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SBE Plans for itsFuture
Indianapolis - Nov 19, 2001 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers
will conduct a special strategic planning session on Saturday, January
12 in Indianapolis. The purpose is to help focus the Society’s
programs and services to meet the needs of its members in the coming
years. The Society is inviting all chapter chairmen or another
designated representative from each SBE chapter. The national officers,
directors and staff will also participate in the event. Tom Zoss, a
professional facilitator from Bloomington, Indiana, will lead the
The SBE held a similar meeting in 1995. The success of this meeting six
years ago led to the planning of the 2002 meeting.
Meeting attendees must provide their own transportation and lodging.
Lunch will be provided for all participants on the meeting day. The
specific location is being determined and will be announced on the SBE
website and in the December issue of the SBE Signal. Chapters are
encouraged to cover the travel expenses of the chapter representative
if possible, since the delegate will represent that chapter in an
AES Convention Features Event onDAB in the US
New York - Nov 14, 2001 - The AES 111th Convention, taking place
November 30 to December 3 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is
again featuring a special event on digital broadcasting in the United
States. The event will take place on Saturday, December 1, at 9:00
With the advent of digital television, satellite delivered digital
radio, and eventually in-band on-channel terrestrial radio, the audio
community will be expected to deliver the highest quality of audio
utilizing all these mediums. The Audio Engineering Society first began
presenting the forum in 1988 to familiarize the audio engineer and
interested parties with the latest technology being used in audio for
digital broadcasting. The effect of the various broadcasting services
on the audio industry will also be presented.
In addtion to representatives from both XM and Sirius Radio, the group
of panelists who will discuss the best methods for delivering high
quality audio in broadcasting includes Jerry Butler of PBS, Ralph
Justus of CES, David Layer of the NAB, Jeffrey Riedmiller of Dolby
Labs, and Deepen Sinha of iBiquity Digital.
FCC Launches Examination ofMultiple Ownership Rules
Washington, D.C. – Nov 8, 2001 - The FCC took three
significant steps toward providing clarity and certainty to the
processing of radio license transfer applications in cases that may
result in substantial economic concentration and thus raise competition
The FCC commenced a comprehensive examination of its rules and policies
concerning multiple ownership of radio stations in local markets. The
Commission said its objective is to ask the relevant questions and
develop a complete record that will support the approach and the
regulations it ultimately adopts.
The FCC established an interim policy to clarify the review criteria
for applications that are currently under review and for applications
filed during completion of the rulemaking.
The FCC set specific deadlines in order to expedite the resolution of
In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted today, the FCC seeks to
undertake a comprehensive examination of the rules and policies
concerning multiple ownership of radio stations in local markets. The
FCC intends to be more responsive to current marketplace realities
while continuing to address its core public interest concerns of
promoting diversity and competition. The FCC will examine the statutory
framework as well as consider the public interest advantages and
disadvantages of various potential rule and policy changes.
The FCC also adopted an interim policy that establishes a plan of
action to resolve pending applications. The interim policy sets
timetables for the FCC staff to make its recommendation to the
Commission on how to resolve the pending applications. The applications
that have been pending the longest will receive the highest priority.
For example, within 90 days of today, the staff must make a
recommendation on the limited number of applications that have been
pending for more than one year. The FCC said it will continue to flag
applications that raise competitive concerns, and the staff will then
conduct a public interest analysis, including a competitive analysis of
the particular market. The categories of information that the staff may
use in conducting its competitive analysis include: product market
definition; geographic definition; market participants; market shares
and concentration; barriers to entry; potential adverse competitive
effects; and efficiencies and other public interest benefits.
Today’s NPRM also asked for specific empirical data on the effect
of consolidation on the public interest. It specifically asked for data
in three Arbitron radio markets that illustrate significant differences
in market structure but which have all undergone substantial
consolidation since 1996: Syracuse, N.Y.; Rockford, Ill; and Florence,
S.C. The FCC also encouraged commenters to file information on any
local market they feel is relevant or helpful.
The NPRM asked for comment on the interplay between the numerical radio
ownership limits in Section 202(b) of the 1996 Telecommunications Act
and the public interest mandates of sections 309(a) and 310(d) of the
Communications Act of 1934 and how these sections relate to Commission
policies on competition and diversity.
The Commission noted that promoting diversity and competition remains
the touchstone of its local radio ownership rules. It asked for
comments on whether the three traditional aspects of diversity
(viewpoint, outlet and source) should guide its public interest
With respect to competition, the NPRM asked for comments on the scope
of the FCC’s interest in competitive radio markets, on the
definition of the relevant market (advertising or audience), on
barriers to entry, potential efficiencies, possible harms, and on the
economic costs and benefits of consolidation.
The NPRM requested comment on the general costs and benefits, and
advantages and disadvantages, of various methods by which its policies
concerning diversity and competition can be implemented, including:
relying on numerical limits or other bright-line rules to guide the
FCC’s public interest determination; conducting a case-by-case
public interest analysis; using other regulatory tools such as screens
or processing guidelines; or using a mixture of these methods.
The Commission also asked for comments on a variety of specific
situations: how it should review applications proposing to assign or
transfer control of existing station groups to new owners; how to treat
claims that a station is failing, failed, dark, or unbuilt; and what is
the appropriate regulatory and ownership treatment of contractual
agreements between stations.
Senior Engineers Put APTTechnology To The Test
Belfast, Ireland, and Oxfordshire, England - Nov 20, 2001 - Audio
Processing Technology recently held an intensive series of listening
tests, entitled Open Your Ears, which were designed to highlight
the audiophile qualities of its apt-X products. The tests took place at
Solid State Logic¹s headquarters in Oxfordshire and were conducted
in a controlled studio environment to ensure accuracy of results.
Leading figures from the commercial UK radio industry were invited to
compare apt-X with the companding technique, J.41.
The evaluation group gathered after the
J.41 requires 768kbit/s for 15kHz Stereo uni-directional audio
whereas Enhanced 24-bit apt-X requires 384kbit/s full-duplex, which
means it can offer twice the performance with half the data
requirement. Apt-X also offers a significantly greater dynamic
Among the guests attending the Open Your Ears tests were Tim
Donaldson, head of group engineering services for the GWR radio station
group, and Simon Mason, digital development manager broadcast radio
group. Guests were played a series of tracks through J41 and through
Standard and Enhanced apt-X. They were asked to score the results of
the blind test and in nearly every case apt-X came out ahead. The
listening tests were also backed up by a technical presentation on
BSI Names Simian Beta Team
Eugene, OR - Nov 16, 2001 - Broadcast Software International (BSI)
announced the names of its six-person Simian digital automation beta
testing team. The team includes Dave Graichen of Louisiana, Lyle Dodge
of Idaho, Gavin Lawrence of Great Britain, Steve Runck of North Dakota,
Dan Fulton of Wisconsin, and Dan Slentz of Ohio. The six were chosen
out of a pool of more than forty applicants. The final selection was a
challenge for BSI because the group of potential beta testers contained
many well-qualified broadcasters. Each applicant was asked to have a
computer available for testing, a working knowledge of Microsoft
Windows and radio broadcasting.
Simian was unveiled at the 2001 NAB Radio Show in New Orleans.
Gentner to Become ClearOneCommunications
Salt Lake City - Nov 15, 2001 - Shareholders of Gentner
Communications Corporation approved the board of directors’
recommendation to change the company's name to ClearOne Communications
Inc. at Gentner's annual shareholders’ meeting on November
The name change will take effect Jan. 1, 2002, at which time the
company will begin trading under the symbol "CLRO" on the Nasdaq stock
market. Gentner’s conferencing products will continue to be
branded under the Gentner name.
The ClearOne name was chosen to more effectively communicate the
company's focus on conferencing. It was also noted that the new name is
more marketable to its target audiences and better reflects the
company's new image and growth objectives.
A significant difference in the company is its increased emphasis on
conferencing services, a division that experienced revenue growth of
98% in the most recent fiscal year.
Sequerra Audio Labs Formed
Stamford, CT - Nov 16, 2001 - Legendary audiophile electronics
engineer Richard Sequerra recently joined forces with audio renaissance
man Mark Conese to form Sequerra Audio Labs, with a mission to
manufacture professional audio equipment. Though just over a year old,
the enterprise mines nearly seventy years of combined engineering
experience between the two founders and has already secured
distribution through Transamerica Audio Group (TAG). Sequerra's first
product, the 1070.A microphone preamplifier is being introduced at AES
2001 NYC and beta test units have met with critical acclaim. The
company's second product, the RM-1 ribbon microphone will also be
showcased at AES.
Over the past fifty years, Sequerra has engineered and designed
numerous products and has secured patents in all manners of technology.
He has served on innumerable standards committees, lectured both to
university students and to industry groups, and published papers in
peer-reviewed journals and consumer press alike.
Conese has been designing and building audio electronics and acoustical
spaces since 1980 to serve his passion for audiophile perfection. An
accomplished musician, Conese designed and built Ambient Recording in
1989 and later founded Ambient Records. Both the studio and the label
place a premium on fidelity, stopping at nothing to capture the raw
emotion of a performance.
Sirius Announces Launch Plans
New York - Nov 14, 2001 - Sirius Satellite Radio announced that it
will launch its service on February 14, 2002, in the metropolitan
markets of Houston, Denver and Phoenix. The announcement was made
during a conference call held on November 14. Sirius worked closely
with its hardware and retail partners to select these launch markets
based on commuter data, retail spending patterns and marketing
opportunities. Sirius stated that its testing has shown excellent
results. Sirius also expects to have a complete service launch by the
third quarter of 2002.
Sirius' launch markets feature large commuter bases, early adopters of
technology, favorable attitudes towards mobile electronic products and
strong retail environments. The three markets encompass approximately
10.5 million people, including more than 1.4 million commuters who
spend at least an hour a day driving to work. Consumers will be able to
purchase Sirius receivers in more than 200 storefronts, including major
consumer electronics outlets like Circuit City, Best Buy, Good Guys,
Ultimate Electronics, Car Toys, Audio Express and Crutchfield.
Advertising, retail marketing, public relations, event marketing and
online and direct marketing will support the launch plans.
Kenwood, Panasonic, Jensen and Clarion will have production units
available before the service launch. The company expects to announce
the next phase of its rollout in early January at the Consumer
Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
At the end of October Sirius expanded its in-vehicle testing. This
testing was designed to complete the evaluation of all aspects of the
company's product and transmission, distribution and system
capabilities, including retail sales support, installation, subscriber
management and billing, customer service, and communications.
During drive testing, Sirius was able to compile critical objective
and subjective data from drive routes across the country. User feedback
on the quality of the service was measured by factors including sound
quality, installation, reception, customer service and
Sirius commented that the overall test results met or exceeded the
company's demanding performance criteria. Sirius was particularly
pleased with the input from a consumer standpoint that showed a strong
consumer interest in the commercial-free music, news and entertainment
Sirius also announced that it has expanded its music lineup to include
60 channels of commercial-free music, all originally produced at the
company's national broadcast studio. Sirius' channel mix also includes
40 channels of sports, news and entertainment programming, including
services such as CNBC, CNN Headline News, Fox News, ESPNews, Discovery
Concerning the resignation of David Margolese as CEO, company
officials noted that the search for a CEO is progressing well.
Transamerica Audio to DistributeMassenburg and Sequerra
Las Vegas - Nov 13, 2001 - George Massenburg Labs (GML) has joined
forces with Transamerica Audio Group (TAG) for product distribution in
the United States. TAG has also picked up high-end manufacturer
Sequerra Audio Labs.
GML was founded by current CEO George Massenburg. Massenburg has
engineered and/or produced more than 250 albums for such luminaries as
Earth, Wind & Fire, Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt and Randy Newman,
garnering numerous Grammys. He has designed, built, and managed ITI
Studios in Huntsville, MD, and The Complex in Los Angeles. Massenburg
is an adjunct professor of music technology at McGill University in
Montréal and visiting lecturer at UCLA and USC in Los Angeles and
MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN. Massenburg chartered GML in 1982 to produce
the audio equipment he used in the above activities.
Sequerra, co-founded by Dick Sequerra and Mark Conese, is focused on
two products: The 1070.A microphone pre-amplifier and the RM-1 ribbon
microphone. Sequerra brings engineering experience to the enterprise,
having contributed inventions and patents to all facets of the high-end
consumer and pro audio industries over the past fifty years. Conese
brings real-world recording expertise to the venture as Ambient
Records' owner, engineer, and resident audiophile.
5,000th Redbox Sale Goes toRadio Medica
Gary Booth (left) and Julian Watson of Radio Medica hold the 5,000th
East Yorkshire, England - Nov 6, 2001 - In the three years since the
launch of the Redbox range of analog and digital interfaces, Sonifex
has sold its 5,000th Redbox. It was delivered to Julian Watson of Radio
Medica in October 2001. The Redbox RB-SM2 dual stereo to mono converter
was ordered as part of Radio Medica’s on-going studio
Radio Medica is the Hospital Radio service for the Goole and District
Hospital in East Yorkshire. There are about 20 volunteers running Radio
Medica with a core of five people handling the main day to day running
of the station.
Currently, there is a hard-wired audio system throughout the hospital,
and the station output is accessible on the TV system, which is
distributed around most areas of the hospital, including the waiting
rooms. Next year, it is hoped that an AM license will be awarded so
that coverage of the whole hospital can be made more easily. Once a
license is awarded, an extra £10,000 will need to be raised to get
the transmitter up and running. Radio Medica broadcasts 24 hours a day
using a combination of live broadcasting (about 20 to 30 hours per
week) and the Myriad automation system.
Radio Medica was originally founded in 1974 at a different site, opened
by Sir Jimmy Saville. The current hospital radio studios were planned
into the building of the new hospital when work began on it in 1987.
There are two studios providing a master mono output, an
edit/production studio that also houses the record archives, and a main
There were two reasons for buying the Sonifex RB-SM2 stereo to mono
converter. Firstly, the IRN news feed and the automation output needed
to be mixed together. The RB-SM2 is used as a dual mono mixer to get a
master mono output. The second reason for the purchase was to allow for
XM Launches Nationwide
Chicago - Nov 12, 2001 - At a news conference in Chicago, XM
president and CEO Hugh Panero announced that XM Satellite Radio has
expanded its launch of the first U.S. digital satellite radio service
nationwide, bringing 100 channels of music, news, sports and
entertainment across the entire continental United States.
XM is marking the final phase of its national launch, across the entire
Northern U.S., with a "Power of X" listen-and-ride tour, rolling
city-by-city events beginning in Chicago and scheduled over the next 25
days in 25 major cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, San
Francisco and Washington, DC, and culminating with coast-to-coast
events December 5 in New York and Seattle. XM initiated its nationwide
launch Septempber 25 in its lead markets of San Diego and Dallas/Fort
Worth and expanded in mid-October across the entire Southern U.S.
XM offers 13 channels of news and information covering the latest
national, world, business, financial and technology developments from
premier partners and its own programming staff. These channels extend
the reach of America's most trusted and popular hosts and commentary
from TV and radio to motorists everywhere across the United States,
ensuring they are never out of touch with the latest news.
XM radios, already available across the Southern U.S., have now arrived
at major electronics retailers in the North, including Best Buy,
Circuit City, Tweeter, participating RadioShack Dealers and
Franchisees, Crutchfield, Good Guys, CarToys, Audio Express and Sound
Advice; and at independent retailers.
Such manufacturers as Sony, Alpine and Pioneer will offer a broad array
of XM radios including models that will easily enable any existing car
stereo system to receive XM service (the Pioneer Universal Receiver and
the Sony Plug-and-Play) and more than 20 models of new AM/FM/XM systems
offering many other great features. General Motors this month rolled
out factory-installed Delphi-Delco XM radios in Cadillac DeVille and
Seville models, and will expand to more than 20 GM models next
Alhambra, CA - Nov 19, 2001 - Martinsound has appointed Doug Osborne
as director of sales and marketing. The announcement was made by Joe
Martinson, president of Martinsound.
Osborne, formerly of M&K Professional and BGW Systems, will be
responsibile for leading all sales and marketing efforts for
Martinsound, including the company's Martech, MAX and Flying Faders
Martinsound, founded in 1975, is a professional audio company that
operates a recording studio, and developed the Flying Faders console
automation system, and markets the Martech MSS-10 Microphone
Preamplifier and the line of MAX surround sound products.
Sabre Appoints Three Managers
Sioux City, IA - Nov 5, 2001 - Sabre Communications announced the
addition of Jerry Chalup as national components sales manager for its
Sabre site solutions division. Dan Verbeski has been appointed shipping
manager, and Grant Gieselman has been named purchasing manager.
Chalup is responsible for components and wireless sales activities
for Sabre site solutions. Chalup has more than sixteen years of sales
experience in electronics and other related fields. A native of Sioux
City, IA, Chalup received his degree in electronic engineering from
Western Iowa Tech Community College.
Verbeski has been with Sabre since June of 1999. His new
responsibilities will include storage and shipment of all types of
towers manufactured by Sabre and managing all functions related to the
shipping department. He will also be responsible for inventory
management of shipments. Verbeski is retired from the United States Air
Force, where he served as chief, intelligence information management
branch, for the 81st fighter wing in Bentwaters, England.
Gieselman has eighteen years of experience in the field of purchasing
for manufacturers. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of
the purchasing department. Gieselman has a lifetime purchasing
certification, CPM and an APICS certification CPIM.