The Rebuilding Spirit 

With the current economic climate and rapid changes in the way we communicate, there are many uncertainties for radio and broadcasting in general. However, Spirit FM is prepared for the future of HD Radio, networking and any other new technology that tops the horizon.

Arbitron, PPM Coalition Settle Dispute to Move Forward  

Arbitron hopes to obtain or retain (depending on the market) MRC accreditation by working with the PPMC.

Court Reverses Decision on SBS PPM Encoding  

After first ordering Spanish Broadcast System to encode its station with the Arbitron PPM, a court review allows SBS to cease encoding.

Arbitron PPM Sample Size Metrics Make High Mark in January 2010  

The 18-34 demos surpassed the company's sample size benchmarks.

Court Order: SBS Must Encode Arbitron PPM 

The order requires SBS to encode nine stations with the PPM until Feb. 16, 2010.

Media Monitors Audience Reaction Adds Quicker PPM Updates  

The PPM data will now be updated within five days after the measured week for subscribers of the Audience Reaction service.

MRC Updates PPM Accreditation Status 

Minneapolis-St. Paul is approved, but 20 other markets are not.

Arbitron Creates Cross-Platform Media Measurement Group 

Pierre Bouvard will lead the cross-platform sales and product development, and Carol Hanley has been promoted to elevated to chief sales officer.

Field Report: Audemat Relio 

With IP, dial-up, multi-level multi-user, lots of channel capacity, graphic user interface and graphic programming, the Audemat Relio was just what KUT Radio was looking for in a remote control.

BBM Canada Launches Combined TV and Radio Media Measurement Panel Using PPM  

BBM Canada is a not-for-profit industry organization that supplies radio and television audience ratings services to Canadian advertisers.

RTW Updates Software for Surround Monitors and Controls  

The upgrade adds new functions such as channel identification in 5.1 surround signals, and implementation of current ITU loudness-measuring specifications for single and summed signals.

Technical Properties of the Arbitron PPM System 

There are a number of radio veterans questioning PPM's accuracy because listenership reports have frequently been quite different from those of the diary system. The technical design of the PPM system is explored to help explain the system.

Field Report: Microgen TS9080 

Tim Diehl gives the Microgen TS9080 100 percent thumbs up. It is an outstanding test tool and a must for serious engineers.

House Committee Requests GAO Study of the Arbitron PPM 

According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, "The advertising revenues and viability of minority-owned radio stations depends on an accurate measurement of their audience ratings."

Arbitron Commercializes PPM Ratings in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood 

In addition, the April and May PPM survey months, which Arbitron had previously released as pre-currency information, are now designated as currency data.

Arbitron Ready to Discuss PPM with Congress 

The ratings company is preparing for a possible inquiry from the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Arbitron Adds TV Measurement in PPM 

The service will use the PPM to measure away-from-home television audience viewing.

Wireworks celebrates 35 years 

Looking back at Wireworks 1970s beginnings.

FCC Seeks Comments on PPM 

The inquiry focuses on questions raised about the metering service's ability to accurately track minority radio listeners.

Arbitron Plans PPM Improvements 

While there is variation in metrics and milestones based on particulars of the local market environments, all of Arbitron PPM customers are in the process of receiving enhancements to the PPM methodology in four key areas: Cell-phone-only sampling, address-based sampling, in-tab compliance rates and response metrics (Sample Performance Indicator or SPI).

Field Report: ATI DM500 

In this review, Doug Irwin rates the DM500 as very useful around the radio station facility.

Arbitron, Maryland Attorney General Reach PPM Agreement 

Under the agreement, Arbitron will take several steps to more reliably represent all segments of radio listeners, particularly younger and minority listeners.

PPM Receives MRC Accreditation in Riverside-San Bernardino 

Accredited monthly PPM data in Riverside is based on landline and cell-phone-only households.

Arbitron Touts PPM Demographic Sample Quality 

The Dec. 2008 survey shows that Black, Hispanic and Spanish-Dominant samples exceed targets, which helps Arbitron in the argument about the PPM not accurately report minority groups.

Arbitron Commercializes PPM Ratings in Four New Markets 

Dallas-Ft. Worth; Atlanta; Washington, DC; and Detroit bring total of electronically measured radio markets to 14.

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