Kelowna, BC - May 19, 2008 - Rob Robson, president of Dannager Audio Works, announced that the company is closing its doors for business. In a statement, Robson said, "It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Danagger Audio Works has had to close its doors. The Plan B Silence Eliminator, our only product, is no longer available or supportable. I have been sustaining our company with personal resources for several months, but the end of our rope has been reached. The last several months of very low sales have been devastating to a small operation like ours."
Robson noted that the Plan B was launched in 2002. In his words, the product, which was much more than a silence detector, was designed "to give engineers a break and to prevent radio listeners from drifting away." Robson's experience as a broadcast engineer and his lifelong enthusiasm for radio were his reasons for developing the product. He attributes the downturn in the U.S. economy as being the catalyst in the company's financial situation.
More info on the company's progress and situation was provided by Robson:
"Our patented concept of a self-contained audio backup device remains valid, and some great new designs were being developed before it became clear we could not afford to produce them. I have not abandoned hope that it may be possible to secure support for the existing Plan B units and a way for the new designs to see the light of day. However, the last few months have drained me and my company in every possible way, and there is nothing more we can do at this point.
"I sincerely apologize to anyone who will be inconvenienced by this news. Having been shocked and annoyed at the sudden disappearance of companies in the past, I know how it feels. Now I also realize that it's much worse for those on the inside.
"Christine [Robson's wife and business partner] and I will truly miss seeing all the great people we've met at the NAB over the years. As a designer, discussing ideas face-to-face with end users from a wide range of broadcast facilities has been an incomparable experience. Radio's survivors are passionate, resourceful people, and it is very difficult to have to say goodbye. We will do our best to remain in contact with the friends we've made as we start over in hopefully greener pastures."
Radio magazine will report on any updates about future product support or development when it becomes available.