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121st AES Convention Broadcast Events

In the 18 years that DKB Broadcast Associates’ David Bialik (pictured) has served as AES Convention broadcast events chair, radio has experienced seismic shifts in technology and programming. Events planned for the AES 121st Convention (October 5–8, 2006, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco) will address a broad spectrum of emerging and long-standing issues that continue to challenge industry professionals.

For “Innovations in Digital Radio,” Bialik will moderate a panel comprising Tony Masiello (XM Radio), David Layer (NAB), Geir Skaaden (Neural Audio), Tim Carroll (Linear Acoustics), Dave Wilson (Consumer Electronics Association), Jan P. Andrews (NPR Labs) and Mike Lyons (Ibiquity). The panel will discuss multicasting, use of translators, watermarking, satellite radio and IBOC innovations.

Dave Wilson of CEA will moderate the panel “Surround Sound for Digital Radio,” comprising panelists Steve Lyman (Dolby Labs), Robert Bleidt (Fraunhaufer), Alan Kraemer (SRS), Geir Skaaden (Neural Audio), Frank Foti (Telos-Omnia), Mike Lyons (Ibiquity) and Alex Kosiorek (Corbett Studio/Cincinnati Public Radio).

The “Loudness Workshop” will address concerns about optimum sound quality in the age of multichannel sound and digital broadcasting. Moderated by Emil Torrick, former head of CBS Labs, the panel includes Thomas Lund (TC Electronic), Jeff Reidmiller (Dolby Labs), Frank Foti (Telos-Omnia), Gilbert Soulodre (CRC) and Bob Orban (CRL Orban).

Brad Dick, editor of Broadcast Engineering magazine, will moderate “Audio for HDTV—The Lip Sync Issue.” The panel features Kent Terry (Dolby Labs), Stanley Chayka (Sigma Electronics), Junichi Yoshio (Pioneer Corporation) and J. Patrick Waddell (Harmonics Inc.).

“Broadcasting In the IP Age” moderator David Layer (NAB) will chair a distinguished panel that includes Tony Masiello (XM Radio), Eric Manchester (America Online), Andy Butler (PBS), Dan Braverman (Radio Systems), Michael Dosch (Axia), Gregory Massey (APT) and Fridolin Mueller (D.A.V.I.D. Systems). Issues to be considered include streaming, automated playback, control and delivery.

Radio World columnist and Microsoft executive Skip Pizzi will moderate “Audio Transport for Broadcast Over Distance,” featuring a blue-ribbon panel that includes Russ Hamm (Rainbow Broadband), Herb Squire (DSI), Art Constantine (APT), Rolf Taylor (Telos), Bob Band (Harris) and Chris Crump (Comrex Corp.).

For a calendar of 121st AES Convention event dates, times and locations, visit