Radio Currents Online - Ju1 9 - Jul 15, 2007

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FCC Issues EAS Order
Washington - Jul 13, 2007 - The FCC's update to the Emergency Alert System rules, which has been stalled for some time, has been released. From the broadcaster's point of view, the most significant change is the addition of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as a key component to EAS. The protocol will be required for use once FEMA formally adopts it.

Participation in the EAS has been expanded to include wireline video service providers. It also expands the required participation beyond Presidential messages. EAS participants must now receive and retransmit state-level alerts triggered by a state governor. In addition, EAS participants are required to transmit geo-targeted alerts to areas smaller than a state.

Included in the action is a further notice of proposed rulemaking to include distribution to non-English speakers and people with disabilities.

Radio magazine observation: Implementing CAP as part of the EAS has the potential to correct many of the current shortcomings of the system. Expanding the required participation to include state governors also provides a valuable communications channel, but this channel must be properly used or it's intended benefit will be lost.

Also, while the intent to deliver messages to non-English speakers and people with disabilities is good, the practicalities of accomplishing this via a reliable and worthwhile means is no small task. It is likely that this step will not be completed for some time, or an ineffective or impractical system will be implemented.

Read the complete text of the order at EB Docket No. 04-296

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SBE Adds Two Additional RF Safety Course Dates
Indianapolis - Jul 12, 2007 - Following the high demand of the first Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Web-based RF Safety Course, two more course dates have been set with possibly more to come. The first course, held June 27, was attended by more than 80 participants across nine different sites in the U.S.

The two additional dates for the course are July 25 and August 2. Both courses will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT. Each course can accommodate up to nine log-in points where participants login to the webcasts and receive their audio via toll-free telephone connection.

The SBE RF Safety Course is designed for broadcast station personnel such as chief and assistant chief engineers, transmitter site engineers, ENG and SNG maintenance personnel and management that need to have an understanding of RF safety issues and regulations. Recent FCC statements that call for RF hazardous areas to be "controlled environments" and fines levied by the Commission on several broadcast stations which have not complied, have broadcasters looking for quality training from RF safety experts. Instructing the SBE course is noted RF safety authority, Richard Strickland of RF Safety Solutions.

"Safety in general is an area of primary concern for every business, but RF safety can easily be overlooked," said Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT, president of the SBE. "This course not only complements the SBE's educational efforts, it provides a valuable resource to the broadcast industry."

The SBE RF Safety Course covers the biological effects of RF radiation and the distinct differences between RF radiation and ionizing radiation. It explains FCC and OSHA regulations and what broadcasters need to do to comply. Strickland also covers workplace hazard sites including transmitter sites, SNG and ENG trucks, remote operations such as rooftops and the unique issues at AM stations. He also covers RF hazard protection equipment and signage.

Richard Strickland founded RF Safety Solutions in 2001 after ten years as director of business development for Narda Safety Test Solutions.

Each of the nine login points have already been reserved for the July 25 and August 2 courses. Most locations are open to those in the broadcasting community but a few are restricted to only personnel from the companies hosting the site. Check with the SBE National Office when registering to be sure the site you wish to attend is an open site.

Locations for the July 25 course include Buffalo, NY; Patchogue, NY; Columbus, INN; Portland, OR; Pittsburgh, PA; San Diego, CA, San Jose, CA; Austin, TX. And St. Louis, MO. August 2 course locations include Orlando, FL; Long Island, NY; Memphis, TN; Spokane, WA; Manhattan, KS; Gainesville, FL; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; and Farnsworth Peak, UT.

The SBE has created a waiting list for those who wish to participate in future courses. If interested, contact the SBE at

NAB Radio Show Session to Examine Media Consumption
Washington - Jul 12, 2007 - The NAB Radio Show will feature a super session entitled The Bedroom Project: How Young Americans Use, Consume and Interact with Technology and Media. The session, designed by Arbitron and conducted by Jacobs Media, will take place on September 26 at 3:45 p.m. in the Charlotte Convention Center. The session will focus on ways that young Americans between the ages of 18 and 28 consume media.

The Bedroom Project includes interviews with participants in their natural surroundings to determine how Americans are navigating the digital environment and the effect this has on radio listening. The two-hour interviews were conducted in comfortable surroundings, including dormitories, living rooms, cars and bedrooms to provide a more revealing look at how consumers use media technology such as radio, Ipods, social networking sites and the Internet.

Two Tower Climbers Die After Fall
Wakarusa Twp, KS - Jul 10, 2007 - Two tower climbers fell from a 1,000-foot tower while installing ENG equipment for KSHB-TV. The two men were Jerry Case and Kevin Keeling. Case owned his own tower climbing firm called Structural Inspections. It is estimated the men were between 500 and 800 feet off the ground when the bucket carrying them up the tower dropped. It is believed that the cable broke.

Reports say that the accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. The Douglas County Sheriff and OSHA are investigating the accident.


Pro Sound Effects Becomes Exclusive Master Distributor of Blastwave FX
New York - Jul 10, 2007 - Pro Sound Effects has been named the exclusive worldwide master distribution of Blastwave FX products. At NAB 2007, Blastwave FX released its first product, Blastwave Imaging Elements. Blastwave includes 2,500 effects, comprising more then five hours of sounds.

The series includes compositions, dark fx, data fx, distortions, drones, electrical, feedbacks, glitches, hits, low frequency effects (LFE), logos, metallic, musical, special fx, stabs, static, sweepers and whooshes. Each sound is recorded at 24-bit/96kHz resolution and delivered as 24-bit/48kHz .BWF files. Files are catalogued with embedded metadata for easy search and retrieval.

Gefen Relocates to Larger Space
Chatsworth, CA - Jul 11, 2007 - Gefen, a manufacturer of computer interfaces, has relocated its offices, warehouse and shipping operations from Woodland Hills to Chatsworth, CA. The Chatsworth offices will house all key departments for the manufacturer including shipping, technical support and research and development, and allow for future growth.

The new offices and warehouse/shipping facilities are located at 20600 Nordhoff St.; Chatsworth, CA 91311; phone 818-772-9100 or 800-545-6900; fax 818-772 9120.

ARD, the consortium of German Public Broadcasters, has selected APT's Worldnet Oslo as the standard platform for 5.1 audio contribution and distribution between its member states. A total of 12 Worldnet Oslo units will be deployed in eight member states by broadcasting corporations WDR, BR, HR, RBB, NDR, MDR and SWR.

Cumulus Indianapolis (WFMS FM, WJJK FM, WWFT FM) has installed a Wheatstone G6/Bridge routing system. Wheatstone and the stations hosted the June 12 meeting of the Indianapolis SBE Chapter 25 meeting at the Cumulus Media stations.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) has selected Trumba Connect to power its online OPB Community Calendar. Trumba Connect includes an interactive Web calendar, event submission forms and reporting services.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting has selected Continental Electronics to provide equipment for eight radio transmitter sites: WMPN, Raymond; WMAV, Oxford; WMAH, McHenry; WMAU; WMAO, Inverness; WMAW, Rose Hill; WMAE, Booneville; WMAB, Ackerman. The installations will include analog and HD Radio equipment.


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Harris Names Pannell Director of North American Sales for Radio Broadcast
Cincinnati - Jul 12, 2007 - Harris has named Chris Pannell as the director of North American radio sales for the company's Radio Broadcast operation. In his new role, Pannell is responsible for the entire Harris radio marketing effort across the United States and Canada, including managing regional sales staff, determining product marketing strategies, expanding the channel partners program and increasing sales. Pannell joined Harris Radio Broadcast Systems in 2003 as a district sales manager; and was later named national sales manager for RF and radio systems and consoles; a position he held until this promotion.

As national sales manager, Pannell supervised the business unit's team of district sales managers, monitored new technology developments in the radio industry; and promoted stronger relationships with independent radio broadcasters and channel partners.

Prior to joining Harris, Pannell was instrumental in launching several start-ups, including high-technology companies in Silicon Valley and businesses outside the broadcast industry. He completed his bachelor's degree in economics from Montana State University, and holds a master's degree in telecommunications from the University of Denver.

Pannell is based in Bozeman, MT.

NAB Expands Government Advocacy Team
Washington - Jul 12, 2007 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has named Doug Wiley, currently executive vice president of government relations, to the newly created position of executive vice president of administration and agencies. In this role, Wiley will serve as the NAB's chief advocate before the Cabinet and federal agencies. This newly created position will be charged with raising visibility and awareness of NAB's positions within the Administration and serving as a liaison to the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other related agencies.

Wiley joined the NAB in April 2006. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of government relations for the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), vice president at the Telecommunications Industry Association, and senior legislative assistant to former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Thomas J. Bliley.

Laurie Knight, currently senior vice president of government relations, has been promoted to executive vice president of government relations. In her new position, Knight will be responsible for representing the broadcast industry before Congress and will lead the NAB government relations team's advocacy initiatives.

Knight joined the NAB in December 2005. Prior to that, she served as director of government affairs for the National Beer Wholesalers Association and legislative director for Rep. Jim Turner.

The NAB also announced that Robin Oxford has joined the organization as director of state association and membership outreach. In this position, Oxford will serve as principal liaison between the NAB, its membership and 50 state associations on public policy issues. In addition, Meredith Long has been promoted to director of congressional and membership outreach. Long previously served as manager of government relations. In her new role, Long will be responsible for coordinating events that raise the visibility of the NAB before Congress, NAB membership and the Washington advocacy community.

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IBC Appoints Crimp as Acting CEO
London - Jul 9, 2007 - To guide the IBC organization through the upcoming IBC2007 convention and beyond, IBC is consolidating its management by appointing Michael Crimp as its acting chief executive officer. Crimp has served the IBC as the director of market development.

Crimp noted that he has taken the role as acting CEO on an interim basis to give the IBC time to carefully consider its options for the future. He expects to step down when a permanent appointment is made.

Liquid Compass Hires New COO
Denver - Jul 10, 2007 - Liquid Compass has hired Amy Van Hook as its chief operating officer. A 20-year veteran of the radio industry, Van Hook comes to Liquid Compass from Entercom where she was director of digital operations.

In her new position with Liquid Compass, Van Hook will oversee day-to-day operations, including enhancing existing infrastructure and establishing growth management guidelines to support the company's internal growth and expansion into new markets. She will also be involved in new product development and client relationship building within the radio industry.

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Blue Appoints Schumer VP of Sales
Westlake Village, CA - Jul 5, 2007 - Blue Microphones has appointed Scott Schumer to the position of vice president of global sales. Schumer is chartered with the task of growing the sales and support infrastructure as well utilizing key channel relationships to maximize opportunities in the professional audio and consumer markets.

Schumer's previous experience includes positions with Sennheiser, Harman Professional Group, In2Out Audio and Loud Technologies. He is also a writer/producer member of ASCAP, and he has written the theme for A&E Network's Caroline's Comedy Hour and incidental music for daytime dramas As The World Turns, The Guiding Light, One Life to Live and Another World. He composed and produced more than 50 regional and national commercials and contributed to scores for feature films.

Schumer is a graduate of Montclair State University having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

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Spencer Joins Ibiquity as CFO
Columbia, MD - Jul 10, 2007 - Ibiquity Digital has hired James Spencer as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Spencer most recently served as CFO, secretary and treasurer at Allion Healthcare, Melville, NY, where he was responsible for leading all finance, accounting, investor relations, information technology and business development functions. He began working at Allion in 2003.

Prior to joining Allion, Spencer was an investment banker with Thomas Weisel Partners, Credit Suisse First Boston and Alex. Brown and Sons. He worked closely with growth companies on raising capital and advising on strategic transactions. Spencer earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in economics and management statistics from the University of Maryland.

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Gunzerath Joins MRC as Senior VP
New York - Jul 9, 2007 - The Media Rating Council has hired David Gunzerath as senior vice president, associate director. Gunzerath will focus on assuring that audits are effective and thoroughly acted upon by the syndicated measurement services working with the MRC. He will also work to strengthen new auditing areas for MRC, specifically new Internet and interactive measurement initiatives and standard-setting activities, as well as emerging data-integration techniques.

Gunzerath, who holds a doctorate in communications studies from the University of Iowa, joins MRC after eight years as vice president of research and information with the National Association of Broadcasters. During his tenure at the NAB, Gunzerath managed a staff of four and served as a source of expertise on a variety of policy and research-related issues for the NAB's members and staff.

Gunzerath's background, in addition to his NAB experience, includes nine years of research and marketing experience with TV Guide Magazine, university-level teaching and research, and accounting and auditing work at a large CPA firm. His professional memberships and affiliations include the Nielsen NSI Customer Alliance Committee and Technical Subcommittee, the Nielsen Council for Research Excellence, the Advertising Research Foundation, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Media Economics, and the Broadcast Education Association Council of Professionals.

In addition to his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, Gunzerath holds an MA in communications from Temple University and a B.S. degree in business administration from La Salle College in Philadelphia.


Avlex Ships Superlux E531/BCS Mic
Kansas City - Jul 11, 2007 - Avlex has introduced the Superlux E531/BCS M/S stereo field recording microphone. The mic features a mid-side configuration, battery-powered operation, a 3.5 mm stereo mini plug, and a frequency response from 100Hz to 15kHz. It includes a mic stand clip for 3/8" and 5/8" threads and a foam windscreen.

RCS Releases Nexgen Digital 2.7.2
White Plains, NY - Jul 2, 2007 - RCS has released version 2.7.2 of Nexgen Digital. Nexgen 2.7.2 includes RIAA reporting functionality, which makes it easier for stations to report airplays for royalty purposes.

On-air talent can select playback of song hooks from the Log and Button Bar screens. Items from Windows Explorer can be dragged and dropped in to Nexgen production. Daypart Voicetracs can be sent to all stations. Included is the option to change data on multiple items at one time using the new Mass Changer, which includes hour-specific dayparts.

In addition, the update allows users to customize audio lists on specific search criteria instead of randomly searching. The supported hardware includes ASI Cards 6614, 6514, 6622 and MP3 playback.

Symetrix now Shipping The Deuce 722
Mountlake Terrace, WA - Jul 9, 2007 - Symetrix is now shipping the Deuce 722, the second product in the Integrator Series. Built on the Symetrix 322 DSP engine and the 9022 before it, the Deuce 722 provides 2x2 DSP functions for a variety of applications.

The Deuce 722 can be configured to provide compression, split-band compression, downward expansion, gating, de-essing, AGC, ambient noise compensation, feedback elimination, equalization, mixing, stereo width and balance, delay and other functions in a 1RU package. It features two inputs and two outputs with a mic preamp and phantom power. A Windows software program is used to initiate settings on the unit.

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Greater Media Detroit Teams with Auto Dealer to Promote HD Radio
Detroit, MI - Jul 11, 2007 - Greater Media Detroit has launched an HD Radio promotion with Dick Genthe Chevrolet in Detroit to give a new HD Radio receiver to each customer who purchases a used car before Aug. 31, 2007. The offer is being promoted through the dealer's commercials on WCSX-FM (HD1 and HD2) and on the WCSX website.

Used car purchasers will receive an installed Auto Connection from Directed Electronics. The ads direct listeners to the WCSX website to download a coupon for the receiver.

Clear Channel Adds HD Radio Traffic
San Antonio - Jul 9, 2007 - Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network has begun transmitting traffic data via HD Radio in 48 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. This launch marks the first commercially available data service via HD Radio. Clear Channel is working with a variety of receiver manufacturers to make the specially equipped receivers available by the end of this year.

Total Traffic Network has also further expanded its delivery of real-time traffic data over the RDS-TMC (Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel) with the addition of 19 new markets that include Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Birmingham, AL; Columbia, SC; Fort Myers, FL; Louisville, KY; Omaha, NE; Portsmouth/Manchester, NH; Richmond, VA; Rochester, NY; Sarasota, FL; Springfield, MA; Syracuse, NY; Toledo, OH; Tucson, AZ; Worcester, MA and Toronto, ON; Ottawa, ON and Montreal, QC in Canada. Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network now delivers real-time traffic via RDS-TMC in 68 cities, and plans to add more markets to its Total Traffic Network data delivery via RDS-TMC throughout 2007. This expanded coverage is made available to existing subscribers without additional charge.

Total Traffic Network currently provides real-time traffic information to devices made by Garmin, Tom Tom, Mio-Mitac, Delphi, Kenwood, Clarion, Navigon, Cobra Electronics and Siemens VDO and supplies traffic content to several media outlets including Citadel Broadcasting, Univision, Fox Interactive Media and others.

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NAB to Present First HD Multicasting Award at Radio Show
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has established a new award intended to identify and honor the producers of outstanding programming specifically created for HD Radio multicast channels. The NAB HD Radio Multicast Award will be given to a multicast station that is judged tops in creating unique, innovative or groundbreaking programming airing on a multicast channel. The award will be presented at the keynote session on Sept. 27 during The NAB Radio Show in Charlotte, NC.

NAB Executive Vice President John David described the new award as a way for the industry to "recognize stations that make significant strides in utilizing HD Radio to enhance their local audience's listening experience."

Stations that wish to submit their entries online can do so through the NAB website beginning July 13. More information on the event is available form Chris Suever at or 202-775-3511.

Katz Radio Group Acquires Net Radio Sales
New York - Jul 10, 2007 - Katz Radio Group has acquired Net Radio Sales from Aritaur Communications. Net Radio Sales, to be renamed Katz Net Radio Sales, sells streaming audio as well as all forms of interactive advertising across its digital network of Internet station affiliates and provides audience and impression measurement for every advertising campaign. The company represents a network of more than 1,000 Internet radio streams-both broadcast and Internet-only stations-reaching over 5 million listeners each month. Katz Net Radio Sales will be led by Jennifer Lane, the current president of Net Radio Sales. Lane started Net Radio Sales in 2003.

As part of this transaction, Katz entered an exclusive agreement to use the Internet radio audience measurement tools created by one of Aritaur's partners, Ando Media.

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