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Inside the June 19th Issue of RW

Radio World - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:24

The U.S. commercial radio industry is divided on whether the FCC should change radio ownership limits, but NAB maintained a firm tone in its comments on the debate, excerpts of which we share here. We also highlight Radio World’s Best of Show at NAB Show winners. And the issue features two examples of how radio may attract the next generation of talent and engineers.

Q&A
BE Seeks “New Beginning” With Elenos

Peter Conlon dishes on how the integration is going since the Elenos Group acquired Broadcast Electronics in 2018.

STUDENT RADIO
Grant Helps Dunnellon Tigers Growl

Audio engineer-turned-reading teacher Barry Carrus uses a high school streamer to build students’ oratory confidence.

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Seton Hall Student TAPped for Apprenticeship

Radio World - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 08:27

This article was originally published on the website of Seton Hall University’s college of communication and the arts.

Rachel Haggerty in Las Vegas at NAB Show is pictured on the show floor, where she spoke with vendors about new technology in the broadcast field.

Rachel Haggerty, a student in the visual and sound media program within the Seton Hall University College of Communication and the Arts, was recently accepted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Technology Apprenticeship Program, a competitive opportunity that accepts less than 10 applicants nationwide.

Over six months, students in the program are exposed to the broadcast engineering and technology industry through a series of activities that refine their skills and prepare them for successful careers post-graduation. Key highlights include placement in a two-month, hands-on apprenticeship at a radio or television station and educational training for the Society of Broadcast Engineers’ exam, taken to become a Certified Broadcast Technologist.

“I was beyond excited when I found out I was accepted to the program,” said Haggerty. “I applied right away when the applications were sent out. The program is incredibly detailed, and I’m looking forward to really understanding the field and figuring out how I will best fit in the role of a future engineer.”

TAP participants, including Haggerty, toured the NBC studio in Las Vegas.

She is one of four students selected for this year’s cohort. TAP was an ideal fit for Haggerty, who is heavily involved in the technical operations department at WSOU(FM) 89.5, the university’s radio station.

“One of the most important parts of radio is the technology. If something goes wrong, the engineer steps in to troubleshoot. This program will help me become that person in one of my favorite environments, the radio station,” said Haggerty.

OUT IN THE FIELD

In April, Haggerty traveled to Las Vegas for the NAB Show, an annual gathering of over 90,000 industry professionals discussing the latest happenings in the industry. There, she joined sessions on career opportunities for broadcast engineers, learned about current trends and attended events on Women in Technology and the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference.

During the show, she visited a remote broadcast truck and was able to view the technology used by professionals in the field.

Outside of the show, Rachel also toured the studios of NBC with her fellow TAP participants.

“Radio and TV stations, as well as networks and production companies, are all facing a shortage of broadcast engineers and broadcast technologists and TAP is helping to address this problem,” said Mark Maben, general manager of WSOU. “I am extremely proud of Rachel for being accepted into this prestigious program. She is bright, creative, hardworking and exactly the type of broadcast engineer our industry needs right now and in the decades ahead.”

The program also exposes students to various professional opportunities, including networking.

At present, Haggerty is participating in a summer apprenticeship, where she will work hands-on at WAXQ(FM) in New York. In the past, participants have worked in organizations including iHeartRadio, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Ion Media Networks and more.

Haggerty on the job at her internship at WAXQ(FM) in New York.

During the show, she also visited a remote broadcast truck and was able to view the technology used by professionals in the field.

While Haggerty has already gained experience in the field through her work in the station at WSOU, as well as in the classroom and television studio during her visual and sound media classes, she’s eager to learn more.

[Impressions on the Job From a 2018 TAP Participant]

“One thing that sets me apart from the engineering field is the sheer amount of communication work I’ve done,” she noted. “I’ve entered the program with the education of someone in news and sportscasting, rather than just a technology education. The hands-on training is going to be my favorite part because I’ll be observing established engineers and trying things myself.”

The program will conclude in September, finishing with a two-day learning conference at the NAB headquarters in Washington, D.C., with educational sessions from the NAB’s technology department, active broadcast engineers and the Leadership Foundation.

For more information about the visual and sound media program in Seton Hall University’s college of communication and the arts, contact Associate Dean Thomas Rondinella at thomas.rondinella@shu.edu.

For information about WSOU, email General Manager Mark Maben at mark.maben@shu.edu.

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Podcast #198 – Defending Human Rights with Radio in Honduras

Radio Survivor - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 23:59

In June 2009 a coup d’etat overthrew Honduras’ democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, human rights conditions in that country have deteriorated. Radio has become a vital organizing tool for defending the rights of indigenous people and fighting environmental destruction, while providing needed information and education to people in rural areas.

In April of this year Meredith Beeson and Ellen Knutson traveled to Honduras with a delegation from the Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective. As part of their solidarity work with human rights groups and environmental activists who are experiencing political repression, they also visited community radio stations that are providing critical information lifelines. Meredith is a community radio producer at KRSM in South Minneapolis, MN, who also worked with print and radio journalists on an earlier delegation. She and Ellen join the show to tell us about what’s happening in Honduras, and the important role of radio.

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REPLY TO COMMENTS filed in 19-3 : Reexamination of the Comparative Standards and Procedures for Licensing Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Stations and Low Power FM Stations

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Proceeding(s): 19-3 : Reexamination of the Comparative Standards and Procedures for Licensing Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Stations and Low Power FM Stations

Filers(s): NCE Licensees

Lawfirm(s): Gray Miller Persh LLP

Comment Type: REPLY TO COMMENTS

Date Received: 6/18/2019

Date Posted: 6/18/2019

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Nielsen’s Kelly Brands Radio as “Original Electronic Media”

Radio World - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:20

Despite increasing media and platform diversification, the numbers are still looking good for radio, according to Nielsen in its report “Audio Today 2019.”

Released this week and subtitled “How America Listens,” the report presents an optimistic and surprisingly steady picture for broadcasters.

Copyright Nielsen

In the introduction, Nielsen Audio Managing Director Brad Kelly calls terrestrial radio “the original electronic media” and “the load-bearing wall in audio’s house.” However, Kelly highlights radio’s dominance in the dashboard as a crucial element of radio’s “continued success and resiliency.”

Among its findings:

Commute listening strongly drives radio use during the week, peaking for adults around the beginning and end of the work day (8 a.m. and 5 p.m.), and for teens and the open and close of school (7 a.m. and 3 p.m.). On weekends, both adults and teenagers tend to listen more in the middle of the day, presumably while running errands or traveling to activities.

Although the report says only 64% of radio listening on Saturday and Sunday is done while out of the home, 79% of that out-of-home weekend listening is done in the car. Compare that with the nearly three-quarters of listeners who tune in during the workday (35% listen during the day) or weekday commutes (71% listen in the car).

These numbers are a good reminder why OTA radio’s future position in the auto is already a source of angst for industry prognosticators, who see the digital dash as a potential threat.

[Related story: Nielsen: “Diverse Audiences Are Big With Radio”]

But back to the good news.

Among adults (considered 18 and older by Nielsen), radio still dominates in both monthly and weekly reach. On the monthly end, radio use was followed somewhat closely by live/DVR television, then trailed by smartphone apps/web access. User interactions with computers, tablets and other internet-connected devices offered no real challenge.

For more granularity, 92% of the adult U.S. population listens to radio on a weekly basis. Only 87% claim the same for television. Interestingly, the 35-49 demographic had the highest percentage of radio listeners at 94%, while the 18-34 age group was the least heavy traditional TV watchers at 75%. Smartphones, TV-connected devices and tablets all appear to be on the upswing, but are no real challenges for radio or television as of 2019.

Read the full report online here.

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Arista Corp. Unveils Apollo Duo AoIP Line

Radio World - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:28

Arista Corp. has introduced its new Apollo Duo audio over IP product group — an analog audio to Dante interface, Dante to analog audio interface, and a sync interface.

The Apollo Duo ARS-0200-A00 two-channel analog audio to Dante interface allows users to connect legacy audio gear to a Dante network, so that two channels of analog audio can be integrated into a Dante network.

Conversely, the Apollo Duo ARS-0002-A00 converts a Dante stream into two channels of analog audio signal, allowing, for example, users to bring a stereo Dante feed of a live performance back into the analog realm in order to feed a PA.

Arista’s Apollo Duo ARS-0002-A01 allows two audio signal outputs of lip-sync delay of up to 170 ms/ch (fs = 48 kHz) to synchronize the audio stream to the video stream. The delay control switch can add delay in the range of 0~170 ms by 32 increments. The Apollo Duo ARS-0002-A01 uses XLR analog outputs.

All of the range are AES67-compliant, using high resolution 24-bit analog to digital conversion, and the units can be powered via PoE/power over Ethernet or 5 VDC via a micro USB connector.

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Tieline Puts Excitement in Small-Market Stations

Radio World - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:19

 

WERT’s Scott Alan and Ron Burt are courtside with the Tieline Report-IT.

VAN WERT, Ohio — I have owned WERT(AM/FM) and WKSD(FM) since 1995. WERT 1220 kHz is a 250 watt nondirectional station with a 29 watt night-time authority, licensed to Van Wert, Ohio, since 1958. In 2016, I added a full-power 250 watt translator operating at 104.3 MHz. WKSD 99.7 MHz is a Class A FM station licensed to Paulding, Ohio, a community approximately 12 miles north of Van Wert.

Being farming communities, both stations carry early morning agricultural programming as well as a full complement of sports — covering six high schools as well as the Ohio State Buckeyes and University of Toledo Rockets. Thanks to long-time local ownership and heavy involvement in the community, WERT and WKSD enjoy a loyal audience and have been very successful in competing with the many other stations in adjoining larger markets.

Small-market magic

What small-market radio station owner/operator hasn’t been envious of the high-quality sound of the “big boys,” especially for remotes and sports play-by-play? Well, I can tell you, this one sure was. The dialup telephone connection was the best we could do, while other stations, not so cost-encumbered, seemed to be able to show up and broadcast from anywhere with a sound indistinguishable from that of their studios. For the little guys like me, cost is everything; that kind of equipment purchase cash outlay was out of the question. Then along came from Tieline.

Bridge-IT XTRA is back at the studio to receive the live game feed.

Everyone on my staff has a smartphone and knows how to download a free app. When I discovered that I could get that quality sound (in both directions) by installing a relatively low-cost Tieline Bridge-IT codec at the station and link to my individual staff members through their free Tieline apps, that changed everything. Who knew that most smartphone mics sound that good?

Suddenly, impossible remotes became possible. Basketball and football games sounded like the big leagues, and staff members and even some clients could simply use their smartphones to send everything from sports and weathercasts to copy changes in their spots. (We have a lot of sponsors who voice their own commercials.) Our Sunday morning church services are even broadcast using Tieline Report-IT and the church’s own smartphones and devices.

The day my Tieline Bridge-IT XTRA showed up I had a high school football game with an early evening start time. Thanks to the accompanying two-page, 10-step quick start guide, I had it on the air less than an hour after taking it out of the box.  

Am I impressed? Yup. Did I break the bank? Nope. In fact, I bought a second one. Now, the sky is the limit.

For information, contact Dawn Shewmaker at Tieline USA in Indiana at 1-317-845-8000 or visit www.tieline.com.

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BE Seeks “New Beginning” With Elenos

Radio World - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:15
Employees under a banner proclaiming “a new BE-ginning.”

Broadcast Electronics is a longstanding radio industry brand celebrating its 60th anniversary. It also is an RF and studio products manufacturer that has seen numerous ownership changes and now seeks to re-establish a bigger presence and higher profile under its new ownership.

Attendees gathered in the company booth at the spring show.

BE was acquired in 2018 by the Elenos Group, a transmitter manufacturer based in Italy and owned since 1977 by engineer Leonardo Busi. Elenos said it intended for BE to become “the face of the group in the Americas.”

That was 15 months ago. It was at this year’s spring NAB Show that BE really reintroduced itself to the U.S. marketplace, exhibiting with sister brands Elenos, Itelco Broadcast and Pro Television Technologies.

BE also announced several hires, including Peter Conlon as advisor to Busi; Chuck Kelly as vice president of the Elenos Group Television Division; and Ricardo Jimenez as VP of sales for Latin America. The BE sales team now includes John Lackness, Frank Grundstein and Joe Myers.

[Elenos Emphasized BE at NAB Show 2019]

Conlon spoke with Radio World about BE’s goals and plans. He is founder of New Mosaic Advisory and was president/CEO of Nautel Ltd. for eight years, stepping down in 2014. He has also held executive positions with several organizations outside of broadcast.

Radio World: What was the main business message from BE to attendees?

Peter Conlon: That we are experiencing a renaissance, a new beginning. BE has become a significantly stronger organization since joining the Elenos Group. Each member of the group brings a long and highly respected history in broadcasting, a combined 250 years. Elenos is recognized around the world as a leader in FM, with an installed base of more than 40,000 transmitters in more than 100 countries. When you couple BE’s reputation for world-class innovation and customer service to the strength of the sister companies, the result is a powerful force in the industry, particularly since the group is owned by someone who is truly passionate about broadcasting.

[Elenos Acquires Broadcast Electronics]

RW: What is your own role and title with BE?

Conlon: My role is to advise both BE and the Elenos Group on issues of strategy. My formal title is advisor to the CEO of the Elenos Group. The owner of the group knew of the success we enjoyed at Nautel while I was there, and asked if I would be willing to take the lessons I had learned and assist another wonderful and storied organization as it transforms itself into an energized, formidable global competitor. RW: BE had been through several ownership changes over the past decade or two. What is BE’s role within the larger Elenos organization?

Conlon: None of the recent owners of BE brought it the combined strength of financial stability, global presence and passion for the broadcast industry that it now has as part of the Elenos Group. Finally, BE can regain its deserved place as an innovator, a leader in customer service, a trusted partner to its extensive list of clients and friends. In addition, with BE at the forefront, the Elenos Group now has an effective means to establish a powerful presence in the Americas marketplace.

[Elenos Bolsters BE With Notable Hires]

RW: Should we expect BE to focus mostly on television now, what are its intentions for radio?

Conlon: The Elenos Group is a highly respected provider of TV solutions around the world, through its ownership of Itelco. The recent acquisition of ProTelevision, which is globally recognized as the leader in modulation and signal processing for the broadcast industry, further strengthens the group’s presence in the market. And at NAB 2019, BE proudly introduced its own line of low-power TV transmitters, ideally suited for the Americas market. While the team at BE is understandably excited about bringing these world-class television products to its clients, the group and its owner are passionate about all forms of broadcasting, including radio. You can expect new and exciting things to come from the group all across the spectrum.

RW: Why is this a good time to be an RF manufacturer?

Conlon: Interesting question, Paul. If allowed, I would rephrase the question to be, “Why is this a good time to be an RF manufacturer who loves the industry?” Because that is the difference. For decades, people have predicted the decline and disappearance of OTA broadcasting, especially radio. However, broadcasting has consistently demonstrated its value and persistence in the face of the nay-sayers. Unless you are passionate about the industry, it would not be unusual or unexpected for an RF manufacturer to look outside the industry to seek more “lucrative” opportunities. I believe the passion within the group for traditional broadcasting will drive interesting efforts in innovation, which will benefit the industry. That signals a bright future for BE and the entire Elenos Group.

[Applied Technology: Broadcast Electronics The Radio Experience]

RW: A company video states that its mission is to create reliable transmitters. Will BE remain active in the audio automation space too, and who will be responsible for updating the AudioVault line?

Conlon: Studio automation has long been a part of the BE “persona” and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. AudioVault now has access to a significantly expanded group of incredible engineers, with skills in RF, software, embedded systems, user interface design, etc. I think you can expect some pretty exciting things to come out of that mix.

RW: BE recently brought Chuck Kelly on board, or more correctly, brought Kelly back to a company he’d worked for under different ownership for many years. What’s his role going to be?

Peter Conlon

Conlon: Chuck was brought on board to be the vice president of television business development for the Elenos Group. He will use his extensive experience in the broadcast industry, his unparalleled reputation for creativity and his incredible global brand to help transform the Elenos TV business into a world leader.

RW: How many employees does BE have, and where are they based?

Conlon: The BE part of the Elenos Group has 42 employees, all based in the U.S., primarily Quincy, Ill. BE also has access to the entire Elenos 140-person development, sales and support team in Europe and around the world, of which fully one-third are engineers. This is a new day for BE.

RW: What else should we know?

Conlon: In the three months I have been with BE, we have already expanded the team by more than 10% and our sales projections have grown by 20%. There are people who would never have thought that possible. And we have only just begun.

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REPLY TO COMMENTS filed in 19-3 : Reexamination of the Comparative Standards and Procedures for Licensing Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Stations and Low Power FM Stations

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Proceeding(s): 19-3 : Reexamination of the Comparative Standards and Procedures for Licensing Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Stations and Low Power FM Stations

Filers(s): Center For International Media Action

Comment Type: REPLY TO COMMENTS

Date Received: 6/17/2019

Date Posted: 6/18/2019

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Tieline’s Cloud Codec Controller Is Now Available

Radio World - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 07:49

Tieline’s Cloud Codec Controller software tool is now available. The solution lets engineers configure, connect and monitor an entire fleet of remote Tieline codecs from the studio.

Able to immediately detect the presence of a Tieline codec or device running the Report-IT Enterprise, Tieline says the Cloud Codec Controller delivers real-time online/offline status of supported codecs and users logged into Report-IT Enterprise. It also monitors connection status, link quality and audio levels, manages remote adjustments of audio levels, and can remotely dial and hang-up remote codec connections from the studio.

The Cloud Codec Controller also permits station staff to monitor and control their entire network of IP codecs, select and load programs and view and manage alarms. In addition, the solution lets operators launch the HTML Toolbox web-GUI to access all codec controls, mixer and router settings, program editing and creation.

The company offers two versions of licensing for the Cloud Codec Controller:

  • A Private Network License for the monitoring and management of an unlimited number of codecs over a private network for a one-time fee.
  • A Public Internet License for the monitoring and management of codecs over the public internet using Codec Client Licenses available as an annual subscription in packs of 10. This license also includes the features of a Private Network License.

[Read: Tieline Simplifies Codec IP Networking]

Tieline adds that the new Controller also offers users control of Report-IT. In the studio the system can remotely connect and disconnect the Tieline Report-IT Enterprise app, manage start and stop recordings, monitor and adjust input and record levels, lock and unlock controls, as well as observe link quality.

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