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NAB Opens 2021 Marconi Radio Awards Nomination Window

Mon, 10 May 2021 08:28:00 -0400

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards and will be accepting submissions until May 31. Established in 1989 and named for inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the prestigious awards recognize overall excellence and performance in radio.
Station and on-air personality nominations may be submitted for the 23 awards presented in the following categories:
•Legendary Station of the Year
•Legendary Manager of the Year
•Radio Station of the Year by Market Size
•Radio Station of the Year by Format
•Personality of the Year by Market Size
•Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year
•Best Radio Podcast of the Year
The NAB Marconi Radio Awards finalists are selected by an independent task force of broadcasters and will be announced in July. Winners will be recognized during a special event at the Radio Show, held October 13-14, 2021 in Las Vegas, and co-located with NAB Show.
All nominations must be submitted through the NAB member portal. The complete list of categories, entry rules and qualifications can be found here.

Sennheiser Creates New HM 200 Headmic for Broadcasting, Theaters, Musicals

Fri, 07 May 2021 08:27:00 -0400

Sennheiser has launched the HM 200, a sturdy yet lightweight headmic that brings the esteemed sound of the MKE 1 lavalier microphone into a headset configuration.
“The HM 200 has had an immense success as a custom-made product in our home broadcast market,” explains Tom Vollmers, Manager Professional Portfolio at Sennheiser. “It was about time that we turned this top-of-the-range headmic into a series product and brought it to broadcasters as well as theatre and musical sound designers everywhere.”
The HM 200 uses the capsule of Sennheiser’s smallest lavalier mic, the MKE 1, which is known for providing all the advantages of an omni-directional design – such as lower susceptibility to wind noise – while still putting an audible focus on the speaker’s voice. The headmic is virtually invisible from a distance while offering powerful sound – this makes the HM 200 an ideal choice for musical productions.
The metal frame of this headset microphone is lightweight, robust and flexible; its fixed cable is fitted with a professional 3-pin connector. The boom arm is shorter than with other models which adds to the inconspicuous nature of the design.
The HME 200 is silver-colored with transparent ear-bows and a beige cable. It comes with a beige foam windshield, one large and one small protection cap for the make-up artist, six attachment clips and a transport case.

Rosenworcel on Anniversary of 5G Security-Focused Prague Proposals

Thu, 06 May 2021 09:06:40 -0400

Two years ago, the Czech Republic hosted officials from thirty-two countries, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the Prague 5G Security Conference. Recognizing both the critical role 5G will play for their economies and the threat of untrusted vendors to 5G networks, conference attendees agreed on a set of security recommendations for 5G networks known as the Prague Proposals. Over the past two years, these proposals have helped encourage a more coordinated approach to 5G network security. Today, Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel issued the following statement:
“Today we mark the second anniversary of the Prague 5G Security Conference. I am pleased to say that over the last two years the FCC has made real progress in advancing many of the recommendations in the Prague Proposals. But I am reminded every day that we still have more work to do to ensure that our 5G future is safe and secure for all. Moreover, I am guided by the conviction that working with our allies and multilateral institutions can multiply our strength across the globe. I believe that we can continue to spur global action on this shared challenge.”
Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel has directed the FCC to pursue a proactive, three-pronged strategy to build a secure, resilient, and next-generation communications supply chain for the 5G future. This includes direct action to limit the presence of equipment from untrusted vendors both at home and abroad; speed the way for trustworthy innovation; and collaborate across government, with industry, and with partner nations on a multifaceted, strategic approach to protect next-generation networks from all threats.

May 5, 2021 is Tower Technician Appreciation Day

Wed, 05 May 2021 09:08:52 -0400

The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association unveiled a commemoration declaring Wednesday, May 5, 2021 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day. For the fifth consecutive year, a day has been set aside by NATE and the industry in order to pay tribute to the important work that communications infrastructure technicians conduct on a daily basis to enable a connected world.

NATE encourages member companies and industry stakeholders to use Wednesday, May 5 as a day of commemoration to host recognition events within their respective organizations to pay tribute to the technicians they employ. The Association also encourages companies to incorporate #TowerTechAppreciationDay into social media posts throughout the day.

“NATE is honored to proclaim Wednesday, May 5, 2021 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day in order to highlight the immense contributions that these skilled professionals provide to the industry,” said NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “Over the last 14 months alone, tower technicians have demonstrated their essential roles to the country’s economy by deploying the 5G and broadband infrastructure and related networks while simultaneously navigating a global pandemic. These men and women are true heroes and the MVP’s of the industry in my book,” added Miller.

To download and print the official Tower Technician Appreciation Day Proclamation, visit HERE.

Blackmagic Design Unveils New Low Price for ATEM Mini Pro, ATEM Mini Pro ISO

Mon, 03 May 2021 08:51:00 -0400

Blackmagic Design has unveiled a new lower price for its ATEM Mini Pro and ATEM Mini Pro ISO live production switchers. The ATEM Mini Pro will now be reduced to $495 and the ATEM Mini Pro ISO model will become $795.
This is a reduction of $100 for both models and the new price will help to make live production more affordable for anyone who wants to set up streaming television stations for broadcasting to a worldwide audience. With built in recording, streaming and multiview monitoring, the ATEM Mini Pro models have been the best way for customers to create high quality multi camera live production for streaming worldwide to platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitch TV and more.
“Since we released these models last year, we have been working hard to make improvements in our manufacturing processes to help reduce the cost of building the ATEM Mini family” says Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “This reduction of $100 on both models will help make these switchers more affordable for people setting up streaming television stations to share their knowledge and skills with a worldwide audience on YouTube, Facebook and more!”

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The ABCs of Multimeter Safety from Fluke

Where safety is a concern, choosing a multimeter is like choosing a motorcycle helmet, if you have a “ten dollar” head, choose a “ten dollar” helmet. If you value your head, get a quality helmet. The hazards of motorcycle riding are obvious, but what’s the issue with multimeters? As long as you choose a multimeter with a high enough voltage rating, aren’t you safe? Voltage is voltage, isn’t it?

Not exactly. Engineers who analyze multimeter safety often discover that failed units were subjected to a much higher voltage than the user thought he was measuring. There are the occasional accidents when the meter, rated for low voltage (1000 V or less), was used to measure medium voltage, such as 4160 V. Just as common, the knock-out blow had nothing to do with misuse - it was a momentary high-voltage spike or transient that hit the multimeter input without warning.

To protect you against transients, safety must be built into the test equipment. What performance specification should you look for, especially if you know that you could be working on high-energy circuits? The task of defining safety standards for test equipment is addressed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This organization develops international safety standards for electrical test equipment.

The good folks at Fluke have put together a truly informative and important guide on the subject. It describes in full detail the how's and why's of the subject and how to get the job done and stay safe every time. You can read the entire paper here.

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