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NAB Announces Marconi Radio AwardWinners
Philadelphia - Oct 2, 2003 - The winners of the 2003 NAB MarconiRadio Awards were announced at the annual NAB Marconi Radio AwardsDinner and Show. The event was held in conjunction with the NAB RadioShow.
The awards recognize radio's outstanding personalities and stations in19 categories. An independent task force selected the finalists andballots were sent to members of the NAB Marconi Radio Awards SelectionAcademy in mid-August. The ballots were tabulated by RSMMcGladrey.
The winners are:
Legendary Station of the Year
WABC New York, NY
Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year
Sean Hannity, ABC Radio Networks
Major Market Station of the Year
KGO San Francisco, CA
Large Market Station of the Year
WMJI Cleveland, OH
Medium Market Station of the Year - Tie
WIBC Indianapolis, IN
WIVK Knoxville, TN
Small Market Station of the Year - Tie
KLVI Beaumont, TX
WCRZ Flint, MI
Major Market Personality of the Year
Ronn Owens, KGO San Francisco, CA
Large Market Personality of the Year
Preston Westmoreland, KTAR Phoenix, AZ
Medium Market Personality of the Year
Greg Garrison, WIBC Indianapolis, IN
Small Market Personality of the Year
Jim Kerr, KNCO-AM Grass Valley, CA
AC Station of the Year
KOIT San Francisco, CA
CHR Station of the Year
WSTR Atlanta, GA
Classical Station of the Year
KDFC San Francisco, CA
Country Station of the Year
KPLX Dallas, TX
News/Talk/Sports Station of the Year
WTMJ Milwaukee, WI
Oldies Station of the Year
KCMO-FM Kansas City, MO
Religious Station of the Year
KNOM Nome, AK
Rock Station of the Year
KQRS Minneapolis, MN
Urban Station of the Year
WVAZ Chicago, IL
Steve Harvey, comedian and host of Radio One's KKBT morning show,emceed the event and the show featured a performance by the NABbroadcaster band, The Formats. The Formats, produced by Jefferson-PilotRadio President Clarke Brown, featured Brown, ABC Radio's Mitch Dolanand Premiere Radio Networks' Gary Krantz on guitar; Urban RadioBroadcasting's Kevin Wagner and Coastal Broadcasting's Bob Maschio ondrums; Converge Media's John Martin on harmonica; Susquehanna's NormPhilips and Radio One's Jim Guinn on bass; The Wall Street JournalRadio Network's Ed Coury and Atlantic Records' Danny Buch on keyboard;Regent Communications' Fred Murr, Bonneville's Bruce Reese, R&R'sErica Farber and Hotchkiss Marketing Solutions' Dan Hotchkiss onvocals.
Former "Saturday Night Live" bandleader G.E. Smith served as themusical director and bandleader.
Media Ownership Hearing Slated forOct. 2
Washington - Oct 1, 2003 - Members of the U.S. Senate Committee onCommerce, Science and Transportation will hear testimony on evidence ofconcentration in various media markets and appropriate regulatorylimits on ownership. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2, 2003, at 9:30a.m.
Arbitron Conducts a PPM Pilot Study
New York - Sept 25, 2003 - By conducting a pilot study of the PPMmarketing panel in Philadelphia, Arbitron is hoping to assess thefeasibility of combining basic PPM radio and TV multimedia audiencemeasurement, with the collection of other media and marketinginformation, from a "single-source" panel of consumers.
The goal of the pilot study is to find out if panelists comply with thenew research program, if in-store media can be successfully encoded,does the PPM effectively measure shopping behavior and does thisresearch deliver value to marketers and retailers.
Beasley Integrates HD Radio inFlorida Stations
Miami, Boca Raton and Naples, FL - Oct 1, 2003 - Beasley BroadcastGroup, a large- and mid-size market radio broadcaster, has integratedHD Radio in five of its six radio stations in southeast Florida.
The digital broadcasts, powered by Ibiquity�s HD Radiotechnology, are now available at WKIS-FM Kiss Country (99.9MHz),Miami�s only country station; at WQAM-AM Sports Radio (560kHz),Miami�s sports-talk radio station; and at WWNN-AM (1,470kHz),WSBR-AM (740kHz) and WHSR-AM (980kHz) in Boca Raton. Benefits toconsumers who purchase receivers equipped with an HD Radio tunerinclude enhanced FM and AM sound fidelity, improved signal receptioncapabilities and data services such as song and artist information andweather and traffic alerts.
Seven Companies FullyIntegrated HD Radio
Philadelphia - Oct 2, 2003 - Seven principal suppliers of radiobroadcast systems have licensed and integrated the company�s dataservices technology for HD Radio broadcasting. The licensees areBroadcast Electronics, Dalet Digital Media Systems, D.A.V.I.D., DmarcNetworks, Enco Systems, Prophet Systems Innovations and RCS. With theaddition of the software to each company�s broadcastingtechnology, stations using these systems will be able to easilyintegrate automated text messaging, such as song and artistidentification, traffic and weather alerts into their HD Radiobroadcasts.
Ibiquity, Microspace Agreeto Partnership
Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Ibiquity Digital and CapitolBroadcasting-owned Microspace Communications, a business satellitebroadcasting network operator, have agreed to integrate HD Radio dataservices into Microspace�s Velocity satellite service. Theagreement will allow Microspace to deliver content and media viasatellite to stations broadcasting in HD Radio technology. Currently,Velocity delivers business music to more than 100 million people everyday.
The partnership between Ibiquity and Microspace will offer contentproviders an easy-to-use and reliable means for distributing contentdirectly to stations for real-time and archival insertion within theirHD Radio broadcasts.
More than 280 Stations haveLicensed HD Radio
Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Ibiquity Digital has announced thatmore than 280 radio stations encompassing more than 100 markets havelicensed the company�s technology and have begun HD Radiobroadcasting or are in the process of converting. These marketsrepresent more than 145 million listeners or nearly two-thirds of theArbitron-ranked, listening public.
Ibiquity Unveils Interfaceand Data Protocol
Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Ibiquity's Advanced Application Serviceapplication programming interface (AAS API) and version 1.0 of the HDBML (Broadcast Multimedia Language) protocol are now available.Together, HD BML and the AAS API will serve as the primary buildingblocks for developers creating multimedia programming and services thatuse the HD Radio technology.
The version 1.0 release of the HD BML protocol incorporates feedbackfrom broadcasters, receiver manufacturers and application developers,following the standard�s draft release for evaluation at theApril 2003 NAB convention. New features of version 1.0 include supportfor advanced multilevel advertising and informational services, uniformmethod for rendering various graphical and data formats and streamlineduser interaction and navigation techniques.
Harris, Orban Selected For IraqRebuilding Effort
Cincinnati - Sept 29, 2003 - Radio transmitters and relatedequipment from Harris will be used to help rebuild the communicationsinfrastructure of Iraq, bringing listeners news and entertainmentprogramming from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Radio SAWA,Radio Free Iraq and Voice of America broadcast services.
The contract, awarded to Harris by the BBG International BroadcastingBureau, includes Harris Quest-1 1kW FM radio transmitters, Z10FM 10kWFM radio transmitters and Z5FM 5kW FM radio transmitters, along withaccessories and additional equipment from Orban for various sites inIraq, including the city of Baghdad.
Harris recently created an Iraq Initiatives Office that pools theproducts and resources of its five communications businesses to addressthe business opportunities related to the rebuilding of Iraq. Headingthe company's new Iraq Initiatives program is managing director Youssef"Joe" Sleiman. Sleiman, who was born in Lebanon and educated in theUnited States, has been with Harris for 26 years in varying domesticand international positions.
Symetrix Plans Symnet BootCamp
Mountainlake Terrace, WA - Sept 26, 2003 - Symetrix will hold thefirst in a series of Boot Camp training seminars for its Symnet AudioMatrix system at the Symetrix headquarters in Mountlake Terrace on Nov.3 and 4. Symnet product manager Michael Worona will present a fullcurriculum that provides a thorough understanding of the Symnet familythrough multimedia presentations and hands-on training. Attendees canexpect to gain a much deeper insight into the theory and application ofdesigning, installing and operating a Symnet system over a wide rangeof scenarios.
The program is open to contractors and consultants interested inacquiring a more in-depth understanding of this powerful system.Attendees provide their own transportation to and from Seattle.Symetrix covers lodging. Personal laptops will be required. For moreinformation see www.symetrixaudio.com/symnet_web/index.htm.
Kenwood Ships First CommercialIBOC Tuners
Columbia, MD, and Long Beach, CA - Sept 25, 2003 - Kenwood hasdelivered the first commercial production run of 1,000 KTC-HR100 IBOCtuners. Ibiquity will be taking tuner pre-orders from broadcasters nextweek at the 2003 NAB Radio Show. The Kenwood KTC-HR100 tuners will beused by stations for internal listening and consumer awarenesspromotions. Additionally, Ibiquity will make a select number of IBOCtuners available to media for reviewer demonstrations. Shipment fromIbiquity of the KTC-HR100 tuners will coincide with an upgrade inOctober to Ibiquity's IBOC, branded HD Radio, software with the new HDCcodec. Retail availability of the KTC-HR100 tuner is anticipated at theInternational Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
HD Radio Live in Philadelphia
Columbia, MD - Sept 25, 2003 - The upcoming NAB Radio Show promisesto have several IBOC-related announcements and demonstrations. Theseinclude the following highlights:
- Three simultaneous demos will be featured at the Ibiquity booth,(#336)
- The Wall of Radios returns to the Ibiquity booth
- AM Listening Station showcasing the new HDC codec
- Preview of on-demand interactive audio features
- IBOC broadcasts from Beasley station WXTU-FM (92.5) and WWDB-AM(860)
- Broadcast Electronics will have IBOC listening demonstrations of theBeasley stations
- A preview and chance to order the Kenwood KTC-HR100 HD RadioTuner
IBOC will also be discussed in several sessions. See the SessionPreview in the September issue of Radio magazine of clickhere for the article online.
Philadelphia to Tune in IBOC
Philadelphia � Sept 25, 2003 � Philadelphia willspotlight IBOC broadcasts from two Beasley stations during the NABRadio Show. At booth 317 during the show, Broadcast Electronics willhave a Kenwood IBOC receiver tuned to 92.5 WXTU-FM to showcase thebroadcasts. WWDB-AM (860) will also transmit IBOC signals using aBroadcast Electronics ASI 10 IBOC signal generator and a Harris DX 10transmitter.
Beasley Broadcast Group is planning a media tour of WXTU�s studiothe Tuesday before the show. To reserve a space for the tour contactDenyse Mesnik at firstname.lastname@example.org 239-659-7303.
WXTU will transmit signals will be created through the low-levelcombining process with an FMi 1405 transmitter, an FXi 60 digitalexciter and an FSi 10 signal generator.
Nautel NA200 Goes into Servicewith DRM
The Nautel NA200 at VT Merlin�sOfordness transmitter site.
Hackett's Cove, NS - Sept 24, 2003 - A Nautel DRM-compatible NA200,200kW AM broadcast transmitter began DRM broadcast service today as VTMerlin Communications officially launched DRM service for the BBC WorldService. The NA200 was installed at VT Merlin's site on Orfordness,England, and was commissioned prior to the World RadiocommunicationsConference (WRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. It was put on the air with adigital signal at 1296kHz for the inaugural DRM broadcasts.
VT Merlin currently broadcasts DRM for six hours in the evening with ashort break for the AM analog service. The transmitter's coverageincludes Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg and Northern France during the dayand adds Germany at night.
The transmitter was configured for dual-mode operation to allow for DRMand conventional medium-wave AM.
Shure, Middle Atlantic Join StardrawWeblink
London - Sept 22, 2003 - Shure and Middle Atlantic Products haveendorsed Stardraw Weblink, the service from Stardraw that allowslinkage of Stardraw product symbols to any online data. These companiesjoin Audio-Technica US, BSS and TOA as early adopters of thisprogram.
Manufacturers enrolling in the Weblink program can embed custom datawithin the symbols that represent their products across the range ofStardraw design and documentation applications, including Stardraw.net.The custom links can point to simple Web pages or retrievesophisticated parameter-driven information.
Intelix Transfers Ferg to SalesForce
Middleton, WI - Oct 2, 2003 - Intelix, a U.S. manufacturer of audioand video hardware and software, has transferred Justin Ferg from itsApplication Engineering Department to its U.S. sales force. Ferg willserve as an inside sales engineer and primary sales representative forIndiana, Southern Illinois, metro St. Louis and most of Kentucky.
Previously, Ferg worked as an audio and video system installer withAudio Architects in Chippewa Falls, WI. Ferg has spent the last threeyears as working as an applications engineer designing matrix systems,and as a lead instructor in the Intelix Direct Connect Seminar Series,a program designed to educate audio and video dealers and consultantsabout A/V hardware and software, as well as the principles of A/Vdesign and installation.
Baumann to Leave NAB
Washington - Oct 2, 2003 - Jeff Baumann, head of NAB Legal andRegulatory Affairs, will retire in February 2004. As NAB executive vicepresident of legal and regulatory affairs, Baumann oversees a staff ofnine lawyers, support staff and the three-person Human ResourceDevelopment Department. Baumann and his department represent NAB beforethe FCC, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commerce Department'sNational Telecommunications and Information Administration, and incourt.
Harris Appoints Two DistrictSales Managers
Cincinnati - Oct 1, 2003 - Harris has appointed two new districtsales managers to the Harris Broadcast domestic radio sales team: JamesThomason and Chuck Johnston.
A radio, television and film graduate of Ball State University, JamesThomason rejoins Harris from Electronics Research, where he has beenSoutheast sales manager. Thomason is an eight-year Harris veteranworking as a Harris district sales manager for radio and as a digitalproduct specialist. He was a five-time sales award winner - includingthe Pinnacle of Excellence Award - during his previous Harris tenure.Thomason will be responsible for covering Alabama, Mississippi,Tennessee and South Carolina.
Chuck Johnston moves from his current position as Harris district salesmanager for television. He has been with Harris for the past five yearsworking as a manager, national accounts for TV broadcast groups and asa sales representative in the Harris Broadcast Center. Johnston is agraduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degreein Broadcast Communications. Johnston will be district sales managerfor Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Harris Names Huttenburg asVP of Sales, Marketing
Cincinnati - Sept 30, 2003 - Harris has appointed Debra BuckHuttenburg as vice president of sales and marketing for Harris'Broadcast Communications Division. In this role, she will beresponsible for all of the division's sales and marketing effortsincluding international, domestic and enterprise efforts. Huttenburgwill be based in Cincinnati.
Most recently, Huttenburg served as vice president, businessdevelopment, at Channel Master, responsible for the global sales,program management, marketing and customer service teams. Prior toChannel Master, she served as president at Galaxy Engineering Services,a division of American Tower, where she held responsibility for thedivision's sales, strategic accounts and operational efforts. The 12years prior, she served in various roles at Andrew, serving aspresident, Antenna Systems, from 1997 - 2000.
Before joining Andrew, Huttenburg began her career at Harris BroadcastCommunications, working in several sales-related functions, untilbecoming a district sales manager for Radio Broadcast Products.
Huttenburg received a Bachelor's degree in International Business fromQuincy University and a Master's of Business Administration fromWestern Illinois University.
Parke Joins Easi-SetIndustries
Midland, VA - Sept 19, 2003 - Jeff Park has joined Easi-SetIndustries, an architectural concrete precaster, as general manager.Most recently, Parke was president of Hydrolab of Austin, TX. Hydrolabhad been a member company of the UK-based Viridor environmentalinstrumentation group. Prior to that, Parke served as vice president ofoperations with Great Lakes Instruments International of Milwaukee,WI.
Enco Systems Adds to Domestic SalesTeam
Southfield, MI - Sept 25, 2003 - Enco Systems has hired Martin Burnsas the sales director for the Southeast United States.
Burns, most recently with 360 Systems as eastern regional salesmanager, has a long track record in the broadcast and professionalaudio industry. In 1984 he joined Harrison Systems, where he wasinstrumental in establishing its presence in the broadcast market.While at Harrison, Burns advanced to the position of vice president. Hethen joined Siemens Audio, the American arm of AMS-Neve, as generalmanager for the central region in 1993. After three years placinglarge-scale digital mixing consoles and workstations, Burns joined astart-up, Fostex R and D as the Foundation workstation was hitting themarket.
Burns will be based in Nashville, TN, and will be responsible for salesin the southeast region of the United States for Enco in the radio,television and fixed sound markets.
Harris Appoints Pannell asDSM
Cincinnati - Sept 26, 2003 - Harris Corporation's BroadcastCommunications Division has hired Montana-native Chris Pannell as BCDdistrict sales manager for the United States radio sales team. He willbe responsible for the Northwest sales territory for Alaska,Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
Pannell recently joined Harris from Cutthroat Communications and AlaskaWireless Cable, a Boseman, Montana-based company specializing inproviding secure, IP-based, network services where he was director ofsales and business development. While in this position, Pannell wasresponsible for managing and supervising the Cutthroat sales team.Prior to Cutthroat, Pannell was the business development manager forTargetFirst, a Santa Clara, CA, company that was an industry leader inprivate label customer profiling and ad targeting software.
Pannell is a graduate of Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, with aB.S. degree in Scientific Economics. He is currently enrolled in theUniversity of Denver, Denver, CO, and is working toward a MastersDegree in Telecommunications.
Huang Joins Andrew
Orland Park, IL - Sept 24, 2003 - J.C. Huang, Ph.D. has joinedAndrew in the new role of chief technology and strategy officer. Inthis position, Huang will provide overall technology leadership for thecompany and oversee the development of corporate strategy.
Huang has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless industry,having worked as technologist, management consultant and venturecapitalist. Most recently, he was a managing director and generalpartner of Ericsson Venture Partners. Prior to that, he was director ofwireless ventures at Lucent's New Ventures Group. In these positions,he helped create several wireless industry start-up companies. From1996 to 1998, he was a management consultant with McKinsey providingstrategic advisory services to wireless companies.
Prior to these business roles, Huang worked as a physicist andelectrical engineer, researching next-generation electronic and opticalcomponents, designing digital and analog integrated circuits, andbuilding modules and subsystems for wireless data networks. As aprincipal scientist at Raytheon's Research Division, where he workedfrom 1987 to 1994, he managed several wireless technology programs andled research in radio frequency and microwave solid-state electronicdevices. In his early career, he held engineering roles at Westinghouseand Alpha Industries.
Huang holds a B.A. in physics from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. inapplied physics from Cornell University, and an MBA in finance from theWharton School.
Gould Joins Moseley
Santa Barbara, CA - Sept 23, 2003 � Moseley has appointed BillGould as broadcast sales engineer. Gould comes to Moseley from Harris,where he was product manager responsible for the Intraplex products fordigital audio, voice and data transport. Gould has also been active inIBOC development and has participated in IBOC manufacturer�sforums.
Gould began his career in broadcasting nearly 30 years ago and hasserved in station management and technical capacities. He was stationmanager for a pair of suburban Boston AM and FM radio stations for manyyears. Just prior to his work with Intraplex, he held the position ofsales manager for Burk Technology. He has also worked as a broadcastengineer for New England-area radio stations and broadcast consultingfirms. He holds a BS in Business Administration and a CommunicationsElectronics Certificate.
Omnia Releases Omnia-6Software
Cleveland - Oct 1, 2003 - Omnia Audio now offers a software upgradefor users of the Omnia-6 family of audio processors: Version 7.0. Someof the new features found in Version 7.0 software include enhancedprocessing algorithms, an extended bass management section and controlmenus and support.
Harris, BE Provide HDC Codecfor IBOC
Philadelphia - Oct 1, 2003 - Harris Corporation's BroadcastCommunications Division began shipping the new Ibiquity HDC digitalaudio codec for every Harris Dexstar HD Radio exciter. BroadcastElectronics will also be shipping units with the HDC codec. BE willupdate its generator product line and begin mailing to radio stations asoftware upgrade with the new HDC codec as early as this fall.
The Harris Broadcast engineering team participated in recent HDCdemonstrations and conducted listening tests of demanding voice andmusic material. According to Harris, the HDC codec addresses theremaining industry concerns about audio quality at lower bit-rates.
Mackie Releases DreamverbPlug-in
Woodinville, WA - Sept 23, 2003 - Mackie and Universal Audio havereleased Dreamverb, a powered plug-in for the Mackie UAD-1 DSP card. Tointroduce the product, Mackie is offering the plug-in free of chargefor 30 days for all registered UAD-1 owners. The plug-in can bedownloaded from from the Mackie website.
Vizuall Updates Scheduall
Hollywood, FL - Sept 22, 2003 - The Scheduall system serves as acentralized information source that helps broadcast and mediafacilities gain complete control of its key business areas. Thesoftware is a complete scheduling and operation management solutionthat manages personnel and equipment scheduling, billing, library andarchiving management, and tracks use of resources & costs, andoffers detailed reporting capability.
Version 4.40 of Scheduall increases performance and feature sets. Someof the new features include greater control over existing modules suchas pricing and discounting, work order processing, personnel timemanagement and more project-based reports. Improvements have also beenmade in the processing of large amounts of data. The program hasstreamlined a number of its modules to increase the programs efficiencyin processing data. Enhancements in the Developers Toolkit includegiving users greater control of screen layouts. Other features includegiving the user the ability to create pick lists, configurable browsercolumns and improved browser navigation. Improved troubleshootingability and security and control features have also been added.