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Digital Radio Mondiale Unveiled atIFA 2001 in Berlin
Berlin - Sep 5, 2001 - The consortium Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)
gave radio listeners the chance to hear its digital AM system live via
mobile reception. More than 100 people sampled DRM's newly developed,
near FM-like sound during listening tours in a presentation car at IFA
2001, Germany's largest consumer electronics show, from August 27 to
September 2. Tour participants heard six radio stations broadcasting
live via DRM, five of them on medium-wave/AM (including
single-frequency network) and one of them on short-wave. Tour equipment
came from DRM members and supporters. Deutsche Telekom AG provided the
network and vehicle, and coordinated transmissions, Telefunken
SenderSysteme Berlin provided transmitters, Fraunhofer IIS-A provided
receivers, and Radiostroy RTV provided antennas.
IFA 2001 was the site for another DRM premiere: Fraunhofer's
DRM-prototype kitchen radio receiver with multimedia capabilities. It
offered medium-wave/AM programming plus pictures, text and airline
More than 700 conference attendees visited the DRM booth, which
featured live transmissions on short-wave (from Deutsche Telekom AG,
Juelich, Germany and Deutsche Welle, Sines, Portugal) and
medium-wave/AM throughout IFA.
Broadcasters ExperienceIBOC Listening Tests
By Chriss Scherer, editor
New Orleans – Sep 4, 2001 – Attendees at the NAB Radio
Show this week have the opportunity to experience the iBiquity IBOC DAB
listening tests that were conducted in evaluation of iBiquity’s
In two-hour sessions, up to six attendees were given the chance to hear
audio samples of various types of music and speech that represent
varying levels of audio quality. Some samples were created in an audio
lab while others were recorded from actual iBiquity field tests at
The test session has three parts. The first part is an introduction and
training, where the group is introduced to the PC test interface and
given examples of some of the various types of aural effects that will
be experienced. The test subjects then go to individual listening rooms
for the second and third parts.
Part two is a screening test, which evaluates the test taker’s
listening ability. Subjects are presented with an original source audio
file, and then listen to two samples to determine which sounds most
like the original. One of the samples is the original source. The other
has an aural artifact in it, which could be multipath, adjacent-channel
interference, noise, or a variation in the stereo field.
While test takers of the original test given by Dyna-stat in Dallas
used the second part to eliminate unsuitable test takers, the NAB Radio
tests allow each subject to complete the entire process so as to better
illustrate the system.
The third part of the test is a mean option scoring (MOS) test.
Subjects listen to a single audio sample and rate it as
Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, or
Bad.. Subjects listen to a total of 178 samples. Subjects can
take a break during the process to avoid listening fatigue.
The test setup uses a PC with the stored sound files. Audio is played
over a Lynx One sound card and the AES-3 signal is converted to analog
with a Lucid Technologies DA9624. For the Individual listening portion,
subjects used a pair of Sennheiser HD 600 headphones. For the training
period, a single Lucid DA9624 fed a Rane HC 6 headphone amp and
listeners used Sony MDR 7509 headphones.
The official listening tests were completed with open speakers, but
because of the close confines of the listening room, headphones were
substituted for the demonstration.
Following the test period, subjects were able to view and hear a
demonstration of the iDAB system and compare analog and digital signals
in various field recordingse of the IBOC signal.
DAB Events at NAB Radio
Robert Struble, iBiquity Digital president and CEO, and Eddie
Fritts, NAB president and CEO, will speak at an NAB Radio Show Luncheon
on Friday, September 7, 2001 from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. Struble will speak
about radio’s digital future and the opportunities for
broadcasters as the industry begins its transition to digital.
IBiquity Digital will exhibit in booth 1646 in the Morial Convention
Center. Digital radio demonstrations will be available in Armstrong's
booth (2126), Broadcast Electronics' booth (1620) and Nautel's booth
Experience digital broadcasts from transmitters located in
Armstrong’s booth #2126 (FM), Broadcast Electronics’ booth
#1620 (AM) and Nautel’s booth #2040 (AM).
Hear FM IBOC DAB recordings submitted to the NRSC and view
associated coverage maps.
Compare the sound quality of iBiquity’s audio compression
technology with a CD in a variety of formats - country, rock,
classical, talk, etc.
View wireless data on a kiosk displaying a car radio of the
Thurs., Sept. 6, 10:30am to 5:30pm, Morial Convention Center 206,
Digital Radio Certification Workshop
This workshop will provide an overview of the business opportunities
and practical implementation information necessary for budgeting and
implementing an IBOC DAB transmission system. Presenters and panelists
are from iBiquity and transmission equipment manufacturers. The full
itinerary is available on the NAB
Robert Struble, President and CEO
Pat Walsh, VP, Wireless Data Business Dev.
Jeff Jury, Senior VP
Joe D’Angelo, Director, PAC Business Dev.
David Salemi, VP, Marketing
Scott Stull, Director Broadcast Business Dev.
Al Shuldiner, VP and General Counsel
Jeff Detweiler, Broadcast Technology Mgr
Glynn Walden, VP, Broadcast Eng
Tristani To Leave FCC
Washington, DC - Aug 27, 2001 - FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani
announced that she will leave the Federal Communications Commission on
September 7, 2001. She announced that it was, "time to move on."
Tristani, a Democrat, was appointed by President Clinton and took
office on November 3, 1997. Previously, she had been elected to the New
Mexico State Corporation Commission (SCC) in 1994 and served as SCC
Chairman in 1996.
IBOC Listening Tests at NABRadio
Washington, DC - Aug 16, 2001 - A battery of crucial subjective
listening tests scheduled to take place at the NAB Radio Show in New
Orleans will evaluate the next-generation of digital radio technology
for the United States.
Lucid DAs to power
Uniformity and unerring performance of ancillary equipment is essential
to the scientific validity of the subjective tests, and Lucid Audio's
DA 9624 (above) digital-to-analog converter was selected as the bridge
between the digital domain of radio transmission and the analog world
of human ears. The tests duplicate those performed by DynaStat.
IBOC employs data compression schemes to reduce bit depth, and the
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will conduct the tests to
help determine the appropriate balance between bit depth and
The Radio Show test is the second part of a two-tiered evaluation. The
first involved testing of iBiquity AM and FM IBOC systems on consumers.
DynaStat of Austin, TX, conducted the first tests. NAB will duplicate
the DynaStat setup for The Radio Show, focusing not on consumers, but
on radio professionals. Six computer stations will facilitate data
collection from more than 100 seasoned radio insiders. The test
involves listening to a series of sound samples taken from various lab
and field tests from analog and IBOC transmissions. Listeners will have
a quiet space to listen and a computer screen on which to register an
opinion on each sample.
NAB will hold the tests in room 227 in the New Orleans Convention
Center during the week of September 3rd. Participants must pre-register
by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. NAB
will submit their results to the National Radio Systems Committee
(NRSC) - an industry-sponsored, technical standards setting
organization - for use in their final report. NAB will also publish
their own report by the end of the year and will make the raw data
available to interested parties.
One main objective of the NRSC IBOC testing program is to determine if
IBOC offers significant improvements over analog service while
remaining compatible with analog. First- and second-adjacent and
co-channel interference are important parts of the suite of tests that
have been performed.
NOAA Gets New Voice
Washington, DC - Aug 9, 2001- NOAA Weather Radio, the nation's
automated radio weather warning system, will soon have a new voice. The
National Weather Service (NWS), an agency of the Commerce Department's
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), evaluated five
voices and reviewed 19,000 Internet survey comments from the public in
the effort to find the new voice.
NOAA has awarded Siemens Information and Communication Network of Boca
Raton, FL, a $633,615 contract for the voice improvement. The weather
service will begin implementation of the new voice's text-to-speech
software program early in 2002, following successful testing and
integration within the NOAA Weather Radio system. As part of the
contract, Siemens will team with SpeechWorks International of Boston to
provide software that combines phonetic sounds with natural language
The weather service first used a computer synthesized voice technology
as part of a console replacement system in 1997. Automating NOAA
Weather Radio enabled the weather service to send out multiple
independent warnings over multiple transmitters simultaneously,
allowing speedier delivery of severe weather warnings and more
lead-time for the public. The old voice, name Perfect Paul, was
state-of-the-art when first it was placed in service in 1997, but
advances in artificial speech technology now make it possible for NOAA
to provide a service that is more understandable to the public.
NOAA Weather Radio, sometimes referred to as the voice of the National
Weather Service, is a portable device that enables the public to
receive continuous weather broadcasts and hazard alerts directly from
local weather forecast offices. Transmitting from a network of 583
stations nationwide, the NOAA Weather Radio can be heard by more than
85 percent of the U.S. population.
NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is the primary source of weather
data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories.
NWS operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast
system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance
the national economy. The old and new voices can be heard on the NOAA
Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/newvoice.htm.
SBE National ElectionResults
Indianapolis - Aug 10, 2001 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers has
announced the results of the national election of officers and board
members of the Society.
President - Troy Pennington, CPBE
Vice President - Ray Benedict, CPBE
Secretary - Keith Kintner, CPBE
Treasurer - John Batson, CPBE
Elected to serve a two-year term on the Board are:
Ralph Beaver, CBT
William Denne, CPBE
Donald Driskell, CSTE, CBNT
Clay Freinwald, CPBE
Robert "R.J." Russell, CBTE
Conrad Trautmann, CSRE
They will be joined by the following members of the Board who will be
entering the second year of their two-year term:
Thomas Daniels, Jr., CPBE
Mark Humphrey, CPBE
Sam Garfield, CPBE
Al Grossniklaus, P.E., CBT
Vincent Lopez, CEV, CBNT
Jerry Whitaker, CPBE
Andy Butler, CPBE, will serve in the capacity of Immediate Past
President. The new Officers and Directors will be inducted into office
on September 13 during the Annual Membership Meeting in Verona,
SBE National Award WinnersAnnounced
Indianapolis - Aug 13, 2001 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers
recognizes the efforts of its members through its annual awards
program. The results for the 2000 National Awards were announced this
Nominations were accepted for achievements occurring from January 1,
2000 through December 31, 2000. Only active SBE Members are eligible
for awards. Some awards are divided into two classes, which reflect the
size of the chapter based on number of members. Classes are determined
using the median chapter size as of December 31, 2000. Class A chapters
have fewer membes than the median, and Class B chapters have more than
Best Regional Convention or Conference: - Chapter 16 -
Electronic Media Expo (Seattle)
Best Chapter Newsletter (Class B): - Chapter 24 - Madison,
Most Interactive Chapter: - Chapter 70 - Northeast
Best Chapter Frequency Coordination Effort (Class A): -
Chapter 112 - Western Wisconsin
Best Chapter Frequency Coordination Effort (Class B): -
Chapter 16 - Seattle
Best Chapter Website: - Chapter 53 - South Florida
Broadcast Engineer of the Year: - Kenneth J. Brown, White
Educator of the Year: - Michael P. Scott, Puyallup,
Technology Award: - Andrew Corporation - STACKER - Orland
Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member: -
Victoria Kipp - Resonance Research Corporation: High Voltage and
Bright Light, Madison, WI
Most Certified Chapter Class A: - Chapter 112 - Western
Most Certified Chapter Class B: - Chapter 131 - Inland
Highest Member Attendance Class A: - Chapter 135 - Middle
Highest Member Attendance Class B: - Chapter 58 - Northeast
Greatest Growth in New Members Class A: - Chapter 129 -
Greatest Growth in New Members Class B: - Chapter 131 -
Inland Empire, CA
The award winners will be recognized with the presentation of their
awards at the SBE National Meeting in Verona, New York on September
IBiquity Provides Test Datato NRSC
Columbia, MD – Aug 8, 2001 – IBiquity Digital announced
that it has supplied its final FM test data to the National Radio
Systems Committee (NRSC). The report is 600 pages long and covers the
data gathered by the Advanced Television Technology Center. This data
will be used by the NRSC to evaluate the in-band on-channel (IBOC)
system developed by iBiquity as a proposed transmission standard for
digital radio in the United States.
The NRSC is a standard-setting committee formed by the NAB and the
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
IBiquity held a press conference to announce that the test results
conclusively show that its implementation of FM IBOC, called iDAB,
shows a marked improvement in four distinct areas of radio
transmission. IBiquity also commented that it believes that these tests
are the most comprehensive of any tests of their kind.
The test program evaluated audio quality by using 600 separate sound
samples and 120 listeners. The IBOC signal was selected to have a
better overall sound in all musical genres. These tests included
transmission obstacles such as multipath and other adverse transmission
The coverage parameters were evaluated using eight stations that were
deemed to be representative of stations in the U.S. The stations were
WETA Washington, DC, WPOC Baltimore, WHFS Annapolis, WNEW New York,
WWIN Baltimore, KLLC San Francisco, KWNR Las Vegas and a low-power test
station at the iBiquity offices in Columbia, MD. The digital signals
were transmitted at a power level that was 1% of the analog power level
at each station. It was deemed that the IBOC coverage even at this
power level provided better audio performance. Each of these facilities
provides varying terrain and other transmission conditions.
Robustness is a subjective evaluation of analog and digital receivers.
The received signal strength is reduced and the resulting audio
performance is considered. IBiquity reports that the digital
performance remained strong while the analog signal failed.
The last evaluation determined compatibility between the analog and
digital signals. Interference between the two carriers to themselves
and between the test station and other stations on first and second
adjacent frequencies was evaluated. The test results showed that IBOC
will have no meaningful impact on analog operations.
All these tests used the AAC audio encoding algorithm, which was a part
of the USA Digital Radio system being developed before USADR and Lucent
Digital Radio merged to form iBiquity. The final test system will use
Lucent’s PAC algorithm. IBiquity was granted permission to make
these tests despite this obvious difference in the final system plan.
According to iBiquity, the encoding algorithm is a simple substitution.
Bob Struble, CEO and co-chairman of the board of iBiquity, referred to
the change in algorithms as “plug and play.” Additional
tests with PAC will be performed by iBiquity.
These tests only covered the FM system. AM tests are currently
underway. AM test results are due in October 2001.
IBiquity is hopeful that the NRSC will make its evaluation and
subsequent endorsement to the FCC by the end of this year so a ruling
can be made and broadcast equipment can be made available for display
at NAB2002. IBiquity would like to see a consumer equipment rollout
made for CES 2003.
Judge Affirms WebRoyalty Ruling
Aug 3, 2001 - Judge Berle Schiller, am Eastern Pennsyvania U.S.
District Court judge, ruled on August 1 that radio stations
simulcasting their signal online must pay royalties to musicians,
stressing the legal notion that copyright laws apply to
This court decision affirms the U.S. Copyright Office's December 11,
2000 rule that states provides that radio broadcasters are not exempt
from copyright royalties to recording artists and producers when they
stream their audio on the Internet. In March, seven national radio
station owners and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed
a lawsuit against the U.S. Copyright Office after the agency made its
ruling. The Copyright Office cites that the royalties are required to
comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
Broadcasters expect that this ruling will severly hinder the cost of
online operations. Many stations ceased online streaming when the
ruling was first made. Unfortuantely, the Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA), while pleased with the Court's ruling,
has still not disclsoed what the fees will be, only that the fees will
On a separate issue, the American Federation of Television and Radio
Announcers announced an agreement in October 2000 that requires any
AFTRA member to receive a compensation of 300% his session fee for any
production played online. This compensation covers a period of one
year. An additional 300% payment is due to the talent to renew the
usage period for an additional nine months.
Some radio stations have made arrangements with streaming providers to
circumvent these rulings. Some stations have also used ad insertion
system to cover the AFTRA-affected spots, but this does not address the
U.S. Copyright Office/RIAA issue.
Sunset on SEDAT
By Chriss Scherer, editor
NY City - Jul 31, 2001 - On July 31 ABC Radio Networks ended an era
when it shut down all DATS/SEDAT transmissions. The shutdown occurred
at 1:00 PM ET. ABC no longer distributes it programming on both
DATS/SEDAT and the Starguide system.
While all audio services had been removed from the satellite channels
several weeks ago, the final minutes were used to play an audio
production commemorating some of the historical events that were
carried over the system. With the DATS and SEDAT carriers shut down,
the Starguide carrier can be moved to occupy the spectrum on
transponder 23. The Starguide system was temporarily using part of
transponder 17. With the Starguide relocation to the former DATS/SEDAT
spectrum, the channels will be able to accomodate all ABC services. ABC
also operates some services on GE-3, which will in time be relocated to
In 1982 ABC Radio Networks began using the Digital Audio Transmission
System (DATS) as its audio transmission system for all programming; a
breakthrough in early use of digital audio. In 1991, a revised system,
the Spectrum Efficient Digital Audio Transmission (SEDAT), allowed for
more channels to be distributed in the same spectrum.
Engineers at ABC used the event to create a special program
commemorating the use of SEDAT with sound bytes from news reports and
tongue-in-cheek comments about the system and it contribution to radio
broadcast audio distribution.
The retrospective contained elements contributed by different
engineering departments at ABC Radio Networks. The four-part production
looked at the early history of ABC, the news events that spanned the
20-year life of DAT/SEDAT, a second new montage and finally a little
fun with goodbyes and man-on-the-street quick takes about SEDAT. The
last voice transmitted via SEDAT was that of Paul Harvey saying, "Paul
Harvey...good day." This was followed by the sound of a closing door
and then a tone.
The 16-minute production can be heard as an MP3 file at
There are some DATS channels on transponder 15 that will continue to
have a carrier until August 15. These channels are not operated by ABC
nor do they have any audio on them.
Collegiate BroadcastersAnnounces Convention
Memphis, TN - Aug 3, 2001 - The Collegiate Broadcasters announced
that the 2001 College Media Expo will held at the Hyatt Hotel in New
Orleans, October 25 to 28. This year's convention will feature 35
broadcast sessions and a keynote address by Kevin Klose, president and
CEO of National Public Radio.
Attending stations can apply to broadcast from the convention floor
through an arrangement with LPB and BBG. More information on this
opportunity is available on the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI)
website at www.collegebroadcasters.org.
Complete convention registration and session information is available
at the CBI website.
Western e-com Inc. ClosesTransaction with OMT
Winnipeg - Aug 16, 2001 - Western e-com Inc. (CDNX: WEC.K), a former
capital pool company, announced that the previously announced
acquisition of OMT Technologies Inc. closed on August 15, 2001. The
previously announced private placement of CN$2.0 million was closed
concurrently with the acquisition.
OMT is a developer of multi-media software for commercial and Internet
broadcasting applications, marketed under the Mediatouch name, and a
distributor of broadcast equipment. All of the issued and outstanding
securities of OMT were acquired by WEC for $2,832,700 which amount was
satisfied by way of the issuance of 7,019,250 Common Shares of the
Corporation at a deemed price of $.40 per share plus a deposit paid of
A private placement closed concurrently with the Acquisition comprised
of 5,000,000 units of the Corporation at a price of $.40 per Unit for
gross proceeds of $2,000,000. Each Unit consists of one senior
participating, convertible preferred share and one-half of one common
share purchase warrant.
The name of the corporation is in the process of being changed to OMT
Inc. Upon the completion of the new share certificates being printed
and the applicable regulatory approvals being in place the corporation
will commence trading under its new name with a new trading symbol
which is yet to be assigned. In conjunction with the acquisition, WEC
has agreed to issue 200,000 options pursuant to its stock option plan.
The name change and the issuance of options are subject to regulatory
Westwood One Signs Deal WithFastChannel Network
New Orleans - Sep 6, 2001 - FastChannel Network and Westwood One
Radio Networks announced the signing of a three-year contract that will
enable Westwood One to streamline its ad delivery process by
implementing FastChannel's SpotTaxi Internet-based media distribution
Westwood One is one of the largest producers and distributors of radio
programming in the US, and the nation's largest radio network. Westwood
One broadcasts entertainment, news, weather, sports, talk and traffic
programming to about 7,700 radio stations; its commentators include
Martha Stewart, Dan Rather and Don Imus. It also produces concerts and
events, and broadcasts college football and NHL hockey games. The
company is also the United States' top provider of local traffic
Westwood One's distribution of commercial content will be simplified by
taking advantage of FastChannel's online network, in which users can
manage the workflow of radio spots, listen to spots in the approval
process and traffic broadcast quality MP2 audio files to all stations
in the U.S. and Canada. The service also automatically provides station
recipients with email delivery notification, while providing senders
confirmation of receipt. In addition, SpotTaxi provides users with
fully searchable online archiving and media asset management tools,
ensuring fast, easy and reliable management of spot distribution.
GM To Offer XM Radios NextYear
Washington - Sep 4, 2001 - On the heels of XM Satellite Radio's
debut on Cadillac Sevilles and DeVilles this fall, General Motors will
offer XM in more than 20 '03 models, making it one of the fastest
technology roll-outs in GM history.
In November 2001, GM will become the first auto manufacturer in the
world to offer XM Satellite Radio as a factory-installed option on 2002
Cadillac DeVilles and Sevilles. Beginning next fall, the start of the
'03 model year, the XM option will expand to more than 20 models
throughout the GM lineup. Specific brands and models will be announced
closer to introduction.
Consumers will have the option to include their monthly XM subscription
fees into their GMAC vehicle lease or financing the lease or finance of
their vehicles when financing through dealers and GMAC. Customers with
GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car
payments rather than see a separate bill for XM's service.
International DatacastingAcquires BroadLogic Business
Ottawa - Sep 4, 2001 - International Datacasting and BroadLogic
Network Technologies announced that they have signed a letter of intent
for IDC to acquire the Satellite Express products business of
BroadLogic. Financial terms of the transaction, which is expected to be
concluded in approximately four weeks, were not disclosed.
BroadLogic, based in Milpitas, CA, with sales and service offices in
Paris and Singapore, offers a line of DVB-compliant satellite receivers
including the Satellite Express PCI+ satellite-to-PCI broadband
receiver and the Satellite Express USB satellite-to-USB broadband
The acquisition is subject to Board and regulatory approvals as well as
the finalizing of definitive agreements.
XM on Schedule for NationalRollout
Washington - Sep 5, 2001 - XM Satellite Radio announced that the
first-ever AM/FM/XM satellite radio shipments began arriving in the
United States in preparation for the company's September 12 launch of
its satellite radio service. The service features 100 digital-quality
channels including 71 music channels, of which more than 30 are 100%
commercial-free. In addition, XM will offer 29 news, talk, sports and
entertainment channels. The company expects that in December of this
year, there will be 100,000 XM radios available at more than 6,000
electronics retailers nationwide ready for the important holiday
season. The launch will be supported by a national multimedia
advertising campaign that has already begun.
XM Radio anticipates that a broad array of 24 different models of XM
radios will be available including models that can enable any existing
car stereo to receive the XM service. The radio lineup includes the
Pioneer Universal Receiver and the Sony Plug and Play radio that can be
used in the car and home, and 16 new Pioneer and six Alpine AM/FM/XM
car stereo systems. The devices are being distributed through major
electronics retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears,
participating RadioShack dealers and franchisees, Good Guys and
Crutchfield. Delphi Delco factory installed radio systems will roll out
initially in GM Cadillac DeVilles and Sevilles beginning in November,
expanding to more than 20 additional GM models next year.
The company will launch its service initially in Dallas/Fort Worth and
San Diego, representing 8 million people, on September 12, followed by
the Southwest United States, covering 55 million people, on October 18,
followed by the rest of the nation in November. XM's Technology Group
recently certified the lead markets for commercial readiness as well as
all 24 models of XM radios for retail sales.
In June, in preparation for commercial launch, the company initiated a
soft launch with 100 users including employees, friends and family and
strategic partners across 20 markets. Over the last three months, user
feedback was incorporated into the commercial launch planning effort in
the areas of radio development, technology and customer service.
Sonifex Wins BBCContract
Northants, England - Aug 29, 2001 - Sonifex has won a contract to
supply BBC local radio stations in England with its Courier portable
hard disk recorders. The order is the largest one-off order for
Couriers that Sonifex has received and is part of the BBC's program to
redevelop BBC regional broadcasting sites, including London, Kent and
Sheffield, project managed by BBC Consulting and Projects. The order
for more than 100 Couriers means that every BBC local radio station in
England will be issued with a number of units.
The new version of Courier has a USB B connector supporting USB 1.1 and
enables downloads to the PC of up to 40 times real-time speed. Supplied
with the new Courier is software to enable connection to Windows
Explorer in Win 98 and Windows 2000. Files can be quickly downloaded to
a PC by USB, the disk wiped and recording started again in a fraction
of the time normally needed. An additional benefit of the USB
connection is that the flashcard or harddisk used for recording can be
permanently stored in the Courier without the need for removal. This
lessens the risk of losing or damaging the disk, thus avoiding the need
for costly replacements. The USB port works in addition to the RS232
serial port and the optional ISDN connection.
Broadcast Electronics IncreasesIBOC Support
Quincy, IL - Sep 5, 2001 - Broadcast Electronics has taken the next
step in the advance of In Band On Channel Digital (IBOC) radio
broadcasting. Broadcast Electronics recently announced that it has
agreed to become a full partner in the development of the products
needed to make IBOC a reality. The company reached reached an agreement
with iBiquity Digital Corporation to jointly develop products that will
allow AM and FM stations to implement iBiquity’s in-band
on-channel digital broadcasting system. Over the next several months,
Broadcast Electronics announced that it will begin introducing new
products designed specifically to meet the needs of radio broadcasters
as they begin to implement this exciting new technology. This will
include upgrade kits to convert existing products to IBOC
AKG Opens New U.S.Headquarters
Nashville, TN - Aug 31, 2001 - In a physical move that will
provide it with a dedicated facility to house its U.S. operations, AKG
Acoustics announced the opening of a new headquarters building in
Nashville. The new facility virtually doubles the space formerly
occupied by this microphone manufacturer and creates more room for the
company to expand as necessary according to Doug MacCallum, vice
president and general manager, AKG Acoustics U.S.
The transfer to the new facility, which is a half-mile away from AKG's
former headquarters, is close to the Nashville International Airport.
The move should be completed by September 11th. The new address is 914
Airpark Center Drive, Nashville, TN, 37217. The new primary phone and
fax numbers are, respectively, (615) 620-3800 and (615) 620-3875.
AKG Acoustics microphones and headphones are manufactured in Vienna,
Austria. AKG Acoustics, U.S. markets the full line of AKG Acoustics
microphones, headphones and processing for recording, concert, fixed
installation sound reinforcement and broadcast applications. AKG
Acoustics, U.S. is part of the Harman International family of
Enco To Offer NewsBoss
Southfield, MI - Sep 1, 2001 - Enco Systems Inc., a worldwide
provider of digital audio delivery systems, announced an agreement with
Desktop Technologies, the publisher of NewsBoss, a newsroom management
system, making NewsBoss available through Enco Systems Inc. and Enco
The agreement is effective immediately and establishes Enco Systems as
a dealer and support facility for the NewsBoss product. Enco Systems
will provide worldwide support and sales for NewsBoss, which is
currently in use by over 250 facilities around the world, including 140
in the US.
Enco Systems to OfferSadie Workstations
Southfield, MI - Aug 30, 2001 - Enco Systems, a worldwide provider
of digital audio delivery systems, announced an agreement with Sadie,
manufacturer of Radia, a PC-based digital audio workstation, making
Radia available through Enco Systems.
The agreement is effective immediately and establishes Enco Systems as
a U.S. dealer for the Radia system. Enco will provide domestic sales
for Radia as well as other Sadie products, which are currently in use
by more than 4,000 facilities around the world, including 1,800 in the
WireReady Completes100th Clear Channel Facility
Northboro, MA - Aug 30, 2001 - Clear Channel recently completed the
100th WireReady installation. These stations are able to type stories
on screen, with recorded sound, and with a single click, send that text
and sound into every other radio station via Clear Channel's WAN where
it's ready for air. In some cases hundreds of stations get originally
sourced text and sound when it's sent within a minute or two. Hundreds
of stories a day are now being shared between cities across the
country. Clear Channel has added an automation system so that one
Internet editor for the entire group can shoot the same stories to
several hundred national website pages at a time, and now local
stations can have WireReady automatically shoot their text, audio, even
pictures and video to their sites, with no FTP or HTML know-how
KUPL Covers PGE Park Without Wires
Old Lyme, CT - Aug 28, 2001 - The sound of sports in Portland, OR,
recently got a shot in the arm with KUPL 970 AM's incorporation of
Sennheiser wired and wireless microphones into their radio coverage of
the Portland Beavers Baseball and Portland Timbers Soccer. Both teams
play in historic Civic Stadium, which was recently renovated and
renamed PGE Park to attract the AAA Beavers. KUPL's audio upgrade
coincides with the renovation's completion and is part of a
multilateral push to promote the park, the teams that play there, the
radio station, and a return to sports-as-entertainment.
The Beavers contracted area engineer Tim Denny to specify and install
an audio system that would capture the on-field excitement for radio
listeners. With his goals expressly stated, Tim McClelland, president
of Pro Sound and Lighting in Portland, directed Denny to the Sennheiser
For baseball games, Denny places one microphone near home plate to
capture the umpire, the smack of the ball in the catcher's mitt, and
the crack of the bat. He places a second close to first base for
similar effects. He uses all four microphones during soccer games,
strategically placing them around the field to capture play no matter
where it occurs. With transmissions of over 200 yards, Denny reports no
RF noise and no dropouts, just a clean, wired sound.
Sennheiser reigns in the announcer's booth as well. Portland color
announcer Bill Schonely does play-by-play for the Beavers on a
Sennheiser HMD 45 dynamic headset. The color commentary announcer
delivers his bouncy remarks through Sennheiser's legendary MD 421, a
microphone that delivers satisfying low-end and well rounded high-end.
Denny is even in the process of replacing the effects microphones with
Sennheiser's new MD 46, a dynamic microphone short on wind noise and
long on transparent fidelity. KUPL ties all the microphone inputs
together with a Mackie 1602 that sends directly into their Comrex
Digigram and Audio PrecisionAnnounce Alliance
Beaverton, OR, and Arlington, VA- Aug 27, 2001 - In a joint effort,
Digigram and Audio Precision will unveil at AES 2001 the latest in
testing capabilities for professional audio sound cards.
Audio Precision will release a special Digigram version of its
Application Note for PC Audio Device Performance Tests. The free CD-ROM
will be available at the Audio Precision booth (No. 400), or by request
from Audio Precision, and can be used with Audio Precision’s
System Two Cascade or System Two audio analyzers. Free seminars on the
new software will be conducted at AES 2001.Those requesting the CD-ROM
or attending the seminars will have the chance to win one of four
Digigram VXpocket v2 laptop soundcards to be given away at the
The Audio Precision venture comes on the heels of Digigram’s
alliance with Peak Audio that will result in new audio networking
solutions. Peak Audio’s CobraNet will be implemented into
Digigram-branded products and Digigram will offer CobraNet OEM
developer modules for integration into third-party products. Also under
the agreement Digigram has become the exclusive European agent for
In conjunction with the release of the Digigram version of its
Application Note, Audio Precision engineers will be conducting
Fri Sept 21: 5:00-6:00 pm
Sat Sept 22: 5:00-6:00 pm
Sun Sept 23: 4:00-5:00 pm
A bonus for those signing up for the free sound card technical
instructions on CD-ROM or those attending the workshops will be a
chance to win one of four Digigram VXpocket v2 laptop sound
AES attendees can stop by Booth #400 to sign up for a free consultation
session with Audio Precision’s technical support engineers and
get help with any audio test and measurement question.
DRRI Announces Plans For CanadianDAB
Aug 27, 2001 - Digital Radio Roll-Out announced plans for a
comprehensive engineering study that will lay the groundwork for new
digital audio broadcasting (DAB) stations to serve the major population
corridors in Canada. Covered by the new services will be all markets
between Toronto - Windsor, Toronto - Ottawa, Toronto - Montreal,
Montreal - Quebec City, Calgary - Edmonton, and Vancouver - Greater
Currently, more than 50 DAB stations have made service available to 10
million people in Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor, and Montreal. Ottawa is
next in line to be added to the market list, with preparation underway
for an airdate of early 2002. The planned expansion will add a series
of markets including Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Cambridge, Guelph,
Cornwall, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Quebec City, Trois Rivieres and
Digital Radio Roll-Out is a non-profit joint initiative of major
private broadcasters (Astral Media, CHUM, Corus Entertainment, Rogers
Media, Standard Radio, Telemedia Radio), a number of smaller private
broadcasters, and public broadcasters (CBC, Radio Canada) with the
support of the Canadian government.
Audemat andStratosAudio Partnership Signed
Bordeaux-Merignac, France and Los Angeles- Aug 28, 2001 - Audemat
announced that it has signed an agreement with StratosAudio to work
together in enabling Interactive Broadcast radio with first
installations in place by the end of this year.
Audemat and StratosAudio will be exhibiting together at the NAB Radio
Show in New Orleans together in booths 1328 and 1332, respectively.
Audemat will be demonstrating the next generation RDS DATACASTER 2
encoder featuring TCP/IP capabilities in a live demonstration with
StratosAudio’s proprietary technology enabling Interactive
Bible Broadcasting GoesBlue
The LPB Blue 5c console installed at
Frazer, PA - Aug 8, 2001 - LPB Communications announced the shipment
of the first of 25 of its new Blue 5c Audio Consoles to the Bible
Broadcasting Network of Charlotte, NC. BBN plans to install the new
Blue 5c in 25 of 29 owned and operated radio stations nationwide. BBN
assisted LPB in beta testing the Blue 5c in high RF environments and is
replacing their traditional on air boards as a move to simplify service
and operations, and significantly reduce costs.
BBN was so pleased with the testing results that they placed a blanket
order for 25 consoles to be moved into service over the next few
Groove Addicts Serves ESPN Radio
Aug 23, 2001 - Groove Addicts has produced new opens and closes for
ESPN Radio's entire line-up of shows. The music production company
provided a full slate of creative and production services for the
project, which included show opens for Mike and Mike in the
Morning, The Tony Cornheiser Show, The Dan Patrick
Show, Game Day and Game Night. For the production,
Groove Addicts corralled some of the industry's top session musicians
including saxophonist Tome Scott, keyboardist Jim Cox and the brass
section from Phil Collins' band.
AudioScience Licenses MP3 FromThomson and Fraunhofer
Newcastle , DE - Aug 22, 2001 – AudioScience , a specialist in
digital audio peripherals for the broadcast and entertainment markets,
has announced that it has licensed MPEG Layer 3 (MP3) from Thomson
multimedia and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS-A
for use in its DSP-based sound cards.
As well as the patent license from Thomson multimedia, AudioScience
has licensed a Texas Instruments TMS320C6711 version of the MP3 encoder
from Fraunhofer. MP3, which is part of ISO standard 11172-3, is the
most powerful member of the MPEG-1 audio coding family. Based on psycho
acoustic principles, the algorithm compresses audio by removing sounds
that cannot be heard by the human ear due to phenomena of auditory
masking. CD quality audio can be maintained while using compressed bit
rates of 128k/s.
Radio West Adds Second DSPSystem
Sydney, Australia - Aug 23, 2001 - Radio West, one of Australia's
largest radio networks has ordered a second DSP Audio Editor for
installation at its Hot FM radio station. Also included in the order is
a substantial upgrade to the network's existing DSP system featuring
DSP Media’s new Speed II Console, thus making the two systems
Based in the City of Bunbury, Radio West consists of 11 AM radio and
uplinks radio programs to its network stations throughout the southern
third of Western Australia.
XM to Buy Headquarters
XM's headquarters in Washington,
Washington, DC - Aug 20, 2001 - XM Satellite Radio Holdings is
negotiating to buy its three-story headquarters building in Northeast
Washington, DC, an anchor development in the District's fledgling
XM has contracted to buy the building at 1500 Eckington Place NE for
$34 million from the partnership of Bernstein and Union Realty
Partners. The redeveloped building attracted Qwest Communications
International of Denver, the first major tech tenant to locate in the
District in years.
Qwest leased 101,000 square feet of space for a telecommunications
switching station that it operates on the bottom floor. XM Satellite
followed Qwest to the site, establishing its headquarters in the rest
of the building. XM occupies about 120,000 square feet and is getting
ready to launch a nationwide satellite radio service. As an owner of
its own facility, XM would be able to do things on the site without
first seeking permission, such as an expansion or parking lot.
Bernstein and Union put the building on the market in January and began
taking offers in March.
RDA Achieves SAS FactoryCertification
St. Louis - Aug 20, 2001 - The staff of RDA Systems, a system
integrator based in St. Louis, has been factory certified by Sierra
Automated Systems and Engineering (SAS) to install SAS audio routing
systems. After completing an engineering training session at SAS
headquarters in Burbank, CA, project supervisors and technicians from
RDA are now certified to install and setup the complete line of SAS
audio routing products.
RDA is currently completing installation of an SAS system for Hispanic
Broadcasting Corporation in Los Angeles. The facility is expected to be
in operation by October of this year.
Sierra Automated Systems is a privately held company, founded in 1988
by Ed Fritz and Al Salci. Since 1994, RDA Systems has provided
consulting and studio installation services to radio, television and
cable facilities, and also performed radio consolidation and upgrade
projects of all sizes around the United States. RDA clients include CBS
Radio, Clear Channel Communications, Waitt Radio, Hispanic
Broadcasting, Journal Broadcasting, and Entercom.
Symetrix 628s and a 506E headphone amp on-air in the WHTQ-FM control
Cox Orlando Chooses Symetrix
Lynnwood, WA - Aug 16, 2001 - With the consolidation of six radio
stations into one building and the nation's first installation of a
Computer Concepts EpiCenter multi-studio management system, Cox Radio
in Orlando origniated its signal chain with two dozen Symetrix 628
Digital Voice Processors and feeds the announcers headphones with eight
Symetrix 506E six-channel headphone amplifiers.
After two years of first-hand experience with the 628, Steve Fluker,
director of engineering knew that they would provide the ideal
front-end for the new studios. The installation included the optional
remote program controller (R-1) set up with the announcers' names
assigned to their particular program. During a shift change, the
announcers select the appropriate program. Each 628 is programmed with
the same settings so the presets can be recalled anywhere within the
With six control rooms, seven production rooms, two news booths, and a
mix booth all tied together by EpiCenter, Cox Radio Orlando represents
the cutting-edge in radio technology.
RDA Signs Agreement with BroadcastElectronics
St. Louis - Aug 13, 2001 - RDA Systems recently signed an agreement
with Broadcast Electronics to provide systems pre-wire services for 37
radio station sites being shipped to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Each site contains an air studio, production studio, and program input
equipment rack. The first sites have already been prepared for
Studio packages being prepared at RDA Systems for delivery to
RDA's responsibilities include implementing a studio wiring and
documentation scheme that facilitates the simplest possible
installation in Nigeria by Northgate. This process includes pre-wiring
studios to Audioarts D-70 consoles, and pre-making of all between room
infrastructural wiring. The systems are being designed to perform in
field conditions much more adverse to those found in the United
For this purpose, RDA and Broadcast Electronics agreed on the
extensive use of XLR connectors, in lieu of traditional punchblocks.
The wiring system can be easily inserted into the StudioVantage
furniture being provided by Drieselman Manufacturing company. In
addition, RDA is providing special power distribution strips for the
220V, single phase electrical environment in Nigeria.
Since 1994, RDA Systems, Inc. has provided consulting and studio
installation services to radio, television and cable as well as
performed radio consolidation and upgrade projects of all sizes around
the United States. RDA clients, to name a few, have included CBS Radio,
Clear Channel Communications, Waitt Radio, Hispanic Broadcasting,
Journal Broadcast Group and Entercom.
PiRod Receives CWBCertification
Plymouth, IN - Aug 9, 2001 - RiRod, a supplier of custom-engineered
towers and monopoles for the wireless communications industry, has
recently been granted certification under the Canadian Welding Bureau
(CWB). Officially, PiRod is now certified per CSA Standard W47.1 for
fusion welding of steel structures.
According to John Erichsen, PiRod's vice president of operations, the
new certification, which is required by more than 30 National Standards
Associations in Canada, will make PiRod towers more readily available
to Canadian specifiers. Because of this, many specifiers north of the
border will be able to take better advantage of PiRod's all-welded
guyed and free-standing towers.
Musicmusicmusic Readies On-DemandMusic Site
Toronto, Ontario - Aug 14, 2001 - Musicmusicmusic inc., the company
behind RadioMOI.com - the first streaming music site to be licensed by
the RIAA - is gearing up to launch its new subscription-based,
on-demand music site.
Musicmusicmusic inc has been signing labels for on-demand play since
1997 and, to-date, have amassed more than 100 labels in every genre -
some of the largest independents in the world - including KOCH, Beggars
Banquet, Lightyear, Epitaph and Rounder.
Currently in negotiations with one the industry's five major labels,
musicmusicmusic hopes to launch the new site by the fall, and will set
a final release date once all details have been finalized. The new site
will be based on a jukebox model - allowing users to choose from more
than 100 songs in each genre, including everything from Pop, Rock and
Metal to Rap, Country, World and Jazz. Users will be able to create
their own shows and play them back in any order they so choose. Each
month the jukebox's playlists will change - allowing users to add to
their original list from the new selections.
In addition to the subscription-based streaming music, musicmusicmusic
also plans to offer a number of downloads including alternative
versions and mixes of popular songs. Users will also be able to
purchase products, including CDs and other music merchandise, through
Crown's StanleyRecognized for Three Patents
Augsberger and Stanley hold the patent plaques.
Elkhart, IN - Aug 14, 2001 - On July 24, Crown Audio publicly
recognized Gerald Stanley, senior vice president of research and
development, for his recent receipt of three more patents in his name.
In front of an assembly room filled with employees, Blake Augsburger,
Crown Audio's new president, cordially presented Stanley with a
commemorative plaque for each of the patents.
Stanley's three engineering-related patents recently acknowledged by
the manufacturer include 'Regulated DC Output Power Supply for
Amplifiers' (patent number 6,178,102), 'Dual Mode Gradient Coil System'
(6,201,395) and 'Temperature Compensated Closed-Loop Hall Effect
Current Transformer' (6,204,657).
Crown Audio, a Harman International company, manufactures amplifiers,
microphones and systems control products for professional audio markets
worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, IN.
All-Star Game ForSennheiser Wireless
Old Lyme, CT - Aug 9, 2001 - Mark Pearson, audio engineer for the
Seattle Mariners, recently upgraded their on-field wireless microphone
system to Sennheiser. Morgan Sound of Lynnwood, WA, supplied the two
Sennheiser EM 3532 two-channel true diversity receivers and four
Sennheiser SKM 5000 transmitters (tipped with ME 5005 supercardioid
condenser capsules) to Seattle's new SAFECO Field. With a more than
comfortable lead in the American League West, the Mariners hosted last
month's All-Star Game, where the new system made its debut. Viewers
across the nation saw the SKM 5000s in use during the mid-game ceremony
in honor of veteran ball-players Cal Ripkin and Tony Gwynne.
The new system is dedicated to on-field player interviews, on-field
announcements, and the pre-game U.S. and Canadian anthems. Broadcast
outlets receive a post-processing feed from Pearson and have expressed
their satisfaction with the new, broadcast-worthy system.
Pearson received the new equipment July 5th, five days before the
All-Star Game, and quickly installed and tested its performance against
the music-tuned acoustics of SAFECO Field and the RF noise of
Pearson was happy to have the new system for Ripkin and Gwynnes'
retirement ceremony and Ripkin's second All Star MVP ceremony. Pearson
has also recommended the Sennheiser system to next year's All-Star Game
host, the Milwaukee Brewers. As for this year, if the Mariners maintain
their lead, the nation might again see the Sennheiser system in use,
this time at the World Series.
Smarts BroadcastAcquires On Air Digital
Emmetsburg, IA, and Dallas - Aug 1, 2001 - On Air Digital USA was
acquired August 1, 2001, by Smarts Broadcast Systems. On Air Digital's
general manager, John Schaab, emphasized that customer service would
continue uninterrupted and that the Dallas office would remain open.
Schaab further commented that the two companies' products complement
each other well.
John Schaab of On Air Digital (left) and John Schad of Smarts
Smarts Broadcast manufactures the Smartcaster audio storage and
playback system. On Air Digital manufactures two products: the Ultimate
Digital Studio (UDS) and RadioSuite, which operates on Linux. At one
time, On Air Digital was a part of TM Century, where the UDS system was
first designed to control CD players. It later was enhanced to operate
CD players and interface with other automated audio sources and now is
a hard-drive automation system.
Smarts Broadcast will carry Smartcaster and UDS line. THese two
products will also be the basis for new product cooperatives. All
product manufacturing and administration will move to the Iowa office.
The On Air Digital Sales and development teams will remain in Dallas.
One support person will remain in Dallas to supplement the support team
in Iowa, and both support locations will be trained in both
Smarts Partners withAPT
Aug 7, 2001 - Emmetsburg, IA, and Belfast, Ireland - Smarts
Broadcast Systems has consolidated its relationship with Audio
Processing Technology by announcing plans to use only ACE 100 audio
cards in its Smartcaster line. In a separate deal, Smarts also
announced plans to license Soft apt-X, the software version of APT's
data compression algorithm. Smarts plans to use Soft apt-X in a new
product line of apt-X CD rippers, which will enable radio station
automation suites to convert CD audio direct to hard drive at speeds
much faster than real time. Plans for other products are also in the
pipeline and will be announced in due course.
Smarts Broadcast Systems, based in Emmetsburg, IA, develops and
manufactures digital audio and traffic and billing accounting software
solutions for radio broadcasters. The company's international client
bases uses specialized computer hardware and software built by Smarts
for the broadcast industry. The Smartcaster is the company's main
digital audio product line and works as an audio-based computer unit
for full broadcast automation, studio production, and announcer
live-assists. Currently, over 2,000 Smartcaster units are used by some
700 different broadcasting companies and more than 1,000 radio stations
around the world including Sweden, Canada, Mexico, Paraguay, the
Philippines, and Taiwan.
APT's ACE 100 cards were chosen because they are suited to radio
automation applications, from a simple stand-alone unit to complex
LAN-networked systems. While Smarts will not abandon its MPEG
customers, the decision to focus future development on APT audio is an
endorsement for APT's data compression technology.
TAG to Distribute FMR Audio inU.S.
Las Vegas - Aug 3, 2001 - Brad Lunde, president, Transamerica AG
(TAG), along with Mark and Beth McQuilken, founders of FMR Audio,
Austin, TX, have entered into an agreement by which TAG is to
distribute FMR Audio products in the U.S.
launching FMR Audio in 1997, the husband/wife team of Mark and Beth
McQuilken had more than twenty years of experience in designing and
developing DSP products for companies such as RCA, Motorola, Lockheed
Martin and BMW under the name Electronic Design Services (EDS).
In 1997, after years of selling their custom high-end compressor (the
RNC IntelliComp), Mark and Beth decided to take advantage of recent
software development and compression-algorithm tweaking and debuted the
FMR RNC1773 compressor. Within months of its introduction, the RNC1733
received both critical acclaim and sales interest from both audio
professionals and consumers.
Based in the Las Vegas, Transamerica AG was founded by industry veteran
Brad Lunde, former director of worldwide sales and marketing for Aphex
and national sales manager at JBL Professional Systems Group. The
company handles premier pro audio products requiring an advanced level
of market understanding backed with technical expertise.
Currently, Transamerica AG's product lines include API studio
electronics, ATI rack-mounted products, AEA ribbon microphones, Brauner
tube microphones (Germany), Drawmer signal processing equipment
(England), Soundelux Microphones and SoundField 5.1 microphones.
ENCO UK Expands Facility
Southfield, MI - Aug 1, 2001 - ENCO Systems Limited, a wholly owned
subsidiary of ENCO Systems announced their relocation to a larger new
facility in Billingshurst, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
ENCO Systems Limited was founded in October 2000 to allow for direct
sales of ENCO products in the European Union, African, Middle Eastern,
and Near Eastern markets. Original premises in Horsham, West Sussex
were adequate for initial operations, but as staff and production have
both grown, more space was required.
ENCO’s new offices in Billingshurst occupy a 17th century barn
that had most recently been hosting a video production company. "The
Old Barn" offers almost three times the previous square footage
previously available, and will allow for a dedicated
demonstration/training facility to be maintained for greater
flexibility in serving prospective and current clients. This follows
the recent move to larger facilities in Southfield, Michigan of ENCO
Systems, which was completed in July.
STMicroelectronics Receives Ordersfor XM Chipsets
Geneva - Aug 1, 2001 - STMicroelectronics has received orders from
radio manufacturers for 170,000 two-chip receiver chipsets for XM
Radio, the US digital satellite radio service to be launched
commercially this summer by XM Satellite Radio. At least 70,000 of
these chipsets are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter to
support the initial startup of commercial service; the remaining
100,000 chipsets are forecast for delivery before the end of
XM Radio chipsets are being delivered to equipment manufacturers
including Sony, Pioneer, Alpine and Delphi Automotive Systems for both
vehicle and home receiver products that will also include AM and FM
radio capability. The sole supplier of XM chipsets, STMicroelectronics
applied the company's core know-how in system-on-chip technology to
condense the complex functions of the XM receiver into just two chips,
reducing the size and cost of radios.
ST completed the development of the XM chipset in late 2000, delivering
first pass chip samples to XM for evaluation in October 2000. The
production version of the chipset was delivered in March 2001 to the XM
radio manufacturers for final validation, testing and integration into
XM-capable receivers. Currently these receivers are being field tested
across the US by employees of XM Satellite Radio and its business
The two-chip custom chipset developed by ST for XM Satellite Radio
allow XM radios to receive and decode signals broadcast from XM's two
geostationary satellites - Rock and Roll - and city-based terrestrial
repeaters. Content for the 100 channels of high quality stereo audio
transmitted by XM Radio is generated in-house at the company's own
studio complex in Washington DC.
Orban Releases 8400 v.1.0
San Leandro, CA - Aug 1, 2001 - Version 1.0 software for the 8400 is
now available for free download at Orban's FTP site at ftp://ftp.orban.com/8400. Download only the updater
called "Setup8400_1-0_update.exe". This contains everything 8400 owners
will need including the new software for the 8400, Adobe Acrobat PDF
documentation and installation software for remote control of 8400 via
The file is 4MB. To install the update, download the updater, run it on
a Windows98 or Windows2000 PC, and then read the PDF manual. The
installer will create a shortcut to the documentation in in
Among other things, v.1.0 adds PC remote software, clock-based
automation, minimum-delay presets and DSP improvements.
MobileBriefs Service Begins
Atlanta - Aug 1, 2001 - MobileBriefs, a pioneer in Personalized
Audio Broadcasting (PAB), announced that it has officially launched its
customized business audio service where individuals create their own
business news show, which they can listen to on the go via most mobile
devices. The service is geared toward the mobile professional who is
time-starved; information overloaded and wants to make their commute or
business travel time more productive.
MobileBriefs' PAB product enables users to create a personalized audio
business news show. Users not only control how long the show lasts
based on their commute time, but also the exact topics of interest
their show will cover. In addition to articles within their industry
and job function, users can also listen to the top 700 business audio
books summaries included in the service. The system automatically
builds their show based on their personal profile entered upon sign up.
The service is compatible with the major audio capable mobile devices
and can speak to multiple device platforms.
Prior to the launch, the company conducted a field test with executives
from major companies around the country. Executives represented a
sampling from major industries including financial, healthcare,
manufacturing and telecommunications. The service is currently
available through direct subscription for an annual subscription price
of $195, which gives users unlimited access to the news that matters to
them. The service is also available through group subscriptions. More
information isavailable at www.mobilebriefs.com.
BBC World Service Contracts IBMand Jutel
London - Jul 31, 2001 - BBC World Service and IBM announced that IBM
has been chosen to design and implement a new digital production system
at the BBC World Service's headquarters in London. The new system will
transform radio production processes, improving creativity,
productivity and efficiency, by giving producers digital access to
The IBM system -- based on RadioMan broadcast content management
software from Finnish company Jutel -- will be implemented over the
next two years. It will improve broadcast quality and transform
production processes for the World Service's 42 language
BBC Technology Ltd. is providing business planning, project management
and technical consultancy to implement the end-to-end solution for
World Service. This implementation involves a significant element of
process change for World Service, delivered in partnership with BBC
Technology and BBC Resources, who will both provide ongoing system
IBM and Jutel were selected by the BBC World Service after expressions
of interest from 35 suppliers and extensive evaluation of five
shortlisted tenderers and was chosen on the basis of total service
proposition, risk and cost. The breadth and depth of IBM's expertise in
broadcast media combined with the functionality provided by Jutel's
RadioMan software were significant factors in the BBC's
At present, the language service programmes of the BBC World Service
are edited by splicing tapes by hand -- those that are to be broadcast
must be transported to the studio, loaded onto a machine and cued for
playback. With the IBM solution, material from different sources will
be stored digitally, making the editing process quicker, enabling
automation of playout and creation of audio for the internet. The
archive will be centrally located and available to all producers across
an upgraded BBC network infrastructure.
IBM Global Services will implement the new production system and
provide training and skills transfer to enable the BBC to support the
Sony R100 Jazzes Up WBGO
Newark, NJ - Jul 18, 2001 - WBGO, the NY/NJ market's only 24-hour
classic jazz station and the only station to regularly broadcast live
from the area's jazz clubs, has installed a Sony DMX-R100 digital
console as part of a major $1.9 million renovation of its downtown
Newark headquarters. To celebrate the facility's grand re-opening, WBGO
recently hosted an on-air Jazz Radio Festival featuring the Joshua
WBGO manager of operations and production Steve Brown reports that the
R100 was installed one day before the festival, but the console was
easy to learn and use. Sony has been very active with NPR and stations
like WBGO to make the technology used in the R100 affordable.
Recent WBGO performances include Joe Lovano Trio, and up-and-coming
jazz singer Jane Monheit.
Susquehanna Radio Opts for LucidProducts
Lynwood, WA - Jul 15, 2001 - Susquehanna Radio Corporation elected
to install Lucid digital sync generators and digital signal amplifiers
at their new Atlanta facility to ensure that their digital chain
remains unbroken. With nine studios serving two of Atlanta's biggest
radio stations, Modern Rocker "99X" WNNX-FM and Top 40 "Q100" WWWQ-FM,
the new facility houses an infrastructure that supports an all-digital
signal path. The Lucid equipment stands front and center, supplying
both radio stations with a master clock, a back-up clock, and all of
its digital synchronization, digital audio amplification and
Mark Lehmuth, Market Engineering Manager, Susquehanna Radio,
Each radio station previously had its own separate digital facility
before the recent consolidation, and, save for the new Lucid equipment,
all of the existing equipment came from those older studios.
Consequently, the only difference in the air chain is the Lucid
equipment, but it's made all the difference.
The overarching goal that motivated the Lucid purchase was to keep
every piece of digital equipment in the facility slaved to a common
clock. A Lucid GENx6 Word Clock/Super Clock Generator provides the
master clock, which sends out each of its six BNC outputs at 44.1kHz. A
second GENx6 receives and distributes the same clock with redundancy
sufficient to allow it to drive the facility should anything happen to
the first GENx6. Three Lucid AESx4 Distribution Amplifiers cascade to
receive and further distribute the timing information out of their four
AES/EBU jacks. One of the units supplies timing information to the
facility's Enco Digigram audio cards, and a second supplies timing
information to a production room ProTools system for Super Clock
Two PR&E Digital Airwave consoles, one for each station, serve as
the facility's audio hubs. Each console's 48kHz digital output feeds a
2001 TEC Award- nominated Lucid SRC9624 High Definition Sample Rate
Converter to bring the feed in line with the facility's 44.1kHz master
clock. Each SRC9624 feeds an AESx4, which splits the signal for Omnia
processing and transmission via an Intraplex T-1.
Eicher Joins Logitek as Directorof Sales
Houston, TX - Aug 29, 2001 - Logitek Electronic Systems has
announced the appointment of Cam Eicher as the company's director of
sales effective August 15, 2001. Prior to joining Logitek, Eicher was
employed for 10 years by Harris Corporation. His most recent position
with Harris was manager, Broadcast Sales Center, with responsibility
for 17 sales and support people in Harris' Mason, OH, and Carlsbad, CA,
offices. Eicher also served as general manager of WECI Radio in
Richmond, IN, from 1987 through 1991.
JBL Announces Three New VicePresidents
Northridge, CA - Aug 29, 2001 - JBL Professional president Michael
MacDonald has announced the appointment of two vice presidents of sales
for the company's worldwide sales efforts and a new vice president of
manufacturing operations. Doug Daniel and Tom Weeber have been promoted
to vice president of international sales and vice president of U.S.
sales, respectively. Jeffery Groenke has been named vice president,
operations at the company's Northridge, CA headquarters.
Doug Daniel has been with JBL Professional since 1992 in the
position of director of European sales. He is a seasoned industry
veteran who has contributed tremendously to the success of JBL Pro in
the UK, and now brings his experience to the entire international sales
Weeber has been with the JBL sales department since 1993, where he
started as regional manager and was later promoted to senior director
of U.S. sales. Tom brings to his new position a wealth of experience in
the industry both inside and outside of JBL Professional with 25 years
of pro audio sales experience, including 12 with Yamaha Corporation of
Prior to JBL, Groenke was general manager and engineering manager of
Axiohm Transaction solutions and has also been an engineer for Hewlett
Continental Names Hultsman asBroadcast Channel Manager
Dallas - Aug 27, 2001 - Continental Electronics announced that Dave
Hultsman has been named the company’s new broadcast channel
manager. In addition, Continental Electronics is expanding the reach of
its sales organization by naming select RF Specialties offices as
authorized dealers of Continental Electronics 816R FM transmission
In his new role, Hultsman will be responsible for customer relations
programs and will oversee the activities of Continental
Electronics’ sale representative companies throughout the United
States, including RF Specialties. Hultsman was selected for this
position because of his proven effectiveness in dealing with
Continental Electronics’ customers as he served as a domestic
As part of Continental Electronics’ expanded sales and
distribution program, select RF Specialties offices are now authorized
to carry the Continental 816R line of FM transmitters. RF Specialties
is now able to give customers within the United States more options
when building their FM facilities. RF Specialties offers a substantial
line card of vendors to draw from to accommodate customer requirements,
from microphones to towers. RF Specialties offers its customers
competitively priced end-to-end equipment options for the renovation or
construction of any FM facility.
The following RF Specialties offices are authorized to work with
Jerry Hill - Seattle, Wash. (800) 735-7051 (Northwest)
Bill Newbrough - Concord, Calif. (888) 737-7321 (West Coast)
Sam Lane - Santa Barbara, Calif. (800) 346-6434 (West Coast)
Don Jones - Amarillo, Texas (800) 537-1801 (Midwest &
Paul Strickland - Dallas, Texas (888) 839-7373 (Midwest &
Bill Hoisington - Valparaiso, Fla. (800) 476-8943 (Southeast)
Dave Edmiston - Pittsburgh, Penn. (866) 736-3736 (Northeast)
Ed Young - Pittsburgh, Penn (866) 736-3736 (Northeast)
Harry Larkin - Southampton, Penn. (888) 260-9298 (Northeast)
Orban/CRL Appoints Izen asAuducy Product Manager
San Leandro, CA - Aug 22, 2001 – Orban/CRL, a manufacturer of
audio processors and other digital audio systems for broadcasting and
the Internet, has appointed Alyssa Izen as the new product manager for
the company’s digital audio workstation, Audicy.
Izen comes to Orban/CRL from MTVi’s SonicNet.com, where she
worked as the editorial production supervisor. While there, she evolved
the company’s news product into a full multimedia offering and
initiated its pilot streaming media projects. She earlier worked as a
producer with Ben Manilla Productions, assisting on such radio programs
as House of Blues, Back to the Country, Rock On and Psi Factor. Izen
has also worked as head sound mixer at San Francisco’s Biscuits
and Blues and as a freelance audio engineer throughout the Bay Area.
Izen will report to Orban/CRL’s senior product manager, Marty
Introduced in 1997, more than 1,000 Audicy systems are in use around
the world today.
Shure Names Kontney Director ofPublic Relations
Evanston, IL - Jul 12, 2001 - Shure Incorporated, the manufacturer
of microphones and audio electronics, has promoted Jack Kontney to
director of public relations. In his new position, Kontney oversees
every facet of the company's public relations department including
entertainment relations, media relations, artist relations, and
Kontney first joined Shure in 1985 and owes his rich experience in the
audio industry to a diverse career path. As the long-time manager of
Shure’s artist relations department, he successfully secured
endorsement deals with a number of artists previously regarded as
unsignable such as Lou Reed and Guns 'N Roses. In 1998, Kontney’s
role expanded with his promotion to manager of public relations. By
1999, he was named senior manager of PR, a title he held until taking
on his current assignment.
Kovalik Heads Sennheiser'sPacific NW Sales
Old Lyme, CT - Jun 25, 2001 - Kyle Kovalik, former Peavey sales
representative for the same territory, has joined Sennheiser's West
Coast sales team in the position of sales representative, professional
products. Kovalik's territory consists of Washington, Oregon, Alaska,
Idaho and Montana, and he'll be responsible for all Sennheiser
distributed brands, including Neumann, D.A.S. Loudspeakers, Innova-Son
Digital Consoles and Chevin Amplifiers.
In this new position, Kovalik is responsible for supporting and
broadening the company's dealer and contracting network, demonstrating
new products, coordinating training seminars, and providing a broad
base of sales, product support and technical expertise to dealers and
consultants in the field. In addition to his experience with Peavey,
Kovalik spent five years with American Music, with three of those years
as functioning manager of the flagship store.
Kovalik is based in Seattle, WA and reports directly to Lee
Indianapolis - Aug 9, 2001 - Each year, the Society of Broadcast
Engineers considers nominated members to be elevated to the level of
Fellow of the Society. The criteria for this honor are outlined in the
the SBE By-laws:
A member who has rendered conspicuous service, or is
recognized as having made valuable contributions to the advancement of
broadcast engineering or its allied professions, dissemination of
knowledge thereof, the promotion of its application in practice, may be
elected a Fellow of the Society.
Nominees are endorsed by at least five voting members of the
Society. The endorsed candidates are then judged by the SBE National
Board of Directors. The SBE has announced that three members have been
awarded this distinction this year. They are David Carr, CPBE, Linda
Godby and John Soergel, CPBE. These members will be recognized with the
presentation of their Fellow award at the SBE National Meeting in
Verona, New York on September 13.
About the honorees
David Carr, CPBE - The Woodlands, TX
Carr has rendered long and valuable service to the SBE on both the
local and national level. He has made many valuable contributions to
the advancement of broadcast engineering, and its allied professions.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the SBE and as Chairman of
the National Certification Committee providing dissemination of
knowledge and practical application. He currently serves on the SBE
National Certification Committee and on the Educational Committee of
the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. One of Carr's first
accomplishments while serving on the National Certification Committee
was to translate Certification Exams into Spanish.
In 1996, Carr had the difficult challenge of succeeding an SBE icon.
Jim Wulliman retired from his twenty-plus year tenure as chairman of
the National Certification Committee and Carr became the Committee's
second chairman. Under Carr's direction, the Certified Audio Engineer
(CEA) and Certified Video Engineer (CEV) levels of certification were
introduced. Under his leadership, the Certification Study guides were
improved and revised, and the Certification Testing Software was
upgraded from a DOS-based system to a Windows-based system.
Carr is the director of engineering for Telemundo Group Inc. He
supervises the conversion of Telemundo stations to digital and aids the
individual stations in building renovation projects and DTV transmitter
installations. Previously, he was employed as director of engineering
at KHOU-TV from 1990 to 1999 where he managed the expansion and
renovation of the studio. At this time, KHOU-TV became the first
all-digital television station in the nation. Under Carr's direction,
KHOU-TV also became Houston's first high-definition television station.
He beat the November 1, 1998 deadline by three days, allowing the HDTV
broadcast of John Glenn's return to space to be broadcast over-the-air
live to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Carr served on the Model HDTV Station Technical Committee in
Washington, DC. He was also the technical coordinator for the regional
coordinating team that helped develop the FCC table of DTV channel
Carr acquired an FCC First Class license and entered broadcasting in
the mid-60's as a technician at KMOL-TV (formerly WOAI-TV), San
Antonio, TX. In 1968, he went to work for KSAT-TV in San Antonio.
During this time he also attended San Antonio College and obtained an
associate in science degree in electronics technology. He was promoted
to technical supervisor of KSAT-TV where he honed his television
Carr has been a member of SBE for over 20 years and has served locally
as a frequency coordination chairman. In 1988 and 1989, he served as
television chairman in the state effort to bring Texas SBE Chapters and
the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) closer together and to
boost attendance at TAB Conventions. He is a member of SMPTE and the
ARRL. He holds Amateur Extra Class License NJ5D.
Linda Godby - Indianapolis
Linda Godby began her career in broadcasting in September 1990 with
WHMB-TV, LeSea Broadcasting Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana. She
performed tasks for every department of the station, including
engineering. The engineering staff of WHMB-TV had taken on the
responsibility of producing the SBE Chapter 25 Newsletter and mailing
the meeting notices each month. It was then that Godby began putting in
long hours of her own time to serve SBE.
On September 27, 1991, Godby officially joined SBE. Over the past 10
years, she has been instrumental in the success of the Certification
Program. She has worked closely with the three Certification Committee
Chairman. Under Godby's tenure, Certification has introduced the TV
Operator category, the Certified Video Engineer, the Certified Audio
Engineer and the Certified Broadcast Network Technologist, the Ennes
Workshops and the traveling Certified Broadcast Network Technologist
seminars joined the State Broadcasting Associations, and the SBE TV
Operator Certification Handbook, the EAS Primer and the
Introduction to DTV RF were published.
John W. Soergel, CPBE - East Syracuse, NY
John Soergel has been a member of SBE since 1970, and
has been one of the Society's and Chapter 22's staunchest supporters.
He was awarded the SBE's Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award in 1992,
and won awards as convention chairman for the Best Regional Convention
in 1989,1992, 1993, and 1994.
His career in engineering began during World War II when he served in
the Navy as an aviation electronics technician. After the war, he
attended Syracuse University studying Electrical engineering. In 1950,
Soergel joined the staff of Syracuse University as a technician in the
TV/Radio services department. His career with SU would span the next 38
years. At that time, there were two television stations in Syracuse:
WHEN-TV and WSYR-TV. Syracuse University provided the first local
studios for WSYR-TV and Soergel was the engineer in charge of those
facilities, providing the DuMont positive pulse video signal to
WSYR-TV. In 1956, He was named chief engineer of the TV/Radio Service
Soergel has served Chapter 22 in many capacities in his 31-year
involvement with SBE. In 1975, he was elected chapter secretary. In
1978, he was elected vice chairman, and in 1980, he was elected
chairman. He is a life member of SBE, and is certified at the CPBE
In 1975, a Regional convention moved from Binghamton to Syracuse.
Called the 3rd Annual Mini-vention, the convention brought in twelve
exhibitors and 300 attendees. Soergel was involved with the convention
committee from its beginning in Syracuse. Working principally with
facilities, Soergel was named convention committee chairman in 1983,
and served in that capacity until 1997. Under his direction, the
regional convention saw tremendous growth, going from 12 exhibitors to
over 100 exhibitors and attendee numbers approaching 1000.
Cook JoinsLightning Audio Team
Tempe, AZ - Aug 9, 2001 - Lightning Audio is proud to announce that
it has named Trevor Cook as regional sales manager. In this new
position, Cook will be working directly with Lightning Audio dealers
and distributors in Hawaii, the southeast, Metro New York and New
Jersey, and the Rocky Mountain states, including a portion of
Cook has spent the past year as the eastern regional sales manager with
WinnTech, selling and marketing high-end sound rooms, touch screen
switching systems, and push button switching systems. While with
WinnTech, Cook did everything from simple small free standing displays
to complete 12V specialty store merchandising and design from the
ENCO Systems UK ImportsManaging Director
Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK - Aug 1, 2001 - ENCO Systems Ltd, a
worldwide provider of Digital Audio Delivery Systems, announced the
appointment of Bob Boster to the position of managing director of ENCO
Previously Boster had been serving as vice president/general manager of
the home office (ENCO Systems Inc.) in the United States. This transfer
reinforces ENCO's commitment to the success of the UK office and its
role in serving the markets of the European Union, Africa, Middle East,
and Near East.
Before joining ENCO in 1999, Boster was involved in software
development at Orban, focusing on user interface development and
implementation/client relations. Boster has a master's degree in
Electronic Music and Recording Technology from Mills College in
Oakland, CA, and bachelor's in Radio, Television, and Motion
Pictures/Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Old Lyme, CT - Aug 1, 2001 - Sennheiser Electronics Corporation
announced the promotion of Jeff Alexander to director of distributed
brands. In the newly created position, Alexander adds Neumann and True
Systems to the Sennheiser brands he is already managing: DAS, Chevin,
and Innova-Son. By picking up the former two brands, Alexander fills a
void left by the recent promotion of Karl Winkler, who is now director
of marketing communications.
Alexander began his career at Sennheiser nearly 10 years
ago as the product manager for Neumann. After five years in this
position, he left the company and worked as the touring sound sales
manager and marketing manager for Crest Audio in Paramus, NJ. Upon his
return to Sennheiser, Alexander focused on DAS, Chevin, and Innova-Son,
in an effort to pioneer these lines into the U.S. With this experience,
he is already familiar with the position Neumann holds in the audio
industry and will foster its further success.
Alexander will have the responsibility of developing a complete
organizational structure that plays to the strengths of Sennheiser's
personnel in particular and industry positioning in general. During the
course of the structuring, he will fill several positions from a pool
of candidates both inside and outside the company.
SSL Appoints Drake
New York - Aug 1, 2001 - Solid State Logic has appointed Curtis
Drake as post production sales manager for the eastern United States
and Caribbean Islands. Drake’s responsibilities will include east
coast sales and management of SSL’s post production accounts. He
will keep all existing clients up to date on new product developments
and assist new customers in choosing a console to meet their audio
mixing needs. Drake will report directly to Rick Plushner, president,
SSL and will be based at SSL’s New York office.
Drake has worked as an audio engineer since the late seventies,
recording and mixing music, doing post production for radio and TV, and
as a re-mix engineer for film, in several U.S. markets and abroad. He
has been involved in studio operations and technical management, and
has worked for other key manufacturers in the product support, sales,
and research and development areas. In addition, he taught multitrack
production techniques at both the college and trade school
EonStreams OptimizesNetwork With AllCast's Streaming
New York - Sep 5, 2001 - AllCast announced at NAB Xstream that
EonStreams is the first hosting company to optimize its network with
the AllCast Broadcaster, which will be made available as part of a
service solution for content owners.
The partnership enables EonStreams to offer a service-based solution
that combines its experience as a streaming solutions provider in the
southeast, with AllCast's proven webcasting technology. With the
AllCast Broadcaster, EonStreams can offer its customers live webcasts
that are easy to initiate and control, while guaranteeing the same
level of service at a fraction of the cost.
The AllCast Broadcaster is off-the shelf software that allows content
owners to deliver live broadcasts to large audience without the cost of
current streaming technologies. AllCast's software is the first to be
based on peer-to-multi-peer distribution. During a live
peer-to-multi-peer webcast, users distribute the content to each other,
rather than receiving it all from one central place. This reduces
bandwidth requirements and with it the cost of webcasting. AllCast
holds the patent on peer-to-multi-peer content distribution, which was
awarded in 1999.
AllCast to Power BRS Media'sMulti-Tiered Services
New York - Sep 4, 2001 - AllCast announced at NAB Xstream that it
has been chosen by BRS Media to provide the software that will power
its multi-tiered webcasting services. From the company's recently
launched My Radio.FM, offering basic online broadcasting services at
http://my.radio.fm, to the professional, full service solutions being
offered by the WEBCASTi AM/FM division at www.webcasti.fm.
The key to the success of this alliance is the offering of the
peer-to-multi-peer streaming technology, patented by AllCast, and used
in the AllCast Broadcaster. Peer-to-multi-peer distribution allows
webcasters to deliver live broadcasts to large audiences without
incurring the high costs associated with current streaming
technologies. With this method users distribute the content to each
other rather than receiving it all from one central place; thereby
reducing bandwidth requirements, and with it the cost of
BRS Media's My Radio.FM service, which targets anyone interested in
webcasting, will include a Premium FM Web Address, full service web
hosting solutions which includes email, and a customized version of the
AllCast Broadcaster. Similarly, BRS Media will also be utilizing
AllCast's patented streaming technology to provide professional, full
service webcasting solutions via WEBCASTi AM/FM. These new services
will compliment BRS Media's core business: helping radio stations, and
broadcasters build and brand on the Power of the Web.
Webcast Listening ExceedsFifty Percent
New York - Aug 22, 2001 - The percentage of Internet users who have
ever tried streaming media has crossed the 50 percent threshold
according to a new Internet Study by Arbitron and Edison Media
The Internet VII: The Internet & Streaming: What Consumers Want
Next study finds that, as of July 2001, the number of "Streamies" -
those who have watched or listened to streaming media online - has
risen to 52 percent of online Americans. More than a third (34 percent)
of all Americans aged 12 and older are classified as Streamies which is
approximately 78 million people.
The study also reveals that the amount of time consumers spend
listening to sources of audio that are available only on the Internet,
now equals the amount of time consumers listen to radio station
webcasts each month.
Listening to Internet-only audio has tripled since July 1999, with
one-sixth (15 percent) of all Americans having ever tuned into an
Internet-only channel. In addition, 12 percent of Internet users say
they have listened to Internet-only audio channels and radio station
webcasts on a monthly basis.
Other issues addressed by this study are:
when Streamies first began tuning to online audio and video;
consumer interest in streaming media subscription models; and
how the Internet has changed consumer media habits.
These facts are a preview of the findings from the upcoming
Arbitron/Edison Media Research study, Internet VII: The Internet
& Streaming: What Consumers Want Next. The full study will be
released at the NAB Radio Show 2001 conference in New Orleans on
September 5, 2001. Since 1998, Arbitron and Edison Media Research have
conducted seven groundbreaking studies of the Internet and streaming
media, one every six months.
The findings reported here are based on a July 2001 survey. The study,
by Edison Media Research, consists of 2,507 telephone interviews of
Arbitron's Spring 2001 radio diary keepers. The diary-based sample was
drawn as a national random sample of persons 12 and over.