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29th SBE Central New York Regional Convention
SYRACUSE, NY — Jul 12, 2001 — Chapter 22 of the Society
of Broadcast Engineers will sponsor the Central New York Regional
Convention on Thursday, September 13, 2001 at the Turning Stone Casino
Resort Convention Center, 800-771-7711 (ask about special room rates
for SBE), located at exit 33 of the New York State Thruway (Interstate
90), 20 minutes east of Syracuse. This will be the 29th consecutive
edition of the original SBE Regional Convention.
The convention features the largest regularly scheduled display of
state-of-the-art production, video, audio and editing equipment in the
Northeast. Manufacturers, distributors and representatives will be
displaying the latest in broadcast and production gear, much of it
digital and high-definition. There will also be presentations of
technical papers in adjacent meeting rooms.
This year, the Society of Broadcast Engineers National Meeting will be
held at the Turning Stone, in conjunction with the Regional Convention.
Admission to all convention activities is free (small fee for SBE
National Awards dinner following reception).
Visit the convention link on the Chapter 22 website at www.sbe22.org to register and sign up
for the special events.
US Renews Balkan Contract With WRN
WASHINGTON — Jul 10, 2001 — The U.S. Government's
International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) recently renewed its contract
with World Radio Network (WRN) to transmit a news and information
service to the Balkan region via one of the pan-European Astra
When the Bosnian government closed private media outlets during the
conflict in the late 1990's, IBB increased its broadcasts to the
territories of the former Yugoslavia, particularly communities in
Kosovo, Serbia and Albania, in order to provide the population with
reliable news. A dedicated IBB Balkan channel was established,
broadcasting across the region in English, Croatian, Serbian and
Albanian. Programming was, and continues to be, taken from the Voice of
America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
The news content originates from VOA's studios in Washington, DC, and
RFE/RL's studios in Prague, Czech Republic. It is then transmitted to
WRN in London via the company's Atlantic Crossing fibre optic circuit
and, until recently, was up-linked to the Astra 1c analog
In June this year, IBB renewed its contract with WRN and asked the
company to arrange a frequency change for the Balkan service to a new
analog channel broadcasting on Astra 1B, Transponder 27, audio
subcarrier 7.56MHz. The International Broadcasting Bureau is the
umbrella organization that administers U.S. Government-funded civilian
international broadcasts including the Voice of America and Radio Free
CFA Tests in UK Postponed
Jul 09, 2001 — After a long wait to make efficiency tests on a
Crossed Field Antenna (CFA) in the United Kingdom with transmitter
power and field strength measurements by U.S. engineers, the proponents
of the CFA were unable to put the antenna into operational condition
prior to the time the tests were originally scheduled in early June. As
of this writing, no known U.S.-sponsored tests have taken place.
Presumably the tests will be rescheduled.
U.S. broadcast engineers have had their suspicions aroused by the CFA,
which the inventor claims will emit signals with the efficiency of a
much taller antenna, such as a quarter wavelength vertical used in the
AM broadcast band. Trouble is, very short antennas, like the CFA, have
traditionally been very poor radiators.
Arbitron To Measure Mexico City
NEW YORK CITY — Jul 05, 2001 — Arbitron announced that,
beginning September 2001, it will conduct syndicated radio audience
measurement services for Mexico City broadcasters, advertisers and
agencies. The Mexico City radio ratings service will be the first
syndicated radio measurement conducted by Arbitron outside the United
Broadcasters that have signed long-term commitments include Grupo ACIR,
Imagen Telecomunicaciones, MVS Radio, Nucleo Radio Mil, and
Organizacion Radio Formula. These broadcasters operate 23 stations in
Mexico City and the Valley of Mexico. Advertising agencies and media
buying services that have signed contracts or letters of intent include
BBDO - OMD, Control Media, FCB Worldwide, Initiative Media, Leo Burnett
- Starcom, McCann Universal, Media Planning México, and Mindshare.
These agencies account for more than two-thirds of radio ad spending in
the Mexico City radio market.
Each quarter, beginning in September 2001, Arbitron will use a
Spanish-language version of a standard seven-day radio diary to survey
the radio listening behavior and key socio-economic characteristics of
approximately 4,800 Mexico City residents, age 12 and older. In-person
interviewers will place the diaries at the households selected to
participate in the survey and later retrieve the diaries at the end of
the survey week (This differs from Arbitron's practice in the United
States that uses telephone interviewers to recruit survey participants
and the U.S. mail to place and later retrieve diaries for
Collected Mexico City diaries will be shipped to Arbitron's Columbia
Research and Technology Center for processing and tabulation using the
company's existing processing infrastructure, which has been adapted to
handle the Mexico City diaries.
Arbitron successfully tested the feasibility of adapting its standard
diary method and processing procedures in October 1998 and again in
September 2000. The first data from the Fall 2001 Mexico City radio
survey will be released in February 2002. Thereafter, Arbitron will
deliver monthly reports of the Mexico City audience based on a rolling
average of the three most recent months being surveyed. All audience
information will be delivered via software applications only.
Short-Wave of Publicity
HILVERSUM, The Netherlands — Jul 05, 2001 — Radio
Netherlands has announced that, as of July 1, it will broadcast to
North America on all the frequencies being relinquished on same day by
the BBC World Service. The publicity campaign is designed to recognize
and support the millions of short-wave radio owners in North America
who still believe in direct contact with Europe from across the
Radio Netherlands believes in a multimedia mix. With more than 600
stations in North America broadcasting a broad range of music and
documentary features, certain Radio Netherlands' programs are already
reaching listeners on FM in the USA and Canada.
Fortunately, technical developments mean AM broadcasts will soon have
the fidelity of FM. It involves digitising the AM bands over the next
few years with a system from Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM). 67
organizations, including manufacturers such as JVC and Sony, back this
new global standard. Hearing the demo of digital short-wave is like
listening to the difference between a cassette and a compact
Internet is complementary to radio, but doesn't replace it. Audio on
the Web is great at playing radio's memory, offering a second chance to
listen to a program transmitted earlier. But the current streaming
technology is useless at coping with the peak demands of serious live
broadcasting. For every 100,000 listeners over the air at any one
moment, there are only a few thousand capable of hearing the broadcasts
simultaneously on the web.
Radio Netherlands is heard in English to North America every evening
between 7:30 to 9:25pm Eastern Daylight Time on 6165 and 9845 kHz.
There is an additional one hour program primarily for the West Coast of
North America at 9:30 to 10:25pm Pacific Daylight Time on 6165 and 9590
kHz. In addition, there are Radio Netherlands broadcasts in Spanish and
Dutch, which are also widely heard in North America.
WWV Surveys Users
BOULDER, CO — Jul 02, 2001 — In an effort to keep its
technology current, the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of
WWV/WWVB/WWVH users. A survey is underway, and responses are due by
September 30, 2001. Many stations use the WWV stations for time
According to NIST, the survey should take less than 15 minutes to
complete. (The editors of BE Radio found it to take much less time.)
Complete only the sections that pertain to your usage. The online
version of the survey is available at www.timesurvey.nist.gov.
Quincy, IL - Jul 30, 2001 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) announced an
agreement to license Internet media software, patents and delivery
assets from Everstream, a developer of software for one-to-one
targeting audio and video advertising.
Under the licensing agreement, BE will use Everstream's software,
technology and related intellectual property to enable radio stations
to have online channels and to create, manage and distribute
entertainment, news and advertising content on the Internet. BE also
acquires Everstream's existing client base of online radio sites and
technical delivery assets. This licensing agreement enables BE to bring
to market a mature, validated, and patented technology enabling radio
programming to be distributed over the Internet.
Toronto - Jul 27, 2001 - Musicmusicmusic has enlisted Getronics to
install and support musicmusicmusic's Web Bar Listening Stations and
Galaxy Audio Previewing System across the United States and
With 47 committed locations, FutureShop - one of musicmusicmusic's
current clients - will benefit from Getronics' national presence and
Streaming full songs, the Web Bar Listening Post is the most advanced
music preview system available on the market today. The Galaxy System,
which has been added to the company's product lines, permits users to
preview music in 30-second samples instantly from a server located in
the store. By December there will also be a video module available to
view DVD trailers.
RDA Systems Installs WENZ/WZAK, Cleveland
Cleveland, OH - Jul 26, 2001 - RDA Systems recently assisted Radio
One's stations WENZ and WZAK, Cleveland, with an upgrade to digital
consoles. The stations were faced with a short deadline that the
original project coordinator could not meet.
The project involved moving the WZAK air studio into a newly designated
space and upgrading to a Harris Pacific Airwave digital console
complete with wiring. The WENZ project involved installing a new Harris
Pacific Airwave digital console and rewiring an existing studio.
Broadcast Electronics Awarded Nigerian Contract
Quincy, IL— Jul 25, 2001 — Broadcast Electronics
announced the signing of a contract with the Federal Radio Corporation
of Nigeria to supply transmitters and studio equipment for a major new
FM radio project in Nigeria. Under the contract signed last week in the
capital city of Abuja, Broadcast Electronics will supply, install and
commission equipment for 32 new FM stations to be built around the
country over the next 18 months. Each radio station installation will
include the new FM-20S solid-state transmitter in a main/alternate
configuration. Additionally, the production and on-air studios will
utilize AudioVault digital automation systems. Northgate Ltd. of Lagos,
Nigeria, will assist in the project.
Svetlana Appoints PM Components
St. Petersburg, Russia — Jul 25, 2001 — Tube
manufacturer Svetlana, of St Petersburg, Russia, has announced the
appointment of PM Components Ltd of Chatham, England, as its primary
worldwide distributor of Svetlana glass and ceramic vacuum tubes,
effective immediately. A dedicated company, PM of America, in Memphis,
TN, has been formed to handle distribution responsibilities for North
America. For more information, contact PM of America Inc, Headquarters,
Warehouse and Audio Division, 1687 Shelby Oaks Dr, Suite 8, Memphis, TN
38134; firstname.lastname@example.org; 901-388-2424.
IDC Announces New Orders
OTTAWA, Canada — Jul 18, 2001 — International
Datacasting announced new orders totaling more than $2 million CDN. The
orders include new customers and extensions of existing systems.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a longtime IDC customer,
has ordered 12 FlexRoute digital audio uplinks to be used in the
ongoing conversion of the CBC radio distribution infrastructure to
digital technology. This digital system will provide higher quality
audio and improved network functionality.
US-based SkyOnline has placed another follow-on order for a SuperFlex
uplink system to be used as part of their expanding IP networking
business in Latin America. Dong-in Satellite Network, in association
with Korea Telecom, placed a sizable order for FlexRoute equipment used
in the continued expansion of an existing nationwide satellite network
project of the Korean government.
Telenor, of Norway, has placed its first order for the rollout of
SR2000 SuperFlex DVB/IP satellite receivers to facilitate a
pan-European IP multicasting network.
RDA Systems Completes HBC Miami
St. Louis — Jul 16, 2001 — RDA Systems recently
completed a radio studio consolidation project for HBC in Miami.
Confirming HBC’s major commitment to the Miami radio market, the
project included the design, wiring, and installation of a
four-station, 15-studio broadcast facility.
The new complex has a 15-rack technical operations center, four control
rooms, three AM talk studios, six production rooms, and two editing
booths. There are an additional two racks housed in the penthouse TOC,
located in a separate building of the Coral Gables building
RDA arrived in Miami on August, 2000 to begin the installation of the
TOC and the 15 pre-wired Studios. Within four weeks, three stations
were broadcasting from the new facility. The first two stations to be
moved were WRTO-FM and WAMR-FM. WQBA-AM soon followed. WAQI-AM,
previously operating from a different building and not under the
constraints of a lease deadline, was the last station to be cut-over,
on October 29, 2000.
RDA installed four new Harris BMX III-26 consoles for the control rooms
and three new BMX-20s for the large production rooms, as well as an SAS
64000 router in the TOC. The studio furniture was provided by Mager
Systems of Phoenix. The furniture was delivered to RDA Systems, and the
studios were pre-wired in St. Louis.
CRL Completes Acquisition of Avocet Instruments
TEMPE, AZ, and SAN LEANDRO, CA — Jul 12, 2001 — Circuit
Research Labs has completed its acquisition of Avocet Instruments, a
designer and manufacturer of audio receivers and coders for the
Company officials announced that Avocet has finished relocating its
operations from Beaverton, OR, to CRL's Tempe, AZ, headquarters.
Orban/CRL vice president/COO Jim Seemiller has appointed Kevin Clayborn
to the position of product manager for Avocet products.
Eric Lane, formerly CEO of Avocet Instruments Inc., has joined the
Orban/CRL marketing and sales team as a consultant.
HHB Appoints New Reps
LOS ANGELES — Jul 12, 2001 — HHB Communications USA has
announced that Right Track Marketing, The James Fox Music Company and
Sehi Marketing are the latest dealer representatives to carry HHB's
product line in the United States.
Right Track Marketing signed on with HHB in April and will deliver the
HHB line to the New York metro area.
The James Fox Music Company will represent HHB's products in northern
California and parts of northern Nevada. Appointed in January 2001,
James Fox Music Company has already had success with the sale of 25 HHB
Portadisc Minidisc Recorders to KQED-FM in San Francisco.
Sehi Marketing, based in North Lauderdale, FL, signed on with HHB in
January and will handle HHB's presence in Florida and Puerto
HHB Communications, a distributor and manufacturer of professional
audio, music industry equipment and digital recording media, sells
products in more than 50 countries and is based in the U.K. with
offices in the U.S. and Canada.
XM Satellite Radio Commences Test Program
WASHINGTON, DC — Jul 12, 2001 — XM Satellite Radio
commenced a nationwide soft launch test program this week, deploying
dozens of teams of testers equipped with XM radios to more than 20
markets across the country, in preparation for its commercial service
launch later this summer. With both its high-powered satellites
broadcasting from their final geostationary positions, XM is
road-testing the XM experience utilizing selected testers comprised of
employees and business partners across the nation.
Last month, XM's second satellite, Roll, was formally handed over to XM
by Boeing Satellite Systems and began broadcasting as part of the
preparation for XM's commercial launch. The satellite, launched May 8,
is performing beyond expectations, like its twin Rock. By using two
powerful satellites, each with the same nationwide coverage, XM will
ensure maximum signal and system reliability.
The July 2001 issue of BE Radio looks at the technology behind
satellite radio and the service providers, XM and Sirius Satellite
Aphex Supplies XACT Radio
SUN VALLEY, CA — Jul 12, 2001 — Aphex Systems, which
this year celebrates 26 years in the pro-audio industry, recently
supplied a number of signal processors to the XACT Radio Network for
use in its new Denver-based production studios and webcasting complex.
XACT Radio was established to allow radio stations to retain their
listener base by extending an existing brand to the Internet.
Currently, NextMedia, Greater Media, Citadel Communications Corp. and
Milwaukee Radio Alliance have adopted the XACT service for their
stations' streaming strategy. The announcement was made by Aphex
president Marvin Caesar.
XACT Radio Network offers a turnkey custom radio service on the
station's own Internet site under their own brand. Designed and
outfitted by Creative Studio Solutions, XACT's new Denver facility
includes two production and two voice-over studios equipped with the
following Aphex products: four Aphex Systems model 1100 Thermionics
microphone pre-amplifiers (one each for the production and VO studios),
four model 622 logic assisted dual-channel expander/gates (used with
the quartet of model 1100 pre-amps), plus a model 108 Easy Rider auto
compressor, a model 109 two-channel parametric equalizer with
tubessence, a model 104 aural exciter, a model 720 Dominator II stereo
precision peak limiter and a model 320A Compellor two-channel
compressor/leveler shared between the pair of production areas.
XM Opens NY Studios and Offices
WASHINGTON — Jul 9, 2001 — Washington-based XM Satellite
Radio opened midtown Manhattan broadcast studios and offices, creating
a New York City base where it will produce specific shows and showcase
talent. The New York City studio facility will be interconnected with
XM's 80-plus-studio broadcast center in Washington.
XM's 5,000-square-foot facility on the fifth floor of the Economist
Building, at 111 W. 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, will
feature talk studios, production studios and several offices, with
accommodations for 10 staff. The complex will begin broadcasting signal
next Monday. The building has a long music history. Formerly known as
the Steinway Building, it still houses the headquarters of the famed
piano maker. XM has a similar studio facility in Nashville at the
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
In addition to its broadcast studios in Washington, New York and
Nashville, XM has offices in Japan, Detroit and Dallas, and a
technology center in Boca Raton, FL. XM's Eckington Place headquarters
in Washington features one of the world's largest digital broadcast
facilities featuring 80-plus state-of-the-art studios and a
2,800-square-foot performance studio.
ENCO Moves Into Expanded Facility
SOUTHFIELD, MI — Jul 9, 2001 — ENCO Systems, a worldwide
provider of digital audio delivery systems, announced that it has
completed its move into a new office and manufacturing plant in
The new building is located a few miles away from the former ENCO
Systems building in Farmington Hills, part of the Metro Detroit area.
The new building features nearly twice the 13,000 square footage of the
current facility. Besides additional space for manufacturing, testing
and research and development, the new building allows a greatly
enhanced DAD School area for training current and future DADpro32
ENCO Systems performed extensive remodeling and refitting of the
building including new phone systems and other infrastructure
investments. The new address is 29444 Northwestern Highway, Southfield,
MI 48034. ENCO's toll-free phone number remains unchanged at
800-362-6797, but the business line is now 248-827-4440 and fax is now
Montreaux Jazz Uses Zephyr Xstream
Montreaux, Switzerland — Jul 6, 2001 — The colorful
sounds eminating from the Montreaux Jazz Festival were enjoyed by more
ears than usual this year with the help of the Telos Zephyr Xstream.
Six of the highest rated stations in Switzerland joined together to
retransmit a daily half-hour program with interviews and some songs of
The Zephyr Xstream uses the MPEG2 AAC/MPEG4 AAC low delay encoding
algorithm. It is the first codec to implement this method. The low
delay AAC mode offers quality equivalent to Layer 3 with about 75% less
delay (less than 60mS).
The Zephyr Xstream received a BE Radio Pick Hit award at
IDC Selects Aeta Audio
CLAMART, France — Jul 6, 2001 — When manufacture of the
RE 660 and 661 audio codecs ceased, many users found they were stumped
by compatibility problems with the replacement models on the market. An
example was the Canadian firm IDC (International Datacasting
Corporation). After an in-depth market survey, IDC chose Aeta Audio and
its HIFISCOOP 3 LL to distribute its programs for the years to
The decision rested on several determining factors, but primarly, the
choice was based on the characteristics that determine the performance
of the HIFISCOOP 3 LL and its adaptability to external equipment
including low delay 20kHz (ADPCM) at 384kb/s, an integrated sequence
channel with no reduction in throughput on the available frame, an
audio-linked data channel and remote control via IP with the Aeta
This North American contract is worth 300 deliverable codecs over the
next five years. IDC is just one among many operators, such as France
Telecom, Nozema (NL) and Swisscom, who order several hundred codecs
each year from Aeta Audio.
AKG Announces C4500B-BC Winner
NASHVILLE — Jul 02, 2001 — Marking the NAB debut of its
new C4500B-BC broadcast microphone, AKG Acoustics USA announced that
Dale Allred, general manager of Uintah Video Productions in Vernal, UT,
won the C4500B-BC given away at NAB2001. Allred took delivery of the
microphone at the beginning of June and has already put it to good
The C4500B-BC is a large diaphragm condenser microphone, specifically
designed to meet the needs of broadcasters, such as a front-end firing
capsule position, electro-magnetic screening, internal pop-filter and
no need for additional outboard processing. The microphone's
transformerless output makes it immune to harmful electro-magnetic
fields while its all-metal housing and double-screening of all
acoustically open sections provides even greater shielding capability.
Look for a Field Report on the C4500B-BC in the August issue of BE
Arbitron Buys RADAR Audience Measurement
NEW YORK CITY — Jul 2, 2001 — Arbitron Inc. announced
that it has purchased the RADAR radio network audience measurement
service of Statistical Research Inc. (SRI) of Westfield, NJ, for $25
million, payable over two years.
RADAR (Radio's All Dimension Audience Research) is a national radio
ratings service that measures audiences listening to radio commercials
aired on 29 radio networks operated by ABC, American Urban Radio
Networks, Premiere and Westwood One. The service produces its estimates
using a 12-month, 12,000-person telephone survey in combination with
the industry-standard commercial clearance system.
Arbitron indicated that it will initially maintain the RADAR service as
it is today. At the same time, Arbitron will work with the networks,
agencies and advertisers to enhance the RADAR service by taking
advantage of Arbitron's enormous diary database.
Arbitron surveys more than 1.3 million radio listeners in more than
3,500 counties across the United States in the course of its local
market radio ratings surveys in 286 markets throughout the year.
Both the Arbitron Local Market Radio Ratings Service and the RADAR
Radio Network Ratings service are accredited by the Media Rating
Council (MRC). Arbitron intends to maintain the MRC accreditation for
the RADAR service throughout the transition from a telephone-based
survey to a diary-based survey. In the short term, SRI will conduct
telephone interviewing for the RADAR service under contract to
As part of the purchase agreement, a number of SRI employees who work
on the RADAR service become Arbitron employees and will continue to
work at RADAR's current offices in Westfield. Arbitron also obtains the
processing software used to produce the network radio ratings database
and the RADAR PC 2010 desktop application used by networks, agencies
and advertisers to analyze the RADAR audience data. SRI has agreed to
work with Arbitron to adapt the RADAR processing software to the
Arbitron diary survey method.
Gale Metzger and Gerald Glasser, the two principals of SRI, will
continue in their roles at SRI while working closely with Arbitron
during the transition.
Harris Acquires Hirschmann Multimedia
MELBOURNE, FL — Jul 2, 2001 — Harris Corporation
announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Hirschmann
Multimedia Communications Network (MCN) business, a manufacturer of
European-standard DVB-T and DAB transmitters and digital cable systems.
The acquisition was completed on June 30, 2001.
Hirschmann MCN is based in Rankweil, Austria, and becomes part of
Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division. Hirschmann MCN
has sales in calendar year 2000 of $26 million.
Harris has supplied well over 60% of all DTV transmitters operating in
the United States, but has lacked the DVB-T transmitters needed to
serve two-thirds of the world's remaining digital television
transmitter market. Additionally, Harris, at the forefront of
developing U.S.-standard IBOC digital radio transmitters, has lacked
the European standard DAB transmitters - an area in which Hirschmann
has significant market share.
WorldNet Rio Wins its First Major Order
Belfast - Finnish broadcaster Digita has placed an order for 15
WorldNet Rio’s, the new digital audio codec from Belfast-based
Audio Processing Technology. Digita, established in 1999 as a separate
subsidiary of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), provides
terrestrial radio and television broadcasting in Finland and owns and
maintains a nationwide broadcasting network consisting of 38 main
stations, 167 substations and 40 transmission link stations.
With digital television broadcasting due to start in Finland later this
year, Digita is currently involved in constructing and operating the
country’s digital terrestrial television network. Initially there
will be three multiplexes managed by YLE, MTV Oy and Swelcom Oy, which
will broadcast 13 digital channels. Analogue television transmission of
existing channels will run in parallel with the digital channels until
at least the end of 2006.
Aimed primarily at broadcast and post production markets, the WorldNet
Rio is a 1U box that is smaller than existing APT products and offers
superior audio quality, reduced delay time and improved reliability.
Incorporating APT’s enhanced version of apt-X, the WorldNet Rio
offers 20 and 24-bit operation as an extension to the performance of
the company’s original 16-bit algorithm. It also features one X21
main line and one X21 as back up, ensuring that in the event of main
line failing it will automatically switch to back up.
AKG Appoints Market
Nashville - Jul 31, 2001 - AKG Acoustics appointed Kevin Madden
market development manager for the U.S. sound reinforcement market.
Madden, who previously held the position of Eastern regional sales
manager at AKG, immediately assumes responsibilities for product
development, market development and services and support of customers
in the U.S. live sound and installed sound markets. The announcement
was made by Tracy Cranton, AKG vice president of market
Madden joined AKG Acoustics as technical services manager in 1996,
having previously served as customer service administrator in the
service department of sister company, JBL Professional in Northridge,
CA. An accomplished guitarist, FOH and monitor engineer, Madden has
toured nationally and internationally. Bronxville, NY, native Madden
served as resident sound engineer at world-famous Los Angeles venues
including the House of Blues and the Whiskey A Go-Go from 1989 to 1996,
and continues to occasionally work in local Nashville venues.
Crown Hires Regional Sales Managers
Elkhart, IN — Jul 27, 2001 - Crown Audio has rounded out its
domestic sales organization with the addition of two new regional sales
managers. Jonathan Parker has been named eastern regional sales manager
for Crown Audio, while Loren Robinson has been named western regional.
Both individuals report to Deb Frantom, Crown Audio director of U.S.
sales, who made the announcement.
Parker comes to Crown with more than a dozen years of
audio industry experience at ASPI Digital, Bose Corporation and TOA. He
possesses a Masters degree in International Management/Marketing as
well as a Bachelors degree Business Administration. Parker's regional
office is located in Lawrenceville, GA.
Robinson also has an extensive pro audio background,
which includes serving as a Crown representative in Southern California
for many years. He additionally has had considerable experience in
contracting, systems design, management and training. Robinson is based
in Simi Valley, CA.
Troy Bornman continues to carry on in his current role as Crown Audio's
central regional sales manager.
IBiquity Establishes Advisory Board
COLUMBIA, MD, and WARREN, NJ — Jul 18, 2001 — IBiquity
Digital announced that it has formed a Broadcaster Rollout Advisory
Board to provide guidance and intra-industry support for the
implementation of iBiquity Digital's IBOC (In-Band On-Channel) digital
AM and FM broadcasting technology.
The Board has been chartered to provide technical and operational input
to iBiquity Digital to help the company better educate the broadcast
community about IBOC technology, promote the adoption of IBOC in the US
and fully exploit its potential.
Members of the board were selected from a cross section of the radio
broadcast community to represent the diverse technical and
organizational characteristics of AM and FM stations located throughout
the United States.
Members of the board include:
Dale Fedorchik, vice president and regional engineer Eastern States,
Bert Goldman, vice president of engineering, Radio Division, ABC
Eugene Hale, chief engineer, WSBT Stations, South Bend, Indiana
Alan Kirschner, vice president of engineering, Big City Radio
Hal Kneller, president, Heartland Broadcasting Corporation
Don Lockett, vice president and chief technology officer, National
Hal Widsten, owner and general manager, KWED AM, San Antonio,
Jeff Detweiler, broadcast technology manager, iBiquity Digital
Scott Stull, director of broadcast business development, iBiquity
Glynn Walden, vice president of broadcast engineering, iBiquity
Crown Names New President
Elkhart, IN — Jul 17, 2001 — Blake W. Augsburger has
recently been appointed to serve as president of Crown Audio. The
announcement came from Mark Terry, Harman Professional Group
Reporting to Terry, Augsburger is
responsible for overseeing and directing the entire Crown Audio
operation. The manufacturer's three vice presidents (engineering,
marketing and sales) and three senior vice presidents (financial,
manufacturing and human resources) all now report directly to
Prior to joining Crown, Augsburger was vice president and general
manager for two high voltage test and measurement equipment
manufacturers - Hipotronics of Brewster, New York and Haefely Test AG
of Basel, Switzerland - both Hubbell Incorporated companies. His
seven-year tenure with Hubbell, which also included VP positions in
engineering, operations and worldwide sales and marketing, was preceded
by five years spent with San Diego's Maxwell Laboratories, specialists
in pulsed power technologies.
Augsburger possesses Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical
Engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.
Gentner Names VP of Sales
SALT LAKE CITY — Jul 12, 2001 — Gentner Communications
announced it has named Timothy J. Morrison as its vice president of
sales. Morrison will be responsible for increasing sales across all
product lines and for initiating new sales programs designed to
leverage the synergies between Gentner's products and services.
Morrison has 20 years of direct sales, marketing and top-level
management experience. He most recently was general manager of
privately held Baldwin Steel (Jersey City, NJ). Prior to Baldwin Steel,
Morrison was president and chief executive officer of Leeco Steel
Products (Chicago), also a privately held steel company. In addition,
he spent more than 15 years in various management and sales positions
with Bethlehem Steel (Bethlehem, PA), one of the nation's largest
integrated steel companies. Morrison graduated from Fordham
Soundcraft USA Names Wunschel
Nashville, TN — Jul 10, 2001 — Scott Wunschel has been
appointed to serve as western regional sales manager for Soundcraft
USA. Tom Der, Soundcraft USA national sales manager, made the
Prior to his appointment, Wunschel spent nearly two
years at Soundcraft's worldwide headquarters and manufacturing facility
in England acting as Spirit's sales manager for Europe, Africa and the
Middle East. Before that, he was with Spirit by Soundcraft in Rocklin,
CA for four years serving as administration manager and, eventually,
regional sales manager. Wunschel had also been employed with Plus Four
Marketing in the Bay area following his pro audio industry beginnings
at Skip's Music in Sacramento.
In the role of western regional sales manager, Wunschel is now
providing sales support for all of Soundcraft's US rep firms and
retailers west of the Mississippi River. Greg Addington continues to
carry on in his current capacity of eastern regional sales manager,
with Tom Der overseeing the entire US sales operation.
CommScope Names Edwards to High Post
Jul 5, 2001 — CommScope announced that Eddie Edwards, formerly
president of Alcatel's RFS subsidiary, has been named executive vice
president-strategic development of CommScope and president of its
wireless products group.
Since 1999, Edwards served as president of Radio Frequency
Systems (RFS), a subsidiary of Alcatel with worldwide operations, which
manufactures antennas and cable systems and RF subassemblies for
From 1996-1999, he was president of Alcatel NA Cable Systems, the North
American arm of Alcatel's cable business. Prior to that, he held
positions in Alcatel as chief financial officer of cable operations in
the Americas and assumed additional responsibility as Americas area
manager for Alcatel Cable in 1997. Edwards joined Alcatel in 1986 as
vice president of planning, which involved work in acquisitions and
divestitures. Edwards began his business career with First Union
National Bank in 1972 where he held various positions.
Edwards is a 1971 graduate of Clemson University and holds a BA degree
in economics. He is a past director of the Telecommunications Industry
Association (TIA), a national organization for telecommunications
NTI Montreal Appoints Managing Director
SCHAAN, Liechtenstein, and MONTREAL — Jul 2, 2001 — NTI
AG announced the appointment of Susan Imeson as its managing director
for the North American Operation, NTI (Montreal). Imeson's appointment
is effective immediately.
Imeson's most recent position with NTI (Montreal) was that of director
of administration. She takes over the management responsibilities from
Vincent Desouza, who is no longer with the NTI group.
NTI develops highly qualified and customized measurement systems for
the pro audio- and telecommunications industry. NTI's main product
lines are the Minstruments, the A-Series audio analyzers and the Rapid
Test voice frequency production line test systems. The headquarters of
NTI are in the Principality of Liechtenstein. A NTI-subsidiary in
Montreal serves the North-American Market.
Andrew Promotes Cox
ORLAND PARK, IL — Jul 2, 2001 — Andrew Corporation
announced that it has promoted Paul R. Cox to group president,
In his new position, Cox has global responsibility for
Andrew Corporation's satellite products and systems, government
antennas, terrestrial microwave and ValuLine antennas, broadcast
products, rigid and elliptical waveguide, and pressurization
Cox joined Andrew in September 2000 as vice president, satellite
products/systems and government antennas. In November 2000 he became
vice president, communication products and was elected to group
president, communication products in February 2001.
Cox's telecommunications industry experience includes 16 years at EMS
Technologies, most recently as vice president and general manager of
the space and technology group/Atlanta. He holds a BSEE from Auburn
University in Alabama and an M.S. in the same discipline from Southern
Methodist University, Dallas.
Klotz Digital Adds Armstrong
Atlanta — May 21, 2001 — Jim Armstrong has joined the
Klotz Digital sales team as sales engineer. The announcement was made by Ramon Espaolini, managing
director of Klotz Digital America. As sales engineer, Armstrong will
concentrate on operations within the U.S. sales market. Armstrong will
also aid in broadcast product design and development, market research
and technical presentations to broadcast groups.
Armstrong most recently held the position of national sales manager for
Burk Technology where he was responsible for sales, systems
configurations and the hiring and training of sales support teams.
Prior to his work with Burk, Armstrong operated as broadcast sales
manager for Gentner Communications and has amassed a strong knowledge
of the broadcast industry through his experiences as station manager
and technician, On-Air talent and producer.
Clear Channel Selects Globix
Jul 18, 2001 — Globix Corporation (www.globix.com) announced
that Clear Channel Interactive (www.clearchannelinteractive.com) has
selected Globix to host and manage the systems infrastructure for a
significant portion of its online business.
Clear Channel Interactive is a division of Clear Channel Worldwide,
which owns or operates approximately 1,170 radio and 19 television
stations in the United States and has equity interests in more than 240
radio stations internationally.
The company also operates some 700,000 outdoor advertising displays
around the world and produces 25,000 shows and events annually. The
company had previously hosted all its online radio web sites
The custom solution provided by Globix includes complex hosting of the
Clear Channel network's software with monitoring, reporting, management
and security services. Globix is also designing and building the
network architecture for Clear Channel's offerings.
Musicmatch and RIAA Sign Webcast Licensing Deal
SAN DIEGO and WASHINGTON, DC — Jul 17, 2001 — Musicmatch
and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced the
signing of a licensing agreement for music performances broadcast on
the Musicmatch Radio service.
Musicmatch has been operating its radio service since November 2000
under the statutory webcasting license provided by the 1998 Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The program provider's agreement with
the RIAA establishes terms for the webcasting of music performances on
the Musicmatch Radio service under the DMCA statutory license.
Musicmatch Radio streams more than 4.0 million aggregate tuning hours
of music programming to 828,000 unique listeners each month.
Activate Selects Symetrix
LYNWOOD, WA — Jul 12, 2001 — Activate selected Symetrix
equipment to manage audio signals in its large digital content
facility, Activate Grand Central. Capable of managing and streaming thousands of
simultaneous audio and video signals over the Internet, Activate Grand
Central employs hundreds of Symetrix 422 Automatic Gain Control
levelers to optimize signal levels.
To meet the needs of enterprise and high bandwidth customers, Activate
Grand Central was designed to be scalable and flexible, supporting a
variety of webcast events. Doyle Technology Consultants, familiar with
the Internet space, worked with Activate engineering to convert the
historic 1914 building into an advanced digital content facility
designed for Internet media, including equipment installation and
Activate Grand Central features the latest in networking interfaces,
allowing a single operator to manage and control hundreds of encode
computers, source signal routing, and QC monitoring, including the
input audio level of each stream. To maximize efficiency, Activate and
Doyle Technology selected Symetrix 422 to manage audio signal