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Omnia Partners with the RadioExperience
Cleveland - Mar 23, 2004 - Omnia Audio has partnered with The Radio
Experience in a joint venture to provide the data technology for
broadcasters to datacast via RBDS, IBOC and Internet sites. RBDS
hardware products offered by Omnia and The Radio Experience are slated
to include an RBDS encoder with integrated RBDS accelerator, to give
broadcasters the ability to send text information to both radiotext and
dynamic PS displays, and a dynamic data processor that provides data
distribution capabilities for RBDS and IBOC. Software products will
include Now Playing software to interface RBDS with automation systems
for automatic music information retrieval, and News Flash, which
enables studio operators to broadcast up-to-the-minute weather reports,
RBDS Traffic alerts, AMBER Alerts and sponsor participation in RBDS,
IBOC and website displays.
Test your knowledge of Las Vegas Trivia
You may have been to Las Vegas many times, but how much do you
really know about the town?
What is the Nevada state tax on gambling revenues?
The largest hotel in the United States is in Las Vegas. What is its
name and how many rooms does it have?
On the Strip across the street from the Sahara is an empty lot. This
lot has been empty for 40 years. What originally stood here?
Speaking of empty lots, what was Steve Wynn's first Las Vegas real
estate investment? Where was it?
The answers are below.
|New Products from the
Audio-Technica MidnightBlues 1 and 3
The MB1k and MB3k unidirectional dynamic vocal microphones feature a
Hi-Energy neodymium magnet structure for maximum output and fast
transient response, a Magna-Lock switch design for silent on-off
operation as well as corrosion-resistant gold-plated XLRM connectors.
The mics also includes the AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp and 5/8"-27 to
3/8"-16 threaded adapter. All models are available with an optional
(15') XLRM cable.
Harris Mini HD
With this new line of 10W to 600W HD Radio transmitters, Harris can
now support multiplexer input, interleaved antenna and separate antenna
applications. Like the Z-HD radio transmitters, the Mini-HD line is
available with the Neustar option, which can be configured to enable
supplemental audio channels and 5.1 surround sound applications.
Comrex STAC6 and STAC12
These Studio Telephone Access Centers (STAC) for listener lines,
talk shows and call-in segments incorporate two digital telephone
hybrids handling up to four callers. It is offered in six and 12 phone
line versions with the ability to upgrade in the field. The
accompanying control surface supports unique producer and screener
configurations. IP-based call screening and control is embedded,
enabling operation from virtually anywhere. Other unique features
include auto-attendant and support of up to four control surfaces.
This small format, modular digital I/O analog radio broadcast mixer
offers digital and analog input channels, together with simultaneous
analog and digital outputs. This product offers features such as
flush-mounting chassis, a wide range of input and output channels,
PFL/cue, fader-start operation of equipment, automatic monitor muting
on mic-live and light switching remote outputs. Optional EQ on input
modules is available and gram amp input options and 2 main audio buses
allow the user to broadcast on the PRG bus while recording on the AUD
bus, with bus output selection on each module.
25-Seven Audio Time Manager
ATM allows users to delay the start of live programs and shorten
their duration, in real-time, to accommodate the unexpected or create
additional availabilities on an on-going basis. Its time compression
technology is clean so that users can conservatively add about three
minutes per hour to a schedule. Depending on the program source, users
can more than double that and still maintain acceptable broadcast
spoken language quality. The scheduler does not remove important
content, change pitch, damage inflection or create artifacts. It
integrates into digital and analog radio facilities providing smooth
content insertions, network rejoins and broadcast delays.
The design philosophy behind this speaker was to replicate modern
boombox sound, which is created by being housed in plastic. The
Pyramids use similar materials to copy this sound so that the engineer
has a reference point for what the audience is hearing on its low
quality audio products. Features of this speaker include 5 to 30W power
rating; 8 ohms impedance; 80Hz to 18kHz frequency response; and
banana-style inputs. The speakers dimensions are 7.12"H x 7.87"W x
6.5"D and it weighs 2.8lbs.
Gepco International 61801 EZ
This single-pair audio cable is available in 20 colors with a new
riser rated PVC jacket to allow for more color-coding options and
improved flexibility. The cable features stranded, tinned-copper
conductors that facilitate quick soldering or punch-down, and a
high-grade polyethylene dielectric. In addition, each pair is shielded
with an easy-to-strip, bonded foil shield with drain wire. These
materials, combined with Gepco’s uniform pair twisting process
and tight mechanical tolerances, yield exceptionally low loss and
noise. As with most Gepco products, this audio cable is UL listed CMR
for permanent installation in a wide variety of locations.
KLZ Innovations Wire Relay
An IP-based content distribution system, Wire Relay enables
multisite NewsRoom4 users to create their own news network, keeping
affiliates supplied with current, targeted material. Stories received
by a hub site are automatically pushed out to wire stores at locations
across the system. Any embedded audio travels with the text, creating a
local copy with ActiveX control at the destination. Configuration
options allow the hub to determine which stories are forwarded, and to
Total Training Adobe Auditiontraining
Adobe Audition handle digital audio editing tasks within a single
application. With multitracking capability to record, mix, and edit
sessions with up to 128 stereo tracks, this audio program puts the
power of a full recording studio in your hands. Total Training has
developed a video training title, Total Training Presents: The
Essentials of Adobe Audition. In close to four hours of instruction
on two DVDs, Adobe audio evangelist Jason Levine walks through the full
scope of Audition’s audio capabilities, from quickly constructing
soundtracks with convenient looping tools, to creating effects, to
using the program’s mastering tools to finalize audio mixes.
Musicam USA Roadstar
Based on the NetStar IP and ISDN digital audio codec, this product
is housed in a compact, portable enclosure with protective elements for
controls, cables and connectors. Four Neutrik XLR inputs feed clearly
labeled individual level and pan controls. Each input can be switched
for mic, line or unbalanced operation. All inputs are equipped with
switchable phantom power. A separate AES/EBU input can be enabled to
bypass the mixer section. Analog and AES/EBU outputs for return audio
are standard. The codec can send and simultaneously receive
bi-directional audio via IP through its Ethernet port, and can connect
to ISDN codecs through its 1-BRI ISDN terminal adapter. Both U and S/T
ISDN interfaces are supported. Simultaneous operation on both IP and
ISDN is possible. The unit comes complete with coding algorithms
including G.711, G.722, MPEG 1 and 2 Layer II and MPEG 1 and 2 Layer 3
to ensure compatibility with older CCS and other codecs.
The first product in the broadcast line, this condenser mic offers
an independent, functionally-optimized design derived from 3D
simulations. The large-diaphragm condenser capsule features a cardioid
directional pattern with internally switchable proximity effect
compensation. A second switch allows the sensitivity to be reduced by
14dB. The microphone headgrille twists off for quick cleaning.
Optional, color-coded headgrills are available. The BCM 104 has an
This prototype blue laser disc for Sony's Professional Disc for DATA
system is designed for archiving and backing-up various data recording
solutions including next-generation optical libraries.
Radio RF andTransmission Developments
April 20, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, room N110
The morning sessions of the Broadcast Engineering conference look
into the recent developments in RF.
The first session of the day is called Linearity Performance
Measurements in Modern AM Transmitters and the Relationship to HD-Radio
and DRM Performance. Geoffrey Mendenhall, VP of advanced product
development for Harris, will expand on the topic discussed in
Performance of Modern AM Modulation Methods for Linear Digital
Broadcast Applications by Hilmer Swanson and John Delay to provide
a direct comparison between linearity measurements and the relative
performance of different digital modulation methods.
David Maxson, managing partner of Broadcast Signal Lab, will present
the session called IBOC RF Measurements. As stations deploy IBOC
digital signals, new issues arise in the measurement of these complex
waveforms. Maxson will discuss the future of RF measurements for radio
AM IBOC digital transmission places high demands on antenna system
bandwidth, both from the standpoint of the input impedance at the
transmitter load. Evaluation and Improvement of AM Antenna
Characteristics for Optimal Digital will present the steps that can
be taken to evaluate both aspects of antenna performance. Ronald
Rackley, partner with du Treil, Lundin and Rackley, will present.
Design and Field Results for the Utilization of Circulators in High
Power Broadcast Transmission Systems is the title of the
presentation from Jim Stenberg, director of advanced RF development for
Dielectric Communications. The use of circulators to combine analog and
digital FM signals will be described.
Mike Bergman, senior manager for digital broadcast with Kenwood, will
explore the results from extensive field testing of FM IBOC and
Tomorrow Radio in the session called HD Radio FM Broadcast Coverage
- What To Expect.
The concept and practical implementation of the EH Antenna will be
described in a session of the same name. Ted Hart, CEO of EH Antenna
Systems, will present.
RDS and Data Broadcasting
April 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., room N110
While the technology is officially called RBDS in the United States,
this confused-name portion of the Broadcast Engineering conference will
investigate the renewed interest in RBDS and datacasting, particularly
with its potential suitability for IBOC.
RDS Implementation in the U.S. will be a panel discussion about
the current state of RBDS. Panelists will include Marshall Bandy,
president of Data FM; Kelly Christensen, CEO of Stratos Audio; Allen
Hartle, president of The Radio Experience; Jeff Littlejohn, VP of
engineering operations for Clear Channel; Jeff Marrah, engineering
group manager of Delphi Electronics; and Chad Steelberg, chairman and
CEO of Dmarc Networks.
Jackson Wang, president and CEO of E-Radio, will presente the session
called Enabling the Application Layer in Broadcast Based
Datacasting. Program-associated-data (PAD) and
non-program-associated-data (NPAD) will be discussed with examples of
the Canadian experiences in development and deployment of weather,
news, sports, traffic bulletins and emergency notification
Dave Casey, assistance chief engineer, and Tom McGinley, director of
engineering, both of Infinity Seattle, will co-present Song Title
and Artist over RDS - The Nuts and Bolts. They will detail their
experiences in implementing song title and artist information using
Jeff Detweiler, broadcast technology manager of Ibiquity Digital, will
discuss the three types of built-in data broadcasting capability of
IBOC - MPS, SIS, and AAS – in the session called IBOC Data
In Methodology for Data Service Multiplexing, Paul Signorelli,
CTO of Impulse Radio, will discuss various methodologies for
multiplexing data services over the transmission layer, often referred
to as layer 1, of the IBOC system.
Ray Miklius, vice president, studio systems for Broadcast Electronics,
will present IBOC Data Broadcasting at Your Station, which will
provide an end-to-end description of how the introduction of data
broadcasting over IBOC will affect station facilities.
Many technology developers believe that they have the killer app for
IBOC. In this session, Joseph Reed, chief information officer of
Mobility Technologies, will present Traffic Data - The Killer
App? to discuss advanced traffic monitoring capabilities.
Radio and Television Career Fair
On April 18 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., the NAB, Broadcast Education
Association and and Radio-Television News Directors Association will
hold their annual career fair. Representatives from radio and
television stations seeking employees for jobs ranging from entry-level
to management positions will be on hand to accept resumes and discuss
career opportunities. Admission is free to all job seekers and
registrants of the NAB2004, BEA2004 and RTNDA@NAB conventions. Job
seekers may register for free on-site but are encouraged to post their
resumes at www.nab.org/bcc.
The fair will be held in LVCC room N252.
Nautel’s User Group Goes toVegas
Hackett's Grove, NS - Nautel will host a Nautel User’s Group
(NUG) session in Las Vegas on April 18 from 9 a.m. until 12noon at the
Riviera Hotel and Casino. The gathering will feature the Nautel
customer service staff discussing tips and tricks for AM and FM
transmitters and the company's sales and marketing staff providing
preview of the company's new transmitters.
The company's design engineers and other Nautel users will have a
chance to participate in a round table discussion about transmitter
issues and solutions. There will be a complimentary lunch and prize
draw following the NUG@NAB2004 seminar.
The NUG will also add a seminar to be held at a Nautel facility later
in the year.
To become a NUG member or would like to attend this year’s
NUG@NAB2004 seminar, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name,
preferred e-mail address, telephone number, call sign and Nautel
equipment you presently own or operate.
|Out and About in Las
Things to See and Do
There's more to do than just gamble in Las Vegas. In previous weeks
we have introduced you to some sights around the Las Vegas area. This
week, we stay in the hotels to feature some of the traditional features
of the town. All of these activities are free.
The Bellagio runs the Water Fountain Show Sunday through Friday from 5
p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. The shows run
every half hour.
Caesars Palace features the Atlantis Water Show in the Forum Shops near
FAO Schwarz. The first show is at 10 a.m. and the last show is at 11
p.m. daily on the hour.
At the Excalibur, Merlin subdues a fire-breathing dragon in the hotel's
moat. The best view is from the driveway or the drawbridge. The battle
takes place every hour on the hour from 6 p.m. to midnight nightly,
depending on weather conditions.
The Fremont Street Experience was built a few years ago to attract the
crowds to downtown Las Vegas. The light and sound show features more
than two million lights and 540,000 watts of sound. Shows run every
night on the hour beginning at dusk with the last show at
Treasure Island, long known for its pirate battle in Bucaneer Bay has,
replaced the aquatic battle with a new show called Sirens, which
features female performers. It runs nightly in front of the hotel at 4
p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
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How Well do You Know Las Vegas?
Let's see how you did.
The Nevada state tax on gambling revenues is 6.25 percent (this is what
the casinos pay).
The MGM Grand is the nation's largest hotel with more than 5,000 rooms.
The Western wing of the MGM Grand is actually the old Marina Hotel and
Casino. It was renovated and connected with the new building instead of
The vacant lot across from the Sahara has been empty since the original
El Rancho Vegas burned down on that site 40 years ago. The original El
Rancho was one of the first resorts on the strip. Later, another hotel
and casino called the El Rancho was built farther South on the
Steve Wynn's first Las Vegas investment was a large parking lot next to
Caesars Palace. When he announced plans to build a hotel on the lot,
Caesars Palace became nervous and paid Wynn a premium for the