discuss their work, as well as a panel of radio journalists who will discuss the coverage of Sept. 11 and its effects on news and talk radio around the country. In addition to the seminars, the festival will feature live radio broadcasts of local and nationally syndicated programs, including The Glen Jones Radio Programme Featuring X. Ray Burns, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and City Folk, as well as a satellite broadcast from Sirius Satellite Radio. The festival will also include a members-only premiere of the documentary Rock Jocks: The FM Revolution, and a live radio broadcast of the children's radio show Greasy Kid Stuff.
The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve TV and radio programs and advertisements, and to make them available to the public. From its inception in 1975, the museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars and education classes to showcase its collection of more than 110,000 TV and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the museum’s permanent collection are selected for their artistic, cultural and historic significance. The museum has initiated a process to acquire Internet programming for the collection. For more information visit www.mtr.org.
RCS Iselector Receives Record Label Approval
Seattle, WA - Sep 13, 2002 - RCS has entered into licensing agreements with the record industry to allow radio broadcaster to use the company's online streaming software, iSelector, without violating copyright and distribution licensing rules.
For a monthly fee, stations can stream audio without paying the RIAA royalty fees. Instead, the service provided by RCS deals directly with record companies, bypassing the rules requiring royalty rates that have made streaming impractical.
Radiotechniques Manufacturing Forms from Partnership
Haddon Hts., NJ - Sep 13, 2002 - Radiotechniques Engineering Corp. and G.H. Krauss Manufacturing Company have formed a new venture to manufacture broadcast antenna tuning and phasing equipment, software and accessories. The new company has been named Radiotechniques Manufacturing LLC.
The company's first product is Point Manager, a software application for the Palm OS. This product assists to manage AM directional antenna field measurements.
Radiotechniques Engineering Corp. provides AM, FM and TV cconsulting engineering services. G.H. Krauss Manufacturing Company has manufactured electronics and radio equipment for government and industry for 55 years.
More information about the company is available through Ted Schober, PE, at (856) 546-8008 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The company's website is www.radiotechniques.com.
Connecticut Microwave Acquires a Division of Davicom
Cheshire, CT - Sept 13, 2002 - Connecticut Microwave Corporation, Cheshire, CT, has acquired the combiner, duplexer low and high pass filter product lines of Davicom Technologies, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The acquisition included all engineering, tooling, manufacturing process data and work in process.
These products are primarily used in dedicated transmitter systems including business (gas line companies), safety such as 911 systems and municipal organization such as the police. They also compliment the directional coupler and circulator products manufactured by CMC for FM radio and television transmitter manufacturers.
Tvscan, Rep-Pak and Marketron Complete Integration, Change Name
Burlingame, CA - Sept 12, 2002 - Tvscan, Rep-Pak and Marketron announced that they have unified their operations under a single name: Marketron International. The organizations, formally merged between in 2000 and 2001, but have been operating under separate brands.
Marketron International helps broadcasters optimize inventory and increase revenue by delivering integrated sales, traffic and business intelligence solutions. With more than 15 years of experience serving the radio, television, cable and Canadian broadcast markets, Marketron International provides each medium with products and services tailored to its distinct needs.
Harris to Offer DAB Certification
Seattle, WA - Sept 12, 2002 - As part of its ongoing educational program on new digital standards for radio broadcasting, Harris has launched two in-depth certification programs for broadcasters and consultants to begin in November.
The two certification courses are customized for two groups: broadcasters and consultants. The five-day courses will cover a variety of topics including digital transmission and exciter issues for AM and FM stations; IBOC modulation methods; test equipment considerations for verifying performance and troubleshooting an IBOC system from microphone to off-air signals; IBOC technical requirements and FCC mask requirements; digital audio processor, console and music storage considerations; broadcast equipment configuration options; and commissioning, maintaining and troubleshooting 100 percent digital systems.
Training programs begin in November. Dates have been scheduled throughout 2003 and are available on the Harris website at www.broadcast.harris.com.
Radio One Places First HD Radio Order with Harris
Seattle, WA - Sept 12, 2002 - Group owner Radio One has chosen Harris for a complete turnkey implementation of in-band, on-channel (IBOC) HD Radio for its stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Detroit and Atlanta. The purchase will include the newly-introduced Harris Z-HD(TM) solid-state digital DAB transmitters and the Dexstar AM/FM IBOC exciter for the following stations:
Radio One is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2001 pro forma revenue) and the largest primarily targeting African-American and urban listeners. The Company owns or operates 65 radio stations located in 22 of the largest markets in the United States and programs five channels on XM Satellite Radio.
Voxpro PC adds BSW to Global Sales Channel
Seattle, WA - Sept 10, 2002 - Audion Laboratories has entered into a sales partnership with Broadcast Supply Worldwide for customers to evaluate, trial and purchase Voxpro PC editing and network products. BSW will offer free upgrades to Voxpro PC, which is part of Audion Laboratories' commitment to provide all software upgrades for 12 months following any Voxpro PC software purchase from any reseller.
KCRW Picks Klotz for Upgrade
Atlanta - Sept 9, 2002 - Klotz Digital America was awarded a contract by California's voice of public radio KCRW. Klotz will supply NPR affiliate station KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, CA, with the Klotz VADIS AudioMedia platform. KCRW has purchased five 16-fader DC II mixing consoles, two eight-fader DC II mixing consoles, 10 VADIS 880 router frames and two VADIS 220 router frames for its existing facility, which is currently undergoing renovation and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2003.
KCRW, NPR's Southern California flagship station, broadcasts a mix of news, information and eclectic music programming and also functions as a production and live performance facility producing nationally-distributed programs such as To The Point, The Treatment, Left, Right & Center and Bookworm. The facility also hosts sister stations KCRU, KCRY and KCRI and houses three on-air studios, two edit and two production studios, and four performance/interview studios.
Murray Completes 25,000-foot Project for Bonneville
St. Louis - Sept 3, 2002 - Murray Company has completed a 25,000-square-foot interior build-out project for Bonneville Broadcasting. The project involved merging the operations of four radio stations: WIL-FM, WSSM-FM, WVRV-FM, and WRTH-AM. The broadcast facility is located on the 2nd floor of a retail and office complex in Creve Coeur, MO. Construction began in November 2001 and was completed in April 2002.
Technical challenges for Murray included a shortened construction schedule and two of the stations had to vacate their former space by April 30th. Another challenge was merging four radio stations, each with distinct images and listener demographics, under one roof. Look for a Studio Spotlight on the updated facility coming soon to beradio.com.
Creative Studio Solutions Attains Will-Burt Certification
Denver - Aug 28, 2002 - Creative Studio Solutions has been designated as a certified installation, repair and overhaul facility by The Will-Burt Company of Orrville, OH, manufacturers of Will-Burt Telescoping Mast Systems. Will-Burt designs and manufactures a line of standard- and custom-built telescoping masts for television and radio mobile broadcast vehicles. CSS will serve the Rocky Mountain Region’s broadcast communities of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska.
Riker Named Chairman of Mackie Designs
Woodinville, WA - Sept 3, 2002 - Mackie Designs has named Gregory W. Riker as chairman of the board of directors, succeeding founder Gregory C. Mackie, who was named chairman emeritus and will remain a director.
Riker has more than 20 years of senior management experience in electronic technology companies and has served as a director of Mackie since 1998. From 1989 to 1998, he was director of advanced consumer technology at Microsoft. Earlier, he was vice president of technology for Electronic Arts. Riker began his career with Atari in 1981. He currently works as a lecturer and consultant to technology companies.
Greg Mackie founded Mackie in 1988, and served as a director and chairman since that time. From 1978 to 1985, he was co-founder and president of Audio Control, which designed and manufactured equalizers and analyzers for the consumer electronics market.
Marketron Appoints Three to Management Team
Burlingame, CA - Sept 12, 2002 - Marketron International, has appointmented Janet M. Giese as vice president of sales for television, John Peterson as senior vice president of development and Gary Coats as vice president of Hailey, Idaho operations. These additions to the company's executive management team will play a key role in the next phase of Marketron International's corporate and product development.
Giese is a 25-year veteran of the broadcast industry and will spearhead the sales of Marketron TV Traffic and Business Intelligence solutions to television and cable. Most recently, Giese was president of Chaseland Services, a business and technology consulting firm that serves the media industry. In her previous post as vice president of sales/client services at Mediaconnex Communications, she led the sales of the company's enterprise-class decision support system.
Peterson, a 20-year veteran of IBM, will drive and manage the development of Marketron International's industry-leading TV, radio and cable broadcast management solutions. Most recently, Peterson was vice president of software development at Achieve Healthcare Information Systems, where he drove product strategy and directed development for multiple commercial software product lines. Prior to Achieve Healthcare Information Systems, Peterson spent more than 20 years at IBM in software development roles where he managed large-scale engineering projects and he helped in the design of IBM products in use worldwide today. Peterson also founded and managed an international customer technical education center for IBM in Italy.
Coats, most recently vice president of operations at LesConcierges, will lead the support and training operations in Hailey, Idaho. Prior to LesConcierges, Coats was general manager at Carlson Companies, a $60 million division of the world's third largest travel company, where he built a call center and fulfillment operation. Coats also served as CEO of Worldwide Assistance, a French-owned company delivering insurance and emergency international repatriation and evacuation services and as senior director of operations.
Berger Joins Harris as West Coast Sales Representative
Cincinnati - Sept 12, 2002 - Scott Berger has joined Harris' Broadcast Communications Division (BCD) as an inside sales representative. Berger will be working out of the Harris Broadcast Center in Mason, OH, in support of the Western Region. Berger will be responsible for sales of the full-line of Harris studio products.
Berger joins Harris after leaving Clear Channel Communications where he was an advertising and non-traditional revenue account executive. While in that position, Berger was responsible for selling new marketing concepts. Prior to Clear Channel, Berger was a member of the United States Air Force where he maintained and repaired all flight control systems, radar, instrumentation, internal counter measures and electrical wiring for F-15 fighter planes.
Terrasonde Hires O'Neal to Direct Sales and Marketing
Boulder, CO - Sept 9, 2002 - Terrasonde, creators of professional audio testing hardware, has hired Patrick O'Neal to head its sales and marketing department. He will be responsible for sales and marketing for all of Terrasonde's product lines.
O'Neil's background includes experience with several advertising agencies, interactive and traditional. Before joining Terrasonde, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Mango Graphic Communications, a marketing communications agency, in Boulder, CO. Prior to that he headed the new business department for an interactive East Coast advertising agency called Beyond Media. His background in marketing is augmented by his knowledge of digital recording and music. He has been a home enthusiast for many years and has played guitar since he was 18.
SCMS Adds Two in Sales
Pineville, NC - Aug 19, 2002 - SCMS has added two new field sales offices. Mary Schnelle is located in the Cincinnati area and Tyler Callis is in Ft. Worth.
Schnelle joins SCMS bringing 10 years of broadcast industry knowledge. Most recently, she was a sales coordinator for Harris Broadcast and was responsible for accounts such as Infinity, ABC and Next Media specializing in studio projects. She holds a BS in accounting from Culver Stockton University and an MBA from Quincy University.
Callis brings 20 years of broadcast experience to SCMS, and for the previous 10 years worked for Richardson Electronics, Continental Electronics and Crouse-Kimzey in equipment and software sales. He obtained a BS in broadcast engineering from Bob Jones University.
This brings the total number of SCMS field offices to eight:
NC Corporate Sales Office - Bob Cauthen - 800-438-6040
Central/TN - Bernie O’Brien - 731-695-1714
Mid-Atl/MD - Chris Singleton - 410-348-9925
North-East/NY - Dan Lohse - 908-722-6015
Mid-South/AL - Bob Mayben - 877-391-2650
West Coast/CA - Doug Tharp - 866-673-9267
Mid-West/OH - Mary Schnelle - 800-245-4307
South-West/TX - Tyler Callis - 817-232-1782
Harris Expands IBOC Product Line
Seattle - Sept 12, 2002 - Harris unveiled an IBOC-ready, low-power AM transmitter line called DAX at the NAB Radio show. This family of 1-6kW AM transmitters joins the 3DX AM and Z-HD FM lines in Harris' growing offering of IBOC transmission products designed for use with Ibiquity Digital's HD Radio IBOC technology.
Designed to be IBOC-compatible, DAX transmitters only require installation of an HD Radio IBOC exciter for instant, hybrid broadcast. The DAX family also introduces a variety of proprietary features to the low-power AM transmission market, including Harris' Digital Adaptive Modulation technology that constantly monitors the transmitter load and dynamically corrects for distortion caused by less than ideal antenna loads, increasing performance efficiency and redundant, hot swappable RF modules for reliability and on-air serviceability.
Orban Releases Optimod-FM ver 2.1 Software
San Leandro, CA - Sept 9, 2002 - Orban has released version 2.1 software for its FM audio processor, the Optimod-FM 8400. All new 8400s are now shipping with version 2.1 software. It is also available via free download from www.orban.com (click "Downloads") to upgrade any existing 8400.
Version 2.1 also introduces a new family of Impact presets. Oriented toward contemporary hit radio and other mass-appeal formats, these presets provide loud, crisp audio with plenty of presence and bass punch. Version 2.1 also adds presets in the Loud-hot family that take advantage of the new low-latency mode.
The new software adds five-level, password-protected security. Depending on its privilege level, a password can authorize various actions, from simple preset recall to full access of all features. Moreover, security is now supported for all possible remote connections, whether direct serial, modem or Ethernet.
Orban Ships First 8400PD Processors
San Leandro, CA - Sept 9, 2002 - Orban has shipped the first Optimod-FM 8400PD audio processors to customers. Although otherwise identical to Orban's flagship Optimod-FM 8400, the 8400PD has no front-panel display or controls and can only be remote controlled from any Windows computer via a direct serial cable connection, a pair of modems or an Ethernet network via TCP/IP. It is now possible for a program director (PDs) to have control over the sound of his stations.
Eliminating the 8400's front panel not only allows Orban to offer the 8400PD at a significantly lower price than an 8400, but also helps users manage access to the 8400PD's setup controls. Password protection ensures that only authorized people can adjust the 8400PD. The unit can be placed in a public area without any concern someone may adjust the settings without authorization.
All 8400PDs come with 8400 version 2.1 software, which adds a low-latency mode, new presets, five-level password-based security and administration via simple ASCII commands applied to its second RS232 serial port. The second RS232 port also supports recalling processing presets via simple ASCII strings, making it easy to interface the 8400PD with an automation system. Such a connection could change presets to complement the program material on-air, and Orban has customers using automation to change presets between music programming and commercials.
Media Streaming Handbook Now Available
Herzliya, Israel - Sept 3, 2002 - Optibase has published volume III of the Media Streaming Handbook: Streaming in the Enterprise, a comprehensive guide that explains the technology behind streaming applications. The handbook discusses the uses and benefits of streaming in the enterprise, presents a technical overview and discusses the building blocks needed to set up a streaming service. Additionally, a glossary of streaming media industry terms is included.
The handbook is priced at $9.95 but is available at no cost for a limited time during the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 13 to 17, 2002, at Optibase’s booth 2.249 or by request through Optibase's website at www.optibase.com/handbook
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- Update on Transmitters
- On-air Missteps to Avoid
- Tower Lease Renegotiation
- New Products
- Applied Technology: Streaming with the MPEG HE-AAC Audio Codec
- Side by Side: Studio Furniture
- Practical Use: Circulators and Isolators