The 2001 NAB Radio Show
Aug 1, 2001 12:00 PM, By Chriss Scherer, editor, and Cindy Holst, associate editor
When the NAB Radio Show returned after the demise of the World Media Expo, New Orleans played host to the event. That show was well attended, and New Orleans proved itself to be a worthy convention city. Four years later, the NAB Radio Show is making its way back to the Big Easy.
The Fall show covers three days, with sessions beginning several hours before the exhibit floor opens. The biggest change this year is the creation of the NAB Xstream convention, held simultaneously with the Radio Show in the Morial Convention Center. While the two shows are being treated as separate events, registration for one qualifies you to attend the other.
On the following pages you will see a glimpse of some of the products that will be unveiled on the show floor. While most major product introductions are made at the Spring convention, there are numerous new products unveiled here as well. Also, some products debuted as prototypes in April will now be shown as working units.
In the sessions
Just as important as the exhibit floor, the sessions provide a wealth of information. The session tracks cover technical, management, programming and sales topics. We have assembled this session overview to help you plan the best use of your limited time. For complete session information, check the NAB Convention Program.
Wednesday. Since the exhibit floor does not open until the evening on Wednesday, there is plenty of time to attend one of the sessions during the day. Making its annual appearance for a full-day session is the AM/FM Antenna Certification Workshop. This detailed look into the final element of the broadcast system has been updated and will include information on maintenance and inspection of antenna systems. The final portion will address the new engineering considerations when evaluating safe lifting capacities for gin poles.
At 1pm, the session The Portable People Meter is Coming will look at the technology and discuss the results of its first test in the United States (The Arbitron Portable People meter was outlined in the July 2000 issue of BE Radio). This session will provide new insight into the future of radio ratings.
Nearly every station has some kind of Web presence. The session at 1pm will provide information on determining a station’s Web strategy and what type of content to make available.
At 2:15, the session Steering Clear of FCC Fines and Forfeitures will look at topics such as indecent programming, failure to maintain public inspection files and improperly installed EAS equipment. The Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and several radio legal counselors will steer you clear of the FCC’s fines and forfeitures.
Thursday. Radio’s future is digital. The day-long session on Thursday called Digital Radio Certification Workshop runs from 10:30am to 5pm. It is expected that 2002 will be the year for the commercial start of IBOC. Attendees will gather practical implementation information needed for budgeting and implementing an IBOC system.
Panelists include representatives from iBiquity Digital and several manufacturers that cover areas affected by the conversion to IBOC.
In a less-intensive session called Understanding New Technology & Radio (3pm to 4pm), attendees can learn about radio’s role in the changing entertainment landscape.
Friday. The counterpart to the Wednesday session is the AM/FM Transmitter Certification Workshop. Also a day-long session (8am to 3pm), this covers the ins and outs of the transmitter facility and offers some helpful tips and techniques that will find quick use in the field.
Look next door
The Xstream convention has its own track of sessions, some of which have a direct radio appeal outside the show’s efforts to be an all-encompassing streaming event. Here is a brief list of some sessions on Friday with radio appeal.
10am: AM Small Market Streaming How to Really Do it on a Budget
10:20am: AM Leveraging Your Assets Making the Most of Your Media
11:15am: Internet Appliances Threatening the Livelihood of the PC
2:25pm: Digital Rights Management A Legal Guide
3:20pm: Legal Issues Around Streaming Audio
Of course, New Orleans offers plenty to see and do outside the convention, especially if food and music appeal to you.
NAB Radio Exhibitors
Accuracy In Media
Airdate by TPI
Air Force News Service
American Blues Network
Audio Processing Technology1347Audioarts Engineering1118Auditronics1118BE Radio1135
BIA Financial Network
British Information Services
Broadcast Data Consultants
Broadcasters General Store
Broadcast Supply Worldwide
Burk Technology1940Cartworks/dbm Systems1433
Computer Concepts Corporation
Comrex Corporation1900Continental Electronics1904
Dalet Digital Media
DTN Weather Services
Fairlight On Air
Fresh Music Library
Gepco International1451Gorman-Redlich Mfg. Co.1946
Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter
IBiquity Digital Corporation
Jampro Antennas/RF Systems
Kelly Music Research
Klotz Digital America1556
Koplar Interactive Systems
The Label Company
Logitek Electronic Systems1948LPB1800
Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co.
National Weather Service
NBG Radio Network
NPR Satellite Services1540
Olympus Flag & Banner
Omnia, a Telos Company
Patriot Commercial Antenna
PMI Audio Group1551
Propagation Systems1448Prophet Systems Innovations1828
Register Data Systems
Roll A Sign
Rules Service Company
SFX Multimedia Group
Shively Labs1615Sierra Automated Systems1460
Texas Memory Systems
The C.A.R. Show
The Omnia Group
U.S. Tape & Label
Wicks Broadcast Solutions
Issue advertisers are indicated in italics.
Current as of July 18. Info provide by NAB
- Wednesday, September 5
5pm to 8pm
- Thursday, September 6
9am to 5pm
- Friday, September 7
8:30am to 4:30pm