Radio Currents Online - Jan 14 - Jan 20, 2008
Jan 14, 2008 9:52 AM
FCC to Hold Open Meeting Jan. 17
Washington - Jan 10, 2008 - The Federal Communications Commission will hold an open meeting on Jan. 17, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street S.W., in Washington. The meeting will focus on presentations by senior agency officials regarding implementations of the agency's strategic plan and a comprehensive review of FCC policies and procedures.
Westwood One, Maptuit Launch 200th Real Traffic Website
New York City - Jan 9, 2008 - Westwood One/Metro Networks and Maptuit have deployed Real Traffic, the online interactive traffic service, on more than 200 local websites for radio, TV, newspaper affiliates and Department of Transportation clients nationwide.
Real Traffic, developed by Westwood One and Maptuit, provides commuters with live traffic maps, driving directions, personalized commute pages, traffic cameras and e-mail/mobile traffic alerts.
India's Sun TV Standardizes on BE Audiovault for FM Stations
Quincy, IL - Jan 16, 2008 - India's Sun TV has standardized on Broadcast Electronics' Audiovault digital media system for all 45 of its FM radio stations. The studio automation systems are part of a larger acquisition of studio and transmitter products supplied to Sun TV in the past year due to the expansion of FM privatization in India.
Sun TV, the parent company of Kal Radio, South-Asia FM and Udaya FM, chose BE's Audiovault with integrated Music Master music scheduling software for on-air and production operations in large and small communities. Among the station requirements for the system were on-air reporting functions unique to the country. The systems were also customized to integrate with SAP business applications used by Sun TV for accounting and spot management functions.
More than half the stations have begun implementation of the studio systems. The remaining stations will be installed over the next few months.
Group One Takes on Digico Distribution
Farmingdale, NY - Jan 15, 2008 - Pro audio distributor Group One has reached an agreement with digital console manufacturer Digico to distribute its products within the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Group One is also the exclusive U.S. distributor for Blue Sky International, Celestion Professional Products, MC2 Audio and XTA Electronics.
Target Spot is now partnering with Next Media, which owns 42 stations in 12 midsized markets in the Midwest, the Carolinas, Texas and California, KFMB stations in San Diego; Delmarva Broadcasting, owner of eleven stations in Delaware and Eastern Maryland; South Central Radio Group, owner of two stations in Nashville; Keymarket Communications, owner of radio stations in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio; and Intune.fm, a top new Facebook application. These companies will utilize TargetSpot's method of unlocking the monetary value of streaming media. TargetSpot has partnered with more than 500 stations nationwide.
Auralex Acoustics recently installed acoustical products at the Fender Center for Music Education, a non-profit corporation that provides free and low-cost Kids Rock Free educational opportunities, including piano, guitar and drum lessons, to more than 600 children per week. The museum and educational facility, located in Corona, CA, houses Kids Rock Free classrooms; Studio FM, a 48-track digital recording studio; an outdoor TLC Amphitheater, a visual arts gallery; and the Celebrate the Legacy...the Fender Story exhibit, which presents a 50-year history of the famous Fender electric guitar and its impact on the world of entertainment.Wireworks has been creating custom cabling systems for the Showroom at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, since 1982. As the Showroom upgrades its already existing system, the venue continues to rely on Wireworks for its cabling needs. The venue's entire system is outfitted with Wireworks' equipment, including proprietary hardware products, a fully modular snake system, 76 channels of audio split to two stage monitor mixing locations and a front-of-house mixing location, and various modular fan-outs and extension cables. The central splitter box was customized by Wireworks specifically for the requirements of Tropicana's diverse performances, providing terminations for a fully redundant set of sub-snakes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will use Netia's U-Share for distribution of non-same-day periodic content, and the exchange of non-critical files for standard use at ABC Radio stations. By enabling delivery of this content over the ABC network when traffic is low, the U-Share network management system will free up bandwidth for fast delivery of critical content even during the network's busiest times.
HD Digital Radio Alliance Promotes Warren to EVP
Orlando, FL - Jan 9, 2008 - The HD Digital Radio Alliance has promoted Diane Warren to executive vice president. Previously senior vice president of marketing and communications, Warren has been the primary liaison for HD Radio marketing partners and helped secure a number of distribution deals, including Wal-Mart and Radio Shack. She directed the Alliance's advertising campaigns and other marketing components focused on the nationwide rollout of HD Radio broadcasts. She has also been the primary point person for the National Association of Broadcasters' Radio Marketing Task Force. In her new role, Warren will expand her management of relationships with HD Radio receiver makers, radio stations and the press.
A 25-year veteran of the radio industry, Warren was previously senior vice president of public affairs for Clear Channel Communications and the founder and president of RadioAE.com, the first subscription interactive website in radio providing ideas, information and tools for radio sales professionals online. She held sales positions at Shamrock Broadcasting, Lyn Broadcasting, Greater Media and US Radio, and managed sales departments at US Radio, Dalton Group, Atlanta Cap Cities/ABC, Granum and Infinity/CBS.
SBE28 Recognizes Tarr with 2007 Wulliman Award
Milwaukee, WI - Jan 17, 2008 - Chapter 28 of the Society of Broadcast Engineers in Milwaukee awarded its Wulliman Award to Chris Tarr, CBRE DRB CBNT CBT. The award was presented by Richard Ryan, CPBE, Chapter 28 Wulliman Award Chairman, at the chapter's meeting held on Jan. 15.
The Wulliman Award is presented to a member of Milwaukee's SBE chapter who has contributed exceptional service to the chapter and to the broadcasting community of southeastern Wisconsin. Tarr, who is the 20th recipient, has demonstrated the spirit of the award by becoming a primary host for Chapter 28 meetings. He has made several chapter technical presentations and recently created and helps author a website that helps engineers exchange ideas. This past year, Tarr was elected to a position on the SBE national board of directors, and he continues to share his experiences and knowledge with other colleagues. Tarr serves as director of engineering for Entercom radio stations in Milwaukee and Madison.
The Wulliman Award was established upon the retirement in 1988 of James Wulliman, CPBE, to honor him for his service and to recognize others in the future who exhibit that same spirit. Wulliman made significant contributions to the Milwaukee engineering community for many years. He was the Society of Broadcast Engineers' first Certification Committee chairman and is considered by most to be the father of the SBE Certification program. Wulliman is a Life and Fellow member of the SBE.
NAB Adds to Government Relations, Legal Teams
Washington - Jan 17, 2008 - The National Association of Broadcasters has added two staffers to its advocacy team. Erin Dozier has joined the legal and regulatory affairs department as associate general counsel, and Myra Dandridge has joined the government relations team as director. Dozier will report to NAB Executive Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Marsha MacBride, while Dandridge will report to NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations Laurie Knight.
Dandridge, who joined NAB in January 2007 as director of public affairs for the DTV transition team, will continue to spearhead congressional outreach efforts on DTV-related issues, in addition to other legislative issues affecting broadcasters. Prior to joining the NAB, Dandridge served as communications director for the Congressional Black Caucus, where she was responsible for all media outreach, public affairs activities, educational campaigns, as well as message development and implementation.
Dandridge served as Florida state press secretary for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 presidential campaign and was a Clinton-Gore presidential appointee at the Department of Labor.
Dozier, who joined the NAB earlier this month, previously worked at the Washington law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton, where she was one of three senior attorneys to launch a new communications regulatory practice. Prior to that, Dozier spent four years at the Federal Communications Commission, primarily in the Media Bureau, working on a range of issues including media ownership, the DTV transition and content regulation.
Dozier is an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law; a member of the board of advisors for the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC); and a trustee for the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation. She is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT).
Streaming Companies Add Royalty Reporting
Because of the March 2007 announcement by the Copyright Royalty Board to impose royalty rates for webcasters effective retroactive to 2006 and continuing through 2010, Internet streaming companies are seeing an opportunity to capitalize. The ruling forces webcasters to pay a fee to Sound Exchange for every song streamed to every listener. The fee increases each year.
Stream Audio recently added royalty reporting to its software monitors, and records each time a song is played and the number of listeners connected during the performance. The software filters any connections that do not remain for more than 30 seconds, which helps reduce royalty expenses. Stream Audio also provides weekly and monthly statistics that allow users to view totals for performances.
Liquid Compass, Ando Media and Abacast provide similar software solutions, but a station must use automation software to take advantage of these services.
Klotz Updates Aeon Features
Munich - Jan 17, 2008 - Klotz Digital has upgraded its Aeon digital on-air mixing console, equipping it with two new features. For studio integration and interfacing with third-party equipment, Klotz Digital now offers MADI inferface cards for the Aeon. The MADI cards can be configured to 56 or 64 channel mode.
The second feature is the audio networking of Aeon units via Octo-bus. This feature links several Aeon consoles or connects the console to the main control room via a simple CAT-5 cabling providing eight bidirectional channels per bus. Each Octo-bus card features four bus lines. Free buses can be used for Octo-bus break-in and break-out boxes to connect audio devices into the system.