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Competition in Radio and ConcertIndustries Act Introduced
Washington - June 27, 2002 - U.S. Senator Russ Feingold introduced
the Competition in Radio and Concert Industries Act, which is
intended to help small and independent radio station owners, promoters
and consumers by prohibiting anti-competitive practices in the radio
and concert industries.
Feingold stated that radio is one of the most important
media and that he is committed to fairness and competition and to
ensuring that cross-ownership of promotion services or venues is not
used to hurt musicians, concert promoters or other radio
Feingold's bill is intended to accomplish three goals:
To help small and independent radio owners and promoters by curbing
concentration to level the playing field in the marketplace;
To help consumers by curbing concentration to promote diversity of
information and bring down high ticket prices;
To address anti-competitive practices by stopping the current
shakedown system, where some radio corporations allegedly leverage
their market-power to shakedown the music industry in exchange for
playing their songs.
According to Feingold, "The Telecommunications Act of 1996 opened the
floodgates for concentration in the radio and concert industry, and
that's exactly why we are here today - because we need to repair the
damage that has been done through this anti-competitive
Feingold was joined at the press conference by representatives of
Consumers Union, The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
(NABOB), The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
(AFTRA) and The Future of Music Coalition.
Statements issued by Hilary Rosen of the RIAA and Eddie Fritts of the
NAB take opposing stands on the proposal.
Hilary Rosen, Chairman and CEO, RIAA:
"We applaud Senator Feingold for introducing this important
legislation. It takes the necessary first step toward ensuring
diversity of programming on radio stations by preventing abuse of
independent promotion through unprecedented increased radio ownership
"This radio promotion system needs reforming and this bill provides
the road map to getting there."
Eddie Fritts, President and CEO, NAB:
"The 1996 Telecommunications Act has strengthened the ability of
radio to better serve listeners, and we strongly dispute claims that
radio has grown more homogenous in recent years. Separate studies show
that radio format diversity is far greater now than six years ago, and
Spanish stations in the U.S. now number more than 600, up from fewer
than 400 in 1996.
"Moreover, through the collective efforts of stations from Boston to
Boise, local radio stations generated $7 billion in public service last
year. That alone should be reason enough for Congress to let flourish a
communications medium that is free, local and reliable."
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An outline of the Act can be viewed at Sentor Feingold's website:
XM Tops 136,500 Subscribers
Detriot and Washington - Jul 1, 2002 - XM Satellite Radio ended the
second quarter with more than 136,500 total subscribers, mostly from
retail sales, exceeding most Wall Street projections. With XM's retail
distribution rolling, General Motors is expanding factory installation
of XM from the Cadillac DeVille and Seville to 23 additional GM models
in the 2003 model year.
XM is naturally pleased with the repsonse. The company will now focus
on making XM part of the sale of GM vehicles. In preparation for
availability at dealers beginning later this summer, XM is now being
factory installed in 25 models of GM cars with an aggressive rollout
plan encompassing Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and
XM Subscriber Growth ‘On Track’
Exceeding most Wall Street expectations for the third consecutive
quarter, XM announced a net gain of over 60,000 subscribers for the
quarter, mostly from retail sales at Circuit City, Best Buy, Tweeter,
Radio Shack and other retailers nationwide. XM remains on track with
its goals to end the year with an anticipated 350,000 subscribers.
Sirius Launches NationwideService
New York - Jul 1, 2002 - Sirius Satellite Radio has officially begun
its nationwide, 100-channel service of 60 commercial-free music
channels and 40 news, sports and entertainment channels. For $12.95 per
month, listeners can now receive what the broadcaster calls
clutter-free music in multiple genres that include 11 rock, eight pop,
six country and seven jazz categories, along with reggae, blues, gospel
and Latin hits, as well as non-music channels that include CNBC, Fox
News, CNN, NPR, BBC, Radio Disney, La Red Hispana, Discovery Radio and
E! Entertainment Radio.
Sirius begins its first week of nationwide availability by declaring
independence from commercial radio with Fourth of July-themed programs
on many of its 60 commercial-free music channels. The holiday
programming kicks off on The Galaxy, channel 100, from July 1 through
July 8 with Sirius Across America, a unique compilation of music across
all genres that celebrates favorite American places, along with
personal "man-on-the-street" feelings about America and other fun
Several times on July 4th, The Galaxy will also feature Let Freedom
Ring, a one-hour musical scrapbook of songs and sounds reflecting
the patriotic spirit that is the foundation of our nation, hosted by
noted singer-songwriter Richie Havens.
Beginning with an initial service launch on February 14 in four
metropolitan markets, Sirius introduced its service at scheduled
intervals in 37 states and the District of Columbia between April 1 and
June 1. Sirius completes its service rollout with the addition of
Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon,
Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, California, New Jersey and the
greater New York City area.
Christian Music Broadcasters Formed
June 25, 2002 - About 40 Christian radio personnel gathered in
Orlando, FL, last week to form Christian Music Broadcasters, an
association focused on Christian music radio. A task force of the
National Christian Radio Alliance (part of the Gospel Music
Association) has been working during the past three months to
incorporate a new 501-C3 for promoting the impact of Christian music
radio on the church, the industry and the culture.
Membership is comprised of Christian radio stations, radio groups and
radio networks. Consultants, agencies and record companies are included
as associate members. An interim board was elected to coordinate the
activities of the CMB until the first official election in April of
2003. New board members elected include:
Chairman: Tim McDermott, KSBJ, Houston
Vice Chairman: Dick Jenkins, K-Love, Sacramento
Secretary: Jon Hull, KSBJ, Houston
Treasurer: Jim Campbell, Radio Training Network, Lakeland, FL
Large Market: Joe Davis, Salem Communications, New York
Medium Market: Jim Marshall, KMHK, Columbia, SC
Small Market: Jim McDermott, KCVO, Camdenton, MO
CMB will also work with affiliate organizations such as the National
Religious Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau to coordinate
the Radio Boot Camp at the NRB Convention and plan a Christian radio
seminar at the RAB Convention. CMB is tentatively planning an informal
gathering for Christian radio personnel at the NAB Radio Show in
Seattle this September.
CMB will work with Westar Media Group on the use of Christian Radio
Weekly magazine as a vehicle for news, information and ideas for
Christian music radio.
Ward-Beck Announces West CoastRep
Toronto - Jul 3, 2002 - In a continuing effort to establish and
maintain a high profile presence on the US West Coast, Eugene L.
Johnson, managing director, and Michael Jordan, director of sales,
announced that Ward-Beck Systems is now represented by Piper Digital.
Based in the Los Angeles area, Piper Digital will perform the duties of
manufacturer's representative for Ward-Beck in the states of
California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Idaho.
Piper Digital will be responsible for direct sales in these states and
has the mandate to further expand the Ward-Beck presence in these
regions through the development of a dealer network.
All inquiries in these states for information about Ward-Beck may be
directed to Glen Thompson at Piper Digital, 4322 West 173rd Street,
Torrance, CA, 90504-1009. Phone 310-370-7837, fax 310-370-7768 or
Sales for all other areas of the US will be handled from the corporate
headquarters in Toronto. Contact Michael Jordan, director of sales, at
Ward-Beck Systems Ltd.; toll free 866-771-2556 or 800-771-2556, phone
416-335-5999, fax 416-335-5202 or e-mail email@example.com
XTA Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
Farmingdale, NY - Jul 1, 2002 - XTA Electronics celebrates its 10th
anniversary this month. XTA began its manufacturing line with the RT1
analyzer, the DS400 distribution system and the GQ600 graphic
equalizer. Now, the company is a developer and supplier of digital and
analog signal processing and audio control software for live- and
installed-sound applications. The current product line includes the
DP224 and DP226 speaker management systems; the DP100, DP 200 and the
DP202 audio processors; GQ600 graphic equalizers; DS800 8 x 32 active
mic/line splitter; and the Seriously Intelligent Digital Dynamics
Harris Leads Digital Radio inDenmark
Rankweil, Austria - June 28, 2002 - As part of a project to bring
digital radio to Denmark, Harris will provide a large number of DAB
transmitters to Broadcast Service Denmark (BSD), which is partly owned
by program providers Denmark’s Radio and TV2. The first phase,
which involves the installation of 30 transmitters, is expected to be
completed by the end of the calendar year.
The transmitters range in power of 40W to 500W. Harris also plans to
provide transmitter equipment for a second multiplex.
Belden Opens a NetworkingInteroperability Lab
Richmond, IN - June 26, 2002 - Belden Electronics Division, a
manufacturer of cable for the networking, entertainment, home
automation and industrial markets, is opening a Networking
Interoperability Lab. The Lab will be an integral part of
Belden’s R&D and product development programs. It will
facilitate customer-driven and joint research projects with other
networking industry leads and it will serve to identify a variety of
link and channel test and performance issues of interest to the
industry at large.
Stardraw Teams With ICIA andInfocomm IQ
London - May 31, 2002 - In a move designed to enhance businesses and
add value for the end user, design and documentation software company
Stardraw.com has announced a partnership with the premier audiovisual
association ICIA. Infocomm IQ, developed, maintained and delivered by
the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA), is an
industry-wide product information database for the AV market that
offers users instant access to the most up-to-the-minute product
information. ICIA takes raw data from manufacturers and re-authors it
to be complete, current and comparable. It is then distributed directly
and through third party dealer websites. By teaming with Stardraw, with
its own library of more than 36,000 high-quality symbols from
manufacturers, ICIA plans to make Infocomm IQ available to a wider
Stardraw users will not only have access to the graphical
representation of a product for systems engineering drawings, but also
technical data that can then be embedded directly into a tender
document. The companies feel that the arrangement dovetails two
complementary products to create an even more powerful industry
RTS Installs APT Codecs to Rebuild
Belfast - June 25, 2002 - After losing most of its technical assets
to NATO bombers and anti-Slobodan Milosevic protestors, Serbian radio
station Radio Televizija Srbije (TTS) is about to undergo a major
re-building program that is intended to transform it into a public
broadcasting system for the nation.
The transformation is spearheaded by a new board of directors, which
was appointed by the new Serbian government after Milosevic was ousted
from power in October 2000. This includes journalists and independent
professionals from all walks of life, many of whom were actively
opposed to Milosevic during his years in power.
Although funding for the project has yet to be agreed upon, staff at
RTS are already beginning to get the broadcaster back on its feet. As
part of this process, RTS has invested audio codecs from Audio
Processing Technology. These include eight NLXs and four BCF codecs,
which are being used to transmit five stereo signals via multiplex to
the radio station's main switching rooms.
RTS is still trying to re-build the studios and transmission
facilities, but it is back on the air broadcasting more than 100 hours
of programming a day. There is still much work to be done and little
money with which to do it.
APT and Broadcom Help TeamTalk GetOn-air
Belfast - June 24, 2002 - APT’s UK distributor, Broadcom, has
supplied nine of the manufacturer’s new Worldnet Milano S bus
codecs to Teamtalk Broadcast, a company that specializes in supplying
programming to private and retail radio stations in Europe.
Teamtalk Broadcast approached Broadcom to discuss the distribution
needs for a new radio service it is providing to MOTO service stations,
ASDA FM (England and Scotland) and McCalls retail outlets. Broadcom
recommended and quoted for multiplex equipment and codecs. The Milanos
are on X21ccts with ISDN backup using APT’s Enhanced apt-X data
compression algorithm at 16-bit, 256kb/s stereo.
XM Names Joseph Euteneuer asCFO
Washington - June 27, 2002 - XM Satellite Radio has named Joseph J.
Euteneuer, a seasoned telecommunications corporate financial executive,
as chief financial officer and executive vice president. Euteneuer
comes to XM after 15 years as an executive at Comcast, a cable TV
operator, where he held a number of financial and operating executive
roles. Euteneuer will oversee all of XM’s financial operations as
the company continues to expand its service.
Burns Joins Klotz Digital
Atlanta - June 27, 2002 - Dave Burns has been named director of
broadcast business development for Klotz Digital America. As director
of broadcast business development for Klotz, Burns will oversee all new
business development efforts for the radio broadcast market including
development of sales strategies and new product development.
Burns is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in
broadcast and professional audio spanning the fields of sales,
marketing, consulting and business development. Burns most recently
held the position of studio products manager for Harris Corporation's
Broadcast Division where he was responsible for new product development
and vendor relations as well as the expansion of Harris's resale
product line and integrated-services-facilitating products. Prior to
his work with Harris, Burns served as an independent consultant to
broadcast and professional audio companies including Bose and
AudiCord/Air Corp Systems. Burns began his career as a salesman for
Allied Broadcast Equipment in Richmond, IN, later becoming national
sales and marketing nanager and later broadened his industry experience
as senior vice president for Mediascan Advertising and Marketing in New
Telex Adds Two Managers
Burnsville, MN - June 26, 2002 - Telex Communications has named Mark
Gubser as product manager for its Radiocom wireless intercom products.
While this is a new role for Gubser, he’s no stranger to Telex,
having worked for 14 years in the company’s Lincoln, NE,
facility, most recently as senior mechanical engineer of Telex’s
RF Engineering Group. Gubser’s key accomplishments in this role
include working as part of the team that brought the Telex BTR-700 and
BTR-800 wireless intercom products into the marketplace, and his vast
knowledge of project management, prototyping and industrial design will
be invaluable in his new role.
Gubser will be responsible for planning and developing new wireless
intercom products under the Radiocom brand, analyzing market and
technology trends, supporting Telex’s dealer and direct sales
efforts in the United States and internationally, developing new
Radiocom product distribution and promotion strategies and working
closely with the Lincoln factory to improve manufacturing efficiencies,
inventory control and production forecasts.
Prior to joining Telex, Gubser was a senior technical associate for
Bell Telephone Laboratories. Gubser holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical
Engineering from Metropolitan State College, and an A.S. degree in
Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Southeast Community
Communications has named Tom Weems as the new western regional manager
for the company’s RTS Systems Division. With a broad territory
covering much of the northern and western U.S., including Alaska and
Hawaii, Weems will be responsible for several aspects of sales,
marketing, promotion and support for RTS System products.
Weems brings broadcast experience in television and radio to his new
position, having held previous sales and marketing positions with
Panasonic Broadcast, NewsMaker Systems, Tektronix TV Division, Link
Electronics and Gray Communications Consultants. His background
includes engineering management positions with major market TV
stations, new station construction and facility integration/station
remodeling. He has also worked closely with systems integrators,
dealers, distributors, OEMs and facility design firms.
SSL Names Zaretsky as VP
New York - June 24, 2002 - Solid State Logic has appointed Steve
Zaretsky to the position of vice president broadcast, East Coast. In
this position, Zartesky will be responsible for all broadcast customers
within the region. He will report directly to Rick Plushner, president
of SSL North America.
Zaretsky has held positions with New England Digital, Otari and
Euphonix. Most recently, Zaretsky worked in the equipment finance
business specializing in the professional audio and video marketplace.
Zaretsky’s knowledge and experience enhances SSL’s
leadership position as the broadcast industry aggressively moves to an
DRM Re-elects DeutscheWelle’s Peter Senger as Chairman
Ohio – May 8, 2002 - For the fourth
year in a row, Digital Radio Mondiale has chosen Peter Senger, chief
engineer and deputy technical director of Deutsche Welle, as its
chairman. Senger has led DRM since its inception in 1998. DRM also
re-elected Jan Hoek, CFO/CTO and deputy director general of Radio
Netherlands, as its vice chairman. Hoek has been vice chairman since
DRM’s beginning. DRM also re-elected all 18 members of its
Steering Board. The voting took place at the consortium’s annual
General Assembly, held this year in Mason, Ohio, U.S.A., at the
corporate headquarters of DRM member Harris Corporation, Broadcast
DRM’s Steering Board members remain the BBC, Coding Technologies
GmbH, IDT Continental Electronics, Deutsche Telekom AG, DW, Fraunhofer
IIS-A, Harris Corporation, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, International
Broadcasting Bureau/VOA, Merlin Communications International Ltd.,
Radio Netherlands, Robert Bosch GmbH, Sony International Europe,
TéléDiffusion de France, TELEFUNKEN SenderSysteme Berlin AG,
Telenor/Norkring, Thales Broadcast & Multimedia and Voice of
Paredes Promoted to New Post atOrban/CRL
June 21, 2002 - San Leandro, CA - Gareth
Paredes has been promoted to managing director of sales, marketing, and
customer service of Orban/CRL Systems. His responsibilities will
include overseeing all of Orban/CRL’s sales, marketing and
customer service activities.
After graduating from San Francisco State University in 1988 with a
bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Marketing, Paredes
held various positions within the company. Starting his career as a
marketing assistant in the San Francisco office, he moved on to order
entry administrator with Orban/AKG Acoustics, and most recently was
Orban/CRL sales support manager.
Domains for .DJ Now Available
Jul 5, 2002 - The URL registration firm YourName.DJ is accepting
orders for top-level domain extensions that end in .DJ. The two-letter
name extension is country code for the Republic of Djibouti, East
Africa. To search for and register available Dot DJ names visit www.yourname.dj.
Clear Channel Selects Vitalstreamfor Internet Streaming
Irvine, CA - June 25, 2002 - Vitalstream has signed an agreement
with Clear Channel Radio to carry more than 200 radio streams on the
Vitalstream Digital Broadcast Network.
According to industry figures, Clear Channel Worldwide streams more
hours of online programming than any other radio group in the world.
Clear Channel streams audio formats ranging from rock to news/talk
through its domestic radio stations in the top 50 markets.
Vitalstream, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sensar, is a provider of
products and services that enable the digital broadcast of audio and
video content and other communications via the Internet. Vitalstream
provides audio and video streaming, Web conferencing, advanced media
hosting, payment processing and consulting services.
VideoLogic Announces InexpensiveEureka Digital Radio
London - Jul 1, 2002 - VideoLogic Systems, a division of Imagination
Technologies, unveiled its plans to manufacture the Pure Evoke-1 DAB
digital radio. The Evoke-1 will be the first high-volume, stand-alone
Eureka-147 DAB radio to break the £100 (US$153) price point.
The Evoke-1 features a maple-wood case and pearlescent white front with
silver grille and control panel, which includes a scrolling LCD text
display, station selection and volume knobs and button controls for
presets, display-settings, power and auto-tuning. The Pure Evoke-1
features third-generation DAB technology. Frontier Silicon’s
Chorus FS1010 is a single-chip DAB/audio processor, based on the META
processor design and DAB IP licensed from Imagination
The unit will be available at the end of July in retail stores in the
Waves Offers New Version ofSoftware
Knoxville, TN - June 27, 2002 - Waves has introduced a ver. 3.5
software upgrade that is available for free to all users of versions
3.0 and higher. The new version offers more processors supporting high
sample rates (96kHz and 192kHz) and dual processors, as well as focuses
on optimization of system processor usage by loading optimal software
code for the specific processor being used. The optimization of digital
audio signal processing frees up processing power to run additional
plug-ins or carry out other operations. The upgrade loads specific code
for each individual processor.
Tascam Takes on Development ofMX-2424
Montebello, CA - Jul 1, 2002 - Tascam has brought the ongoing
engineering development in-house for the MX-2424 hard disk
recorder/editor and the MM-series film dubbers, which were designed and
manufactured in conjunction with TimeLine Vista Inc. Tascam has
established a direct working relationship with Gerry Lester and Teeto
Cheema, the Academy award-winning engineers primarily responsible for
the development of the MX-2424 and the MM Series.
Tascam's MMR-8 and MMP-16 Digital Dubbers are nonlinear audio systems
designed specifically for the motion picture industry.
The MX-2424 is Tascam's standalone 24-track hard disk recorder. Since
its introduction in 2000, Tascam has sold thousands of MX-2424s
worldwide. Its sonic fidelity and audio file compatibility with other
industry-leading recording and editing systems has made the MX-2424
widely popular with professional musicians, engineers and studio owners
who capture audio for later transfer to DAW systems.
Tascam Shipping Pocketstudio 5 andSx-1
Montebello, CA - June 28, 2002 - The Tascam Pocketstudio 5 and the
SX-1 Digital Production Environment are now shipping and available at
authorized Tascam dealers. The Pocketstudio 5 is a portable multitrack
digital recorder that uses Compact Flash cards for media, has an
internal MIDI synthesizer module and can create final stereo mixes in
MP3 format. The SX-1 combines automated digital mixing, hard disk
recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, DSP effects and CD-burning
capabilities into a single production unit.
Stardraw Launches Web-EnabledTechnology
London - June 28, 2002 - Software provider Stardraw has chosen
InfoComm 02 to unveil a new suite of design applications. While they
follow the principles of the developer's established product range,
Stardraw AV, Stardraw Audio and Stardraw Lighting 2D, the new
applications are fully Web-enabled, allowing users to access a Web page
to use the software within an Internet browser.
Where conventional software is shipped on CD and installed, Stardraw's
Web-enabled applications are delivered through HTML pages, using tools
that download themselves when they are needed. All of the functionality
is executed on the client side for speed, and symbols, libraries and
pricing are stored in databases on the server. An advantage of the
client/server split is that even if the Internet connection is broken,
users can still continue to work and save files locally.
Stardraw adds Project ManagementReports
London - June 27, 2002 - Stardraw.com announce the inclusion of
Client, Management and Installation Reports as May's new program
features. This extension of Stardraw's reporting adds a new level of
functionality tailored to the project-management process. The
feature-per-month enables Stardraw to add functionality in response to
user requests. As the name suggests, at least one new feature is added
each month, which is available to all current subscribers and
downloadable from the Internet. Hundreds of new product symbols are
also added to the family of Stardraw packages each month. In this way
all Stardraw users are guaranteed to be operating on the most
up-to-date version of the software.
As with all new Stardraw features, this latest tool is Web-enabled
gives users the broadest set of presentation options. With it users can
now produce reports by room and phase in addition to the
well-established summary and detail pricing reports and cable
Audio-Technica Makes The World CupSquad
Stow, OH - June 25, 2002 - Being a large sporting event, there are
many detailed aspects to broadcasting the the FIFA World Cup soccer
games. Audio-Technica microphones have been specified for the 2002
World Cup by Robert Edwards, Sound Director of Video Sound Services
The Audio-Technica AT895 adaptive-array microphone system will be
present for coverage of each manager's bench at every World Cup game.
Broadcasters are able to connect to specific circuits to independently
access these microphones, which make up the core of the Team A and Team
B feeds. They are available to broadcast companies around the world
through host broadcaster HBS. The AT895s are also mixed in as part of
the overall World TV feed, and used at halftime for sideline
Orban Now ShippingOpticodecs
San Leandro, CA - June 21, 2002 - Orban/CRL Systems in conjunction
with Orban Europe (formerly Dialog 4) have begun shipping the Opticodec
models 7000 and 7400, which are manufactured in Germany by Orban Europe
to ISO9000 quality standards.
The Opticodec 7000 is a portable audio recorder that can edit and
transmit live audio via a MPEG Layer II and Layer III compliant codec
for use with ISDN, as well as G.722 and G.711 telephone modes. The
Opticodec 7400 is a fixed-location audio Layer II and Layer III codec
for use with ISDN, and is TCP/IP and UDP addressable for use over any
LAN, WAN, intranet or the Internet. G.722 and G.711 telephone modes are
included as well.