Radio Currents Online - May 7 - May 13, 2007

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Radio Currents Online - May 7 - May 13, 2007

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SBE Presents RF Safety Course
Indianapolis - May 11, 2007 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers will present its first SBE RF Safety Course on June 27 via webcast. The 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. Instructing the course will be RF safety expert Richard Strickland of RF Safety Solutions.

The SBE RF Safety Course provides an overview of RF radiation issues for broadcasters and covers the biological effects of RF radiation and the distinct differences between RF radiation and ionizing radiation, FCC and OSHA regulations, workplace hazards at RF sites, RF hazard protection equipment and proper signage.

Participants will receive a course hand-out prior to the course. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion through the mail from the Society of Broadcast Engineers. It is recommended that participants have at least a basic knowledge of electronics and understand the concept of frequency.

The course is being offered online. A limited number of connections are available to host participant sites, so SBE chapters and station groups are encouraged to jointly register. To reserve a spot, contact the SBE National Office at Site reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis but must be made by June 22.


Bid4Spots Expands to UK
Encino, CA - May 8, 2007 - Bid4Spots is launching its reverse auction marketplace for radio airtime in the United Kingdom. Bid4Spots UK officially launches with its first auction in Q3 2007, and the weekly auctions will be held every Thursday. Bid4Spots UK is being advised by UK radio specialist Radio Works. Paul Mitchard, a UK radio advertising veteran, has been appointed to manage operations.

This new venture represents the third distinct marketplace for Bid4Spots' reverse auction for last-minute radio airtime.

Bid4Spots' U.S. marketplace for terrestrial radio is used by more than 2,300 radio stations nationwide, more than 1,300 advertisers and more than 260 ad agencies.

Harris Partners with Factum on DAB, DMB
Las Vegas - Apr 19, 2007 - Harris has entered a strategic alliance with Factum Electronics of Linkoping, Sweden that allows the two to distribute and market Harris and Factum products and support services. Harris plans to offer digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) and digital audio broadcasting (DAB) products to broadcasters that want to offer digital audio, mobile video and data services over a single platform to consumer hand-held devices. Factum will provide the head-end equipment for the compression and multiplexing of various digital audio, video and data services into a single transport stream en route to the transmitter. Harris transmitters would receive and modulate the signals in preparation for over-the-air transmission to mobile devices.

Enco Provides New Support Options
Southfield, MI - Apr 19, 2007 - Enco is providing new options for advanced control of certain digital IP consoles and routers from other manufacturers into its DAD product line. These new options allow broadcasters to quickly configure, connect and control new IP-based consoles and console router combinations with DAD automation systems. The options support audio consoles and routers from manufacturers such as Axia, Harris, Logitek, SAS and Wheatstone.

"Incorporation of these IP console and router options will greatly simply the task of integrating the broadcaster's choice of new IP-based technology with new or existing DAD systems," said Eugene Novacek, president of Enco.

Sales Call The Salem Radio Network has arranged to more extensively use the Velocity satellite system from Microspace Communications, the satellite service provider for the Christian Radio Consortium. Microspace will provide satellite services for an additional channel, SR6, extending to a total of 11 channels carrying programming for nearly 1,500 affiliate stations. CBC Sports covered the 2007 World Figure Skiing Championships using the Tieline I-Mix G3 digital audio codec for the six days of the remote broadcast. Crawford Broadcasting has purchased 16 AKG Perception 200 1" large diaphragm condenser microphones for its Birmingham, AL, cluster of stations. Rob Walch, founder of Podcast 411, which is a podcast educational site, purchased a Marantz PMD660 portable recorder for his podcast work.


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Gepco Names Harrington as Midwestern Regional Manager
Des Plaines, IL - May 7, 2007 - Gepco International has named Todd Harrington, a 15-year Gepco veteran, as the company's midwest regional manager. Harrington most recently served as Gepco's central states manager and initially joined Gepco in 1991 to manage the company's eastern sales region.

The main focus of Harrington's new role will be broadcast installations. Having previously served as chief engineer for several radio stations, Harrington became familiar with the Gepco product line while using its cabling in studio construction projects.

Harrington has relocated to Denver. He will also serve the sales needs of the Rocky Mountain region.

Beasley, Bustos Reappointed To NAB Radio Board
Washington - May 7, 2007 - NAB Radio Board Chairman David Field has reappointed Caroline Beasley and Amador Bustos to additional two-year terms on the NAB Radio Board.

Beasley serves as the executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary of the Naples, FL-based Beasley Broadcast Group, which owns and operates 44 radio stations. Bustos is the chairman and CEO of Bustos Media, which owns and operates 25 radio stations and two TV stations, and produces nationally syndicated radio formats carried by more than 50 affiliated stations.

The appointments were made with the approval of the Radio Executive Committee and the Joint Board Chair in accordance with the NAB Bylaws. Beasley and Bustos will begin their new terms at the upcoming NAB Board of Directors meeting in June.

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Hacke Joins Logitek's Product Development Team
Las Vegas - Apr 19, 2007 - Bill Hacke joins Logitek Electronic Systems as a senior electrical engineer. Hacke joins Logitek after 20 years working in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Logitek he was designing multi-channel audio processing equipment for the cell phone industry.

Jampro Names Sales Manager in Thailand
Neyma Jahansooz has been named sales manage of Jampro's newly launched regional office in Chang Mai, Thailand. In this position Jahansooz will service existing clients and work with Jampro's headquarters to develop strategies to target new markets.

Jahansooz comes to Jampro with more than 10 years of experience in international broadcasting.


Sony Licenses Izotope for Sound Forge
Cambridge, MA - May 7, 2007 - Izotope has licensed mastering technology to Sony Creative Software for the latest version of the Sound Forge 9 digital audio production suite. The mastering effects bundle powered by Izotope includes the mastering reverb, multiband compressor, IRC limiter loudness maximizer and analog EQ parametric equalizer plug-ins.

Burk Integrates Camera into Arc Plus
Littleton, MA - May 10, 2007 - Burk Technology's Arc Plus broadcast facility remote control system now includes a security camera option. The new capability allows broadcasters to use Burk's Auto Pilot Plus software to monitor feeds from remote cameras alongside telemetry from the transmission system, ancillary equipment and facility infrastructure. The company is offering a free security camera with any Arc Plus order that includes Auto Pilot Plus software. The offer is valid until July 30, 2007. For more information visit

The Arc Plus is a transmitter remote control system for full-time, multi-site or dial-up operation. The unit connects an unlimited number of sites, each with as many as 256 channels of metering, status and command. Users can access the entire system from the front panel of any unit, take control using a Web-browser or PC software, or dial into the system over the phone.

Genelec Software now Available for Mac OS X
Las Vegas - Apr 19, 2007 - Genelec's Loudspeaker Manager software with Autocal for the 8200 and 7200 DSP series monitors is now available for the Intel and Power PC Macintosh OS X platform. Also, Autocal has been updated to include Symmetrical Placement EQ. This allows Autocal to design one set of filters to be used for both loudspeakers, forming a sonically symmetrical pair.

The latest software revision is version 1.1.0 for both platforms. Existing users should contact Genelec directly for update discs.

Digigram Expands its Sound Card Line
Las Vegas - Apr 19, 2007 - Digigram is expanding its range of PC audio interfaces with the introduction of PCI Express versions of its HR series of multichannel VX and PCX sound cards. The eight new boards (four PCX and four VX) offer eight or 12 analog and AES/EBU digital outputs.

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Miami Station Uses HD2 to Premier New Music
Miami - May 7, 2007 - Gretchen 99.9 HD2, the multicast of WKIS-FM, Miami, will preview the latest album release from country music performer Gretchen Wilson. The HD2 broadcast preview will run all day on May 9 from midnight to midnight. The broadcast runs nearly one week before the album is released in stores on May 15.

The station is touting the broadcast as the first-ever HD Radio preview of a release by a major recording artist. The station also streams online at

The promotion shows one way that stations might promote the capabilities of HD Radio.

Samsung Developing HD Radio Chipset
Columbia, MD - May 9, 2007 - Samsung Electro Mechanics plans to introduce a new chipset for use in portable and home HD Radio receivers. Samsung, already an Ibiquity Digital IC development partner, expects samples of the chipset will be available before the end of the 2007 with production anticipated for the first quarter of 2008.

Designed to be a low-power, high-performance chip, it will be capable of supporting all current and planned HD Radio technology features. It is being designed and manufactured using advanced technology and features a system-in-package (SIP) module and a CMOS, mixed-signal single-chip tuner. Target HD Radio applications include mobile phones, portable media players, portable navigation devices, table radios and home audio-video components.