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Continental Electronics Acquired By Lone Star CRA
Dallas - Oct 16, 2008 - Continental Electronics has been acquired by Lone Star CRA Fund, a Dallas-based private equity firm. The stock acquisition includes all of Continental's product lines. Lone Star purchased the 62-year-old company from New York-based Veritas Capital.

Lone Star's Founder and Managing Partner Arthur Hollingsworth said, "We plan to continue to support Continental in its efforts to be the industry leader in radio frequency (RF) transmission equipment."

The transition will be transparent to Continental Electronics' customer base. Continental Electronics will continue to offer to its worldwide customers full support for all of its product lines, including spare parts and sales for various transmitter products.

The Dallas-based company was founded in 1946.


Targetspot Acquires Ronning Lipset Radio
New York - Oct 15, 2008 - Targetspot has acquired Ronning Lipset Radio. Targetspot claims that the the new combined company will have the largest reach of any online audio advertising network, representing more than 1,000 stations on more than 50 radio groups and Web properties. The network partners include Internet radio and terrestrial broadcasters.

Ronning Lipset Radio's two cofounders and managing partners, Eric Ronning and Andy Lipset, will join Targetspot serving as co-presidents of sales along with the entire Ronning Lipset team.

Ronning served for four years as an executive director at Yahoo where he led a team responsible for building Yahoo's market share with advertising agencies and Fortune 500 company clients. Prior to that, he served as regional vice president for Clear Channel National Radio Sales/Interep Radio in the southeast region, as well as working as VP/director of sales for D&R Radio/Interep and sales manager for Blair Radio/Katz Media in Los Angeles.

Lipset, an 18 year media sales and management veteran, served as director of sales for AOL Music, where he worked with marketers to create programs centered on the company's Music and Radio properties. He also worked as vice president/ director of sales for the New York office of D&R Radio, an Interep company. Lipset has also worked as an account executive at several radio advertising firms such as Hillier, Newmark, Wechsler and Howard Radio Sales/Interep.


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Broadcast Electronics will supply the U.S Military with eight more solid-state FM transmitters for established bases in Europe and Korea. This latest order for two BE FXI 250W exciters/transmitters, four BE FM 5C and two BE FM 100C solid-state transmitters adds to the 16 BE transmitters acquired by the U.S. Military in as many months. All total, more than 50 BE transmitters are in service in Europe, Korea and the Americas as part of the U.S. Army organization that manages the American Forces Network (AFN) Europe, AFN Korea, AFN Honduras and AFN Kwajalein. AFN broadcasts American radio and television to military personnel, Department of Defense civilians and their families serving across the globe.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group has signed an exclusive agreement with Firstcom Music to be the sole production and music provider for the groups commercial and promo production.

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TC US Adds Hadelich to Live and Install Division
Westlake Village, CA - Oct 10, 2008 - TC US has appointed Miguel Hadelich to the position of technical sales manager for the live and install division. Hadelich will have a technical sales focus within the live and install division of TC US, particularly with the Lab.gruppen brand.

Hadelich previously held the position of applications engineer at Dolby Lake where he was responsible for training on Dolby Lake processors as well as technical advice and support. His new role within TC |US will encompass many of the same responsibilities including sales for the Lab.gruppen brand.


Nautel Opens Office in Quincy, IL
Hackett's Cove, NS, Bangor, ME, and Quincy, IL - Oct 16, 2008 - Nautel has opened a customer support center based in Quincy, IL. The office will expand Nautel's customer service team with the addition of several recognized industry professionals.

"Long known for its abundance of skilled broadcast technical personnel, Quincy is an ideal location for an additional Nautel office," said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel's Manager of Customer Service. "With this new office in the central USA, we can increase our customer support coverage while leveraging the expertise of some very talented people in the area."

Initial hires for the Quincy Customer Support team include Nelson Bohorquez and Jim Krueger. Krueger joins Nautel from Harris, where he worked on high-power systems in the 200kW to 2MW range. Prior to joining Harris, Krueger worked for the United States Coast Guard, where he was involved with the installation of many Loran-C high power transmitters.

Nelson Bohorquez, a broadcast engineer, was employed at Broadcast Electronics for the past seven years in its customer service department. Nelson's first language is Spanish.


NAB Names New Chief Operating and Financial Officer
Washington, DC - Oct 13, 2008 - Janet McGregor will join the National Association of Broadcasters on Nov. 3 as chief operating and financial officer. McGregor will oversee the financial operations and investments for the advocacy group, and will also be responsible for several NAB departments: Conventions and Business Operations, Science and Technology, Information Technology and Administration. She will also assist in helping the Television and Radio departments grow membership.

Prior to joining the NAB, McGregor worked for 26 years at Lockheed Martin, most recently as president and chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company. In that role, she oversaw the investment of Lockheed's pension assets. Prior to that, she served as vice president and treasurer for the aerospace and defense corporation.

The expansion of the position to include overseeing operations is part of a strategic restructuring Rehr and the NAB Executive Committee have initiated. In 1979, McGregor started her career in the treasurers' organization of the Martin Marietta Corporation, which later merged with Lockheed Martin. In 1992 she was named treasurer of Martin Marietta and in 1996 McGregor was named to an operating position as vice president of finance (CFO) for Lockheed Martin's Electronics Sector. In 1999 she returned to the corporate staff as vice president and treasurer for the company.


Broadcast Electronics Names Power as Manager, Mechanical and PCB Design
Quincy, IL - Oct 13, 2008 - Joseph W. Roark, chief executive officer of Broadcast Electronics (BE), appointed Eric Power to the new position of manager, mechanical and PCB design. He will be responsible for BE's radio broadcast transmitter mechanical and printed circuit board design activities. He is a six-year employee of BE.

Previously, he worked for Dielectric as a product designer for four years and at Glenayre as the manager of physical design for nine years.


Dielectric Adds New Engineering Team, Expands Support
Raymond, ME - Oct 14, 2008 - Dielectric Communications has created its Engineering Development Program (EDP) and added three new engineers dedicated to the development and refinement of Dielectric's range of transmission systems. The company additionally boosted its customer service center with new staff members that support the invaluable conduit between Dielectric's radio, television and mobile media customers and its internal production staff. The expanded customer service center will focus on supplying ongoing custom order and technical support.

Dielectric's engineering team now includes Jim Chadwick and Gary Hazard, who will contribute to the design, development and testing of the company's antennas, transmission line, and RF combiner systems. Chadwick additionally will work closely with the sales team on the development of pattern analysis and other technical data for customer applications.

Mohammad Adeel also has joined the company in the role of EDP engineer, the first addition to Dielectric's newly formed Engineering Development Program. The EDP offers a 24-month rotational position through which new engineering graduates enrich their skills in the four key engineering cornerstones of lean manufacturing, product design, application engineering, and product development. Alternatively the EDP engineer can enter the 24-month manufacturing program with an emphasis on manufacturing engineering, materials acquisition and scheduling, quality control and customer service, and design engineering.

New to the company's customer service team are Robert Lothrop Jr. and Ruby Phillips. Their new roles within Dielectric include the responsibilities of communicating with customers on order status, logistics, and delivery; coordinating with internal staff to ensure accurate and timely production; and providing customers with ongoing technical support once installation has been completed.


Broadcast Electronics Adds to Technical Services Team
Quincy, IL - Broadcast Electronics announced today two new additions to the BE technical services team. The announcement was made by Brent Whelan, director technical services.

Rick Voepel joins BE as repair supervisor and Doug Koehn joins BE as RF training manager, each with separate responsibilities for expanding BE's technical support services.

Voepel is responsible for expanding and implementing best practices to enhance the company's product repair and maintenance program. Koehn is responsible for developing BE's RF academy training program for the company's installed base of RF customers and contractors.

Voepel joins BE from Movius, formerly known as Glenayre. He has 23 years of high-tech experience in a variety of roles involving customer service management, field service and manufacturing.

Koehn has more than 10 years of experience in radio operations, and an additional 11 years' experience as a technical writer and lecturer with Harris. He is tasked with establishing a new BE RF training program similar to the company's successful training program for its studio line, the Audio Vault University.


Eye on IBOC

Ibiquity Holds Bi-annual HD Radio Development Forum in China
Hong Kong Electronics Fair, China - Oct. 14, 2008 - More than 250 consumer electronics industry executives attended Ibiquity Digital's HD Radio Development Forum in Shenzhen, China, on Oct. 10, 2008, two days prior to the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. The goal of the event was to bring together the range of companies that build HD Radio products, from design through receiver manufacturing, to discuss the state of the industry and share the latest developments as the market grows.

According to Jeff Jury, COO of Ibiquity Digital, the overall purpose is make the end-to-end product rollout process as smooth as possible. This was the sixth training seminar and expo in Shenzhen.

The meeting included three concurrent training sessions and a 25-vendor HD Radio Exhibition. IC suppliers, module suppliers, test unit manufacturers, reference platform designers and software design houses were among the companies demonstrating their HD Radio solutions and services.

  • The Business Conference provided an in-depth overview of the state of HD Radio technology today, as well as looking to future features and products, including an update on the domestic and international rollout, products in the market, retail status, OEM automotive update, advanced features and services under development, and presentations from vendors who are working on next-generation HD Radio chips. The Conference also included presentations from Ibiquity's leading module suppliers and HD Radio Design Houses.
  • An HD Radio Design Session included an overview of HD Radio architectures for the new Samsung SHDR200A Cayman-based chipset and Siport SP1010, SDK 3.1; certification process updates; manufacturing testing; and hardware design considerations. The hardware design considerations section provided an in depth overview of features, power supply, EMC/EMI, and design for improved sensitivity.
  • An HD Radio features/applications session provided an overview from a technical perspective of SDK software tools, design and development of traffic-based services for PND devices and head units, development of a conditional access-based radio, and Itunes tagging for Ipod and Iphone docks.

    IC and advanced services were featured, including updates from Clear Channel Communications, which gave an update on HD-TMC/MSN Direct HD traffic services, and Elektrobit, a navigation applications provider, which presented an overview of the MSN Direct HD implementation. Conditional access, Itunes tagging, store and replay, and display standards were also discussed. Samsung EM, Siport, Texas Instruments, NXP and ST Microelectronics gave IC presentations. HD Radio design houses Kensen Technologies and Samboo Infotech also presented.

    Ibiquity will be organizing another HD Radio Business Conference and Technology Update on April 10, 2009, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Shenzhen, China.


    Products

    RCS Updates G Selector
    White Plains, NY - Oct 14, 2008 - RCS has updated G Selector; the goal scheduler, with several features including the ability to update it at multiple sites with the new G Selector to G Selector interface. The feature allows a G Selector workstation at a central site to update a companion G Selector database at a remote site. This feature is primarily intended for operations utilizing one central site to program multiple edge sites.

    Also new to G Selector 3.9:

  • Film Name Attribute - music from motion pictures is an International broadcast normality. The company has added a film name attribute to meet these expectations.
  • Automated Installation Option -- Record a G Selector installation on one machine by creating a file containing the installation options, and then automatically replicate the installation on another machine.
  • Support for 64-Bit SQL Server -- fully compatible with the 64-bit edition of SQL Server 2005.



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