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The company is making the moves as it looks beyond the repack and positions itself for international growth

CINCINNATI — GatesAir has announced five personnel moves to build its executive team, including the promotion of Rich Redmond to the role of president, GatesAir International.

CEO Bruce Swail created the executive-level management positions to maintain global revenue growth and profitability, the company said.

The other moves include:

  • Ted Lantz, promoted to VP and GM, Radio;
  • Keyur Parikh, who now is VP and GM, Intraplex;
  • Tony Kobrinetz, who becomes VP of Engineering; and
  • Ray Miklius, who becomes VP and GM, Television

Redmond has held sales, product management and executive-level roles during his more than 20-year tenure with the company across all aspects of the business. Since the formation of GatesAir in 2014, he has served as chief product officer. 

“As we look beyond repack, we see substantial potential in our international markets,” said Swail.

Miklius, Lantz and Parikh have led their respective business units in director roles since the formation of GatesAir.

All five will be based at GatesAir’s U.S. offices in Mason, Ohio, and Quincy, Ill.


Rich Redmond was elevated to president of GatesAir International

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Revolabs Gets Name Change

The company is now known as Yamaha Unified Communications Inc.

HAMAMATSU, Japan ―Audio and teleconferencing technology company Revolabs Inc. has been renamed, reflecting its position as a U.S. subsidiary of Yamaha Corp.

Effective June 1, the Sudbury, Mass.-based company is now known as Yamaha Unified Communications Inc. According to the announcement, “Yamaha has changed the corporate name of Revolabs to clearly indicate its relationship with the Yamaha Group.”

[Read about Revolabs’ five-wire mics feature local and remote mute functionality and LED status indicator.]

The company was founded in 2005 and was brought under the Yamaha umbrella in 2014 as a wholly owned subsidiary. Its principal lines of business are described as “development, manufacturing, and marketing of remote conferencing systems and wireless microphone systems.”

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The update must be installed prior to June 24 at 11:45 a.m.

RYE BROOK, N.Y. — Attention Sage ENDEC users: the company has released an important firmware update of CAP alert authentication certificates.

The company says that this is only for Digital ENDEC model 3644 units that already have version 89-30 installed and is not applicable for Canadian units.

The update must be installed prior to June 24 at 11:45 a.m. (EDT); after that time, the units without the updated will be unable to receive CAP alerts from FEMA IPAWS and some other providers.

Additionally, the updated firmware includes root certificates used for HTTPS access to websites that provide audio files for alerts from state or county alert originators.

Note that this update will not change ENDEC settings.

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Manages all sales and support for NeoGroupe products in North America


LAVAL, Quebec — French firm NeoGroupe has opened a North American subsidiary, NGI Software .

Established March 1, NGI Software is located in Laval, Quebec and manages all sales and support for NeoGroupe’s products on the North American markets.

With François Beaumier as CEO, Neogroupe says NGI Software provides closer support to its clients on the continent and allows for further expansion of its software solutions in those regions.

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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.

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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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