NAB Radio Update - Sep 2, 2008

September 2, 2008


Index:

  • NAB Call for Papers for 63rd Broadcast Engineering Conference
  • Vorsis FM2000
  • Staco Energy Products Unistar P
  • Nautel Exporter Plus
  • How well do you know Texas?
  • NAB Radio Show to Feature FCC Chairman Martin
  • 2008 NAB Radio Show Engineering Program
  • Orban Optimod 8585
  • Harris HDE-200
  • Digigram PYKO
  • Super Session to Examine Radio's New Media Opportunities
  • Austin Musicians to Perform at Marconi Awards Dinner
  • Don't Miss These Austin Attractions!
  • Continental Electronics 802Ex
  • AEQ TH-02EX
  • Broadcast Electronics Xpi 10esp
  • How Did You Do?


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    News from the Convention

    NAB Call for Papers for 63rd Broadcast Engineering Conference
    Washington - Aug 25, 2008 - The NAB Show will host the 63rd NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference on April 18 - 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The conference addresses the most recent developments in broadcast technology and focuses on the opportunities and challenges that face broadcast engineering professionals. The NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference is a highly technical conference where presenters deliver technical papers covering a variety of topics relevant to the broadcast and allied industries. Presentations are typically limited to 30 minutes, including five or ten minutes for questions from the audience.

    The NAB seeks proposals for technical papers at the conference. Proposals should be clearly written and be no more than 250 words in length. The proposal should explain precisely what conference attendees can expect to learn from the paper. Papers promoting company products or services will not be accepted. However, papers explaining the underlying technologies used in broadcast products or services will be acceptable.

    The deadline for submitting proposals is Oct. 17, 2008. Authors of accepted papers will be notified Nov. 14, 2008. Once notified of acceptance, authors have Jan. 16, 2009, to submit a completed paper to the NAB. The paper will be published in the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Proceedings.

    To submit a technical paper proposal, use the online submission form. Questions regarding the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference can be directed to John Marino, VP science and technology, at 202-429-5346.


    Exhibitor Extra

    AEQ

    Vorsis FM2000
    Signal processor
    Booth 413
    Modeled after the Vorsis AP1000 31-band audio processor, the FM2000 includes all of the features of the AP2000 except the digital processing chain with its own dedicated digital output. This product targets customers who seek the performance specifications of the AP2000 but do not require the digital processing chain.


    Staco Energy Products Unistar P
    Single-phase UPS
    Booth 127
    This single-phase online uninterruptible power supply features protection over a wide input voltage range. This true double-conversion UPS is available in 6, 8 and 10kVac models, to protect from outages and irregularities in incoming line voltages from 160 to 280Vac at 45-65Hz. Up to four Unistar P modules can be installed in parallel for redundancy or additional capacity. A constant, clean, steady sine wave protects downstream equipment even without going to battery mode. Each Unistar P features high-overload handling, without transfer to the bypass, and protection against short circuit and over-temperature conditions.


    Enco RAMA

    Nautel Exporter Plus
    HD Radio embedded Exporter
    Booth 211
    Exporter Plus, a next-generation IBOC exporter for encoding HD Radio signals replaces PC-based exporters that have been used in exgine-based HD Radio systems for about three years. The new product is firmware-based, which boots more quickly. Nautel''s Exporter Plus is a single rack unit box with a front panel LCD display. Intelligent buttons allow the user to easily program the device without the need for a keyboard, mouse and monitor. A front headphone jack is supplied for monitoring of the audio being processed. Connections are provided on the unit for digital and analog I/O, monitor, USB, RJ45 connections and remote I/O. A front panel analog audio bypass switch is also provided. Firmware updates may be done online or by plugging in a USB stick. A GPS receiver for synchronization is built-in and the system tolerates AC failures so an external UPS is not required.




  • Do You Know?

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

  • Texas boasts the nation's largest herd of which animal?
    A. Buffalo
    B. Pygmy goats
    C. Whitetail deer
    D. Bighorn sheep

  • How many years old (estimated) is the oldest tree in Texas?
    A. 800
    B. 1,500
    C. 500
    D. 1,000

  • How many professional sports teams call Texas home?
    A. 8
    B. 7
    C. 5
    D. 10

  • Which soft drink was invented in Waco, TX?
    A. Pepsi
    B. Coke
    C. Sunkist
    D. Dr Pepper

    The answers are on the last page of this newsletter.


    Business

    NAB Radio Show to Feature FCC Chairman Martin
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin will participate in a one-on-one interview with NAB Radio Board member Russ Withers, owner of Withers Broadcasting Companies, during a breakfast session on Thursday, Sept. 18 at The NAB Radio Show in Austin.

    One-on-One with Chairman Martin will begin at 7:15 a.m. and be immediately followed by the Group Executives Super Session Breakfast sponsored by Liquid Compass.

    As previously announced, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will also participate in this year's NAB Radio Show. Adelstein will be interviewed by NAB Radio Board Chairman Steve Newberry, president and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, during "Breakfast with the Commissioner" on Friday, Sept. 19.

    President Bush appointed Martin to the FCC in 2001 and elevated him to the FCC chairmanship in 2005. Before joining the FCC, Martin was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team and was Deputy General Counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He has also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel and worked as an associate at the Washington, DC, law firm of Wiley Rein LLP. Before joining Wiley Rein, Martin was a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William M. Hoeveler, Miami, FL.

    Martin received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association.




  • Industry

    2008 NAB Radio Show Engineering Program
    This year's NAB Radio Show Engineering Program, Sept.17-19 in Austin, TX, focuses on advances in radio technology, new ways to generate potential revenue from AM towers, plus optimizing FM signal coverage with boosters. The engineering sessions are presented in a workshop-type environment with ample time to ask questions and interact with experts and industry peers.

    Wednesday, Sept. 17
    8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    Renting AM Towers to Non-Broadcasters

    Gary Cavell - Cavell, Mertz & Associates
    This presentation for managers and engineers alike provides practical, easily understood insight into the game of renting space on your AM station's directional or non-directional tower. Topics include liability issues, leasing gotchas, planning for shared use, understanding each other's needs, FCC considerations, and (simplified) technical issues.

    9 a.m.-10 a.m.
    Psycho Acoustics: Is Jim Loupas Crazy When He Says Branding with Sound will Make your Radio Station More Successful?

    James Loupas, James Loupas Associates
    In today's ultra-competitive market, branding with sound is a potent weapon in the radio broadcaster's arsenal. Processing is part of it, but not all of it. Come learn the five ways you can make your sound a unique brand in your market. Questions and comments are always a part of this exercise.

    10 a.m.-11 a.m.
    FM Boosters – Opportunities and Challenges

    Stan Salek, Senior Engineer, Hammett & Edison
    FM boosters have been in regular use for about 20 years. Over that time, many systems have been designed and constructed, with some notable successes, but also a number of disappointments. The key has been to adequately isolate the FM booster signal from that of the main station operating on the same channel in areas of population to be served. This workshop will cover the technical elements needed for successful implementation of FM booster transmitting facilities. Examples of both successes and failures will be presented, along with consideration of performance expectations when FM boosters are designed for IBOC digital radio compatibility.

    11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Advances In Remote Control Technology

    Tony Peterle, Technical Support Manager, Audemat
    Broadcasting is in the midst of a digital revolution. Advanced technology is spreading rapidly throughout the industry, from all-digital television to HD radio to audio over IP to advanced all-digital audio processing and RF test and measurement equipment. One area that has lagged somewhat behind the technological tidal wave is remote facility control, but that is now beginning to change. This workshop presentation explores the new technology being applied to remote facility control.

    1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    NRSC Meetings

    The NRSC has been setting standards and investigating new technologies for radio for more than 20 years. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in these important industry meetings. You do not need to be a member of the NRSC to attend.

    Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
    8 a.m.-9 a.m.
    Next Generation IP-based Audio

    Tag Borland, President, Logitek
    Network aware professional audio equipment has a poor record of interoperability. Recently available protocols allow multicasting systems, like digital mixers, to automatically find and select the many settings required for network communication to work. Consoles can now find other audio equipment, negotiate communication methods and receive a list of available sources just by turning on the power. Some user groups have started requiring a minimum set of protocols in the networked equipment they buy. Now is the time to start planning for the coming change.

    9 a.m.-10 a.m.
    High Bandwidth Capacity RF STL/TSL Connectivity

    Jim Moody, Senior Consultant, James Moody Associates
    Larry Miller, Senior Partner, Schwartz, Woods & Miller

    This session will examine and present possible solutions for high bandwidth studio-to-t ransmitter, studio-to-studio and transmitter-to-transmitter connectivity problems. Modern broadcast data connections such as T1, DS3, OC3, and 100baseT Ethernet were not even contemplated when the FCC drafted the rules that govern STL connectivity. Those rules have not evolved with the demands of technology, and broadcasters are now faced with a connectivity dilemma that often dictates looking beyond Part 74 to Part 101 of the FCC rules .

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    HD Radio Measurements Workshop

    David Maxson, Managing Partner, Broadcast Signal Lab
    HD Radio technology and its implementation require an understanding of measurements techniques not familiar to most radio engineers. Some of what will be covered in this special workshop includes: the HD Radio signal and spectrum, the HD Radio Mask evolution, the current state of the rules, what is PSD and measuring PSD.

    2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    The Embedded Exporter Technical Panel

    Moderator: David Layer, Director, Advanced Engineering, NAB
    Panelists: Dan Dickey, Vice President, Engineering, Continental Electronics Corp.
    Scott Martin, Head of Data Systems, Nautel Limited
    Ted Lantz, HD Radio Product Manager, Broadcast Electronics
    Tim Anderson, FM/Digital Radio Product Line Manager, Harris Corporation, Broadcast Communications Division

    HD Radio transmission equipment has recently advanced to the next level with the unveiling in April of the "Embedded Exporter." HD Radio stations use the Exporter to combine multicast audio channels and advanced data services along with a station's main audio channel into a format suitable for transmission. In this session, the differences between the previous generation of Exporter equipment and the new Embedded Exporter will be explained, with a focus on how this new technology promises enhanced reliability and a greater feature set while at the same time substantially lowering the cost of upgrading to HD Radio technology.

    Friday, Sept.19, 2008
    8 a.m.-10 a.m.
    High-Power IBOC Technical Panel

    Moderator: Geoff Mendenhall, Vice President, Transmission Research and Technology, Harris Corporation - Broadcast Communications Division
    Panelists: Jeff Detweiler, Director, Broadcast Business Development, iBiquity Digital Corporation
    Dan Dickey, Vice President, Engineering, Continental Electronics Corp.
    Ted Lantz, HD Radio Product Manager,
    Gary Liebisch, Eastern U.S. Regional Sales Manager, Nautel, Ltd.
    Milford Smith, Vice President, Radio Engineering, Greater Media, Inc.
    Mike Starling, Vice President, Engineering, National Public Radio

    In June a group of radio broadcasters asked the FCC to allow FM broadcasters, at their option, to increase the power in the digital portion of their hybrid IBOC signals by up to 10dB. In this session a panel of technical experts will discuss this proposal, explaining the potential impact on existing facilities as well as how to best design new facilities for higher-power operation.

    10 a.m.-11 a.m.
    The HD Radio EPG Project

    Moderator: Rick Ducey, Chief Strategy Officer, BIA Financial Network
    Panelists: David Maxson, Partner, Broadcast Signal Lab, LLP
    Nick Banks, Development Director, Unique Interactive
    Joseph D'Angelo, Vice President, Advanced Services, iBiquity Digital Corporation

    One of the advanced features supported by the HD Radio system is transmission of an Electronic Program Guide (EPG), an interactive on-screen guide to scheduled broadcast programming. NAB, through its FASTROAD (Flexible Advanced Services for Television & Radio On All Devices) technology advocacy program, has a team of technical experts from BIA Financial Network, Inc., Broadcast Signal Lab, and Unique Interactive working with Ibiquity to develop the business requirements, system architecture and specifications of an EPG suited to the HD Radio market for local broadcasters. The EPG project team will discuss their plans and progress to-date.


    Products from the Floor

    Orban Optimod 8585
    Digital surround audio processor
    Booth 600
    Starting with the technology of Orban's Optimod 6300 two-channel processor for digital transmission media, the 8585 incorporates multichannel processing that reflects the latest psychoacoustic research into loudness perception. The 8585 features Optimod-quality two- and five-band audio processing for surround sound broadcasting, netcasting and mastering. Thanks to versatile compression ratio controls and a mastering-quality look-ahead peak limiter, the 8585 is ideal for mastering audio in broadcast productions. The 8585 is built on Orban's flagship hardware platform. This features a GUI displayed on a quarter-VGA active matrix color LCD, making it easy to do all setup and adjustment from the 8585's front panel. A new third-generation CBS Loudness Controller helps retain audiences by controlling both subjective loudness and annoyance. The multichannel and 2.0 processors can operate with separate audio processing parameters like release times.


    Harris HDE-200
    Exporter
    Booth 509
    The Harris HDE-200 exporter supports the delivery of multiple HD Radio program streams over a single, dedicated IP connection. The development of the new exporter is driven by the need to fortify the E2X (exporter-to-exciter) protocol in the HD Radio transmission chain while minimizing implementation costs for the radio station. The Harris Pacific Design Center has embedded new software code from Ibiquity Digital into a fully functional hardware component with no moving parts, which enables increased reliability. At only 1RU, the HDE-200 offers a drastically reduced footprint with more features and options than its predecessor. The exporter supports TCP over IP transport of the E2X protocol, as well as HD Protocol (HDP). The HDE-200 exporter also includes remote and front-panel metering and monitoring features and an internal GPS module, as well as options for profanity delay, diversity delay and an Arbitron People Meter.


    Digigram PYKO
    IP audio endpoints
    Booth 624
    This range of IP audio endpoints and software can build manageable digital audio networks. PYKO devices will either convert analog or digital audio sources to MP3 or PCM IP streams or play such streams from the network or from locally stored MP3 files. Units are housed in robust, rack-mountable casings with balanced I/Os on terminal block connectors and eight GPIOs.




    Session Highlights

    Super Session to Examine Radio's New Media Opportunities
    New media executives will be on hand to discuss digital media opportunities during a super session at The NAB Radio Show. Steve Goldstein, executive vice president of Saga Communications and chair of The NAB Radio Show Steering Committee, will moderate the panel discussion featuring executives from Emmis Interactive, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, and Saga Communications. The session, sponsored by Comic Wonder, will be held Thursday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from media professionals as they provide insight into how to successfully utilize new media tools to enhance radio station brands and increase profitability. Session participants include:

    Steve Goldstein (moderator) held several positions at radio stations in Central New York, and was hired as NBC Radio Network's West Coast manager of affiliate relations upon graduation from Ithaca College. He later served as the youngest news anchor for the ABC Radio Network before beginning his major market programming career at WABC Radio. Since 1986, Goldstein has been employed by Saga Communications, initially serving as group program director. In 1988, Goldstein was promoted to executive vice president, where he currently oversees Saga Communications' 88 radio stations, nine TV stations, two farm radio networks and three state radio networks. Goldstein served as Chairman of the Arbitron Advisory Council and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Midwest Conclave.

    Deb Esayian is co-president at Emmis Interactive. Drawing on her marketing expertise and high-level sales experience, Esayian strives to integrate new and traditional media to produce innovative, profitable business models. A former product manager, Esayian has worked with several consumer goods manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad. Previous work experience also includes serving as the director of jobcityusa.com, an Emmis-owned minority recruitment web site, and working as the general sales manager for WJBR-FM in Philadelphia.

    David Goodman serves as president of digital media & integrated marketing at CBS Radio. Goodman works with CBS's 140-plus major market stations, overseeing digital, integrated ad-sales and marketing strategy. Additionally, Goodman established and runs The Altitude Group, CBS's integrated ad-sales organization that has been responsible for providing ground-breaking campaigns to a variety of Fortune 500 advertisers. Prior to CBS, Goodman was an executive for Warner Bros. and The Warner Music Group, and formed the domestic television and video division of Saban Entertainment.

    Marc Horine is vice president of digital partnerships and sales development for ESPN Digital Media. In this capacity, Horine oversees digital partnerships for ESPN.com, including editorial ad sales integration, ESPNOutdoors.com, Bassmaster.com, ESPNVideogames.com, ESPN Travel, ESPN Cars and EXPN.com. Horine began his career at ABC/ESPN Radio Networks in 1996 and has worked in digital media for the past nine years.

    Jeff Vettrus is the director of interactive media for Saga Communications. Vettrus has more than 20 years of radio and technology experience. In radio, Vettrus worked as a contemporary hit radio (CHR) announcer and hosted a top-rated morning show in several markets such as Toledo, OH, Detroit, Phoenix and Tampa. As director of interactive media at Saga Communications, Vettrus partners with radio stations throughout the entire company to create popular and profitable Web sites. Prior to taking over interactive media Vettrus served as regional director for Clear Channel's southern region and senior director for Clear Channel's interactive group.


    More Convention News

    Austin Musicians to Perform at Marconi Awards Dinner
    The NAB Radio Show will feature live performances by John Arthur Martinez, Sarah Pierce and Seth Walker, three talented artists from the Austin music community. The performances will take place during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show on Thursday, Sept. 18.

    Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, many artists have launched their careers in Austin, performing at informal venues for which the city is best known. The NAB Marconi Awards Show will provide attendees with the opportunity to see first-hand the kind of musical talent Austin has to offer. The performers are:

    John Arthur Martinez (AGRTV/Universal): Martinez is a singer and songwriter known for performing portions of country songs in Spanish, with his song "Seguro Que Hell Yes" appearing on a Grammy-winning album by Flaco Jimenez. Martinez released his first album, Spinning Our Wheels, in 1998, followed by the 2001 release of Stand Your Ground. He went on to compete and place second at both the local and regional competitions for Nashville Star. In 2003, millions of country-music fans watched as Martinez finished second on the national talent competition. This exposure led to the 2004 release of Lone Starry Night, as well as performances throughout the U.S. and Europe, including a debut on the Grand Ole Opry and performances at both the Ryman Auditorium and the Rio Grande Rodeo.

    Sarah Pierce (Little Bear Records): A singer and songwriter, Pierce has charmed fans nationwide and abroad through her unique sound that incorporates both folk and rock genres. After her 1991 debut album, West Texas Wind, Pierce moved to Southern California, where her reputation as a singer and songwriter caught the attention of several local agencies. Pierce moved on to perform on MTV, and also provided the singing voice of Calamity Jane on the Emmy-nominated Time-Life mini-series, The Wild West. In 1993 she moved to Austin, where she released No Place Like Home and her first children's recording, Buttercup Princess. The 2004 release of her Love's The Only Way album featured two hit singles that achieved Top 20 status, with "Get Together" climbing to number 13 domestically. Cowboy's Daughter, her latest album, was released in the spring of 2008.

    Seth Walker (Hyena Records): This North Carolina native is a singer and guitar player with a sound heavily influenced by blues and roots music. Also an accomplished songwriter, Walker has conducted tours throughout the US. His home base is in Austin, where he has spent the last ten years playing among the best blues musicians in the world while establishing himself as a unique and compelling performer. He made his recording debut in 1997 with the release of his first album, When It Rains It Pours. Subsequent albums include Meet Me in the Middle, Restless and On the Outside. His most recent album is titled Seth Walker.




    Austin Attractions

    Don't Miss These Austin Attractions!
    Though downtime is at a premium during the NAB Radio Show, you shouldn't visit a big city without taking in some culture. Check out one or more of the following attractions to get the full experience.

    Austin History Center
    810 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78701
    512-974-7480
    www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/ahc/

    Austin Museum of Art
    823 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
    512-495-9224
    www.amoa.org

    The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
    1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
    866-369-7108
    www.thestoryoftexas.com

    Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
    Congress Ave. & Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78704
    512-327-9721
    www.batcon.org

    George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
    1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702
    512-974-4926
    www.cityofaustin.org/carver

    Texas Military Forces Museum
    2200 W. 35th St., Bldg. 6 Camp Mabry, Austin, TX 78703
    512-782-5659
    www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org


    Product Peeks

    Continental Electronics 802Ex
    Digital FM/HD exciter
    Booth 501
    This new next generation exciter is a on-box HD Radio product incorporating embedded exporter and exciter technology. The 802EX is based on future-focused digital technology that advances performance beyond other FM digital exciters, makes HD Radio much simpler to install and configure, and enhances the FM/HD experience through the innovative application of soft updates and firmware plug-ins. Standard in all 802EX exciters are: Continental's fully-adaptive, real-time, forward precorrection, allowing changes in transmitter or RF system performance to be automatically sensed and corrected; software-selectable HD Radio power levels of -20dB, -10dB or any power level in between; Hi-res color LCD screen for maximum clarity and accuracy; built-in stereo generator; built-in audio delay (up to 16.4 seconds); synchronization, using GPS 10MHz signal; multiple AES3 digital audio inputs; AES3 audio output; standard composite input and two baseband SCA inputs.


    AEQ TH-02EX
    Telephone hybrid
    Booth 521
    This digital telephone hybrid has an incorporated frequency extender and is capable of operating with single or dual lines. Independent outputs line level or multiplexed output are provided by its unique multiplexing capabilities. Working with dual lines permits telephone multi-conference, allowing the on-air personality and two callers to talk and listen to each other simultaneously. Feedback is eliminated by the digital hybrid. No adjustments are required to operate.


    Broadcast Electronics Xpi 10esp
    Embedded exporter
    Booth 301
    BE's XPi 10esp with on-board signal processing replaces current PC-based HD Radio exporters, and is the result of a cooperative effort between BE, Ibiquity Digital Corportion, the developer of HD Radio technology, and the National Association of Broadcasters HD Radio Technology Advancement Task Force. The resulting XPi 10esp is based on an embedded signal processing design for increased reliability and affordability. Its embedded design eliminates the use of consumer operating systems and PC hardware such as hard-disk drives and audio cards. As a broadcast-grade unit, the XPi 10esp also offers new features important to the evolution of HD Radio, including encoding for Arbitron Portable People Meter measurement of main as well as new multicast channels.


    Did You Know?

    How Did You Do?

  • White-tail deer are the most abundant large game species in North America. The whitetail population is largest in Texas, where an estimated three to four million of the deer reside.

  • A coastal live oak located near Fulton is the oldest tree in the state. The tree has an estimated age of more than 1,500 years.

  • Professional sports teams include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Comets, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers.

  • Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.

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