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Ibiquity Identifies InitialIBOC Rollout Markets
CES, Las Vegas - Jan 9, 2002 - Ibiquity Digital announced that it
has identified Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and
Seattle as its initial target markets for the commercial launch of its
IBOC digital radio technology. These markets were selected on the basis
of radio audience size and potential for receiver sales with the intent
of quickly establishing the critical mass necessary for widespread
adoption of digital AM and FM broadcasting technology. Broadcasters
that are supporting the launch of IBOC technology in 2002 include ABC
Radio, Bonneville International Corporation, Beasley Broadcast Group,
Clear Channel Communications, Cox Radio, Entercom, Hispanic
Broadcasting, Infinity Broadcasting and Susquehanna.
In December 2001, the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) evaluated
the FM IBOC tests conducted by Ibiquity and an independent research
group and found the FM system to be an improvement over the current
analog system without causing significant interference to other
Spokesmen for the broadcast groups mentioned above all expressed their
support with official comments supporting the rollout in 2002.
Following the rollout in the six markets mentioned earlier, Ibiquity
plans to move into its next set of markets, which includes Atlanta,
Boston, Dallas, Denver and Detroit. The phase two introduction is
expected to coincide with the commercial introduction of IBOC receivers
in January 2003.
European Digital Radio ConferenceScheduled
Munich - Jan 16, 2002 - On April 29 and 30, 2002, Funkschau, in
cooperation with WorldDAB and WORDup Public Relations, will present the
fourth European Digital Radio Conference (EDRC) in the Park Hilton
Hotel in Munich. About 200 participants from 18 nations, as well as 25
trade journalists, followed the presentations and visited international
companies and institutions during the exhibition last year.
The official program for the EDRC 2002 is expected to be be available
in February 2002. The planned exhibits and sponsors include:
Digital Radio: Breakthrough in Europe
Digital Radio Mondiale: On the way to radio standard
DVB-T: Planning for the introduction fo digital terrestrial
International preparation for the Wave Planning Converence in
IBOC - digital competition from the USA?
Internet Radio: chances and limit - Radio distribution via
In connection with this, Funkschau is calling for papers for the first
time. Subject suggestions with a duration of 20 to 30 minutes in
English or German will be accepted until January 31, 2002.
The participation fee for the two-day conference is 1200 Euro.
Funkschau subscribers receive a 10% discount, and government
representatives receive a 30% reduction. Participants who confirm their
attendance in writing by February 15 will receive an early order
discount of 10% on top.
Reservation of hotel accomodations is available with conference
booking. The Park Hilton Hotel has a contingent of rooms available by
asking for the "4th European Digital Radio Conference" by calling +49
89 3845 25 25. More info is available at www.edrc.de.
RTNDA Convention Moves toNAB2002
Washington - Jan 11, 2002 - The Radio-Television News Directors
Association and the National Association of Broadcasters announced that
RTNDA will hold its 2002 convention in concert with NAB2002. RTNDA@NAB
will take place April 8 to 10, 2002, at the Las Vegas Hilton. RTNDA@NAB
will have its own distinctive identity, with a special news pavilion of
exhibits for news directors and other journalists and a full schedule
of RTNDA sessions in one concentrated area.
CPB Establishes DigitalDistribution Grants
Washington - Jan 4, 2002 - In consultation with PBS, APTS, NPR, and
with the approval of its Board of Directors, CPB has established a new
Digital Distribution Fund to assist public television and radio
stations with the digital transition. The goal of the fund is to
support the development of new digital services in an efficient and
A working group representing the national organizations and station
community recommended that the funds should be used primarily for the
establishment of local educational and rural services, and should be
allocated in ways that will promote efficiency in operations. Based on
these recommendations, CPB has developed a program to assist stations
in constructing digital facilities and inaugurating innovative digital
services for educational and public service uses.
The Digital Distribution Fund will provide matching grants to:
Individual public broadcast licensees - television and/or radio -
for the construction of digital facilities and the provision of digital
Multi station consortia for initiatives that emphasize collaboration
and aggregation in order to provide enhanced services and/or content,
and for collaborative infrastructure projects that demonstrate new
structural and operational models, that will provide measurable savings
in capital and operating costs.
CPB has asked PBS's DTV Strategic Services Group (DSSG) to act as the
fund administrator. Since 1997, through programs such as the DTV
Express Tour, the DTV Tower Study, and the DTV Training Seminars, the
DSSG has been providing critical leadership around the digital
transition, and is positioned to offer stations technical and
programmatic support in the planning and implementation of new digital
services. PBS-DSSG will be providing information to stations concerning
all aspects of the fund, and within the next few weeks will be
distributing guidelines for grant distribution developed in
consultation with APTS' New Technologies and Legislative
Jerry Butler, senior director DTV strategic services group, will run
the program, and Christine Beinhacker, senior manager DTV strategic
services group, will be the Fund's primary point of contact. Butler and
Beinhacker, together with their staff, will be conducting a
presentation on the new fund at the upcoming NETA meeting in Las Vegas,
NV, on January 14. Additional presentations will include a
teleconference, and sessions at APTS's Capitol Hill Days, the PBS-NPR
Interactive Meeting, and the PBS Engineering Conference.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning on January
31, 2002, and it is anticipated that the first grant awards will be
made as early as May of 2002. Full details of the grant program,
guidelines for application, and application forms will be available on
www.connect.pbs.org and www.stations.cpb.org, and will be mailed to all
TV and radio stations later this month. Questions may also be directed
to Christine Beinhacker in the DTV Strategic Services Group at PBS at
(703) 739-5790 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ibiquity Submits AM Results toNRSC
CES, Las Vegas - Jan 8, 2002 - Ibiquity Digital Corporation, the
sole developer and licenser of digital AM and FM radio broadcast
technology in the United States, announced that it has submitted its
digital AM radio system test results to the National Radio Systems
Committee (NRSC). According to Ibiquity, the results of the tests,
which were conducted in accordance with the procedures defined by the
NRSC, confirm that the AM IBOC (In-Band On-Channel) system will deliver
FM-like sound quality while preserving the integrity of the current
analog AM broadcasting system. With this submission, the NRSC has all
the relevant information it requested in order to evaluate Ibiquity 's
AM IBOC digital broadcast system in order to make its reccommendation
to the Federal Communications Commission.
As part of the NRSC AM test program, Ibiquity Digital conducted field
tests at three commercial and one experimental AM radio station. The
test program also included laboratory tests and subjective sound
quality evaluations of several hundred audio samples collected from the
lab and the field. The sound quality evaluations included comparisons
of IBOC digital AM with both analog AM and analog FM. Ibiquity reports
that listeners comparing digital AM with today's analog FM, found
digital AM to be FM-like.
Ibiquity also said that listeners comparing digital AM with today's
analog AM, judged digital AM to be superior to analog, which is no
surprise. It has long been believed that AM stations have the most to
gain aurally from adopting a digital transmission system. All field
tests and evaluations conducted as part of the NRSC AM test program
were monitored or performed by independent laboratories in accordance
with procedures developed by the NRSC.
Ibiquity is still planning on an IBOC rollout in 2002.
CBC Galaxie Purchases OMT'sDigital Broadcast System
Winnipeg, MB - Jan 10, 2002 - OMT Inc., through its subsidiary OMT
Technologies Inc., announced that it has signed an agreement with CBC
Galaxie to supply and install a new multi-channel digital audio
broadcast system. The system features OMT's iMediaTouch broadcast
automation software and the design and integration of a fully digital
(AES/EBU) broadcast studio. OMT will be installing the system at
Galaxie's broadcast studio located in the CBC Toronto Broadcast
The agreement is valued at approximately $750,000.00 CDN, and will be
implemented over the next several months.
Galaxie is a commercial venture of the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC) that provides continuous music services on a
subscription basis through cable and satellite distribution. Galaxie's
mission is to offer the Canadian public a vast selection of continuous
music channels and showcase top Canadian talent alongside international
artists. Visit Galaxie online at www.galaxie.ca.
GM To OEM XM Radios in 23 2003Models
Washington and Detroit - Jan 14, 2002 - In one of the fastest
technology rollouts ever at General Motors, XM Satellite Radio will be
offered on 23 models this fall. In November 2001, GM became the first
auto manufacturer in the world to offer XM as a factory-installed
option on 2002 Cadillac DeVilles and Sevilles. Beginning this fall, the
start of the 2003 model year, the XM option will be available on the
Escalade, Escalade EXT, DeVille, Seville,
Avalanche, Cavalier, Impala, Monte Carlo, Silverado, Suburban,
Denali, Denali XL, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL
Aztek, Bonneville, Grand Am, Sunfire
Comlab Reacquires Davicom/IM3Rights
Quebec City - Oct 10, 2001 - Comlab Telecommunications Inc., the
original developer of the Davicom monitoring product line, has
recovered the Intellectual Property of the Davicom/IM3 monitoring and
broadcast products. Following this action, Comlab will continue to
support the products with replacement parts, repair services and
regular firmware updates. Service contracts will also be
Comlab is continuing its commitment to the M-A-C product line with the
upcoming release of new products such as a GSM compatible version of
the M-A-C firmware, and an IP compatible version of the MIP (Macnet
Comlab Telecommunications Inc, established in 1984, is a Quebec
City-based developer of products for the telecommunications, wireless,
antenna and radar fields. More information about the company is
available through their websites at www.comlab.com and
Arbitron Begins Second PhaseOf PPM Market Trial
New York - Jan 14, 2002 - Arbitron announced that it has begun
recruiting consumers for the planned second and final phase of the U.S.
market trial of its new radio, television and cable TV audience
measurement device, the Portable People Meter (PPM). Over the next 12
to 16 weeks, Arbitron expects to recruit a representative panel of
1,500 consumers, age 6 and older, in the Philadelphia Designated Market
Results from the first phase of the test indicated that the PPM system
is capturing TV viewing and radio listening that is not being measured
by current audience measurement systems. This second phase is designed
to give the industry its first direct look at individual station
ratings for radio and television as well as individual cable network
ratings generated by the Portable People Meter with audience estimates.
These estimates will be compared with individual station and cable
network ratings delivered by current audience measurement
Arbitron expects that this second phase will provide an increased
sample, which will provide the company with the needed momentum to
continue its efforts to refine the quality and capabilities of the new
audience measurement system.
As Arbitron begins the second phase of the PPM trial, eight TV
stations, 38 radio stations and 22 cable networks serving the
Philadelphia market are participating in the trial by encoding their
signals using the latest generation of Arbitron encoders. Many of these
outlets have been using Arbitron PPM encoders since August 2000.
Nielsen Media Research is providing financial support as well as its
television survey research expertise in this trial of the Portable
People Meter. Nielsen also has an option to join Arbitron in the
commercial deployment of the Arbitron Portable People Meter in the
The PPM is a pager-sized device that is carried by consumers. It
automatically detects inaudible codes that TV stations, radio stations
and cable networks embed in the audio portion of their programming
using encoders provided by Arbitron. At the end of each day, the survey
participants place the meters into base stations that recharge the
devices and send the collected codes to Arbitron for tabulation. The
meters are equipped with a motion sensor that allows Arbitron to
monitor the compliance of the PPM survey participants every day; a
quality-control feature unique to the Arbitron Portable People Meter in
the realm of media research.
The successful first phase, conducted from December 2000 to November
2001, included three separate comparisons of total radio, TV and cable
audiences generated by the PPM and existing audience measurement
systems. Arbitron found that, compared to ratings reported by current
TV and radio audience measurement systems, the Portable People Meter
reports higher total-day average quarter-hour (AQH) estimates for
consumer use of electronic media - radio, TV and cable. At its peak,
300 individuals were carrying Portable People Meters in the Wilmington,
DE, radio metro, which is embedded within the Philadelphia DMA. From
this test, Arbitron concluded that this first phase effectively
Broadcasters could encode their audio with no adverse effect on the
quality of their signal;
Arbitron could recruit a representative panel of consumers for the
Consumers would regularly carry the meter, on average, 15 hours a
The total radio, TV and cable ratings indicated that the PPM system
is capturing television viewing and radio listening that is not being
measured by current audience measurement systems.
Jutel Powers Korea's KDAB
Oulu, Finland - Jan 14, 2002 - The Finnish software house Jutel, IBM
Korea and Korea Digital Audio Broadcasting (KDAB) announced that the
companies have successfully completed building a digital radio
broadcasting system that is scheduled for full-scale digital
broadcasting in March 2002 through the SkyLife radio channels of Korea
Digital Satellite Broadcasting.
Jutel, a global IBM business partner, provides the core of the system,
the RadioMan broadcast content management system, which comprises
hardware from IBM and services from both of the companies. KDAB's
service, called Satio, uses RadioMan to produce, manage and broadcast
content to 30 radio channels of the Korea Digital Satellite
Broadcasting company’s DVB distribution. DVB is expected to
replace analog broadcasting in the future with features such as new
additional information services and much higher quality of sound than
in FM radio broadcasting. KDAB is the first customer to use RadioMan to
bring radio programming to the television set.
ATI Group Moves to NewFacilities
Jessup, MD - Jan 10, 2002 - The ATI Group, parent company of Audio
Toys Inc., API Audio, and Uptown Automation, will consolidate
manufacturing and corporate offices for all three brands in a larger
facility as of January 14, 2002. The changes come in response to ATI's
steady and considerable growth over the last decade.
In addition to providing the company with a much needed doubling of
space, the consolidation will improve manufacturing efficiency. ATI,
API, and Uptown Automation products will all be manufactured at the new
Jessup, Maryland location under the direction of Gordon Smart, general
Effective January 14, 2002 ATI Group's new address and telephone
8301 Patuxent Rage Range Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Enco Systems at Consumer ElectronicsShow
CES, Las Vegas, and Southfield, MI - Jan 8, 2002 - Enco Systems
Inc., a worldwide provider of digital audio delivery systems, made a
strong showing at the Consumer Electronics show this year. The
company's DADpro32 Digital Audio Delivery System was used in seven
different booths to help promote digital radio.
The flagship booth for IBOC digital radio is the Ibiquity booth.
Ibiquity is demonstrating both the AM and FM systems it is developing.
The DADpro32 system is being used to generate linear digital audio and
associated text information to power the IBOC demonstration of the
audio quality and data features. Enco Systems has also provided
DADpro32 systems for the Visteon, Delphi, Kenwood, Alpine, JVC and
Texas Instruments booths where similar demonstrations are taking
Enco and StratosaudioPartnership Signed at CES
CES, Las Vegas - Jan 10, 2002 - Enco Systems announced that it has
signed an agreement with Stratosaudio to work together in enabling
interactivity with conventional analog AM/FM radio, with the first live
installations in place 2Q2002. Enco is the first automation
manufacturer to enable a real-time direct feed to the Stratosaudio
Broadcast Management Software. Stratosaudio has been testing and
demonstrating interactivity with conventional radio using the Enco
Systems DADpro32 software over the past three months, and Stratosaudio
commented that Enco has demonstrated its forward-thinking vision by
actively participating throughout Stratosaudio's development
Enco cited the increasing competition in the broadcast industry
worldwide as the main reason for its agreement with Stratosaudio in
providing a new revenue stream to broadcasters.
Stratosaudio's worldwide patent-pending technology will allow radio
listeners and mobile phone users in Europe and the United States to
instantly purchase music and other content, respond to advertisements,
and interact with talk shows at the press of a button while listening
to the radio. Stratosaudio Inc. is headquartered in Century City,
ACUM Enlists Idioma
Tel Aviv, Israel, and New York - Jan 10, 2002 - Idioma, a developer
of monitoring systems for radio, television and Internet broadcasting,
announced that ACUM, the Association of Composers and Music Writers in
Israel, has decided to fully implement Idioma's CopyrightScanner music
copyrighting monitoring technology. ACUM, which has been using four
stations to track and monitor radio stations in Israel, is now
expanding its system with added Idioma units to 10 national and local
radio stations in Israel.
ACUM becomes the world's first copyright society to have a completely
digital and automated system to track its local and international
repertoire broadcast over the radio with the expansion of their system
from Idioma. In 2000, ACUM began deploying a limited amount of Idioma
platforms to cover Israel's radio stations. Now with a full complement
of CopyrightScanner, ACUM will know what is played in real-time and
will thus be better able to meet its members and affiliated foreign
societies royalty issue needs.
Idioma's CopyrightScanner is a copyright tracking system for copyright
societies, recording labels and media tracking groups that
automatically identifies songs, jingles, movies and video clips as they
are aired. Utilizing a computer algorithm to document the song's actual
sound signal (either analog or digital), CopyrightScanner creates a
unique and non-intrusive Compound Digital Fingerprint (CDF). As opposed
to ID watermarks or other plug-in technologies, the song itself - and
no other criteria - is the key to its own identification. In addition,
no technical cooperation from radio stations, webcasters or
broadcasters is required by the tracking organization using
Satellite Export &Engineering Becomes Patriot Antenna Systems
Albion, MI - Jan 7, 2002 - Satellite Export & Engineering (SEE)
has changed its company name to Patriot Antenna Systems in an effort to
leverage the International brand recognition associated with its highly
successful Patriot commercial satellite antennas. Patriot Antenna
Systems will continue to offer all of the equipment and services that
it provided as SEE. The company has also added a new line of transmit
antennas to its product portfolio in an effort to provide one of the
widest selections in the industry.
In a press release, Jeff Mathie, president of Patriot, noted that the
company was already known by both names, but that this change takes
advantage of the stronger brand identification of Patriot. It was also
noted that the company sells all types of satellite communications
hardware, but that the cornerstone of the company are the metal antenna
Patriot recently completed range certification for its 1.2 and 1.0
meter Ku-band transmit/receive antenna systems with feed horn and
OMT/filter packages. This allows the company to sell FCC-compliant
products while type approvals for Intelsat and Eutelsat await final
acceptance. The 1.0 and 1.2 products represent some of the first mass
production, metal transmit antennas available in smaller apertures. The
company is banking on the advantages of metal antennas over competitors
Fiberglass/SMC antennas. These advantages, such as improved surface
accuracy, and simplified repeatable production methods for mass
production are key to Patriots strategy for entering the two-way VSAT
Patriot plans to announce the availability of other apertures antennas
as well as C and Ka band options in early 2002.
Memorex, Ingentix Partner onMultiMediaCard
Santa Fe Springs, CA – Jan 7, 2002 - Memorex announced that it
has formed a partnership with Ingentix to manufacture and market
solid-state MultiMediaCard Flash memory products. Ingentix is a joint
venture of Infineon Technologies AG and Saifun Semiconductors Ltd.
Memorex will be the exclusive U. S. distributor, using its retail
leading brand in digital media, while Ingentix provides manufacturing
expertise and MultiMediaCard specific intellectual property
Ingentix is now supplying Memorex MultiMediaCards, which are available
in 16MB, 32MB and 64MB versions. The MultiMediaCard is the
world’s smallest memory card. Because of its integrated device
interface, the MultiMediaCard is an easy-to-install, compact memory
card that is particularly suitable for use with mobile phones, personal
digital assistants (PDA), e-books, digital cameras, interactive toys
and MP3 players. MultiMediaCards are compatible with a growing number
of portables, as they can be used in a device expansion slot that also
accepts SD Memory cards.
Sirius Tools for FebruaryLaunch
CES, Las Vegas - Jan 7, 2002 - Sirius Satellite Radio announced the
next phase of its market rollout, beginning February 14 and culminating
in nationwide service during the third quarter. At a news conference
hosted by Sirius President and CEO Joseph P. Clayton at the 2002
International Consumer Electronics Show, the company discussed its
upcoming service launch and new programming lineup, unveiled details of
its new Dodge NASCAR Racing team sponsorship, highlighted a new
management team and debuted the new Sirius website.
Clayton announced Sirius' three-phase service rollout strategy,
culminating in service offered nationwide beginning in July:
Phase I - Commencing February 14, 2002, Sirius will launch
commercial service in four markets - Houston, Phoenix and Denver (which
were previously announced) and a new market - Jackson, MS, where
Clayton first debuted satellite television with RCA in 1994. All four
markets feature early adopters of technology, favorable attitudes
towards mobile electronic products and strong retail environments. It
was noted that Jackson was a successful launch city for DIRECTV. Sirius
expects that it can duplicate that success.
Phase II - Sirius will implement the next phase of its regional
rollout across the southwestern United States beginning in April/May in
Dallas/Fort Worth, Tulsa, Albuquerque and Little Rock, AR. All were
early rollout markets for RCA and DIRECTV. Service will be available in
the southern and central U.S. starting in June/July, and will include
the leading metropolitan markets of Miami, Tampa Bay and Orlando, FL;
Indianapolis and Nashville.
Phase III - Sirius expects to offer service nationwide during the
third quarter of 2002.
Sirius announced it has joined the Evernham Motorsports/Ultra
Motorsports Dodge racing team, part of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Sirius will be the primary sponsor of the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio
Dodge Intrepid R/T, driven by Casey Atwood.
As part of a strong focus on sales and marketing, Clayton introduced a
number of industry veterans joining Sirius. The new executives, with
deep ties to the consumer electronics industry, will be part of the
company's sales and marketing organization and will collectively be
responsible for sales, marketing, distribution, merchandising and
strategic planning for retail. The group will report to Guy Johnson,
Sirius' new executive VP of sales and marketing. The new executives
have all participated in the rollout and success of numerous consumer
electronics products, including the development and launch of DIRECTV
As part of its launch program, Sirius announced a unique consumer and
retail experience, the "Rhythm of the Road Tour." This mobile demo tour
features a custom-built 65-foot giant ferris wheel dubbed the "Wheel of
Sound," which is equipped with eight Sirius-ready musical theme cars
for consumers to ride in and listen to Sirius' service. The tour also
features specially designed trailer trucks that open up into listening
kiosks for consumers, a stage for local musicians and a DJ booth that
will play the Sirius service live at each location. Consumers can also
listen to Sirius' service in any one of a variety of demo vehicles,
including the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T, a BMW
X5, Ford Mustang and Dodge Ram Quad Cab.
Fianlly, Sirius unveiled its new channel lineup, including 60 original
music channels, all commercial-free, in almost every musical genre,
from rap to reggae, classical to country, new rock to hard rock, as
well as HITS channels playing all the top hit songs in pop, rock,
country, R&B, rap and dance, virtually on demand. Rounding out its
lineup, Sirius will broadcast 40 world-class channels of the best
variety of sports, news, talk and entertainment through partnerships
with world-class providers, including ESPN, ABC News, CNN Headline
News, E! Entertainment Television, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and
The redesigned Sirius web site offers live streaming of Sirius' 60
commercial-free music channels and will serve as an interactive, online
complement to Sirius' broadcast programming. On the new site, visitors
will be able to sign up and become Sirius Insiders for access to
exclusive content, including behind-the-scenes interviews with
XM Announces 30,000 Subscribers
CES, Las Vegas - Jan 7, 2002 - During a press conference held the
day before the Consumer Electronics Show opened, XM Satellite Radio
announced that it currently has 30,000 subscribers in all 48
continental states in the U.S. XM began its nationwide service in
The press conference included comments from the CEOs of radio
manufacturers and consumer equipment dealers in addition to comments
from Hugh Panero, CEO of XM. XM is understandably excited about its
success to date.
TGI Appoints Myers to Newposition
Kitchener, Ontario - Jan 17, 2002 - Bruce Myers has been named
general manager, field operations for TGI Professional. Myers has been
with TGI North America since March of 2001. The new position reflects
Myers's many successful years of field experience and will greatly
assist in obtaining the company's divisional objectives. All field
sales managers will report directly to Myers to streamline and solidify
the sales operations of the Professional Division.
Broadcast Electronics AppointsDirector of Business Development
Quincy, IL - Jan 14, 2002 - Broadcast Electronics announced the
appointment of Noel Nishi to the position of director of business
development. In this position, Nishi will be responsible for developing
new markets for advanced media delivery systems (AMDS) services and to
provide new growth vehicles for the AMDS division. Prior to joining
Broadcast Electronics, Nishi was employed at DMX Music as the senior
director of strategic sales. His responsibilities included developing
new business opportunities for increased distribution of their
services, entry into new markets and value added services, which were
aimed at increasing revenue opportunities with their existing customer
base. DMX Music is a music company that provides programmed music
services to residences via cable and business via satellite and
proprietary on-premise platforms.
He also managed five key accounts including Brinker International
Restaurants, Darden Restaurants, Nine West Group, Federated Department
Stores and Gap. Nishi holds a BA degree in sociology from the
University of Washington.
Nishi will also be responsible for SoniXtream, Broadcast Electronics'
Internet audio streaming services and the company's home disk
store-and-forward systems. He will be based in Seattle.
TGI NA Adds Walsh for DPA Mics
Kitchener, Ontario - Jan 11, 2002 - Chris Walsh has joined TGI North
America Inc. as product specialist for Tannoy Studio Monitors and DPA
Microphones. Walsh comes to TGI after five years at Martinsound Inc. in
Alhambra, CA, where he was vice president of sales and marketing. In
that position he was highly visible in studios around the country in
the film/post/video market as well as music recording, and with the
Walsh brings years of studio experience at many levels to his new
position at TGI. He is still active in recording too, most recently
with the Christian band, Stronghold. Walsh will work from his office in
southern California. TGI is exclusive North American distributor of the
DPA product line.
Sennheiser Names West CoastMarket Developer
Old Lyme, CT - Jan 10, 2002 - Sennheiser USA has appointed Adam
Shahinian to the position of West Coast market developer serving the
music industry (MI) and sound reinforcement (SR) channels. Shahinian's
strong sales and product training background will serve him well in
this new position. His responsibilities include supporting both MI and
SR channels with frequent in-store training, merchandising assistance,
inventory evaluation and detailing, as well as strategic planning. He
will report to Greg Beebe, MI/SR channel manager of Sennheiser USA.
Shahinian works from his home office in La Crescenta, CA.
QDesign Appoints Carhart to TopPost
Vancouver, BC - Jan 8, 2002 – QDesign Corporation, a vendor of
technology solutions for delivering digital music, announced the
appointment of digital media executive Thomas W. Carhart as president
and CEO. Carhart joins QDesign from ReplayTV/SonicBlue Corporation,
where he served as senior vice president of services and corporate
development and as vice president of product marketing. At ReplayTV, he
spearheaded the company's business strategy, established partnerships
with Panasonic and Turner Networks, and led the launch of the company's
first Personal Video Recorder (PVR) product line. Carhart also played a
key role in the acquisition of ReplayTV by SonicBlue Corporation.
Before joining ReplayTV, Carhart was a director at Compaq Computer
Corporation and a product manager at Motorola. He led Compaq
initiatives with the cable industry, including a $200 million
investment in the Road Runner high-speed data service, and formed
Compaq's iPaq appliance business. At Motorola, Carhart was a founder of
the cable modem business. Prior to Motorola, he worked as a design
engineer at Scientific-Atlanta.
Carhart holds A.B. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from Dartmouth
College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Rick Beaton, founder and president of QDesign, will become the
company's chief technology officer and continue to focus on the
development of QDesign's innovative digital music technologies.
Sennheiser Appoints Renner forMidwest
Old Lyme, CT - Jan 10, 2002 - Sennheiser Electronic Corporation
recently appointed Rick Renner the professional products sales
representative for the Midwest United States. In this new position,
Renner is responsible for supporting and broadening the company's
dealer and consultant network in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. He
represents all Sennheiser brands, Neumann, D.A.S., Innova SON and
Prior to joining Sennheiser, Renner studied at Full Sail and has years
of recording and production studio experience in the Chicagoland area
in addition to extensive sales experience. Renner reports to Mark
Humrichouser, eastern region professional products sales manager, and
is based in Oak Park, IL.
Audio-Technica AppointsSteven Lefkowitz
Stowe, OH - Sep 21, 2001 - Audio-Technica U.S. has named Steven H.
Lefkowitz as the company’s vice president, finance and Chief
Financial Officer. The announcement was made by Phil Cajka, president
and CEO of the Stow, Ohio-based company.
In his new position, Lefkowitz will manage all accounting and credit
operations. He will also be directly responsible for customer support
and MIS (EDP) functions.
Lefkowitz is a CPA with an accounting degree from Miami University,
Oxford, Ohio. He comes to Audio-Technica from the online
business-to-business marketplace E-Debt Financial Services, where he
served as vice president, CFO and treasurer. Previously, Lefkowitz was
vice president and controller of HomePlace. He also spent more than 10
years in the position of controller for Tire Centers.
Chaincast Attains High Spotin Radio Streaming
San Jose, CA - Jan 8, 2002 - Chaincast Networks, a provider of
cost-effective streaming solutions for media groups, audio and video
webcasters, Internet infrastructure companies, and corporate
enterprises, now claims to be the the leading provider of streaming
services for Internet radio stations. Chaincast is the first to deploy
a carrier-grade, Internet-based multicast system for live streaming and
is now serving 7 million commercial streams and 4 million aggregate
tuning hours monthly for 600 radio stations that, in total, have
approximately 700,000 unique weekly e-listeners.
Paul Distefano, Chaincast's president and CEO noted that Chaincast
holds 15% of the marketshare of the estimated 4,000 terrestrial radio
stations that are streaming on the Internet. Chaincast compares this
figure with other providers and their reported client bases as follows:
Real Networks - 550 terrestrial radio stations streaming, AOL - 450,
Yahoo Broadcast.com - 450, and MSN - 400.
MeasureCast Signs LoudeyeRadio
Portland, OR - Jan 8, 2002 - MeasureCast Inc. announced Loudeye
Technologies is subscribing to the MeasureCast Streaming Audience
Measurement Service for its Loudeye Radio Internet radio application.
Loudeye will use MeasureCast metrics to sell advertising inventory for
its growing list of affiliates and Internet radio partners.
Through MeasureCast reports, Loudeye will be able to quantify the reach
of the Loudeye Radio Network to demonstrate the effectiveness and scope
of its offerings to potential customers and advertisers. Loudeye Radio
provides e-tailers, portals and terrestrial radio companies a
custom-branded and compelling Internet radio application, delivered as
a complete hosted service designed to extend a company's brand and
create new sources of revenue.