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125th AES Convention Open Call for Broadcast Session Suggestions
San Francisco - Feb 28, 2008 - While the plans for the 2008 NAB Show are still being finalized, the Audio Engineering Society is getting an early start on the plans for the 125th AES convention to be held in San Francisco from Oct. 2-5. David Bialik is serving his 20th consecutive year as the AES broadcast sessions chairman.

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DRM+ Trials Continue in Germany
Ludwigshafen, Germany - Feb 29, 2008 - The DRM+ trials in Hanover are just finishing and the next DRM+ trials will start in Kaiserslautern. On March 1, 2008, the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern will broadcast on 87.6MHz in DRM+ from its own experimental radio station to the city of Kaiserslautern. The Federal Network Agency and the DRM Associate Members University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and the German State Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate (LMK) will carry out DRM+ field tests.

In cooperation with LMK, the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern and the German Federal Network Agency will carry out field measurements in Kaiserslautern and the surrounding area. The measurements will determine which technical values could be the most suitable for the new DRM+ broadcasting stations so that no interference is caused to existing FM stations. Other tests will determine whether an FM analog radio broadcaster can broadcast the same program in digital quality with an additional program through DRM+.

The tests are expected to demonstrate the viability and performance of DRM+. It is expected that there will be radio transmissions in DRM+ in May 2008.

The first results of these DRM+ field tests will be presented during a dedicated symposium on May 29 in Kaiserslautern.


Nautel to Deploy Three 300kW Transmitters in Turkey
Hackett's Cove, NS - Feb 27, 2008 - Nautel has been awarded the contract for deployment of three NX300 high power MW transmitters for the Turkish Radio - Television Corporation (TRT). In addition to supplying transmitters, Nautel will provide services including site survey, installation, ventilation, transmission line, commissioning and site testing.

The NX Series was first introduced at IBC 2007 and includes several medium-wave transmission innovations including adaptive precorrection, 90 percent efficiency and integral DRM or HD Radio transmission. The transmitter occupies a space that is 1/2 to 1/3 smaller than other transmitters in its class. The NX Series also includes a user interface accessible via a 17" touch screen or a Web browser.

Omnia One is processing audio at WGAR, Cleveland; KKWY, West Jordan, UT; and WKKQ, Barbourville, KY. Axia IP-Audio networks are connecting at WFIU, Indiana University, Bloomington; United Stations Radio Network, NYC; and KTSA, San Antonio.


Pregnar Named DOE at Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA - Feb 27, 2008 - Dan Pregnar has been named director of engineering for Entercom Communications' four radio stations in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA; WDMT-FM, WGGY-FM, WILK-FM and WKRZ-FM. A 25-year radio engineering veteran, Pregnar joined Entercom in 2001 as chief operator in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market. Since that time, he has spearheaded a number of engineering projects, most recently the HD Radio upgrade of all four FM radio stations. Prior to his role at Entercom, Pregnar served as chief operator for a local, Pennsylvania-based radio group.

Pregnar assumes the duties that Lamar Smith recently held before he was promoted to director of engineering/chief engineer at the company's Austin, TX, cluster.

Liquid Compass Adds to Staff
Denver - Feb 27, 2008 - Liquid Compass has added four new staff members: Brooklyn Andrist, project manager; Craig Patterson, media designer; Robert Price, trafficking and support specialist; and Kinzie Dekkenga, administrative assistant. Andrist and Price come from the radio industry, having most recently worked at CBS Radio in Denver.


Holophone, Rycote Collaborate on Windscreens
Toronto, On - Feb 26, 2008 - Holophone and Rycote have teamed to develop windscreen systems for Holophone's entire line of surround microphones, the H2-Pro, H3-D and H4 Supermini. Available in standalone fuzzy and fuzzy/windscreen pairs, the Rycote windshield systems provide 10dB-12dB extra protection for Holophone's surround microphones over a standard windshield. The entire line of windscreen systems are made from specially designed and manufactured screening materials that offer minimal adverse effect on sound level or quality. To provide a snug fit, all windscreens feature a drawstring and toggle.

OMT Releases Imediatouch v3
Winnipeg, MB - Feb 26, 2008 - OMT Technologies has unveiled the fifth generation release of Imediatouch, which includes 20 new features and user interface enhancements for touchscreen and drag 'n drop functionality. Some of the new On-Air v3 features include:

  • Audio backup at the tertiary level (operate off local hard drive or redundant server) with complete restoration of all configuration settings and database entries;
  • Sports broadcast affiliates can be fully automated in one daily log;
  • Automated hooks builder airs "coming up next" front sells and promos;
  • Cart-style screen display with static cart decks are user selectable within the on-air module;
  • User selectable, enhanced phone bit recorder and waveform editing features are shown within the on-air screen;
  • On-air screen audio library display allows for file drag 'n drop feature into the main on-air log;
  • Can Con feature (for Canadian broadcasters) automatically displays a play percentage of all Canadian content or emerging artists for CRTC requirements;
  • Enhanced dual LCD monitor on-air capability is provided for showlog hot buttons, audio library, copy on screen, production and on-air voice tracking with a second LCD monitor.

Play MPE Offers Playerless Downloads
Vancouver, BC - Feb 26, 2008 - Secure digital audio distribution company Play MPE is offering playerless download to enable its customers to download tracks from any Web browser. The ability to download files without installing software provides Play MPE users enhanced flexibility to access songs from anywhere when a track becomes available. The new feature also expands access to pre-release music.

The feature was added in response to customer requests. Play MPE users can log in at and have access to all of their available tracks instantly and securely. Uncompressed watermarked WAV files will play back on any audio player. Play MPE Player software will still have access to all of software's features.

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