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Hybrid radio comes to town

In a few months’ time, there will be cars driving the streets of LA that have hybrid radio receivers. Connected to the Internet and receiving broadcast radio, it’s the best opportunity we’ve had to evolve the experience of radio to match other media services. Hybrid challenges radio technologists to work together closely, across the industry and within organizations to make the most of the capabilities. We’ll look at what practically needs to be done right now, and what could be possible in the near future.

When: Jul 14, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Presenter: Nick Piggott

Nick has spent the majority of his career working in the radio industry, initially in programming and then moving to digital radio and online innovation.

He created a much awarded multi-skilled team which launched the world’s first commercial DAB digital radio stations, and then went on to consistently deliver technology driven innovation for over a decade. Nick continues to play an active role in the development of DAB digital radio, most recently in the trials of open source DAB transmissions in the UK.

Nick is the Project Director (and one of the founders) of RadioDNS Hybrid Radio, which combines broadcast radio and IP together to deliver a richer and more valuable radio experience. RadioDNS works closely with the WorldDAB on development of open technology standards, and the promotion of Hybrid DAB/DAB+ to the automotive industry.

In addition to leading the RadioDNS project, Nick works with broadcasters globally on developing strategies and innovation to benefit from change created by technology.

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How can 5G help your station?

March 2020 Presentation

One of the latest tech buzz topics these days is “5G” and the implications for the future of remote broadcasts are fairly profound.  Chris Crump from Comrex will discuss the current status of 5G Technology, what the mobile providers are saying versus “reality,” the timeline for its implementation and how it will affect the “Comrex IoT.” A brief overview of WebRTC and new Comrex products will be included.

Chris Crump has served as the Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing for Comrex since 2004.  In 1987, he began his professional radio career at ABC/Cap Cities Detroit before taking the Features Editor position at MediaBase Research/Monday Morning Replay. On-air, remote broadcast engineer, Creative Services Director roles followed for Capitol Broadcasting (subsequently Paxson Communications) in Orlando and the Ron & Ron Radio Network in Tampa/St. Petersburg.  In 1996, Crump moved to the manufacturing side of the broadcast business performing sales & marketing roles for Spectral, Inc., Euphonix, Symetrix and Klotz Digital America.  Crump resides in Buford, Georgia (outside of Atlanta) with his wife Seval, 14 year-old daughter Zara and their Affenpinscher Olive.  He is a CBNE certified member of SBE Chapter 5 in Atlanta as well an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troops 597 and 5597 in Dacula, GA.

DateTuesday, March 10, 2020
Time11:30 AM
(3600 N San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065)
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KNX Transmitter Tour


Thanks to all who joined us for the KNX transmitter site tour. It was a great opportunity to see one of the more historic stations on the west coast (and country).

Keep an eye for future events like this!

The group who attended the transmitter tour.
Half of the group that went to lunch afterward.
The other half of the group.
A quick video recap of the event.

SBE 47 would like to invite you to come and tour the KNX transmitter facility on Saturday, February 29 from 10 AM – 12 PM.

Parking will be at the parking lot off of 190th Street. It is a short walk to the transmitter building which is the one that is under the taller tower.

After the tour, we’ll head over to Red Robin and continue our fellowship.

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FCC Compliance monitoring – February presentation

Jay Gedanken of Actus Digital will be speaking about FCC compliance monitoring and recording.

Prior to joining Actus Digital, Jay Gedanken held a variety of leadership roles in the industry, including former vice president at Scopus Video Networks and founder of the company’s North American operation. His vast array of experience includes sales and management positions at Visionetics, Optibase, Adtec, and Sencore. Over the years, Gedanken has developed a deep understanding of broadcast workflows and expertise in providing simple and complex solutions for all levels of broadcasters, from single local affiliates to national networks.

Actus is a 15+ year old company with hundreds of installed systems. We offer global 24/7 support with support staff in the USA and other countries.  Our customer base includes some of the biggest broadcasters worldwide such as COMCAST, SKY, and FOX to name a few.

Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time:6:30 PM
Location:Muerelo Media (2600 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505)
Parking:Street parking only
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Liquid cooled transmitters are coming – July 2019 Presentation

With Total Cost of Ownership increasing for TV and FM broadcasters, there is an increasing need to reduce these costs over the life-cycle of the transmission system while improving performance and reducing ongoing maintenance costs. From alternative cooling systems to more efficient designs, from reductions in required floor space to reducing service costs by minimizing required maintenance, there are a number of factors that reduce the cost of ownership while improving uptime and performance. We will look at TCO and some of the advanced transmitter technologies that enable a reduction in operating costs, both for Radio and  TV transmitters.

We’ll also discuss some forward looking technology initiatives including HD Radio Generation 4.

Our meeting will be at Denny’s (3060 N San Fernando Rd.) at 11:30 AM.

Hosted by Rohde & Schwartz.

Don Backus is Account Manager, Radio Transmitters for global communication technology leader and innovator Rohde  & Schwarz, handling Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz in 2017,  Don was Eastern US Sales Manager for Broadcast Electronics for five years.  Don was previously VP of Sales & Marketing at ENCO Systems for  13 years and prior to that has held a number of positions in radio as an on-air personality, production director, general manager, and chief engineer. He has presented to a number of professional broadcasting organizations including the Audio Engineering Society, a number of international, state and regional conferences and several SBE and IEEE chapters. Don has served two terms on the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and has recently completed serving his second term on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation board. Don is a member of the SBE.

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January 2019 Presentation

Our presentation for January 8 is Hank Landsberg.

Hank will show The Sportscaster which was released a few months ago and the Guest Pod which has not been released as of yet.

Hank will also talk about products and the process of developing a new product. Hank will tell us how he goes through the various steps of designing a new product, overall concept, user interface, and controls, mechanical layout. Schematic and PC Board Design and the revisions to fix his mistakes. Sounds Interesting.

We will be meeting at Denny’s on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:30 AM.

Chapter Elections

There is also a bit of business to take care of such as Chapter Elections. Right now we have four nominations for the four positions that are up for election.

  • Chair: Matt Anderson
  • Vice Chair: Maria Lang
  • Secretary: Marcos O’Rourke
  • Treasurer: Jason Beaton

Quick Info for the presentation

PresenterHank Landsberg
WhatThe development cycle of a new product
WhenTuesday, January 8 at 11:30 AM
3060 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
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Monthly Meeting 7/10: Live Audio Streaming — a new approach

How can the radio business model remain relevant going into the 21 st century? There was AM, FM, HD, and now IP radio. It’s a technology progression, not a digital disruption.

Your traditional audience is changing, aging, and going away. Your new audience awaits, but they now consume media in different ways. New radios are scarce. Today it’s all about smartphones, devices, new automotive dashboards, and smart speakers such as Alexa.

Automotive dashboards like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now include smartphone functions including streaming audio, which can provide far greater coverage and audio quality than any terrestrial or satellite radio services. Many new cars are not equipped with AM receivers. Some have no FM receivers. Not embracing this tech now simply devalues your radio properties while listeners continue to fade away, like the radio waves that deliver it.

How does it make sense to invest millions in limited terrestrial coverage to compliment your main AM and/or FM signal with FM translators, boosters, and costly class A FM’s when, for only thousands, you will achieve global coverage with the vastly superior quality of streaming?

Our guest this month

Greg Ogonowski, President of Modulation Index, LLC dba StreamS Hi-Fi Radio™. They are the leading provider of professional streaming audio technology, software and systems with encoders in use by some of the largest content providers in the world. Greg will show how standards-based audio codecs using AAC, HE-AAC, and xHE-AAC are replacing obsolete SHOUTcast and Icecast MP3 technology developed by hobbyists. He will explain how to reduce streaming costs while increasing reliability for content providers and their customers while offering proven superior audio quality for consumers that surpasses AM, FM, HD, and satellite radio specs.

A free lunch will be provided by SBE Chapter 47.

Don’t be left on the tarmac while your competitors jet off into the future. RSVP now for this free, informative presentation that could redefine your career.

RSVP now

Who All RSVP’d SBE Chapter 47 members and invited guests.
What Live audio streaming — a new approach
Where iHeart, 3400 W Olive Ave Ste 550, Burbank, CA 91505
When Tuesday, July 10, 11:30 AM
Why Greg’s presentation will describe a standards-based method of quality live streaming audio with dramatically decreased operating costs, increased reliability, professional features, and a better user experience.
Parking Parking underneath building, enter off S California St, take a parking ticket, they will be validated after meeting.
Food Food will be provided by the chapter.