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SBE National Election ResultsAnnounced

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Indianapolis � Sept 12, 2003 � The Society of BroadcastEngineers held its national elections for officers and board membersand tabulated the results on Sept. 11.

Elected president of the Society is Raymond C. Benedict, CPBE. Benedictis director of spectrum management for Viacom in Washington, DC.Benedict has served the society as vice president, secretary and boardmember.

As SBE president, Benedict will lead the more than 5,300 membernational organization for the coming year and will chair its board ofdirectors. The SBE board is responsible for society governance anddetermines the policies and programs for the organization. As SBEpresident, Benedict is the official spokesman for the society andrepresents the SBE before other organizations and governmentagencies.

Other officers elected for one year terms include:

  • Vice President � Samuel E. Garfield, CPBE CBNT, vicepresident, Dilicast/Technical Broadcast Consultants, Raleigh, NC.
  • Secretary � Ralph Hogan, CPBE CBNT, assistant generalmanager-engineering services, Northwest Public Radio and Television andWashington Higher Education Telecommunications System, Pullman, WA.
  • Treasurer � Robert J. Russell, CSTE CBNT, operations andengineering manager, KYMA-TV, Yuma, AZ.

    Elected to two-year terms on the national board of directors were:
  • Andrea Cummis, CBT, senior vice president, engineering andoperations, Oxygen Media, New York, NY.
  • Dane E. Ericksen, P.E., CSRTE, senior engineer, Hammett and Edison,Consulting Engineers, San Francisco, CA.
  • Clay Freinwald, CPBE, senior facilities engineer, Entercom, Seattle,WA.
  • David Hultsman, CSRE, broadcast channel manager, ContinentalElectronics, Birmingham, AL.
  • Mark S. Olkowski, CPBE, engineering manager, Infinity Broadcasting,New York, NY.
  • Henry B. Ruhwiedel, CPBE, chief engineer, WYIN TV, Gary, IN/Chicago,IL.

    The elected board members will join six other members of the board whowill begin the second year of their two-year terms. They include TedHand, CPBE, director of engineering, WTKR-TV, Norfolk, VA; MarkHumphrey, CPBE, chief engineer, WPLY-FM/Radio One, Media, PA; KeithKintner, CPBE CBNT, Urbana, IL; Vincent Lopez, CEV CBNT, systemstechnician, WSYT/WNYS-TV, Syracuse, NY; Tom Ray, CSRE, corporatedirector of engineering, Buckley Broadcasting/WOR Radio, New York, NY;Barry Thomas, CPBE, CBNT, vice president of engineering, Westwood One,New York, NY.

    Outgoing SBE president, Troy D. Pennington, CSRE CBNT, chief engineer,Cumulus Broadcasting in Mobile, AL, will continue to serve on the boardof directors as immediate past president.

    The newly elected officers and directors will assume their offices onWednesday, Oct. 15 during the SBE Annual Membership Meeting in Madison,WI. The meeting is part of the SBE National Meeting, held inconjunction with the Broadcasters Clinic presented by SBE Chapter 24and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

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FCC to Terminate Temporary ApplicationFreeze; Announces Revised Processing Guidelines

Washington, DC - Sept 10, 2003 - On Sept. 3, 2003, the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an order staying theeffectiveness of the new media ownership rules adopted by theCommission on June 2, 2003. The Court ordered "that the prior ownershiprules remain in effect pending resolution of these proceedings." Inresponse, the Commission established a freeze on the filing of certaincommercial broadcast station applications and amendments.

The order requires that the Commission process broadcast stationapplications under the prior ownership rules. Accordingly, the MediaBureau has issued a public notice to announce the revised processingguidelines for broadcast station applications filed on Forms 301, 314and 315. The prior versions of these forms will be effective andavailable for use on publication of this public notice in theFederal Register. The temporary application filing freeze willbe terminated simultaneously with this Federal Registerpublication.

The FCC staff has resumed the processing of commercial radio and TVstation applications filed on June 2002 versions of Forms 301, 314 and315. Applicants are not required to demonstrate compliance with theownership rules adopted in the report and order. The invitation to fileamendments demonstrating compliance with these rules iswithdrawn.

For commercial and noncommercial educational station applications filedon or after Aug. 14, 2003, using the July 2003 versions of Forms 301,314 and 315, must be amended by resubmitting complete applications onthe June 2002 versions of these forms. Applicants should promptlysubmit these filings following publication in the FederalRegister of this public notice. Waiver requests must be submittedfor applications that do not comply with the prior ownership rules. Thefailure to submit a waiver request will result in anapplication�s dismissal. All applications will retain originallyassigned file numbers.

Commercial and noncommercial educational broadcast station applicantsmust use the June 2002 versions of Forms 301, 314 and 315 for newapplications. The Media Bureau will begin accepting new applications onthese forms following publication in the Federal Register ofthis public notice.

To facilitate the transition to the June 2002 versions of the affectedforms, the Media Bureau will no longer accept any applications oramendments filed on the July 2003 versions of Forms 301, 314 and 315.This freeze is effective immediately. Accordingly, the currenttemporary filing freeze is extended to include all noncommercialeducational radio and TV station applications filed on these forms.

UMG Tries CD Price Cuts to Combat FileSwapping

Sept 8, 2003 - On Sept. 3, the Universal Music Group (UMG) announcedthat it was cutting its wholesale prices and MSRP for music CDs to $13,from $17 to $19. UMG states that the reduced prices should appear asearly as Oct. 1.

UMG, a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal, is home to a number of recordlabels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&MRecords, Island Def Jam Music Group and Philips.

Research firm The Yankee Group states that the recent RIAA campaign topursue file swappers has resulted in a decline in peer-to-peer (P2P)file trading. In mid-June, the peak simultaneous users for Fastrack,the network that supports Kazaa and Grokster, averaged about 4.5million per day. By late August, the number had dropped to about 3.5million users. Although vacations may have been a factor, the majorityof this decline is likely because of the threat of a lawsuit from theRIAA.

However, the decline in CD sales accelerated during the period ofreduced P2P file trading. On June 15, prior to the RIAA�ssubpoena campaign, CD sales were down 6.1 percent year-to-date. In theseven weeks since launching the subpoena campaign, (June 15 to August3) the decline in CD sales has accelerated 54 percent. As of Aug. 3, CDsales are down 9.4 percent YTD.

RIAA Files 261 Lawsuits

Washington - Sept 8, 2003 - The Recording Industry Association ofAmerica (RIAA) has started its legal assault on audio file swappers byfiling 261 civil lawsuits. The suits accuse individuals of illegallydistributing copyrighted music through peer-to-peer networks.

The RIAA also announced that it has begun an amnesty program for thosewho voluntarily identify themselves and pledge to stop illegallysharing music on the Internet. The RIAA has stated that it willguarantee not to sue as-yet-unidentified (by the RIAA) file sharers whowill sign a notarized affidavit promising to respect recording-companycopyrights.

The RIAA states that the lawsuits were only filed against "substantial"violators, which the RIA defines as those who distributed an average1,000 or more copyrighted works. Swappers distributing files onnetworks Kazaa, Grokster, Imesh, Gnutella and Blubster were targeted inthis initial round. Under U.S. law, damages for copyright violationsrange from $750-$150,000 per copyrighted work infringed.

NAB Seeks Speaker Proposals forNAB2004

Washington, DC - Sept 8, 2003 - The National Association ofBroadcasters is seeking speaker proposals for the NAB2004 BroadcastEngineering Conference and NAB New Media Professionals Conference. Thedeadline for proposal submission for these two conferences at NAB2004is Oct. 17. Those interested in submitting proposals can do so onlineat

The Broadcast Engineering Conference presents the most recentdevelopments and changes impacting the broadcast industry, from digitaltelevision and radio implementation to digital encoding and decodingadvancement. The NAB New Media Professionals Conference provides anintensive educational overview of digital media creation, distributionand presentation from technical and business perspectives, in additionto the relationships among the various delivery platforms - broadcast,Internet, satellite, broadband, wireless and cable. The conference willoffer case studies on streaming media business models plus the latestnews regarding new media technologies and applications.

NAB2004 will be held April 17-22, 2004, in Las Vegas.


Harris Conducts DRM Tests inChina

IBC 2003, Amsterdam - Sept 12, 2003 - Harris has conducted China'sfirst over-the-air Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) digital audiobroadcasting demonstration on the medium-wave broadcast band. Thedemonstration, conducted in late August at the SARFT transmitter siteoutside of Beijing, showed that Harris DX Medium Wave radio transmittersystems can be converted quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

According to Don Spragg, director of high-power radio and programs forHarris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division, a Harris DX200,200kW transmitter was prepared for DRM transmission in less than anhour for an extended over-the-air DRM broadcast. "The testing purposewas two fold: to assist SARFT with the first MW DRM demonstration inChina; and to prove that Harris' DX line of 10kW through 2,000kWtransmitters operating in the field are DRM ready."

Orban Updates Mobile BroadcastLaboratory Tour

Tempe, AZ - Sep 2, 2003 - Orban/CRL has updated its schedule for theMobile Broadcast Laboratory USA Tour, which is taking place now throughlate November. New events include the SBE New York City chapter meetingon October 8, the SBE Cincinnati chapter meeting on October 16, and theSBE Salt Lake City chapter meeting on October 24.

Here is the updated tour schedule.

DateGroupLocationSep 15Madison SBEMadison, WISep 16MilwaukeeSBEMilwaukee,WISep 18Chicago SBEChicago, ILSep 22Detroit SBEDetroit, MIOct 1 - 3NAB Radio ShowPhiladelphia, PAOct 8New YorkSBENew York,NYOct 10 - 13115th AES conventionNew York, NYOct 14Cleveland/NE OhioSBECleveland,OHOct 16Cincinnati SBECincinnati, OHOct 20Kansas Association ofBroadcastersWichita, KSOct 22Denver SBEDenver, COOct 24Salt Lake CitySBESalt Lake City,UTOct 28Sacramento SBESacramento, CAOct 29San FranciscoSBESan Francisco,CAOct 30Fresno SBEFresno, CANov 11Los AngelesSBELos Angeles,CANov 12Inland Empire SBESan Bernardino/Riverside, CANov 19Phoenix SBEPhoenix, AZ

To arrange a tour date, contact David Rusch at 602-438-0888 or for moreinformation.

Mackie Designs Renamed LoudTechnologies

Woodinville, WA - Sept 7, 2003 � Mackie Designs has changedits corporate designation from Mackie Designs to Loud Technologies.This change is intended to eliminate confusion between corporateidentity and the brand that share the same name.

The company states that the transition from Mackie Designs to LoudTechnologies will take place over a period of weeks rather thandays.

Currently there are seven brands in the Loud Technologies portfolio:Mackie, the primary music-industry retail brand; Tapco, the entry-levelretail brand; EAW, the sound reinforcement and professional touringbrand; RCF, the commercial/industrial sound brand; RCF Precision, theOEM loudspeaker components brand; SIA Software, the sound systemmeasurement software brand; and Acuma Labs, the brand of embeddedsoftware applications for professional audio.

Loud Technologies will continue to be headquartered in Woodinville, WA,at the current Mackie Designs headquarters.

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Tascam Ships FW-1884

Montebello, CA - Sept 12, 2003 - Tascam�s FW-1884 DAW controlsurface and audio/MIDI interface is now shipping. Designed by Tascamand Frontier Design Group, the FW-1884 uses the Firewire high-speeddata transfer protocol and features an 18-channel audio interface,eight mic preamps, 4x4 MIDI interface and flexible editing and mixingcontrols.

Digigram Adds More LinuxSupport

Monbonnot, Fance - Sept 7, 2003 - Digigram has released a Linuxdriver under open source licensing for its miXart 8 and miXart 8AES/EBU multichannel sound cards. The driver follows the most advancedaudio standard for Linux called ALSA (Advanced Linux SoundArchitecture) and is available for download at

In March 2003, Digigram released a Linux driver for its VX222, VXpocketv2 and VXpocket 440 sound cards.

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