WASHINGTON, D.C. — The NAB, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) and National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) late yesterday (1/10) filed a reply brief with the D.C. Federal Appeals Court in response to the FCC’s opposition to the group’s stay request of an FCC order mandating disclosures for foreign government-sponsored programming pending judicial review.
What do the groups have to say now on the matter?
TORONTO — It’s been a not-so-dissimilar family battle to the storyline of acclaimed HBO comedy-drama Succession, which centers on a highly dysfunctional dynasty at one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates.
On Monday (1/10), the future of Rogers Communications entered a new chapter, as the company now under the control of founder Ted Rogers’ son, Edward, selected its new President/CEO.
Lawo has announced the end of production of its DALLIS modular I/O system and related cards and components.
“Lawo AG presented the DALLIS platform to the public for the first time in 2002,” the company wrote in an email to customers.
“Since then, the DALLIS interface was Lawo’s highly respected primary I/O system due to its flexibility, modularity and quality. Over the years, DALLIS frames interfaced to Lawo audio products via three different backbone technologies, ATM, MADI and Ravenna, and has supported almost 90 different I/O card options.”
With the introduction of the A_UHD Core Phase 2 architecture in late 2020, DALLIS approached the end of its life as an I/O device.
“For existing mc2, Radio and Routing installations that utilize DALLIS, there is a last-time buy window until June 30, 2022,” the company continued.
“Lawo’s service team will continue to support all DALLIS installations based on the final software release for each of the various products using DALLIS.” It noted that “due to increasing complexity in supply chain,” its support team will only be able to service DALLIS with components still in stock. “Supplies of replacement components will be limited to stock on hand. Limited numbers of products for replacement might also be available until end of stock.”
DALLIS stood for “Digital And Line Level Interface System.”
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Adams Radio Group has named Nick Brino as vice president and general manager of its stations in Tallahassee, Fla.
Brino is former market manager for Forever Media in Havre de Grace, Md. He also has worked for Cumulus and Salem Media, the latter as a general sales manager — in New York for WMCA(AM) and WNYM(AM), and in Washington for WAVA(AM/FM).
Brino replaces Jason Lamp, who is pursuing station ownership opportunities. The Tallahassee cluster comprises WXTY(FM), WWOF(FM), WQTL(FM) and WHTF(FM).
Ron Stone is CEO of Adams Radio Group.
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Josh Reiss has begun his term as the new president of the Audio Engineering Society.
He succeeds Jonathan Wyner, who said Reiss “brings a deep knowledge of audio technology coupled with an appetite for innovation.”
“The field of audio engineering is changing fast,” Reiss wrote in his president’s message. “Machine learning is introducing changes to almost every facet of our lives, the music industry continues to undergo rapid innovation and professionals continually require training in new technologies and workflows.
“The AES understands and embraces this need to adapt. Handled well, these changes can bring new and better audio, as well as a more inclusive and diverse field, encouraging talent, creativity and innovation from all walks of life. However, to say that we have challenges would be an understatement.”
The society has posted the text of his president’s message.
Reiss is a professor with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London.
Over 15 years of involvement with the society, Reiss has been vice-chair of its Publications Policy Committee, co-chair of the Technical Committee on High-Resolution Audio, and a former governor of the society.
In 2007 he was general chair of the 31st AES Conference, “New Directions in High Resolution Audio,” and in 2009 he was general secretary of the 35th AES International Conference, “Audio for Games.” He served on the organizational team for several AES International Conventions, including the role of chair of the 128th. He also has won several AES honors.
He has published more than 150 scientific papers, authored the book Working with the Web Audio API and co-authored the books Intelligent Music Production and Audio Effects: Theory, Implementation and Application.
“As coordinator of the EASAIER project, he led an international consortium working to improve access to sound archives in museums, libraries and cultural heritage institutions,” AES wrote. “He is co-founder of the start-up company LandR, providing intelligent tools for audio production, and Tonz, providing neural network-based audio effects. Another start-up based on his team’s research, Nemisindo, has recently launched an online service for procedural sound design and the Nemisindo Action Pack of fully procedural audio plugins for sound effect creation in Epic Game’s Unreal Engine.”
LOS ANGELES — It’s considered to be a leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media industries, thanks in large part to MediaPulse, which provides scheduling, automation, asset management, billing and cost recovery for broadcasters, media services companies and transmission facilities.
As of today, it is now owned by a San Francisco-based software-focused private equity firm.
Banneker Partners on December 30 moved ahead with its acquisition of Xytech.
Speaking of the transaction, Banneker CEO Richard Gallagher said, “When I created Xytech, my primary goal was to bring facility management into the next generation to help media facilities — both large and small — be more efficient and productive. For more than three decades, this has been Xytech’s focus, and we are proud of what we have accomplished.”
Gallagher cited Banneker’s investment focus on software products aimed at specific verticals and its willingness “to invest to scale operational delivery, product innovation and sales and marketing.”
He added, “It is the perfect partner for Xytech’s next stage of growth.”
Banneker Partners’ Kenneth Frank commented, “We see this as a strategic investment to accelerate Xytech’s ability to enhance their solution offering and operational delivery capabilities in this key market segment. We look forward to working alongside Richard and the rest of the management team to strengthen the company’s customer penetration and market reach.”
Xytech says its customers can expect “a seamless transition.”
— RBR+TVBR West Coast Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mark your calendars for today at 1pm Eastern.
Thanks when global tech trade association ITI will host FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks for a virtual discussion devoted to modernizing digital infrastructure in the U.S.
The Democratic Commission plans to share how the U.S. government can work with domestic industry to ensure effective and timely deployment of infrastructure funding.
The event, part of ITI’s Bridge for Innovation series, will also feature industry leaders and ITI member companies from Cisco, Corning, Equinix and Qualcomm.
“The passage of the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act brings with it billions in new investments in the U.S. for expanding broadband and closing the digital divide, improving our cybersecurity defenses, enhancing government digital services, and much more,” ITI notes. “But how can this funding be allocated to ensure that the largest infrastructure bill in recent history is delivering its full benefits to all Americans?”
That’s a question Starks plans to address.
The event will also feature industry leaders who will discuss modernizing digital infrastructure and providing secure connectivity to all Americans. Panelists will include Alissa Cooper, VP and CTO for Technology Policy for Cisco Systems; Jon Lin, EVP & General Manager of Data Center Services for Equinix; Dr. Durga Malladi, SVP & GM of 5G, Mobile Broadband & Infrastructure for Qualcomm Technologies; and Jason Zelley, Market Development Manager of Carrier Networks and Emerging Accounts for Corning Incorporated.
Additional details and registration information are available here.
You’ve likely heard of Tesla vehicles and perhaps the Nissan Leaf, in particular if you’ve spent time on Maui. Introducing the Lucid Air luxury electric vehicle.
For owners of a Lucid automobile, there’s one added dashboard benefit that’s on the way. And, it comes courtesy of a new arrangement between Lucid and a Nielsen-owned smart radio platform.
“Innovative and intuitive audio features” are on the way to Lucid Air vehicles, courtesy of Nielsen’s Gracenote. “By integrating Gracenote’s Smart Radio data and technology solutions, Lucid’s elegant entertainment interface will seamlessly connect drivers and passengers to audio content from a range of sources to optimize the in-car entertainment experience,” Nielsen boasts.
Specifically, Gracenote’s Radio Station ID will be employed in-dash across all Lucid vehicles.
This serves to simplify radio station selection and enable browsing lists and station categories, Nielsen’s Gracenote notes.
Gracenote powers the connected car experience for over 120 million cars on the road today.
— RBR+TVBR West Coast Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. — PILOT, NAB‘s technology innovation initiative, is now accepting submissions for the PILOT Innovation Challenge through 5pm Eastern on Monday, January 31. The program will provide mentorship and promotion to winning proposals, along with an opportunity to demonstrate their products at the 2022 NAB Show.
This year’s challenge is seeking startups and growing companies providing products that help address some of the key challenges and opportunities facing broadcasters over the next two to three years. The challenge is specifically seeking products or prototypes that align with three new focus areas of the 2022 NAB Show associated with the content lifecycle.
These areas are:
- “Create”: Focused on content creation from pre-production to post, including the latest tools and advanced workflow options to elevate storytelling.
- “Capitalize”: Focused on reach and ROI, including next-generation technologies creating new revenue streams and fueling the content economy.
- “Connect”: Focused on content distribution and delivery, from cloud computing to new media infrastructure.
“The Innovation Challenge presents a showcase for the cutting-edge ideas and innovations that can transform how broadcasters do business and serve their communities,” said PILOT Executive Director John Clark. “This year’s program aligns with NAB Show’s focus on the three main pillars of today’s content ecosystem as we provide renewed opportunities to help broadcasters evolve and adapt.”
Individuals, teams, companies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply subject to the Challenge’s official rules of participation. Up to 10 finalists will be selected by a panel of industry experts by early March, with up to three winning proposals being announced the week of March 28, 2022. Participants can review the judging criteria on the PILOT website.
Winners will be selected to receive relevant mentorship, feedback, numerous opportunities to engage with broadcasters and a trip to the annual NAB Show, held April 23-27, 2022 in Las Vegas. They will be provided exhibit space on the NAB Show floor to demonstrate their prototype to potential customers, investors and partners.
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MIAMI BEACH, FLA. — South Florida has the Brightline high-speed rail service. Now, its beach cities have Breezeline to add to the mix.
No, it’s not a new train service, although Miami Beach could use one to connect it to downtown Miami. Rather, it is the new name for the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, today owned by Canadian multimedia company Cogeco.
No, we’re not talking about stations tied in some way to Bobby Vinton but, rather, the town of Vinton, Va. Here, an AM radio station with an FM translator are heading to a new owner, pending FCC approval.
NEW YORK — Emerson Coleman, the SVP/Programming at Hearst Television, is retiring in summer 2022. His successor has just been named, and it is the person who is joining the operation to serve as VP/Programming under Coleman, who will guide her until he says farewell.
NEW YORK — Discovery, Inc. has become a minority owner of OpenAP, the advanced advertising company serving the television industry.
Discovery joins FOX, NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS in the joint venture.
The investment signals an expansion of Discovery’s existing relationship with OpenAP, having integrated with OpenID in April 2021 and more recently partnering with OpenAP on the launch of XPm, the TV publisher backed cross-platform measurement framework.
“The commitment to OpenAP furthers Discovery’s strategy of building a technical framework that enables cross-platform audience-based buying and creating collaborative support for alternative currency standards,” OpenAP says, adding that it will help further its ability to grow the overall market for audience-based advertising ‘and expand the breadth and scale of its services across cross-platform identity, measurement and planning.”
Discovery Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer Jon Steinlauf and Jim Keller, EVP/Digital Ad Sales and Advanced Advertising, will each represent the company on OpenAP’s Board of Directors.
Additionally, Discovery will be able to contribute to OpenAP’s corporate strategy and product roadmap, while gaining further operational and technical efficiencies by activating audiences centrally through OpenAP.
“Discovery is excited to take an active role shaping the future of advanced audience buying,” Keller said. “Given our current momentum, influence and growth of audience-based sales, we believe Discovery can help further the work OpenAP has been doing to initiate meaningful change in the market.”
OpenAP works with more than 100 advertisers following the 2019 launch of the OpenAP Market with centralized advanced audiences able to be distributed to all national TV publishers regardless of platform.
“There is no denying that automotive dealers have been on a wild ride over the past two years, bouncing from one extreme to another,” says local advertising analyst Gordon Borrell.
A new report from his Borrell Associates recounts the events from the last 24 months that have changed the automotive advertising environment and previews what is to come.
LOS ANGELES — In 1997, a trio of Class A FM radio stations at 92.7 MHz entered into a “trimulcast,” in a bid to serve the entire Los Angeles DMA. At first it was “Lite.” Then, it was “Jill,” the cheeky female response to first-adjacent Adult Hits “JACK FM.”
Today, two of those three stations remain and serve as Southern California’s home for Educational Media Foundation‘s Worship Music-focused Air1 noncommercial network. Until recently, however, the same issues that plagued the former formats for this facility remained — poor penetration in central Los Angeles.
That issue has now been resolved, thanks to an FM translator and the use of GeoBroadcast Solutions’ MaxxCasting system.
A “Common” settlement reached in 2019 is also an important factor for EMF.
Why does Gray Television have an interest in a low-power television station licensed to a self-described “beautiful small town nestled in the hills of Southern Middle Tennessee?”
The fact that Lewisburg, Tenn., is an hour south of Music Row has everything to do with the broadcast TV company’s latest LPTV investment.
As some three dozen lucky radio industry cognoscenti gathered in Las Vegas on January 6 to enjoy the 2022 Consumer Electronics and QR Code Showcase in Sin City, a veteran radio industry professional widely known for creating Classic Rock as an answer to hair-band free playlists fired off a fiery blog post that lambasted radio for shooting itself in the foot.
What was the problem? For the week ending January 2, 2022, Media Monitors’ Spot Ten Radio report showed Sirius XM accounting for some 33,794 spots aired across the AM and FM stations it tracks.
The latest Spot Ten Radio reports shows that it was likely a one-time deal, as the satellite radio company was absent from the top 10 for the week ending January 9.
Still, the presence of Sirius XM during that end-of-year week when subscription renewals are important is, in Fred Jacobs‘ view, a huge error in judgement, or perhaps a tremendous blunder.
We respectfully disagree and see no reason to panic and fret over radio advertisements designed to bring more attention to audio content. After all, it is Radio that allowed Sirius XM to even exist.
Stormin Protection Products President John Pecore said the Optelator — a fiber optic isolator that eliminates grounding differentials between equipment and demark ground, protecting against direct lightning strikes on phone lines — has been discontinued.
A common application in broadcasting is to protect lines that serve remote monitors at transmitter sites. It also has uses in the automated milking industry — where remote monitoring equipment often suffers from poor connections — and in the military and homeland security, where Optelator protected inexpensive fax machines, copiers and printers, as well as provided isolated phone lines to silos and other military missile launching sites.
John Pecore blamed three factors for the decision: the pandemic, which he said has caused a 65 percent loss of business; increased pressure from his suppliers for parts orders in larger quantities; and a dramatic decline of demand for this kind of product.
“The phone hardline industry has crashed and burned [while] wireless is alive and well,” he said.
In fact the product was scheduled to be discontinued in the late 1990s, but Pecore said a review that appeared at the time in Radio World was followed by a rush of interest. “This product became a great success in your industry, and has been depended upon in radio for many years.”
The company will continue to support users of the Optelator II and the early-generation Optilator with repair services, and can rebuild or replace PC boards, at least until the supply chain has dried up. But no more brand-new units are available.
“Sometimes progress destroys the old, and brings in the new. It is the end of life as we know it for the hardline phone line,” Pecore said.
“One last final words for the radio broadcast industry: Thank you.”
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Educational Media Foundation is using a new and unusual FM translator installation so that more people around Los Angeles can hear its Air1 Radio Network Christian worship format.
GeoBroadcast Solutions said EMF is using a MaxxCasting system to expand the signal quality and audience reach of two FM stations through the installation of a translator in downtown Los Angeles. The technology company said EMF has increased its potential listenership by as much as 4 million.
“KYRA(FM), broadcasting to the north of the city in Ventura and L.A. Counties, and KYLA(FM), broadcasting from Orange County in the south, had been simulcasting the Air1 signal on the 92.7 frequency but weren’t reaching the densely populated downtown and neighborhoods of the city,” GBS explained in its press release.
“Through the innovative installation of a co-channel translator on the AON Center building, GBS engineers were able to bridge the gap between the two coverage areas and built a continuous signal that now stretches across 110 miles.”
MaxxCasting is a booster-based system that uses a cluster of directionalized, synchronized node sites to reduce interference between a station’s main and booster transmissions. But this configuration did not involve a node/booster at all; it relied on moving the translator to the Aon Building and synchronizing the two main stations.
GBS quoted EMF Senior Broadcast Engineer Shane Toven saying, “Since we’ve owned the stations, our challenge has been connecting the two signals and providing continuous coverage between our co-channel signals, which conventional boosters and repeaters were not able to provide.”
Many engineers are familiar with programmable keypads, sometimes referred to as X-keys, used for shortcuts to computer software. A gaming company called Elgato has taken the idea a step further with something called Stream Deck.
This is a hardware box with buttons that simply connects to a computer (Mac or Windows) via a USB port. There are no additional power requirements or anything else but the USB cable.
This content creation controller is aimed at the new world of video streamers: “Streamline your setup! Elgato Game Capture, OBS, Twitch, Twitter, TipeeeStream, XSplit, YouTube and more — Stream Deck integrates your tools and automatically detects your scenes, media and audio sources, enabling you to control them with a quick tap of a key.”
But there’s plenty here that a radio person can put to good use.
With three sizes, you can have a 32-button, 15-button or small six-button version of the Stream Deck.
Utilizing its software (a free download from its site), you can easily create shortcuts and macros to allow this device to control the computer, connected hardware or software.The author’s Stream Deck with custom buttons
Making this more visually appealing and user-intuitive is that the keys are backed by full color LCD graphic displays. You can place JPGs or animated GIFs on the key faces to represent functions or software.
I’ve found nothing that requires special formatting or specific resolutions for the images or animated GIFs, they just load and work. There are even plug-ins that allow the animation to represent everything from audio levels, clocks, current weather info (as a weather graphic).
The buttons can be used to bring up a website, a web stream or nearly anything the computer can do on its own. You can even turn the Stream Deck into an instant audio clip player, as its software allows you to load audio files that are quickly and instantly recalled via the button (and output on the computer’s sound card).
Stream Deck integrates with Elgato’s product ecosystem (for functions like controlling Wave Link audio software, turning on/off Key Lights or capturing console gameplay via the Game Capture line of HDMI capture cards).
With a publicly available SDK, anyone can build plugins for Stream Deck; there are many available that integrate with products from NVIDIA, Spotify, Philips and Corsair’s iCUE ecosystem.
Voicemod has a plugin in the Stream Deck store that enables Stream Deck users to control the Voicemod software; this allows an audio input to the computer (like a USB mic) to be changed using the “Voice Changer.”
And while 32 buttons gives a lot of options, you can have one button to act like a shift or control key to take you to a new layer/page of presets, thus increasing choices.
Since the Stream Deck has no GPIO interface, for the device to control hardware, either that hardware must have software on the PC, or another device (like a USB to GPIO adapter) would be needed.
Elgato is a company that focuses on gaming, but its technology has some enticing possibilities when tied into radio broadcasting, webcasting or video for radio when interfacing into the workflow of a radio station.Stream Deck icon library
On testing Stream Deck, I was successful in controlling BSI’s Simian automation software, opening Adobe Audition and quickly recalling effects and settings. I was also able to load audio (from music to SFX) and activate equipment off and mic mute buttons. In addition it can display currently playing audio represented by a horizontal bar graph meter. You can have a combined analog/digital clock displayed as a button (accurate with the computer), and even a button that updates the temperature and current weather graphic (displayed on the button).
It’s easy to use and lots of fun. I suspect other users, including the creative geniuses working for morning shows, might make this do even more cool things.
Elgato is based in Germany and California. Founded in 1999, it was acquired in 2018 by Corsair Gaming Inc.
Stream Deck XL (32 buttons) lists for $249.99. Stream Deck (15 buttons) is $149.99 and Stream Deck Mini (six buttons) is $79.99.
Also available is Stream Deck Mobile software for smartphones (Apple and Android), with a 30-day free trial, then $2.99 a month or $24.99 a year for a subscription. For info see www.elgato.com/en.
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