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TFT Granted Certification onFirst Decode-only EAS Unit
San Jose, CA - Jul 25, 2002 - TFT has received a grant of Equipment
Authorization Certification for the first decode-only unit for the
Emergency Alert System (EAS). The TFT EAS911D will provide a less
expensive option for LPFM, LPTV and cable operators who are eligible to
use this type of device as per the FCC Rules, but have not previously
had the opportunity to do so because a product did not exist.
The EAS 911D Decoder Only is based on the TFT EAS 911, which is one of
several EAS units in use. Like the EAS 911, the decoder will only
operate automatically or manually. It has two self-contained,
frequency-agile receivers for FCC-mandated monitoring assignments.
These built-in receivers can be configured for AM or FM operation.
Arbitron Expands Portable People MeterMarket Trial
New York - Jul 24, 2002 - Arbitron will expand its Portable People
Market trial in the United States. The company plans to equip a new and
separate panel of approximately 1,000 consumers in the Philadelphia
Radio Metro Survey Area that will allow direct comparisons to the radio
station audience estimates being produced by the existing panel of
consumers in the current PPM market trial.
Arbitron also announced that it agrees in principle with the radio
industry's request for a second Portable People Meter market trial in
one of the Top 25 Hispanic markets. The company noted that fielding
this second PPM trial market would be contingent on the formation of
the proposed joint venture with Nielsen Media Research.
Nielsen Media Research is providing financial support as well as its
television survey research expertise in the U.S. market trial of the
Portable People Meter. Nielsen also has an option to join Arbitron in
the commercial deployment of the Arbitron Portable People Meter in the
Ennes Trust Awards EducationalScholarships
Indianapolis - Jul 22, 2002 - The Ennes Educational Foundation
Trust, an educational organization affiliated with the Society of
Broadcast Engineers, has awarded three educational scholarships. The
Ennes Trust awards scholarships each year to individuals who wish to
further their broadcast engineering careers or aspire to a career in
The recipient of the Harold E. Ennes Scholarship is Penny K. Hicks of
Eatonville, WA. Hicks is a member of SBE and a sophomore at Bates
Technical College in Tacoma, WA. She is working to fulfill her
childhood goal to work in broadcasting, specifically as a broadcast
Receiving the Robert D. Greenberg Scholarship is Phillip Vaughn of
Cathedral City, CA. Vaughn is studying Electronics Technology
Engineering with the Cleveland Institute of Electronics while working
as a staff engineer at a local radio station. His goal is to become a
The recipient of the Ennes Youth Scholarship is Ian Dunbar-Hall of San
Rafael, CA. This past June, Dunbar-Hall graduated from Marin Catholic
High School in Kentfield, CA, and will enter the University of
California, Santa Cruz in the fall, majoring in Broadcast
The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust is a non-profit, charitable
organization dedicated to the education of current and future broadcast
engineers. It provides scholarships, offers workshops and supports
other projects that meet the Trust objectives of training broadcast
engineers as well as preparing a new generation for the field.
Softwright HoldsEngineering Seminars
Denver - Jul 31, 2002 - Since 1990, Softwright held an engineering
seminar for its customers to teach them how to use the company's
software for RF system design. It was requested that Softwright have
more than one conference per year to to accomodate individual
schedules, so with this in mind, Softwright has expanded its seminar
schedule to be held four times per year.
Each two-day engineering conference will train customers to operate the
Terrain Analysis Package software to perform RF system design.
Softwright also conducts a one-day conference on using Oversite to help
with the engineering management of radio transmitter sites. Training is
done at the Softwright Conference Center at the company's offices
Denver. The next two seminars will be held September 16 and 17 for the
TAP Engineering Seminar and September 18 for the Oversite Engineering
Seminar, and December 9 and 10 for the TAP Engineering Seminar and
December 11 for the Oversite Engineering Seminar.
Attendees can register for the seminars on the Softwright website at www.softwright.com
APW Completes Recapitalization
St. Michael, Barbados - Jul 31, 2002 - APW has completed its plan of
reorganization and has emerged from its voluntary prepackaged Chapter
11 proceeding. APW’s plan of reorganization, which was accepted
by the holders of the company’s senior credit facilities, was
confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New
York on July 23, 2002, clearing the way for this emergence. APW’s
balance sheet has been recapitalized through the conversion of
approximately $585 million, or 85 percent, of its debt into equity. In
addition, the company has obtained a new $110 million working capital
facility, providing it with substantial liquidity.
The new equity ownership of APW is led by Oaktree Capital Management, a
Los Angeles-based investment management and buyout firm with about $25
billion of assets under management, and West Register (Investments)
Limited, which together now own about 66 percent of the fully diluted
shares. The new equity owners endorse APW’s business strategy and
have supported the efforts of APW’s management team throughout
the reorganization process.
Throughout the reorganization process, APW’s business results
have improved as sales and cash flow increased sequentially during the
most recent quarter ended May 31, 2002.
Studio Technology to Open West CoastFacility
Malvern, PA - Jul 30, 2002 - Studio furniture manufacturer Studio
Technology is expanding its operation and opening a West Coast
production facility. The new facility, which will be located in Reno,
NV, will offer West Coast stations an opportunity to consider Studio
Technology products as a local source instead of a cross-country one.
Reno was selected because of its convenient location to all the large
California markets as well as a central location for the western
region. The new location may also provide Studio Technology the
opportunity to offer additional wood choices that are not available on
the East Coast.
The new facility will be headed by Thomas Adams, a former Studio
Technology employee who has returned to the company. Final negotiations
on a 6,000 square-foot work space are underway, and the office will
officially open Sept. 1. Production will begin shortly thereafter.
Studio Technology plans to have a staff of six people within the next
18 months. The company's main facility is in Malvern, PA, a suburb of
Studio Technology has already been working on several projects for the
West Coast, including the new NPR facility in Los Angeles and a another
large project in Sacremento.
Comrex Opens New Facility
Devens, MA - Jul 26, 2002 - Comrex has completed construction of its
new facility in Devens, MA, and has moved into the building. Devens,
once known as Fort Devens when it was used as a U.S. Army base until
1993, is a community that is combining a mix of industry, commerce, and
residential uses. The Comrex facility is part of the newly emerging
Jackson Technology Park. The new building has twice the space of
Comrex’s previous facility in Acton, MA.
To commemorate the event, Comrex held an open house on July 26, where
dealers, distributors and local broadcasters had a chance to tour the
new facility. A steel drum band provided the entertainment for the
evening, and all the guests were given a Comrex product-patterned shirt
to wear, which added to the festive feel of the occasion.
Comrex’s new contact information is:
19 Pine Road
Devens, MA 01432
telephone 800-237-1776 or 978-784-1776
fax 978 784 1717
The new building in Devens.
The Atlantic Clarion Steel Drum Band played during the open house.
Studio Projects and Stephen PaulPartner
Torrance, CA - Jul 24, 2002 - At the Summer NAMM convention Stephen
Paul and Alan Hyatt of Studio Projects Microphones reached an agreement
for the two firms to collaborate on bringing the new Stephen Paul Audio
microphone line to market.
Studio Projects will show the first Paul products at AES convention in
Los Angeles later this year. Paul microphones will ship by next
January. The distribution will be handled worldwide by PMI Audio
Amek, DAR and Soundcraft MergeStrengths
Potters Bar, England - Jul 24, 2002 - Console manufacturers Amek,
DAR and Soundcraft have merged their UK operations to form a stronger
console group with a wide-ranging portfolio. Soundcraft sales director
Adrian Curtis takes overall responsibility for sales of Amek and DAR
with his existing team of Jon Ridel (Middle East and Asia), Karl
Chapman (Europe) and Trevor Coley (UK and Ireland) heading up regional
sales for the three brands. Inder Biant joins the team as product
specialist and plans are in place to strengthen the team further with
new market and product specialists. All marketing activities for the
group come under David Neal.
Manufacturing and production of the current line-up of Amek and DAR
products is being integrated into the Potters Bar facilities that
already house Soundcraft and BSS Audio. In the United States, Amek has
already shared a distribution facility (HPNA) with Soundcraft and BSS
Audio for several years.
Soundcraft, DAR and Amek are divisions of Harman International.
Nichols Appointed SalesDirector For Allen&Heath
Agoura Hills, CA - Aug 1, 2002 - Allan Nichols has been appointed
sales director for Allen&Heath USA. Based in Nashville, Nichols
will manage all Allen&Heath USA sales staff and the company's
domestic rep firms.
Nichols brings with him experience in the pro audio industry and a
thorough working knowledge of Allen&Heath consoles. Nichols joined
Allen&Heath as director of sales in January 2001 from Crest Audio,
where he was director of sales and marketing. Previously, Nichols was
vice president of sales and marketing for Soundcraft USA and Amek USA
for three years. Prior to that, he spent six years as national sales
manager for Klark-Teknik and Midas.
Allen&Heath USA is a newly-established organization that has been
set up by North American Pro Audio (NAPA) to provide U.S. distribution
for the British audio mixing console manufacturer. NAPA will represent
Allen&Heath effective Aug. 1, 2002, ending the U.K. company's
business relationship with the Utah-based Harman Music Group.
Digidesign Names Lebolt as VP andGM
Daly City, CA - Jul 31, 2002 - Digidesign has promoted Dave Lebolt
to vice president and general manager of the company. Lebolt has served
in various capacities at Digidesign since joining the company in 1994.
Most recently, his role was vice president of product strategy. Prior
to that, he served as director of product strategy for four years, and
as a Pro Tools product line manager when he first joined the
Prior to joining Digidesign, Lebolt was a professional keyboardist,
producer, arranger and composer. He toured and/or recorded with many
well-known recording artists including David Bowie, Billy Joel and
Laurie Anderson. Between 1988 and 1994, Lebolt worked in advertising
music in New York City, was a principle partner in a music production
house, and received Clio and Emmy awards for various productions.
Villegas Joins Harris asRegional Sales Director
Cincinnati - Jul 22, 2002 - Nahuel P. Villegas has joined Harris
Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division (BCD) as regional
director, Latin America sales. Villegas will be responsible for
directing all sales activities and sales representatives in Caribbean
and Central and South America.
Most recently, Villegas was sales director for Lucent Technologies'
Service Provider Networks in Argentina where he was responsible for
such global accounts a BellSouth International, AT&T Latin America,
France Telecom and Telecom Italia, among others, generating more than
$150 million in orders. In his eight year tenure with Lucent
Technologies, a United States-based, $9 billion telecommunications and
research corporation and former AT&T subsidiary, Villegas served in
many different capacities including market sales manager for its
Wireless Division, senior RF engineer, Bell Laboratories, USA, and RF
engineer and customer service operations engineer for AT&T,
Villegas holds BSEE and MSEE degrees in electrical engineering from the
University of Buenos Aires and an MBA from the Columbia University's
Graduate School of Business.
Artemis Records to Waive InternetRadio Fees
New York - Jul 29, 2002 - Artemis Records has agreed to issue
licenses to Internet radio stations for one year for the master use of
songs by all Artemis recording artists. During this period, beginning
Aug. 1, 2002, Artemis will waive the royalty payments that would
otherwise be due them. Exact details and restrictions can be found on
the licensing agreement available for viewing at
Currently, non-interactive streaming radio or Internet radio stations
must pay a royalty rate to the record companies. The company hopes to
stimulate the net play of its artists. Artemis Records is a New
York-based independent record label with a roster that includes Steve
Earle, Josh Joplin Group, Boston, Rickie Lee Jones, The Reverend Horton
Heat, Jimmie Vaughn and Graham Nash.
Old Lyme, CT - Jul 26, 2002 - Sennheiser USA has launched the
evolutionmics.com website to make it easier for Evolution users to
discuss the popular microphone series. At the heart of the new website
is a Bulletin Board System (BBS), a threaded discussion forum that
allows users to freely discuss the applications and uses of the
products, from technical advice to application stories to hot gossip.
The BBS enables Evolution devotees to quickly share pointers, swap
stories, ask questions, debate and discuss Evolution mics.
The remainder of the new website will include a refocused links
section: redesigned product pages featuring microphones, headphones and
wireless systems; an online database of artists using Evolution mics
and a dealer locator.
The site will be launched in August.
Blue Falcon Networks Receives NewFinancing
Los Angeles - Jul 23, 2002 - Blue Falcon Networks, a digital media
delivery provider, announced an $8.5 million third round of financing
led by Sprout Group, bringing the total capital raised by the company
to $20 million. Existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Zone
Ventures and Wasatch Ventures participated in the financing with Sprout
Group, the proceeds of which will be used for product development and
Josh Goldman of the Sprout Group will join Blue Falcon as CEO. Prior to
joining Sprout, Goldman was president and CEO of Mysimon, a Sprout
investment since 1999. Goldman oversaw the growth of Mysimon into a
success comparison-shopping system on the Web, culminating in the sale
of the company for $730 million to Cnet Networks. After the
acquisition, Goldman continued as president of Mysimon and also assumed
the leadership of Cnet's consumer division. Jay Haynes, the company's
former CEO will assume the position of president and chief operating
WCPE Website Wins Honor
Wake Forest, NC - Jul 19, 2002 - TheClassicalStation.org, the
website for WCPE-FM, has earned national honors in the Silver
Microphone Awards for 2002. The website won in the category of Radio
Station Web Site. The station has placed as a finalist for the two
The annual competition is designed to select the best audio programs,
websites and local and regional radio commercials created by
advertising agencies, production companies and radio stations in the
United States. Judging criteria include creativity, quality and overall
A panel of judges representing all aspects of the broadcasting and
advertising industries rated each entry. Four finalists from each
category entered a second round of judging to determine national
TheClassicalStation.org is designed and maintained by Christa Wessel,
WCPE's director of Web services. Wessel oversees WCPE's online audio
services, which involve streaming classical music continuously. In
addition, she is host of WCPE's afternoon concert "As You Like It."
Orban Offers ExtendedWarranties
San Leandro, CA - Aug 1, 2002 - In an effort to increase its service
to its product owners, Orban is offering an extended warranty contract.
The warranty extension increases the standard warranty from one year to
five years. The warranty can also be purchased after the original sale.
Service contracts can be renewed over the life of the Orban
The extended warranty cost is priced to be less than the typical repair
cost for Orban products. Each product has it own warranty rate. The
costs for some of the leading Orban products are $1,070 for the 8400,
$749 for the 8200 and $395 for the 2200.
Owners need the product information including date of purchase, model
number and serial number. Orban will then determine if a product is
eligible for the warranty coverage.
Terrasonde Offers New WarrantyProgram
Boulder, CO - Jul 31, 2002 - Terrasonde, maker of the Audio Toolbox,
has started a new extended warranty program by offering extended and
deluxe extended warranties for the for the Audio Toolbox Plus and
Digital Audio Toolbox products.
The standard warranty on both units is one year for repair and
recalibration, and 90 days for software updates. The extended warranty
extends the standard warranty to four years for repair and
recalibration, while software updates are still covered for 90 days.
The deluxe extended warranty extends the standard warranty to five
years for repair and recalibration as well as five years of software
updates. The warranties do not cover optional software packages.
Contact Terrasonde for pricing of the extended warranty options through
the company's website at www.terrasonde.com
Transaudiodirect To Distribute PaulySuperscreens
Las Vegas - Jul 26, 2002 - Transamerica Audio Group is exclusively
selling premium-quality, German-made Pauly Superscreen Pop Filters on
its new e-commerce site, www.transaudiodirect.com. Pauly Superscreens
pop filters use a special material to allow increased high end and
exceptional wind rejection.
Designed by German Tonmeister Hilmar Pauly and widely used in Germany,
Pauly Superscreens measure 4-5/8" diameter and 3/8" deep, and have an
adjustable clamp for easy mounting directly to the microphone body
without scratching the surface.
ProTools Adds Multiport MIDIInterface
Daly City, CA - Jul 25, 2002 - Digidesign is now shipping the MIDI
I/O multiport MIDI peripheral. MIDI I/O includes 10 MIDI inputs and
outputs for a total of 160 channels, and it features a programmable
hardware through mode, allowing users to simultaneously patch any input
to any combination of outputs without the need to access the computer.
MIDI I/O connects to the computer via a USB connection and includes
support for the upcoming Digidesign Time-Stamping feature.
Although MIDI I/O is shipping specifically for Macintosh-based Pro
Tools systems, the interface is also an option for any OMS-compatible
Up to four MIDI I/O peripherals can be connected to a Pro Tools system
simultaneously for a total of 40 I/O ports, providing access to a total
of 640 MIDI channels.
AKG Produces Comparative CD
Nashville, TN - Jul 19, 2002 - AKG Acoustics USA has almost
completed a project that will enable potential AKG mic users to compare
and contrast AKG microphones based on their various features and
prices. This free, enhanced-audio CD can be played in a standard CD
player or as a CD-ROM and will include more than 86 dynamic tracks. The
CD is currently being mastered and AKG plans to make it available in
the fall of this year in time for the upcoming AES Convention.
The enhanced-audio CD has been in the works for the past six months.
Recording took place during three sessions at Masterlink Studios,
Nashville, and in Chicago at the Pipertoonz and Perfect Sound Studios.
In each case, multiple microphones were used to record professional
musicians playing various instruments. Listening to each track in
relation to one another will give the listener a chance to make an
informed decision on the sound qualities of each microphone. Everything
was recorded flat, without any compressors or equalization.
When inserted into a CD-ROM drive, the enhanced-audio CD will provide
audio tracks and commentary from the producers and engineers, as well
as details on the AKG products used on each track.