The 2008 NAB Radio Show heads to Austin

September 1, 2008

I don't think there's a more fitting place to host the NAB Radio Show than the Live Music Capital of the World. Music has a way of bringing people together and radio plays a big part in that. Coming together for this year's show, Sept. 17-19, are more than 100 exhibitors with hundreds of products to showcase. You'll see wattmeters, exciters, combiners, STLs, routers, transmitters, processors, Web servers, and more. Not to mention the variety of services you'll find courtesy of companies like Stream On!, Jetcast, and Stream the World.

Providers like these will play a vital role in the future of radio, as a strong Web-presence is becoming nearly mandatory for all stations. You'll see a focus on this idea in many of the sessions this year. From streaming to podcasting to on-demand audio, be prepared to learn a lot about new technologies. This year the NAB has also hooked up with Hip Cricket, sending mobile alerts of your favorite sessions to your cell phone 15 minutes before they begin. Now you have no excuse to be late!

The NAB Radio show is bringing a lot of things together this year, including people you just love to see every once in a while. Join us for what is bound to be an enlightening experience.

Mini IP audio router


Logitek Jetstream Mini

Jetstream Mini: 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.

Station services

Burk Technology

Installation and integration services: Burk Technology offers installation and integration services. Broadcasters looking to expand or redesign their remote monitoring and control capabilities can now look to Burk Technology for integration services tailored for specific station, group or network needs. Burk has hired Ben Allen as applications engineer to work directly with users to assure smooth system integration from initial specification to operator training.

Ethernet audio system


The E2 System

E2: The E2 System is designed to interface with Wheatstone's existing line of E-Series control surfaces including the new Evolution 4 control surface. The flexible E2 system is comprised of linkable units or squares that communicate with one another via a single CAT-5E/6 cable connected to standard layer 3 Ethernet switches. The E2 Digital Engine handles all of the mixes from the E-Series surfaces while housing the DSP power and managing the distribution of PGM, AUX, and mix-minus buses throughout the system. 12 Universal Logic ports are encased in the single rack unit which is equipped with front-panel access to real-time control features such as IP setting, up time, network traffic and logic status. Web/PC software user interfaces provide remote access and control.

Digital STL


Worldcast Horizon HD

Worldcast Horizon HD: The Worldcast Horizon HD is a duplex stereo codec that enables broadcasters to deliver analog and digital content from studio to transmitter site. With both a T1 and Ethernet interface, broadcasters can utilize existing T1 links for the analog stream transport and send their digital content as a UDP stream embedded in the T1 link, eliminating the need for additional bandwidth and cost. At the remote/transmitter link, the digital content is presented back on an IP port. As a fully duplex device, Worldcast Horizon HD allows off-air monitoring or an independent channel to backhaul RPU feeds and satellite downlinked audio. An RS-232 port is available for PAD and contact closures for remote control.

AM transmitter


NX50: For high-power AM broadcasting, the new NX50 is the next generation of the company's 50kW transmitter. The NX50 supports all HD Radio or DRM modes with an internal DRM or Exgine IBOC generator. The NX50 provides adaptive precorrection, 2.7MHz Direct Digital Modulation, and 88 percent efficiency. It features Nautel's new Advanced User Interface (AUI), a 17” color LCD screen with a wide range of configurable displays. The AUI includes real time locus measurement, an instrument grade spectrum analyzer, IBOC modulation analyzer, module-level monitoring and control and logging of all functions. The AUI can be controlled by touch screen or via a mouse and keyboard. In addition, users have 100 percent remote access to transmitters via a Web browser.

Remote control system

Davicom/Comlab Telecommunications

Micro MAC

Micro MAC: 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.

Telephone hybrid


TH-02EX: This digital telephone hybrid has an incorporated frequency extender and is capable of operating with single or dual lines. Independent line-level or multiplexed outputs are provided by its 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.

Standalone Web server

OMT Technologies

Web Secure+: This stand-alone Web server works with OMT's Imedialogger digital logger. When combined, these provide a media recording and distribution center for audio asset storage, secure access and centralized content management and distribution of logged content to share with internal personnel and offer to public radio listeners. Web Secure+ utilizes a MySQL database and is interfaced with PHP and Perl script applications. It uses a Linux OS to provide a highly efficient software application suitable for Web appliance and server applications.

Medium power FM constant impedance combiner

ERI-Electronics Research

Model 955-8

Model 955-8: ERI has extended its product line of low- and medium-power FM band pass filters and FM combiners with a new constant impedance version of its 955 Series. The module is suitable for either analog or IBOC FM transmission applications. It is designed to be floor-mounted and is shipped completely assembled in an integrated support frame for easy installation. The individual modules are configurable to be hung from transmitter room ceilings or stacked in a support frame if individual site conditions require it. The individual combiner modules, depending on configuration, can accommodate individual station output power levels up to 10kW.

Stratex Networks STL


LE3000: The Harris Stratex Networks LE3000 license-exempt radios offer wireless STL support for radio broadcasters unable to secure a dedicated T1 or a 950MHz RF connection between the studio and transmitter site. The easy-to-install, frequency-agile radios offer bidirectional T1/E1 and Ethernet ports to secure connectivity to an Intraplex chassis at both ends. The bidirectional support is ideal for HD Radio broadcasters who require reliable, two-way communication to support Ethernet-TCP traffic, along with STL and TSL (transmitter-to-studio link) audio, control data and telephone connectivity between the studio and the transmitter site.

Ad trafficking

Liquid Compass

Traffic My Ads: Creating a new revenue channel with streaming requires the time, attention and focus of properly trained individuals. Because this is not always possible, Liquid Compass has created a division that focuses solely on providing professionally managed ad trafficking for all streaming and Web advertising. With Traffic My Ads, just send traffic requests directly to the team to do all the work. Stations no longer need to worry about hiring or training new staff to manage streaming media initiatives, learn a new application to manage and traffic in-stream commercial inventory or oversee sales executives to ensure that ads are scheduled properly.

Signal processor



AP2000: 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. 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.

Realtime noise reduction



ANR-B: The ANR-B uses Izotope's noise reduction technology to intelligently identify and suppress environmental broadband noise, hum, phone line artifacts and more. Unlike other noise reduction systems, the ANR-B detects noise in real-time and adapts to changing noise over time, allowing for automatic operation with little to no input required from the user. Designed to suit a wide range of broadcast applications, the two channel ANR-B features broadcast connections including analog and digital I/O, LAN for advanced parameter control, and MIDI for remote automation. Presets are available for common applications while simple controls and clear meters help to quickly customize settings for unique situations.

Streaming audio program

Stream On

Stream On!: Using the Ogg Vorbis encoder, Stream on Fiber saves a station time and money while generating more revenue and listenership through Web streaming. Stream on Fiber is simple to use: Attach audio into the encoding appliance. It features an independent audio player, no maintenance is required and there are no encoder licensing costs.

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