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CBI Announces 2005 Student Production Awards Call For Entries
Mar 24, 2005 - Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) has released its call for entries in the 2005 National Student Production Awards Contest. The contest features 25 categories that will be evaluated by peers and industry professionals from across the nation. Entries are open to all student productions.

The categories include radio and TV entries as well as a combined category for Best Student Media Web Site. Last year, almost 400 different entries were received in the 25 categories.

Finalists in each category will be recognized at the 2005 Awards Ceremony at the CBI National Conference in New Orleans Oct. 27 to 30. The deadline for entries is May 20, 2005.

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Partnership for Public Warning to be Dissolved
McLean, VA - Mar 21, 2005 - The Board of Trustees of the Partnership for Public Warning has announced that the corporation is being dissolved. The PPW was created in December 2001 by representatives from federal, state and local government, emergency managers, private industry and academia who recognized an opportunity for the United States to develop a more effective way to warn and communicate with citizens during times of emergency. The PPW was created as a non-profit consortium where government, private industry and the public could work together to identify the major challenges to improving the nation's public warning capability and reach consensus on effective solutions and strategies. Participants in this unique partnership included state and local emergency managers, private sector industry executives, non-profit organizations, representatives of academia and of special needs constituencies such as the deaf and hard-of-hearing, members of the public and federal agencies.

The PPW saw several accomplishments during its existence. It established the only national collaborative, public-private partnership where government, industry and the public could work together on public warning issues. It focused national attention on the need to improve the United States' public warning capability by educating senior government executives and the public on the key issues and opportunities.

The PPW hosted two national summits on public warning and the first tradeshow dedicated to public warning technologies and issues. In addition, the group developed and promoted the standard message format for public warning -- the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), which was approved by the OASIS XML group as the first warning standard.

Craig Fugate, chairman of the PPW Board of Trustees and director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management said, "While there is still a vital need for public-private partnerships in [emergency warning], we expect that other organizations will step forward and build upon the work done by the PPW."

AES Expands Broadcast Topics for 119th Convention
New York - Mar 16, 2005 - In response to growing interest in radio and TV broadcast audio issues, David Bialik, broadcasting events chairman for the 119th AES Convention invites topic suggestions from the broadcast community. The 119th Audio Engineering Society Convention will be held at the Javits Center in New York Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, 2005.

"Broadcasting is in a period of transition," Bialik said. "Previous AES Convention broadcast events have covered subjects ranging from surround sound and satellite technology to employment opportunities in the new digital environment. We already have a number of strong suggestions for special events, workshops, papers and roundtable discussions for the 119th Convention. However, in the interest of providing as comprehensive an agenda as possible, we are opening the floor to new ideas."

Topic ideas for broadcast-related audio subjects can be forwarded to


HD Radio Retail Outlet Online
Overland Park, KS - Mar 25, 2005 - Recognizing that consumer access to HD Radio receivers is one of the stumbling blocks in the IBOC rollout, has been created to provide an outlet for consumers to find these products. offers HD Radio receivers from various manufacturers such as Panasonic and JVC and will also feature the table-top models from Boston Acoustics and Riveradio.

Grant Kelley, the creator of, plans to work with the radio industry to raise consumer awareness through marketing efforts.

Pristine Systems Partners with Axia Audio
Cleveland - Mar 23, 2005 - Axia Audio and Pristine Systems have partnered to provide systems including Axia networking components. As an Axia partner, Pristine will also integrate the Axia IP-Audio Driver into its CDS32 software.

Music Choice Goes Mobile with Sprint
Overland Park, KS - Mar 20, 2005 - At the end of December 2004, Sprint added Music Choice to its Sprint PCS Vision multimedia services channel line-up. Music Choice is a multiplatform music network that will provide Sprint customers with popular audio music channels.

Music Choice on Sprint's multimedia service will allow subscribers to check the latest headlines and then click on their favorite type of music. The Sprint service can also provide video content. Currently, Music Choice is only available on the Sprint PCS Vision multimedia phone MM-7400 by Sanyo, but will be made available on other multimedia phones soon.

Music Choice reaches consumers through digital cable and satellite TV, broadband and cell phones. The service programs music channels, produces exclusive content including in-studio performances, artist interviews and music shows and distributes concerts.

Sales Call

  • WFUV-FM, Fordham University's public radio station in New York City and an NPR/PRI affiliate, has ordered a major rebuild of its facility with SCMS. The equipment manufacturer list includes ADC, Andrew, Audio Precision, ATI, CBT Systems, Comrex, Denon, Digidesign, Dixon, Electro-Voice, ESE, Gepco, HHB, McCurdy Radio, Neumann, Nvision, Sony, Symetrix, Tektronix and Telos Systems. SCMS will also supply computer and IT-related equipment.
  • Bonneville International is adding HD Radio to three more markets. The 35-station group ordered Broadcast Electronics HD Radio equipment for two St. Louis stations (WIL-FM, WVRV-FM), four Washington stations (WGMS-FM, WWZZ-FM, WTOP-AM/FM)and one Phoenix station (KKLT-FM) during the first quarter of 2005. The order brings the total number of Bonneville stations using BE HD Radio equipment to 12.
  • WBGO-FM -- Jazz 88.3 -- in Newark, NJ, recently acquired a pair each of Sennheiser's MKH60 super-cardioid/lobar short shotgun, MKH50 super-cardioid and MKH40 cardioid microphones. NPR-affiliate WBGO produces a large number of live music shows for broadcast each year, principally from venues in the New York metropolitan area.
    PeopleAudemat-Aztec Hires New Technical Support Manager
    Miami FL - March 23, 2005 - Audemat-Aztec has appointed Tony Scott Peterle as technical support manager. This hire comes as part of a global strategy of improving services to its U.S. customers."We needed to provide more effective local support to our customers. Tony Peterle is an experienced broadcast engineer and he understands the needs of our users," said Christophe Poulain, vice president of Audemat-Aztec. "We are also conscious that we need to improve our manuals and quick start guides. That will be Tony's first priority."Tony Peterle, known to most of his former colleagues as Tony Scott, has been a broadcast engineer for 25 years. He is a longtime SBE member and is certified as a Senior Radio Engineer. Peterle has been chief engineer for many stations, including KQMQ in Honolulu, Hawaii and KPRS-FM Kansas City.Lee Appointed VP of Orban/CRL European Ops
    Tempe, AZ - Mar 23, 2005 - Peter Lee, general manager of Orban-Europe and director of worldwide codec sales for Orban/CRL Systems has been promoted to vice president of European operations. In announcing the appointment, Jay Brentlinger, chairman, president of Orban/CRL, said, "Peter has been a key manager in helping us grow our European business and the time has come to recognize his valuable contributions to our success."Lee joined the company in 2002 as part of its acquisition of German-based Dialog 4. He first served as director of European sales and was later promoted to the positions cited above. Prior to Dialog 4, Lee was the European sales manager for 360 Systems and for Fostex.Lee is a native of the UK and has lived in the Netherlands for the past 38 years.Sennheiser Adds Two to Western Region Sales
    Old Lyme, CT - Mar 23, 2005 - Sennheiser Electronic has expanded its sales division with the addition of Nathan Armstrong and Thom Salisbury, two new sales managers in its Western region.In his new position as the company's Arizona/Rockies sales representative -professional products, Nathan Armstrong will oversee a variety of sales-related activities. He brings with him a strong technical background, most recently as a sales account executive. He will be based in Phoenix with the responsibilities of supporting Sennheiser brands including Neumann, True Systems, Australian Monitor, Rosendahl, HHB and Innovason across the southwest and Rocky Mountain region.As the new assistant western regional sales manager, Thom Salisbury comes to Sennheiser after founding and running his own Los Angeles-based audio/video/data company. He will work out of the California sales office. His 25-year career in audio includes experience as a musician, recording engineer and sales manager.Currently, both Armstrong and Salisbury report to Jeff Alexander, Sennheiser vice president of sales.
    ProductsNetia's Insider Gets an Upgrade
    Fairfield, NJ - Mar 24, 2005 - Insider, which is a program for accessing the Netia Radio-Assist database over an intranet, was launched in 1998. It recently was upgraded and now includes several additional features. Insider can play a document both when it is being recorded and during live broadcasts. With a fully redesigned user interface, the latest version of Insider provides several new channel monitoring features which are especially useful for radio hosts working in the studio while the technician is in the control room. Insider also allows users to view or transfer documents from the local database to a remote database.HHB Releases Portadrive Update
    The HHB Portadrive, able to record more than 75 track/hours of uncompressed 24-bit/48kHz audio onto a removable 40GB hard disk, can be updated with version 1.40 software. Enhancements of the software include disk mirroring, USB target mode, IXML support and improved auto-shutdown modes.Click here to receive the Radio magazine Currents Online Weekly E-mail.