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May 27, 2008 10:55 AM
Micropower Restructures Leadership
Little Rock, AR - May 20, 2008 - Micropower Corporation, the developer of Powergold Music Scheduling Software, has changed its organizational structure. Michael Raffa has assumed the role of company leader. Lance Olvey, veteran Powergold developer since 1996, now serves as the company's chief technology officer.
Added to the team is Wes Keene as the company's senior systems architect. Keene used Powergold since it was first released.
Finally, Micropower welcomes Brandon Olvey, serving as general manager. Olvey already has years of experience with Powergold serving in a support role and later as operations manager.
Micropower Corporation is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a manufacturer of music scheduling software for radio, television, Internet and satellite broadcasting.
California Recognizes Ledtronics Founder
Sacramento, CA - May 23, 2008 - The California State Assembly observed May as Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month, and with that presented the Fourth Annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Awards. Awards were presented to prominent APIs who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of arts and entertainment, medicine, business, civil rights, community service and journalism.
The 2008 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award Recipients are George Kee Cheung, Excellence in Arts and Entertainment; Dr. Parampal Gill, Excellence in Medicine; Pervaiz Lodhie, Excellence in Business; Lillian Nakano, Excellence in Civil Rights; June Pouesi, Excellence in Community Service; and Joey Quinto, Excellence in Journalism.
The award for excellence in business was presented to Pervaiz Lodhie, who established Ledtronics in 1983 in Torrance, CA. Ledtronics designs, manufactures and packages energy efficient, environmentally friendly light emitting diode (LED) lamps. Lodhie was the recipient of the United States Small Business Administration's Award for Excellence. He also founded and serves as chairman of the Pakistani-American Business Executives Association and is a founding director and trustee of President Musharraf's Pakistan Human Development Fund. He is an active member of the U.S. Trade Advisory Committee for Congresswoman Jane Harman, and was recently invited to serve as a member on the International Circle of the World Affairs Council. In addition, Lodhie has served as chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles. In 2004, he became one of the founding directors of PAL-C, an initiative that brought about the successful Pakistan Congressional Caucus in the U.S. Congress. He is a past member of the World Affairs Council International Circle and is also a founding member of the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, a community outreach program initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice on the west coast. Lodhie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Los Angeles and was honored as its alumni of the year in 1999.
Elettronika Signs HD Radio License Agreement
Columbia, MD - Apr 14, 2008 - Ibiquity Digital has licensed Elettronika of Italy to develop, manufacture and market HD Radio exciters. The company is part of a slowly growing list of international manufacturers who are entering agreements to manufacture the digital radio equipment.
HD Radio is now being tested or adopted in many countries around the world, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Switzerland and Thailand.
Established in 1988, Elettronika is headquartered in Palo del Colle, Italy.
Sales Call Major Christian labels, Curb, EMI CMG, INO, Integrity, Provident and Word have paid commercial agreements in place with Destiny Media Technologies. These labels use Destiny's digital distribution system, Play MPE, to securely move pre-release music to radio stations and other trusted recipients. Logitek Electronic Systems has received router and console orders from radio and TV stations in several countries. Remora console systems were sold to Backyard Broadcasting in Olean, NY; WRUR in Rochester, NY; KBCS in Bellevue, WA; and MTG Radio in Sweden. Mosaic console systems were ordered by California State University in Monterey as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for facilities in Tamworth and Esperance. Logitek also reported sales of Artisan console systems to WECT-TV in Wilmington, NC; CTV in Taiwan and Jiangsu TV in China. Destiny Media Technologies has signed an exclusive agreement with CO5 Music. Defined as the original outsource radio promotion company for hire, CO5 will make the Play MPE digital delivery system available to their label clients for all releases to radio, satellite broadcasters and other music industry recipients. Dark Horse Productions has announced a partnership with New York-based Jetcast Internet Streaming in the recent launch of "The Best of Everything", a free music channel available online. The Best of Everything is a variety-driven master blend of music showcasing familiar songs and artists from the past and present. The continuous programming is available worldwide, 24/7 at www.TheBestofEverything.net.
Audemat Adds Financial Partners
Bordeaux-Merignac France - May 29, 2008 - Two new financial partners have entered into investment agreements with Audemat: CDC Enterprises and regional capital risk company IRDI/ICSO. These new partners join Galia Gestion and Innovacom who have been investors in Audemat since 2006.
This agreement provides Audemat the investment capital to support the company's growth strategy. Audemat is advancing the development plan that was put in motion when Galia Gestion became a partner. Audemat increased its sales 300 percent over the three fiscal years to arrive at a consolidated total sales figure of $23.4 million at the end of 2007.
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Audemat Scripteasy V2 Adds SNMP Get/Set Management
Miami - May 27, 2008 - Scripteasy V2 from Audemat now includes SNMP Get/Set commands capabilities enabling virtually any broadcast equipment using the SNMP protocol to be monitored and controlled via TCP/IP. Get and Set commands appear via two new icons that Audemat added in the Graphic Script Designer module that behave as virtual digital inputs and relay outputs. These commands can be connected with other more traditional inputs and outputs for automatic actions or alarms sending. They send queries and get answers that are compared with normal operating conditions, or set values in the connected equipment.
More innovation resides in the fact that Scripteasy V2 software will be soon available and as standard software with about 10 Audemat products. All Audemat equipment that includes Scripteasy will be compatible with the Audemat Broadcast Manager management software for centralized management and monitoring. These units are also able to talk to each other as well as interact with other broadcast equipment or devices in the same IP network.
Samsung Releases HD Radio Module
Seoul, Korea - May 27, 2008 - Samsung Electro-Mechanics' HD Radio module is ready for production. This new module provides a low-power consumption and small physical size for use in HD Radio products. The module will be available in August 2008 and is expected to cost in the low $20 range.
Airshift Updates Website
Helsinki, Finland - May 27, 2008 - Airshift has updated its website at airshift.tv. The company has also released evaluation versions of its Airshift Studio 2.1 and Airtime 2.0 software. The evaluation versions are available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Access the download page on airshift's website.
Omnia Now Offering Omnia One AM
AM broadcasters can now take advantage of Omnia One AM, which features processing topology, including a wideband AGC/leveler followed by four bands of AGC and a separate (not integrated) four-band limiter section with shared precision linear crossover. Omnia One AM also includes an advanced, NRSC compliant, distortion-managed final limiter/clipper with selectable low-pass filters that support AM HD Radio transmission installations -- the same as used in the Omnia One's bigger siblings.