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Omnia’s Frank Foti to Head HD Radio Sessions

For the third consecutive year, Omnia president Frank Foti has been invited to The Conclave Learning Conference in Minneapolis, again teaming with radio programmer Don Kelly for a discussion called “Begin the Revolution: HD Radio For Fun & Profit.” The two-part session takes place Friday, July 23, 2005 at the Marriott City Center.

“I’m really looking forward to The Conclave.” says Foti. “Last year was fantastic. The programmers at our session were amazed at how good music sounds in surround; this year they’ll be positively blown away when they hear discrete 5.1 broadcast over HD Radio!”

Telos/Omnia and Fraunhofer Institute (FhG), the developers of MP3 and MPEG AAC audio coding, gave two over-the-air demonstrations of HD Radio surround-sound transmission method using Telos, Omnia and Axia studio equipment at this year’s NAB Convention in Las Vegas. Unlike old-fashioned “matrix” schemes, the Fraunhofer system works with existing HD Radio codec and transmission equipment, and is fully compatible with stereo broadcasts and source material.

Foti has authored a compelling white paper discussing the technical and marketplace advantages of multi-channel FM entitled The Killer App for FM: 5.1 Surround Sound. The paper can be downloaded from the Omnia Audio website at

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