Radio Currents Online - Feb 2 - Feb 8, 2004

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NAB Announces Board ElectionResults

Washington, DC - Feb 5, 2004 - The National Association ofBroadcasters (NAB) has announced the results of the 2004 NAB Radio andTelevision Board elections. The two-year terms of the newly electedBoard Members begin in June 2004.

Radio Board

  • NY-NJ: Joseph M. Bilotta, Buckley Radio, New York, NY.
  • DE-DC-MD-VA: W. Bradford (Brad) Eure, Eure Communications, Inc.,Charlottesville, VA.
  • NC-SC: Alex Snipe, Glory Communications Inc., West Columbia, SC*.
  • LA-MS: Stephen Levet, WCKW-AM, Metairie, LA*.
  • IN: Jeff Smulyan, Emmis Communications Corporation, Indianapolis,IN*.
  • MO-KS: James E. (Bud) Janes, KHMO/KICK, Bick Broadcasting, Hannibal,MO.
  • IA-WI: Mary Quass, NewRadio Group, Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • CO-NE: Rolland C. Johnson, Three Eagles Communications, Monument,CO*.
  • So. TX: John W. Barger, VictoriaRadio Works, Ltd., San Antonio, TX*.
  • MT/ID/WY: Alan Harris, Wagonwheel Communications, Green River, WY*.
  • AZ-NV-NM-UT: Paul G. Gardner, Elko Broadcasting Company, Elko, NV.
  • S.CA-GU-HI: Howard B. Anderson, KHWY, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.

    Television Board
  • Elizabeth M. Burns Morgan Murphy Stations, Duluth, MN.
  • Paul Dino Dinovitz KRON-TV, Young Broadcasting, San Francisco,CA*.
  • Craig Dubow Gannett Broadcasting, McLean, VA*.
  • James M. Keelor Liberty Corporation, Greenville, SC*.
  • John Lansing The E. W. Scripps Co., Cincinnati, OH*.
  • James Yager Barrington Broadcasting Co., Hoffman Estates, IL.

    * - indicates incumbent

FCC LaunchesElectioneering Communications Database

Washington - Feb 3, 2004 - The FCC introduced the ElectioneeringCommunications Database to determine whether a communication sent via abroadcast station, cable system or satellite system can or cannot reach50,000 or more people in a particular congressional district or state.If the communication can reach 50,000 or more people in a particularcongressional district or state, it may qualify as an "electioneeringcommunication," as defined in Section 304 of the Federal ElectionCampaign Act of 1971. The Act requires that every person who spendsmore than $10,000 on an electioneering communication (which does notinclude communications purchased by candidates) during any calendaryear file a statement with the Federal Election Commission thatincludes certain information regarding the communication.

The information in the Electioneering Communications Database iscurrent as of November 2003 and will remain unchanged through the endof the 2004 election cycle in November 2004.

The database can be accessed online at http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/ecd/.

Bush Looks to Increase FCC Funding

Washington - Feb 2, 2004 - President Bush wants to substantiallyincrease the amount of federal money that the FCC receives. As part ofa 2005 $2.4 trillion budget request, Bush recommended increasing theFCC's budget by $20 million, providing $293 million to the agency. Theincrease is eyed with the hope that it will speed the deployment ofhigh-speed Internet services, enhance homeland security, increasecompetition and revise media ownership regulations. Bush also statedthat he would push legislation to fine TV broadcasters $500 million ifthey don't vacate their analog spectrum by 2006. Broadcasters aresupposed to switch to digital frequencies by 2006, or when 85 percentof the nation has digital TVs. Similar legislation has been introducedfor the past several years but has failed to go anywhere inCongress.

FCC Holds Localism Hearing

San Antonio - Jan 29, 2004 - The FCC held the second in its seriesof hearings on localism on Jan. 29 in San Antonio. All five FCCCommissioners were present and heard testimony from 12 witnesses.Chairman Powell initiated the hearings to educate the FCC on howbroadcasters serve their local communities, and also to educate thepublic on how they may speak their voices in the station licenserenewal process. The NAB described the audience of 500 as "composedprimarily of loosely organized, vocal critics of the broadcastingindustry and the FCC, and the overall tone of the hearing was lessbalanced than the October hearing in Charlotte, NC."

The 12 witnesses participated in panels. The participants were:

  • Lydia Camarillo, vice president, Southwest Voter RegistrationEducation Project, San Antonio.
  • Steve Giust, general manager, KWEX-TV (Univision), San Antonio.
  • Joe Linson, vice president, NAACP, San Antonio Branch.
  • Ray Rossman, director, Parents Television Council, San AntonioChapter.
  • Robert G. McGann, president and general manager, KENS-TV (CBS)(Belo), San Antonio.
  • Oscar Moran, senior advisor to the executive board and formerpresident, League of United Latin American Citizens, San Antonio.
  • Ray Benson, co-founder/guitarist/vocalist of the band Asleep at theWheel, Austin, TX; board member, The Recording Academy, TexasChapter.
  • John Freeman, chief operations officer, Southern DevelopmentFoundation, licensee of Low-Power FM Station KOCZ-LP, Opelousas,LA.
  • Tom Glade, vice president/market manager, Clear Channel Radio, SanAntonio.
  • Ray Hair, president, Dallas-Fort Worth Professional MusiciansAssociation.
  • Dr. Rick Wayne, chief executive officer, Christus Santa RosaChildren's Hospital, San Antonio.
  • Jerry Hanszen, owner and general manager, KMHT AM-FM, Marshall, TX,and KGAS AM-FM, Carthage, TX.

    During the open microphone sessions, critics complained about stationnews, LPFM access, free political airtime, closed captioning of weatheremergencies, indecency, insufficient airplay of local music artists andundercoverage of the Hispanic community. There were some that praisedthe community efforts of stations with the AMBER plan, which wasdeveloped in Texas.

    The next hearing is scheduled for Santa Cruz, CA, in March.

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Business

25�Seven Forms as BroadcastTechnology Manufacturer

Boston, MA - Feb 6, 2004 � 25�Seven Systems,specializing in audio technologies for more efficient and profitableradio operations, has made public its collaboration among severalrespected names in radio hardware and software. The company president,Geoff Steadman, has assembled a team of individuals to developpractical solutions to meet the requirements of radio stations andnetworks.

Steadman, whose recent broadcast industry work includes shepherding theCart Chunk Standard (AES 46-2002) for audio file interchange amongdiverse broadcast audio systems, previously worked as the productmanager for the Orban Audicy and DSE 7000 radio productionworkstations.

Other key personnel involved in 25�Seven include:

  • Derek Pilkington � In the 1990s, Pilkington served aspresident of Studer Professional Audio AG and Orban. Prior to that hewas VP of operations and engineering for AKG. Most recently, Pilkingtonheaded technology development and operations for two leading-edgestartups.
  • Rick Sawyer � Currently a technology project managementconsultant, Sawyer has held sales and product management positions atOrban. He started in the radio equipment field at IGM Communicationsand has also served Gentner Communications (now Clear One).
  • Neil Glassman � Cowan Communications, Glassman's currentendeavor, provides marketing communications services to broadcast andtechnology companies. Other experience includes management positions atDigigram, Telos Systems and Bradley Broadcast.
  • Barry Demchak � Demchak has been active in the softwareindustry since 1971 as a developer, consultant and expert witness. Hiscurrent company, Torrey Pines Software, has served clients such asHarris, AT&T, Sterling Software (now Computer Associates) andSymantec.
  • Barry Blesser � Developer of the first commercial digitalreverb for EMT in 1976, Blesser has amassed a reputation fortechnologies from digital audio workstations to handwritingrecognition. A former M.I.T. professor, he served as chief technologyofficer for Studer and is a past president of the AES.

    Additional engineering personnel with extensive embedded-systems andreal-time experience, strong analog and digital hardware design skills,and DSP effects design backgrounds will contribute to rapid,market-focused product development. The collective team has asignificant intellectual property portfolio that will be applied to25�Seven products.

    25�Seven will debut its first product at NAB2004 in April.Additional information will be posted in the coming weeks on www.25-Seven.com.

Harris Completes DRM Demos in Chinaand Taiwan

Cincinnati - Feb 2, 2004 - Harris has completed the fourth in aseries of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) digital radio demonstrationsover the medium wave broadcast band for officials at Guang Dong Radio,Zhu Hai, China. Guang Dong Radio runs 80 radio stations and serves morethan 60 million listeners in southern China. An existing Harris DX 10medium wave AM radio transmitter was converted to DRM for the nine-daydigital broadcast demonstration at the Zhu Hai transmission site.

The Harris DX series AM transmitters were prepared for DRM transmissionin a one-hour upgrade session.

SalesCall

  • The Louisiana DOT has chosen Nautel toreplace 32 radio beacons with Nautel ND200S systems. The first 16ND200S systems were shipped from Nautel�s Bangor, ME, facility inMarch 2003, and Nautel shipped the final 16 systems on Jan. 14, 2004.Each system included a ND200S (50W non-directional radio beacon),NX500TUB (125W automatic antenna tuning unit) and T-20 (500Wmedium-powered T antenna system).
    Bel RTL, one of Belgium's leadingFrench-speaking radio stations, has ordered a Studer On-Air 3000digital broadcast console for its main on-air studio. The console willbe fitted with 30 faders and handle eight microphone inputs, 40 monoanalog line inputs and 32 AES/EBU digital inputs via its integraldigital routing system.

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People

Tauzin Resigns as CommitteeChairman

Washington - Feb 3, 2004 - Rep. Billy Tauzin announced to HouseRepublican leaders that he will step down as chairman of the HouseEnergy and Commerce Committee, and that he will not seek re-election inthe fall. The statement was made in a letter to House Speaker J. DennisHastert (IL-R).

Tauzin's chairman resignation takes effect on Feb. 15, which will allowthe committee to make a smooth transition to its new chairman.

Tauzin became chairman of the committee in 2001. Rep. Joe L. Barton(TX-R) has stated that he seeks the job as chairman. Barton currentlyserves as chairman of the Commerce Committee's energy and air qualitysubcommittee.

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Internet Watch

Mainstream NetworkLaunches

Bangor, ME - Feb 4, 2004 - Radio consultant Guy Zapoleon haspartnered with Christian Netcast to launch the Mainstream Network. Thecompany will offer Internet streaming services to radio stations.

Along with Zapoleon, Mainstream Network co-founders John Elliott, DavidPalmer and Todd VanTasel currently operate ChristianNetcast.com, whichprovides streaming services to Christian radio stations and ministries.Launched in 2000, Christian Netcast has more than 200 radio stationsand clients from the United States and abroad.

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Products

Eventide Ships Reverb,Octavox Plug-ins

Little Ferry, NJ - Feb 3, 2004 - The Reverb and Octavox Harmonizerdiatonic pitch shifter plug-ins for Pro Tools for Mac v5.1.3 orgreater, are now shipping. The plug-ins are available from authorizedEventide software dealers.

Octavox allows users to create stacked harmonies and wide choirs lockedto the tempo of the session. The GUI contains everything needed toload, edit and save a preset, and allows access to the pitch shiftingcapabilities, as well as providing musical control of the pitch anddelays using the Notation Grid. Each Reverb type offers three-bandstereo parametric equalization before and after the reverb, reverbcontour for built-in tone shaping, a pair of delay lines with filtersand a high-quality compressor.

Studer Ships First On-Air 3000Console


Radio 24 Technical Manager Gerry Borer withthe On-Air 3000.

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Zurich, Switzerland - Feb 3, 2004 - The first Studer On-Air 3000digital production and broadcasting console to be installed is now inservice at Radio 24 in Zurich, Switzerland. The 12-fader console isbeing used for commercial production and will shortly be joined by twomore consoles for the on-air studios. Radio 24's newsroom also has beenequipped with five three-fader units, which are networked to the On-Air3000�s central processor enabling journalists to record andtransmit news items directly from their workstations.

The On-Air 3000 combines the Studer Touch'n'Action user interface witha new fanless DSP processing engine called the S-Core. This system isbased on a range of individual stand-alone modules, the choice of whichmay be adapted to each location. The system may also be controlledremotely from a PC or laptop using a network connection ifrequired.

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