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New FCC Mail Addresses and a New Fax Number
Washington - Dec 20, 2001 - Ordinary U.S. Postal Service mail to the FCC (including Express and Priority Mail) should continue to be sent to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554 where, based on he continuing efforts to eliminate the possibility of the spread of Anthrax, it will likely be routed to a decontamination facility. Non-USPS hand-delivered and messenger-delivered documents are to use two other addresses. The public may now fax general correspondence to the Commission at (202) 418-0188. The details of these changes are available at the FCC website by following this link.
FCC Seeks Comments on NRSC IBOC Report
Washington - Dec 19, 2001 - The FCC issued the following Public Notice:
On November 1, 1999, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) entitled Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems and Their Impact on the Terrestrial Broadcast Service, 15 FCC Rcd 1722 (1999). [see Note 1] In the NPRM, the Commission stated its policy goals for a new terrestrial digital audio broadcasting (DAB) service, and sought comment on terrestrial in-band, on-channel (IBOC) AM and FM DAB systems and AM and FM DAB systems based on the allocation of new radio spectrum in different frequency bands. The Commission also stated in the NPRM its belief that it is necessary and appropriate to rely to some degree on the expertise of the private sector for DAB system evaluations, and listed the following 10 tentative selection criteria for DAB systems: 1) enhanced audio fidelity; 2) robustness to interference and other signal impairments; 3) compatibility with existing analog service; 4) spectrum efficiency; 5) flexibility; 6) auxiliary capability; 7) extensibility; 8) accommodation for existing broadcasters; 9) coverage; and 10) implementation costs/affordability of equipment.

On December 3, 2001, the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC), sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association, submitted a report from the Evaluation Working Group of the DAB Subcommittee of the NRSC entitled Evaluation of the iBiquity Digital Corporation (iBiquity) IBOC System, Part I - FM IBOC. [see Note 2] This is the only terrestrial DAB system currently under consideration by the Commission. The NRSC report evaluates the extensive laboratory and field testing of the iBiquity hybrid mode [see Note 3] FM IBOC DAB system, and contains conclusions and recommendations concerning this FM IBOC DAB system to the Commission. On December 6, 2001, iBiquity submitted its FM IBOC test results to the Commission. Both the NRSC and iBiquity filings are available electronically at www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html under MM Docket No. 99-325, or from the Commission’s duplicating contractor, Qualex International, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, DC, 20554, 202-863-2893.

By this Public Notice, comment is sought on the NRSC report, conclusions, and recommendations concerning the iBiquity hybrid mode FM IBOC DAB system, as well as on the iBiquity FM IBOC test results, with respect to the Commission’s stated DAB policy goals and selection criteria. Interested parties may submit comments on or before February 19, 2002, and reply comments on or before March 21, 2002. Comments and replies should specifically reference this Public Notice. Comments and reply comments may be filed electronically at www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html, or on paper (an original and four copies) with the Commission’s Secretary, Magalie Roman Salas, Federal Communications Commission, 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 110, Washington, DC, 20002.

In addition to the extensive test results now on file, some additional testing is required. The iBiquity FM IBOC tests evaluated by NRSC were conducted using MPEG-2AAC perceptual audio coding. IBiquity reportedly intends to use proprietary audio coding based on PAC, developed by Lucent Technologies, in its final FM IBOC DAB system, and will provide, in the near future, a report for evaluation containing test data for its FM IBOC DAB system using this audio coding. In addition, iBiquity currently is designing, and represents that it will soon complete further testing, to determine the potential impact of FM hybrid mode operations on the reception of analog subcarrier transmissions. Additional public comment will be solicited when the results of this testing are submitted to the Commission. [see Note 4]

Ex parte status: This is a "permit-but-disclose" rule making proceeding. See Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems and Their Impact on the Terrestrial Broadcast Service, 15 FCC Rcd at 1745 (1999).

"Permit-but-disclose" ex parte procedures permit interested parties to make ex parte presentations to the Commissioners and Commission employees and require that these presentations be disclosed in the record of the relevant proceeding. Persons making a written ex parte presentation to the Commissioners or Commission employees must file the written presentation with the Commission, as set forth below, no later than the next business day after the presentation. See 47 C.F.R. §1.1206(b)(1). Persons making oral ex parte presentations must file a summary of the presentation, as set forth below, and deliver copies to the Commissioners or Commission employees involved with the presentation no later than the next business day after the presentation. See 47 C.F.R. §1.1206(b)(2). All ex parte filings must be clearly labeled as such and must reference this Public Notice, as well as any other applicable docket or file numbers.

An original and one copy of all ex parte memoranda must be filed with the Commission's Secretary, Magalie Roman Salas, Federal Communications Commission, 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 110, Washington, DC, 20002, in accordance with 47 C.F.R. §1.1206(b)(1). In addition, one copy of each ex parte memorandum should be delivered to each of the following locations: (1) the Commission's duplicating contractor, Qualex International, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, DC, 20554, 202-863-2893; and (2) Peter H. Doyle, Mass Media Bureau, 445 12th Street, SW, Room 2-B450, Washington, DC, 20554. Copies of the reports and any subsequently filed documents in this matter may be obtained electronically at www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html , and on paper from Qualex International. The reports and all subsequently filed documents also will be available for public inspection and copying during normal business hours in the Commission's Reference Information Center located at 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, DC, 20554.

Note 1: The NPRM is available electronically at under MM Docket No. 99-325.

Note 2: Ibiquity was formed by the merger of FM IBOC DAB system proponents Lucent Technologies Inc. and USA Digital Radio, Inc.

Note 3: During FM hybrid mode operations, broadcasters simultaneously transmit analog and digital signals within their authorized emission masks.

Note 4: The laboratory and field testing of the iBiquity hybrid mode AM IBOC DAB system has not been completed. Following iBiquity’s completion of the hybrid mode AM IBOC tests, the test results will be submitted to the NRSC for evaluation. Additional public comment will be solicited when the NRSC report evaluating the iBiquity AM IBOC DAB system is submitted to the Commission.

Partnership For Public Warning Forms
Dec 19, 2001 - Disaster warnings, response, and losses are issues having primarily local impact, but a newly formed group feels that a properly functioning national infrastructure to enable the generation and delivery of timely warnings and critical information is a national responsibility. The organization, called the Partnership For Public Warning, feels that a public warning system must combine the efforts of government at the federal, state and local levels; businesses, including manufacturers, and service providers; and the media.

The group's goal is to foster better coordination and cooperation through consensus on what could and should be done, how it can be phased in with existing systems, and what standards should apply. It will strive to develop a coherent framework where all the diverse stakeholders can contribute their expertise and have it work well with others. In this way, business will be better able to seek and evaluate business opportunities to provide disaster information.

The group's website can be found at www.partnershipforpublicwarning.org. The group will focus on four key points.
  • There has been too much duplication of effort.
  • Effective warnings must reach people not tuned in to radio or TV should they choose to be warned.
  • Warnings must reach audiences that have so far been unserved or underserved by warnings.
  • The group will help to strengthen partnerships at all levels that must go beyond technology.

    On November 29, 2001, leaders in disaster warnings and disaster information met at the MITRE Corporation in McLean, VA, to discuss the need for and possible formation of a public/private partnership to bring some coordination and direction to disaster warning programs. Peter Ward was asked to chair a transition committee to set up the organization. The committee agreed on the name Partnership for Public Warning (PPW). They agreed that the partnership will look at broader disaster information issues but will concentrate on warnings in the beginning .
    NWS Adds New County in Colorado Washington, DC - Dec 17, 2001 - On March 12, 2002, at 8:00am Mountain Standard Time, the National Weather Service office in Denver will begin including Broomfield County, a new county in Colorado, in NWS forecasts and warnings. If severe weather is occurring or forecast to occur at the scheduled implementation time, a service change notice will be issued to postpone this change until March 13, 2002, at 8:00am MST.

    Broomfield County was established in Colorado in November 2001. The new county was previously known as the city of Broomfield, and was formed from portions of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld counties.

    In recognizing the new county in Colorado on March 12, 2002, two significant changes will be made:
  • Colorado zones 39, 40, and 43 will be modified
  • a new Federal Information Processing System (FIPS) code will be used for Broomfield County.

    The FIPS codes for these counties are shown in the table below.

    Colorado County FIPS Code
    Adams 001
    Boulder 013
    Jefferson 059
    Weld 123

    FCC Takes Another Try at EEO Rules
    Washington - Dec 11, 2001 - The FCC has adopted a notice seeking comments on proposed equal employment opportunity rules for the broadcast and cable industries. This is the FCC's third attempt at creating EEO rules. The new proposal would require companies with five or more employees to recruit for all job openings in a manner designed to achieve broad outreach, for example, by widely disseminating information on all job vacancies. Companies also would have to implement two additional recruitment measures: (1) sending vacancy announcements to requesting recruitment organizations; and (2) selecting from a menu of non-vacancy specific outreach approaches, such as job fairs or internship programs. Broadcasters would be required to place an annual EEO report in the public file detailing their outreach efforts. The FCC has also reduced the requirement that certain broadcasters (radio stations with more than ten employees and TV stations with five or more employees) file a Statement of Compliance once in the fourth year of the license term. Finally, the proposal would retain broadcasters' obligation to file annual employment reports, which would be used only to monitor industry employment trends and not for license-renewal purposes.
    Public Inspection File Waiver to Expire
    Washington - Dec 17, 2001 - The 60-day public inspection file waiver, initially reported on beradio.com on October 26, 2001, will expire on December 24. After this time, stations will once again be required to collect and retain in their public inspection files all written comments received from the public. Read the original release by following this link.
    FCC Library Closes to the Public
    Washington - Dec 5, 2001 - Effective December 5, 2001, and until further notice, the FCC Library will be closed to the public. This action is necessary because the Commission is using a portion of the FCC Library to temporarily house FCC employees. Members of the public who desire access to material in the Library may present their request to the staff of the FCC Reference Information Center, located at 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. The FCC stated that it regrets any inconvenience.

    Business


    Shure, Sennheiser Bust Counterfeiters


    Some of the counterfeit equipment siezed during the raid.

    Evanston, IL, and Wedemark, Germany - Dec 19, 2001 - Shure Incorporated and Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG, two of leading manufacturers of microphones worldwide, have joined together with China’s Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) to take a stand against the production and sale of counterfeit microphones. On December 12 officials from the AIC’s Jiangmen and Enping offices conducted raids at three locations of one counterfeit manufacturer, and routine inspections on four other manufacturers located within Enping City, China. Over 50,000 pieces of Shure and Sennheiser counterfeit items were confiscated during the day’s events, making it one of the largest raids to be executed in pro audio history.

    “We asked Sennheiser to join us in this fight because we wanted to show a united front to counterfeiters and consumers alike, demonstrating that our industry will not tolerate these activities,” said Sandy LaMantia, president and CEO of Shure Incorporated. “We embrace fair competition, which inevitably pushes the industry forward, but we refuse to stand by idly as people attempt to deceive our consumers with inferior versions of our products bearing our name.”

    The December 12 raid uncovered large quantities of counterfeit Shure SM58, BG Series, and 14A models, as well as Sennheiser Evolution 818 and 835 microphones. All goods were confiscated pending an investigation by China’s AIC, but inspection and testing revealed that the counterfeit goods had very poor sound quality and severe handling noise.
    Wenger Corporation and Experience Music Project Museum Collaborate


    The EMP in Seattle. Photo by Stanley Smith, (c) Experience Music Project.

    Owatonna, MN - Dec 19, 2001 - Experience Music Project (EMP), the interactive music museum in Seattle, features a dozen custom sound-isolating rooms integrating V-Room technology from the Wenger Corporation. Since its opening in June 2000, EMP has attracted more than one million visitors.

    The custom V-Rooms are installed in Sound Lab, a 3,000-square-foot area of EMP offering visitors a hands-on opportunity to explore the tools of rock 'n' roll--electric guitars, drums, mixing consoles and more. In the rooms, visitors become virtual rock stars, jamming alone, with friends or with a computerized coach. Visitors experience the feeling of a live, onstage performance because the rooms respond to every note or sound they create. Active acoustics technology in the rooms simulates different environments at the touch of a button, providing the real-time, natural acoustical ambience and reverberation of a much larger space, such as a concert hall or arena.

    The acoustical consultants for EMP were Jaffe Holden Acoustics (JHA) of Norwalk, CN. The rooms at EMP are customized versions of Wenger's V-Room practice rooms, which are used in the recording and broadcast industries as sound-isolation booths and in performance and music education facilities as practice or warm-up rooms. Modular construction enables the rooms to be relocated or moved as needs change, providing maximum flexibility while maintaining superior sound isolation. Wenger, which developed the active acoustics technology in association with LARES Associates and Lexicon, has manufactured sound-isolating rooms for more than 30 years.
    Bomar Inks Distribution Agreement with Richardson Electronics
    Ledgewood, NJ - Dec 10, 2001 - Bomar Interconnect Products, a designer and manufacturer of connectors and accessories for RF, video and broadcast transmission, has signed a worldwide distributor agreement with Richardson Electronics. Under the terms of the agreement, Bomar's full line of broadcast coaxial and RF interconnect products will be represented through Richardson's global distribution network.

    With this announcement, broadcast systems integrators and OEMs in the broadcast, CATV/broadband, CCTV security, wireless, RF and satellite communications industries will have easier access to Bomar's components, including BNC, SMA, MCX and MMCX interconnect products.
    APT Appoints Broadcom Limited In The UK
    Belfast, Ireland - Dec 17, 2001 - Audio Processing Technology (APT) has appointed Broadcom Limited as the exclusive UK distributor across its entire range of audio data compression products. Broadcom supplies specialist engineering and technical services to broadcasters and audio professionals including Classic FM, Capital Radio, BBC Radio, GWR and Virgin Radio. Among the range of services it offers are studio design, transmission and distribution networks and AM FM DAB audio streaming processes.

    Since its appointment, Broadcom has been concentrating its sales efforts on APT’s WorldNet Rio and Milano units, both of which feature Standard apt-X and Enhanced 16-, 20- and 24-bit apt-X, a real time digital audio data reduction system that compresses audio samples by a factor of 4:1 with no perceived audio degradation and negligible coding delay.
    Audemat wins TDF Tender
    Bordeaux-Mérignac, France - Dec 18, 2001 - Audemat announced today that it has been awarded the renewal contract for Télé Diffusion de France's (TDF) FM monitoring network. This contract results in a total of 300 Goldeneagle FM units to be sold to TDF.

    TDF needed equipment capable of monitoring the continuity and quality of the FM broadcast programs via TCP/IP. After two months of consultation between the two main French manufacturers specialized in this field, TDF again chose Audemat. Goldeneagle, the latest arrival to the Audemat range, replied to the high technical demands of the European leader in Broadcast.

    Goldeneagle FM is a multiple FM receiver that automatically monitors, in real time, the quality and continuity of up to 40 FM signals. The Goldeneagle FM can check RF, modulation, audio, SCA level, analog and digital input; visualize the RF level of the complete local FM baseband with the 3D scanning module software; record and store measurements and events with the built-in PC; receive alarms (relays, e-mail); and to communicate with the unit via a Web browser to: check levels, listen to the audio or download the event log (measurements, alarm etc.).
    Klotz Awarded Contract with Radio Guangdong
    Munich - Dec 17, 2001 - Klotz has been awarded a contract from Radio Guangdong, China, to provide its fiber-optic-based Vadis audio media platform technology and D.C.II audio mixing console surfaces for a new building in Guangzhou. Under the contract agreement, Klotz will deliver a fully redundant digital master control room and 10 D.C.II mixing console surfaces, and a variety of other control equipment to Guangdong Radio.

    Klotz's Vadis audio distribution system for Guangdong Radio forms a real time audio and control network and will be used in the on-air studios, news studios, OB area, and a number of transmission sites. As part of the overall system, Klotz also provides an integrated digital intercom system for Radio Guangdong.
    TC Group Offers To Purchase TGI plc
    Risskov, Denmark - Dec 14, 2001 - TC Group, the Danish parent company of TC Electronic, TC Works and TC-Helicon, has made an offer to the shareholders of TGI plc to purchase their holdings in the company. TGI plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

    TGI plc is a holding company comprising four companies representing individual platforms on the speaker market, consisting of the highly respected Scottish speaker manufacturer Tannoy, encompassing more than 75 years of experience; the English Martin Audio, renowned worldwide for its high-end PA speaker systems; the Swedish company Lab Gruppen, producing power supplies and high-end amplifiers; and GLL, producing speakers for the car industry.
    Arbitron Completes First Phase of U.S. PPM Trial
    New York - Dec 13, 2001 - Arbitron marked the successful completion of the first phase of the Portable People Meter (PPM) U.S. market trial with the release of a third round of ratings comparisons for its new television, cable and radio audience measurement system. 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. These findings indicate that Arbitron’s new ratings technology is tracking media exposure missed by today’s generation of TV and radio ratings methods.

    Arbitron intends to launch the PPM throughout local markets across the U.S. By the second quarter of 2002, the industry will have the first direct comparisons of PPM audience estimates for individual radio stations, TV stations and cable networks.

    Since December 2000, the Portable People Meter has been undergoing U.S. market trials in Wilmington, DE, which is within the Philadelphia market. Arbitron has also released ratings results from the first phase of the trial on July 19 and September 24, 2001.

    The next phase in Arbitron’s demonstration of the PPM is to expand the sample to at least 1,500 people across the entire Philadelphia Designated Market Area (DMA) beginning in January 2002. The increased sample size in the second phase of the trial will allow direct comparisons of audiences for individual radio stations and formats, TV stations and cable networks.

    Nielsen Media Research is providing financial support and 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 broadcasters 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 38 radio stations that were invited to participate in the encoding trail for the October comparisons are listed below.

    KYW-AM (1060) WBEB-FM (101.1) WDAS-AM (1480)
    WDAS-FM (105.3) WDEL-AM (1150) WDOV-AM (1410)
    WDSD-FM (92.9) WEJM-FM (95.7) WEMG-AM (1310)
    WEMG-FM (104.9) WHAT-AM (1340) WHYY-FM M (90.9)
    WILM-AM (1450) WIOQ-FM (102.1) WIP-AM (610)
    WJBR-AM (1290) WJBR-FM (99.5) WJJZ-FM (106.1)
    WJKS-FM (101.7) WLCE-FM (104.5) WMGK-FM (102.9)
    WMMR-FM (93.3) WOGL-FM (98.1) WPEN-AM (950)
    WPHI-FM (103.9) WPHT-AM (1210) WPLY-FM (100.3)
    WPTP-FM (96.5) WRDX-FM (94.7) WRTI-FM M (90.1)
    WSTW-FM (93.7) WURD-AM (900) WUSL-FM (98.9)
    WWJZ-AM (640) WXCY-FM (103.7) WXPN-FM M (88.5)
    WXTU-FM (92.5) WYSP-FM (94.1)
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    XM Closes New Financing
    Washington - Dec 10, 2001 - XM Satellite Radio announced the close of its public offering of 11.5 million common shares at a price of $11.25 per share, including the over-allotment option of 1.5 million shares, resulting in total gross proceeds of $129 million. The underwriter of the deal was Morgan Stanley.
    ESPN Radio Celebrates 10th Anniversary
    Bristol, CT - Dec 11, 2001 - ESPN Radio, which signed on with drivetime commentaries on January 1, 1992, and weekend night programming on January 4, will celebrate its 10th anniversary next month. At that time, only 104 stations grasped the concept of national sport-talk radio and agreed to carry ESPN Radio programming. Today, proving the concept was correct, nearly 700 stations nationwide carry some form of ESPN Radio programming, including 195 full-time affiliates.

    The success of ESPN Radio is evidenced by the network's recognition by the RTNDA through the prestigious 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award in the Best Use of Sound category for A Day in the Life of the Subway Series. Such awards were far from the minds of the small team who brought the network to life.

    As part of the network's celebration, ESPN Radio will present a special anniversay show. The three-hour special, called Ten Years of ESPN Radio, will air December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, January 3 at 8 p.m. ET and February 3 at 7 p.m. ET.
    Harris Europe Delivers Synchronous FM Decoders to French Network
    Rennes, France - Dec 11, 2001 - Harris Broadcast Europe (HBE) has delivered 150 additional decoders to TDF (Télédiffusion de France) for feeding synchronous FM transmitters via satellite. The transmitters enable motorists in France to receive a mix of entertainment and traffic information over a single VHF channel without the need to re-tune their receivers during long drives across geographical regions.

    Part of Harris Broadcast Europe, ITIS Products have been working with TDF to improve the synchronous FM systems along French motorways for two years. Harris initially provided two uplink chains and 237 synchronous FM decoder units and has now completed the delivery of an additional 150 decoders, which will be installed by the end of 2001 along the motorways managed by ASF (Autoroutes du Sud de la France) and SAPRR (Société des Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhone). This batch of decoders is the fifth order placed by TDF for this product, which was specifically developed by ITIS Products for this application.

    Digital synchronous linear FM broadcasting for motorway radio was developed by TDF. It is based on precise timing between contiguous transmitters, so that interference is minimized when the receiver in the car is midway between two transmitters. With the TDF system, the zone of interference will be no more than a few meters, which drivers will not notice because the car is moving, and any problems disappear before the listener detects them. Achieving precise synchronization between transmitters in this application is similar to the demands of single-frequency networks in DAB and DVB-T. The process involves adding synchronization codes to the digital distribution stream, and equipping the transmitter decoders with GPS receivers.

    Further deliveries of decoders are expected as the use of the digital synchronous FM system along motorways in France is developing.

    People


    Murphy Joins Harris as Broadcast Center Manager
    Cincinnati - Dec 18, 2001 - Harris Corporation announces that Randall Murphy has joined the company’s Broadcast Communications Division (BCD) as Harris Broadcast Center manager. In his new position, Murphy will handle the day-to-day operations of Harris’ ordering center for more than 360 broadcast equipment manufacturers and 30,000 products at the BCD headquarters in Cincinnati.

    Murphy joins Harris from Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY, where he was sales manager for the company’s call/sales center and customer service departments that were responsible for handling 25,000 calls per week. Most recently, Murphy also was a director of sales for The Sutherland Group, a national computer reseller based in Rochester, general manager for Broadcast New Files, Rochester, and owner/operator of a home-based video production center.
    Kneller Selected for IAAIS Board
    Roanoake, VA - Dec 14, 2001 - Ben Martin, president of the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS), announced the appointment of Harold (Hal) M. Kneller Jr. to its board of directors.

    Kneller is the director of radio engineering for WGCU-FM/WMKO at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL, where he is responsible for engineering matters for the NPR/classical music FM station, the radio reading service, two transmitter sites and a Windows 2000 network. He was responsible for the final build-out of the WGCU/WMKO studio facility and upgrade of the transmitter, which were funded in part through a grant.

    Kneller is also president and principle owner of Heartland Broadcasting Corp., licensee of WZZS, WZSP and WZTK, based in Zolfo Springs, FL. Previously, he was an engineer and technical consultant for nearly a dozen broadcast entities focused on facilities planning, upgrades, audio processing, computerization and FCC license applications. From 1986-1996, through Kneller Broadcasting of Charlotte County, he constructed, owned and operated WKII. Kneller has more than 35 years experience in the broadcast industry. In addition, Kneller is also a regular contributor to BE Radio magazine.

    A key interest for Kneller in serving on the IAAIS board and its Technology Committee will be to help ensure that radio reading and audio information services are well represented and included in the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

    Kneller earned his B.S. in Speech from Emerson College, Boston, with a major in Mass Communications and minors in Sociology and Business. He held an FCC First Class License, has a lifetime General Class License, holds Society of Broadcast Engineers certification as a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and a Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist, and serves as a member of the iBiquity Digital Advisory Board. He has served on numerous boards and task forces, belongs to several professional associations and is quite active in civic affairs in his community. Currently, he holds the office of Republican Committeeman, Precinct 60, Charlotte County, FL and serves on the county’s Republican Executive Committee. He is also an instrument rated pilot.

    Founded in 1977, the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) is a non-profit association of independently operated broadcast entities that provide reading services and specialized programming for people who cannot see, hold or comprehend standard printed matter in more than 100 radio markets throughout the US, Canada and abroad. IAAIS encourages and facilitates the establishment and maintenance of such programs. For more about IAAIS, visit the web site: www.iaais.org or call 1(800) 280-5325.
    Klotz America Adds Crump
    Atlanta - Dec 6, 2001 - Chris Crump has been named director of sales and marketing for Klotz Digital America. The announcement was made by John Carey, president of Klotz Digital America. As director of sales and marketing for Klotz, Crump will oversee all sales and marketing efforts for broadcast products, including research and development of new strategies and products for the American market.

    Crump is an industry professional with more than ten years experience in broadcast, sales and marketing. He most recently held the position of director of sales and marketing for Symetrix, where he was responsible for the U.S. broadcast market. Prior to his work with Symetrix, Crump served as recorder sales manager for Euphonix, national sales manager for Spectral, creative services director for Paxson Communications in Orlando, and as features editor at Mediabase Research's Monday Morning Replay in Farmington Hills, MI. Crump also amassed a strong knowledge of the broadcast industry through his experiences as producer for WHYT-FM, Detroit, on-air and production talent for WSTF-FM, WVRI-FM and WJRR-FM, Orlando, and creative director for the Ron and Ron Radio Network.
    Ego Sys Appoints Technology Director
    Santa Clara, CA - Dec 12, 2001 - Ego Sys has appointed Wendy Wild to the position of technology director. Wild will head the product testing and product support divisions. She will also act as senior technical consultant and advisor for the entire Ego Sys and Audiotrak line of music and recording products.

    Founded in 1996, Ego Sys offers high-quality, low-cost digital audio products to meet the needs of musicians, audio producers and multimedia professionals. The company's US operations are based in California's Silicon Valley.

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