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NAB Crystal Radio AwardsFinalists Announced
Forty finalists for the NAB Crystal Radio Awards competition were
announced by the National Association of Broadcasters. Since 1987, the
NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their
outstanding year-round community service efforts. The finalists
|KBHP Bemidji, MN
KDFC San Francisco, CA
KEEY Minneapolis, MN
KFOG San Francisco, CA
KFOR Lincoln, NE
KGBI Omaha, NE
KGO San Francisco, CA
KLOS Los Angeles, CA
KLVI Beaumont, TX
KRRO Sioux Falls, SD
KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN
KSTZ Des Moines, IA
KTCZ Minneapolis, MN
KTRR Windsor, CO
KUAD Windsor, CO
KUZZ-AM Bakersfield, CA
KYW Philadelphia, PA
WBAB Long Island, NY
WBIG-FM Washington, DC
WCMT-AM Martin, TN
WDRV Chicago, IL
WEZL Charleston, SC
WGHT Pompton Lakes, NJ
WGRD Grand Rapids, MI
WHAM Rochester, NY
WHUR Washington, DC
WICO-FM Salisbury, MD
WJBC Bloomington, IL
WLUP Chicago, IL
WSTW Wilmington, DE
WSYR Syracuse, NY
WTMX Chicago, IL
WTOP-AM Washington, DC
WUPE Pittsfield, MA
WUSL Philadelphia, PA
WVXA Rogers City, MI
WVXU Cincinnati, OH
WWKI Kokomo, IN
WWZZ Washington, DC
The Finalists will be honored and 10 Crystal Radio Award winners
will be announced during the Radio Luncheon at NAB2004 on Tuesday,
April 20. The luncheon will also feature a performance by the Mormon
Tabernacle Choir, whose radio program, Music and the Spoken
Word, is being inducted into NAB's Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges representing
broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations
How's your knowledge of the Las Vegas area?
Take our little quiz and find out.
Twenty-five miles south of Las Vegas, in an area known as Primm, there
is a roller coaster that for a few years was the highest and fastest
anywhere. What is its name?
The Sahara Hotel once had which of the following comedians as its vice
president of entertainment?
A. Jerry Seinfeld
B. Rich Little
C. Buddy Hackett
D. Jerry Lewis
What is the name of the hotel that incorporates the tallest
free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River?
A. Hilton Tower
B. Stupak's Stump
C. Tropicana Tower
The strip is technically not in Las Vegas. It is in an unincorporated
part of Clark County called _________ ?
The answers appear below.
|New Products from the
Middle Atlantic Products DWRseries
This wall-mount cabinet features the Tool-Free Quick-Mount System,
permitting commercial A/V professionals to easily and quickly mount the
center section to the backpan on the job site. Advanced cable
management capabilities are also a feature of the series, which comes
in usable depths of 15", 20" and 24". Two pairs of fully adjustable
rackrail can be recessed to allow cable managers to be rack mounted.
The series features lacing points throughout the center section and
backpan, knockouts for Middle Atlantic Products universal connector
panels, which can accommodate BNC, XLR and other connectors, as well as
a large laser knockout in the backpan for the easily removable 12-1/2"
x 12-1/2" pull-box sized opening for cable passage.
Manhattan Production Music LiveTrax
Containing music performed strictly by live studio musicians, no
synthesizers or samples, the genres in this library span everything
from rock to orchestral, and new CDs will be continually created and
distributed to clients. The library will be available for blanket and
laser-drop music licensing, depending on the project. In addition, some
CDs will feature full songs with lyrics, allowing for a more
soundtrack-like feel. This will give music users songs to license that
will be less expensive than licensing songs from major labels.
Pearl Microphone Labs CT40 andDT40
The CT40 and DT40 tube microphones from Pearl Microphone Labs
combine the classic Pearl rectangular dual capsule and a Nuvistor
vacuum tube resulting in a flat, yet warm sound. The CT40 has a fixed
cardioid pattern while the DT40 can be configured for five patterns to
accommodate different recording situations. Both models are supplied
with flight case, power supply, cable and shock-mount. The mic
specifications are a sensitivity of 28mVPa; a frequency response from
20Hz to 25kHz and an impedance of 200 ohms.
Sennheiser Electronics EvolutionWireless G2
This second-generation mic offers broader switching bandwidth
(3MHz), which in turn creates 1,440 channels available to the user. The
bodypack transmitters and mobile receivers have been reduced in size by
about 30 percent. The scan function automatically searches for free
channels. A pilot tone squelch ensures that the transmitter microphone
can be switched on and off without noise. The unit also offers a new
battery concept: The body-pack transmitters and mobile receivers are
powered by two AA-size cells to ensure a longer operating time and
stable RF performance.
Sonifex RB-DSS10 and RB-SS10
The RB-DSS10 10-way digital source select unit is a 1RU 24-bit/96kHz
capable device that produces an AES/EBU and S/PDIF level digital audio
output from 10 selectable AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital input signals. The
unit will also route remote signal inputs through the remote connector
to the selected input source. The RB-SS10 10-way analog source
select/mixer unit is similar to the RB-DSS10, but has analog audio
inputs and outputs, and can also mix the inputs to the output as well
as route them.
Soundcraft USA Gigrac
This integrated mixer-amplifier features eight input channels. The
first four inputs are mono mic or line inputs. Input five through eight
accept mono or stereo sources. Each input has a two-band equalizer.
There is a seven-band master graphic equalizer on the output as well as
a selection of preset digital effects. The model 300 has a single 300W
power amp while the model 600 has two 300W power amps. The lid of the
unit's road-ready case is designed to stow microphones and cables. The
mixer can be removed from its case for fixed installations. It occupies
Staco Energy Products Firstline
Protecting against voltage fluctuations, brownout conditions,
harmonics and transient surges, this system offers low maintenance
requirements and built-in diagnostic tools. The system isolates the
connected load from the primary ac supply, protecting it from voltage
sags, high voltage spikes, transients and frequency variations. The
unit can be configured for any 208, 400 or 480 Vac application. It can
handle an input voltage range of +/- 20 percent, while holding output a
tight regulation of +/-0.5 percent for balanced loads and +/-3 percent
for unbalanced loads. It has a total harmonic distortion of less than 3
percent for linear loads, and less than 5 percent for non-linear loads.
It also regulates frequency to a stringent +/-0.05 percent.
Studio Networks Solutions SANmp
This multi-platform software allows workstations with different
operating systems to concurrently access information from a storage
area network. In addition, this product is easy to implement and
maintain because it does not require a server or Ethernet connection.
Some features found in this product are the ability to easily configure
and manage the storage network, set access privileges at the user
level, and share and access audio, video and graphics files from a
centralized storage location. Another benefit is the ability to
integrate Mac OS and Windows workstations, regardless of whether the
systems are running Nuendo, Sonic HD, Final Cut Pro, Pyramix, Avid or
Belden Wire and Cable Access ControlBanana Peel
These composite cables use two innovations: the elimination of the
overall jacket and the use of color coding and application printing on
the four cables, which are features that are ideal for fixed
installations. Because there's no overall jacket to strip, a whole step
in the termination process is eliminated. Short circuits, typically
caused by contact with the center conductor while stripping off the
outer jacket, can also be prevented. The cables are available in both
Plenum-rated and Riser-rated versions. The individual cable jackets are
sequentially marked at two-foot intervals and the cables are available
in 1000 ft/305m put-ups.
Broadcast Warehouse DSPX
The DSPX is a fully featured FM, AM, digital radio and Internet
streaming digital-audio processor. Using multi-band DSP technology, the
processor offers a versatile and powerful tool in creating a loud
punchy on-air presence. The unit is driven by an eight-bit
micro-controller that controls an array of specialized analog and
digital circuits. These include 24-bit A/D and D/A converters, analog
level control circuitry, 18 x 24-bit DSPs, an Ethernet port, a trigger
port, two RS-232 ports, 200 LEDs (metering), an LCD screen, two sample
rate converters, a headphone jack and memory devices to hold the
software and firmware. The company will give away a gold-plated version
of the DSPX at the convention. A winner will be picked at the booth on
SBE Holds EAS Meeting
On Monday, April 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Society of Broadcast
Engineers EAS Committee will hold a meeting in room N255 in the Las
Vegas Convention Center.
There are several featured speakers for the meeting.
Mark Allen, president of the Washington State Association of
Broadcasters, is also Washington State's leader for the AMBER program.
He has been a driving force the AMBER Web Portal project, and he will
share the latest information about this system.
Richard Rudman, an active member in the Partnership for Public Warning
systems, will provide an update on the PPW with its recommendations for
changes and improvements to EAS.
Ben Green with the State of California will talk about the Emergency
Digital Information Service (EDIS), which is proving successful in
SBE membership is not required to attend the meeting.
The New Media ProfessionalsConference
Designed to showcase ideas based on new media technologies and
applications, this session will focus on the value of these
technologies through case study presentations, workshops, panel
sessions and high-level keynotes. The presentations will demonstrate
how a wide variety of industries are utilizing new media creation and
distribution platforms to improve efficiencies, generate new business
and increase revenue. This year’s conference focuses on streaming
media plus the latest new media technologies and advanced
Sunday, April 18 Topics
Online Secrets to Build Your Brand; MPEG - Advanced Video Coding and
Beyond; Using IP Video Conferencing for E-learning; Best Practices for
Distance Learning in a Satellite Environment; LifeStage Demographics -
How Your Audiences Really Live and Use Media; Streaming Media in
Operation Iraqi Freedom; Profitable Partnerships - Broadcast; Cable;
Monday, April 19 Topics The High-Def Desktop; Everything You
Wanted to Know About Satellites But Were Afraid to Ask; New Media
Visions for the Future; Digital Rights Management Forum; New Media
Tuesday, April 20 Topics
Emerging Content, Emerging Devices, Emerging Business Models; All
Information is Not Created Equal: Consumer Privacy in the New Media
Age; Disruption in Television: The Threat and Opportunity of
Industry-changing Innovation; Next Generation Advertising; Interfaces,
Media and Services in the Broadband Digital World; New Technologies for
Digital Media; The Changing Face of Broadcasting; Rapid Deployment of
Streaming Media in a Corporate Environment; A Day in the Life of a
Consumer - Targeting Customers Using Daypart Analysis.
Wednesday, April 21 Topics
Effective New Media Marketing Strategies; Year of the PVR; Wireless
Broadband; On-Demand Computing for Entertainment and Broadcasting;
Wi-Fi as a Broadcasting Tool; The Business of Streaming Media; Dude,
Where’s My Audience?; Copyright for Creatives - Strategies for
Thursday, April 22 Topics
Web-based Channel Surfing; The Dawn of the Narrowcasting Age; Business
Is Ready for Webcasting.
|Out and About in Las
Plan a Day Trip
While there are lots of things to do in Las Vegas and surrounding
communities, perhaps you would like to get away from the bright lights
and spend a little more time doing it. There are three national parks
within an easy drive with an overnight stay.
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is approximately 270 miles northeast
of Las Vegas. On the way you can also visit Zion National Park. This
area also features lava flows and scenery aplenty.
The Grand Canyon is located 278 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The South
Rim is open all year. The North Rim opens in mid-May.
Death Valley National Park is about 140 miles from Las Vegas. This can
be visited in a single day if you are pressed for time.
Staying in Town
Tired of visiting the top of the Stratosphere and watching the
fountains at the Bellagio? Here are some new ideas to try.
The Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum at McCarran International Airport
is perched on the walkway above the airport's baggage claim area. The
museum's first exhibit was unveiled in October 1993. Its existence
stems largely from an offer by Peg Crockett, whose husband, George,
founded Alamo Airport, McCarran's predecessor, and Alamo Airways, one
of the city's pioneering commercial airlines. Exhibits at the Howard W.
Cannon Aviation Museum depict Southern Nevada's airborne history,
including the role aviation played in the development of Las
The Chinatown Plaza on Spring Mountain Road, west of the Strip,
features Asian art, jewelry and restaurants. This is the first
master-planned Chinatown in America, and it was designed in the style
of the Tong Dynasty.
Ethel M Chocolates will hit you in the sweet tooth. Located seven miles
from the Strip, it features a factory tour, through which you can get a
behind-the-scenes look at the candy-making process. You can taste test
samples after the tour.
How is your knowledge of Las Vegas trivia?
The roller coaster in Primm is called the Desperado. The other named
roller coasters are in other states.
The Sahara Hotel once employed Buddy Hackett as its vice president
The hotel with the tallest free-standing structure west of the
Mississippi River is the Stratosphere. If you missed this you are
always looking at the ground.
The Las Vegas strip is not actually in Las Vegas, but in an
unincorporated part of Clark County called Paradise.