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FCC Grants NAB's Request forTemporary Public File Waiver
Washington - Last week, the National Association of Broadcasters
requested a temporary waiver of public inspection file requirements
because of the events involving the spread of Anthrax. The FCC issued
the following memorandum opinion and order:
Pursuant to Section 1.3 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. §
1.3, the National Association of Broadcasters, on behalf of its member
stations and all broadcast licensees nationwide, requests a 60-day
temporary waiver of Section 73.3526(e)(9) of the Commission's Rules, 47
C.F.R. § 73.3526(e)(9), which requires that broadcasters retain in
their public inspection files all written comments and suggestions
received from the public regarding operation of the station. NAB also
requests that the obligation of television stations to include in
license renewal applications a summary of public written comments
concerning violent programming, which is required for application for
renewal of license,1 be waived for mail received during the requested
NAB reports that since the recent attacks on media outlets and other
organizations designed to infect and terrorize Americans with anthrax
poisoning, many broadcast licensees are following policies recommended
by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or local police regarding the
collecting and opening of letters and packages in order to safeguard
employees and visitors to station locations. According to NAB, pursuant
to the recommendations of the FBI and local police, broadcast stations
are screening letters and packages for indicators of a possible threat,
such as misspelled words and incorrect or missing return addresses, and
returning all such mail, unopened, to the U.S. Postal Service for
proper handling and disposal. NAB states that as a result of these
precautions, some stations may not be retaining in their public
inspection files some comments and suggestions received from the
public, as required by Section 73.3526(e)(9) of the Commission's Rules.
Similarly, some stations also may not be able to fully comply with the
obligation to include in license renewal applications a summary of
comments concerning violent programming that reflects all such comments
received during this period of caution.
NAB urges the Commission to exercise its discretion to waive its rules
requiring the retention of all public comments, as the circumstances
described above make strict compliance with these rules inconsistent
with the public interest. Stating that it hopes that this period will
pass quickly, enabling broadcasters to return to their normal
procedures, NAB requests a 60-day waiver of these rule, subject to
possible extension. NAB also states that, at their discretion,
broadcasters may deem it safe and appropriate to resume their normal
procedures sooner than 60 days.
We agree with NAB that, under the circumstances described above, it is
in the public interest to grant broadcast licensees a temporary waiver
of the Commission's rules with respect to the retention of all public
comments. Accordingly, we will grant the requested 60-day waiver. The
circumstances now prevailing are extraordinary, involving as they do, a
biological attack of as yet uncertain dimensions but certainly
directed, in part, against United States media outlets. We are granting
the waiver in order to minimize any public health threat to station
personnel. This concern outweighs the public interest factors embodied
in the rule. We expect that broadcasters will use their best judgment
to screen letters pursuant to the policies recommended by the FBI and
police. We recognize that these procedures may evolve as the nature and
scope of the threat is better understood and we commit to broadcasters'
good faith belief the actual criteria used in selecting mail that will
not be opened. We expect broadcasters to return to complete compliance
with the public inspection file rule as soon as they believe the danger
has passed. Any extension of the waiver beyond the sixty-days provided
should be sought at a later date and will be dependent upon
circumstances existing at such later time.
Accordingly, it is ordered that the request for a 60-day waiver of the
Commission's rules filed by the National Association of Broadcasters,
is granted, effective upon release of this Order.
Roy J. Stewart
Chief, Mass Media Bureau
Adopted: October 25, 2001
October 25, 2001
RTNDA Asks White House To Lift Banon News Helicopters
Washington - Oct 25, 2001 - The Radio-Television News Directors
Association is appealing to White House officials to lift the ban on
news and traffic helicopters still in place in 30 cities even though
similar types of aircraft are now allowed to fly in 27 of those
"News and traffic helicopters are among the most valuable tools used by
television and radio stations to inform their audiences," said Barbara
Cochran, RTNDA president, in letters to Gov. Tom Ridge, director of the
Office of Homeland Security, and others. "Yet at a time of heightened
concern about public safety, these valuable newsgathering tools remain
grounded. The public has been deprived of speedily receiving accurate
information about their immediate communities.
"The Federal Aviation Administration has said that the restrictions on
news and traffic helicopters are still in place because of national
security concerns, which have not been further defined," Cochran
continued. "I am appealing to you, as the President's Director of
Homeland Security, to help get the restrictions on news helicopters
lifted. Such a step would bring another level of security to the people
living in our 30 largest cities, because they would have access to
timely, accurate information about incidents in their
Cochran also wrote letters to National Security Advisor Condoleeza
Rice, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and Counselor to the
President Karen Hughes. Cochran's letter to Ridge is on the RTNDA
website at www.rtnda.org.
EAS Seminar Rescheduled
Verona, NY - Oct 24, 2001 - The Syracuse SBE 2001 regional
convention and EAS presentation originally scheduled for September
12-13, 2001 was postponed due to the state of the nation at that time
and out of respect for those lost. The convention has been rescheduled
for November 28, 2001, and Clay Freinwald has agreed to re-schedule the
EAS seminar for Tuesday November 27, 2001. If you would like to attend,
RSVP to the contacts below.
The Free seminar, Beyond Part 11, Making EAS Really Work,
will be presented from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on November 27, 2001 at the
Convention Center at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona,
Presenting the seminar will be Clay Freinwald, senior facilities
engineer of Entercom Radio in Seattle, chairman of the Washington State
EAS Committee, and chairman of the SBE EAS Committee. Freinwald has
been a radio and television engineer in the Seattle area for 40 years
and brings with him a wealth of knowledge on the topic of EAS.
Truly effective EAS systems require the participation of many parties
to be successful. It is vital that parties representing all of the
various aspects of this effort be in attendance. This is not a session
just for broadcasters. It is for anyone who deals with, or has the
potential to deal with EAS.
On hand will be representatives from the following:
Radio and Television stations
Officials from State Broadcasting Associations
Cable TV Systems
Members of State and Local EAS committees
State, County, and Local governments
911 dispatch leadership
Amateur radio operators involved with RACES or ARES
NWS/NOAA weather radio
RSVP to Vinny Lopez at 315-472-6800 x310 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or
to Tom McNicholl at 315-793-3477 x251 or email@example.com.
If you had originally registered to attend the September EAS seminar,
you will need to call or e-mail Vinny Lopez so your registration can be
re-activated. If you had registered via the website, do not register
there again. Instead, please call or e-mail Lopez as you will end up
with a duplicate registration if you use the Web again.
Rock Radio Revolution Screens atMuseum of Television & Radio
New York - Oct 23, 2001 - Rock Radio Revolution, an
award-winning music and memorabilia packed documentary about the
explosion of AM radio in the 50's and 60's, received a special
screening at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City on
Saturday, October 20, highlighting the Museum's annual Radio Day
Former Partridge Family star turned DJ/TV talk show host Danny
Bonaduce hosts/narrates. Top AM personalities, including New York's own
legends Cousin Brucie Morrow, Alan Freed, Dan Ingram, Jocko Henderson
and Murray the K Kaufman, as well as Chicago's Dick Biondi, Miami's
Rick Shaw, L.A.'s Gary Owens (Laugh-In), and Memphis DJs Rufus
Thomas and George Klein are featured. Interviews mix with music of the
era from Little Richard to The Beatles, including comments from Pat
Boone, Lesley Gore and Fabian.
The show begins in post-War America, when renegade white DJs like Hoss
Allen, Gene Nobles, and John R. Richbourg first aired rhythm &
blues, creating a cultural revolution among teens. In the 50's, the
term rock 'n' roll was coined by Alan Freed, who gave teenage America
its own brand of music and created the bigger-than life DJ personality.
Bonaduce's narrative follows the careers of pioneering DJs, then shines
a light on the payola scandal and station wars created by the Top 40
play list that first cracked the DJ's power tower. The special
concludes as FM radio brings an end to the AM disc jockey's reign and
The Beatles overtake America.
Rock Radio Revolution is the vision of executive producer
Carolyn Travis of Travisty Productions. A 50's-60's aficionado, her own
background includes a stint as a morning drive news anchor and news
director at Miami's 96X-FM radio station. Documentary credits include
In Her Own Image, hosted by Travis and comedian Elayne Boosler,
and Baby Boomers, which she produced, wrote, and co-hosted with
Davey Jones of The Monkees. Travis took time out from shooting the
show's sequel to participate in a panel discussion following the
screening, along with Peter Altshuler, son of New York's Murray the
Travis and husband/co-executive producer Chris Gilson have teamed up
for the sequel, chronicling the rise of FM. Radio legend Rachel
Donahue, widow of Tom Donahue, known as the father of underground FM,
Station Prepararation for DaylightSavings Change
The Traffic Directors Guild of America issued a reminder to stations
to properly prepare for the the upcoming change from Daylight Savings
Time. The announcement provided a checklist of reminders to ensure that
the time change goes smoothly.
1. The affected Sunday's Program Log (Sunday, October 28) must be
addressed for the change in Standard/Daylight savings Times. The change
occurs at 2:00am local time.
2. "Spring Forward, Fall Back" - this means that at 2:00, you should
turn your clocks back one hour, and in essence repeat the 1am to 2am
3. For Program Logs, this involves inserting two pages for the 1am to
2am hour since that hour is repeated. This means a printed log page for
Sunday, October 28, 2001 should actually be 25 hours long.
4. Check with your digital audio playback system manufacturer or the
system's manual and determine how your automation system needs to be
adjusted to match this time change.
5. In most cases for the printed program log, it's as simple as
printing two duplicate hours (1am to 2am) and inserting them with a
notation. Remember that any announcements scheduled in this hour will
also be repeated, so be certain this is what you want. Discuss this
with sales and billing to be sure this is what is desired. One
alternative is to move all paid or billable spots out of the 1am to 2am
6. For Stations using electronic or automatic log reconciliation, you
may need some guidance on how to handle spots occurring during this
hour. Because each commercial traffic system is slightly different, you
should start that research now to be certain you know how to handle it
for your traffic and digital/automation equipment.
FCC Changes Paper FilingProcedures
Washington - Oct 17, 2001 - In light of the events involving the
spread of Anthrax bacteria, the Federal Communications Commission has
announced several changes in how it will accept hand-delivered
documents at the filing counter of the Commission's Secretary, located
at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC.
As a precautionary measure, effective immediately and until further
notice, the following procedures are in place:
The staff at the Secretary's filing counter will not accept
documents enclosed in envelopes.
Any filer or messenger carrying such documents into the Commission's
building will be asked to leave the building and dispose of the
envelope in a receptacle that will be placed outside the building. Once
this is done, the filer or messenger will be allowed to proceed to the
Originals and copies of each official filing must continue to be
addressed to the Commission's Secretary and held together with rubber
bands or fasteners. As usual, "stamp and return" copies will be
provided as long as they clearly accompany each individual filing.
Documents intended to be received by specific staff persons within
Bureaus and Offices must be clearly labeled on the first page of the
document or with a cover sheet indicating the destination. As
appropriate, originals and copies must be held together with rubber
bands or fasteners.
Filings requesting confidential treatment under the Commission's
rules must also be filed without envelopes. As long as the request for
confidential treatment is clearly indicated on the first page of the
filing, the staff at the filing counter will enclose the filing in a
Commission envelope labeled "confidential" to signal that the filing
contains material that is subject to a request for confidential
The Office of the Secretary will work with specific Bureaus and
Offices, as appropriate, to handle bulk filings in accordance with the
precautionary measures described above. As the Commission continues to
balance its efforts to be accessible to its customers with the need for
heightened security measures, the Commission encourages its customers
to make full use of the Commission's electronic filing systems to
facilitate the filing of documents. In addition, on October 18, the FCC
announced a change in the location where paper flilngs can be
Effective October 18, 2001, the Commission will no longer accept
hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings at its headquarters
location, 445 - 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. The due date for
any filings due at the Commission Thursday October 18, 2001, or Friday
October 19, 2001, is hereby extended to Monday, October 22, 2001.
On Monday, October 22, 2001, the Commission will resume accepting
hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings only at its Capitol
Heights facility located at 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights,
MD 20743. To accommodate this change in location, the time deadline for
filing at the Capitol Heights facility is extended hereafter to 9:00 PM
Eastern Time. Filings received at the Capitol Heights facility will be
date-stamped. Filings made pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 1.13(a) should
also be made at the Capitol Heights facility where they will be date
and time stamped. Subpoenas directed to the Commission or its employees
in their official capacities will be received only at the Capitol
Heights facility. The Commission is currently looking for an
alternative site in Washington, D.C., to accept delivery of filings on
a more permanent basis. The public will be notified of that location as
quickly as possible.
The FCC encourages its customers to make full use of the Commission's
electronic filings systems to facilitate the filing of documents.
Filings and other documents sent to the Commission by United States
Postal Service or overnight delivery services should continue to be
addressed to the Commission at 445 - 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC
20554. The Commission itself will divert those deliveries to the
Capitol Heights facility.
This Public Notice supercedes any Commission rules permitting the hand
filing of documents at the Commission's headquarters.
The Commission finds it necessary at this time to make these changes to
its procedures to protect the health and safety of its employees and
therefore finds good cause to make them effective as expeditiously as
possible in accordance with this notice.
Please address any questions concerning this Public Notice to the
Commission's Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-418-0300.
RTNDA President Testifies onFAA Helicopter Ban
Washington - Oct 16, 2001 - The Radio Television News Directors
Association president Barbara Cochran will testify before Congress on
October 17 in an attempt to get the ban on news helicopters lifted.
News helicopters in the 30 largest U.S. cities have been banned since
the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Cochran will testify before the House Aviation Subcommittee at 1:30
p.m., October 17, 2001, in room 2167, Rayburn House Office
RTNDA is the world's largest professional organization devoted
exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and
network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic
media in more than 30 countries.
Arbitron Releases Fall 2001Population Estimates
Columbia, MD - Oct 10, 2001 - Arbitron released its annual update of
population estimates for its 285 radio markets across the United
States. This update covers total, black and Hispanic populations for
persons age 12 and older and will be used for the Fall 2001
The estimates for total populations are based on Census 2000 data,
updated and projected to January 1, 2002. Because appropriately
detailed age/sex data from Census 2000 was not available in time for
the updates, estimates for age/sex demographics within the total
population will continue to be based on 1990 Census data, updated and
projected to January 1, 2002. Late in the fourth quarter, Arbitron will
update age/sex demographic estimates for use with the Winter and Spring
Unusual changes between the Fall 2001 and Fall 2000 population
estimates for a particular market can be attributed to the
recalibration to the new Census 2000 data. Such changes should not be
interpreted as a one-year increase or decrease in the actual
population; they are technical changes rather than actual changes.
These technical changes mean that the new, 2000-based estimates should
provide a better picture of the population than last year's 1990-based
The impact of the Fall 2001 population estimates update on individual
markets can viewed using the Market-Specific Comparison application,
located on the Arbitron website at www.arbitron.com/radio_stations/census.htm. Fall 2001
market ranks for total persons 12+, as well as black and Hispanic
populations, are also available on the Arbitron website.
How Arbitron Market Population Estimates Are Compiled
Each year, Market Statistics, a division of Claritas, Inc., produces
updated population estimates that are usually used in Arbitron's
surveys for the next 12 months. These estimates start with the most
recent decennial census and are updated using a variety of local, state
and federal data.
Census 2000 age and sex demographics were not available in time to use
for the current estimates. For age and sex demographics for the Fall
survey, Market Statistics used 1990 Census population data, which have
been continually updated using a variety of local, state and federal
Late in the fourth quarter, Market Statistics will release an
additional set of population estimates using the age and sex
demographic details from Census 2000. This second set of estimates will
be used by Arbitron for the Winter 2002 survey in
continuous-measurement markets and the Spring 2002 survey in all other
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FCC's Mass Media Bureau GoingOut
By Harry Martin
Washington - Oct 16 - As part of Chairman Powell’s ongoing
efforts to reform the FCC, the Mass Media Bureau, which currently
handles all radio and television matters, will be merged into the Cable
Services Bureau, which currently handles all cable matters, to form a
new "Media Bureau." The Media Bureau will handle AM, FM, LPFM, TV,
LPTV, cable policy, EEO, political programming, and DBS (Direct
Broadcast Satellite) post-licensing policy. DBS licensing will remain
with the International Bureau. MMDS will be moved to the Wireless
Within the Media Bureau there will be a separate Office of Broadcast
License Policy, responsible for licensing functions. Under the Office
of Broadcast License Policy will be an Audio Division (radio) and Video
Division (TV and cable). The Media Bureau will also have a Policy
Division, Engineering Division, and Industry Analysis Division. It will
be at least several months before the merger is implemented.
The newly appointed chief of the Cable Services Bureau, Kenneth Ferree,
will be chief of the new Media Bureau. The current chief of the Mass
Media Bureau, Roy Stewart, is expected to play a key role in the new
bureau. Roy Stewart has emphasized that radio and television issues
will receive the same priority in the Media Bureau that they currently
receive in the existing Mass Media Bureau.
Austereo and Informatel backAustralian technology in NewsBoss system
Sydney - Oct 22, 2001 – International and national newsroom
systems continue to operate under increased pressure since last month's
tragic events in New York. Radio services around the world are revising
their broadcast strategies and placing increased emphasis on news
Ongoing demand for up-to-the-minute reportage has placed Australian
company Desktop Technologies in the spotlight. Founded in 1994, Desktop
Technologies exports NewsBoss, a PC based automated newsroom system.
Newsroom professionals in more than 33 countries use the NewsBoss
system, with the majority of licenses held in North America.
Australian radio network Austereo, and local news service provider
Informatel both use the NewsBoss system and identify this technology as
enabling each to deal effectively with the work load created by the
escalating crisis overseas.
Melbourne-based Informatel has operated for five years and provides
news services for current events, sports, and weather using Interactive
Voice Response technology. The service usually operates during 6:30am
and 10:00pm every day, however on September 11, demand for information
was so high Informatel broke format and began providing 24 hour service
on News Line. Such is the continued demand for information, that
Informatel has increased its investment in NewsBoss licenses, and plans
to expand the level of service available to the market
Arthur Stevens, Support Services Manager for Informatel identified the
rapid editing capabilities of NewsBoss, combined with the easy
integration of audio sources as being two of the primary benefits of
working with the technology. The reliability of the system is critical
to Informatel; revenue is lost rapidly if the service is unavailable
for even short periods of time. Mr. Stevens emphasized the service and
support for the NewsBoss system as another reason why Informatel works
with Desktop Technologies.
Ken Cavanagh, News Group Consultant reflects this sentiment for the
Austero network in Australia. Australia’s largest and most
successful commercial radio network, Austereo, chose NewsBoss after an
extensive evaluation process, during which an integrated digital system
for news production was sought. Austereo has been a NewsBoss client for
many years, and now use the system in every station across the
Individual newsrooms have real time access to both text and audio items
generated in other cities via a sophisticated WAN. Cavanagh identifies
the NewsBoss system as a favorite with journalists and newsreaders,
suggesting this is due in part to the product being developed by
Walters-Storyk Designs Gap Digital RadioComplex
GAP Digital owner Todd Busteed at the Sony DMX R100 digital console in
Studio A Control Room. The facility was designed by the Walters-Storyk
Design Group. Photo by David DeJong, Chicago.
Wheaton, IL - Oct 21, 2001 - Walters-Storyk Design Group has
developed a three-studio complex for GAP Digital, one of the only U.S.
recording studios specializing in the production of long-form radio
drama. The 3,000 square-foot facility is located in the Chicago suburb
of Wheaton, adjacent to Wheaton College.
In addition to completely refurbishing Studio A, which measures 420
square-feet, WSDG has converted a small office into a third room,
Studio C, to serve as a music composition suite for GAP Digital's
in-house composer Steve Wick. The next stage of the project is the
redesign and renovation of Studio B (225 square-feet), home of sound
designer Glen West. Studio B, scheduled for completion summer of 2002,
will feature the expansion of one of the only Foley rooms, complete
with pits, found in the Midwest.
Each studio is equipped with a Fairlight MFX3Plus digital audio
workstation on a Medialink network. Studios A and B each house a Sony
DMX-R100 digital console. Studio A features a 42-inch retractable
plasma flat screen, Genelec surround monitors, and Bag End Elf subs.
WSDG integrated their design around a central machine room which
networks virtually all resources in the complex. The entire facility is
protected electrically by a 6KVA UPS.
Sound isolation was a particular challenge in the restoration. GAP
Digital is located less than 100 feet away from a major rail line.
Netia and Hardata in Partnership
Buenos Aires, Argentina and Claret, France - Oct 24, 2001 - Software
developers Netia and Hardata recently signed an agreement that enables
each company to offer their respective markets an end-to-end solution
for digitizing radio stations of any size.
Netia is now marketing its products and services in Latin America via
the Hardata distribution network. Netia products are backed up by
technical assistance provided on the spot by qualified engineers.
Hardata, a developer of reliable low-cost digital solutions, is in turn
represented by the Netia international sales network which gives it
access to markets such as the USA, Canada, Europe and the Pacific
AV Communications Wins ExportAward
AV Communications Directors John Gouteff (left) and Rodney Henderson
accept the award.
Malaga, Western Australia - Oct 24, 2001 - Western Australian based
AV Communications Pty Ltd (marketing worldwide as TieLine) has won the
Emerging Exporter category award in this year's Western Australian
Export Awards. The winner of this award is recognized for outstanding
achievement in the area of enterprise and global export.
The company has been internationally recognized as a leader in the
field of digital audio transmission technology over standard telephone
networks. AVC TieLine is one of only two companies in the world, to
develop the technology to transfer 15kHz of broadcast quality audio
over a standard telephone line in real time, to meet the live
transmission requirements of the broadcast radio, television,
telecommunications and covert surveillance industries.
The technology can replace traditional transmission methods such as
satellites, microwave technology and leased line options by offering
high quality transmission links at a fraction of the cost and set-up
Users of this technology include the Clear Channel Network, Entercom
Radio Network in the US and the government broadcasting arms of China,
Korea, Australia, and the UK.
ORF Chooses TC Gold Channel
The ORF studios.
Vienna - Oct 23, 2001 - At the Radio News Operations Center at ORF
Vienna a demanding task needed to be accomplished: 150 Journalists on
30 Audio Workstations working 24/7 needed to have their voices shaped
to deliver cutting-edge news stories.
After testing all available voice processors on the market, the center
decided to buy TC Electronic Gold Channels for every Workstation. "The
microphone preamps are extremely smooth, as are the other processing
elements. As we have a very noisy production environment, we are using
the advanced expander first, then the advanced EQ and the soft
compresser as the last element in the chain," explains Karl Petermichl,
engineer at ORF Vienna. "The internal routing enables us to bypass the
microphone input of the audio console altogether, patching the left
input to both Gold Channel outputs."
During the initial setup process, ORF suggested some operational
enhacements to TC, which were implemented in a software revision. One
important addition was the ability to lock all the front panel controls
except recall, so that a journalist could not switch off phantom power
or change from mic to line input. Second was the execution of a total
recall during this locked state, so initial gain settings for every
speaker were preserved; a must for the noise gate. Third was recall of
user presets only, as some of the factory presets were inappropriate
for the ORF operation.
The Tonight Show Announceswith Neumann TLM 103
Los Angeles - Oct 1, 2001 - Edd Hall, announcer and sidekick for
NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, recently replaced his old
announce microphone with a Neumann TLM 103 studio condenser. The switch
was inspired by and was partially a result of the show's overhauled set
late in July, which forced Hall to move from the back of the stage to a
dedicated announce booth.
Edd Hall, Announcer for The Tonight Show, with the Neumann TLM 103
Hall used to announce from right behind the set, but the overhaul
moved the set right up against the back fire aisle, squeezing him out.
After a bit of brainstorming and a little digging around, an old
announce booth was rediscovered. It had been used for storage but, save
for a little bit of must and dust, was in perfect condition. The staff
cleaned out the 5' x 5', acoustically optimized booth and got Hall up
Now in an acoustically superior space and in the spirit of all the
other change taking place, Hall asked to reconsider their microphone
selection. While the old microphone had never been bad, he felt there
might be room for improvement. The show's sound mixer wanted a mic that
would capture Hall's voice as naturally as possible while still cutting
through the live band and screaming crowd at the beginning of each
Thus began a two-week trial of every microphone they could get their
hands on. Shedding preconceptions, they tried everything from dynamics
to studio condensers to vintage ribbon microphones. Hall brought in his
own Neumann TLM 103 from home, and when the dust settled, it was clear
that the TLM 103 fit the bill.
With an improved signal from the start, the sound engineer is able to
pull back on processing as well. Hall receives only a hint of
compression and equalization from The Tonight Show's Euphonix 3000
console. The improvement in Hall's delivery complements the set change
Clear Channel San Diego InstallsSAS 64000
Burbank, CA - Oct 17, 2001 - Sierra Automated Systems, has announced
the installation of its SAS 64000 audio routing switcher in Clear
Channel Communication's, new San Diego facility. Stations began moving
into the new Clear Channel building in February, 2001. The facility
currently houses six FM and four AM stations with 38 studios and
control rooms. One additional FM station has yet to make the move to
the new location.
The 64000 is a digital-ready, high performance micro-processor
controlled audio switching system built upon the design philosophies
and technologies developed in its predecessor, the SAS 32000. The same
system architecture, exemplary design, and rugged construction
techniques have been proven in installations for over ten years. The
configuration selected by Clear Channel has a high packaging density:
256 x 192 mixed mono and stereo channels in only two frames. It
supports analog and digital I/O and can be reconfigured to a full
stereo system if the need arises. The control software allows adjacent
inputs or outputs to be linked as stereo pairs and treated as one
source or destination.
The SAS 64000 will primarily be used to facilitate remote location and
satellite feeds, both incoming and outgoing; and the routing of various
studio feeds within the facility. The increased freedom from cumbersome
patchbays or less sophisticated cross bar switchers allows operators to
quickly and easily connect with their source or destination at the push
of a button.
XM Satellite Radio ExpandsNationwide Rollout
Washington - Oct 18, 2001 - XM Satellite Radio officially expanded
the launch of the first U.S. digital satellite radio service across the
entire southern half of the United States, including such cities as Los
Angeles, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta and Miami, covering a
combined 136 million people.
XM radios are available in the Southwest and are arriving in the
Southeast over the next two weeks at major electronics retailers
including Best Buy, Circuit City, Tweeter, participating RadioShack
dealers and franchisees, Sears, Crutchfield, Good Guys, CarToys, Audio
Express, Ultimate and Sound Advice.
XM's programming lineup features 100 coast-to-coast digital channels:
71 music channels, more than 30 of them commercial-free; and 29
channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment including 13
premiere news channels covering the latest national, world and
financial developments like CNBC, CNN Headline News, CNNfn, FOX News,
ABC News & Talk, USA Today, Bloomberg, BBC World Service, C-SPAN
and its own XM News.
For the first time, people can receive on the radio the diverse
selection of 24-hour news sources that they're used to getting at home
on cable and DirecTV.
XM extends the reach of America's most trusted and popular news and
information channels to motorists everywhere across the United States,
ensuring they are never out of touch with the latest news.
XM Satellite Radio has also reached agreement on the basic terms of a
$66 million funding package, including $35 million in new debt
financing with Boeing Capital Services Corporation and $31 million in
restructured obligations with Boeing Satellite Systems International.
The company expects to close these transactions later this month.
In light of current financial market conditions and the aftershock of
recent national events, XM has refocused its marketing strategy on key
early adopter consumer segments, while maintaining adequate financial
resources to sustain its business momentum until a stable financing
climate is reestablished. The company is carefully managing all
operating expenses, and, due to the outstanding coverage being provided
by its satellites, has been able to eliminate many of its planned
terrestrial repeater sites.
Completion of the Boeing financing package is subject to final
documentation, including customary terms and conditions for
transactions of this type.
Big City Radio ReceivesBridge Loan
New York - Oct 12, 2001 - Big City Radio announced that it has
received a $15 million bridge loan from UBS Warburg LLC. As previously
announced, the Company did not make the interest payment on its 11-1/4%
Senior Discount Notes due 2005 that was due on September 15, 2001.
Under the Indenture governing the Notes, the Company has a grace period
until October 15, 2001 to make the interest payment.
The Company will use a portion of the proceeds from the bridge loan to
make the interest payment on the Senior Notes. The bridge loan will
bear an interest rate of LIBOR plus 3.0% or the Base Rate plus 2.0%.
The Company expects to repay the bridge loan in its entirety upon the
consummation of the sale of the Company's four Phoenix radio stations
pursuant to an agreement that was previously announced.
Big City Radio currently owns and operates radio stations in New York,
Los Angeles, Chicago, and Phoenix, four of the largest radio markets in
the United States, an in-house radio rep firm, and a Hispanic
publishing business and internet portal website in Miami.
Dataworld Purchased byOwners of Skywaves
Bethesda, MD - Oct 1, 2001 - Dave Doherty and Patty Doherty, the
owners of Skywaves Inc. of Allendale, NJ, have completed the purchase
of Dataworld Inc. of Bethesda from Jack Neff and Mabel Neff.
Dataworld, now in its 30th year of operation, is a provider of custom
marketing and coverage maps, technical services, directories, map
books, and facility change notification services to the broadcasting
industry. Skywaves is a developer of interactive Web applications
including real estate listing sites, e-commerce, and totally custom
Web-based solutions for education and business.
Dave Doherty will serve as Dataworld's new president. Skywaves' plans
for Dataworld include moving the company into the area of interactive
Web delivery of products. One example is the DataXpert product, which
allows users to create custom maps interactively, online, showing
coverage areas of radio, television stations and ITFS/MDS/MMDS
facilities as well as accessing directory listings that show technical
information, key personnel, coverage area and population, and other
information about each station. Until now, DataXpert was delivered as a
monthly CD-ROM publication. Now, the data displayed is real-time, and
the maps are made using real-time data. This is just one example of
what can happen when you marry the database and programming capability
of Dataworld with the online capabilities of Skywaves.
The Dohertys are broadcasting veterans. Dave began his broadcasting
career in 1967, and, along with Patty, has held ownership interests in
a number of stations. For many years, Dave was the Sony Broadcast sales
rep and sales manager for the middle-Atlantic region, including
Washington, DC. Patty and Dave have owned and operated Skywaves Inc.
The Neffs are also industry veterans. Jack was the founder of
Spotmaster and Broadcast Electronics, and ran Wilkinson Electronics for
a time. The Neffs bought Dataworld from the engineering firm AD Ring in
Klotz Expands AmericanOperations
Atlanta - Oct 2001 - Thomas Klotz, CEO of Klotz Digital AG, Munich,
Germany has announced the expansion and subsequent restructure of its
American operations. Klotz Digital America, the US subsidiary of Klotz
Digital AG, located in Atlanta, and Graham Patten, a division added to
Klotz Digital America in March 2001 and located in Grass Valley, CA,
will be unified under a new management team.
John A. Carey, formerly vice president of business development for
Klotz Digital AG has been named president of Klotz Digital America.
Michael J. Hession, formerly vice president and general manager for
Orban has been named vice president of finance for Klotz Digital
America and will work with Carey to manage American operations.
A newly created Headquarters, located at 300 Orchard City Drive, Suite
#134, Campbell, CA, 95008, will oversee operations on both coasts.
Klotz Digital America's sales and engineering support facility in
Atlanta will continue to offer a full range of services for the
broadcast industry. Graham Patten's manufacturing facility will begin
production of VADIS and DC II products for U.S. operations.
Logitek Expands Sales/SupportStaff
Houston - Oct 25, 2001 - Logitek Electronic Systems has expanded its
sales and support capabilities with the addition of John Davis,
effective October 1. Davis works in multiple functions at the company,
including international sales and customer support.
Prior to joining Logitek, Davis was marketing manager for Mediatouch
(Winnipeg, MB, Canada), where he handled US sales, PR, advertising and
other functions for the company. As with other Logitek personnel, Davis
has a background in broadcasting, having served as operations director,
assistant PD and air personality at several radio stations in the
Davis is based at the company’s Houston headquarters.
Streaming21 Announces Appointmentof David Silver
Los Gatos, CA - October 25, 2001 - Streaming21 announced the
appointment of David Silver to the position of president and chief
executive officer. David Silver brings a strong management track
record, and a proven expertise in growing small companies into fast
growing market leaders.
Silver brings more than 20 years of high-tech management and industry
experience to the CEO position, including 15 years as president and
chief executive officer of Kofax, a worldwide leader in the document
imaging hardware and application software market. As co-founder and
CEO, he is credited for guiding the company through a successful public
offering. The company was acquired by the Swiss headquartered DICOM
Group in 2000.
Before co-founding Kofax, Silver was a member of the founding
development team of FileNet Corporation, a leader in the workflow and
document management market. Silver is currently on the board of
Directors of DICOM Group plc., a London Stock Exchange company, and
MicroVault Corporation, a private software company. In addition, he
serves on advisory boards for the UC Irvine's school of engineering and
department of information and computer science.
CEA Elects 2002 Executive Boardand Board of Directors
Arlington, VA - Oct 24, 2001 - The Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) announced the newly elected members of the association's
Executive Board and Board of Directors. The volunteer leaders were
elected during CEA's annual product division and Board of Directors
meetings held in Palm Springs, California the week of October 15, 2001.
The new board members will assume their leadership positions on January
1, 2002. Ronald Stone, president, Pioneer Electronics Service, was
re-elected chairman of the board. Katherine Gornik, president of Thiel
Audio Products, and Mitek chairman and CEO Loyd Ivey were re-elected as
co-vice chairs of the board. Longtime consumer electronics industry
executive Jerry Kalov of Kay Associates will continue as industry
executive advisor, serving in part as a formal liaison between the
board and CEA staff. Stone, Gornik, Ivey, Kalov, past CEA chairman and
Recoton president, chairman and CEO Robert Borchardt, two at-large
members and the chairs of each of CEA's six product divisions form
CEA's Executive Board. Gary Shapiro was re-elected as president and
New Executive Board members include Uniden President Al Silverberg who
was elected to serve as an at-large member. Mitsubishi vice president,
marketing Bob Perry, Terk Technologies president Neil Terk and Yamaha
Electronics vice president, sales Steven Caldero join the board as the
newly elected chairs of CEA's video, accessories and audio divisions,
respectively. Audiovox chairman and CEO John Shalam will serve on the
CEA Board as the chair of CEA's new wireless communications division.
Shalam previously served as the interim chair of the division, founded
earlier this year, and had served as an at-large member of the
CEA membership is split into six main product divisions: accessories,
audio, home networks and information technology, mobile electronics,
video and wireless. Attached is a list of the 2002 Board of Directors.
A complete list of CEA members can be accessed at CEA's website,
Langston named President ofDielectric
Raymond, ME - Oct 17, 2001 - Lewis M. Kling, president of Dielectric
Communications, announced the selection of Gregory Langston as his
successor in the role of company president. Kling will now focus his
efforts entirely on SPX’s technology businesses. In comments
regarding the change Kling noted that the time was right for this move,
which will enable the continued growth of both Dielectric and SPX. With
the change, Kling will be able to focus on the demands created by the
recent growth of SPX’s technology businesses.
Langston earned his BS in Management from Purdue University. He joins
Dielectric after serving as international group president for Thomas
and Betts Corporation and as president, Mexico and Central American
operations for Groupe Schneider/Square D Company.
Dielectric Communications, based in Raymond, ME, is a manufacturer of
high-power TV and FM broadcast antennas, transmission line and RF
systems, and a world leader in broadcast transmission system design.
Dielectric is a unit of SPX Corporation. SPX Corporation is a global
provider of technical products and systems, industrial products and
services, flow technology and service solutions.
Margolese Steps Down asSirius CEO
New York - Oct 16, 2001 - Sirius Satellite Radio, the satellite
radio broadcaster, announced that David Margolese has stepped down as
chief executive officer. The duties of chief executive officer will be
assumed, on an interim basis, by an office of the chief executive
consisting of John J. Scelfo, senior vice president and chief financial
officer, and Patrick L. Donnelly, senior vice president and general
counsel. Margolese will remain as non-executive chairman of the board
of directors of Sirius.
Sirius also announced today that at the end of this month it will
expand in-vehicle testing of its service to six additional markets.
This vehicle testing is 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.
This phase is the final element of Sirius' comprehensive test program,
after which the company expects to determine its commercial launch
date, which had previously been scheduled for year-end. Sirius will
update investors on the status of its commercial launch on a public
conference call on Wednesday, November 14th. Conference call details
will be announced separately.
Harris Promotes Lane toNat'l Accounts Manager
Cincinnati - Oct 15, 2001 - Harris Corporation announced the
promotion of Ron Lane to national accounts manger, radio and systems,
for the company's radio corporate clients.
A California native, Lane joined Harris/Pacific Research and
Engineering in 1996 as an account executive after spending 12 years in
radio in on-air operations and programming roles in the San Diego area.
He will be based in San Diego and will report to Virginia Lee Williams,
director of radio and system sales.
Klotz Opens Suomi SalesOffice
Munich and Helsinki - Oct 15, 2001 - Klotz Digital Europe has
announced the opening of a new sales office based near Helsinki. This
new operation heads the company's sales, marketing and customer support
for Scandinavia and the three Baltic republics of Lithuania, Latvia and
Estonia. Klotz Digital has appointed Andreas Wirth as the sales manager
for this new operation. The company's growth strategy beyond France,
Great Britain and Germany lead it to Scandinavia. One of Klotz
Digital's most famous Scandinavian clients is the Finnish Broadcasting
Company (YLE). Klotz Digital's strategic Finnish partner, Noretron,
will continue its sales activities.
Selected to head the new sales office is Andreas Wirth. One of his
activities will be to insure a high level of after sales support. Prior
to joining Klotz Digital, Wirth worked at NORES (Suomi) as a product
manager. He studied television techniques and electronic media in
Wiesbaden, Germany. He started his career at the German public
broadcast channel ZDF and later served as Project Engineer at BFE