Klinger is president of JK Audio Inc. For more
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Radio World: What are you hearing from radio customers about
their business outlook?
Joe Klinger: We hear mainly through our
dealer network that this has been a very strange year. While they are seeing some
apprehension in spending, our products are fairly cost effective, so our sales tend
to increase when budgets get tight.
is all over the map, literally, as we provide such a wide range of products to countries
with differing infrastructures.
RW: Your products help professional users get audio
in and out of telephone systems. How has the explosion of internet connectivity
changed or challenged your business model?
Klinger: Since our beginning, we’ve offered
interfaces to ANY telephone system. While IP presents its challenges in the digital
realm, the end user often just wants to capture an interview or put a caller on
the air. In the past year, we sent one customer over 1,200 low-cost interfaces to
record and play audio into Cisco phones in their call centers. At the same time,
we are supplying a variety of customers with our more sophisticated AutoHybrid IP2
SIP VoIP interface.
RW: What technology priorities or issues
are most on the minds of your clients as they come to IBC?
Klinger: The loss of the 3.5 mm headset
jack on mobile phones has caused a resurgence in Bluetooth interest. JK Audio has
led the market with the widest variety of Bluetooth products for the radio reporter,
both for interview recording and live broadcasts. Broadcasters can use either our
wired or wireless interfaces along with smart phone codec apps to go live at a minimal
RW: JK Audio products will be in the Vortex booth. What new or
recent products will you feature?
the emphasis in the booth this year will be on our intercom interfaces, you will
also find a selection of products with more appeal to the European market, including
mobile phone and VoIP interfaces.
RW: What else should readers know about
IBC or about recent global radio trends as observed by JK Audio?
Klinger: Someone asked the question “How
long before your product can be replaced by an app on a smartphone?” This question
affects everyone in radio from the talent to the antenna (or stream). While many
JK Audio products work in conjunction with smartphone apps, a number of our analog
products will soon be obsolete. We must all welcome the challenge to replace obsolescence
Stand: 12.G11 (Vortex Communications)