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Traffic Director Salary SurveyShows Increase

Temecula, CA - Feb 1, 2004 � The Traffic Directors Guild ofAmerica, serving the nation�s radio and television trafficdirectors, reports higher salary and compensation levels in all but onecategory for the professional broadcasters charged with schedulingcommercials and underwriting credits. For the first time, the 2003/2004report includes the addition of television traffic salary information.Television is broken out by DMA market size groupings and offers bothover-the-air stations and a category for cable TV network trafficpersonnel. Radio data was divided by ARB market rankings in the 12-pagestudy of charts and graphs.

Commercial radio traffic salaries jumped by $4,946.60 - more than 15percent - in average salaries. Even with public radio minor slippagefactored into the survey, radio traffic still grew nearly 12.5 percentas reported in the annual salary survey report. With the inclusion oftelevision data for the first year, growth patterns for this categorywere not available.

Combining both commercial and non-commercial public radio stations,the average traffic director salary was $36,582.97. In the past fouryears of measurement, this was the first year commercial radio pulledahead of its public radio counterparts. Television station trafficdepartment personnel averaged $38,922.85, while TV network personnelaveraged salaries of $69,583.33.

Results were tabulated from a record response of 2,072 completedreturns across all categories measured by the Traffic DirectorsGuild.

Average Traffic Salaries2002-03 Report2003-04 Report2004 Growth

All Radio (Combined)

$32,544.51

$36,582.97

+12.4%

Commercial Radio

$32.359.57

$37,306.17

+15.3%

Public Radio

$32.689.19

$31.961.33

- 2.2%

Television

n/a

$38,922.85

n/a

TV Network Traffic

n/a

$69,583.33

n/a

This year's report is the result of the collective efforts of 2,072individual, combo or multi-station clusters reporting to TDGA. The datawas provided primarily by traffic directors, but also came from generalmanagers, business managers, office managers and other positions. Fourqualifying questions limit the actual data used only to titlescollectively refered to as traffic directors or equivalenttitles.

According to the TDGA, while the increase in average salary exceeds 15percent for commercial radio, the number of people in each station'straffic departments and the number of actual broadcast logs now beingprepared by many multi-station operations has increased. All marketscombined show the second significant increase in workload in the pasttwo years. Salaries have increased by 15 percent, but the workload ofadditional logs is up by 27.6 percent.

Market Rank (Radio)2002-032003-04% of Change

Mkts. 1 to 10

2.7 Logs

3.8 Logs

+40.7%

Mkts. 11 to 20

3.0 Logs

3.1 Logs

+3.3%

Mkts. 21 to 30

2.2 Logs

3.5 Logs

+59.1%

Mkts. 31 to 40

4.5 Logs

3.1 Logs

-31.1%

Mkts. 41 to 50

2.3 Logs

2.9 Logs

+26.1%

Mkts. 51 to 100

3.0 Logs

4.0 Logs

+33.3%

Mkts. 101 to 150

2.6 Logs

3.7 Logs

+33.3%

Mkts. 151 to 200

3.3 Logs

3.5 Logs

+6.1%

Mkts. 201 to 250

3.7 Logs

4.8 Logs

+29.7%

Mkts. 251+ and unrated

2.7 Logs

3.7 Logs

+37.0%

All Markets Combined2.9 Logs3.7 Logs+27.6%

Clear Channel Calls on FCCto Evaluate Indecency Standards

San Antonio, TX - Jan 27, 2004 � Clear Channel has called onthe FCC to convene an industry-wide "Local Values Task Force" todevelop indecency guidelines that would apply fairly and evenly acrossall media platforms that distribute content, including television,radio, cable and satellite networks. Mark Mays, president of ClearChannel Communications, said that the Task Force should be convenedunder the auspices of the FCC, but that the industry has a uniqueresponsibility to step up to the plate and address the problem headon.

Clear Channel has suggested the job of the Task Force should be:

  • To develop guidelines that carefully balance First Amendment rightswith local community values.
  • To ensure that all media platforms, including television, radio,cable and satellite, are treated fairly and equally.
  • To eliminate confusion over what is and is not acceptable behaviorover our airwaves and through cable networks into our homes.

    Mays cautioned that by continuing to deal with this issue on acase-by-case, platform-by-platform basis, the government is creating anatmosphere of confusion and uncertainty.

ADI Files for Emergency RadioSignalling

Washington - Jan 26, 2004 � On Nov. 19, 2003, Alert DevicesInternational, also called ADICorp, submitted a petition for rulemakingto the FCC to permit an emergency vehicle signaling service (EVSS).This service would use low-power signal in the terrestrial broadcastradio bands to alert drivers that an emergency vehicle was approaching,overriding the broadcast signal being received by the driver. The FCCasked for comments on the petition on Jan. 9, 2004.

The concept is not a new one. Alertcast Communications proposed such asystem in July 2002 and Safety Cast proposed one in April 2003. Neitherof these services has been granted permission to operate.

The ADI system would vary the power level of the EVSS as the emergencyvehicle's speed increased, thereby increasing the coverage area. If theemergency vehicle stopped for nine seconds the transmission would stop.One difference between ADI and the systems previously proposed is thatADI-equipped EVSS units would monitor for EAS on an area's primary EASstations and deactivate during an EAS transmission.

Read the petition online through the FCC's Electronic Comment FilingSystem (ECFS). Go to gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi and enter"RM-10836" (without the quotes) in the Proceeding box. Comments on thispetition are due Feb. 12, 2004, with replies due March 3, 2004.

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Business

Broadcast Electronics Acquired byThompson Street Capital Partners

Quincy, IL - Jan 28, 2004 - Thompson Street Capital Partners, aprivate equity firm based in St. Louis, MO, has joined with themanagement of Broadcast Electronics to acquire the company. HoakCapital, a private equity firm based in Dallas was the seller. Terms ofthe transaction were not disclosed.

Broadcast Electronics is a manufacturer of RF transmission andbroadcast automation systems for the worldwide radio market. BE'sproducts include analog and IBOC AM and FM transmitters, Marti remotebroadcasting products and Audiovault digital automation system. BE'smanufacturing facility and headquarters are located in Quincy,IL.

This is the fifth platform investment for Thompson Street CapitalPartners, founded by James Cooper and Peter Finley.

Spectrasite to DiscontinueBroadcast Services Division

Cary, NC - Jan 23, 2004 - On Dec. 16, 2003, Spectrasite decided todiscontinue its broadcast services division. The assets and liabilitiesassociated with this division have been classified as held for sale,and the division is currently being marketed for sale.

As of Sept. 30, 2003, Spectrasite owned or operated about 10,000revenue-producing sites, including 7,509 towers and in-building sitesprimarily in the top 100 markets in the United States. The SpectrasiteBroadcast Group began in 2000 when Stainless and Doty Moore merged.

NASA Furnished with Equi=TechTransformers

Selma, OR - Dec 25, 2003 - Six of Equi=Tech's model 2Q transformerswere sent to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, for usewith laboratory testing and data processing equipment.

While the precise use of the equipment is confidential, the Pasadenafacility has many functions including tracking most every object inorbit around Earth.

Equi=Tech has furnished balanced power systems to other governmentorganizations such as the FAA and the National Science Foundation.

SennheiserRestructures Sales Operations

Old Lyme, CT - Jan 26, 2004 - Sennheiser made key moves in its salesand distribution organization. The changes are designed to leverage thetalents of its personnel, maintain a high level of customer support andaccommodate the company's ongoing growth.

As ofJan. 1, the professional division sales force will operate across threegeographic regions rather than two. The three new regions - West,South/Central and Northeast - will allow the company to reducegeographically the size of each territory, devote more resources withineach territory to key business issues, provide increased customerservice and expand sales. To help spearhead operations in the newregions, Sennheiser has promoted key sales personnel from within theorganization as well as hiring new sales people.

A newly created territory, the South/Central region is under thedirection of Rick Renner, who has been promoted from Midwestprofessional products territory representative to South/Centralregional sales manager (all brands). The South/Central territoryincludes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas,Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina,North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa,Wisconsin and Minnesota. In his new position, Renner joins fellowregional sales managers Lee Stein (West) and Mark Humrichouser(Northeast). All three regional managers report directly to ScottSchumer, vice president of sales.

To support the activities of the three regional sales managers, thecompany has created the new position of assistant regional salesmanager (ARSM). Tim Murray, who recently joined Sennheiser from HHB,has been promoted to ARSM for the Western region. Jim Schanz, formerlyMid-Atlantic sales representative has been promoted to ARSM for theNortheast region. The South/Central ARSM position will be filledshortly. The three ARSMs will concentrate primarily on selling Neumannand distributed brands including Innova Son, Turbosound, ChevinResearch, True Systems, HHB and Rosendahl.

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SalesCall

  • Based in Tunis, Radio Mosaique FM,Tunisia's first private radio broadcaster, chose the Telos Twox1212-line talkshow system and Telos One digital hybrids for use duringcall-in and interview programming, and selected Omnia-3fm for thestation's processing.

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People

Crump Joins Comrex

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Devens, MA - Jan 28, 2004 - Comrex has named Chris Crump as itsdirector of sales and marketing.

Crump is a broadcast industry veteran with 15 years experience inbroadcast, sales and marketing. Crump, who most recently held theposition of director of sales and marketing for Klotz Digital America,will be responsible for Comrex sales and marketing activities in thedomestic and international broadcast markets.

Prior to his work with Klotz Digital, Crump served in similar positionsfor Symetrix, Euphonix and Spectral. His radio broadcast careerincludes positions as a producer at WHYT-FM in Detroit, creativeservices director for Paxson Communications in Orlando, FL, as well ascreative director/producer for the Ron and Ron Radio Network in St.Petersburg, FL.

Audio-Technica Appoints NewDirectors

Stowe, OH - Jan 15, 2004 - Audio-Technica U.S. has promoted twopeople in its expanding sales department. Glenn Roop has been appointeddirector, professional product sales and Kal Mullens has been named tothe position of director, strategic account sales.

Roop began his career as the owner and manager of a DJ entertainmentservice company in the 1980s. Roop has been a part ofAudio-Technica�s sales department since 1994, building a solidnetwork of contacts and launching a series of well-receivedinitiatives. As director, professional product sales, Roop will overseea team of territory managers and reps throughout the U.S. and Canada,developing a comprehensive strategy for effecting A-T�s ambitioussales objectives.

Kal Mullens has been actively involved in the music community since themid-1970s, working as a musician, audio recording engineer andfront-of-house engineer. In 1993, Mullens joined Audio-Technica,performing admirably in various capacities within the sales department.In his new position as director, strategic account sales, Mullens willmaintain key account relationships to ensure Audio-Technica meets thevaried needs of its customer base, keeping abreast of current andupcoming market trends.

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Omnia Intros New Analog/IBOCProcessor

Cleveland - Jan 29, 2004 - Adding to its line of digital audioprocessors, Omnia has released two versions of the Omnia-5EX: theOmnia-5EX HD+FM and Omnia-5EX HD+AM. The dual-processing structurefound in the Omnia-5EX is modeled after the Omnia-6EX. Paired parallelprocessing paths, one optimized for conventional analog broadcasting,the other for DAB/IBOC, webcasting and satellite systems, routeprocessed audio from the multiband mixer section to discrete outputstages.

The Omnia-5EX features a two-band automatic gain control plus widebandAGC and a five-band limiter. The Omnia-5EX HD+FM is compatible with theITU's BS-412 power specification. Omnia Space-EFX stereo enhancement isavailable as an option.

Terratec Shipping Sine SeriesMixers

Nettetal, Germany - Dec 30, 2003 - Terratec Producer, the pro audiodivision of Terratec Electronic (audioen.terratec.net) is now shipping its Sine seriesof rackmount line mixers. The mixers come in eight-input (four stereopairs) and 16-input (eight stereo pairs) models, both with and withouta stereo effects loop.

Pawbell Releases IntolocastStreaming Software

Austin, TX - Jan 26, 2004 - Pawbell, a developer ofBroadcast-related software, has released a service called Intolocast,which enables a radio station to webcast without needing a large amountof bandwidth.

The Intolocast player can be customized with a station logo, musicinformation, advertisements and other information. The Intolocastplayer can also be customized to list other stations in a clustermarket or all stations owned by a holding company.

Typical streaming services use a unicast distribution, which creates aunique path from the server to each listener. The Intolocast servicerelays the stream through each listener. For example, when a listenerconnects to the 22kb/s stream the server checks the listener'savailable bandwidth to establish the proper buffer. If the listener hasthe additional bandwidth, the streamed signal is relayed to anotherlistener when he connects. At the same time the server tells thelistener's player where several other streams are so if the supplyingrelay drops the stream, the listener reconnects to anothersupplier.

Pawbell also claims that the webcast is an analog signal wrapped in adigital carrier, which excludes it from the fees assessed for theDigital Millennium Copyright Act because it is not a digital audiosignal.

Lynx Adds SRC to AES16 Line

Costa Mesa, CA - Jan 26, 2004 - Lynx Studio Technology has added theAES16-SRC to its line of AES16 192kHz sound cards. The eight-channelAES16 began shipping in late 2003. The new card offers eight channelsof sample rate conversion to accommodate facilities running multiplesample rates or signals not locked to house sync.

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