Radio Currents Online - Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2006

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Oct 31, 2006 2:47 PM


Arbitron Radio Diary Goes Electronic in Winter 2007
New York - Oct 31, 2006 - Arbitron's Winter 2007 survey for participants in diary-based markets will include the option for survey participants to use an Internet-based, electronic diary in place of the standard paper-and-pencil survey tool. Based on its tests of the electronic diary, Arbitron expects that at least one out of every 20 survey participants will choose the Internet-based option over the standard paper-and-pencil design. Those who do are more likely to be younger.

In the Arbitron tests, the largest demographic group of E-diary keepers was between the age of 25 and 34 while the largest demographic group of paper diary keepers is between the age of 45 and 54. Also, E-diary keepers are more likely to work full-time. Arbitron''s test also show that there is no significant difference in the number of quarter hours of listening or the number of stations entered into the E-diary vs. the paper diary.


RCS, Media Monitors Move to New Offices
White Plains, NY - Oct 30, 2006 - RCS and Media Monitors have moved into their new offices. The new address is:

445 Hamilton Avenue, 7th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601

The phone number remains the same: 914-428-4600.

The 95 employees occupy the building's entire seventh floor and part of the second floor. The 30,000 square feet of office space for the companies is just one-half mile away from their former building on Water Street where they operated for eight years.

RCS was founded in 1979 to launch the company's first product, Selector music scheduling. By the mid '80s Selector had become the dominant software in the USA and in major radio markets worldwide. Today, RCS has 22 offices in 19 countries.

Media Monitors introduced its radio spot monitoring service in 2003, and expanded to include spots from local cable and broadcast TV stations as well as newspaper ads.

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Directed Electronics to Release HD Radio Receivers
Vista, CA - Oct 30, 2006 - Directed Electronics will supply HD Radio receivers to its retail customers starting in December 2006. The initial products will be the Directed HD Car Connect, which provides a method for existing car radios to receive HD Radio signals and the Directed HD Table Top, which features a multi-line display with two detachable ported speakers and an alarm clock.

Retail pricing is expected to be $249 for the HD Car Connect, and $299 for the HD Table Top radios. The products should be widely available at Directed retailers in the spring. Directed will also supply HD Car Connect and HD Table Top radios to HD Radio broadcasters across the country this winter, for on-air promotions.

XM Launches XM-4 Satellite
Washington - Oct 30, 2006 - XM Satellite Radio successfully launched its XM-4 satellite. Liftoff occurred at 6:49 p.m. ET on Oct. 30 from the Sea Launch Odyssey Launch Platform in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean on the equator. The XM-4 satellite was inserted directly into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to an orbital location for in-orbit testing prior to placement in its final orbital position at 115 degrees west longitude. A ground station in South Africa acquired the first signal from the satellite in orbit as planned.

Built by the Boeing Satellite Development Center, the XM-4 spacecraft carries a high-power S-band digital audio radio service (DARS) payload provided by Alcatel Alenia Space. It replaces two co-located XM satellites currently at 115 degrees. The XM-4 satellite will have 18kW of total power at the beginning of life on orbit. It is specified for a 15-year lifespan. This is Sea Launch's fourth successful launch for XM Satellite Radio, completing previous missions in March 2001, May 2001 and February 2005.

Sales Call WNUK-FM, the public service radio station of Northern Kentucky University, has purchased a Jampro model JDIY two-bay broadband FM antenna. Harris has sold its ZX low-power and Z-Series FM transmitters to multiple station groups in India. The sales are part of phase two of India's Private FM project, which was launched in 2000 with a plan to bring FM radio coverage to at least 60 percent of the country. Broadcast Electronics' hometown public radio station, WQUB-FM 90.3 in Quincy, IL, has installed a BE HD Radio RF system at the station's transmitter site.


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Day Sequerra Software Upgrade Now Available
West Berlin, NJ - Oct 30, 2006 - Day Sequerra has released v1.2 of its Remote Dashboard software for its M2.2 HD Radio Modulation Monitors. The software is a Windows XP application that, when used with the M2.2's Ethernet interface, provides remote control and monitoring of AM and FM HD Radio broadcasts. The application allows a remote M2.2 user to simultaneously monitor HD Radio program availability and digital audio presence for HD-1 and all HD-2 through HD-8 broadcasts, along with analog audio, analog delay bit and RF carrier signal strength.

Current M2.2 users are asked to e-mail DaySequerra at with the serial number of their unit. The Remote Dashboard installation package will be e-mailed to them along with latest M2.2 firmware.

Steinberg Ships Wavelab Studio 6
Hamburg, Germany - Nov 2, 2006 - Steinberg Media Technologies is shipping the Wavelab Studio 6 editing and mastering application. The new version includes audio processing, FX plug-ins and other enhancements.

Visteon Demonstrates Transportable HD Radio Receiver
Las Vegas - Oct 31, 2006 - Visteon has launched its new transportable HD Radio receiver at the Specialty Equipment Markets Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. This transportable unit, called HD Jump, includes HD Radio multicast reception.

The Visteon HD Jump is a transportable receiver that docks into a cradle in the vehicle. An optional home kit allows the receiver to also be used with a home stereo.

Click here to see images of the unit.

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Brazil Moves Forward with HD Radio
Columbia, MD - Nov 1, 2006 - Brazilian broadcasters have formed the Brazilian Alliance for Digital Radio to promote and support the deployment of HD Radio technology in that country. The announcement is the latest development in the country's adoption of the HD Radio system. There are 16 stations in Brazil broadcasting with HD Radio technology to a coverage area of 30 million people.

The Brazilian Alliance for Digital Radio is composed of the major broadcast groups: the Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters (ABERT), the Association of Broadcasters of Sao Paulo (AESP), and remaining Brazilian groups including Sistema Globo de R�dio; Sistema Clube de Radio; Rede Record; Rede Itatiaia; Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunica�ao; Rede RBS; Rede Energia; Grupo O Estado de Sao Paulo e Rede CBS. Substantial HD Radio field test data obtained from these major radio networks was presented at the Brazilian society of Engineering of Television and Telecommunications (SET) convention in September. In addition, numerous HD Radio operation reports have been presented to Brazilian regulatory authorities.

The alliance already has close to 2,500 affiliated radio stations that will support its efforts. Acacio Costa is the coordinator of the Brazilian Alliance for Digital Radio.

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