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ETSI Publishes DRMSpecification

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Geneva � Sep 25, 2001 - The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the technical specification for a digital system developed by the consortium Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM). The system is for the broadcasting bands below 30 MHz (short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave). This is another milestone in DRM�s progress toward its 2003 launch�the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved its recommendation of the DRM system in April.

DRM is an international consortium of 71 broadcasters, network operators, manufacturers and researchers. DRM audio samples can be heard online at

DRM Showcases New Equipment atIBC

Amsterdam - Sep 20, 2001 � The international consortium Digital Radio Mondiale introduced new equipment specially built for its system at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC 2001) in Amsterdam, which concluded this week. The consortium�s 71 members have joined forces to create an affordable, digital radio system called DRM for the broadcasting bands below 30MHz: short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave. DRM will launch in 2003.

Live, short-wave transmissions from as far away as 5,000 kilometers reached the DRM booth at IBC 2001 on receivers provided by DRM members Fraunhofer IIS-A and the BBC. DRM member Thales Broadcast & Multimedia (formerly Thomcast) exhibited a complete, end-to-end DRM chain including a digital exciter and a digital reference receiver, illustrating the high flexibility of the DRM system. The live transmissions were provided by DRM members Deutsche Welle (from Sines, Portugal), Radio Canada International (from Sackville, Canada), and Deutsche Telekom AG (from Juelich, Germany).

Also making its debut at IBC 2001 was a DRM audio encoder provided by DRM member Coding Technologies.

The software receiver provided by Fraunhofer IIS-A uses a standard PC platform together with an external, commercial HF receiver provided by AOR. It has options for audio, multimedia services, monitoring and recording, signal analysis and remote control.

The BBC-developed receiver is a stand-alone platform for reception and monitoring applications within DRM. Based on a 166 MHz Digital Signal Processor with 32 Mbyte DRAM and 4 Mbyte Flash, the receiver can be controlled remotely via RS232. The receiver architecture supports a wide range of monitoring functions through an integral 8x40 character display. It is capable of demodulating multiple DRM channels simultaneously.

The DRM audio encoder provided by Coding Technologies was built together with MAYAH Communications. It encodes AAC+SBR in real time and offers professional audio and network hardware interfaces.

DRM is an international consortium of broadcasters, network operators, manufacturers and researchers. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved its recommendation of the DRM system in April. DRM audio samples can be heard online at

Industry Events Rescheduled

Several broadcast industry events were cancelled or postponed following the news of the events on September 11, 2001. Several organizations have rescheduled their events.

111th AES Convention: New York City - The AES convention has been rescheduled for November 30 to December 3. More information is available at

SBE 22 Regional Convention and SBE National Meeting: Verona, NY - SBE Chapter 22 and the National SBE office have rescheduled their events for November 28, 2001. More information is available at and

XM Satellite Service Launch: Washington, DC, San Diego and Dallas - The XM service launch events have been rescheduled for September 25, 2001.

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FCC Suspends Routine EASTesting

Washington, DC - Sep 18, 2001 - In connection with the recent terrorist attacks, and in order to avoid potential public confusion or fear, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has requested that broadcast stations suspend their routine weekly and monthly tests of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). In light of FEMA�s request, and after input from the FCC�s EAS National Advisory Committee, we confirm that broadcast stations may suspend their routine weekly and monthly testing until October 2, 2001.

Additionally, during this period, cable systems need not comply with the rules regarding the handling of the routine weekly and monthly EAS tests. The FCC will not take enforcement action against broadcast stations or cable systems for not complying with the rules relating to these routine EAS tests during this period. Should an extension be required, an additional FCC public notice will be issued. All other EAS rules must be complied with.

Any station that has EAS responsibilities for which routine testing remains necessary should conduct such routine tests as appropriate.

By the Chief, Enforcement Bureau
For additional information contact Bonnie Gay at (202) 418-1228.

BE Radio recommends that stations should print the official release at the FCC website and place it with their EAS logs for the period covered. Go to for a Word document or for an HTML version.

FCC Adopts Software Radio RuleChanges

Washington, DC - Sep 13, 2001 - The Commission adopted rule changes to accommodate the authorization and deployment of a new generation of radio equipment known as software defined radios (SDRs). The action was made by the Commission by First Report and Order (FCC 01-264) by Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps and Martin. Software defined radios can be quickly reprogrammed to transmit and receive on multiple frequencies in different transmission formats. This reprogramming capability could change the way users traditionally communicate across wireless services and promote more efficient use of radio spectrum. In a software defined radio, functions that were formerly carried out solely in hardware, such as the generation of the transmitted radio signal and the tuning of the received radio signal, are performed by software. Because these functions are carried out in software, the radio is programmable, allowing it to transmit and receive over a wide range of frequencies and to emulate virtually any desired transmission format.

In December 2000, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making seeking comments on proposed changes to streamline the equipment authorization rules for software defined radios. Under the previous rules, if a manufacturer wanted to make changes to the frequency, power or type of modulation for an approved transmitter, a new approval was required, and the equipment had to be re-labeled with a new identification number. Because software defined radios have the capability of being reprogrammed in the field, these requirements could be overly burdensome and hinder the deployment of software defined radios to consumers.

Under the new rules, software modifications in a software defined radio can be made through a �permissive change,� which has a streamlined filing process. The FCC identification number will not have to be changed, so equipment in the field will not have to be re-labeled. These permissive changes can be obtained only by the original grantee of the equipment authorization. To allow for changes to equipment by other parties such as software developers, the Commission will permit an optional �electronic label� for software defined radios, in which the FCC identification number could be displayed on an LCD or similar screen. It will allow another party to obtain an equipment approval in its name and become the party responsible for compliance instead of the original grantee. The Commission also adopted the proposal in the Notice to require that a grantee must take adequate steps to prevent unauthorized software modifications to radios, but it declined to set specific security requirements at this time. This will allow manufacturers flexibility to develop innovative equipment while at the same time provide for oversight of the adequacy of such steps through the equipment authorization process.

VLF Test Transmitter Built for NYCSearch

The Broadcast Electronics AM500A.

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By Chriss Scherer, editor

Quincy, IL, and - Sep 17, 2001 - Like many office buildings, the employees in the World Trade Center were issued security cards to permit access into various parts of the building. These access cards, sometimes called Smart Cards, transmit a data burst when excited by a specific radio frequency. With this in mind, technicians at Motorola began developing a system that may be useful in locating people in the rubble of what was once the World Trade Center.

Greg Buckwald of Motorola worked with Broadcast Electronics in the early development of the AM C-QAM system. Because of his existing relationship with Broadcast Electronics, he called on the company to work on developing the location system. A Broadcast Electronics AM500A was modified to transmit at 125kHz.

Smart Cards are made to respond to the 125kHz signal by responding with a data burst on 187.5kHz. The system will be used to send a signal through as much as 10 feet of rubble while a listening system monitors for the resulting data bursts, indicating the presence of a card and, hopefully, a person.

The modified transmitter was built in Quincy. Jerry Westberg and Jay Linderer of Broadcast Electronics drove it to Motorola in Schaumburg, IL near Chicago on September 14, where it was tested. The unit was shipped to New York City on September 17, where it was demonstrated to the New York Port Authority. Pending the results of the test, the unit will be put into use later on September 17.

The transmitter power output is set at 350W, which should penetrate up to 10 feet of rubble. The transmit antenna is a loop about three feet in diameter. The power level being used is to accommodate the antenna, which measures about 3 ohms +j300 � hardly an ideal match, but good enough to send the carrier signal. The transmitter rns on 220 volts and will be powered by a generator on site.

If the tests go well, Motorola and Broadcast Electronics may build a second unit for use at the Pentagon.

FCC Mandates New RegistrationNumber

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Washington, DC - Sep 17, 2001 - Effective December 3, 2001, new rules will require persons and entities doing business with the FCC to obtain a unique ten-digit FCC Registration Number (FRN). The FRN must be provided by all businesses and individuals that file applications with the FCC (whether feeable or non-feeable) or make any payments of any type to the FCC.

Applications filed electronically without an FRN will not be processed; instead, the filer will get a message reminding them to enter the FRN. Broadcasters should be aware that for time-critical deadlines, such as the filing of regulatory fees, the FCC will grant paper filers a grace period of ten business days following notification to the filer by FCC staff to correct omitted or incorrect FRNs. If the FRN is provided during the grace period, the filing date will be the original date of submission. Failure to make a timely correction may trigger a late fee penalty.

The FCC does not require the FRN for non-application filings, such as comments or petitions in rulemaking proceedings. Further, there is an exception to the FRN rule for appearances in feeable hearing proceedings, emergency authorizations, civil monetary payments and consent decrees. Stations and/or their counsel can obtain an FRN through the Commission Registration System (CORES) by logging onto and clicking on the CORES link. For further information on registering for an FRN, contact the CORES Administrator toll-free at 877-480-3201 or


BSI Releases Free Utility

Eugene, OR - Sep 27, 2001 - Broadcast Software International (BSI) announced the release of their free audio information editor. this universal editor will allow broadcasters to edit the information on any audio file. The file will then retain the information whether sent across a network or by e-mail.

The utility is something that anyone can use. It will allow people to store useful information directly witha ny type of audio file. The song title and artist can be inserted, as well as the album name, year of release, recording company and more.

BSI is giving the audio information editor away in the interest of the broadcast industry. Interested parties can either download the utility from or order a CD from BSI. Those who order the CD will only be charged for shipping.

XM Begins Operations

Washington - Sep 25 - XM Satellite Radio officially launched the first U.S. digital satellite radio service featuring 100 coast-to-coast, digital channels of music and information.

XM's programming lineup features 71 music channels, more than 30 of them commercial-free, and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment including 13 premiere news channels covering the latest national, world and financial developments. People for the first time will be able to receive on the radio the diverse selection of 24-hour news sources that they're used to getting at home on cable and DirecTV.

XM had originally scheduled its commercial launch for Sept. 12 but postponed it following the tragic events in New York and Washington.

XM has also launched service in its two lead markets, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego, covering 8 million people. XM had activated several hundred customers in those markets since postponing its original launch.

In three weeks, XM's rollout expands to the entire Southwest United States, including such major cities as Los Angeles, Denver and Houston; and to the entire Southeast, including Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans, covering a combined 136 million people. In November, XM expands across the rest of the country. XM had originally planned to launch the Southeast in the final phase of its national rollout, but was able to accelerate launch of that region into October.

The launch included 71 songs representing the spirit and passion of each of its music channels.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001, was not only the launch date of XM but is also the birthday for 71 XM music channels. Thus, each disc jockey and music director was tasked with identifying that one song that summarized the spirit and passion of their respective channel. The list is as follows:



Sunny Side of the Street

Tommy Dorsey


Rock Around the Clock

Bill Haley





Space Oddity

David Bowie


Radio GAGA




Naughty By Nature


God Bless the U.S.A.

Lee Greenwood


It's A Great Day to Be Alive

Travis Tritt

X Country

I'm Country

Trent Summar

Hank's Place

Honky Tonkin'

Hank Williams

Bluegrass Junction

Steam Powered Aeroplane

John Hartford

Highway 15

Only In America

Brooks & Dunn

20 on 20

I'm Real

Jennifer Lopez





Follow Me

Uncle Kracker


Power of Love

Celine Dion


Against All Odds


MTV Radio



VHI Radio

Beautiful Day



Over The Rainbow

Judy Garland

On Broadway

Circle of Life

Lion King


Rock DJ

Robbie Williams

Special X

The Adventures of Greggery Peccary

Frank Zappa





Gather at the Rive

Point of Grace

On the Rocks

That Old Black Magic

Louis Prima & Keeley Smith


History Repeating

Propellerhead w/Shirley Bassey

Deep Tracks

Brave New World

Steve Miller


Hello America

Def Leppard





The Mind



Radio Clash

The Clash

XM Cafe


Dave Matthews Band

Top Tracks

Born In the USA

Bruce Springsteen


World in Changes

Dave Mason

XM Music Lab

The Return of Sathington Willoughby



You're Electric

Marnie Ann

Soul Street

National Anthem (NBA Performance)

Marvin Gaye


Rock the Boat


BET Uptown

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

McFaddin & Whitehead



Jeff Major


Shining Star

Earth, Wind & Fire

The Rhyme

Beats to the Rhyme



All-Cities Mix of Petey Pablo's

Raise Up

Real Jazz

What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong


Can You Hear Me?

The Jazzmasters

Beyond Jazz

Here to Stay

Pat Metheney

Frank's Place

I've Got the World on a String

Frank Sinatra


Why I Sing the Blues

BB King


Luna de Fiesta

Jose Luis Encinas



Lil' Louis & The World


Music Sounds Better


Club 82

Hot Music

Pal Joey


Get Down Tonight

KC & The Sunshine Band


El Ray

Vicente Fernandez


Abrazame Muy Fuerte

Juan Gabriel



El Tria


Las Nubas

Little Joey y La Familia



Perez Prado

World Zone

Field of Gold

Daughters of the Celtic Moon

The Joint

One Love

Bob Marley


Magic System

Premier Grou


Within You Without You

Angels of Venice





I Believe Art

Rene Lau

XM Classics

Consecration of the House Overture


Fine Tuning

Turn Me On

Rotary Connection


An Die Musik


XM Pops



XM Kids

Small People

Ziggy Marley

Radio Disney


'N Sync

XM Comedy

Seven Dirty Words


Laff USA

Who's on First

Abbot & Costello

SAS Assists Clear ChannelInianapolis

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Burbank, CA and Indianapolis - Sep 18, 2001 - Sierra Automated Systems (SAS) has been recognized by Clear Channel Communications' Indianapolis station WNDE-AM for getting it back on the air in record time. On Friday, June 8, 2001, WNDE suffered a critical loss when an electrical fire completely destroyed its engineering department. WNDE was able to be back on the air and fully operational in less than 48 hours after the fire destroyed its almost-new SAS 64000 Audio Routing Switcher.

"Sierra Automated Systems went above the call of duty for us," recalls Dan Mettler, Regional Engineering Manager for Clear Channel Radio. "There were several 'unknowns' that next morning, but one of the 'knowns' was the phone number for SAS. When I told them what happened, they immediately had a replacement 64000 on its way and by early Sunday morning, it was in my hands. After a thorough cleanup of the building by a specialized cleaning company, we were able to begin re-assembling the engineering department," he added.

Cumulus Selects WheatstoneConsoles and Router

New Bern, NC - Sep 12, 2001 - Cumulus Media has purchased Wheatstone�s D-5000 consoles and a Bridge 2001 audio network router system for the Organization�s newest facility, a top-10 market FM station to launch soon from the Galleria complex in Houston. Wheatstone�s D-5000 consoles will mix and process the station�s audio from production through on-air, all in the digital domain. Wheatstone is custom configuring the consoles to communicate with the station�s automation system with faders displaying the names of upcoming songs. The BRIDGE 2001 expands each console�s capabilities with selected sources instantly shown to the operators. Salvo recall of multiple sources to outputs makes day part changes simple.

Wheatstone�s BRIDGE 2OO1, the latest generation Digital Audio Network Router, features bi-directional fiberoptic or CAT-5 interlocation connectivity, all-digital domain AES switching, analog and digital inputs, and analog and digital outputs. The system components mount in a compact seven-inch rackmount digital routing cage. Each cage is capable of handling 512 simultaneous audio channels on its backplane.

XM Reschedules Official Launch

Washington, DC - Sep 17, 2001 - XM Satellite Radio received, from the Federal Communications Commission, nationwide terrestrial network authority necessary to commence commercial operations and has rescheduled launch of the first U.S. digital satellite radio service for Tuesday, September 25.

XM had originally scheduled its launch for September 12, but postponed it following the tragic events of last Tuesday in Washington, where the company is based, and in New York. Those events also led to federal shutdown and interruption in the FCC's repeater network authorization process.

The FCC's action gives XM the Special Temporary Authority it requested to operate its terrestrial repeaters on a nationwide, non-interference basis until March 18, 2002. By then, the FCC should have completed its rules for permanent operation of repeaters.

XM radios can now be purchased at consumer electronics retailers throughout San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth. XM will activate customers' radios in these markets prior to Sept. 25. The service is available for $9.99 a month.

XM will expand its launch throughout the Southwest in mid-October and across the country in November. Leading manufacturers will offer 24 models of XM radios, a broad array including universal models that will easily enable any existing car stereo system to receive XM service, and new AM/FM/XM systems offering many other great features. Sony, Alpine and Pioneer XM radios are being distributed through major electronics retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears, Tweeter, participating RadioShack Dealers and Franchisees, and Crutchfield. Delphi-Delco systems will roll out initially in Cadillac DeVilles and Sevilles beginning in November, expanding to more than 20 GM models next year.

Telex Announces ProposedRestructuring Plan

Burnsville, MN - Sep 17, 2001 - Telex Communications announced a proposed debt restructuring plan intended to significantly reduce its outstanding debt, increase its financial flexibility and improve its cash flow.

As a part of the debt restructuring plan, holders of Telex�s 10.5 percent Senior Subordinated Notes Due 2007 (CUSIP No. 879569AD3) and Telex�s 11 percent Senior Subordinated Notes Due 2007 (CUSIP No. 269263AC3) (together the "Telex Senior Subordinated Notes") will have the opportunity to exchange their Telex Senior Subordinated Notes for units comprised, depending upon one or more of four exchange options, of various combinations of cash and securities to be issued by a newly organized operating company which will acquire substantially all of the assets of Telex. The new securities to be issued by the new operating company will include Senior Subordinated Notes, shares of Preferred Stock, shares of Common Stock and Warrants to purchase Common Stock. The exchange offer is conditioned upon the new operating company being able to obtain senior secured financing to repay outstanding senior secured indebtedness (including senior bank indebtedness) and other indebtedness of Telex and its subsidiaries and to pay expenses of the debt restructuring. Telex is currently in the process of seeking to arrange such financing. In anticipation of completing the debt restructuring, Telex will not make the interest payment due on September 17, 2001, under its 11 percent Senior Subordinated Notes and the November 1, 2001, interest payment that is due on its 10.5 percent Senior Subordinated Notes.

If all of the Telex Senior Subordinated Notes are tendered and accepted for exchange, and if the requisite financing for the debt restructuring is obtained, the aggregate exchange consideration will comprise $127 million cash, Senior Subordinated Notes and Preferred Stock, and all of the Common Stock of the new operating company and Warrants to purchase up to 30 percent of the Common Stock of the new operating company.

In order to effect the restructuring plan, including the exchange offer, Telex is soliciting consents to, among other things, transfer Telex�s assets and liabilities to the new operating company and to amend the terms of the indentures governing the Telex Senior Subordinated Notes to eliminate various restrictive covenants.

The exchange offer and solicitation of consents and acceptances is scheduled to expire at 5:00 P.M., Eastern time on October 12, 2001. The exchange offer and solicitation of consents and acceptances are being made pursuant to a Consent Solicitation Statement and Exchange Offering Memorandum and the related Consent and Letter of Transmittal, which more fully set forth the terms of the exchange offer and solicitation of consents. Holders of the Telex Senior Subordinated Notes are advised to read carefully the Consent Solicitation Statement and Exchange Offering Memorandum and the related Consent and Letter of Transmittal.

MoblieBriefs Announces New App forMultiple Platforms

Atlanta - Sep 17, 2001 - MobileBriefs, a pioneer in personalized mobile audio technology, announced that its new Personalized Audio Broadcast (PAB) service is now fully compatible with the Microsoft Pocket PC platform. Pocket PC users can now create their own personal radio show which they can listen to over a variety of PDA's including the Compaq iPAQ, HP Jornada, Casio Cassiopeia, and many others.

The new service recently launched by MobileBriefs gives mobile device users the ability to create a totally customized audio show covering only the information of interest to them, set to the exact length of their commute.

This new technology not only provides a unique new service for business professionals but also gives corporations around the world an application that can be modified and easily integrated in current internal and external communications efforts. MobileBriefs mobile audio personalization technology can be licensed and modified for many different industries including healthcare, legal, IT, sports, political, science, and specialized publishing. Business information is just one use of this technology and can be varied by the needs of the corporation.

In addition to wireless streaming delivery to Pocket PCs, users also have the option of wireless synchronization or normal docked synchronization. This is especially useful in cities that are still building out their high speed wireless networks (i.e. GPRS, W-CDMA, CDMA2000, etc), where coverage is spotty at the moment, or where traditional docked synchronization may be preferred in the short term for cost reasons.

Command Audio DemonstratesPersonal Radio System

Amsterdam - Sep 14, 2001 - Command Audio Corporation will demonstrate live, for the first time via digital audio broadcast (DAB), its end-to-end system for delivering Personal Radio, at booth 9209 at the IBC show in Amsterdam.

The Personal Radio System enables broadcasters to create and deliver on-demand interactive audio programs that contain unique navigational controls. With Personal Radio, listeners can select just the programs they want, then play them back on-demand, skipping from program to program, scanning through stories, and drilling down to access more detail.

Command Audio's Personal Radio System enables broadcasters to leverage digital radio to deliver clear and compelling benefits to listeners, while providing advertisers with powerful new means to reach consumers.

The Personal Radio System incorporates broadcast authoring tools, distribution software, and digital radio receiver solutions. The system can work via any digital broadcast network, including Eureka-147, IBOC (In-Band On Channel) and SDARS (Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service), and offers a flexible framework for delivering advanced applications via digital radio, such as targeted and interactive advertising, subscription services, multi-media, and mobile commerce.

QSC Audio and Audio CompositeEngineering Announce Alliance

Costa Mesa, CA - Sep 10, 2001 - QSC Audio Products and Audio Composite Engineering (ACE) of Escondido, CA, announce the formation of a strategic alliance to manufacture loudspeaker systems using ACE�s patented Composilite core composite technology. Composilite uses multiple skins of carbon fiber layered over a Nomex honeycomb core to form a rigid, seamless enclosure.

Under terms of the agreement, the companies will jointly develop a variety of speaker systems that will be sold in both passive and active (powered) configurations. Systems will be developed for portable live sound, the corporate-industrial market, and contractor applications, among others.


SCMS Announces Two Appointments

Pineville, NC - Sep 28, 2001 - SCMS announces two appointments and the creation of a new sales office. Doug Tharp has been appointed as the west coast representative for broadcast products and Chris Singleton has joined SCMS as a sales engineer and is opening a new field sales office for the Maryland, District of Columbia and upper Virginia area.

Tharp most recently worked for Harris Corporation as one of its west coast district sales managers. He graduated from Indiana University in 1998 with a BA in business management. He started doing business from his office in Vista, CA, near San Diego, on October 1, 2001.

Singleton was most recently director of Northeast sales for Adaptive Broadband Corporation. Prior to that position, he was sales manager for Applied Wireless, regional sales manager for Intraplex, field sales engineer for Northeast Broadcast Labs, regional chief engineer for Benchmark Communications and worked as chief engineer for WHVY/WYRE, Annapolis, MD, and WQHQ/WSBY, Saliisbury, MD. He served as a special project engineer for Greater Media WGAY/WWRC and as director of engineering for Clark Broadcasting.

Singleton attended Chesapeake Community College and the University of Maryland and studied Electronics Engineering Technology. In addition to equipment sales, Chris will be providing on-site engineering and equipment integration to clients that need this service.

Contact Doug Tharp at 866-673-9267 or Contact Chris Singleton at 410-348-9925 or SCMS is online at

Silent Key: Steve Linn

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Washington, DC - Sep 21, 2001 - Steve Linn, deputy chief of the Licensing and Technical Analysis Branch for private wireless within the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, and his wife Lesley Nearman were killed in an automobile accident on September 21 in Maryland. The couple�s two children were also in the vehicle but were not seriously injured. Linn was scheduled to speak at the Virginia Beach Hamfest that weekend and was traveling there when the accident occurred. Services were held September 24.

Linn worked in the FCC�s Gettysburg office. He had worked closely with many members of the broadcast engineering community over the years. Recently, he had worked closely with the Society of Broadcast Engineers on frequency coordination matters and offered invaluable guidance on many issues with a friendly and professional manner. At SBE�s invitation, Linn attended the last two spring NAB Conventions so he could participate in SBE frequency coordination meetings.

Lambuth Joins SabreCommunications

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Sioux City, IA - Sep 19, 2001 - Sabre Communications announced the appointment of John J. Lambuth to director general of Sabre Communications for its Mexico operations. prior to joining Sabre, Lambuth was general manager of Valmont de Mexico, and he has more than four decades of experience in telecommunications.

Previously, Lambuth worked with Raytheon in North America and Europe, as well as other telecommunications companies, after serving in the U.S. Navy.

Chief Engineer JoinsKlotz Digital Sales

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Atlanta, GA - Sep 7, 2001 - Scott Johnson has been named sales engineer for Klotz Digital America. The announcement was made by Ramon Esparolini, managing director of Klotz Digital America.

As sales engineer, Johnson will concentrate on operations within the U.S. sales market. He will also aid in broadcast product design and development, market research and technical presentations to broadcast groups.

Johnson most recently held the positions of chief technical engineer at Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts and Chief Engineer at WINA/WQMZ in Charlottesville, VA . These positions highlight more than two decades of broadcast and audio engineering, including operations as engineer and field producer for the Capital Sports Network and freelance tech for the recording industry.

Hafler Names Dahlquist ProductSpecialist

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Tempe, AZ - Sep 18, 2001 - Hafler is proud to announce that Joe Dahlquist has been named product specialist. In his new duties, Dahlquist will work in the company's new products department and will also spend time with Hafler's sister home theater audio company, Fosgate Audionics.

During the past year, Dahlquist has been taking an active role in trade shows that Hafler attends by talking with clients, answering technical application questions, demonstrating Hafler's product and various other duties. With the advent of Fosgate Audionics earlier this year, he says he finds himself enthused beyond containment over the new brand name, products and the incredible people involved in the success of this new line.

Hafler and Fosgate Audionics are divisions of Rockford Corporation and is based in Tempe, AZ.

Donahoe Resigns from Sr. VP ofClear Channel

San Diego - Sep 17, 2001 - Clear Channel Radio Senior Vice President, Jim Donahoe, confirms his resignation from his position at the world�s largest radio company. Donahoe informed Clear Channel Radio COO, John Hogan, of his decision prior to the Clear Channel meetings in Atlanta earlier this month.

Donahoe, who had responsibility for the company�s West Coast region, issued the following statement:

"This was a tough decision. Clear Channel is writing a new chapter in radio and it would have been exciting to be a part of that. However, while I am fully supportive of the new geographic regional alignment, my vision of how to carry this out differs from Clear Channel�s. I will miss the excitement of the business and the many wonderful broadcasters that I have worked with over the past 15 years. I wish the great group of radio professionals at Clear Channel all the best."

QSC Names Covin New Manager ofInside Sales

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Costa Mesa, CA - Sep 10, 2001 - QSC Audio Products, Inc. has named Derek Covin as its new Manager of Inside Sales. A 13-year veteran of the pro audio industry, Covin will oversee the daily activities of sales associates based at QSC world headquarters in Southern California, and assist with the implementation of various sales and marketing programs such as special promotions and trade show preparation.

Covin comes to QSC from Alesis Studio Electronics, where he held a number of positions ranging from manager of Global Sales Administration to Western Regional sales manager. While with Alesis, Covin was a recipient of the manufacturer's Blue Blood Award, which recognizes exemplary employees for their outstanding attitude and dedication to the company and its customers.

Leitch Appoints RegionalSales Manager

Toronto - Sep 17, 2001 - Leitch Technology, provider of digital video and audio products to the broadcasting, telecommunications, cable and Internet industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Western to the position of regional sales manager, Northwest region.

Western will be responsible for all areas of sales and support for Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Alaska, and Wyoming and will work to develop and maintain the customer base for all Leitch markets in this region. He brings to Leitch more than 15 years experience in sales management for both the entertainment and high technology sectors.

Western has held progressively responsible positions with companies such as MT&T Group, Quantel and Symbolics. He comes to Leitch from Phoenix Technologies, where he served as a sales consultant and acting director of sales and marketing.

He holds a degree in Electronics Technology.

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