NAB Radio Update - Aug 26, 2008

August 26, 2008


  • NAB Announces 2008 Marconi Radio Awards Finalists
  • AEQ Phoenix Studio, Phoenix Mobile
  • Continental Electronics 800Exp
  • Enco Systems RAMA
  • How well do you know Austin?
  • Career Day to Feature Speed Mentoring
  • IBOC Technical Panel Featured at NAB Radio Show
  • Digigram LX1616ES
  • Broadcast ElectronicsFXi 60/250esp
  • Vorsis AP2000
  • NAB Radio Show Session Addresses Copper Theft
  • Reese to Receive National Radio Award
  • Where to eat in Austin
  • Davicom/Comlab Telecommunications Micro MAC
  • Logitek Jetstream Mini
  • Coaxial Dynamics 81030
  • How Did You Do?

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    News from the Convention

    NAB Announces 2008 Marconi Radio Awards Finalists
    Washington, DC - Jul 14, 2008 - The NAB has announced the finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards, which honor radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced Sept. 18 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show held during The NAB Radio Show at the Austin Convention Center.

    The finalists are:
    Legendary Station
    KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA
    KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN
    WBLS-FM New York, NY
    WBT-AM Charlotte, NC
    WSM-AM Nashville, TN

    Network Syndicated Personality of the Year
    Glenn Beck, Premiere Radio Networks
    Bob & Sheri, Greater Media Charlotte
    Neal Boortz, Cox Radio/Dial Global
    Steve Harvey, Premiere Radio Networks
    Kidd Kraddick, Yea! Network

    Major Market Station of the Year
    KBWF-FM San Francisco, CA
    KIIS-FM Los Angeles, CA
    KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA
    WBLS-FM New York, NY
    WMAL-AM Washington, DC

    Large Market Station of the Year
    KOA-AM Denver, CO
    KSDS-FM San Diego, CA
    WEBN-FM Cincinnati, OH
    WLNK-FM Charlotte, NC
    WSWD-FM Cincinnati, OH

    Medium Market Station of the Year
    KKOH-AM Reno, NV
    KSTZ-FM Des Moines, IA
    WLAV-FM Grand Rapids, MI
    WNCT-FM Greenville, NC
    WTUE-FM Dayton, OH

    Small Market Station of the Year
    KAIR-FM Atchison, KS
    KBHP-FM Bemidji, MN
    KITX-FM Hugo, OK
    KOFM-FM Enid, OK
    WGIL-AM Galesburg, IL

    Major Market Personality of the Year
    Eric & Kathy, WTMX-FM Chicago, IL
    Grandy & Andy, WMAL-AM Washington, DC
    John & Ken, KFI-AM Los Angeles, CA
    Glenn Ordway, WEEI-AM Boston, MA
    Ryan Seacrest, KIIS-FM Los Angeles, CA

    Large Market Personality of the Year
    Amos Brown, WTLC-AM Indianapolis, IN
    Bob Conners, WTVN-FM Columbus, OH
    Cornbread, WIL-FM St. Louis, MO
    Kelly, Mudflap & JoJo, KYGO-FM Denver, CO
    Moon & Staci, KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN

    Medium Market Personality of the Year
    Corey & Jay, KDJE-FM Little Rock, AR
    Tony Gates, WLAV-FM Grand Rapids, MI
    Dave Kane, WCMF-FM Rochester, NY
    Jim Villanucci, KKOB-AM Albuquerque, NM
    Don Weeks, WGY-AM Albany, NY

    Small Market Personality of the Year
    Mark Clark, KRCH-FM Rochester, MN
    George & Katie, WAXX-FM Eau Claire, WI
    Kate Hayes, KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
    JJ Thomas, KOFM-FM Enid, OK
    Will & Barry, KITX-FM Hugo, OK

    Spanish Format Personality of the Year
    Diamond Boy Luis, KXOL-FM Los Angeles, CA
    Los Hijos De La Manana, KTTA-FM Sacramento, CA
    Marimar, KMYX-FM Bakersfield, CA
    Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, KSCA-FM Los Angeles, CA
    Omar & Argelia, KLVE-FM Los Angeles, CA

    AC Station of the Year
    KSTZ-FM Des Moines, IA
    WJJR-FM Rutland, VT
    WLIT-FM Chicago, IL
    WLYF-FM Miami, FL
    WTMX-FM Chicago, IL

    CHR Station of the Year
    KHKS-FM Dallas, TX
    WKFS-FM Cincinnati, OH
    WKST-FM Pittsburgh, PA
    WNCI-FM Columbus, OH
    WSTR-FM Atlanta, GA

    Country Station of the Year
    KMFX-FM Rochester, MN
    KSON-FM San Diego, CA
    KYGO-FM Denver, CO
    KZKX-FM Lincoln, NE
    WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN

    News/Talk Station of the Year
    KFI-AM Los Angeles, CA
    KKOB-AM Albuquerque, NM
    WBEN-AM Buffalo, NY
    WJBC-AM Bloomington, IL
    WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, WI

    Oldies Station of the Year
    KQQL-FM Minneapolis, MN
    WBHF-AM Cartersville, GA
    WMXJ-FM Miami, FL
    WNCT-FM Greenville, NC
    WOLX-FM Madison, WI

    Religious Station of the Year
    WFMV-FM Columbia, SC
    WLIB-FM New York, NY
    WMIT-FM Black Mountain, NC
    WTLC-AM Indianapolis, IN
    WVEL-AM Peoria, IL

    Rock Station of the Year
    KBZT-FM San Diego, CA
    KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
    WAPL-FM Appleton, WI
    WMGK-FM Philadelphia, PA
    WSWD-FM Cincinnati, OH

    Spanish Station of the Year
    KMYX-FM Bakersfield, CA
    KNRV-AM Denver, CO
    KNUV-AM Phoenix, AZ
    KSCA-FM Los Angeles, CA
    KTTA-FM Sacramento, CA

    Sports Station of the Year
    KESN-FM Dallas, TX
    KGME-AM Phoenix, AZ
    KXNO-AM Des Moines, IA
    WEEI-AM Boston, MA
    WGR-AM Buffalo, NY

    Urban Station of the Year
    WBLS-FM New York, NY
    WFXC-FM Raleigh, NC
    WHQT-FM Hollywood, FL
    WKYS-FM Washington, DC
    WPHI-FM Philadelphia, PA

    The NAB Marconi Radio Awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi.

    Exhibitor Extra


    AEQ Phoenix Studio, Phoenix Mobile
    POTS codecs
    Booth 521
    Phoenix Studio is an IP audio codec, in a single 1U rack-mountable case, with stereo analog and digital inputs and outputs and universal power supply. Phoenix Mobile is an IP audio codec for portable use, with a digital mixer with four analog inputs, internal LI-ION battery, protective cover and 12Vdc power supply/charger. Both units have two slots for inserting optional communication modules: POTS, ISDN, X21, V35 and GSM. In addition to the main program and return, they can simultaneously provide a backup channel utilizing the optional communication modules. They have been designed to ensure interoperability with both present and future AEQ and third-party equipment. Therefore they are equipped with a great variety of encoding formats and can be upgraded to other formats as the market matures.

    Continental Electronics 800Exp
    Embedded exporter
    Booth 501
    Continental Electronics' 800Exp Embedded Exporter is a Next Generation, HD Radio exporter based on Embedded DSP Technology which translates into a more accurate and reliable HD Radio broadcast experience. Enclosed in a single rack unit box is all of the technology required to develop and manage complex HD signals. Control and monitoring is accessed through a standard Web browser and, since there is no hard drive or OS, system start-up is incredibly fast and stable. Continental''s 800EXP is compatible with IP based STL systems, both Aunidirectional or bidirectional, is field upgradable through its Web browser interface, and offers uncompromised reliability when paired with a Continental 802EX FM Digital Exciter using Continental''s dedicated Exporter to Exgine network processor.

    Enco RAMA

    Enco Systems RAMA
    Stand-alone metadata appliance
    Booth 412
    RAMA meets metadata distribution needs in a small box. The completely solid-state disk-less hardware is noise-free and measures 7”×2”×41/2”. Configuration and control are done through an easy-to-use browser interface. With two network connections it bridges the gap between the outside world and an automation network. Padapult is at the heart of RAMA and allows users to create and distribute now playing information along with compelling messagecasting content by sending real-time text data to an RBDS encoder, HD Radio Importers, a website and other destinations – up to 10 total. RAMA is the first metadata delivery appliance for radio stations and networks, distributing network PAD/PSD data to affiliates on a real-time or store and forward basis. RAMA is also a remotely administered metadata tool allowing configuration of local stations' data feeds from any location.

  • Do You Know?

    How well do you know Austin?
    Take this quiz and find out.

  • How many nations' flags fly over Texas?
    A. 1
    B. 3
    C. 6
    D. 4

  • What product does Texas producs more than any other state?
    A. Coffee
    B. Wool
    C. Beef
    D. Sand

  • What stone is the capitol building in Austin made from?
    A. Marble
    B. Limestone
    C. Sandstone
    D. Pink Granite

    The answers are on page 5 of this newsletter.


    Career Day to Feature Speed Mentoring
    The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF), Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) will host the 2008 Radio Show Career Day on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Austin Convention Center.

    This year's career day will include a new Speed Mentoring session hosted by members of the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) and American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT). The 90-minute session will feature a series of individual meetings with professionals in radio programming, sales, marketing and management. During these timed sessions, attendees will receive one-on-one instruction on how to best obtain career goals and advance in radio.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in "Measuring a Successful Career," a session that examines the methods used for gathering audience information for radio stations and advertising organizations. During the session, participants will learn how measuring listeners' habits and preferences impacts radio broadcasting.

    The NABEF-BEA-RTNDA Radio Show Career Day is free, and open to experienced professionals, students and entry-level job seekers. For more information, go to the NABEF Career Day website.

  • Eye on IBOC

    IBOC Technical Panel Featured at NAB Radio Show
    Technical experts will discuss the impact of an in-band-on-channel (IBOC) proposal recently submitted by radio broadcasters to the FCC at The NAB Radio Show. Geoffrey Mendenhall, vice president of transmission research and technology at Harris Broadcast Systems, will moderate the panel discussion featuring executives from Continental Electronics, Broadcast Electronics, Nautel, Greater Media and NPR.

    The proposal would allow FM broadcasters to increase power in the digital portion of their IBOC signals by up to 10dB, to increase their digital coverage area and to improve reception by portable HD Radio receivers which are soon to be on the market. Attendees will learn how to design new facilities to operate at these higher power levels, and will also examine the issues surrounding the upgrading of existing facilities. Session participants include:

  • Geoff Mendenhall, currently responsible for the research and application of new technologies to Harris radio and television transmission products.
  • Jeff Detweiler, broadcast technology manager of Ibiquity Digital. Detweiler manages the introduction and launch of the company's HD Radio brand of IBOC technology to radio stations worldwide.
  • Dan Dickey, vice president of engineering with Continental Electronics Corporation, where he oversees research programs and new product development.
  • Ted Lantz, serves as manager of HD radio products for Broadcast Electronics. He is responsible for the HD Radio Transmitters and data management suite, Radio Data Dimensions System.
  • Gary Liebisch, an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers for more than 25 years. He joined Nautel in April 2007 as the Eastern U.S. regional sales engineer and manager, focusing on product development.
  • Milford Smith, vice president of radio engineering for Greater Media, a position he has held for the past 24 years. He is active chairman of the NAB Digital Radio Committee and chairman of the National Radio Systems Committee.
  • Mike Starling, joined NPR in 1989 as a senior engineer and was named vice president for engineering and operations in 1998. Currently he is VP and CTO of NPR and in Executive Director of NPR Labs.

    Products from the Floor

    Digigram LX1616ES
    PCI network sound card
    Booth 624
    The LX1616ES can transmit and receive up to 16 Ethersound channels, thus connecting computer-based audio applications to a 100Mb/s Ethersound network via a single CAT5 cable. The LX1616ES is the perfect choice for direct-to-disc applications that don''t necessarily require as many as 64 channels, but still require maximum flexibility to play and/or record selected ES-100 audio channels using just a single CAT5 cable. A scaled-down version of the LX6464ES, LX1616ES offers an ideal starting point for price-sensitive applications, particularly since it can be upgraded on the fly from a 16/16 channel count to 32/32, 48/48 up to 64/64 through simple firmware updates. In a live sound environment, the combination of a PC equipped with an LX1616ES soundcard and an Ethersound-enabled digital mixing console results in an extremely powerful, high quality and extraordinarily cost-effective multitrack recorder.

    Broadcast ElectronicsFXi 60/250esp
    Digital exciter
    Booth 301
    The FXi 60/250esp exciter is the BE's latest FM exciter with direct-to-channel FM carrier generation. It includes features such as digital adaptive correction, dual RF outputs for redundancy, Ethernet IP control and more. Broadcast Electronics' new exciter, available in 60W and 250W versions, will come standard in its FMi T and FMi HD Radio transmitter lines and as an upgrade option for its FM T, C and S Series transmitters. New features and functions of the FXi 60/250esp exciter include: New ESP digital adaptive correction provides for greater efficiency and overall best RF output mask compliance. ESP corrects any linear and nonlinear distortions for the transmission system, providing adaptive correction for FM + HD and HD Radio, and corrects for group delay in a multi-station, combined antenna application. Dual RF outputs – one exciter can drive two transmitters, a separate HD Radio transmitter and an FM transmitter or a backup and main transmitter. Plus, the new FXi 60/250esp offers dual AES/EBU inputs with True Silence Sense for primary and backup audio inputs.

    Vorsis AP2000
    Signal Processor
    Booth 413
    The AP2000 is the successor to the Vorsis AP1000 31-band audio processor. Essentially a complete redesign of the original product, the AP2000 hardware is equipped with 30 percent more DSP horsepower, a completely overhauled five-band AGC, new voice distortion management technologies and a new, high-performance distortion managed clipper. The five-band AGC now incorporates Sweet Spot Technology (SST), a Vorsis exclusive, which manages the behavior of the five-band AGC in real time to ensure that it always operates within its ‘Sweet Spot''. Unlike broadband AGC algorithms of the past, SST is a completely new way to manage the five-band dynamics controller to maximize the consistency of the station's on-air presentation, no matter what the source material or audio levels from source to program source.

  • Session Highlights

    NAB Radio Show Session Addresses Copper Theft
    Austin, TX - Aug 18, 2008 - The recent rise of copper theft at radio stations and its effect on the broadcasting industry will be addressed during a panel discussion at The NAB Radio Show. The session, titled Copper Theft at Broadcast Sites, will be held Sept. 19 during the NAB Radio Show.

    The escalating cost of metals has led to an increase in metals theft that has become a major issue for broadcasters. During the session, a panel of experts in security and engineering will discuss ways broadcasters can work with law enforcement officials and local communities to protect their facilities. Participants include moderator Sterling Davis, vice president of engineering for Cox Communications; Bob Brand, vice president of corporate security for Cox Enterprises; Chuck Carr, vice president of member services at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries; and Steve Davis, senior vice president of engineering at Clear Channel Radio.

    More Convention News

    Bruce Reese

    Reese to Receive National Radio Award
    Washington, DC - May 21, 2008 - Bruce Reese, president and CEO of Bonneville International, will receive the NAB National Radio Award at The NAB Radio Show, held Sept. 17-19 in Austin, TX. Reese has served as chairman of the NAB Radio Board and the NAB Joint Board of Directors. During his tenure as Joint Board chairman, Reese helped establish NAB Fastroad (Flexible Advanced Services for Television and Radio On All Devices), a technology advocacy program aimed at developing new technologies for broadcasters. As the immediate past joint board chairman, Reese also currently serves on the NAB Executive Committee.

    In addition to his leadership at NAB, Reese has served on the board of directors for the Associated Press and Radio Advertising Bureau. He currently serves on the NAB Education Foundation's board of directors, where Bonneville is the charter sponsor for the Celebration of Service to America Awards, an event established by NABEF in 1999 recognizing broadcasters for outstanding service to their local communities.

    For years, Reese has demonstrated his commitment to community service through his participation in a number of organizations, including the Salt Lake Area Chamber and Pioneer Theater Company. Within the medical community, Reese has worked with the Primary Children's Medical Center and the LDS Hospital Heart and Lung Institute Community, both of which are owned and operated by Intermountain Healthcare, where Reese has served on the board of trustees. Reese has served on the board of directors for United Way of Salt Lake, where he was recently honored with the 2008 Compassionate Leader of the Year Award, as well as the Brigham Young University Alumni Association, where he received his bachelor''s degree in 1973 and juris doctorate in 1976.

    As president and CEO of Bonneville International Corporation, Reese oversees and operates 31 radio stations and KSL-TV Salt Lake City. Prior to joining Bonneville, Reese practiced law at firms in Washington, DC, and Denver.

    Previous National Radio Award recipients include last year's honoree Jerry Lee, David Kennedy, John Dille, Lowry Mays, Jeff Smulyan, Bill Stakelin and Nancy Widmann.

    Out and About in Austin

    Where to eat in Austin
    Get away from the convention and enjoy these top-rated restaurants in Austin.

  • FINO Restaurant, Patio and Bar, 2905 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX. Featuring Mediterranean cuisine from Spain, France, Greece, Italy and North Africa, FINO's indoor/outdoor atmosphere will impress you. Look for happy hour 5-7 p.m. weekdays for discounts on food and drinks.

  • Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 301 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701. Located a few blocks from the Convention Center and 6th St., The Rio offers freshly prepared TexMex food and legendary margaritas. Don't miss happy hour 5-7 p.m. daily and live music Thursdays from 8-10 p.m.

  • Bakehouse Restaurant & Bar, 5404 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78745. The Bakehouse has been in business for 25 years and features a 100-item dinner menu with "homestyle cooking of the world." This place is open until midnight, so stop by after the convention floor closes.

  • Ciola's Italian-American Restaurant, 1310 Ranch Rd 620 S., Lakeway, TX 78734. If you're looking to spend a little more, check out this gem, winner of best steak, Italian food and seafood in Best of Citysearch. It is a true old-school Italian experience.

    For more on these and other area restaurants, visit

    Product Peeks

    Davicom/Comlab Telecommunications Micro MAC
    Remote control system
    Booth 713
    Micro MAC is designed to handle the remote-control and monitoring needs of small repeater or booster sites. I/O capability includes eight metering, eight status and eight relays, and communications is achieved over dial-up or IP networks. The Micro MAC operates with the same Graphical User Interface as other MAC products, so personnel can easily control all sites, from the smallest to the largest, with a unit from the Davicom MAC family. The Micro MAC is just as intelligent as other MAC units with extensive condition-driven and event-driven programming capabilities. It boasts the industry's widest choice of communication means, including: voice/DTMF, PC, fax, e-mail, pager, text messaging, SNMP and Web browser. It also allows easy access via a Blackberry or smart phones.

    Logitek Jetstream Mini
    Mini IP audio router
    Booth 617
    The Jetstream Series includes IP-based audio routers that provide audio I/O, mixing, processing and audio distribution needs for radio applications. The first in the series, the Jetstream Mini, provides enough capacity for one 24-channel radio console. Logitek's existing control surfaces – Mosaic, Artisan and Remora – provide the user interface to the Jetstream. One Jetstream Mini unit provides eight I/O card slots that accommodate five types of I/O cards: four mic preamps (with phantom power); four stereo analog line inputs; four stereo analog line outputs; four stereo AES or S/PDIF digital inputs and four stereo AES or S/PDIF digital outputs. Also included are 12 GPI and 16 GPO contacts; four RS-485 ports with AES cue audio; 2 GbE Ethernet ports and redundant power supplies in a single two rack unit enclosure.

    Coaxial Dynamics 81030
    Average reading wattmeter
    Booth 414
    The new Model 81030 average reading wattmeter incorporates a large, robust LCD display, a state-of-the-art microcontroller that computes forward or reflected RF power and presents the reading in either Watts or dBm scale. The digital display allows the quickest and most accurate way to read RF Power from up to several feet away. No more confusing crossed needles or tiny print on small meter faces, which can be read inaccurately if viewed from an angle or distance. The Model 81030 is able to accurately measure RF power from 100mW to 10kW over a frequency range of 2MHz to 2.3GHz using standard 7/8" elements.

    Did You Know?

    How Did You Do?

  • Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States. There have been eight changes of government: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present.

  • More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States. Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.

  • The capital city of Austin is located on the Colorado River in south-central Texas. The capitol building is made from Texas pink granite. It served as the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1840-1842.

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