Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – Audacy acquires WideOrbit’s audio streaming tech

Audacy has announced its acquisition of an exclusive, perpetual license to WideOrbit’s digital audio streaming technology and the related assets and operations of WO Streaming, a digital revenue and audience expansion solution that helps terrestrial broadcasters monetize streaming content via direct-sold campaigns, WideOrbit’s ad sales partners, and its programmatic digital audio platform. Audacy operated as Entercom Communications for more than five decades – the second-largest radio ownership group in the U.S. with 235 terrestrial stations – up until this past March. The company’s rebrand reflects its ongoing push into the digital space. Audacy will operate WO Streaming under the name AmperWave. Read more here.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is permanently integrating its annual Radio Show into the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Jointly produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and NAB, the show’s planned 2020 appearance in Nashville and 2021 New Orleans event, were both cancelled, in addition to a plan to co-locate the show in Las Vegas this fall. NAB Joint Board Chair David Santrella said in an NAB release that the value of attending NAB Show cannot be overstated for radio groups, as essentially multimedia companies. “We are now streaming and podcasting and even producing video. NAB Show provides unparalleled access to the critical tools, knowledge and connections we need to grow and thrive in today’s media business,” said Santrella.

The 75th annual Broadcast Engineering & Information Technology (BEIT) Conference will premiere as video-on-demand (VOD) content in early November and be available for purchase exclusively on NABAmplify.com. Along with access to the majority of presentations originally planned for the 2021 NAB Show via VOD, viewers will receive access to the full set of papers compiled in the Proceedings of the 75th BEIT Conference. The 2021 conference’s forward-looking focus emphasizes the use of next-generation systems throughout the media-delivery ecosystem, with technical presentations covering topics such as the ongoing transition to IT- and IP-based systems and incorporation of artificial intelligence and machine learning in broadcast technology. 

 

Nautel is addressing global travel restrictions and time restraints in conducting Factory Acceptance Testing for new transmitters with a new online FAT program. FAT is a set of pre-defined tests that many customers must witness being completed in real-time as part of project specifications. Nautel is leveraging the capabilities of online meeting platforms, paired with virtual communications interfaces like Teams or Team Viewer, to allow customers to witness transmitter testing in real-time as part of their final acceptance process. The Nautel AUI and multiple pieces of measurement equipment are employed along with a suite of cameras, wireless microphones and personnel to conduct the tests. Customers are able to communicate with their transmitter(s) via the AUI and view performance measurements throughout the final testing process.

 

Western Association of Broadcast Engineers (WABE) formally invites you to its 71st annual (virtual) convention

It is my pleasure and honour, along with my executive and volunteer chairs, to formally invite you to WABE’s 71st annual (virtual) convention, taking place Nov. 3rd and 4th.  These two days will be full of on-line papers, virtual exhibits, and networking opportunities. 

Media technical professionals must always do more with less and often do not have the time, resources, or access to specialized training and in their field. Part of the attraction of WABE is the educational papers that inform and grow our delegates knowledge on technology in an affordable, local, and personal convention. The intimate setting allows delegates the ability to access technical presentations and communicate with the exhibitors, without having to fly a long distance or pay large convention fees. This year, the virtual convention delegate registration fee is $50. The WABE Exhibit floor is always filled with new and emerging media technologies that allow delegates to explore, learn and network with people who can help you keep your knowledge fresh, your company competitive and your department moving forward. Visit our website to view the convention and papers schedule, along with our list of exhibitors and sponsors.

Rob Brown

You can access our online registration system on our WABE website by clicking the link below. Make sure to register by Thursday, Oct. 28th. (Any registrations received after that date cannot be guaranteed to receive convention site login credentials prior to the start of the convention.)

Rob Brown, WABE President