The Commission approves an application by Clear Sky Radio Inc. to operate a commercial FM radio station to serve Cranbrook with transmitters in Fernie, Sparwood and Invermere.
The Commission denies an application by Newcap Inc. to operate a commercial FM radio station to serve Cranbrook with a transmitter in Fernie.
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The world-first study filmed the vocal folds of 16 male radio performers, including announcers, broadcasters, newsreaders and voice-over artists and found their vocal folds move and close faster than non-broadcasters.
Speech pathologists, Dr Cate Madill and Dr Samantha Warhurst from the Faculty of Health Sciences, said the research reveals radio performers close their vocal folds with greater speed and force than non-broadcasters. This may be because they have better control of the tension in their vocal folds while speaking.
“Most radio voices are unique in their depth, warmth or resonance but until recently we have been unable to pinpoint what is happening physically with the vocal folds to achieve these qualities,” Dr Madill said.
“This research has uncovered a possible cause for this distinctive sound.”
You can read more about this research study here.
Thanks to radio Info from tipping us off to this story.
There was an interesting article published yesterday (16 July) about HD radio in the USA and the level of coverage HD is getting in compassion to the FM signal. The author is Ian Jurison who is the senior operations engineer for Clear Channel.
In the United States, many broadcasters have employed HD Radio. While the initial focus of many broadcasters implementing HD Radio was to provide digital audio delivery to consumers, this emphasis has expanded in recent years. Data services delivered over HD Radio are an exciting and growing development in the industry. All of the emphasis for data delivery via HD Radio has been on the FM band, as the data rate starts at 96 kilobits per second in standard MP1 hybrid mode. The audio channels on HD Radio use adjustable bitrate codecs, so the bitrate of the audio channel(s) can be reduced slightly to allow for additional data services in MP1. The available bandwidth in the hybrid system increases from 96 kbps, to 124 kbps in MP3 mode, and up to 149 kbps in MP11 mode. Most automotive manufacturers are now including HD Radio in many of their latest vehicles. Data services could be considered in some ways a gateway to an increased adoption rate of HD Radio in the automotive environment. Because of the increasing receiver base for HD Radio, and the growing importance of data delivery via HD Radio (e.g. Artist Experience, traffic data, etc.), this paper hopes to add to the technical record the tangible benefits of elevated digital power.
Background Digital Power Level The Federal Communications Commission first authorized the use of the hybrid HD Radio IBOC system in its First Report and Order, dated October 10, 2002. (MM Docket 99-325, FCC 02-286). This authority was expanded in its Second Report and Order, dated March 22, 2007 (FCC 07-33), where many of the engineering specifications of the system and operating conditions that are in use today were finally codified into official rules and regulations. The initial average power level selected for the digital carriers was 1 percent of the analog effective radiated power (ERP) level of the host station, or -20 dBc. Much testing was done with input from multiple parties to select a power level that provided what, at the time, seemed to be an effective digital coverage area, while at the same time balancing concerns about interference to adjacent FM stations. Unfortunately, after many stations had adopted the FM hybrid system at the initial -20 dBc operating power level, it became apparent that the digital coverage did not fully replicate the analog coverage, particularly in mobile edge-of-coverage and indoor environments. Many of the initial parties began researching and testing the use of elevated digital power levels in 2007. In 2008, a formal request was submitted to the commission to allow a blanket authorization to increase digital carrier power to 10 percent of the analog power, or -10 dBc. The request for a power increase caused considerable debate within the industry. The end result was the Commission’s Third Order dated Jan. 27, 2010 (DA 10-208), which was a compromise between those requesting a blanket -10 dBc authorization and those who wanted no potential additional interference with levels remaining at -20 dBc. This order established a blanket authorization of increased digital power to -14 dBc for most stations, a procedure for some stations to increase from -13.9 dBc to -10 dBc with a special engineering exhibit and a special procedure for grandfathered super-powered stations.
Current State of Elevated Power Operations These rules have been in effect for more than four years, and the amount of real-world testing and experience with elevated powers continues to increase as stations invest in upgrading their transmission facilities to achieve higher digital powers. As of Jan. 7, 2014, the commission reported that 50 FM station licensees had increased digital power between -13.9 dBc and -10 dBc. Ten super-powered FM stations had requested increases. Five or fewer broadcasters have applied for experimental authorizations of asymmetrical side band power authorization.
The general feeling is that the coverage of HD radio will not be as good as a stations FM coverage in most cases. Even this engineer concludes “Even with the blanket -14 dBc power level, there are still areas in every market that I have analyzed that could use additional digital power to be at par with the analog coverage expectations.”
(Kamloops, B.C.) – The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Pattison) and Rawlco Radio Ltd. (Rawlco Radio) subject to CRTC approval today jointly announced Pattison’s acquisition of nine radio stations (and related assets) located in Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The stations involved in the transaction include:
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
The current local management teams will continue to lead the Edmonton, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Meadow Lake stations and all of the existing team members at the nine Rawlco Radio stations will be offered positions and the opportunity to grow with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Rawlco Radio will continue to hold their existing seven radio licences in Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary.
Jim Pattison, Chairman & CEO of the Jim Pattison Group explained, “The Rawlinson family have built a great legacy in Canadian broadcasting with the first purchase of CKBI Radio in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1946. I thank Rawlco Radio CEO, Gordon Rawlinson, for allowing us the opportunity to continue building on his family’s history in the radio industry, especially in the province of Saskatchewan, with which we both have close ties.”
Gordon Rawlinson, CEO of Rawlco Radio Ltd. stated, “When we were approached by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, I was impressed with how their style of operating radio stations was very Head Office: 460 Pemberton Terrace, Kamloops, BC V2C 1T5 Tel: (250) 372-3322 Fax: (250) 374-0445 similar to ours. They have an outstanding reputation of providing excellent local radio with a keen focus on community service. I was also pleased with the Pattison commitment to provide opportunities for all of the current Rawlco employees to grow their careers with Pattison. I am confident that these stations will be in very good hands.”
Rick Arnish, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group’s Chairman stated, “Continuing to grow our presence in Western Canada has always been and clearly remains a top priority for our Broadcast division. I’ve approached Gordon Rawlinson several times for many years that, I am pleased to say, has resulted in this terrific opportunity for us to enter Edmonton, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Meadow Lake. The opportunity to join forces with this highly reputable and industry-leading company is very attractive to us, and we’re most excited to have this opportunity to grow in markets that mirror our other Western Canadian radio and television stations.”
Arnish went on to say, “I have the utmost respect for the Rawlinson family, and it will be our Broadcast division’s focus to continue to serve the community and listeners in Edmonton and Saskatchewan with the same high-quality programming and commitment to community as they are accustomed to with Rawlco Radio. Our history has been built on acquisitions and new licences, as we are great believers in the future of radio. This purchase is part of our strategic plan to grow and expand in the west.”
Rod Schween, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group’s President added, “The addition of these nine well-run Rawlco Radio stations will complement our broadcast properties in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. This is an extremely important acquisition between our two broadcasting companies, offering us the opportunity to add operations that are highly compatible and operate under a similar vision. We are very enthusiastic to work with and learn from our new valued team members and local management. Schween went on to say, “Subject to regulatory approval of this acquisition, we are confident that it will benefit the Canadian radio industry as a whole and allow Pattison to continue competing against some of Canada’s largest national players who are well-established in the West.”
The sale is subject to approval from the Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), for which an application was recently submitted. This sale follows the successful recent Pattison acquisition of three Bell Media radio stations in Calgary and Winnipeg (CKCE-FM, CHIQ-FM & CFQX-FM) and the launch in April 2014 of the much anticipated CHPK-FM in Calgary and the Alberta Peak Performance Project.
As part of the terms of sale, Pattison has also agreed to purchase paNOW.com, an online newspaper serving the residents of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and the surrounding area.