New Broadcasters Are Fired Up

Read about five of the newest FM broadcasters in our latest eBook
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In Radio World’s latest free eBook, we focus on LPFM. The expansion of that service continues apace, bringing a fresh injection of signals to the band. Counting original and new LPFM stations, some 981 were on the air as of early March, according to the FCC database, and another 1,569 construction permits have been issued.

Such numbers are impressive but don’t reveal the breadth of new content, program ideas and enthusiastic people behind the statistics. In the latest eBook, we hear from five of these new broadcasters.

In Kileen, Texas, a new radio signal will serve military veterans, families and their supporters. In top-10 market Philadelphia, a nonprofit community media center has found an FM frequency that covers half a million potential listeners.

A few miles down I-95, Radio Newark plans to bring its unique programming about astronomy, chemistry, engineering and other scientific topics to the dial. A local news organization in Haverhill, Mass., has found another outlet for its content. And Ronald Reagan’s boyhood hometown in Illinois will be hearing its own Christian radio station with a strong signal in town.

Find these stories at www.radioworld.com/ebooks, along with a dozen other eBooks on topics you’ll want to explore.

It’s exciting to see such strong interest from readers in Radio World’s eBooks. Thousands of people have accessed this growing library of free content since we launched the series a little over two years ago.

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LTTV demons Isabel Manske, Kara Lane and Ryan Horacek visit the ENCO booth at the 2014 show. LTTV is hosted and supported by Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Ill.
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Photo by Mary Ellen Dawley Remarkably, we are approaching convention time again. This will be my 27th or 28th spring NAB Show, so I’ve been doing it long enough to remember shows in Dallas and Atlanta as well as Las Vegas; but I still feel like a rank newbie sometimes when I chat with longtime attendees who recall attending in hotel venues in Washington or Chicago.

We start our preview coverage talking about management themes in this issue; look for technical sessions and exhibit lists in the next issue. Will you attend? What will you hope to accomplish at the show? Let me know at radioworld@nbmedia.com.

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NewBay Media is accepting submissions for the second annual Best of Show Awards, intended to honor outstanding products and to give companies greater opportunity to promote them. I like to keep both manufacturers and readers aware of our process.

The first year was a success, with nearly 200 products submitted by convention exhibitors, many of whom told us they liked the fact that the program allows vendors to tell our judges exactly which products they want to be considered and why, from among thousands on display at. You can review the 2014 post-show Program Guide at http://tinyurl.com/newbaybestofshow.

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Awards will be given by Radio World as well as sister NewBay Media publications TV Technology, Digital Video, Video Edge, Radio magazine, Pro Sound News and Sound & Video Contractor. Companies may submit a product for consideration by one or more of those publications, and may submit multiple products.

Winners are selected by panels of professional users and editors based on descriptions provided by companies via an online nomination form as well as on judges’ inspection at the convention. This program replaced several previous award programs from the NewBay publications listed above, including our “Cool Stuff” Awards.

The entry deadline is March 27. Companies can enter at http://tinyurl.com/bestofshow2015.

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The inaugural 4K run was held in Amsterdam last year. Television industry folks will likely talk about 4K at the convention; but many attendees will focus on a different kind of 4K, the kind you accomplish with running shoes.

The 4K Charity Fun Run is a 2.49-mile (4 km) race that will take place on Tuesday, April 14. The run will start at 7:30 a.m. and loop through Sunset Park, which borders McCarran International Airport, with transportation for runners provided free from NAB Show hotels.

The inaugural 4K run took place last September at the IBC Show in Amsterdam; organizers received positive feedback and decided to bring it to the industry’s biggest annual show. The NAB event is co-founded by Elemental Technologies and Ericsson and co-sponsored by Akamai Technologies, Aspera, an IBM company, Dolby Laboratories and Verimatrix, with supporting sponsorship from ChyronHego, DTS and EVS. Newbay Media, Radio World’s parent, is a media sponsor.

The IBC run raised $23,000 for Oxfam International and organizers are hoping for an even bigger event. Proceeds this time will go to Heifer International, an organization that helps link communities and bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Additionally, a portion will be given to Shade Tree, a Las Vegas- based charity that provides safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis. Race participants are also encouraged to join ONE, a campaign and advocacy organization fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease.

If you’re interested in joining the run as a participant or want to sponsor a runner, visit the 4K Fun Run Charity page at www.athletepath.com/4k-4charity/2015-04-12.

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