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NRSC Endorses AM IBOC for DaytimeOnly
By John Battison, technical editor, RF
Washington, DC - Mar 21, 2002 - The NRSC's AM IBOC working group
will potentially recommend to the FCC that Ibiquity's AM IBOC is
suitable for use during daytime hours only. The committee's results
show that AM IBOC during the day yields performance comparable to that
of FM IBOC. Nighttime operation of the AM IBOC system has outstanding
issues due to first- and second-adjacent channel problems. Ibiquity has
already stated that it does not expect AM IBOC to work via sky wave
signals because of the three subcarriers that occupy the 15kHz mask.
This means that AM IBOC will rely solely on ground wave
With ground wave coverage, the AM IBOC system provides satisfactory
results to the 2mV/m contour and sometimes as far out as the 0.6mV/m
contour. Stereo AM IBOC sounds like good FM stereo. As the AM IBOC
signal degrades, it "glides" to sound like FM mono and then
deteriorates from there. This may come as a big surprise to some if
there is no nighttime operation. One has to ask if it will be
worthwhile for stations to use the system only during the day.
Overall, the AM IOC signal is very robust, but it suffers from the
usual AM problems and may limited by first- and second-adjacent
problems. The NRSC committee will present its findings on April 6 at
NAB for approval by the NRSC.
Two Philly Streamers Join Arbitron PPMTrial
New York - Mar 18, 2002 - Two Philadelphia-area radio stations have
begun encoding their Internet-streamed audio signals for the U.S.
market trial of the Portable People Meter (PPM). WDEL-AM (1150) and
WSTW-FM (93.7) are using separate Arbitron encoders to differentiate
over-the-air audio from Internet-streamed audio. The distinct station
identification codes - one for broadcast, one for the Internet - will
allow the PPMs being carried by Philadelphia consumers to distinguish
between exposure to the over-the-air signal and exposure to the
Arbitron endorses the streaming additions as a further demonstration of
the concept that the PPM can accommodate the measurement of Webcast
Arbitron Updates RADAR NetworkService
New York - Mar 12, 2002 - Arbitron will begin using its radio diary
database to increase the sample size used to tabulate the audience
estimates for the its RADAR network radio ratings service beginning
with the release of the RADAR 73 network radio ratings report in June
RADAR, an acronym for Radio's All Dimension Audience Research, is a
national radio ratings service that measures audiences to radio
commercials aired on 31 radio networks operated by ABC Radio Networks,
American Urban Radio Networks, Premiere Radio Networks and Westwood One
Radio Networks. Arbitron acquired the RADAR radio network ratings
service from Statistical Research, Inc. in July 2001.
The service currently produces its estimates using a 12-month,
12,000-person telephone survey in combination with the
industry-standard commercial clearance collection system. Beginning
with the release of the RADAR 73 report in June of 2002, Arbitron will
use 12,500 diaries in each of the most current quarterly periods of the
12-month RADAR survey and will drop 3000 telephone interviews from each
of the earliest quarterly periods of the previous 12-month RADAR
survey. By the release of RADAR 76 in March 2003, RADAR reports will be
based on an annual sample of 50,000 radio diaries - more than four
times the current sample.
CEA Supports FM IBOC
Arlington, VA - Mar 11, 2002 - The Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) has filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission
endorsing the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) conclusion that
FM in-band, on-channel (IBOC) digital audio broadcast (DAB) is a
significant improvement over today's analog FM broadcast service.
The CEA stated in its comments that the adoption of a single technical
standard is crucial if FM IBOC DAB technology is to be "as successful
and ubiquitous in the marketplace as analog FM technology." CEA
continued by stressing the importance of ensuring all receiver
manufacturers have fair and reasonable access to IBOC DAB technology,
stating that the standard the Commission adopts "must meet the same
criteria with respect to intellectual property as the open standards
that are developed by CEA and other standards development
The CEA also suggested that FM broadcasters who begin IBOC DAB
transmissions should meet the same interference resolution requirements
as those who initiate analog transmissions with new or modified
facilities. The CEA takes the position that limited interference that
might occur from IBOC DAB broadcasts to existing analog FM service
would not fit the definition of "blanketing interference," and
recommends that the Commission take measures to promptly correct any
interference that might occur. According to its statement, "CEA
believes that by allowing the introduction of FM IBOC DAB technology,
the Commission will enable receiver manufacturers, broadcasters and the
general public to enjoy the benefits of improved radio service in the
Radio Sonora and CBC to receiveInternational Broadcasting Excellence Award
Washington, DC - Mar 8, 2002 - Radio Sonora, Jakarta, Indonesia, and
the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) are to be presented with
the National Association of Broadcasters' 2002 International
Broadcasting Excellence Awards at the International Dinner, April 10,
at NAB2002 in Las Vegas.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is recognized in the network
category for its unique innovations and effective utilization of
resources to advance the business of broadcasting. Specifically, the
CBC is being lauded for its National Satellite DVC project, a system of
advanced video coding and modulation technologies that has created an
efficient network for the distribution of multiple television programs
by satellite. The CBC design has provided a unique new tool for
broadcasters to distribute their programming with high video quality
and high spectrum efficiency, maximizing the value of the satellite
transponder asset. The DVC project permitted the conversion of CBC
English Television's satellite distribution network from a fully analog
to a fully digital system.
Radio Sonora of Jakarta, Indonesia, is recognized in the single station
category for its sustained efforts to improve the lives of its
listening audience through local public affairs programming and off-air
community service. Radio Sonora strives to meet the constant news and
information needs of its listeners on-air 24-hours a day. Beyond
programming, Radio Sonora runs blood drives, provides food for the
needy and raises funds for charities. Radio Sonora's response to the
tragic Jakarta floods in January has been phenomenal. Station employees
not only coordinated flood victim assistance, they opened a bank
account for people wanting to help, collected food and medicine, and
even purchased three rubber boats to distribute vital commodities.
Denon and Marantz To Merge
Mar 7, 2002 - Amsterdam and Tokyo - Marantz Japan Inc., its largest
shareholder (49%), Royal Philips Electronics, and Denon Ltd, its
largest shareholder (98%), Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C. have established
D&M Holdings Inc., a joint holding company to merge the operations
of Marantz and Denon. The transaction is expected to close by May 2002
and will create a single entity in the home theatre and audio-video
market, while maintaining the established Marantz and Denon brands.
D&M Holdings will employ approximately 1,650 people around the
world and will succeed Marantz as a publicly traded concern on the
Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE II: 6799).
The basic terms for the establishment of D&M Holdings are:
Marantz and DENON will set up D&M Holdings with its head office
in Sagamihara City, Japan.
Tatsuo Kabumoto, the current chairman and representative director
and CEO of Marantz, will become the president and CEO of D&M
All shares of both Marantz and Denon will be transferred to D&M
Holdings, making both entities wholly-owned subsidiaries.
Mitsushige Sakamoto, the current representative director of Denon,
will become president and CEO of Denon while Takashi Sato, the current
president and COO of Marantz will become president and CEO of
Existing Marantz shareholders will receive one share of D&M
Holdings for each Marantz share, and existing Denon shareholders will
receive 0.4416 shares of D&M Holdings for each Denon share.
Ownership of Marantz shareholders and Denon shareholders in D&M
Holdings will be 30% and 70%, respectively.
Philips and Ripplewood will have stakes of 14.7% and 68.6% in
D&M Holdings, respectively.
D&M Holdings will be listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo
Following establishment of D&M Holdings, the research and
development, production and purchasing, and financial control
activities of the two companies will be combined as soon as possible,
to reinforce their competitive edge and deliver the identified
synergies. The Denon and Marantz brand names will be maintained, as
well as their sales and marketing and brand specific product and unique
Six More Stations Join Arbitron's PPMTrial
New York - Mar 7, 2002 - Arbitron has signed six additional radio
stations serving the Philadelphia DMA to encode their audio signal for
the U.S. market trial of the Portable People Meter (PPM). Since the
second phase of the U.S. market trial began on January 7, 2002,
WAEB-FM, WCTO-FM, WKXW-FM, WLEV-FM, WRFY-FM and WZZO-FM have joined the
38 Philadelphia-area radio stations that have already been
participating in the PPM trial during 2001, bringing the radio total to
44 stations. Eight TV stations and 22 cable networks in the
Philadelphia market are also participating.
Since January 7, Arbitron has also recruited more than 1,150 consumers
out of a planned total of 1,500 consumers who will be outfitted with
the new passive audience measurement device. The Portable People Meter
automatically reports a listener's exposure to the stations and cable
networks that are currently encoding their audio signals for the U.S.
Arbitron intends to recruit the entire planned panel of 1,500
consumers, age six and older, by the end of March 2002. In the second
and final phase of the U.S. market trial, Arbitron plans to give the
industry its first direct look at individual station ratings for radio
stations, television stations and cable networks generated by the
Portable People Meter in the Philadelphia market. These estimates will
be compared with individual station and cable network ratings delivered
by current audience measurement systems.
The PPM is a pager-sized device that is carried by consumers. It
automatically detects inaudible codes that TV and radio broadcasters as
well as 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.
Appellate Court AffirmsSwitchcraft Innocence
Chicago - Feb 28, 2002 - The U. S. Court of Appeals in Washington
affirmed Switchcraft's summary judgment win against Neutrik in regard
to Switchcraft's HPC connector series. The appellate court confirmed
that Switchcraft has not violated Neutrik's U.S. Patent No. 5205749 on
the Speakon connector, or any Neutrik "trade dress" (Neutrik dropped
its trademark claims before the appeal). In its decision, the appellate
court states that "the district court did not err in its conclusion
that the Switchcraft socket does not infringe the '749 patent as a
matter of law".
Keith Bandolik, president of Switchcraft, stated, “We are
obviously pleased with the court's ruling confirming that our HPC
connector does not infringe on Neutrik’s patent or other
intellectual property. We have taken the HPC product line to another
level by offering features that include a wider variety of cord and
in-line plug connectors, weather-tight seals, and the fact it does not
require rotating the cord plug connector to make contact.” A
complete copy of the appellate court's ruling can be reviewed at
The HPC Series is a complete line of high-current panel and cord mount
connectors developed and manufactured by Switchcraft to be compatible
with the Neutrik Speakon series.
Note: Speakon is a registered trademark of Neutrik
Local plans for XM?
Washington - Mar 5, 2002 - XM Satellite Radio has received a patent
from the United States Patent office (patent number US 6,347,216 B1)
that describes "a method for communicating geographic specific services
to a receiver in a satellite communications network." In short, the
patent covers technology that would allow the XM terrestrial repeaters
to broadcast information based on the receiver's location. This
technology would provide a means for XM to deliver local information,
such as data or commercials, to its receiver base.
The NAB filed an Ex Parte Communication with the FCC about the matter,
stating that XM "has recently obtained a patent on technology intended
to do precisely what XM told the Commission it would not - use its
growing network of terrestrial repeaters to provide locally
differentiated advertising and programming." It is no surprise that the
NAB would file such remarks based on its stance against satellite radio
as a whole and further opposition to any potential new entry into local
program origination. In its letter to the FCC, the NAB cites many
references by XM that the satellite broadcaster had repeatedly stated
that it would never begin local program insertion into the terrestrial
XM's terrestrial repeaters have been built to support its
satellite-based service. Broadcasters had fought the repeater network,
but eventually said they can live with the repeaters as long as they
don't support locally based radio services. On March4, NAB President
Eddie Fritts said that he was "astonished" to learn that XM acquired
the patent and added, "this development indicates that the FCC
International Bureau has either dropped the ball, or that XM believes
it does not have to play by the rules. Regardless, XM's lack of candor
suggests it is time for FCC Chairman Powell and the individual FCC
commissioners to put a halt to this ruse of a terrestrial repeater
XM noted that the patent filing was made as part of a normal business
routine in an effort to keep technology that the company discovers. In
a phone call placed to XM, Charles Robins, director of public
relations, stated that XM completely agrees with the NAB: XM is a
national broadcaster and has no interest in local program
The fact that XM is developing its own technology is perfectly legal
and carries no ill intent or deception. NAB has opposed the terrestrial
repeaters used by both XM and Sirius for fear that they will compete
with existing terrestrial radio stations for local audience. The
satellites broadcasters' licenses do not allow local program
origination on the terrestrial network.
Shure EstablishesSubsidiary to Sell Direct in Germany
Evanston, IL - Mar 13, 2002 - Shure Incorporated, manufacturer of
microphones and audio electronics, today announced that it is
establishing a new company called Shure Distribution GmbH. This new
wholly-owned subsidiary of Shure Europe GmbH will begin direct sales to
Shure dealers in Germany beginning June 1, 2002.
Along with direct sales to Shure dealers in Germany, Shure Distribution
will be provide customer support, order fulfillment, and post-sales
support. An important part of this support includes the Shure
Applications Team, a group dedicated to providing service and technical
support. With specialists in various fields such as touring sound,
installed sound, and broadcast, the team offers product training for
retailers, consulting services for large installation projects and
special events, as well as seminars and courses for universities,
colleges, and trainee apprentices.
Shure Distribution GmbH is located in the same offices as is Shure
Europe GmbH in Heilbronn, Germany. Bernd Friedel joins the new company
as director of sales and marketing.
Electro-Voice Celebrates75th Anniversary
Burnsville, MN - Feb 28, 2002 - Telex Communications announces the
75th anniversary of Electro-Voice, a professional audio company and
manufacturer of wired/wireless microphones, loudspeakers, power
amplifiers, electronics, and mixing consoles for music industry, fixed
installation, commercial sound, concert sound, broadcast, aviation, and
Originally founded in 1927 by Al Kahn and Lou Burroughs in South Bend,
IN, Electro-Voice has grown into one of the giants of the professional
audio industry. Having taken its name from a P.A. system designed for
the Notre Dame football coach legend Knute Rocke - who called the
system his “electric voice” - Electro-Voice has earned a
high reputation in the microphone industry.
EV was first recognized for the invention of the humbucking coil in
1934 and the noise-canceling microphone in 1942 - two advances that put
Electro-Voice’s annual production near 1 million microphones. The
company was also among the first to use Alnico magnets, which
substantially improved frequency response and handling noise. The
development of Acoustalloy, a synthetic plastic, made dynamic
microphones practical for studio use. Electro-Voice, besides receiving
a special war citation at the end of WWII for the development of the
T-45 lip microphone, won an Academy Award in 1963 for their advances in
the world of film sound with the 642 shotgun mic. EV also made
significant contributions to the sound of jazz, blues, and rock
n’ roll. Another development - Variable-D - prevents proximity
effect, the up-close bass boost, and provides a more uniform frequency
response. Variable-D is a key feature of the RE20. More recently, EV
was the first to bring Neodymium-based N/DYM dynamic microphones to
Digibid Teams With Ebay
Sandy Hook, CT - Mar 15, 2002 - Digibid (www.digibid.com), an
Internet-based auction company, has teamed with Ebay to create the
online Pro Outlet Center for entertainment technology equipment. The
agreement will enable manufacturers, dealers and distributors of
products to use Digibid's platform to reach Ebay's 42 million
registered users in a highly visible yet cost-effective and efficient
Digibid was developed to manage the auction sales operations for
retailers and equipment manufacturers as well as large end-users that
want to liquidate new, used, overstock, B-stock, returns and other
merchandise. Digibid previously signed a software agreement with Ebay
and announced that Digibid would integrate its auction management
software platform on Ebay's trading platform.
Wireready NSI to Offer FreeNewsroom System
Northborough, MA - Mar 13, 2002 - Wireready NSI, the manufacturer of
Wireready32 studio automation, sales and newsroom software for radio
broadcast facilities, will offer its Windows-based Electronic Newsroom
system for free beginning April 1.
After achieving multi-million dollar sales of electronic newsroom
software over the past 15 years, WireReady has announced that it will
now provide free software licenses to radio stations. Stations will
qualify for and receive free newsroom software licenses when they
purchase Salesready32 telephone sales, client tracking and customer
service software. With this decision, Wireready joins the ranks of
Metro Networks, Associated Press and others, who provide free
electronic newsroom software as part of bundled offerings.
Mackie Teams with Peak Audio
Frankfurt, Germany - Mar 13, 2001 - Mackie has reached a licensing
agreement with Peak Audio to permit the incorporation of Peak Audio's
CobraNet technology into current and future Mackie, EAW and RCF
products. CobraNet is real-time digital audio distribution technology
that enables the transportation of audio and control data over 100Mb
Harris awarded FAA Contract
Melbourne, FL- Mar 7, 2002 - Harris Corporation announced a $26
million addition to its Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) contract by
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). WARP is a next-generation
weather and radar processor designed to consolidate weather data from
several sources into a single, integrated display to support air
traffic operations. The contract addition provides hardware and
software maintenance and continuing support of the program through
September 2004. The current award is a follow-on to the original $72.5
million design and development contract that was awarded to Harris in
July 1996. Further awards and options could increase the overall
contract value for Harris to more than $125 million by 2004.
Patriot Antenna Systems AcquiresADL
Albion, MI - March 4, 2002 - Patriot Antenna Systems, formerly
Satellite Export and Engineering, has purchased antenna-feed company
Antenna Downlink, more commonly recognized throughout the
receive-antenna industry as ADL. ADL will continue to do business under
With this acquisition, Patriot Antenna Systems now carries more than 30
different types of feeds for both circular and linear polarities in
both C and Ku frequencies. Patriot also offers a new VSAT
transmit/receive line of antennas.
Production facilities have been moved from ADL's parent company in Simi
Valley, CA, to Patriot’s manufacturing facility in Albion, MI.
Product will continue to be available to past and present ADL
customers, as well as those customers of Patriot by March 1, 2002.
RDA Systems Completes HBC LA Project
Los Angeles - Mar 5, 2002 - RDA Systems successfully completed
another radio integration project for Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation
consisting of the design, wiring, and installation of a five-station,
12-studio broadcast facility.
The new broadcast facility houses a 30-rack technical operations
center, four control rooms, a newsroom, and seven production
RDA arrived in Los Angeles in July, 2001 to begin the first
installation phase of the project, the TOC. After completing the TOC,
RDA returned to begin the studio installation phase on September 4th.
The first station, KLVE-FM, was cutover on September 13th, followed by
KRCD/KRCV-FM, and KTNQ-AM. The last station to be cutover was KSCA-FM,
on September 22.
The control rooms are using Digital Airwave consoles. A combination of
Mackie 8*32 consoles and BMX III consoles were installed in the
remaining 12 studios. Among some of the new equipment housed in the TOC
includes ATI digital DAs, Audioarts 8400 analog DAs, and a SAS 64000
Sirius Starts in Houston
Houston - Feb 14, 2002 - At a commemorative launch event at Best
Buy, Dom Capers, head coach of Houston's new football franchise (second
from right) stops by to check out another new addition to the Houston
area, Sirius Satellite Radio.
Sirius Satellite Radio began service in Jackson, Denver, Houston and
Phoenix, broadcasting 100 channels of digital radio to motorists.
Sirius delivers 60 channels of completely commercial-free music and 40
sports, news and entertainment channels.
Also pictured are Sam Longoria, Best Buy store manager (left), Michael
Manske, buyer, car audio (right) and Guy Johnson EVP, sales and
marketing for Sirius.
Category Directors Named atShure
Evanston, IL - Mar 22, 2002 - Shure Incorporated, manufacturer of
microphones and audio electronics, has appointed three new category
directors to manage the company's microphone, DSP, personal monitor,
and phonograph products. Rick Frank now serves as the category director
of microphone products, while Scott Sullivan becomes the category
director for personal monitor and phonograph products. Bob Rieder
assumes the title of category director for audio processing
Rick Frank, a veteran of the Shure marketing division since 1989,
was previously the senior manager of marketing for microphone products.
Frank is a key influencer in the KSM studio condenser microphone line,
the Beta line, and T-Series Wireless.
Scott Sullivan brings wide-ranging and relevant experience to his new
role, having spent four years as Shure's marketing manager of personal
monitor products. Sullivan has been the marketing manager for all PSM
product introductions, making Shure the industry sales leader in that
Bob Rieder has been with Shure for the past two years and was formerly
Shure's manager of audio processing products. He has been instrumental
in the development of the company's new P4800 digital signal
Each category director is responsible for product management and
marketing activities within his respective areas. Frank and Sullivan
will report to Mark Brunner, managing director of Shure's musical
instrument and touring sound business unit. Rieder will report to Rob
Cappucci, managing director of Shure's sound contracting and broadcast
Micro CommunicationsWelcomes Malanga
Manchester, NH - Mar 22, 2002 - Micro Communications Inc. (MCI)
announces that Frank Malanga has joined its sales department. Malanga
has an extensive background in customer service and engineering
management, dealing with filters and other RF applications and will be
working as a sales engineer for MCI.
Aeta Audio Hires ValérieRacinet
Mar 21, 2002 - Aeta Audio has added Valérie Racinet to the
company as of March 4 to take over international sales.
Racinet has been working for 12 years for a subsidiary of Air Liquide
Group in the medical devices and hospital engineering in the export
field, specializing in business in South America.
Racinet hopes to follow and maintain the good business relationships
settled by former export manager, Christian Bouchez. Racinet speaks
English, Spanish and some Portuguese.
RF Parts Hires New SalesManager
San Marcos, CA - Mar 20, 2002 - Annette Williams, former vice
president of PM of America, Inc. for Svetlana ceramic tube sales, joins
the RF Parts sales staff. Williams brings considerable power tube
experience to RF Parts, strengthening the company's presence in the
power tube industry throughout the world.
Stardraw Welcomes New TeamMember
London - Mar 19, 2002 - Stardraw.com announces the recent
appointment of Kevin Harrison to the position of symbols manager.
Harrison has many years of experience in the audio and AV industry
including several years of involvement with Stardraw.com, so this
appointment represents the formalization of his role within the
Stardraw's symbols manager is the prime point of contact for any
manufacturer who wishes to participate in the symbols libraries and for
end users asking for library additions through the free
Symbols-By-Request service. In this role, Harrison heads up the
team responsible for symbols generation and enforces the qualitative
standards to which all symbols must adhere.
Smarts Broadcast Systems HiresBurt
Emmetsburg, IA - Mar 18, 2002 - Smarts Broadcast Systems and its
division, On Air Digital, have added Brenda Burt as a regional sales
manager for all Smarts and On Air products.
Burt has worked in radio since the early 1980s. First in radio traffic
and then at various sales positions within the radio industry. She has
sold everything from music scheduling and jingles to syndication and
Burt will be working out of Dallas and can be reached toll-free at
866-777-7190, fax 214-722-2494, and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sirius Hires ChiefTechnology Officer
New York - Mar 12, 2002 - Sirius Satellite Radio, the satellite
radio broadcaster has named Terry Smith as vice president and chief
technology officer. Smith, who comes to Sirius after more than 20 years
with the Sarnoff Corporation, reports to Michael S. Ledford, senior
vice president, engineering.
Smith spent the past decade working as Sarnoff's director, DTV
professional systems, where he oversaw the development of digital
television systems. During his 22 years at Sarnoff (formerly RCA
Research Labs), he led the technical teams responsible for the
development and implementation of satellite television for DIRECTV,
HDTV and the world's first real-time MPEG2 video encoder, now widely
used throughout broadcast and cable television, as well as DVD players.
Smith also worked on the development of a variety of Emmy-award winning
digital video technologies.
Smith, who earned degrees at the University of Notre Dame and Drexel
University, holds or shares 16 U.S. patents in the field of television
and digital television. At Sirius, he will be responsible for building
up the receiver engineering team, as the company continues to
Stardraw and RCI Hammer OutPanelBuilder
London - March 18, 2002 - RCI Custom has signed a significant
development and maintenance contract with software provider
Stardraw.com to create a new, web-based tool for the design and
production of custom control and connection panels. PanelBuilder will
be hosted on the RCI Custom website and allows registered users to
design, specify and purchase custom panels using.
PanelBuilder is based on techniques seen in Stardraw applications for
years, but it exploits software and Internet technology. PanelBuilder
is resident on the Web server and works from within a browser, so
there's nothing to download or install. It comprises a drag-and-drop
interface linked to a complete library of all of RCI's panel products,
so the user selects the panel he wants, drags on the connectors that
are needed, and sets engraving, finishes, artwork and so on. The
resultant design is linked in realtime to backoffice systems so that a
user will get an automated quote instantaneously.
'.DJ' Domains Launched
Clearwater, FL - Mar 5, 2002 - Visiosonic, owners of an active
Internet site for DJs, has launched name registration for the top-level
domain extension ".DJ" at the company's home page, www.pcdj.com.
Pricing for domain names with the .DJ extension is similar to the
pricing for domain names bearing the .TV extension, and will average to
be about $50 annually.
Visiosonic will offer premium names such as www. nyc.dj for $500
yearly. The company has priced www.mp3.dj at $100,000 per year. Their
top-of-the-line domains www.club.dj and www.radio.dj can be leased for
$500,000 yearly. The company reports that a $50,000 premium name has
already been registered by a UK entertainment company, and a U.S.
record label has expressed interest in the www.mp3.dj domain.
The .DJ extension is the assigned two-letter country code for the
Republic of Djibouti, in East Africa.
Musicmatch Radio MX Marks 100,000Subscribers
San Diego - Mar 6, 2002 - Musicmatch Radio MX music service recently
announced the signing of its 100,000th subscriber. In addition, the
service is sustaining a single-digit monthly churn rate, demonstrating
that it is resonating with music fans worldwide by proving to be an
online music service consumers are willing to pay for.