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Traffic Director Survey ShowsSalary Increase, More Work
Temecula, CA - Jan 21, 2003 - Radio station traffic directorsreported an average increase of $2,787.64 in salary levels during thepast year. Those findings are included in the 2002/2003 TrafficDirectors Guild of America (TDGA) salary survey, which will be unveiledto its members on Feb. 1. The Traffic Directors Guild of America,serving more than 4,000 of the nation�s traffic directors,reports the higher salary average amounts to a 9.4 percent hike. Itcomes, however, coupled with a significant increase in workload,especially in the top 50 markets.
Average Salary200020012002�02 GrowthAll Stations$26,717.59$29,756.87$32,544.51+ 9.4%Commercial Only$25,682.43$29,658.94$32,359.57+ 9.1%Public Radio Only$28,956.67$30,219.03$32,689.19+ 8.2%
"Our Association was cognizant of the fact that titles such asoffice manager, business manager, program coordinators often becomeinterwoven with duties of a traffic director or traffic manager," saidCarol Anderson, COO of the Trade Association. "We, therefore, askedvery specific questions to qualify that traffic department personnelincluded in our survey, did in fact perform functions associated withtraffic and/or billing. A person overseeing the log department buthaving no contact with actual preparation, scheduling or A/R duties wasnot included in the salary figures."
A complete copy of the survey is available throught the TDGA at www.tdga.org.
Public Radio Exchange Forms AdvisoryGroup
Cambridge, MA - Jan 17, 2003 - The Radio Exchange is an onlineservice for peer-review, acquisition and distribution of public radiocontent. The Radio Exchange provides a forum for critique and dialogueabout the substance, creativity and value of public radio programs andpieces, helping stations make informed programming decisions, buildcontacts with established and emerging production talent, and exchangematerial around special projects and interests. For producers, theRadio Exchange creates a robust platform to present work forpeer-review, audition and distribution to stations and other contentacquirers. The service will be a Web-based bridge between public radioproducers and stations to take advantage of digital audio distributionover the Internet.
The group has been working to design the Public Radio Exchange and hasbegun development for a service launch in the Spring.
To help steer its efforts, PRX is looking for some technical people tobe part of an advisory mailing list discussion. The group hopes thatthis will raise important technical questions for the Public RadioExchange and derive the best answers. Some anticipated topics includedigital compression standards and preferences, Internet-based audio andstation hardware/software, digital technology trends in public radioand technical practices for stations and producers. To participate,e-mail Steve Schultze at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the forum,or subscribe directly at http://lists.prx.org/mailman/listinfo/prx-tech-advisory.
U.S. Supreme Court allows20-year copyright extension
Washington - Jan 21, 2003 - In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. SupremeCourt has upheld a 20-year extension that Congress granted to allexisting copyrights in 1998. The controversial ruling was a significantvictory for large corporate media companies, including the Hollywoodmotion picture and television studios, which had lobbied for theextension.
At stake were billions of dollars and whether such corporate icons asthe original Mickey Mouse and other aging artistic works from the pastcentury would slip into the public domain. Opponents saw the ruling asanother step toward a perpetual copyright and the gradual loss of thelegal concept of public domain. Even members of the court who voted forthe extension said it was bad public policy, but within theconstitutional authority of Congress.
The key plaintiff in the case was Eric Eldred, who wanted to publishsome Robert Frost poems. Others included a church choir director; anorchestral sheet music company; a company that restores old films; andDover Publications, a publisher of books that have passed into thepublic domain.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's majority opinion rejected the oppositionof a coalition of Internet publishers and other users of noncopyrightedmaterial to the Copyright Term Extension Act. Dissenting were JusticesJohn Paul Stevens and Stephen G. Breyer.
Real Networks' GlaserTo Keynote Webcasting Session at NAB2003
Washington, DC - Jan 17, 2003 - Chairman of Real Networks, RobGlaser, will provide the keynote for the Internet Broadcasting andWebcasting Super Session at NAB2003, April 9 in Las Vegas.
Glaser is also the founder of the board of Music Net, a joint venturebetween Real Networks, AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann AG and EMI RecordedMusic. Formed in April 2001 and built on Real Networks technology,Music Net is a legal, label digital distribution platform for streamingand downloading music. Prior to founding Real Networks, Glaser workedfor Microsoft from 1983 to 1993 in a number of executive positions,including vice president of multimedia and consumer systems.
Glaser has served on several non-profit boards and committees,including his appointment by President Clinton to the AdvisoryCommittee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital TelevisionBroadcasters. Glaser is a graduate of Yale University, with a BA and anMA in Economics and a BS in computer science.
FCC Creates Link Between ULS andCDBS
Washington - Jan 17, 2003 - As the result of a cooperative effortbetween the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the MediaBureau, a new electronic interface will permit linking betweenbroadcast auxiliary stations in the Universal Licensing System (ULS)and their parent stations in the Consolidated Database (CDBS) via theirFacility Identification Number. This interface provides streamliningand improved processing for FCC customers with broadcast auxiliarylicenses. Beginning Jan. 22, 2003, the following changes will be ineffect:
- When applying for new auxiliary licenses in ULS Online Filing,indicate that the licensee has a parent station. Enter the FacilityIdentification Number, and information about the parent licensee willpre-fill into the ULS application from the CDBS database.
- Certain changes made to the parent station license in CDBS, such asrenewals, cancellations and administrative updates, will be reflectedin all auxiliary stations in ULS with the same Facility ID Number(after overnight processing).
The following information will be automatically updated from CDBS intoULS during overnight processing for all auxiliary stations with theparent�s Facility ID number:
- Facility ID Number of the parent station
- Parent station licensee name and address
- City and state of principal community of the parent station
- Radio service of the parent station
- Expiration date of the parent station�s license
More information is available through the ULS technical or licensingsupport at 202-414-1250, TTY 202-414-1255, or email@example.com. Contactthe Technical Support Hotline with questions concerning computer accessto ULS, FRNs, file uploads or submitting attachments. The hotline isavailable Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Timeexcept federal holidays.
ULS Licensing Support and Forms Information can be obtained by calling888-CALLFCC (888-225-5322), and selecting option #2, by calling717-338-2888 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Licensing Supportwith questions about application purposes, FCC forms or schedules orother ULS-related licensing matters. ULS Licensing Support is availableMonday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., ET except federalholidays.
NPR Initiates Tomorrow RadioProject
Las Vegas, CES - Jan 10, 2003 - NPR announced the initiation of theTomorrow Radio project, a multi-year undertaking that will test anddemonstrate new digital technologies and services to operate within theFCC-endorsed IBOC system, now labeled HD Radio by its designer,Ibiquity Digital. Kenwood USA and Harris have agreed to join the firsttesting team under the project. A principal goal of Tomorrow Radio isto test multi-channel or second audio technology that could allowpublic radio stations to broadcast more programming and content usingtheir existing spectrum.
The current Ibiquity system does not provide for more than one programstream, a point that some broadcaters have lamented. During thetransition period from analog to digital, stations will broadcast bothcomponents with the same program materials. Many broadcasters feel thatthe changes to the audio quality are not sufficient to drive consumerdemand. The added data services offer additional promise, but this isalso a lethargic process. By allowing stations to add a second programstream, additional content can be delivered to listeners.
Kenwood USA will demonstrate and test new radio receiver designs withnew digital services, from supplemental audio channels to customizedservices such as zoned traffic announcements, weather reports andmarket quotations. Kenwood will also test an number of consumer-definedchoices, from high quality text-to-speech annunciation to customizedgraphic displays.
Harris will provide HD Radio transmission equipment during the testingphase of the Tomorrow Radio project-equipment that will deliver thedata that will enable a wide array of new public services.
It will take about 10 years for all public radio stations to becomefully compatible with HD Radio. NPR and its stations have long beenadvocates of digital radio because of its greater audio fidelity andenhanced service possibilities. During the dozen years it took for HDRadio to become a reality, NPR member stations prepared for thetransformation by upgrading to digital interconnection and productionsystems. Today, stations are near the final phase of digitalconversion. WUSF in Tampa, FL, recently announced an entire digitalupgrade of its transmission system provided entirely by Harris, andKKJZ in Long Beach, CA, has joined the Tomorrow Radio project as thefirst station partner.
FCC Releases Station TotalsStats
Washington - Jan 13, 2003 - The FCC has released its latest count oflicensed broadcast stations in the United States. As of December 31,2002, the total number of radio and television broadcast stations inthe country is 26,319. A breakdown of the total follows.
AM stations totaled 4,804, FM commercial stations totaled 6,173 and FMeducational stations totaled 2,354. The total number of radio stationsis 13,331.
The FCC states that the number of FM translators and boosters in theUnited States is 3,825.
The report also counts the number of TV stations in the United States.The total number of UHF commercial TV stations is 755, the number ofVHF commercial TV stations is 583, the number of UHF educational TVstations is 254 and the total number of VHF educational TV is 127. Thegrand total of TV stations in this category is 1,719. Class A UHFstations totaled 485 and the number of Class A VHF stations is 106, fora sum of 591.
UHF translators account for 2,640 and there are 2,094 VHFtranslators.
The total number of UHF low power TV stations 1,595, and the totalnumber of VHF low power TV stations is 524. Therefore, 2,119 is thetotal number of stations in this category.
Update on the WOR IBOC Installation
New York - Jan 15, 2003 - WOR-AM installed an Ibiquity HD Radioexciter on Oct. 18, 2002, and has been evaluating its performance.Recently, several segments of audio were recorded to allow comparisonbetween the analog and the digital signals. Listen to the samplesonline at www.wor710.com/Engineering/iboc/hdindex.htm.
FCC Approves SiriusLicense Control Transfer
New York, NY- Jan 15, 2003 - Sirius Satellite Radio has received FCCapproval to transfer control of the satellite operator's operatinglicenses in connection with its recapitalization. In its orderapproving the application, the FCC indicated that "the proposedrestructuring will benefit the public interest," and that approval ofthe application will allow Sirius "to access financial resourcesnecessary to maintain and expand its service to the public." Siriusfiled the transfer application because of the significant amount ofcommon stock expected to be issued to its debt holders and preferredstockholders in connection with the restructuring.
Susquehanna toTransition to IBOC with Harris
Cincinnati - Jan 21, 2003 - Harris Broadcast Communications Divisionwill supply several Susquehanna Radio stations with digital productsthat will allow them to bring Ibiquity Digital's IBOC technology,branded HD Radio, to the San Francisco and Cincinnati listeningareas.
Susquehanna has purchased the equipment for three stations, KFOG-FM104.5/97.7 and KSAN-FM 107.7, San Francisco, and WYGY-FM 96.5,Cincinnati. KFOG will receive a Z8HDS transmitter from the Harris lineof Z-HD transmitters. KSAN will upgrade its current Harris transmitterto a Z16HDC transmitter, which will allow the station to beginbroadcasting an HD Radio signal.
WYGY began broadcasting an HD Radio audio signal on Oct. 16, 2002,using the Harris Dexstar IBOC exciter. WYGY became one of the firststations in the nation to broadcast an HD Radio signal. Susquehanna hasalso upgraded WYGY�s Intraplex STL PLUS T1 STL system by addingnew Intraplex PT/PR-353 IBOC-ready 44.1 audio modules. The modules area plug-in retrofit that upgrades the STL PLUS to 20kHz audiobandwidth.
XM Receives Additional $25MFunding
Washington D.C. - Jan 17, 2003 - XM Satellite Radio has increasedits financing commitments to $475 million with an additional $25million commitment from investors spearheaded by Everest CapitalLimited in the company's proposed 10 percent Senior Secured ConvertibleDiscount Notes due 2009. The company had previously announced a set ofdefinitive financing agreements totaling $450 million�consistingof $200 million in new funds from strategic and financial investors and$250 million in payment deferrals and related credit facilities fromGeneral Motors. The new funds component will be increased to $225million.
Everest Capital has committed $15 million of the additional $25 millioninvestment commitment. Everest also holds an investment position inXM's outstanding existing notes, and has indicated its intent toparticipate in the proposed notes exchange by tendering its totalnoteholdings in the existing notes.
On Jan. 16, XM announced it had received the necessary consents from aninvestor group and General Motors, which together are providing theoriginal $450 million in new financial investment and financing support(now totaling $475 million with the additional $25 million incommitments) in conjunction with the proposed notes exchange, to reducetheir closing condition for the minimum notes exchange participationthreshold from 90 percent to 75 percent. XM also amended the notesexchange to reduce the minimum participation condition to 50.1 percent.However, as described above, the General Motors and investor groupfinancing transactions are currently conditioned on 75 percentparticipation by existing noteholders in the exchange offer, and XMwill close on the exchange offer only if the minimum participationcondition of the financing transactions are satisfied or otherwisewaived. This condition to the financing transactions can be amendedonly if agreed to by both General Motors and two-thirds of the investorgroup including the additional commitments.
The deadline for acceptance of the notes exchange and consentsolicitation remains unchanged and is scheduled for expirationmidnight, Jan. 23, 2003. All tendering noteholders must have tenderedtheir notes by that time. Tendering noteholders should contact D. F.King, the information agent, at 800-714-3306 for copies of the offeringdocuments and transmittal instructions.
Dielectric Aquires FlashTechnology
Raymond, ME - Jan 20, 2003 - Dielectric Communications, a unit ofSPX Corporation, has purchased Flash Technology of Franklin, TN, fromAmerican Tower Corporation. Flash Technology designs, assembles,monitors and services aviation obstruction lighting systems servicingthe communications, broadcast, airport, wind energy and hydropowermarkets.
The acquisition of Flash Technology adds to Dielectric's leadership inthe broadcast and wireless industries. Additionally, Flash brings toDielectric a proven service platform for the automated monitoring oftower lighting. The union of Dielectric and Flash will benefitcustomers through more comprehensive turnkey systems, broaderengineering expertise base, and reduced costs associated with remotemonitoring capabilities.
Dielectric will continue to operate the Flash Technology facility inTennessee
Digigram Group Agrees toManagement Buyout
Montbonnot and Strasbourg, France - Jan 14, 2003 - The DigigramGroup agreed to a management buyout led by top management from Digigramand Audemat-Aztec. The management group, as well as venture capitalcompany Perfectis Private Equity and the Digigram co-founders, willcreate a new private holding company, Audiendis, which will controlthree companies: Digigram, Audemat-Aztec and Digigram subsidiary InnovaSON. Three audio veterans lead the management buyout: Digigram ManagingDirector Philippe Delacroix and Audemat-Aztec Managers Daniel Werbrouckand Bruno Rost.
Delacroix, Werbrouck and Rost will make up the new executive board ofdirectors for Audiendis. Delacroix will become managing director ofAudiendis, in collaboration with Werbrouck as product director and Rostwill be in charge of special duties for the board. Digigram foundersand current majority shareholders, Philippe Girard-Buttoz and MarianMarinescu, will retire from operational tasks, a move they have beenplanning for several years. The pair will maintain a minorityinvestment in Audiendis, and Girard-Buttoz will become chairman of theAudiendis Supervisory Board.
"The new capital distribution won't affect the internal organization ofDigigram, Audemat-Aztec or Innova SON. Sales and distribution networkswill work in the exact manner as before, so our customers and partnerswon't notice the difference," said Delacroix. "The advent of Audiendiswill give the three companies the flexibility and autonomy that isnecessary to meet objectives in their respective markets."
Audemat-Aztec was formed Jan. 1, 2003, in a merger between Audemat andDigigram subsidiary Aztec Radiomedia and is led by Rost as managingdirector.
The Audiendis executive committee will consist of the three directorsand Bernard Moss�, Digigram and Audiendis director of finance andadministration, Philippe Royer, Innova SON managing director, andG�rard Malvot, Innova SON technical director. The new board ofdirectors should hold about 20 percent of Audiendis' shares withPerfectis (60 percent) and the Digigram co-founders (20 percent)maintaining the rest of the shares. According to the agreement,Audiendis will launch a tender offer on the publicly traded remainingshares for Digigram.
Foundation Announces Grantfor NPR
Chicago - Jan 13, 2003 - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthurFoundation has awarded $14 million in grants to National Public Radioin recognition of its contribution to diversity of information andopinion among broadcast media.
The foundation is making a $4 million endowment grant to NPRimmediately and will award $10 million in general operating funds overthe next 10 years. The grant to NPR is the largest grant to a singleorganization in a series of grants totaling $42 million.
Stations Adopt HD Radio
Quincy, IL - Jan 13, 2003 - As of year-end, Broadcast Electronicshad received orders from six of the major broadcast groups, plusseveral independent U.S. stations.
Entercom, Clear Channel, Greater Media, Spanish Broadcasting System,Crawford Broadcasting and Multi-Cultural Radio Broadcasting placedorders for the company's transmission or exciter and generatorproducts, which are capable of transmitting HD Radio signals onexisting broadcast channels.
Independent broadcaster WJLD-AM in Birmingham, AL, became the firstnon-experimental AM station to air HD Radio on Dec. 20, 2002. Thestation is using a BE ASi 10 signal generator and a BE AM-1Atransmitter to transmit the digital signals over the AM band.
Broadcast Electronics IncreasesCustomer Support
Quincy, IL- Jan 24, 2003 - Broadcast Electronics has appointedLowell Smith to the position of customer service engineer for digitalstudio products, including the company's Audiovault and relatedsystems. In his new role Smith will be responsible for handling callsrelated to Broadcast Electronics� digital studio systems, as wellas performing on-site installations and training for customers acrossthe country.
Smith brings extensive radio experience to Broadcast Electronics,including imaging/production, programmming, on-air and musicdirection.
Lance Named President and CEO ofHarris
Melbourne, FL - Jan 20, 2003 - Harris has named Howard L. Lance asits chief executive officer. He has also been elected to the company'sboard of directors. Lance was most recently president of NCR and chiefoperating officer of its Retail and Financial Group with over $4billion in sales. Previous to that, Lance was executive vice presidentof Emerson Electric. At Emerson, he led one of the company�slargest segments, electronics and telecommunications, with sales ofabout $3 billion. Lance�s appointment as CEO at Harris iseffective Feb. 1, 2003.
Phillip W. Farmer, who currently serves as chairman and CEO of Harris,will continue as chairman of the board and as an employee until the endof June when the company�s fiscal year ends. Farmer reaches 65years of age this summer and his career with Harris spans more than 21years. He was named chairman and chief executive officer of Harris in1995.
Lance spent 17 years of his career at Emerson Electric, holding seniormanagement positions. In 1999, Lance was named executive vice presidentfor the electronics and telecommunications businesses, which provide abroad range of power, electronic and networking products for theinformation technology and telecommunications markets.
Previous to that, Lance was chief executive officer and a director ofAstec Plc, which was Emerson�s majority-owned power supply andelectronic components business based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Lanceserved as group vice president within the Climate Technologies segmentof the company and was previously president of the CopelandRefrigeration Division. He served at Copeland for a total of 12 yearsand rose to the top position through a variety of sales, marketing andproduct service assignments.
Earlier, Lance held sales and marketing assignments with theScott-Fetzer Company and Caterpillar, where he began his career in anengineering co-op program. He earned an M.S. degree in management fromthe Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and aB.S. degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University.
Rosen To Leave RIAA By End of2003
Washington - Jan 22, 2003 - Recording Industry Association ofAmerica (RIAA) chairman and CEO Hilary Rosen, announced that she willleave the organization at the end of 2003. Rosen, who was named CEO in1998 and has been with RIAA for 17 years has been the recordingindustry�s chief advocate and spokesperson during a time ofchange in the music business.
Rosen gained notariety for leading the recording industry�s fightagainst online piracy, which she and recording industry officials blamefor the decline in CD sales.
Rosen said, "RIAA has much to do to address these issues as well ashelp the companies transition the music consumer to the excitingofferings everyone has been working so hard to deliver in thelegitimate on-line music business. We must also work with our partnersat retail, in the creative and technology industries and withgovernments worldwide to promote the future growth of the musicindustry.
"The Board will be conducting a formal search for my replacement overthe next several months and we are confident of a smooth transition. Ibelieve that the RIAA staff is simply the best in the business and I amproud of the team we have built."
Cary Sherman will remain in his current position as RIAA president.
OMT Appoints Chief Operating Officer
Winnipeg, MB - January 22, 2003 - OMT, through its subsidiary OMTTechnologies, has appointed Marieke Wijtkamp as its chief operatingofficer. Wijtkamp will be responsible for managing operations for thecompany and participating in the development and execution of thecompany's strategic growth plans.
Wijtkamp brings senior management experience in strategic planning,marketing and business development from previous positions withInfocorp Computer Solutions, a business software solutions company, andNorsat International, a satellite technology company.
Broadcast Electronics Adds Two NewRegional RF Sales Managers
Quincy, IL - Jan 21, 2003 - Broadcast Electronics has appointedSteve Schott as the southwest regional RF sales manager and Ellis Terryas the western region RF sales manager.
Schott will handle the southwest territory, including New Mexico,Oklahoma and Texas. His office is near the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, area.He can be reached at (888) 896-2400 or email@example.com.
Prior to joining Broadcast Electronics, Schott served as the southwestdistrict sales manager for Harris for eight years and southwestdistrict sales manager for Continental Electronics for 16 years. Healso served as chief engineer or director of engineering for radiostations in Colorado, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas.
Terry will handle the western territory including Washington, Montana,Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii. He will bebased in Las Vegas. He can be reached at at (800) 766-8817 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to joining Broadcast Electronics Ellis served as west coastdistrict sales manager for Harris. His radio background also includescorporate director of operations and engineering for DouglasBroadcasting/Personal Achievement Radio and director of operations andengineering at WHUR Radio in Washington, DC.
Trott to Head Soundcraft Group
Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England - Jan 21, 2003 - HarmanInternational has appointed the new managing director for theSoundcraft Group, Andy Trott. He take responsibility for all brandswithin the group, including Soundcraft, BSS, Amek and DAR.
A skilled engineer and technologist, Trott brings to his new role eightyears of experience at PACE Micro Technology where he was director oftechnology and strategic development, and, more recently, CEO of PACE'sNetworks and Connected Devices Division. Trott also has a closeaffinity with the audio industry as a musician, and earlier spent fouryears with UK mixing console manufacturer Studiomaster.
Trott replaces John Carpanini, who recently accepted a positionelsewhere in the Harman network as executive vice president of JBLProfessional.
Daking Relaunches ProductLine
Wilmington, DE - Jan 22, 2003 - Geoffrey Daking & Co. hasrelaunched its product line, added a new manufacturing process andexpanded dealer support for the Daking Mic-Pre/EQ and Daking FETCompressor.
In 1993, Geoff Daking started his business restoring used vintagelimiters and compressors. Citing an abundance of what he felt werepoorly built processors on the market, Daking started building his ownmic preamp/EQs and compressor/limiters in 1994.
Patterned after the rare and highly valued EQ circuitry of the TridentA-range consoles, the Daking Mic-Pre/EQ employs all-discrete transistorcircuitry and transformer-balanced inputs and outputs. Only discretetransistor circuitry, transformer-balanced inputs and outputs and ClassA amplifiers are used in the Daking FET Compressor.
Daking is distributed by Transamerica Audio Group of Las Vegas, foundedby Brad Lunde. The company handles premier pro audio products includingDrawmer signal processing equipment, SoundField 5.1 microphones,Brauner tube microphones, Soundelux vintage microphones, GML high-endrecording products, AEA vintage re-issue ribbon mics, ATC Loudspeakersand Z-Systems Digital Detanglers and Processors.
WPR's Whad'ya Know? Installs an MH4
Madison, WI - Jan 21, 2003 - Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) recentlypurchased a Soundcraft MH4 console for its popular live comedy quizshow, Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? Produced by WPR anddistributed by Public Radio International (PRI), the show is heard eachweek on more than 300 public radio stations across the country.
The 32-mono/four-stereo-channel MH4 primarily resides at Madison'sMonona Terrace Community and Convention Center, home to nearlytwo-thirds of the show's 36 yearly dates. The console is used forfront-of-house and monitor duties for the intimate 320-seat theater inthe Frank Lloyd Wright-designed venue. The direct outs on the MH4 areused to send broadcast feeds to a Telos Zephyr ISDN unit, which relaysthe live signal back to WERN (88.7 FM) and WHA (970 AM) at Vilas Hallon the University of Wisconsin campus for national distribution.
Eight times a year, the production heads out on the road to visitanother U.S. city, at which point the MH4 acts as a broadcast mixer andheadphone monitor mixer. Because audience sizes in other host citiestend to be significantly larger�somewhere between 1,500 and2,500�WPR rents an additional console to serve as the FOH boardand run the monitor mix for guest musicians. In these situations,microphone feeds are split on stage allowing the broadcast and FOHmixes to be completely independent of each other.
Andrew Releases Updated BroadcastSystems Planner
Orland Park IL - Jan 17, 2003, Andrew has introduced the latestversion of its broadcast system planning software. The Andrew BroadcastSystems Planner (ABSP) helps system designers to plan television and FMbroadcast antenna systems. The new ABSP is available free of charge andgives users a much greater degree of freedom to design their broadcastsystem to fit their application.
The ABSP will configure digital or analog broadcast antenna systems,and it supports horizontal, elliptical and circular polarized antennadesigns. The ABSP uses a step-by-step on-screen guide to lead customersthrough the antenna selection process. Performance specifications forantennas and transmission lines are then calculated instantly.
On completing the prototype system design, the ABSP automaticallyproduces a complete antenna specification with that takes into accounttransmitter power, line loss, antenna gain and calculates effectiveradiated power. In addition to electrical and mechanicalspecifications, the ABSP generates a complete power analysis, azimuthand elevation patterns (that can be manually adjusted for specialpatterns) and associated tabulated data. The printable report is in FCCpreferred format. The ABSP is available online athttp://www.andrew.com/downloads/absp/default.aspx.
The ABSP is part of the Andrew Powertools suite of communicationssystem planning tools, which is also available fromhttp://www.andrew.com. To order a copy of Powertools by telephone, callthe Andrew Broadcast Customer Support Center at 1-800-DIAL-4RF and askfor bulletin M400.
Stardraw Intros Symbol Wizard
London - Jan 21, 2003 - In the latest addition to Stardraw'sFeature-per-Month update service, the company has added a SymbolWizard. The Symbol Wizard can be used within the Block Schematicenvironment of Stardraw Audio, Stardraw AV and Stardraw Radio to easilycreate a high-quality symbol. The new symbol can be based on one ofhundreds of pre-drawn templates that are grouped by product types suchas amplifiers, loudspeakers or players/recorders. Users can also starta new symbol from scratch.
AEQ Impact Now Available
Jan 14, 2003 -AEQ has announced that the Impact digital is nowshipping. The router is available in modules of 12x12 AES-EBU circuits,scalable in blocks of up to 60x60 AES-EBU circuits (equivalent to120x120 mono). It is used in combination with AEQ Caddy AD DAconverters when analog input signals are used.
It sums any number of inputs over each output, and distributes anyinput over the required outputs. It incorporates sampling-rateconversion at all inputs, and accepts an external synch source.Optionally, it can incorporate a redundant power supply and regulationof input and output levels. It is controlled from one or severalcomputers.
The Impact Digital Router can be customized to operate 400X400 circuitssuch as the system implemented by the EBU (European Broadcasting Union)at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
Burk Rebuilds Lynx 4
Littleton, MA - Jan 9, 2003 - The Lynx 4 site software from BurkTechnology has been redesigned for use with the GSC3000 and VRC2500transmitter remote control systems. The software is included when a newunit is bought. By offering simple site setup and control, customizedlogging and a feature set built for flexibility, Lynx 4 allows the userto control a site easily.
In addition to a redesigned interface, a real-time event list was addedto provide immediate notification and detailed logging of user and siteactivity. TCP/IP-based modem and COM port sharing, expanded logging andadvanced report writing capabilities are also new. The software willeven read archived Lynx 3.x and VRC 1.x configuration files, making thetransition to Lynx 4 an easy one.