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BILL PUTNAM HONORED The late M.T. Bill Putnam, founder of Universal Audio, received a Technical Grammy at a special ceremony held in Los Angeles. Putnam's
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BILL PUTNAM HONOREDThe late M.T. Bill Putnam, founder of Universal Audio, received a Technical Grammy at a special ceremony held in Los Angeles. Putnam's son William Putnam, CEO of Universal, accepted the award on his father's behalf: "My father would be touched by this acknowledgment from the industry that shaped his life."

During his career, Bill Putnam worked with many legendary artists, including Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles, and pioneered a number of studio designs that remain in use today.

First issued in 1994, the Technical Grammy is granted to individuals and companies, recognizing technical contributions to the recording industry. Past winners include Ray Dolby, Rupert Neve and Georg Neumann.

NEUTRIK FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST SWITCHCRAFTNeutrik, manufacturers of audio connectors, recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Switchcraft Inc. The dispute concerns Neutrik's Speakon product line. Neutrik seeks to enjoin Switchcraft from both manufacturing and selling its HPC (High Power Connector). Neutrik has also filed charges alleging trademark infringement, dilution of a federally registered trademark and unfair competition and false designation of origin, regarding Switchcraft's promotion of its HPC line.

DIGITAL CONSOLE FOCUS GROUP REPORTS AVAILABLEMedia & Marketing and Keith Hatschek & Associates are making available the results of a 1999 focus group on the small-format digital console market. The report comprises two separate sections: The first is devoted to music recording, and the second centers on the needs of the project post market.

Keith Hatschek noted: "Our participants offered a true cross-section of these complementary customer bases, from award-winning sound designers to musicians working in bedroom studios." The report is offered to non-clients on a first-come/first-served basis.

For more information, contact Hatschek at 415/227-0894 or info@hatschek.com, or contact Mel Lambert, head of Media & Marketing, at 818/558-3924 or mediapr@earthlink.net.

NAB GOES TO VEGASThe NAB show will take place April 8-13, 2000, in Las Vegas. The show consists of new technology exhibits, workshops, conferences, an awards ceremony and several luncheons. The highlighted exhibits include Audio Production Equipment and Accessories, Digital Television/HDTV, and Internet Products and Services. For more information or to register, visit www.nab.org/conventions or call 888/622-8830.

INNOVATION IN COMMUNICATION AWARDSaatchi & Saatchi is now accepting entries for its Innovation in Communication Award. The award recognizes inventors whose creations have the potential to revolutionize the communications field. The competition is open to innovators who work in a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to science and technology, the arts, mass communication and education.

The panel of judges for this year's competition includes Paul Davies, astrophysicist; Edward de Bono, creative thinker; Brian Eno, multimedia artist; Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine; Pattie Maes, associate professor at MIT; and Kjell Nordestrom, economist.

The deadline for entries is May 31, 2000. For more information and official entry requirements, visit www.saatchisaatchi.com.

AUDIO-TECHNICA GOES TO THE OLYMPICSThe Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organization (SOBO), broadcaster for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and Panasonic have selected Audio-Technica to provide over 1,000 microphones for the upcoming Olympic Games. SOBO issued the statement, "Providing the international signal for the Olympics is a mammoth undertaking, and the range of mics being offered by A-T is in keeping with the demands of the coverage."

According to A-T, a wide variety of its mics will be used in the more than 3,200 hours of live, stereo coverage, including AT4071a and AT4073a shotguns, MT830R and AT831 lapel mics, AT849, AT845T, AT961Rx and AT961RWx boundary mics, as well as AT895 adaptive-array mics.

RESTRUCTURING AT TELEXTelex has announced the formation of a new U.S. sales organization, the Telex Pro Audio Group-the latest result of its 1998 merger with Electro-Voice. The new sales organization will be responsible for all domestic sales and customer service support for Electro-Voice, Telex, Altec Lansing, University Sound, Midas, Klark Teknik and DDA. Additionally, the group will divide into two focused units: live sound and installed sound.

In the live sound division, Garry Templin has been appointed VP of sales, and in the installed sound division, Tom Hansen has been appointed director of sales. Both Templin and Hansen will report directly to John Palleschi, Telex group VP.

For more information, visit www.electrovoice.com or call 800/667-3968.