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Special Events Planned for 125th AES Convention
San Francisco - Aug 19, 2008 - AES Special Event Committee Chairman Chandra Lynn, and Vice Chairman Larry The O have arranged a series of special events for the upcoming AES convention.

Oct. 2, 1 p.m.
Opening Ceremony Keynote: The Artist Owns The Industry
Record Plant co-founder Stone will explore music industry trends and opportunities, and what it takes to succeed in today's environment. Speaking from his strengths as a business/marketing entrepreneur, Stone will focus on the artist's need to develop a sophisticated approach to operating their own business, and, how traditional engineers can play a meaningful role in the ongoing evolution of the recording industry.

Oct. 3, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Lunchtime Keynote: The World's First Audio Recordings; Their Recovery and Restoration
An informal collaborative of audio engineers and historians, First Sounds recently made international headlines by playing back a phonautogram made in Paris in April 1860. The discovery established a forgotten French typesetter as the first person to record reproducible airborne sound 17 years before Edison invented the phonograph. Primitive and nearly accidental, these early recordings posed unique technical challenges David Giovannoni will discuss their recovery and restoration.

Oct. 4, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Lunchtime Keynote: The Music Business Is Dead - Long Live The New Music Business!
This will be a high-level view of the changing business models in today's music industry. Peter Gotcher of Topspin Media will explain why artists can no longer derive their income from record labels providing tiny shares of high-volume sales. He will explore multiple revenue streams for artists; the importance of getting rid of unproductive middlemen; and generating more revenue from fewer fans.

Oct. 4, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Organ Recital: Graham Blyth
A highlight of every AES convention at which he performs, this year's recital will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral, a modern structure with a panoramic view of San Francisco. The cathedral's Ruffatti organ was designed for the Baroque repertoire that Blyth will use to great advantage. St. Mary's Cathedral is located at 1111 Gough Street in San Francisco.

Oct. 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunchtime Panel: The Evolution Of Electronic Instrument Interfaces; Past Present, Future
Moderator: Gino Robair, editor of Electronic Musician magazine
Panelists: Don Buchla, Roger Linn, Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith
Developing musical instruments based on new technologies and making them intuitive, musically useful and appealing to musicians requires more than just a feature-rich box with a sexy industrial design. This panel will discuss issues ranging from interface design to avoiding the mistakes of the past when designing products for the future.

The 125th AES Convention will be held in San Francisco's Moscone Center October 2-5, 2008.


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NAB Radio Show Session Addresses Copper Theft
Austin, TX - Aug 18, 2008 - The recent rise of copper theft at radio stations and its effect on the broadcasting industry will be addressed during a panel discussion at The NAB Radio Show. The session, titled Copper Theft at Broadcast Sites, will be held Sept. 19 during the NAB Radio Show.

The escalating cost of metals has led to an increase in metals theft that has become a major issue for broadcasters. During the session, a panel of experts in security and engineering will discuss ways broadcasters can work with law enforcement officials and local communities to protect their facilities. Participants include moderator Sterling Davis, vice president of engineering for Cox Communications; Bob Brand, vice president of corporate security for Cox Enterprises; Chuck Carr, vice president of member services at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries; and Steve Davis, senior vice president of engineering at Clear Channel Radio.


Business

Clear Channel Radio Total Traffic Network Up to 95 Markets
San Antonio - Aug 18, 2008 - Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network (CCTTN) has expanded its delivery of real-time traffic data over the RDS-TMC (Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel) for navigation-equipped vehicles and devices that bring the total number of North American markets served to 95. The 15 additional markets increase the total population coverage of CCTTN to more than 200 million people in the country. This expanded coverage is available to existing subscribers without additional charge.

The additional markets include Binghamton, NY; Charleston, SC; El Paso, TX; Grand Rapids, MI; Honolulu, HI; Melbourne, FL; Mobile, AL; Modesto, CA; Oklahoma City, OK; Panama City, FL; Pensacola, FL; Spokane, WA; Stockton, CA; Tallahassee, FL; and Tuscaloosa, AL.


Univision Partners with Hip Cricket for Mobile Offerings
New York, NY - Aug 18, 2008 - As part of its digital strategy, Univision Communications plans to expand the delivery of mobile offerings to the local marketplace through Univision Radio. Univision has partnered with Hip Cricket for this local initiative.

Univision Móvil, a Spanish-language wireless space that delivers national mobile services, will oversee the programs created through this partnership.


Dielectric Hosts Third Annual FM Engineering Conference
Raymond, ME - Aug 19, 2008 - Dielectric Communications hosted its third annual FM Engineering Executive Conference. The event, held Aug. 13-15 at the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Maine, provided an opportunity for radio executives from around the nation to gather together and study new technologies and concepts in radio broadcasting.

Dielectric's top engineers presented a wealth of information to attendees, including presentations on digital broadcast radio antenna design, digital radio integration and monitoring and controllers. The event also included several guest speakers, including Tim Bealor of Broadcast Electronics with a presentation on FM boosters and single-frequency networks, Ben Brinitzer of Clear Channel discussing the effects of -10dB IBOC sidebands, Steve Fluker of Cox Radio speaking on disaster preparation and recovery, Terry Cockerill of Harris presenting a discussion of transmission system requirements of elevated HD Radio sidebands, and Gary Liebisch of Nautel on the topic of amplifier headroom considerations for -10dB digital carriers.

To attend the 2009 event, contact Dielectric at 561-735-0835 or via e-mail.


Riedel Opens New US Office
Glendale, CA - Aug 18, 2008 - Riedel Communications relocated its US headquarters to a new facility in Glendale, CA. After sharing on the East and on the West Coasts with other companies, the company moved to its new 3,200 square foot building, close to its former Burbank address.

The new headquarters consolidates all central services such as the warehouse, administration, commissioning, logistics and repairs. In addition, Riedel established East and West Coast service hotlines and a network of Riedel service personnel in key locations including New York, Dallas, Montreal and Los Angeles. The company has plans to add more people to its US team as well.

To inaugurate the new facility, Riedel will hold its Riedel Tuesday session on Sept. 9 in the new office. The company holds free training seminars on the second Tuesday of each month. More info on Riedel Tuesday locations and topics is listed on the Riedel website.


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Telos has delivered Zephyr/IP IP codecs for Internet remotes at the BBC Television Centre, London; Power 92 WPWX-FM, Chicago; and Entertainment Digital Network (ED Net), San Francisco.
Omnia audio processors have been installed at three stations: KONI-FM, Lanai City, HI; WNTI-FM, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ; and KDIX-AM, Dickinson, ND.
Axia has taken orders for systems to be installed at KTSA-AM, San Antonio, TX; WAYM-FM, Spring Hill, TN; and Radio Free Asia, Washington, DC.
Next Media Radio Group has selected the Abacast Hybrid CDN Service for it its 27 stations. The Abacast services will be used for hosting, unicast and peer-assisted streaming, ad management and insertion, audience analytics and user experience presentation.
Univision Radio has partnered with Hip Cricket to provide a mobile marketing platform for text messages, alerts and other mobile requested interactions. Univision Movil will oversee the programs created through this partnership.
Salem Communications has signed an agreement to stream its music and talk radio stations on the Internet with Stream Audio.

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Goodman Appointed NSM of Fairlight US
Pasadena, CA - Jul 27, 2008 - Fairlight US has appointed Jeff Goodman as national sales manager. Goodman will manage Fairlight's existing U.S. sales force, and spearhead the continuing expansion of the brand domestically, working closely with President Steve Rance from the company's Southern California headquarters.

Prior to joining Fairlight US, Goodman held appointments with several audio manufacturers including, most recently, West Coast sales manager/product specialist for Tonelux. As an independent consultant with Loud Technologies, Goodman worked specifically with the Mackie Digital X Bus mixing console, and additionally, served as a product consultant for AMS Neve and Otari.

Goodman got his start as an independent recording engineer and consultant on projects with artists including Sting, Janet Jackson, Mel Torme and Sly Stone. As the founder and chief engineer at Firestation Recorders, a 24-track music and audio-for-video facility, he recorded and mixed numerous albums, working with Lenny Kravitz and Dr. Dre. He was awarded a gold record for his work with Kravitz on the album, Let Love Rule. Goodman is also the recipient of a 1999 Emmy Honor Award for Contributions to the Emmy Award Winning Achievement for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or A Special at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards.


Symetrix Promotes and Hires Two Managers
Mountlake Terrace, WA - Aug 20, 2008 - Symetrix has promoted Trent Wagner to senior product manager and hired Derrick Davis to fill Wagner's former role as marketing communications manager.

Wagner joined Symetrix late in 2001 and has been working with product development in some capacity ever since. He formerly spent time in development with Euphonix on its R-1 digital recorder, as well as with Mackie Designs working on the D8B, HDR, SDR and various digital processing software plug-ins.

Initially brought on board for the launch of Symetrix's DSP platform called Symnet, Wagner initially handled support, testing and technical documentation for the company. He was soon charged with a complete redesign of the websites for Symetrix's four brands. In 2006, Wagner was officially titled marketing communications manager.

Derrick Davis has joined Symetrix to fill Wagner's former role. Davis joins following 20 years in the music industry in marketing, product development and business management for such companies as Euphonix, Billboard and Behringer.


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HD Radio Gets Automotive Push
Columbia, MD - Aug 20, 2008 - Ibiquity Digital notes that automakers, auto dealers and aftermarket retailers are all taking steps to promote HD Radio. Robert Struble, president and CEO of Ibiquity Digital says, "We're at an inflection point. HD Radio automotive offerings abound and are widely available for vehicles at all levels."

The list of automakers offering factory-install radios has grown. Those offering HD Radio receivers as factory-installed equipment are BMW (entire product line, including 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series models, as well as X3, X5, and Z4), Ford (all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles), Hyundai (Genesis rear-wheel drive premium sports sedans), Mini USA (Mini Cooper and Cooper S hardtops), Toyota (Scion), Volvo (C30, C70, S40 T5, S80, V50 T5, V70, XC70 and XC90 models) and Jaguar (luxury XJ sedan).

Hyundai Motor America is offering HD Radio equipment standard with its navigation-equipped 2009 Genesis models.

Ford Motor Company's Accessory Group has an upgrade program for most models using products from AAMP of America's Peripheral brand. The Peripheral products allow for control of the HD Radio tuner and an Ipod directly from the factory radio. The Peripheral product consists of the PXAMG Gateway, HDRT HD Radio Tuner, Ipod cable and vehicle harness. Additionally, Peripheral announced that its Gateway and HD Radio tuners are available for installation on various models of Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Isuzu, Lexus, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, Scion, Toyota and VW.

Alpine, Boss, Dice, Dual, Insignia, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony and Visteon all offer mobile HD Radio products. Alpine (TUA-T550HD), JVC (KT-HD300), Kenwood (KTC-HR200) and Pioneer (GEX-P10HD) offer HD Radio tuners that are compatible with many of their aftermarket radios.

Among those with multiple aftermarket receivers, already integrated with HD Radio technology are Dual (XHD6420 and XHD6425) and Jensen (HD5112, HD5212, VM9312-HD (both with others models coming to market soon), and JVC (KD-HDR30, KD-AHD39, KT-HDP1).

Alpine will soon ship its TUA-T550HD HD Radio tuner. The HD Radio tuner connects to the Alpine IDA-X100, IDA-X100M and the IVA-W505 head units to introduce Itunes tagging into the mobile environment.


NXP Develops Multistandard Digital Radio Chip
Eindhoven, The Netherlands - Aug 13, 2008 - NXP Semiconductors has developed the first multi-standard radio integrated circuit dedicated to digital in car-reception together with Ibiquity Digital. Called the SAF3560, the chip supports HD Radio, DAB, DAB+, DRM and T-DMB Radio reception standards, reducing development costs and logistics complexity for car manufacturers.

As multiple digital radio formats continue to emerge, auto makers are challenged with examining all the major digital radio protocols and determining which ones to support. The SAF3560 also supports the latest HD Radio features, including Itunes tagging, conditional access and software upgradeability.


Siport Radio Receiver Chip Gains HD-Radio Certification
Santa Clara, CA - Aug 18, 2008 - The Siport SP1010 single-chip HD Radio receiver has received certification from Ibiquity Digital. The chip has been released into full production and will begin shipping in volume in September 2008.

The Siport chip provides OEMs and ODMs a single-chip approach for HD Radio products. LG-Innotek is currently sampling its HD Radio module based on the Siport SP1010 single-chip HD Radio receiver for automotive, tabletop, home theatre and mobile HD Radio products.


Products

BW Broadcast Updates Audio Processors
Coomber Way, UK - Aug 22, 2008 - The flagship of the BW Broadcast audio processor range, the DSP Xtreme, has received a new software version 1.10. The most noticeable features are the improvements in the multiband and main clippers, further increasing its loudness and lowering distortion.

The DSP Xtreme will be available in two versions: the DSP Xtreme FM+HD and the DSP Xtreme FM. The FM offers a lower cost alternative to broadcasters who will not make use of the HD and diversity delay features of the FM+HD version.

The new version 2.00 for the DSP MPX will also be available with updated features. This high-specification FM stereo generator now incorporates upgraded final clippers taken from the DSP Xtreme. The new version also adds input fallback, where in cases of main program failure, the DSP MPX can switch to an alternative audio source.




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