NABA Has Sessions on WiMax, HD; Lyons Keynotes

The North American Broadcasters Association announced planned sessions for the NABA Annual General Meeting and Conference in Atlanta, Feb. 25–27.
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The North American Broadcasters Association announced planned sessions for the NABA Annual General Meeting and Conference in Atlanta, Feb. 25–27.

Topics of interest to radio folks include mobile devices, WiMax and digital radio. John Lyons, assistant vice president and director of The Durst Organization, will provide the keynote.

Tuesday’s “Broadcasting, WiMax and White Spaces: Where Do We Go From Here?” looks at the problems that have surfaced due to the sharing of “white spaces” in the broadcast spectrum with new mobile technologies. Veena Rawat, president, Canadian Communications Research Centre, serves as moderator.

Also on that day is “Broadcasters and the Mobile Frontier — The Push Towards Handheld,” moderated by Dan Hsieh, president, MTC Services.

Wednesday features Lyons’ keynote speech, “Thinking Green: 21st Century Broadcast Facilities.” Lyons lead the $25 million 4 Times Square rebuild project, completing it within five months, and has led the field in the creation of new public radio safety systems and “green building” concepts, according to NABA. He’s a past recipient of RW’s Excellence in Engineering Award.

Also on Wednesday: “Digital Radio Innovations” is moderated by Michael Starling, CTO and executive director of NPR Labs and chair, NABA Radio, who is another past RW honoree.

The session promises information on new radio platforms and service options with a focus on global initiatives for reaching persons with disabilities. Panelists include Axel Leblois, executive director, Global Initiative for Inclusive Communication Technologies; Tony Caruso, director, new broadcast technologies, CBC/Radio-Canada; and Mike Bergman, vice president, new digital technologies, Kenwood.

For more information, visit www.nabanet.com/nabaweb.

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