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Conference Draws Momentum ForNational Warning Organization
McLean, VA - Nov 30, 2001 - More than 120 leaders from the emergencywarning community met on November 29 and unanimously called for thecreation of a public-private partnership aimed at improving thedelivery of timely and accurate emergency information to people atrisk.
The group came together at a special conference arranged by theNational Warning Organizing Committee, a group of emergency warningadvocates representing the public and private sectors. Confereesincluded federal, state and local government officials, not-for-profitorganizations, and representatives from the private sector.
The mission of the new organization is to improve the delivery ofwarnings and emergency information to the public through bettereducation, research, standards creation and policyrecommendations.
Committee Chair David Liebersbach, director of the Alaska division ofEmergency Services, appointed Peter Ward, formerly of the U.S.Geological Survey and chair of a White House-appointed working group onnatural disaster information systems, to head up a committee todetermine the new organization's structure and governance.
The conference was hosted by The Mitre Corporation in McLean, VA. Mitreis a not-for-profit national technology resource that provides systemsengineering, research and development, and information technologysupport to the government.
NRSC Endorses IBiquity's FM IBOC
Columbia, MD and Warren, NJ - Nov 29, 2001 - IBiquity DigitalCorporation, the sole developer and licenser of digital AM and FM radiobroadcast technology in the United States, announced that the NationalRadio Systems Committee (NRSC) today completed its evaluation ofiBiquity's IBOC (In-Band, On-Channel) FM technology and recommendedthat the FCC authorize the technology as an enhancement to the currentanalog FM broadcasting system in the US. The committee, which isjointly sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) andthe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), wrote that the FCC byapproving the system would be "charting the course for an efficienttransition to digital broadcasting with minimal impact on existinganalog FM operation and no new spectrum requirements."
The NRSC's recommendation to the FCC is the result of a comprehensivetest program devised and executed by the committee to determine theviability of iBiquity's FM IBOC technology and its ability to smoothlytransition today's analog radio to digital. The test program includedfield tests of the system conducted at eight different FM radiostations across the country, in addition to laboratory tests andsubjective sound quality evaluations by 480 listeners who evaluatedthousands of audio samples recorded during the field tests.Specifically, in its report, the NRSC stated that the iBiquity FM IBOC(In-Band, On-Channel) system provides "greatly reduced impact ofmultipath interference (for mobile, portable and fixed receiversalike); superior resistance to co-channel and adjacent channelinterference; support for enhanced data services; improved audioquality." IBiquity plans to rollout its technology in the U.S. nextyear with the launch of IBOC transmission equipment at the NationalAssociation of Broadcasters Conference in April 2002.
Milford Smith, the NRSC DAB subcommittee Chairperson, applauded theefforts of his fellow subcommittee members and those involved in thetesting efforts. "The testing and evaluation of the FM IBOC system wasextremely thorough. We reviewed data to determine the improvement inaudio quality and reception, as well as the impact on today's analog FMand our evaluation confirmed the viability of the technology.IBiquity's FM IBOC technology has many advantages for broadcasters,manufacturers and consumers alike, and the transition will requirerelatively little inconvenience or expense. Radio will not remain theonly analog medium in a digital world, and this system offers today'sFM radio an excellent opportunity to smoothly transition todigital."
The complete report is available at the NAB's Science and Technologywebsite at This link(http://www.nab.org/SciTech/Fmevaluationreport.asp).
About the NRSC
The NRSC is jointly sponsored by the National Association ofBroadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association. Its purpose isto study and make recommendations for technical standards that relateto radio broadcasting and the reception of radio broadcast signals. TheNRSC is a vehicle by which broadcasters and receiver manufacturers canwork together towards solutions to common problems in radio broadcastsystems. The DAB subcommittee, which was established to evaluate theIBOC DAB technology, includes participants from over 50 companiesinvolved in the radio broadcasting and consumer electronicsindustries.
ITU Endorses IBiquity's FM DAB
Columbia, MD and Warren, NJ - Nov 29, 2001 - IBiquity DigitalCorporation, the sole developer and licenser of digital AM and FM radiobroadcast technology in the U.S., today announced that the Geneva-basedInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU) endorsed the company'stechnology as meeting the ITU's international standards for digitalbroadcasting on the FM radio band. The recent announcement follows theITU's approval of iBiquity Digital's technology for the AM radio band,and provides assurances for countries evaluating the implementation ofdigital FM broadcast systems that iBiquity Digital Corporation's IBOC(In-Band On-Channel) technology is in full compliance with the ITU'sexisting broadcast standards. iBiquity Digital's IBOC DAB system isunique in its ability to broadcast digital signals simultaneously withtoday's analog in the existing AM and FM bands; as such, it does notrequire the allocation of additional spectrum.
Before issuing its draft recommendation, the ITU performed an extensiveevaluation of iBiquity Digital's system. The ITU examined results fromfield tests conducted by eight FM stations across the U.S., as well aslaboratory tests and subjective sound quality evaluations by 480listeners who evaluated thousands of audio samples recorded during thefield tests. The draft recommendation will now be circulated to the ITUmembership of 189 countries for a consultation and review period thatis expected to culminate in the draft being ratified withinapproximately six months.
SBE Relief Fund DisbursesFunds
Indianapolis - Nov 14, 2001 - The Broadcast Engineer Relief Fund,established by the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the EnnesEducational Foundation Trust, has been a success beyond the Society'sexpectations. Through November 13, a total of 158 donations fromindividuals, companies, SBE chapters and other organizations have beenreceived. Several companies have agreed to match their employees'donations, and the McCormick Tribune Foundation has agreed to match 50%of the first $100,000 of donations for a potential donation of up to$50,000.
The current dollar amount received to date is $54,090. Add to that theMcCormick Tribune match of 50% and the total comes to $81,135.
By October 31, each of the immediate families of the six broadcastengineers lost at the World Trade Center received a check for $5,000.All the families will receive additional checks as the fund continuesto grow. All donations are going to the families of the victims. Noneof the collected money goes to administrative costs.
RTNDA Moves to New Offices
Washington, DC - Nov 17, 2001 - The Radio-Television News DirectorsAssociation has moved into its new offices. The new address is 1600 KSt. NW; Suite 700; Washington, DC 20006-2838. The phone numbers havenot changed. The main number is (202) 659-6510.
Digital SkyNet choosesRadio-Assist 7 software products
The Digital Skynet Technicians receivedtheir training at Netia's headquaters in Claret, France.
Claret, France, and Ansan, Korea - Dec 5, 2001 - The Korean companyHanyang Satellite Broadcasting has recently chosen Netia Radio-Assist 7software products to broadcast its range of 30 music channels viasatellite including a highly effective set of digital audio tools forscheduling and broadcast. The new structure of the Radio-Assist 7database Netia launched in April 2001 is well-designed for thedevelopment of grouped radio channels.
This project involves the networking of eight playout stations, each ofwhich broadcasts four different programs simultaneously. Fullysynchronised with a master clock, most of the broadcasting isautomatic. For this Digital SkyNet digital bouquet Netia's Air-Playlistmanages the multicasting. Every day, the broadcast preparation programgenerates all the playlists from the broadcast templates defined foreach channel. The music programs are thus automatically designed andinserted into the playlists. The automatic music scheduling programMusic All is a powerful calculator that can handle thousands oftracks.
This automatic scheduling system complies with the format of eachindividual radio: broadcasting frequency; forbidden or mandatorysequences, etc. Though the process is automatic, it allows for thescheduler to intervene at any moment to add a personal touch. Once theschedule is integrated, presenters can mix their voices to be heard inbetween two tracks using the program's Voice-Over function, which isboth a production and recording tool. To complete its automaticscheduling system, Digital SkyNet wants to enhance its radio programsby the presence of a live DJ. To meet this requirement, Netia isproviding two workstations dedicated to live broadcast via theAir-Cartstack program. The presenter can instantly access all thesounds already prepared for a program. As each sound has a full datacard linked to it, the program is easy for the presenter to use duringbroadcast.
For the new Radio-Assist 7 range, Netia has designed a database thatcan be fully customised for each user or sub-user group. The system isbased on filtering management within a single database. For the DigitalSkyNet multiple broadcast objective, Netia will set up a fully dynamicdatabase with the creation of thirty sub-databases. Each sub-databaseis a subset of the global database and its contents are linked to theformat of one of the themed channels. So each channel has its owndatabase whose structure (type, categories, criteria, etc.) is definedby its users. Such modelling of the database for each user group givesmuch quicker and better targeted access to data. In addition, Netiawill provide high security for data preservation with the installationof a mirrored server technique.
Some twenty production and preparation workstations will provide allthe sounds required for multiple broadcast, including Netia's jukeboxof 100 CDs designed to import all the tracks automatically into thedatabase. The sound and the data linked to it (title, author, image,etc.) are automatically integrated into the database. Also included isthe Netia Air-Push program, where broadcast is combined with a DABsystem, automatically linking all the data on the broadcasttrack.
Hanyang Satellite Broadcasting has decided to launch the Digital SkyNetmusical range by the end of this year. This is an initial step in acultural and commercial project of international dimensions that isexpected to take five years to complete.
XM Radio Announces FinancingDeal; Closes Financing Package with Boeing
Washington - Dec 6, 2001 - XM Satellite Radio announced that itplaced 10 million shares of its common stock in a public offeringunderwritten by Morgan Stanley, resulting in gross proceeds of $112.5million to the company. In addition, XM has granted the underwriter anover-allotment option to purchase an additional 1.5 million shares ofcommon stock. The offering is expected to close early next week.
Separately, XM also announced that it has closed a $66 million fundingpackage with Boeing announced in October. The financing packageincluded $35 million in new debt financing with Boeing Capital Servicesand $31 million in restructured obligations with Boeing SatelliteSystems International.
Sennheiser and Volkswagon Team
Old Lyme, CT - Dec 5, 2001 - In a fusion of state-of-the-art audiotechnology and revolutionary automotive design, Volkswagen's 2002EuroVan Caravelle Business Edition will offer Sennheiser HDC 451-1NoiseGard noise-cancellation headphones as a key element in its newRear Seat Entertainment Package. This optional package will allowminivan passengers to enjoy an array of audio/visual entertainmentwhile ensuring virtually noise-free performance thanks to Sennheiser'snoise cancellation technology that reduces cabin noise by 10dB.
Four Sennheiser HDC 451-1 headphones will ship as part of the packagethat includes a DVD drive, two TFT screens and a connector for videogaming systems. Users will control volume levels within the headphonesvia Sennheiser HZR6 in-line volume control with mono or stereofunctionality and separate left/right tuning. Two AA alkaline orenvironmentally friendly NiCd batteries power the open-air headphones,while ergonomic, form-fitting design maximizes user comfort during longtrips.
Klotz Digital Moves DeutscheWelle
Munich, Germany - Dec 3, 2001 - Klotz Digital AG was recentlyawarded an additional contract from Deutsche Welle. In the spring of2002, Germany’s International Broadcast Service will move fromits present location in Cologne to its new premises in Bonn. Sevenbroadcast studios will be networked with Klotz Digital’s VADISPlatform technology including fourteen VADIS D.C.II consoles. Eachbroadcast studio, which includes producer and talent work stations, onecentral performance studio and one central rack room, will be equippedwith an on-air console as well as a second mixing console.
Three years ago Klotz Digital began the installation of two firstgeneration VADIS D.C.I consoles in the Deutsche Welle facility inCologne. In order to maintain familiar operator interfaces and workingpractices at the new studios in Bonn, Klotz Digital has combined thecontrol surface of VADIS D.C.I with the new technology of VADIS D.C.II, thereby expanding their product range. Deutsche Welle will bring theseven new studios into operation in stages completed by January2003.
Westlake Audio Celebrates 30thAnniversary
Newbury Park, CA - Nov 30, 2001 - From the cold south side streetsof Chicago to the sunny rolling hills of the Hollywood Valley,president and founder of Westlake Audio Glenn Phoenix has stood at theepicenter of the modern audio industry, witness to some of its mostinfluential technological innovations of the last half-century, fromthe creation of the multi-track recorder to the digital revolution.Phoenix reflects upon personal history, the impact of the company'scontributions to the audio industry and the future, as Westlake Audiocelebrates its 30th Anniversary. Westlake currently has threedivisions: speaker production, studio design and sales group.
Sadie Celebrates 10 years
Cambridge, England - Nov 30, 2001 - Ten years and a handful ofmonths ago, a new company appeared on the professional audio landscape.This company grew from humble beginnings in an old school nearCambridge, England, and has since grown to become one of the leadingmanufacturers of digital audio workstations, supporting virtually everyapplication from broadcast, CD mastering and post to the latest highquality audio delivery formats, Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio. Thiscompany is Sadie.
The name itself comes from the company’s original digital audioediting system, the Studio Audio Disc Editor, which was one ofthe first audio editing software package for Windows-based computers.Sadies’s founders, Mike Kemp, David Mortimer, Steve Penn and JoeBull - the latter being the organization’s managing director -came from a recording studio and video software background to form theoperation, which had its first major audio industry trade show, the1991 APRS Exhibition in London, just days after the company had beenincorporated. The fledgling company showed its digital processing cardsystem to wide acclaim, resulting in a number of OEM orders. Next onthe agenda was a full fledged editing system.
Based in Nashville, TN, Sadie Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary ofSadie U.K., designer of the critically acclaimed Sadie Disk Editor.Sadie also has an office in Germany.
SiteShell CorporationTransfers Business
Shelton, CT - Nov 27, 2001 - SiteShell Corporation announced thatits business and all of its assets have been transferred to CavalryFinance Corporation, a company owned by several of SiteShell’sstockholders including top management. The transfer was made insatisfaction of indebtedness owed by SiteShell to Cavalry and followedan uneventful physical transfer of possession of the assets andoperations that was completed before Thanksgiving.
Cavalry also received all rights to the SiteShell name, all ofSiteShell’s service marks, and other intellectual property.Cavalry is now operating the BlueDot WebSite NetWork and doing businessunder the SiteShell name. The SiteShell phone numbers and the addressof operations for the business remain the same. A spokesman for Cavalrysaid that it hopes to determine a course of action forSiteShell’s business within the next week.
Ibiquity DemonstratesTechnology at CES
Columbia, MD, and Warren, NJ - Nov 26, 2001 - The ConsumerElectronics show is an annual convention displaying the latest intechnology for consumer use. Manufacturers often use this to unveil newproducts or introduce new technology for consumer use. At CES 2002,iBiquity will showcase a functioning pre-production implementations ofits IBOC (In-Band On-Channel) AM and FM digital broadcasting technologyusing a recently developed IBOC DSP from Texas Instruments integratedwith prototype receivers from leading manufacturers, including Delphi,Kenwood, Visteon, and others. These receiver demonstrations iniBiquity's and its partners' booths will enable visitors to hear IBOCbroadcasts and view program-related data, such as song title, artistname and station information. This event will serve as the final CESpreview for the IBOC technology as a number of leading receivermanufacturers are planning to launch commercial IBOC receivers at CES2003.
Other demonstrations in iBiquity's booth will enable visitors to hear alive digital broadcast from KLUC-FM Las Vegas and view a radio of thefuture with advanced wireless data services, such as interactivecommerce and on-demand traffic and weather updates.
All the audio used for the iBiquity exhibit will be played from DAPro32stsyems from Enco.
Ibiquity will exhibit in booth 7627 at the Las Vegas Convention CenterNorth Hall. IBiquity partner booths include Alpine (LVCC Meeting RoomsN115 - 116), Delphi (North Hall #7113), Kenwood (Central Hall #341) andTexas Instruments (South Hall #13737).
The Consumer Electronics show will be held in Las Vegas from January 8to January 11, 2002.
SAW Manufacturer Shuts Down
Nov 14, 2001 - After serving the audio industry for ten years,Innovative Quality Software has closed its doors for business. IQSpresident, Bob Lentini, who made the announcement, also stated that hehas made a personal decision to accept offers which will allow him toexpand his profession as an independent designer/consultant/audioengineer.
The main reason for the company’s closing is due to the changingdynamics of the Windows environment in combination with hardware anddriver technology factors. It was felt that SAWStudio was no longer aviable product for the generic PC. SAWStudio is no longer available tothe general public as stand-alone software.
It was noted that the product’s development will continue toadvance and expand, and will be sold exclusively as a complete turnkeypackage through approved, qualified system designers. SAWStudioregistered users will be contacted in the near future with completeinformation regarding a new update policy. As a courtesy to users ofolder SAW products, temporary access to the registered user downloadarea will remain available for the purpose of obtaining the last updateto registered products. Logon requests can be sent firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summit Audio Names Papp asPresident
Watsonville, CA - Dec 5, 2001 — Summit Audio has appointedErik Papp as its new president. Papp’s primary focus will be onmanaging Summit's day-to-day operations, as well as exploring new waysto grow the business, through strategic planning, financial managementand continual evaluation of new opportunities. Additionally, he willwork closely with the company's sales force, dealing directly withdistributors and customers.
Maintaining Summit Audio's vision, Papp intends to maximize theexpertise and knowledge of the current Summit team to furtherstrengthen the company's position in pro audio.
Papp holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree in Finance from Santa ClaraUniversity.
Established in 1979, Summit Audio manufactures tube equipment for therecording, post-production, broadcast and live sound industries. Inaddition to its full line of vacuum-tube-based, high-end equipment,Summit Audio manufactures the Element 78 line of Solid State signalprocessing units.
Mack Appointed Tascam GM
Montebello, CA - Dec 4, 2001 - Tascam has announced the appointmentof Jim Mack to the position of general manager. Mack, a respected musicand audio products industry veteran, will be charged with managing allof Tascam's U.S. business operations in sales, marketing, productdevelopment and other key areas.
Previous to joining Tascam, Mack spent six years holding managementpositions at Alesis Corporation, most recently as vice-president ofsales and marketing. Mack also has years of experience as a multi-linesales representative for music/audio manufacturers as well as managingaudio retail locations. In addition to overseeing Tascam's dailybusiness operations, Mack will work closely with Tascam's productdevelopment team to oversee the evolution of the next generation ofTascam products.
QSC Audio Names GallegosAccount Specialist
Costa Mesa, CA - Dec 5, 2001 - QSC Audio Products announced theappointment of Daniel Gallegos as the account specialist for theCentral region. He joins QSC's inside sales team, headed by InsideSales Manager Derek Covin.
Gallegos is responsible for processing all sales orders and informationrequests for the central territory. Further, he will serve as a keypoint-person for a wide variety of inquiries interfacing with thecompany's field sales force, dealers, and end-users.
Gallegos comes to QSC with a 7-year background in sales operations.Previously, he handled a number of sales functions for Formaanarchitectural landscape design firm.
QSC Audio Products is a manufacturer of power amplifiers, professionalloudspeakers, signal processing, digital signal transport, and computercontrol systems for professional audio markets worldwide.
Endara to Direct Worldwide Salesfor Orban/CRL
Tempe, AZ and San Leandro, CA - Dec 4, 2001 – Orban/CRLSystems has promoted Luis C. Endara Jr. to the position of director ofworldwide sales. He will supervise the sales of all product linesthrough Orban/CRL’s dealer networks in North America, LatinAmerica, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Endara joined Orban in 1997 as sales manager for Latin America and theCaribbean, advancing three years later to manage the Asia and Pacificterritories as well. Before coming to Orban, he worked for thePanamanian government as advisor to the President of Panama onbroadcast and telecommunication matters and as director of the PanamaNational Broadcast Network. Prior to that, he worked for 17 years as anOrban international dealer representative in Miami and CentralAmerica.
Mackie Designs Hires Toates
Woodinville, WA - Dec 3, 2001 – Mackie Designs announced thatNigel Toates has joined Mackie as director of sales, broadcast market.In this position, Toates will report directly to Keith Olsen, corporatedirector, global recording product and market development. Toates'primary responsibility will be to establish a closer workingrelationship with Mackie’s high-end, post production andbroadcast customers.
Toates has extensive experience in the professional audio business,specifically the high-end post production and broadcast markets. Beforejoining Mackie, he worked as vice president of business development forSeattle-based Wide View Technologies, developers of copyrightprotection technology for the film industry. Prior to that, Toatesspent 20 years with professional audio manufacturer AMS Neve where heheld numerous positions including worldwide service engineer, nationalservice manager for North America and most recently, vice president ofsales and service for North and South America.
This appointment makes Toates the newest member of Mackie's newlyformed recording market development team, under the direction of KeithOlsen. This team brings market management and product developmentresources from the Company’s many brands together in order toimprove customer communication and better facilitate the sharing ofideas and technologies between all Mackie Design Inc. brands.
Toates will work from his office in Los Angeles.
ChainCast NetworksAppoints Mandelbaum
San Jose, CA - Dec 3, 2001 - ChainCast Networks announced JeffMandelbaum, president of Software Growth Services, as a strategicadvisor to the company. In this role, Mandelbaum will providemanagement consulting and strategic planning to expand thecompany’s Internet streaming service.
An accomplished high technology executive, Mandelbaum has held keyroles for more than 16 years in industry sectors of streaming media,relational database, and business-to-business commerce. In October2001, Mandelbaum formed Software Growth Services to assist highpotential software and Internet companies increase their businesses byleveraging his experience and network. Prior to founding SoftwareGrowth Services, Mandelbaum was vice president of Software, Internetand New Media at Broadmark Capital Corporation in Seattle. Prior tojoining Broadmark Capital, Mandelbaum was chairman and CEO ofGlobalMedia in Vancouver B.C. Mandelbaum also held executive managementpositions at Real Networks in Seattle; Commerce One in Pleasanton, CA;and Sybase in Emeryville, CA.
Onan Joins Technet SystemsGroup
Nov 26, 2001 - Technet Systems Group announces the appointment ofCriss Onan as broadcast equipment sales manager. Onan's duties atTechnet Systems Group will be to coordinate sales of leading broadcastmanufacturer’s equipment to clients throughout the United States.This includes representation of the Broadcast Electronics transmitterline in 13 states.
Onan has held previous sales manager positions with BroadcastElectronics, Radio Computing Services (RCS) and the former NortheastBroadcast Labs. He is a graduate of the State University of New Yorkand resides in Rochester, NY.
Sirius Names New CEO
New York - No 27, 2001 - Sirius Satellite Radio announced that ithas hired consumer electronics and telecommunications veteran Joseph P.Clayton as president and chief executive officer. Clayton joins Siriusfrom Global Crossing, a global Internet and long distance servicesprovider, where he was vice chairman. Clayton previously served aschief executive officer of Frontier Corporation, a Rochester-basednational provider of local telephone, long distance, data, conferencingand wireless communications services, until its acquisition by GlobalCrossing in October 1999. Clayton succeeds David Margolese, Sirius'founder and chairman, who stepped down as chief executive officer inOctober.
In addition to his leadership in the telecommunications industry,Clayton brings years of experience in the consumer electronics field,having held senior management positions at Thomson MultiMedia, GE'sConsumer Electronics Division and RCA Corporation. At ThomsonMultiMedia, Clayton was instrumental in the development and launch ofthe consumer equipment for DirecTV, the nation's largestsatellite-to-home television provider.
Clayton currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for IndianaUniversity School of Business, and as trustees of Bellarmine College,Louisville, KY, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He alsoserves on the board of directors of Global Crossing Ltd, a globalInternet and long distance services provider, the E.W. Scripps Company,the operator of 21 newspapers, 10 television stations and threenational cable and satellite television networks, and Good Guys Inc.,the west coast-based consumer electronics retailer with 79 stores.Clayton formerly acted as chairman of the Consumer ElectronicsAssociation.
He earned an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from Indiana Universityand is a magna cum laude graduate of Bellarmine College with a B.A. inBusiness Administration.
Streaming21 Appoints Silver toPresident and CEO
Los Gatos, CA - Nov 12, 2001 - Streaming21, a provider of streamingmedia solutions for the broadband market, announced the appointment ofDavid Silver to the position of president and chief executive officer.Silver brings a strong management track record, and a proven expertisein growing small companies into fast growing market leaders.
Silver brings more than 20 years of high-tech management and industryexperience to the CEO position, including 15 years as president andchief executive officer of Kofax, a worldwide leader in the documentimaging hardware and application software market. As co-founder andCEO, he is credited for making Kofax’s solutions a part of nearlyevery major document imaging solution deployed today, as well as forguiding the company through a successful public offering. The companywas acquired by the Swiss headquartered DICOM Group in 2000.
Before co-founding Kofax, Silver was a member of the foundingdevelopment team of FileNet Corporation, a leader in the workflow anddocument management market. Silver is currently on the board ofdirectors of DICOM Group plc., a London Stock Exchange company, andMicroVault Corporation, a private software company. In addition, heserves on advisory boards for the UC Irvine’s School ofEngineering and Department of Information and Computer Science.
Mackie Promotes Olsen
Woodinville, WA - Nov 27, 2001 - Mackie Designs announced that KeithOlsen has been promoted to the position of corporate director, globalrecording product and market development. This new position gives Olsenauthority over a new international market development team that focusesexclusively on the recording, post production and broadcast markets.Olsen's team will have members located all over the world who willtogether develop and market products for all Mackie Designs brandsincluding Mackie, Soundscape and Acuma.
Olsen joined Mackie in 1999 after 25 years as a producer and recordingengineer. One of the top five producers of all time in numbers ofalbums sold at retail, Olsen is responsible for more than 39 gold orbetter albums, 24 platinum or better and 14 multiplatinum or better. Hehas sold more than 100 million albums with revenues totaling more than1 billion dollars. His credits include albums by Fleetwood Mac,Foreigner, Santana, Ozzy Osborne, Sammy Hagar and many more. His filmcredits include Flashdance, Footloose, Vision Quest, Tron and TopGun.
Since joining Mackie as director of recording product development,Olsen has played an integral role in the development of Mackie's newfamily of hard disk recorders (HDR24/96, MDR24/96), as well as theimplementation of industry standards such as synchronization and fileformats. Olsen was also involved in the third-party plug-in strategyfor the Digital 8*Bus.
Adelstein Recommended forFCC Seat
Washington, DC - Nov 18, 2001 - The FCC currently has one opencommissioner's seat, which was held by Gloria Tristani. DemocraticSenate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has recommended his legislativeassistant, Jonathan Adelstein, to the White House for consideration asa nominee as FCC commissioner. If confirmed, he would serve theremainder of Tristani's term, which ends in mid-2003.
Several professional organizations and lobbying groups endorse theAdelstein recommendation, including the CTIA and the NAB.
Soundcraft and BSS BeginMarketing Initiative
Herfordshire, England - Nov 2001 - Soundcraft and BSS Audio haveannounced the creation of a new centralized communications strategyunder the direction of Dave Neal. Neal assumes the new position ofmarketing and communications manager at the two companies'Hertfordshire, England headquarters and heads a team that seesElizabeth Gates and Paul Bass focusing on the Soundcraft and BSS Audiobrands respectively.
The new department, which carries a wealth of experience, will takeresponsibility for all communications functions, including PR,advertising, brochures and technical publications, website developmentand exhibitions. Neal aims to introduce a new dynamic to the marketinginitiative. Soundcraft, a British manufacturer of high-end mixingconsoles serving live, broadcast, theater and recording markets, isdistributed in the US by Harman Pro North America, a subsidiary ofHarman International.
SiteShell Transforms IntoPlatform Licensing Company
Shelton, CT - Dec 2, 2001 – Cavalry Finance Corporation hasset a new course for SiteShell. SiteShell's website network businesswas transferred to Cavalry last week. Cavalry's new SiteShell divisionwill provide SiteShell’s network technology, as a completepackage, to larger group broadcasters and companies in otherindustries. As a result, Cavalry's SiteShell division will no longerprovide websites with network-created, content presentations forindividual radio stations. However, a new company, formed by formerSiteShell employees, will be licensed to maintain individual sites forSiteShell affiliates. Because of the license to use SiteShell designsand other intellectual property, the new company will provide sitesthat will appear visually similar to the WebSites provided by theBlueDot WebSite NetWork. They will also feature updated contentpresentations. SiteShell affiliates were notified of the pendingchanges on November 30, 2001.
Cavalry concluded that any chance for a near-term increase in theinvestment flow into this sector ended with last week’s officialdeclaration of a recession, the financial collapse of Enron, and thebankruptcy court order allowing Excite@Home Corp. to take down its highspeed Internet network. The @Home network, which provided high-speedaccess through a number of cable companies to 3.7 million homes,suspended service to nearly a million AT&T customers.
In its new configuration, the SiteShell division will license itsnetwork platform to larger companies. That will permit them toestablish and maintain a complete, in-house, web site network withouthaving to design and create a new technology platform. Marketing forthe new SiteShell will be directed by SiteShell vice president, SusanDingethal, and technology will be the responsibility of vice presidentand CTO, Peter Schay. Dingethal served as SiteShell’s vicepresident of marketing and affiliate relations from the time itcommenced operations. Schay was responsible for the development of allof SiteShell's technology as its original CTO.