NAB Radio Show Convention Preview 2004

September 1, 2004

The NAB Radio Show, held every fall, has seen a slow decline in attendance over the past few years. This changed last year when the convention was held in Philadelphia. Because of the success in 2003, the NAB Radio Show will return to land of cheesesteaks in 2005. This year, the convention heads west to the always-pleasant climate of San Diego.

As with previous conventions, plenty of events are scheduled for the three-day conference. Between the sessions, the exhibit floor and special presentations, you'll stay busy the entire time.

The sessions are always an anticipated event at the convention. This year's slate has a broad range of topics, but the engineering side has a focus on IBOC technology and applications that spans the three days. The HD Radio Workshop covers the entire IBOC chain, from audio origination to the antenna, and includes a section on test and measurement.

It's not strictly IBOC, however. While all the sessions have something to offer, some are probably more in line with your interests as a Radio magazine reader. We have included these sessions as well for your reference. The sessions start before the exhibit hall opens, so arrive early if you want to attend the sessions on Wednesday.

A preview of some of the products being exhibited is on page 64. Use the show floor map on page 44 to find your way. Also, look for some excursion ideas in the San Diego area.

Session and Event Highlights

Wednesday, Oct. 6

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Signal Performance and Antenna Systems for HD Radio
An Overview of the HD Radio System

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
AM Antenna Systems and HD Radio
Ben Dawson and Ron Rackley discuss the important aspects of AM antennas to IBOC performance. Following an explanation of the basics of modulation, the specifics of antenna-related factors, including impedance matching and bandwidth, will be discussed.

Out & About in San Diego
Miramar Speed Circuit

Miramar Speed Circuit offers its guests an impressive 1/4-mile technical road course. The karts, which can travel up to 40 miles per hour and are equipped with Honda 6.5BHP engines. Each kart has ROC Timing, which electronically clocks each kart as it rounds the track to give detailed information for each lap completed. Walk-ins welcomed. The cost is $23.

11 a.m. to noon
AM IBOC Installation and Performance Case Study
Tom Cox, Jeff Littlejohn and John Warner of Clear Channel will show several AM IBOC installations and cover topics related to the challenges of implementing IBOC at these facilities. Studio headphone monitoring and covering live events outside the studio will also be covered. In addition, perspectives on digital vs. analog coverage will be discussed.

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The ERI Digital Radio Solution
Bill Harland of Electronics Research will review all the approved methods of implementing simulcast FM analog and digital IBOC transmission. The focus is on the elements that follow the transmitter outputs in configurations using separate analog and digital transmitters, which is the most common and complex implementation scenario.

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Strategic Planning for HD Radio Implementation
Bob Surrette of Shively Labs details the proper steps to take when implementing an IBOC strategy. He will present the pros and cons for each technique with background information that can help a station identify specific strategies.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Avoiding the IBOC Gotchas
Steve Fluker of Cox Radio Orlando provides the insight to help stations avoid unexpected or unanticipated costs of installing an IBOC operation, from the studio to the antenna.

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
One Site, 7 HD Radio Installations in Seattle
Clay Freinwald of Entercom reveals the details of the seven-station IBOC installation at the West Tiger Mountain transmitter site.

Other Sessions of Note

Show floor hours
Wednesday, October 6--5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 7--9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, October 8--9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The People Meter and Ratings: How are They Measuring Up?
After several years of testing and roll-outs in new markets, it's time for an in-depth update on the PPM, including a discussion of sample sizes. Also, a look at the other implementations and options that are available.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor
The exhibit floor officially opens with on Wednesday evening.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Transmitters, Tests and Measurements for HD Radio

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
New Methods to Upgrade to HD Radio Transmission
George Cabrera of Harris will discuss information about two FM IBOC cost-reducing implementation methods: separate radiation and split-level combining.

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
FM Broadcast Transmitter Site Conversion for HD Radio Transmission
Tim Hardy of Nautel will overview the transmission equipment requirements for FM IBOC, with an emphasis on the effect of transmitter non-linearity and its mitigation using digital adaptive pre-correction.

Out & About in San Diego
San Diego Automotive Museum

This museum displays more than 80 automobiles and motorcycles from the Model T to the Maserati. An automotive research library is open to the public. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
FM IBOC Installations Real
world Case Study

Paul Shulins of Greater Media Boston describes the planning, budgeting, installation and maintenance of the FM IBOC systems installed in January 2004 on Greater Media's five Class B stations in Boston.

11:30 a.m. to noon
Measuring Your Hybrid IBOC Signal
David Maxson of Broadcast Signal Lab explores the complexities of measuring the IBOC signal. With the addition of a digital waveform to the analog, a host of measurement challenges arise relating to analyzing digital signal carriers and determining occupied bandwidth.

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
AM Broadcast Transmitter Site Conversion for HD Radio Transmission
Wendell Lonergan of Nautel will discuss site requirements to transmit an IBOC signal. Problems encountered during various site conversions and solutions to these problems will be explained.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Linearity Measurements of AM Transmitters for HD Radio Performance
Geoff Mendenhall of Harris will detail an independent measuring technique that predicts digital modulation performance without the need of an IBOC exciter/demodulator.

Out & About in San Diego
San Diego Aerospace Museum

The San Diego Aerospace Museum offers more than 65 aircraft and spacecraft, and an aviation library and archives. The museum also houses the International Aerospace Hall of Fame honoring engineers, pilots and aviation industrialists. Take a behind-the-scenes restoration tour, which is available for an additional fee. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Real Life Operation of an AM IBOC Facility
Tom Ray of WOR, New York, will take attendees through an AM IBOC installation from concept to operation.

3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Developing a Troubleshooting Plan
John Bissett of Dielectric explains the method to adopt a logical troubleshooting process. While the focus will be transmitter troubleshooting, the skills can be applied to any repair situation.

Other Sessions of Note

7:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m.
FCC Breakfast
FCC Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Kevin Martin are scheduled to appear. They will discuss the current regulatory issues facing radio broadcasters.

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Keynote Address
NAB President Eddie Fritts will give opening remarks before introducing the keynote speaker, who has not yet been announced.

11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Exhibit Floor Lunch
Taking a cue from regional conventions, a free lunch will be available on the show floor.

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Live Remote Broadcast: Dick Robinson's American Standards By The Sea
The music of Sinatra, Bennett, Basie, Rich, Callaway and many more are featured during the weekly syndicated show, which usually originates aboard a studio-equipped 70-foot yacht.

4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Happy Hour and A Half
A social event at the end of the middle day.

6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Marconi Radio Awards Reception, Dinner and Show
The awards ceremony recognizes stations for overall excellence. The hosts for the event will be syndicated morning personalities Bob and Tom.

Out & About in San Diego
The Antique Radio Store

Located in San Diego, this store refurbishes old radios and resells them. From antique parts to test equipment, this store has everything a radio enthusiast could want and more.

Friday, Oct. 8

Studios, Audio and Data for HD Radio

8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Studio Equipment and Infrastructure
Jim Haupstueck of Harris, Ted Lantz of Broadcast Electronics and Chad Sterling of Dmarc Networks will discuss the IBOC broadcast audio chain.

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Studio Operations
Jay Adrick of Harris, Jeff Detweiler of Ibiquity and Frank Foti of Omnia Audio will discuss the challenges of processing for hybrid transmission and maintaining clean audio. Methods of emergency alerting will also be covered.

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Advanced Applications and Services
Frank Foti of Omnia Audio, Robert Hylkema of Teleatlas and Mike Starling of NPR will cover the enhancements of IBOC: multichannel audio, surround sound, data are more.

Out & About in San Diego
Mission Trails Regional Park

Located eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, this park encompasses nearly 5,800 acres of natural and developed recreational areas. Featuring more than 40 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, camping at Kumeyaay Lake, numerous informative hikes and a Visitor & Interpretive Center, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a natural escape from the city.

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
International Update: A Look at DAB Data Services and Opportunities for HD Radio.

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Receiver Update
Mike Bergman of Kenwood will discuss the features of IBOC radios and preview some of the possible enhancements.

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Impulse Radio MAT Protocol
-Paul Signorelli of Impulse Radio will discuss various methodologies for multiplexing data services over the transmission layer of the IBOC system.

Other Sessions of Note

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast with Charlie Cook
Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, will share his views on politics and the November Presidential election at this breakfast session.

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
HD Radio Made Easy
This session provides a non-technical review of IBOC digital radio, with insight to its revenue-generating potential. The panelists will discuss the special considerations in making the decision to commence IBOC operations.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Radio Luncheon
Clarke Brown, Jefferson Pilot Communication's president of the Radio Division, will receive the NAB National Radio Award at this year's Radio Lunch.

NAB Radio Show Exhibitors

615 Music Library 1012
ABC Radio 1206
Advertising Edge 104
AEQ 305
Air Force Recruiting 1107
American Blues Network 1106
Arbitron 1102
Armstrong Transmitter 1701
Army National Guard 1310
Arrakis Systems 606
Audemat-Aztec 1710
Bext 202
BIA Financial Network 1405
Billboard Radio Monitor 204
BMI 1407
Broadcast Electronics 702
Broadcasters General Store 510
Burk Technology 1505
Business Talk Radio Network 205
Coaxial Dynamics 1502
Communication Graphics 1200
Comquest Music Testing 306
Comrex 1005
D.A.V.I.D. Systems 1512
Dielectric Communications 905
Dmarc Networks 607
DRS Broadcast Technology 1306
Enco Systems 1112
Energy-Onix 1704
ERI-Electronics Research 700
Explosive Promotions and Events 1504
FamilyNet 907
FCC 308
Firstcom Music 212
Harris 902
Ibiquity Digital 1209
Inovonics 302
Intertech Media 1400
Jampro Antennas/RF Systems 200
KD Kanopy 1401
Larcan USA 208
LEA International 511
Logitek Electronic Systems 100
LR Money Machine 103
Mackay Communications 410
Marketron 909
Mayo Clinic 611
Media Professional Insurance 1300
Mediatouch 613
Megatrax 1708
Miller, Kaplan, Arase 309
Moseley Associates 1404
Musicam USA 900
National Hole in One/National Media 411
National Weather Service 300
Nautel 1410
Omnirax 1707
Open Radio Software 1703
Orban/CRL 413
Pike and Fisher/Rules Service Co. 101
Precision Communications 209
Prophet Systems Innovations 709
Radian Communications Services 304
Radio Advertising Bureau F7
Radio magazine 1210
Radio Music Licensing Cmte F6
Radio Systems 1110
RCS 106
RF Parts 1312
Roll a Sign 1007
SCA Promotions 401
Scott Studios 705
Shively Labs 1403
Sierra Automated Systems and Eng 812
Stainless 206
Superior Electric 303
The Media Audit 403
Thermo Bond Buildings 310
Valcom Limited 1408
Visibility Solutions 110
V-Soft Communications 1109
Westar Music 203
Wheatstone 500

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