Radio Currents Online - Aug 15 - Aug 21, 2005

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Aug 15, 2005 9:22 AM

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119th AES Convention Announces Technical Tours
New York - Aug 18, 2005 - The four-day AES convention will provide several technical tours as part of the convention program. The preliminary schedule includes mastering, recording and broadcast facilities.

October 7
9 a.m.- Avatar is one of NY's largest studios at 33,000 sq. ft. This facility has hosted Gold and Platinum sessions for Springsteen, Clapton, Norah Jones, John Mayer and Franz Ferdinand.
9 a.m. - Arup Acoustics is an international design consultancy specializing in audio visual, noise and vibration design for performing arts, recording, broadcast, sports, leisure, transportation and environmental projects.
1 p.m. - A behind-the-scenes look at The CBS Late Show With David Letterman. A showplace studio at Broadway's historic Ed Sullivan Theater.

October 8
9 a.m. - Jimi Hendrix commissioned architect John Storyk to design Electric Lady in 1970 in Greenwich Village. For 35 years this landmark facility has hosted sessions for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Sheryl Crow and U2.
1 p.m. - Trutone Mastering specializes in cutting lacquer discs on vintage Neumann lathes.

October 9
9 a.m. - Chung King Studios is a Tribeca fixture that has recorded hits for the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Missy Elliot and hundreds of internationally celebrated artists.
9 a.m. - The Sirius Satellite Radio Complex is a 21st Century entertainment and communications facility.
1 p.m. - Masque Sound in East Rutherford, NJ, is a long-time specialist in live sound for Broadway shows. Recent projects include The Producers, Doubt and Lion King.

October 10
9 a.m. - Food Network is one of NY's largest and most forward-thinking cable TV facilities.
1 p.m. - Jazz At Lincoln Center in the Time-Warner Building holds three diverse performance venues that represent the apex of acoustic design.

Convention attendees can register for the tours at the convention.

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WCSX's Jim Johnson in the WCSX Stone Soup GTO.

Greater Media Detroit Hosts HD Radio Demo
Detroit, MI - Aug 15, 2005 - Greater Media Detroit hosted an HD Radio and multicasting demonstration on Aug. 15 for local and national media in an effort to showcase the latest HD Radio technology. The event was held at Greater Media''s new digital broadcast facility in Royal Oak Township. The demonstration featured car and home HD Radio receivers.

One of the highlights was the debut of this year''s Stone Soup GTO from WCSX. The car is equipped with a $7,000 Kenwood HD Radio audio system. Also on hand for viewing and listening was a 2006 BMW 5 series, equipped with the factory-installed HD Radio system.

Representatives from Ibiquity Digital and Boston Acoustics were on hand to display the latest technology and answer questions about HD Radio and how it will affect consumers in the near future.

AES Convention Includes Broadcast Events
New York - Aug 11, 2005 - The AES has announced the broadcast-related events to be held at the 119th AES convention in New York, Oct. 7 to 10. Here is an overview of these events.

The Digital Radio Broadcast Forum will be chaired by David Bialik, AES broadcast events chairman. Now in its 14th year, the panel is will host Leonard Kahn of Kahn Communications, David Wilson of the Consumer Electronics Association, Mike Lyons of Ibiquity, David Layer of the NAB, Tony Massielo of XM Radio, Mark Kalman of Sirius, a representative of the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium and others. This year's panel will focus on digital radio -- terrestrial and satellite -- in terms of receiver availability and growth. DRM will be covered for the first time.

Surround Sound for Digital Radio is chaired by Herb Squire of DSI. The panel will examine station implementation of and listener reactions to the format. Participants include Robert Reems of Neural Audio, Stephan Geyersberger of Fraunhaufer, Alan Kraemer of SRS Labs, Frank Foti of Omnia Audio, Tony Massielo of XM Radio, Rocky Graham of Dolby Labs and Mike Pappas of KUVO-FM. Demonstrations are being arranged for this session.

Two tutorials are scheduled. Mike Pappas will present Mixing a Live Broadcast in Surround, which will pull from his experience with surround broadcasts on KUVO. Pappas will be joined by Radio magazine editor Chriss Scherer to present Designing a Broadcast Facility for 5.1.

An event to mark the 70th anniversary of FM Radio is planned. A panel of Edwin Armstrong's relatives and coworkers and other FM pioneers are expected to participate.

A live performance of an audio drama will be produced on stage at the Javits Center by Himan Brown. Brown is 93 years old and has produced many radio dramas in his career. He is completing a script and hiring actors to present this program.

In addition, a session called Audio for HDTV will cover the audio side of the digital transition for TV.

Additional details, times and locations for these evernts will be posted to the AES website at


Clear Channel's Ratings RFP Sees High Interest
San Antonio - Aug 18, 2005 - Clear Channel Communications says that more than two dozen companies have responded to the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued June 13 for an electronic measurement system that will produce timely ratings. Clear Channel President John Hogan notes that the response far exceeded the company's expectations.

Proposals are due Dec. 15, 2005, and will be evaluated by executives from a cross-section of radio companies, ad agencies and media buyers. The RFP specifies an electronic measurement system that will improve the accuracy and time-lag of the current ratings system. Now, paper diaries are mailed in by listeners and ratings can take as long as 90 days to be reported to radio companies. Preliminary TV ratings, in contrast, are available overnight.

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Patriot to Deliver 12m Antenna to JPL
Albion, MI - Aug 17, 2005 - Patriot Antenna Systems has completed fabrication of the first prototype 12m (40 ft) KA-band antenna system for NASA''s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. The antenna is being delivered under contract as an evaluation prototype to investigate mass production and low-cost manufacturing methods for possible use in future NASA programs. Possible uses for the antenna manufacturing are for the Deep Space Network to support communications to future missions to Mars and the Square Kilometer Array, an international radio telescope.

Burk Adds Broadcast Dealers
Littleton, MA - Aug 17, 2005 - Because of expanded sales, Burk Technology has added broadcast dealers to represent the company's transmitter remote control equipment. In the United States the new dealers are RTZ Systems (CO), Lubbock Audio Visual (TX), VMI Audio & Visual Systems (MO) and Microwave Radio Communications (MA).

Burk has also added dealers internationally. The new dealers are Radian (Canada), Solutions Broadcast RF (Canada), KAPPA, Limited (Colombia), Continental Lensa (Chile), Electronic Equipment Marketing Company (Saudi Arabia), Interactive Digital Technologies (Taiwan) and Harri-Ban Communications PVT (India).

BIA Financial Network Acquires Dataworld
Chantilly, VA - Aug 16, 2005 - BIA Financial Network has acquired the assets of Dataworld, which will now operate as a division of BIA Financial Network. The Dataworld products, best known for its Flag Service, technical engineering studies and advanced mapping services, also includes several Web-based data services, technical directories and reports and custom research.

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  • Astral Media Group of Canada has purchased a Wheatstone Bridge audio networking system. The system consists of two Bridge Frames and one Satellite frame with 108 x 72 analog I/O, 96 x 96 logic I/O and 15 router controllers.
  • Newcap Radio Incorporated in Canada has completed installation of a new Axia Livewire Audio Network.
  • EMF Broadcasting built a transmitter facility for KLRI-FM in southeastern Idaho. The facility features an ERI 190-foot tall self supporting tower with a Lambda optimized antenna mounting structure and a 12-bay, halfwave-spaced, vertically polarized, ERI P300 Series FM antenna.
    PeopleRadiosophy Brings Former Gateway Executive Back to South Dakota
    North Sioux City, SD - Aug 18, 2005 - Radiosophy has hired Bruce Young as chief technology officer. He will be responsible for the company's technology, vision and implementation.With more than 25 years of experience, Young has provided leadership skills and a broad engineering background to many companies, ranging in size from small to Fortune 100. He is a technologist with a deep understanding of PC architecture, consumer electronics, high speed I/O and video/graphics.Prior to joining Radiosophy, Young was the chief technology officer for Digital 5, which creates networking software for consumer electronics products. He previously held the position of director of engineering for the consumer solutions group at Gateway Computers where he helped develop Gateway's non-PC products, such as plasma TVs and digital cameras. Young also held positions at various other companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Lucasfilm/Pixar and Intel.A holder of more than 35 patents, Young has been involved in nearly every aspect of electronic product design and manufacturing at some point in his career, including the development of several industry-standard specifications such as PCI, the backbone of modern PC architecture.Young holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.Klarer Joins Logitek Tech Support Team
    Houston - Aug 17, 2005 - Logitek Electronic Systems has appointed Andrew Klarer as a technical support representative. Klarer has been in broadcasting for 29 years, including 23 years in all phases of TV production and six years with Quantel, a broadcast equipment manufacturer.Fanton Joins ERI as Senior RF Engineer
    Chandler, IN - Aug 16, 2005 - Myron Fanton joined the RF engineering division of Electronics Research in July. His role as senior RF engineer includes leading new product development, providing technical support to the sales force and engineering software applications. In addition, Fanton will work closely with filter engineering and with ERI''s industry partners.In 1995, Fanton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from LeTourneau University. This was followed in 2005 with an MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Fanton is a registered professional engineer and a member of IEEE and AFCCE. He has been awarded two U.S. patents. Prior to arriving at ERI he held senior engineering positions at Andrew designing microwave antennas, broadcast antennas and components.Broadcast Electronics Promotes Engineer
    Quincy, IL - Aug 18, 2005 - Broadcast Electronics has promoted Jay Linderer to director, RF engineering. In his new role, Linderer will be responsible for the design, development and overall engineering of all RF products manufactured by BE. He will continue to report directly to BE Richard Hinkle, vice president of engineering, whose leadership recently expanded to include development engineering as well as technical services in support of customer service. Hinkle now heads BE's technical services department, which was established last month to more adequately reflect the close working relationship between BE as an engineering company and its engineer customers.During the past five years, Linderer has provided technical and project management leadership in the development of products at BE, such as the FXI exciter, FMI series transmitters, 4MX 50 50kW AM transmitter and Marti PNP series transmitters. Linderer has more than 20 years of engineering design and management experience.Click here to receive the Radio magazine Currents Online Weekly E-mail.