BE Radio Currents Online - Jan 21 - Feb 03, 2002

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FCC Extends Multiple-OwnershipComments Date

Washington, D.C. - Jan 23, 2002 � Following a petition from the NAB, Clear Channel Communications, Cumulus Media, Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, Infinity Broadcasting Corporation and RadioWorks to extend the FCC deadline for comments and reply comments to the multiple-ownership review. In requesting the extension, the petitioners cited the need for additional time to conduct and incorporate into their comments empirical studies about specific local radio markets, including economic and market data about consolidation, competition and diversity in the radio marketplace.

The FCC has granted the extension. The deadline for filing comments in this proceeding IS extended to March 13, 2002. The deadline for filing reply comments in this proceeding IS extended to April 10, 2002.

FCC Approves ReorganizationPortion of Reform Effort

Washington, DC - Jan 17, 2002 - As part of its reform plan to make the FCC more effective, efficient and responsive, the Commission formally approved the reorganization of several of the agency�s bureaus.

The National Treasury Employees Union Local 209 has approved the reorganization. Changes are subject to Congressional notification before they become effective.

The Commission�s goals for the reorganization were to develop a standardized organizational structure across the bureaus; move toward a functional alignment; reflect changes in regulation and workload; recognize that dynamic industry change will continue; and use the reorganization to improve the technical and economic analysis in decision making.

Changes include:
Media Bureau will be responsible for the policy and licensing programs for media services, including cable television, broadcast television and radio. It will handle matters pertaining to multichannel video programming distribution, broadcast radio and television, direct broadcast satellite service policy, and associated matters. It will conduct rulemakings, resolve waiver petitions and adjudications, and process applications for authorization, assignment, transfer and renewal of media services, including AM, FM, TV, the cable TV relay service, and related matters.

Wireline Competition Bureau will be responsible for the policy programs of communications common carriers and ancillary operations (other than wireless telecommunications services). It will conduct rulemakings, resolve waiver petitions and adjudications, determine the lawfulness of carrier tariffs, act on applications for authorizations, administer accounting requirements for incumbent local exchange carriers, review carrier performance, and administer reporting requirements.

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will be responsible for the consumer and governmental affairs policies to enhance the public�s understanding of the Commission�s work and to facilitate the FCC�s relationships with other governmental agencies. It will conduct rulemakings, interact with the public, federal, state, local, tribal and other governmental agencies, oversee the Consumer/Disability Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Local and State Government Advisory Committee, handle informal complaint resolution, handle consumer outreach and education, and maintain FCC filings.

International Bureau will be realigned along functional lines, with consolidation of the international policy and spectrum rulemaking functions, and intergovernmental and regional leadership and planning functions, which are currently distributed throughout the Bureau.

Other Organizational Changes: The Enforcement Bureau will handle pole attachment complaints and some multichannel video and cable television services complaints currently handled in the Cable Services Bureau. It will also handle common carrier audit functions. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will handle instructional television fixed services and multipoint distribution services matters currently handled in the Mass Media Bureau. The Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs will be renamed the Office of Legislative Affairs.

NPR SeeksDistribution/Interconnection Cmte Candidates

Washington - Jan 18, 2002 - The Committee on Directors of National Public Radio Inc. seeks expressions of interest by people who wish to serve as a non-board member of the Distribution/Interconnection Committee of the NPR Board of Directors. This service is for a three-year term beginning with the Committee's November 2002 meeting. Non-Board members of the D/I Committee are elected by the NPR Board and confirmed by the interconnected stations.

The NPR Board of Directors governs the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS). The D/I Committee is charged with proposing rates and policy to the Board and overseeing the operation of the interconnection system. The composition of the Committee is unique, as it includes non-Board representatives in addition to members of the NPR Board.

The non-board members on the Committee ideally diversify the group of users, including public radio stations, program distributors and other entities not affiliated with NPR. The non-bBoard component of the Committee is intended to help NPR as manager of the PRSS assets to understand and meet the needs of that diverse group of users.

Non-Board members of the D/I Committee are elected by the NPR Board and confirmed by the interconnected stations. Non-Board members serve for a three-year term and are eligible to serve two successive terms.

Complete criteria for candidate evaluation are available by calling Linda Dominic at 202-513-2675 at NPR. Those interested should submit a resume and a brief statement of interest in the position to:

Neal A. Jackson
Secretary of the Corporation
National Public Radio, Inc.
635 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-3735

All expressions of interest should be received by close of business on February 26, 2002.


ATI Group Adds Audient toDistribution

Larry Droppa (left), president of The ATI Group and Martin Capp, managing director of Expotus PLC finalize agreement for ATI's New Distribution Division to handle North American distribution of the Audient product line.

Jessup, MD � Jan 31, 2002 - The ATI Group has formed its newest division, ATI Group Distribution. The new arm of the company begins operations February 1 and will handle the North American distribution and marketing responsibilities for U.K.-based Audient PLC.

Audient is a designer and manufacturer of studio mixing consoles, signal processing equipment and surround-sound processing components. Founding partners of DDA David Dearden and Gareth Davies formed Audient in 1997, and the company's console designs have earned a worldwide reputation for their stellar price/performance standards. Shortly thereafter, UK-based Expotus PLC began the world marketing and distribution of this innovative range of products. ATI Group Distribution will be working closely with Martin Capp, managing director of Expotus, to launch their North American distribution of the full line of Audient products

BSI Leadership to Change Hands

Eugene, OR - Feb 1, 2002 - Broadcast Software International (BSI) President Ron Burley has stepped down from the top position of the company he founded seven years ago. Succeeding Burley will be BSI vice president of pperations, Chris Kehoe, who will hold the title of COO and general manager. Kehoe has been with the company for two-and-a-half years.

Burley launched BSI in Honolulu in 1994. The company has grown from a garage provider of shareware software into one of the leading developers of digital audio systems for the broadcast and entertainment industry worldwide. Burley stated that he plans to write books now that he has stepped down.

BSI is based in Eugene, OR, and is a subsidiary of Cumulus Media. The company offers digital audio software, broadcast systems and accessories.

TGI Shareholders Accept TC GroupPurchase Terms

Risskov, Denmark - Jan 24, 2002 - A purchase offer made recently by TC Group, the Danish parent company of TC Electronic, TC Works, and TC-Helicon, to the shareholders of TGI plc to purchase their holdings in the company, has been accepted

TGI plc is a holding-company comprising four companies representing individual platforms on the speaker market: speaker manufacturer Tannoy, high-end PA speaker maker Martin Audio, power supply and high end amp producer Lab Gruppen, and GLL, which produces speakers for the auto industry.

TC Group represents three brands within the audio processing industry: TC Electronic, manufacturer of a wide range of digital processors, TC-Helicon, producing digital vocal processors, and TC Works developing top-end award-winning software solutions. Furthermore, TC Group is also responsible for worldwide marketing and distribution of Dynaudio Acoustics high-end and ultra high-end monitor solution.

Orban Purchases Dialog4

Tempe, AZ - Jan 23, 2002 - Orban/Circuit Research Labs Inc. has purchased Dialog4 System Engineering GmbH, a manufacturer of ISO/MPEG, audio, ISDN, satellite transmission, networking and storage products. The company has been designing and manufacturing equipment for the codec market for over 10 years. Its products, available in Europe since 1993, include the MusicTaxi TCP/IP codecs.

CRL Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Orban/CRL, purchased the Dialog4 assets for $2 million (U.S.), consisting of 1.25 million shares of Orban/CRL common stock valued at $1.00 per share and $750 thousand in cash to be paid at a later date. All current operations and staff of Dialog4 are being retained in Germany.

Orban/CRL has been involved in a joint project to bring the Dialog4 products to North America with the development of the Orban Opticodec and Sountainer for the past year.

Orban/CRL will now have a European operations center based in the Dialog4 offices in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The Dialog4 infrastructure will be used to expand Orban/CRL's engineering, sales, marketing and sales support for the European markets.

Klotz Sells 300th Vadis D.C.II

Munich and Kuala Lumpur - Jan 17, 2002 � Klotz Digital announced the sale of it 300th Vadis D.C.II console. The 300th console was purchased by Malaysia's national broadcaster Radio Television Malaysia (RTM). RTM�s order includes 19 Vadis D.C.II consoles -- 13 of which are 16 fader consoles and six are 12 fader consoles -- 15 Paradigm consoles and a Vadis Main Control Room (MCR). RTM Kuala Lumpur will complete its digitalization in two stages: the installation of Vadis and Vadis D.C.II technology at RTM's training center, followed by a similar upgrade at its broadcast center. The two facilities will be interconnected via fiber-optic link with the International Broadcast Center (IBC) built for the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

Shortly after the launch of the Vadis D.C.II console a year and a half ago, XM Satellite Radio in the U.S., Austereo in Australia and YLE in Finland were the first customers to be supplied with this product. Klotz Digital�s Vadis and D.C.II products are currently used extensively by major broadcasters the world over, such as Radio Guangdong in China, the BBC, and SABC in South Africa.

Moseley Purchases AdaptiveBroadband

Santa Barbara, CA - Nov 2, 2001 - Moseley, a privately held company, and Adaptive Broadband Corporation announced that they have closed on an asset purchase agreement in which Adaptive Broadband has agreed to sell, under the Bankruptcy Statute Provisions, to Moseley substantially all of its assets, including all intellectual property, technology, capital equipment, accounts receivable, and physical inventory.

With the acquisition of Adaptive Broadband�s product lines, a new company has been formed: Axxcelera Broadband Wireless. Axxcelera, a wholly owned subsidiary of Moseley, will provide point-to-multipoint products with both ATM and IP interfaces.

Regarding the acquisition, Jamal Hamdani, president and CEO of Moseley, stated, "Moseley will benefit from the enormous know-how and experience garnered by Adaptive Broadband via its extensive deployments and pioneering leadership position in the broadband wireless marketplace."

Moseley will offer, either through Axxcelera Broadband Wireless or directly, its VOFDM-based products as its preferred choice for the Broadband Fixed Wireless Access market. While these VOFDM products, particularly in the FDD MMDS and 3.5GHz bands, are targeted to the mass broadband marketplace, the AB-Access product is of significant value for shorter range, higher capacity, line-of-sight applications in the UNII unlicensed band. The AB-Access product provides corporate and business end users a choice of either ATM or IP connectivity.

Glensound ElectronicsLicenses APT's Apt-X

Belfast, Ireland, and Whitchurch, England � Jan 18, 2002 - ISDN broadcast equipment manufacturer Glensound Electronics has signed an agreement with APT to license its apt-X DSP code, thus allowing Glensound to implement apt-X directly into a new range of mono reporter codecs due to be unveiled later this year.

Glensound Electronics has been using APT's original apt-X DSP16A Lucent part within its product line for many years. The company's decision to license apt-X DSP code assures the algorithm a key place within Glensound's new range and consolidates its position within the broadcast industry.

Key to the new licensing deal, which was signed in December 2001, is the utilisation of APT's IMUX algorithm, MUCAS, which allows cross compatibility between Glensound's new range and existing products using the traditional APT portfolio. It will also allow compatibility with the recently released APT WorldNet Milano, as well as being backwardly compatible with APT ISDN units such as BCF, DRT128, DSM Prolink and the Nicral apt-X units.

Glensound Electronics has been making professional audio broadcast equipment since 1966. The company manufactures and designs everything in house and, along with an extensive production range, it also offers a custom-built service. The Glensound range includes committee room equipment and commentator equipment for news, sports and current affairs. It also offers a range of ISDN broadcast equipment incorporating a choice of codecs.

Microwave Service Corp Moves

Microwave Service Corporation, a company that rents, repairs and sells microwave radio equipment, has relocated to a new facilty. The new contact information is:

15 Thornton Avenue
Haverhill, MA 01832
781-662-5400 phone
978-556-0400 fax


Wireready Adds Frazer

Northborough, MA - Jan 31, 2002 - WireReady NSI, the manufacturer of WireReady32 studio automation, sales and newsroom software for radio broadcast facilities, has added former WSJM news and program director Mike Frazer to the company's radio/television/educational software team. He will act as WireReady's Midwest sales, marketing and Web development specialist.

A 15-year journalism veteran, Frazer's experience in radio, TV and print media resulted in the creation of a Web publishing method allowing radio journalists to gather, write and produce news script, photos, video and sound elements at lightening speed. Frazer's vision earned WSJM's radio news operation the first National Edward R. Murrow plaque ever awarded for small market radio website design ( and maintenance. Frazer's military and civilian journalism training provides WireReady with a new level of vision and understanding from an end-users point of view. Frazier's model for convergent journalism makes use of inexpensive but highly effective consumer-grade digital video cameras connected to WireReady software. WireReady's "instant update" abilities have helped increase Web traffic at by more than 800 percent in one year.

Blue Falcon Networks AddsFeegel

Los Angeles - Jan 31, 2002 - Blue Falcon Networks, a developer of distributed networking software and provider of cost-effective digital media delivery systems, has appointed Tom Feegel as the company's new vice president of strategy. Feegel joins Blue Falcon from the global management team of iXL Enterprises Inc., now Scient Inc., where he held a number of key senior level management positions from 1998 to 2001. As senior vice president and European director of iXL's Business Strategy Consulting Practice, based in London, Feegel worked with multiple divisions of Virgin, GE, and British Airways, while also building a world-class professional services business unit. He will work directly with Blue Falcon's business development, technology and marketing teams under the direction of Jay Haynes, chief executive officer for Blue Falcon.

Prior to iXL, Feegel was co-founder and President of NetResponse, LLC, an Internet business strategy and professional services company based in Arlington, VA.

SSL Names Christenson andRosenberg

Los Angeles � Jan 3, 2002 - Solid State Logic appointed Dave Christenson as manager post production, North America, and Eric Rosenberg as western regional manager, broadcast sales. Christenson will oversee the post production product line from the Los Angeles office and report directly to SSL President Rick Plushner. Rosenberg will be responsible for sales and technical system specification for all broadcast customers within the region reporting to Phil Wagner, senior VP, Western Operations

Christenson brings a wealth of post production experience to his position having a long history with Euphonix Inc. Rosenberg held the position of manager of sales and marketing at Panasonic Corporate Systems. He has an extensive background in system sales, project management and customer relations.

Partnership for Public WarningAppoints Board Members

McLean, VA - Jan 31, 2002 - The Partnership for Public Warning (PPW) has appointed its board of trustees. The PPW ( is a new public-private partnership that is bringing the nation's top emergency warning experts together to resolve national warning message standards, protocols and priorities. The goal is to assure the right information is delivered in a timely manner to people at risk from disasters, technological accidents and acts of terrorism. As the new organization is taking shape, PPW is engaged in discussion with key federal agencies in the emergency warning community to ensure the inclusion of all stakeholders.

The organization's first conference, held in November 2001, was hosted by MITRE, a not-for-profit national technology resource that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. The partnership was created following a unanimous supporting vote by more than 120 conference attendees who are leaders in the emergency warning community. Less than two months later, the PPW was incorporated as the Partnership for Public Warning Institute.

Those named to the Partnership for Public Warning Board are:

  • Art Botterell- consultant, formerly with the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA.
  • Joel Carter- vice president, RadioShack
  • Darrell Ernst- lead defense space systems engineer, The MITRE Corporation
  • Sol Glasner- vice president and general counsel, The MITRE Corporation
  • Mike Hoban- vice president, 3e Technologies International
  • Ken Keane- partner, Arter and Hadden
  • Dave Liebersbach- director, Alaska Division of Emergency Services
  • Frank Lucia- formerly FCC Emergency Alert System
  • Dennis Mileti- director, Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, University of Colorado
  • Mike Murphy- wireless networks strategist, Nextel Communications, Inc.
  • George Nichols- vice president, Dialogic Communications Corporation
  • Dr. Barbara Reagor- fellow and executive partner, Homeland Security and Government Solutions, Telcordia Technologies, Inc.
  • Ben Rotholtz- general manager, products and systems, RealNetworks
  • Richard Rudman- director of engineering, KFWB Radio; chairman, FCC's Emergency Alert System National Advisory Committee
  • Ed VonTurkovich- director, Vermont Emergency Management
  • Peter Ward (chairman)- former, U.S. Geological Survey; former chairman of the Working Group on Natural Disaster Information Systems under the National Science and Technology Council

Gepco Appoints Shorsher

Des Plaines, IL � Jan 31, 2002 - Gepco International Inc. has expanded its sales team with the addition of Jeff Shorsher as director of western regional sales. Shorsher will be working with Gepco's marketing and product development teams to increase the visibility and sales of Gepco's audio and video cables in the professional broadcast and video markets.

Prior to joining Gepco, Shorsher was director of western regional sales at Triveni Digital, where he was primarily focused on television broadcast and DTV conversion products. He also held a senior sales position at CommScope's Network Division, where he was responsible for building strategic relationships and helping to develop the company's product lines.

Shorsher's background also includes positions with Paramount Pictures, King Broadcast, Lorimar Telepictures, Capital Broadcast, Video One and General Instruments' Video Cipher Division.

Audio-Technica Announces CompanyAppointments

NAMM, Anaheim, CA - Jan 17, 2002 - Audio-Technica U.S. made several new appointments to position the company for future growth and expansion.

Gary Boss has been named to the position of marketing director. In his new position, Boss will be responsible for directing the company�s overall marketing efforts in the music industry, studio, live sound, fixed installation and consumer audio markets.

Two product managers have been named to oversee current and future product development: Michael Edwards has been appointed product manager, wired microphones and headphones, and Bob Green has been appointed product manager, wireless and circuitry products.

Steve Savanyu has been named marketing manager, training and seminars. Savanyu will develop and implement extensive product training and seminar programs geared to Audio-Technica reps, dealers and end users.

Jeff Simcox has been appointed to the position of marketing communications director. In his new position, Simcox will be responsible for guiding the company�s advertising, collateral, internet and public relations efforts.

Encoda Systems Appoints Sr VPSales

Denver - Jan 28, 2002 - Encoda Systems has appointed Paul Stewart as senior vice president of sales. Under his leadership, Encoda's Business Management and Automation Solutions groups will be integrated into one worldwide sales unit in order to better serve broadcast and agency clients.

With 21 years of experience in sales and marketing to Fortune 100 accounts, governmental agencies, and a variety of clients in the broadcast, telecommunications, and computer industries, Stewart brings to his new role an extensive understanding of global growth strategy and marketing management. Stewart most recently served as Cisco Systems' Global Service sales manager for service provider channel sales, a position in which he was responsible for 10 service sales representatives supplying support services to eight Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) and long-distance carriers throughout the United States. During the last year of his tenure as sales manager, the business' sales increased by 290%, the largest year-over-year growth of support service sales throughout Cisco worldwide.

Prior to Cisco, Stewart held the position of manager of product marketing for North American customer services at Silicon Graphics, where he marketed SGI's portfolio of support services globally, delivering core services programs for Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia for local implementation. Before joining SGI, Stewart worked with Apple Computer as business development manager for Apple USA and at 3M Company as a senior account representative in the Data Recording Products Division.

Encoda Systems Appoints NewCFO

Denver - Jan 23, 2002 - Encoda Systems has named David R. Johnson as its chief financial officer. Joining the company at a critical phase in its growth, Johnson is tasked with integrating the company�s various operations and global efforts. He comes to Encoda from Evolving Systems, where he had been CFO since 1998, and brings with him a wealth of industry and academic experience.

XM Promotes Three

Washington - Jan 22, 2002 - XM Satellite Radio has promoted three key executives who have made major contributions to its launch success and being named "Product of the Year" by Fortune Magazine.

Stephen R. Cook, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, is being promoted to executive vice president.
Steven P. Gavenas, senior vice president, Programming & New Business Development, is being promoted to executive vice president.
Dr. Stellios J. Patsiokas, senior vice president of Technology and Engineering, is being promoted to executive vice president.

WW1 Promotes Senior Engineers

New York - Jan 16, 2002 - Westwood One Radio Networks has promoted three of its top-level engineers. Chris Tobin has been promoted to vice president of engineering, Dino Tortu has been promoted to vice president of production/engineering and Conrad Trautmann, CPBE, has been promoted to senior vice president of engineering.

Trautmann is a frequent contributor to BE Radio magazine. Tobin occassionaly contributes to BE Radio.

Cumulus Appoints Kline to CorporateDOE

Atlanta - Jan 15, 2002 - Cumulus Media announced that Gary Kline has officially been named to the position of corporate director of engineering for Cumulus Media. Kline has been acting in this capacity for Cumulus while running his own consulting engineering company. As Cumulus continues to grow and the demands on Kline's time become more demanding, both parties agreed on Kline joining Cumulus full-time.

Kline will begin market visits to Cumulus Media stations to evaluate, upgrade and standardize facilities within the group.

Digigram Hires Seidel as CommMgr

Montbonnot, France- Jan 17, 2002 � Digigram has hired Frank Seidel as communications manager. Seidel will handle corporate and product communications for Digigram.

Seidel comes to Digigram from French software vendor Akazi Technologies where he was a marketing executive. Previously he has worked on the agency side as well as the client side of multimedia communications, including a stint with the German-based Web agency Pixelpark. A former copywriter and journalist, he is fluent in French, German and English.

Seidel graduated with communications degrees that specialized in marketing and multimedia from the University of Arts Berlin and the Universit� Stendhal in Grenoble, France.

Internet Watch

BSI Offers Online DiscussionForum

Eugene, OR - Jan 16, 2002 - Broadcast Software International (BSI) has launched a discussion forum on its website for users to share information and get help from fellow users. The BSI team will also participate in the forum to answer questions.

The discussion forum is at and is part of the customer support that BSI provides free of charge, along with e-mail support and a database of hundreds of articles with ideas and suggestions. The forum is moderated by BSI tech chief Leo Carlson.