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Little Chance of NewCopyright Legislation This Year
Washington - Feb 19, 2003 - Within the media technology andentertainment industries there is little hope that Congress will passsignificant legislation this year dealing with copy protectionissues.
This view was shared by advocates of both sides of the issue at aWashington, D.C., conference last week sponsored by the PrecursorGroup, an investment research firm. Participants at the conferenceincluded representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America(MPAA), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the RecordingIndustry Association of America (RIAA).
The reasons for the predicted Congressional inaction will be a possiblewar in Iraq and a slowing economy. Members of Congress "are going to bedistracted," said Gary Shapiro, CEA president. Some advocates wantlegislation that requires electronics manufacturers to installcopy-protection devices on home entertainment devices. Others seek toexpand the rights of consumers to copy movies and music for personaluse.
"The prospects for legislation are rather dim," said Fritz Attaway,general counsel for the MPAA. "I don't think any bill will be enactedwithout a large degree of consensus among the various affectedindustries."
Rock Hall Renovates RadioStudio
Cleveland - Feb 18, 2003 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museumhas opened an exhibit featuring legendary DJ Alan Freed. The exhibit,which will be in the Circular Gallery in the Ahmet M. ErtegunExhibition Hall, is scheduled to open with a private party on Saturday,March 1 and run through May 18, 2003. The exhibit opens to the publicon Sunday, March 2.
To coincidewith the exhibit, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has openedthe newly renovated radio studio on the Museum�s fifth floor. Thestudio, renamed the Alan Freed Radio Studio, has been made possiblethrough the generous support of Broadcasters General Store and numerousradio equipment manufacturers. The significantly improved studioenables visiting broadcasters from around the world to continueoriginating distinctive programs live from the Rock and Roll Hall ofFame and Museum.
The exhibit, housed in the Circular Gallery of the Ahmet M. ErtegunExhibition Hall, will feature numerous historical artifacts such asmovie posters, concert programs, records, sheet music and originalcorrespondence and documents. The exhibit also includes documentsrelated to the Payola scandal. Some of these items include a letterfrom Alan Freed to WABD radio in 1959 and a New York Criminal Courtdocument from 1960.
"Alan Freed was one of the first and most vociferous champions of rockand roll. It's only fitting that we pay tribute to him, particularlygiven the fact that he made his name right here in Cleveland," saysJames Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs."Over the years, the Hall of Fame has developed a strong relationshipwith his family, and it is through their good graces that we are ableto do this exhibit."
Often dubbed the "Pied Piper of Rock and Roll," Alan Freed was one ofthe first and most influential champions of rock and roll. As a discjockey, first in Cleveland then in New York, Freed introduced millionsof white listeners to "race" music, or rhythm & blues. As the musicevolved, Freed dubbed it "rock and roll," and as rock and roll sweptthe country, Freed became its primary promoter. Freed was inducted intothe inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Look for a complete facility showcase feature on the renovated radiostudio in an upcoming issue of Radio magazine.
PPM Shows Radio ListeningSpike During Columbia Coverage
Phildaelphia - Feb 17, 2003 - On Feb. 1, most of the nation turnedto radio and television as news broke about the Columbia space shuttledisaster. The Philadelphia Portable People Meter (PPM) panel capturedthe larger-than-average Saturday audiences for radio and television;wherever people were exposed to the Space Shuttle story. PPM resultsshowed a six-fold increase for one news radio station and two cablenews channels.
The PPM shows that people ages 25-54 tuned into KYW-AM at six times thenormal rate during late morning for a Saturday. The PPM system showsthat the listening audience grew in the hours just after the Columbiastory broke and continued at well-above-average levels throughout theday as KYW continued its coverage.
The PPM's measurement also captured six-fold increases in audience fortwo cable channels, CNN and MSNBC on the day of the shuttle accident.The PPM measured a six-fold audience increase for CNN, to 1.9 from theaverage of 0.3 for the total day. MSNBC pulled in an increase nearlythat large, and Headline News doubled its regular Saturday audience.This data can be viewed at the Arbitron website at this link.
Cisco's Volpi to Keynote NAB2003Multimedia World
Washington - Feb 12, 2003 - Cisco Systems Routing Technology GroupSenior Vice President Mike Volpi will give the keynote address for theNAB2003 MultiMedia World, April 7 in Las Vegas. Volpi will provideattendees with an overview on the state of new media formats andbroadband adoption, network convergence, copyright security and therole of government on the issue of digital rights management andon-demand streaming media.
Volpi is responsible for all of Cisco's routing and access products.Previously, he was senior vice president of Cisco's Internet Switchingand Services Group and prior to that, he was the company's chiefstrategy officer, where he was responsible for corporate strategy aswell as business development, strategic alliances, advanced Internetprojects, legal services and government affairs. Since joining Cisco in1994, Volpi has been instrumental in the company's acquisition andinvestment strategies. Cisco has acquired more than 70 companies duringhis tenure and he has developed Cisco's acquisition and integrationprocesses, which have been a significant driver of Cisco's growth intonew markets.
McCain Reintroduces Media TaxLegislation
Washington - Feb 10, 2003 - Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of theSenate Commerce Committee, is taking another try at a media tax reliefbill he first introduced last year. The legislation would allow mediacompanies to defer capital gains when they sell stations to minorities,women and small businesses.
The proposed bill, called the Telecommunications OwnershipDiversification Act of 2003, got immediate support from FCC ChairmanMichael Powell and NAB President Eddie Fritts.
"The time for rhetoric complaining about lack of opportunity in thecommunications sector has past," Powell said. "This legislation is aclear step in the right direction."
Fritts pledged NAB support in helping pass McCain's legislation. "It isour belief that ownership diversity is good for localism and good forthe business of broadcasting," Fritts said. For more information visitmccain.senate.gov.
AFTRA and SAG Adopt ConsolidationPlan
Los angeles and New York - Feb 8, 2003 - At a joint videoconferencemeeting, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists(AFTRA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) national boards of directorsoverwhelmingly approved a resolution to adopt a plan to consolidate theunions by a combined vote of 141 to 3. The plan calls for the creationof an umbrella union and three affiliates, operating within thatumbrella and dedicated to, respectively, actors, broadcasters andrecording artists.
In a joint statement, John Connolly, AFTRA national president andMelissa Gilbert, SAG national president, said, "We commend our boardsfor their vision and for recognizing the urgency and sensibility ofthis plan. We must also express our appreciation to the AFTRA and SAGcommittees and staffs who worked so hard over the past months tocarefully and thoughtfully construct this plan."
The document, entitled Principles of Consolidation andAffiliation, is the product of several months' work by the SAGAFTRA Relations Taskforce and AFTRA Strategic Alliances Committee withsenior staff and includes six basic principals: Consolidation,Affiliation, Governance, Administrative Structure, Organizing andBenefit Plan Consolidation.
As part of the resolution, the two national boards direct the jointcommittees, along with staff, to begin the next steps, which includesubcommittees drafting a constitution, a business plan, and a plan forimplementation and transition, all to be submitted to the Joint Boardsat a meeting scheduled for April 5, 2003, in Washington, DC. With eachboard�s approval, each union will send referendums forratification to its members. AFTRA and SAG�s constitution andbylaws require at least a 60 percent majority of votes cast forpassage.
Motorola's Symphony Doublesits Performance
Austin, TX � Feb 10, 2003 � Motorola's SemiconductorProducts Sector is now offering its next-generation, 24-bit digitalsignal processor (DSP) optimized for professional and consumer audioelectronic applications. The DSP56371 doubles the level of performanceand provides more on-chip memory than previous members of the SymphonyDigital Audio DSP family, helping to simplify systems design and drivedown costs by creating a smaller, more cost-effective system. Targetedat audio and video receivers, home theaters, surround sound decoders,mini stereo systems, digital TV audio systems and automotive audiosystems, the DSP56371 is designed to meet the demands of audioelectronics system designers by supporting the latest generationdecoders, such as Dolby, THX and DTS, among others.
The DSP56371 is capable of running delay management, bass managementand DTS96/24 while using less than half of the DSP's computingcapability. The performance increase is made possible through the useof a higher core frequency, fewer memory wait states, a larger amountof on-chip static random access memory (SRAM) and the addition of anEnhanced Filter Coprocessor (EFCOP).
Samples and development tools for the DSP56371 are expected to beavailable in late first quarter, 2003, with production expected tobegin in third quarter of this year.
Delphi and Philips DevelopSoftware Radio DSP
San Jose, CA - Feb 10, 2003 - Royal Philips Electronics and Delphihave jointly developed what the companies believe to be the nextgeneration, state-of-the-art digital tuner for vehicles. This tunerchipset offers the listener clarity, enhanced noise suppression andreduces multipath channel effect, which provides consistent soundquality under dynamic reception conditions. The tuner chipsetarchitecture also provides the interface required for the new HD Radiofeatures.
Philips' car DSP, the SAF7730, has enabled Delphi to developproprietary radio software that will provide improved receptionperformance through the use of advanced DSP algorithms. The SAF7730 isa single-chip DSP design with several integrated powerful DSP cores foraudio and radio processing.
Arbitron PPM Shows HighNumbers for Super Bowl
Philadelphia - Feb 10, 2003 - The Super Bowl draws a large audienceevery year. The listening and viewing tendencies of this year's gamewere tracked in Phildelphia with Aribtron's Portable People Meter (PPM)system. The PPM provides timely reports of local Philly demoaudiences�whether they saw the Super Bowl at home, at a sportsbar or visiting with friends.
Even after 37 years, the Super Bowl draws large audiences from all agedemographics. Arbitron's PPM reports that 82 percent of people tunedinto the big game at some point in Philadelphia. At any time, more thanhalf of the city was watching. The 25-54 demographic was particularlysensitive to how the game went. AQH ratings for this group started at51.7 in the 6-7 p.m. slot, peaked at 59.7 at 7-8 p.m. As the Buccaneerscontinued their strong lead, 25-54 viewers slipped to a 49.8 AQH ratingat 9-10 p.m., and 37 in the final 10-11 p.m. slot. Additionalinformation is available at www.arbitron.com/portable_people_meters/superbowl.htm
Dielectric Acquires BrookstoneTelecom
Raymond, ME - Feb 21, 2003 - Dielectric Communications has acquiredBrookstone Telecom of Temecula, CA. Brookstone is a provider ofconstruction and maintenance services to the telecommunicationsindustry. The addition of Brookstone Telecom adds to Dielectric'splatform of broadcast service offerings and enhances its geographicpresence.
Brookstone's develops, constructs and services site infrastructure,primarily in the wireless telecom industry.
Dalet Provides Tools for FutureJournalists
Paris - Feb 19, 2003 - Dalet Digital Media Systems has installed theDalet Plus News Suite at Washington and Lee University's School ofJournalism and Mass Communications. The university's faculty choseDalet Plus News Suite for its integrated multimedia production toolsetand digitally converged environment. Dalet Plus News Suite enablesradio and TV journalists to browse incoming wire feeds, write stories,build rundowns as well as edit audio and video packages. Its built-innewsroom workflow and media asset management capabilities effectivelycontrol the entire broadcast operations.
Washington and Lee's goal from the outset was to creat an environmentwhere students could focus on the content of their journalism, whilelearning modern production tools.
Harris Makes Inroads with IBOCSales
Cincinnati - Feb 19, 2003 - Ten stations have recently purchasedIBOC exciters from Harris for their transition to digital radio. Eachstation has chosen the Harris Dexstar AM/FM HD Radio exciter. Severalof these stations have also chosen to purchase new Harris Z-HDtransmitters or upgrade their current transmitters to digital radioreadiness. The stations, owned by companies such as Federated Media,Cleveland Classical and James Crystal Holdings, can be found in largeand small media markets across the United States.
The stations include:
- WCLV-FM 104.9, Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Classical
- WNWV-FM 107.3, Cleveland, OH - Elyria-Lorain
- WWFE-AM 670, Miami, FL - Fenix Broadcasting
- WOWO-AM 1190, Ft. Wayne, IN - Federated Media
- WJNA-AM 640, West Palm Beach, FL - James Crystal Holdings
- KZIA-FM 102.9, Cedar Rapids, IA - KZIA
- KMRY-AM 1450, Cedar Rapids, IA - Sellers Broadcasting
- WASE-FM 103.5, Elizabethtown, KY - W&B Broadcasting
- WRHC-AM 1550, Miami, FL - WRHC Management
- WXGI-AM 950, Richmond, VA - Gee Communications
In addition, WNWV-FM, KZIA-FM, WCLV-FM and WASE-FM have all purchasednew Z-HD transmitters in various power ranges. WRMR-AM 1420, anotherCleveland classical station, has upgraded its current Gates 5transmitter and WJNA-AM 640 has upgraded its existing Harris DX50transmitter.
KMRY-AM and WXGI-AM have purchased a DAX transmitter from Harris' DAX1-6kW line. The DAX 1-6kW transmitters are a family of low-powertransmitters designed to improve the analog sound regardless of thepower level.
With the NAB2003 convention just around the corner and the renewedincentive from Ibiquity of reduced licensing fees, it is expected thatmore stations will commit to installing IBOC equipment over the comingmonths.
Andrew to Acquire Allen Telecom
Orland Park, IL and Beachwood, OH - Feb 18, 2003 � Andrew andAllen Telecom have signed an agreement under which Andrew will acquireAllen in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at about $500 million.This combination will further establish Andrew as a global wirelessinfrastructure subsystems supplier, with the capability to providevirtually the entire base-station RF footprint.
The transaction is expected to be accretive to Andrew earnings pershare in the first full year following completion, and will bestructured to qualify as a tax-free exchange. The company seessubstantial opportunities for synergies and cost savings�inexcess of $40 million in annual cost savings followingintegration�from efficiencies in manufacturing, purchasing,research and development, and sales, general and administration.
Under terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved bythe Boards of Directors of both companies, Allen shareholders willreceive 1.775 shares of newly-issued Andrew stock for each Allen sharethat they currently own. Based on Andrew's closing price of $9.01 pershare on Feb. 14, 2003, the consideration represents a 21 percentpremium over Allen's share price on the same day. Following completionof the transaction, on a fully diluted basis, excluding Allen preferredstock, Andrew shareholders will own about 64 percent and Allenshareholders will own about 36 percent.
The combined company will have nearly 7,000 employees, pro forma annualrevenues of about $1.3 billion, and annual R&D spending of $90million.
Philip Wm. Colburn, chairman of Allen, and Robert G. Paul, chiefexecutive officer of Allen, will join the Andrew Board of Directorsfollowing completion of the transaction, increasing the total number ofdirectors to 12.
Completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the firsthalf of 2003, is subject to approval of shareholders of both companies,expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-RodinoAct and other customary closing conditions.
ATI Gets New Owners
Horsham, PA - Feb 14, 2003 - In 1979, Sam Wentzel and Ed Mullinscreated ATI to manufacture audio equipment. The company's product linehas grown to include stereo consoles; analog and digital audiodistribution amplifiers; mic, line and phono amplifiers; small mixers;interface amplifiers; mic and line processing amplifiers; headphoneamplifiers; analog and digital monitoring and metering systems; noisegenerators and audio switchers and monitors.
The company's products are used in broadcast and production facilitiesaround the world. Some notable users include the United Nations, VOAWorldwide, the Architect of the Capital (which services the U.S.Senate, House of Representatives and the White House), IBM, AT&T,theme parks and stadiums.
The company has been sold to David Day, who has a strong background inaudio. He has worked for telecommunications and electronics companiesincluding Acoustic Research and International Jensen. He is also thefounder of Day-Sequerra, a company that manufactures high-end FMtuners, amplifiers and antennas. The transfer took effect on Jan.29.
Wentzel and Mullins will remain with the company as consultants toprovide guidance. ATI currently employs eight people. Additional staffwill likely be hired in time. Added to the company in management rolesare CFO Ken Davis and Marketing Manager Linda Reed.
Initial company goals include growing customer satisfaction andreducing manufacturing lead times, while still building on the existingcompany history.
The contact information for the company will remain the same.
328 W. Maple Avenue
Horsham, PA 19044
215-443-0330; 215-443-1394 fax
BE Fills IBOC Orders for SpanishBroadcasting and Crawford
Quincy, IL - Feb 12, 2003 - Two more radio owners are taking stepsto install Ibiquity's HD Radio IBOC system. Both groups have selectedequipment from Broadcast Electronics.
Spanish Broadcasting System will make its entry into HD Radio usingBroadcast Electronics' FMi 201 broadband transmitter and FXi 60 digitalexciter with FSi 10 signal generator for its Miami station, WRMA-FM.The stations will use the high-level combining method to generate itshybrid IBOC signal. A new high-level combining technique tested by theengineers at Broadcast Electronics and its antenna partners will makeit possible for the group to inject the digital carrier directly intothe antenna combiner, instead of into a separate combiner with theanalog component. As a result, the FM's existing analog operation willbe unaffected by HD Radio conversion.
The plans are to run polarized digital and analog signals through thebalanced antenna to feed the top half of the master antenna with theanalog component bottom half with the digital component. Thisconfiguration will reduce the injector loss typical of high-levelcombining (10dB loss in IBOC and a 0.45dB loss in analog), eliminatingthe need for Spanish Broadcasting to purchase a higher-powered HD Radiotransmitter to handle the injector load.
WRMA is a 100kW station. In a normal high-level combiner arrangement itwould need a 10kW transmitter for the IBOC signal. The antenna combinermethod requires the station to supply only 875W and still provide thesame effective radiated power. The station has chosen to start with a600W signal to get it on the air.
In a separate announcement, Crawford Broadcasting's Chicago station,WPWX-FM, will go on air with HD Radio within the next 90 days using aBroadcast Electronics FMi 703 transmitter and FXi 60 exciter with FSi10 signal generator. The digital signal will be introduced to WPWX'stransmission chain based on a high-level, shared antenna configurationin which digital and analog FM are combined after transmission forshared radiated power through an existing ERI directional antennasystem.
WPWX's existing FM transmitter, a Broadcast Electronics FM 30T, willremain in operation without modification to continue WPWX's 50kW analogservice. WPWX is one of four in a cluster of Crawford Broadcastingowned FMs in Chicago. The broadcast company uses Broadcast ElectronicsFM-30T transmitters for one station in Chicago and two stations inBirmingham, AL.
Hispanic BroadcastingCorporation Goes HD with Harris
Cincinnati - Feb 11, 2003 - Harris has arranged the sale of severaldigital products to the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (HBC) for itstransition to Ibiquity's IBOC HD Radio. The sale totals more than$725,000.
HBC has purchased Harris Dexstar exciters for three stations: WADO-1280AM, New York; KTNQ-AM 1020, Los Angeles; and WQBA-AM 1140, Miami.Hispanic Broadcasting also has purchased a DAX-5 5kW medium-power FMtransmitter for WIND-AM 560, Chicago.
Hispanic Broadcasting also has chosen Harris to upgrade its currentHarris FM transmitters to the Harris Z-HD series of HD Radio FMtransmitters for the following stations:
- WOJO-FM 105.1, Chicago
- WCAA-FM 105.9, New York
- KLVE-FM 107.5, Los Angeles
- WRTO-FM 98.3, Miami
- KEMR-FM 105.7, San Francisco
HBC, a Spanish-language radio broadcaster, currently owns or operates63 radio stations in 15 of the top 20 Hispanic markets. The companyalso owns and operates a network of Hispanic community-focused,bilingual websites found at www.netmio.com.
Kathrein-Scala Appoints SE SalesManager
Medford, OR - Feb 5, 2003 - Kathrein Scala Division has appointedOscar Harris as its new regional sales manager for the southeasternregion. He will be responsible for the company�s efforts in thewireless and land mobile industry segments. Harris, a long-timeindustry veteran, will operate Kathrein-Scala�s sales office fromAtlanta.
Harris comes to Kathrein-Scala after several years with Trilogy and an18-year career in antenna engineering and sales with RFS. He holds anengineering degree from Drexel University.
The Atlanta sales office can be reached through the following contactinformation:
Sennheiser Appoints Assoc.Product Manager
Old Lyme, CT - Feb 12, 2003 - Sennheiser Electronic has named RobbBlumenreder as associate product manager for Innova SON. In this newlycreated position, Blumenreder will function as key liaison with InnovaSON, France, implement the expansion of customer databases, handleproduct forecasting and manage the day-to-day operations of the productline including customer support, rep updates and marketing strategies.He reports directly to Jeff Alexander, director of distributedbrands.
Blumenreder is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, has abackground in live sound and served as an intern at the company priorto his hiring on Jan. 6, 2003.
"With the rapid rise of Innova SON's success in the U.S. market," saidAlexander, "it became quickly apparent the division needed additionalhelp. Robb's enthusiasm backed by his sales skills, organizationalabilities and quick grasp of digital technology makes him a natural forthis position."
Sennheiser was established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany. SennheiserElectronic is the U.S. wholly-owned subsidiary.
Faison Named CEO of Andrew
Orland Park, IL - Feb 11, 2003 - Andrew's Board of Directors hasappointed Ralph E. Faison as the company's chief executive officer.Faison was formerly Andrew COO. He succeeds Dr. Floyd L. English, whowill continue as Andrew chairman until February 2004.
Faison's appointment was formally announced at Andrew's 55th AnnualMeeting of Stockholders (the 23rd as a publicly owned company) at theDrury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, on Feb. 11, 2003.
Faison became COO of Andrew in June 2002 after his company CeliantCorporation, was acquired by Andrew. Before Celiant, Faison was a vicepresident in Lucent Technologies' New Ventures Group, in charge ofcreating ventures from the wireless and multimedia technologies of BellLaboratories. Before that, Faison was Lucent's VP of advertising andbrand management. Prior to Lucent, he held positions in sales,marketing, business unit management and manufacturing for AT&T,including VP and general manager of AT&T's wireless business unitand manufacturing VP for its Consumer Products unit in Bangkok,Thailand.
Orban Ships Optimod PC
San Leandro, CA - Feb 21, 2003 - Orban has shipped the first OptimodPC cards, officially called the Optimod 1100. The processor on a PCcard idea was driven by customer demand, and Bob Orban, Greg Ogonowskiand the Orban engineering team developed the device for digital audiobroadcast, including IBOC and DTV, as well as studio mastering,streaming audio.
The PCI-bus card offers two digital inputs with mixing of asynchronoussources and sound card emulation that allows Optimod-PC to talk throughthe operating system to applications running on the host.
Lakesoft Releases Eskimmer4.3
Albany, OR - Feb 19, 2003 - Lakesoft has released version 4.30 ofits Eskimmer Appliance System. The Eskimmer Appliance allowshigh-quality recordings of on-air signals, performances orcommunications, and allows playback over its unique wWebskimmerinterface via a LAN, WAN or the Internet.
Encoding-on-the-fly allows audio that is still being recorded to beimmediately accessible for playback and verification. Files can bedistributed via e-mail or other means for instant reconciliation.
Soundcraft Updates RM1d,Adds RCS Support
Nashville - Feb 13, 2003 - Soundcraft has released version 3.00operating software for the RM1d on-air console, which providesadditional functionality for the console. The new software includespassword lockout facilities so that unauthorized changes to the consolesetup are not possible, and also enhances the dynamics section. Thegoal of the software release was to make the control surface easier touse by the use new menus for setup, dynamics and Lexicon effects. Avariable high-pass filter function is also included.
Existing RM1d users can contact Soundcraft through its website (www.soundcraft.com)to obtain details on upgrading to V3.00 software, which is availablefree of charge.
In a separate release, Soundcraft announced that the RM1d and RM1dsconsole can now integrate with RCS Master Control, the on-air digitalaudio system. Using a four-channel stereo TDIF audio interface (analoginterfacing is also possible) and an RS-232 control interface, theconsoles indicate which channel is handling the currently playing trackand which channel will cue the next track using the LED display in thechannel on buttons.
Depending on the mode of the automation, the on and off buttons can beused to stop the current track or trigger an automatic start for thenext. While one track is playing, the button of the channel on whichthe next track is cued will flash as the segue approaches, speeding upthe closer it gets.
Danagger Audio Works EstablishesDealer Network
Kelowna, BC - Feb 10, 2003 - Danagger Audio Works has establisheddistribution for its Plan B Silence Eliminator. The product is beingrepresented in the United States by Broadcast Supply Worldwide ofTacoma, WA, and Broadcasters General Store of Ocala, FL. Canadiandistributorship is through All Electric Pro Audio of Coquitlam, BC.Arrangements are also underway for the distribution of a Europeanversion of the Plan B, due for release in April.
The Plan B Silence Eliminator is a patent-pending product designed toprotect a radio station's listenership and revenue by preventing anydead air outages. The unit, installed at the studio or transmittersite, can detect the loss of a program feed and quickly providecontinuous programming from its built-in multiformat disc player. Italso automatically contacts station personnel by telephone, reports thefailure with a pre-recorded voice, and allows connected equipment (anditself) to be controlled via the remote user�s telephone keypad.When the main program feed is restored, the Plan B smoothly fades,stops and re-cues the backup disc to the next track. The disc playercan play MP3 encoded discs at a wide range of bit rates as well asstandard CDs, giving stations the option to create non-repeating backupprogramming of as long as 44 hours from a single disc.
Radio magazine has a Field Report on the Plan B scheduled for anupcoming issue.