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Ibiquity Identifies InitialIBOC Rollout Markets


CES, Las Vegas - Jan 9, 2002 - Ibiquity Digital announced that it has identified Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle as its initial target markets for the commercial launch of its IBOC digital radio technology. These markets were selected on the basis of radio audience size and potential for receiver sales with the intent of quickly establishing the critical mass necessary for widespread adoption of digital AM and FM broadcasting technology. Broadcasters that are supporting the launch of IBOC technology in 2002 include ABC Radio, Bonneville International Corporation, Beasley Broadcast Group, Clear Channel Communications, Cox Radio, Entercom, Hispanic Broadcasting, Infinity Broadcasting and Susquehanna.

In December 2001, the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) evaluated the FM IBOC tests conducted by Ibiquity and an independent research group and found the FM system to be an improvement over the current analog system without causing significant interference to other stations.

Spokesmen for the broadcast groups mentioned above all expressed their support with official comments supporting the rollout in 2002.

Following the rollout in the six markets mentioned earlier, Ibiquity plans to move into its next set of markets, which includes Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Detroit. The phase two introduction is expected to coincide with the commercial introduction of IBOC receivers in January 2003.


European Digital Radio ConferenceScheduled


Munich - Jan 16, 2002 - On April 29 and 30, 2002, Funkschau, in cooperation with WorldDAB and WORDup Public Relations, will present the fourth European Digital Radio Conference (EDRC) in the Park Hilton Hotel in Munich. About 200 participants from 18 nations, as well as 25 trade journalists, followed the presentations and visited international companies and institutions during the exhibition last year.

The official program for the EDRC 2002 is expected to be be available in February 2002. The planned exhibits and sponsors include:


RTNDA Convention Moves toNAB2002


Washington - Jan 11, 2002 - The Radio-Television News Directors Association and the National Association of Broadcasters announced that RTNDA will hold its 2002 convention in concert with NAB2002. RTNDA@NAB will take place April 8 to 10, 2002, at the Las Vegas Hilton. RTNDA@NAB will have its own distinctive identity, with a special news pavilion of exhibits for news directors and other journalists and a full schedule of RTNDA sessions in one concentrated area.


CPB Establishes DigitalDistribution Grants


Washington - Jan 4, 2002 - In consultation with PBS, APTS, NPR, and with the approval of its Board of Directors, CPB has established a new Digital Distribution Fund to assist public television and radio stations with the digital transition. The goal of the fund is to support the development of new digital services in an efficient and timely manner.

A working group representing the national organizations and station community recommended that the funds should be used primarily for the establishment of local educational and rural services, and should be allocated in ways that will promote efficiency in operations. Based on these recommendations, CPB has developed a program to assist stations in constructing digital facilities and inaugurating innovative digital services for educational and public service uses.

The Digital Distribution Fund will provide matching grants to:

  • Individual public broadcast licensees - television and/or radio - for the construction of digital facilities and the provision of digital services, and

  • Multi station consortia for initiatives that emphasize collaboration and aggregation in order to provide enhanced services and/or content, and for collaborative infrastructure projects that demonstrate new structural and operational models, that will provide measurable savings in capital and operating costs.

    CPB has asked PBS's DTV Strategic Services Group (DSSG) to act as the fund administrator. Since 1997, through programs such as the DTV Express Tour, the DTV Tower Study, and the DTV Training Seminars, the DSSG has been providing critical leadership around the digital transition, and is positioned to offer stations technical and programmatic support in the planning and implementation of new digital services. PBS-DSSG will be providing information to stations concerning all aspects of the fund, and within the next few weeks will be distributing guidelines for grant distribution developed in consultation with APTS' New Technologies and Legislative committees.

    Jerry Butler, senior director DTV strategic services group, will run the program, and Christine Beinhacker, senior manager DTV strategic services group, will be the Fund's primary point of contact. Butler and Beinhacker, together with their staff, will be conducting a presentation on the new fund at the upcoming NETA meeting in Las Vegas, NV, on January 14. Additional presentations will include a teleconference, and sessions at APTS's Capitol Hill Days, the PBS-NPR Interactive Meeting, and the PBS Engineering Conference.

    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning on January 31, 2002, and it is anticipated that the first grant awards will be made as early as May of 2002. Full details of the grant program, guidelines for application, and application forms will be available on www.connect.pbs.org and www.stations.cpb.org, and will be mailed to all TV and radio stations later this month. Questions may also be directed to Christine Beinhacker in the DTV Strategic Services Group at PBS at (703) 739-5790 or via e-mail at cbeinhacker@pbs.org.


Ibiquity Submits AM Results toNRSC


CES, Las Vegas - Jan 8, 2002 - Ibiquity Digital Corporation, the sole developer and licenser of digital AM and FM radio broadcast technology in the United States, announced that it has submitted its digital AM radio system test results to the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC). According to Ibiquity, the results of the tests, which were conducted in accordance with the procedures defined by the NRSC, confirm that the AM IBOC (In-Band On-Channel) system will deliver FM-like sound quality while preserving the integrity of the current analog AM broadcasting system. With this submission, the NRSC has all the relevant information it requested in order to evaluate Ibiquity 's AM IBOC digital broadcast system in order to make its reccommendation to the Federal Communications Commission.

As part of the NRSC AM test program, Ibiquity Digital conducted field tests at three commercial and one experimental AM radio station. The test program also included laboratory tests and subjective sound quality evaluations of several hundred audio samples collected from the lab and the field. The sound quality evaluations included comparisons of IBOC digital AM with both analog AM and analog FM. Ibiquity reports that listeners comparing digital AM with today's analog FM, found digital AM to be FM-like.

Ibiquity also said that listeners comparing digital AM with today's analog AM, judged digital AM to be superior to analog, which is no surprise. It has long been believed that AM stations have the most to gain aurally from adopting a digital transmission system. All field tests and evaluations conducted as part of the NRSC AM test program were monitored or performed by independent laboratories in accordance with procedures developed by the NRSC.

Ibiquity is still planning on an IBOC rollout in 2002.



Business



CBC Galaxie Purchases OMT'sDigital Broadcast System


Winnipeg, MB - Jan 10, 2002 - OMT Inc., through its subsidiary OMT Technologies Inc., announced that it has signed an agreement with CBC Galaxie to supply and install a new multi-channel digital audio broadcast system. The system features OMT's iMediaTouch broadcast automation software and the design and integration of a fully digital (AES/EBU) broadcast studio. OMT will be installing the system at Galaxie's broadcast studio located in the CBC Toronto Broadcast Center.

The agreement is valued at approximately $750,000.00 CDN, and will be implemented over the next several months.

Galaxie is a commercial venture of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that provides continuous music services on a subscription basis through cable and satellite distribution. Galaxie's mission is to offer the Canadian public a vast selection of continuous music channels and showcase top Canadian talent alongside international artists. Visit Galaxie online at
www.galaxie.ca.


GM To OEM XM Radios in 23 2003Models


Washington and Detroit - Jan 14, 2002 - In one of the fastest technology rollouts ever at General Motors, XM Satellite Radio will be offered on 23 models this fall. In November 2001, GM became the first auto manufacturer in the world to offer XM as a factory-installed option on 2002 Cadillac DeVilles and Sevilles. Beginning this fall, the start of the 2003 model year, the XM option will be available on the following models:

Buick
  • Rendezvous, LeSabre

    Cadillac

  • Escalade, Escalade EXT, DeVille, Seville,

    Chevrolet

  • Avalanche, Cavalier, Impala, Monte Carlo, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe

    GMC

  • Denali, Denali XL, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL

    Oldsmobile

  • Alero

    Pontiac

  • Aztek, Bonneville, Grand Am, Sunfire


Comlab Reacquires Davicom/IM3Rights


Quebec City - Oct 10, 2001 - Comlab Telecommunications Inc., the original developer of the Davicom monitoring product line, has recovered the Intellectual Property of the Davicom/IM3 monitoring and broadcast products. Following this action, Comlab will continue to support the products with replacement parts, repair services and regular firmware updates. Service contracts will also be available.

Comlab is continuing its commitment to the M-A-C product line with the upcoming release of new products such as a GSM compatible version of the M-A-C firmware, and an IP compatible version of the MIP (Macnet Interface Protocol).

Comlab Telecommunications Inc, established in 1984, is a Quebec City-based developer of products for the telecommunications, wireless, antenna and radar fields. More information about the company is available through their websites at www.comlab.com and www.davicom.ca.


Arbitron Begins Second PhaseOf PPM Market Trial


New York - Jan 14, 2002 - Arbitron announced that it has begun recruiting consumers for the planned second and final phase of the U.S. market trial of its new radio, television and cable TV audience measurement device, the Portable People Meter (PPM). Over the next 12 to 16 weeks, Arbitron expects to recruit a representative panel of 1,500 consumers, age 6 and older, in the Philadelphia Designated Market Area (DMA).

Results from the first phase of the test indicated that the PPM system is capturing TV viewing and radio listening that is not being measured by current audience measurement systems. This second phase is designed to give the industry its first direct look at individual station ratings for radio and television as well as individual cable network ratings generated by the Portable People Meter with audience estimates. These estimates will be compared with individual station and cable network ratings delivered by current audience measurement systems.

Arbitron expects that this second phase will provide an increased sample, which will provide the company with the needed momentum to continue its efforts to refine the quality and capabilities of the new audience measurement system.

As Arbitron begins the second phase of the PPM trial, eight TV stations, 38 radio stations and 22 cable networks serving the Philadelphia market are participating in the trial by encoding their signals using the latest generation of Arbitron encoders. Many of these outlets have been using Arbitron PPM encoders since August 2000.

Nielsen Media Research is providing financial support as well as its television survey research expertise in this trial of the Portable People Meter. Nielsen also has an option to join Arbitron in the commercial deployment of the Arbitron Portable People Meter in the United States.

The PPM is a pager-sized device that is carried by consumers. It automatically detects inaudible codes that TV stations, radio stations and cable networks embed in the audio portion of their programming using encoders provided by Arbitron. At the end of each day, the survey participants place the meters into base stations that recharge the devices and send the collected codes to Arbitron for tabulation. The meters are equipped with a motion sensor that allows Arbitron to monitor the compliance of the PPM survey participants every day; a quality-control feature unique to the Arbitron Portable People Meter in the realm of media research.

The successful first phase, conducted from December 2000 to November 2001, included three separate comparisons of total radio, TV and cable audiences generated by the PPM and existing audience measurement systems. Arbitron found that, compared to ratings reported by current TV and radio audience measurement systems, the Portable People Meter reports higher total-day average quarter-hour (AQH) estimates for consumer use of electronic media - radio, TV and cable. At its peak, 300 individuals were carrying Portable People Meters in the Wilmington, DE, radio metro, which is embedded within the Philadelphia DMA. From this test, Arbitron concluded that this first phase effectively demonstrated that:

  • Broadcasters could encode their audio with no adverse effect on the quality of their signal;

  • Arbitron could recruit a representative panel of consumers for the PPM system;

  • Consumers would regularly carry the meter, on average, 15 hours a day;

  • The total radio, TV and cable ratings indicated that the PPM system is capturing television viewing and radio listening that is not being measured by current audience measurement systems.


Jutel Powers Korea's KDAB


Oulu, Finland - Jan 14, 2002 - The Finnish software house Jutel, IBM Korea and Korea Digital Audio Broadcasting (KDAB) announced that the companies have successfully completed building a digital radio broadcasting system that is scheduled for full-scale digital broadcasting in March 2002 through the SkyLife radio channels of Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting.

Jutel, a global IBM business partner, provides the core of the system, the RadioMan broadcast content management system, which comprises hardware from IBM and services from both of the companies. KDAB's service, called Satio, uses RadioMan to produce, manage and broadcast content to 30 radio channels of the Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting company’s DVB distribution. DVB is expected to replace analog broadcasting in the future with features such as new additional information services and much higher quality of sound than in FM radio broadcasting. KDAB is the first customer to use RadioMan to bring radio programming to the television set.


ATI Group Moves to NewFacilities


Jessup, MD - Jan 10, 2002 - The ATI Group, parent company of Audio Toys Inc., API Audio, and Uptown Automation, will consolidate manufacturing and corporate offices for all three brands in a larger facility as of January 14, 2002. The changes come in response to ATI's steady and considerable growth over the last decade.

In addition to providing the company with a much needed doubling of space, the consolidation will improve manufacturing efficiency. ATI, API, and Uptown Automation products will all be manufactured at the new Jessup, Maryland location under the direction of Gordon Smart, general manager.

Effective January 14, 2002 ATI Group's new address and telephone numbers are:
8301 Patuxent Rage Range Road
Suite A1
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: 301-776-7879
Fax: 301-776-8117


Enco Systems at Consumer ElectronicsShow


CES, Las Vegas, and Southfield, MI - Jan 8, 2002 - Enco Systems Inc., a worldwide provider of digital audio delivery systems, made a strong showing at the Consumer Electronics show this year. The company's DADpro32 Digital Audio Delivery System was used in seven different booths to help promote digital radio.

The flagship booth for IBOC digital radio is the Ibiquity booth. Ibiquity is demonstrating both the AM and FM systems it is developing. The DADpro32 system is being used to generate linear digital audio and associated text information to power the IBOC demonstration of the audio quality and data features. Enco Systems has also provided DADpro32 systems for the Visteon, Delphi, Kenwood, Alpine, JVC and Texas Instruments booths where similar demonstrations are taking place.


Enco and StratosaudioPartnership Signed at CES


CES, Las Vegas - Jan 10, 2002 - Enco Systems announced that it has signed an agreement with Stratosaudio to work together in enabling interactivity with conventional analog AM/FM radio, with the first live installations in place 2Q2002. Enco is the first automation manufacturer to enable a real-time direct feed to the Stratosaudio Broadcast Management Software. Stratosaudio has been testing and demonstrating interactivity with conventional radio using the Enco Systems DADpro32 software over the past three months, and Stratosaudio commented that Enco has demonstrated its forward-thinking vision by actively participating throughout Stratosaudio's development process.

Enco cited the increasing competition in the broadcast industry worldwide as the main reason for its agreement with Stratosaudio in providing a new revenue stream to broadcasters.

Stratosaudio's worldwide patent-pending technology will allow radio listeners and mobile phone users in Europe and the United States to instantly purchase music and other content, respond to advertisements, and interact with talk shows at the press of a button while listening to the radio. Stratosaudio Inc. is headquartered in Century City, CA.


ACUM Enlists Idioma


Tel Aviv, Israel, and New York - Jan 10, 2002 - Idioma, a developer of monitoring systems for radio, television and Internet broadcasting, announced that ACUM, the Association of Composers and Music Writers in Israel, has decided to fully implement Idioma's CopyrightScanner music copyrighting monitoring technology. ACUM, which has been using four stations to track and monitor radio stations in Israel, is now expanding its system with added Idioma units to 10 national and local radio stations in Israel.

ACUM becomes the world's first copyright society to have a completely digital and automated system to track its local and international repertoire broadcast over the radio with the expansion of their system from Idioma. In 2000, ACUM began deploying a limited amount of Idioma platforms to cover Israel's radio stations. Now with a full complement of CopyrightScanner, ACUM will know what is played in real-time and will thus be better able to meet its members and affiliated foreign societies royalty issue needs.

Idioma's CopyrightScanner is a copyright tracking system for copyright societies, recording labels and media tracking groups that automatically identifies songs, jingles, movies and video clips as they are aired. Utilizing a computer algorithm to document the song's actual sound signal (either analog or digital), CopyrightScanner creates a unique and non-intrusive Compound Digital Fingerprint (CDF). As opposed to ID watermarks or other plug-in technologies, the song itself - and no other criteria - is the key to its own identification. In addition, no technical cooperation from radio stations, webcasters or broadcasters is required by the tracking organization using CopyrightScanner.


Satellite Export &Engineering Becomes Patriot Antenna Systems


Albion, MI - Jan 7, 2002 - Satellite Export & Engineering (SEE) has changed its company name to Patriot Antenna Systems in an effort to leverage the International brand recognition associated with its highly successful Patriot commercial satellite antennas. Patriot Antenna Systems will continue to offer all of the equipment and services that it provided as SEE. The company has also added a new line of transmit antennas to its product portfolio in an effort to provide one of the widest selections in the industry.

In a press release, Jeff Mathie, president of Patriot, noted that the company was already known by both names, but that this change takes advantage of the stronger brand identification of Patriot. It was also noted that the company sells all types of satellite communications hardware, but that the cornerstone of the company are the metal antenna systems.

Patriot recently completed range certification for its 1.2 and 1.0 meter Ku-band transmit/receive antenna systems with feed horn and OMT/filter packages. This allows the company to sell FCC-compliant products while type approvals for Intelsat and Eutelsat await final acceptance. The 1.0 and 1.2 products represent some of the first mass production, metal transmit antennas available in smaller apertures. The company is banking on the advantages of metal antennas over competitors Fiberglass/SMC antennas. These advantages, such as improved surface accuracy, and simplified repeatable production methods for mass production are key to Patriots strategy for entering the two-way VSAT market.

Patriot plans to announce the availability of other apertures antennas as well as C and Ka band options in early 2002.


Memorex, Ingentix Partner onMultiMediaCard


Santa Fe Springs, CA – Jan 7, 2002 - Memorex announced that it has formed a partnership with Ingentix to manufacture and market solid-state MultiMediaCard Flash memory products. Ingentix is a joint venture of Infineon Technologies AG and Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. Memorex will be the exclusive U. S. distributor, using its retail leading brand in digital media, while Ingentix provides manufacturing expertise and MultiMediaCard specific intellectual property rights.

Ingentix is now supplying Memorex MultiMediaCards, which are available in 16MB, 32MB and 64MB versions. The MultiMediaCard is the world’s smallest memory card. Because of its integrated device interface, the MultiMediaCard is an easy-to-install, compact memory card that is particularly suitable for use with mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDA), e-books, digital cameras, interactive toys and MP3 players. MultiMediaCards are compatible with a growing number of portables, as they can be used in a device expansion slot that also accepts SD Memory cards.


Sirius Tools for FebruaryLaunch


CES, Las Vegas - Jan 7, 2002 - Sirius Satellite Radio announced the next phase of its market rollout, beginning February 14 and culminating in nationwide service during the third quarter. At a news conference hosted by Sirius President and CEO Joseph P. Clayton at the 2002 International Consumer Electronics Show, the company discussed its upcoming service launch and new programming lineup, unveiled details of its new Dodge NASCAR Racing team sponsorship, highlighted a new management team and debuted the new Sirius website.

Clayton announced Sirius' three-phase service rollout strategy, culminating in service offered nationwide beginning in July:

  • Phase I - Commencing February 14, 2002, Sirius will launch commercial service in four markets - Houston, Phoenix and Denver (which were previously announced) and a new market - Jackson, MS, where Clayton first debuted satellite television with RCA in 1994. All four markets feature early adopters of technology, favorable attitudes towards mobile electronic products and strong retail environments. It was noted that Jackson was a successful launch city for DIRECTV. Sirius expects that it can duplicate that success.

  • Phase II - Sirius will implement the next phase of its regional rollout across the southwestern United States beginning in April/May in Dallas/Fort Worth, Tulsa, Albuquerque and Little Rock, AR. All were early rollout markets for RCA and DIRECTV. Service will be available in the southern and central U.S. starting in June/July, and will include the leading metropolitan markets of Miami, Tampa Bay and Orlando, FL; Indianapolis and Nashville.

  • Phase III - Sirius expects to offer service nationwide during the third quarter of 2002.

    Sirius announced it has joined the Evernham Motorsports/Ultra Motorsports Dodge racing team, part of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Sirius will be the primary sponsor of the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T, driven by Casey Atwood.

    As part of a strong focus on sales and marketing, Clayton introduced a number of industry veterans joining Sirius. The new executives, with deep ties to the consumer electronics industry, will be part of the company's sales and marketing organization and will collectively be responsible for sales, marketing, distribution, merchandising and strategic planning for retail. The group will report to Guy Johnson, Sirius' new executive VP of sales and marketing. The new executives have all participated in the rollout and success of numerous consumer electronics products, including the development and launch of DIRECTV satellite television.

    As part of its launch program, Sirius announced a unique consumer and retail experience, the "Rhythm of the Road Tour." This mobile demo tour features a custom-built 65-foot giant ferris wheel dubbed the "Wheel of Sound," which is equipped with eight Sirius-ready musical theme cars for consumers to ride in and listen to Sirius' service. The tour also features specially designed trailer trucks that open up into listening kiosks for consumers, a stage for local musicians and a DJ booth that will play the Sirius service live at each location. Consumers can also listen to Sirius' service in any one of a variety of demo vehicles, including the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T, a BMW X5, Ford Mustang and Dodge Ram Quad Cab.

    Fianlly, Sirius unveiled its new channel lineup, including 60 original music channels, all commercial-free, in almost every musical genre, from rap to reggae, classical to country, new rock to hard rock, as well as HITS channels playing all the top hit songs in pop, rock, country, R&B, rap and dance, virtually on demand. Rounding out its lineup, Sirius will broadcast 40 world-class channels of the best variety of sports, news, talk and entertainment through partnerships with world-class providers, including ESPN, ABC News, CNN Headline News, E! Entertainment Television, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and more.

    The redesigned Sirius web site offers live streaming of Sirius' 60 commercial-free music channels and will serve as an interactive, online complement to Sirius' broadcast programming. On the new site, visitors will be able to sign up and become Sirius Insiders for access to exclusive content, including behind-the-scenes interviews with artists.


XM Announces 30,000 Subscribers


CES, Las Vegas - Jan 7, 2002 - During a press conference held the day before the Consumer Electronics Show opened, XM Satellite Radio announced that it currently has 30,000 subscribers in all 48 continental states in the U.S. XM began its nationwide service in November 2001.

The press conference included comments from the CEOs of radio manufacturers and consumer equipment dealers in addition to comments from Hugh Panero, CEO of XM. XM is understandably excited about its success to date.



People



TGI Appoints Myers to Newposition


Kitchener, Ontario - Jan 17, 2002 - Bruce Myers has been named general manager, field operations for TGI Professional. Myers has been with TGI North America since March of 2001. The new position reflects Myers's many successful years of field experience and will greatly assist in obtaining the company's divisional objectives. All field sales managers will report directly to Myers to streamline and solidify the sales operations of the Professional Division.


Broadcast Electronics AppointsDirector of Business Development


Quincy, IL - Jan 14, 2002 - Broadcast Electronics announced the appointment of Noel Nishi to the position of director of business development. In this position, Nishi will be responsible for developing new markets for advanced media delivery systems (AMDS) services and to provide new growth vehicles for the AMDS division. Prior to joining Broadcast Electronics, Nishi was employed at DMX Music as the senior director of strategic sales. His responsibilities included developing new business opportunities for increased distribution of their services, entry into new markets and value added services, which were aimed at increasing revenue opportunities with their existing customer base. DMX Music is a music company that provides programmed music services to residences via cable and business via satellite and proprietary on-premise platforms.

He also managed five key accounts including Brinker International Restaurants, Darden Restaurants, Nine West Group, Federated Department Stores and Gap. Nishi holds a BA degree in sociology from the University of Washington.

Nishi will also be responsible for SoniXtream, Broadcast Electronics' Internet audio streaming services and the company's home disk store-and-forward systems. He will be based in Seattle.


TGI NA Adds Walsh for DPA Mics


Kitchener, Ontario - Jan 11, 2002 - Chris Walsh has joined TGI North America Inc. as product specialist for Tannoy Studio Monitors and DPA Microphones. Walsh comes to TGI after five years at Martinsound Inc. in Alhambra, CA, where he was vice president of sales and marketing. In that position he was highly visible in studios around the country in the film/post/video market as well as music recording, and with the trade press.

Walsh brings years of studio experience at many levels to his new position at TGI. He is still active in recording too, most recently with the Christian band, Stronghold. Walsh will work from his office in southern California. TGI is exclusive North American distributor of the DPA product line.


Sennheiser Names West CoastMarket Developer


Old Lyme, CT - Jan 10, 2002 - Sennheiser USA has appointed Adam Shahinian to the position of West Coast market developer serving the music industry (MI) and sound reinforcement (SR) channels. Shahinian's strong sales and product training background will serve him well in this new position. His responsibilities include supporting both MI and SR channels with frequent in-store training, merchandising assistance, inventory evaluation and detailing, as well as strategic planning. He will report to Greg Beebe, MI/SR channel manager of Sennheiser USA. Shahinian works from his home office in La Crescenta, CA.


QDesign Appoints Carhart to TopPost


Vancouver, BC - Jan 8, 2002 – QDesign Corporation, a vendor of technology solutions for delivering digital music, announced the appointment of digital media executive Thomas W. Carhart as president and CEO. Carhart joins QDesign from ReplayTV/SonicBlue Corporation, where he served as senior vice president of services and corporate development and as vice president of product marketing. At ReplayTV, he spearheaded the company's business strategy, established partnerships with Panasonic and Turner Networks, and led the launch of the company's first Personal Video Recorder (PVR) product line. Carhart also played a key role in the acquisition of ReplayTV by SonicBlue Corporation.

Before joining ReplayTV, Carhart was a director at Compaq Computer Corporation and a product manager at Motorola. He led Compaq initiatives with the cable industry, including a $200 million investment in the Road Runner high-speed data service, and formed Compaq's iPaq appliance business. At Motorola, Carhart was a founder of the cable modem business. Prior to Motorola, he worked as a design engineer at Scientific-Atlanta.

Carhart holds A.B. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Rick Beaton, founder and president of QDesign, will become the company's chief technology officer and continue to focus on the development of QDesign's innovative digital music technologies.


Sennheiser Appoints Renner forMidwest



Old Lyme, CT - Jan 10, 2002 - Sennheiser Electronic Corporation recently appointed Rick Renner the professional products sales representative for the Midwest United States. In this new position, Renner is responsible for supporting and broadening the company's dealer and consultant network in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. He represents all Sennheiser brands, Neumann, D.A.S., Innova SON and Chevin.

Prior to joining Sennheiser, Renner studied at Full Sail and has years of recording and production studio experience in the Chicagoland area in addition to extensive sales experience. Renner reports to Mark Humrichouser, eastern region professional products sales manager, and is based in Oak Park, IL.


Audio-Technica AppointsSteven Lefkowitz


Stowe, OH - Sep 21, 2001 - Audio-Technica U.S. has named Steven H. Lefkowitz as the company’s vice president, finance and Chief Financial Officer. The announcement was made by Phil Cajka, president and CEO of the Stow, Ohio-based company.

In his new position, Lefkowitz will manage all accounting and credit operations. He will also be directly responsible for customer support and MIS (EDP) functions.

Lefkowitz is a CPA with an accounting degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He comes to Audio-Technica from the online business-to-business marketplace E-Debt Financial Services, where he served as vice president, CFO and treasurer. Previously, Lefkowitz was vice president and controller of HomePlace. He also spent more than 10 years in the position of controller for Tire Centers.



Internet Watch



Chaincast Attains High Spotin Radio Streaming


San Jose, CA - Jan 8, 2002 - Chaincast Networks, a provider of cost-effective streaming solutions for media groups, audio and video webcasters, Internet infrastructure companies, and corporate enterprises, now claims to be the the leading provider of streaming services for Internet radio stations. Chaincast is the first to deploy a carrier-grade, Internet-based multicast system for live streaming and is now serving 7 million commercial streams and 4 million aggregate tuning hours monthly for 600 radio stations that, in total, have approximately 700,000 unique weekly e-listeners.

Paul Distefano, Chaincast's president and CEO noted that Chaincast holds 15% of the marketshare of the estimated 4,000 terrestrial radio stations that are streaming on the Internet. Chaincast compares this figure with other providers and their reported client bases as follows: Real Networks - 550 terrestrial radio stations streaming, AOL - 450, Yahoo Broadcast.com - 450, and MSN - 400.


MeasureCast Signs LoudeyeRadio


Portland, OR - Jan 8, 2002 - MeasureCast Inc. announced Loudeye Technologies is subscribing to the MeasureCast Streaming Audience Measurement Service for its Loudeye Radio Internet radio application. Loudeye will use MeasureCast metrics to sell advertising inventory for its growing list of affiliates and Internet radio partners.

Through MeasureCast reports, Loudeye will be able to quantify the reach of the Loudeye Radio Network to demonstrate the effectiveness and scope of its offerings to potential customers and advertisers. Loudeye Radio provides e-tailers, portals and terrestrial radio companies a custom-branded and compelling Internet radio application, delivered as a complete hosted service designed to extend a company's brand and create new sources of revenue.





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