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The company has added Browning McCollum, David Desrochers and Stanley Pan to its team of customer support specialists



Browning McCollum

RASTATT, Germany — Lawo has added Browning McCollum, David Desrochers and Stanley Pan to its growing North American team of customer support specialists.

Browning McCollum joins Lawo after having worked at Viacom in Nashville, Tenn., where he was remote engineer in charge. McCollum is a 2016 Emmy Award winner for his work on “Grease Live.” His role at Lawo will be as a broadcast technology specialist.

David Desrochers, CBNT, CBTE, was most recently chief engineer and VP of engineering for The New England Sports Network headquartered in Watertown, Mass. Desrochers becomes a project manager for Lawo North America.


David Desrochers

Stanley Pan will fill the position of junior network architect. Pan previously specialized in evolving IP technologies, including SMPTE 2110 interoperability testing, during his position as a network Solutions engineer with Evertz.

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Stanley Pan

Lawo recently opened a new support and logistics hub in Elmsford, N.Y., with testing facilities, a training center and an East Coast Sales and Support office, which it says, complement its New York City headquarters, West Coast Sales and Support office in Los Angeles and Canadian headquarters in Toronto.

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The series features two “Tips n Tricks” sessions, as well as discussions on HD Radio in Canada and engineering recruitment and training issues

HACKKETT’S COVE, Nova Scotia — Nautel is starting off a new webinar series this month with two “Tips n Tricks” sessions, followed in June by discussions on HD Radio in Canada and engineering recruitment and training issues. 

All webinars begin Wednesdays at noon EDT and qualify for ½ SBE Certification Credit.

The first session, to be held May 16, is entitled “Care and Feeding of AM Transmitter Sites.” Nautel’s Jeff Welton will bring his popular “Tips n Tricks” to discuss maintenance, troubleshooting, grounding, lightning protection and other issues associated with AM transmission sites. The webinar will run 45 minutes with time for questions afterward.

Welton returns on May 23, for a second session entitled “Care and Feeding of FM Transmitter Sites.” As with his first webinar, he plans to cover maintenance, troubleshooting, grounding, cooling, air handling and site security, this time for FM transmission sites. The webinar will run 45 minutes, again with time for questions.

On June 6, the implementation of HD Radio in Canada will be discussed by Nautel’s Chuck Kelly and Gary Manteuffel, along with special guest Paul Brenner of Emmis Communications. The discussion will cover the current status of HD Radio in Canada; the number of radios equipped with HD reception capability; regulatory issues; and implementing HD Radio at a station. The webinar will run 30 minutes plus time for questions.

“Broadcast Engineers and Technology: Training and Recruitment” will be covered in a webinar on June 13. Nautel’s Kelly will be joined by special guests John Poray of the Society o Broadcast Engineers and Wayne Pecena of Texas A&M University. They will discuss the scarcity of trained broadcast engineers in the U.S. and abroad; the effects of the increased pace of technological change; and the sources and strategies for training and recruiting to the radio broadcast industry. The webinar will run 45 minutes plus time for questions.

Register for the webinars online .

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NILES, Ill. — For anyone who has worked in broadcasting for any length of time, the name Shure is synonymous with two things, microphones and phono cartridges. Today, the company announced it was getting out of the turntable stylus and cartridge business, effective Summer 2018.

In a press release, the company explained, ”In recent years, the ability to maintain our exacting standards in the Phonograph Cartridge product category has been challenged, resulting in cost and delivery impacts that are inconsistent with the Shure brand promise. We believe that the proud legacy of Shure Phono is best served by exiting the category rather than continuing production under increasingly challenging circumstances.”

When the compact disc was introduced in 1982, the handwriting was on the wall for vinyl. The market for broadcast and consumer turntable cartridges eventually plummeted, but did not disappear entirely. Clubs continued to play vinyl, as disco evolved into house and techno. Scratch mixing as an art form came along, demanding even more rugged styli. Beginning in the mid 1990s, the renaissance of vinyl as a high-fidelity analog medium also kept records alive. But the economy of scale was gone, and many of the remaining cartridge brands began on-demand production runs. The end result was often dealers out of stock for some brands, and increased cost when stock was available.

Shure started out in 1925 as a radio parts wholesaler, and grew to become a global player in the audio electronics market. Its current product line includes, wired microphones, wireless microphone systems, in-ear personal monitoring systems, conferencing and discussion systems, networked audio systems, as well as earphones and headphones.

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New training initiative intended to fill in gaps for younger engineers with IT backgrounds

QUINCY, Ill. — In May, GatesAir will launch a new training program intended to help “younger, IT-educated broadcast engineers” learn to operate and maintain “next-generation TV and radio transmission sites,” the company announced.

The new training program, launching with an “Introduction to Broadcast Transmitter Technology” course, is described by GatesAir as an adjunct to the its existing “RF:101” program, which was designed for trainees with a basic understanding of RF technology. Because “RF:101” participants increasingly lacked a solid foundation in RF, the company developed a “new entry-level RF training course designed to prepare IT professionals for an RF transmission-centered career.”

[Read about GatesAir’s decision to stop selling new AM transmitters.]

“Since many new professionals entering the field have IT backgrounds, this new introductory training program responds to our customers’ pressing needs to find qualified engineers that can operate and maintain their next-generation, over-the-air content delivery systems,” GatesAir Vice President of Operations Bryant Burke said in the announcement. “We’re addressing broadcasters’ concerns regarding the shortage of broadcast engineers, and leveraging the current crop of IT-savvy engineers for ATSC 3.0 and other next-generation DTV and digital radio networks.”

The course begins with three webinars and is followed by a four-day, hands-on training workshop at GatesAir’s Quincy, Ill., campus. The first session is scheduled for May 22–25.

The program limits the workshops to groups of 8-10 trainees. It covers fundamentals, including maintenance of liquid- and air-cooled solid-state transmitters, digital modulation schemes and troubleshooting/repair of modular transmission components. After these stages, participants receive a certificate of completion.

The program is open to everyone — including non-GatesAir customers — and costs $2,150, according to the training website , where registration is also available.

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Also gives new sales territories to Nick vanHaaster



Mark Goins

GatesAir has promoted Mark Goins to senior director of sales for the Americas, reporting to Vice President of Sales Joseph W. Mack. Additionally, Nick vanHaaster will expand his regional responsibility to cover Goins’ previously-assigned states — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

[Read: GatesAir Taps Belza as CFO]


Nick vanHaaster

Goins will now be responsible for overseeing the regional sales management and key accounts management teams in North and South America.

Goins has been with the company for 16 years and has 17 total years of broadcast industry experience.

VanHaaster has been a GatesAir employee for nearly two decades and has had responsibility for the northwestern U.S. and Western Canada sales territories.

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DTS Connected Radio utilizes metadata from a variety of sources, now including RadioDNS, Jeff Jury says

CALABASAS, Calif. —Xperi Corp. says its wholly owned subsidiary, DTS, has successfully completed RadioDNS compliance testing. The DTS Connected Radio platform will enable an engaging in-car radio experience for drivers around the world. RadioDNS’ Project Logo service utilizes the RadioDNS standard in the delivery of hybrid radio content in connected broadcast radios and provides a valuable source of broadcast radio metadata from supporting broadcasters.

“As a founding member, we have long supported RadioDNS,” said Jeff Jury, general manager, automotive at Xperi. “DTS Connected Radio utilizes metadata from a variety of sources and we are proud to support RadioDNS as part of our global connected car solution and look forward to delivering a rich, dynamic service on behalf of broadcasters around the world.”

[Read — NAB Engineering Handbook: RadioDNS]

“RadioDNS encourages broadcasters and manufacturers to work with RadioDNS compliant technology providers, and we’re really pleased that Xperi has certified their Connected Radio platform as compliant with RadioDNS’ Project Logo functionality,” said Nick Piggott, project director, RadioDNS. “Compliance testing is a service we offer to all RadioDNS members, as either suppliers or purchasers wanting independent verification.” 

(Here’s an article by Nick that explains the basics of RadioDNS.)

DTS Connected Radio pairs broadcast radio with IP-delivered content, aggregating metadata, such as artist and song information, on-air radio program information, station contact information and more, directly from broadcasters around the world to deliver a single API with a cohesive visual experience in the vehicle. 

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Company says the move is a “responsible step” and will now “focus on supporting existing customers’ transmitters with our available components”

MASON, Ohio — GatesAir is suspending the sale of new AM transmitters.

Chief Product Officer Rich Redmond said: “Recent changes in the long-term availability of critical components from our suppliers, including several last-time buy notices, have caused us to take proactive steps to ensure we can meet our continued support obligation of our AM products,” he said.

“To safeguard our ability to offer an ample supply of spare components — and to secure the ongoing field support of our AM transmitters — GatesAir has taken the responsible step of suspending new AM transmitter sales, and will instead focus on supporting existing customers’ transmitters with our available components.”

[Related: “GatesAir Adds to Intraplex IP Codec Family “]

He said warranty, field service, phone support, spare parts and repairs continue as normal for GatesAir AM products.

Flexiva AX, DX and 3DX transmitters all had a number of obsolete components that influenced the decision.

“GatesAir is currently in the advanced technology assessment phase for the development of an updated line of AM transmitters,” Redmond said.

The news has no impact on the FM line, anchored by its Flexiva FAX or FLX transmitter. For DAB Radio, GatesAir recently launched the Maxiva VAXTE platform and will be showing new power levels at the NAB Show, Redmond said.

Read the full story at RadioWorld.com .

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Ohana to take on newly created position of director, program management

NEW YORK — Dalet has announced a pair of hires with goal of supporting its American business dealings. One of the hires, James Ohana, will be taking on the newly created position of director, program management on the Dalet Professional Services, Americas team. The other, Jamie Day, has been named program manager for the Americas Professional Services team.

Ohana will be responsible for managing the delivery of Dalet’s portfolio of large-scale, multi-site, multi-year implementations; this will include finalizing architecture design to change management, coaching and upgrades. Ohana previously worked for Dalet as a program manager, but held positions at Oracle, Avid and IBM Global Business Services before returning to Dalet.

Coming to Dalet from Google, Day, in her new position as program manager, will focus on project execution and project delivery, including improving the consistency of Dalet deployment and security policy processes. 

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Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis

WASHINGTON — Sprockit has once again reserved a spot in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2018 NAB Show to highlight a group of startups for its Innovation Pipeline and has announced the first batch of companies that will be taking up the space.

The selected startups will demonstrate their technologies alongside some alumni in the Innovation Pipeline at the new Destination NXT Theater. In addition, the companies will participate in Sprockit Sync, a series of private forums throughout the year where industry executives and entrepreneurs meet to discuss new technologies that could advance the industry. Sprockit corporate members, like Fox Networks Group, Google, Hearst Television, Samsung NEXT, Tegna, Univision and Verizon Digital Media Services, will be on hand as well to connect with participants.

Here is the first group of companies that will participate in Sprockit’s NAB Show event:

  • **Mobile help brands boost mobile engagement through strategic use of an omni-channel platform.
  • AlertMe uses artificial intelligence to drive audience and revenue growth for publications while reducing dependency on Facebook.
  • AppTek makes dark data more discoverable, usable and valuable for technology companies.
  • Apptimize accelerates data-driven mobile growth through A/B testing and release management.
  • Data+Math is an attribution platform that helps marketers connect business outcomes to advertising impressions.
  • Graphika turns network relationships into dynamic maps of social influence, enabling precise targeting and results.
  • LiftIgniter is a machine learning interface that helps improve click-through rates, engagement and conversion.
  • Limbik is a data studio that uses predictive analytics to make content recommendations for publishers, brands and agencies.
  • Seek is a network that allows a user to discover, share and experience augmented reality in one social platform.
  • Skreens uses a cloud platform to deliver personalized content and videos to realize new revenue and retention possibilities.
  • SocialFlow powers social distribution and revenue solutions for top publishers and media companies.
  • SpherePlay offers a customizable virtual reality media player that is easy to integrate in 8K quality.
  • SpokenLayer is a leader in voice content on Amazon Alexa, Google Home/Assistant and soon, Apple’s Siri.
  • SureWaves develops media convergence solutions that interweave television, digital displays, mobile and internet platforms.
  • Trint combines a text editor and audio/video player to quickly generate accurate and searchable transcripts of interviews and speeches.
  • VideoAmp is an integrated TV operating system for the convergence of the linear TV and digital video advertising ecosystems.
  • Vizbee creates mobile and TV continuity that addresses the distribution, marketing and advertising challenges of over-the-top video.
  • Wibbitz enables publishers and brands to produce videos for any platform quickly.

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