||Uncontested Officers Win Election By a Landslide;
CBT Shows Off KCET "Tapeless" System
||LMA Lands Another Station
||KSWB Heads to Media Mesa
||KNSD Lays Off Eleven
||How the Networks Push Their Content;
Gas-fired Generators You Can Wear
by Gary Stigall
and Its Fine Line of Cart Killers
So you really can start in electronics making doo-dads for music bands
and work your way into a "real" business. Robert Easton did. After 26 years,
now they dominate in the niche product line of easy-to-access hard drive
spot recorders. These aren't Windows NT units with menu-driven, run-of-the-mill
operator assist automation. No--their most popular units use dedicated,
single-button access to audio files, seemingly made for the kind of staccato
radio shows Rick Dees has made famous at KIIS-FM in L.A.
Steve Gordoni, is West Coast Sales Manager for 360, and LA SBE Chapter
Chairman. He visits us in San Diego November 21 during a busy month, between
the NAB Radio Convention in Seattle and SMPTE Convention in Pasadena.
How did 360 Systems get involved in hard drive recorders? (Hint: it
has nothing to do with broadcasting.) What did they do about storage during
the dark ages of sub-100Mb hard drives? What can you do with their products
that can't be done with an off-the-shelf PC?
Come find out November 21 at 7:00 p.m., social hour before at 6:00 p.m.
Location: KFMB AM/FM/TV facility, 7677 Engineer Road, Studio B.
From Interstate 805, take Clairemont Mesa Boulevard exit east two long
blocks to Ruffner Road (at the Unocal 76 station). Turn right (south).
Proceed three blocks to Engineer Road. Station is on the corner. Turn left,
then enter driveway at right. Enter parking lot through security gate,
and park in any unreserved space. Studio B is toward rear of building.
Access through parking lot. Front offices will be closed.
From State Route 163, take Clairemont Mesa Boulevard exit west about
1 mile to Ruffner Road (at the Unocal 76 station). (Do not confuse with
Ruffin Road two miles east.) Turn left (south). Proceed three blocks to
Engineer Road. Station is on the corner. Turn left, then enter driveway
at right. Enter parking lot through security gate, and park in any
unreserved space. Studio B is toward rear of building. Access through parking
lot. Front offices will be closed.
New Officers Installed
by Fred Gotwald and Gary Stigall
CBT Systems Hosts
The meeting was called to order a little after 7 pm at Creative Broadcast
Technique Systems by Jack Moran, Chairman. The first order of business
was the election of officers.
The following were nominated and subsequently voted in:
Bea Finley reported the bank balances of: $920.36 in Wells Fargo $1893.75
in Union Bank.
Gary Stigall, KFMB-TV, Chairman
Bob Vaillancourt, KNSD (TV), Vice-Chairman
Fred Gotwald, Sun Microsystems, Secretary/Treasurer
Oscar Medina, KNSD (TV), Certification Chair.
A few words were said in memory of Steve Sellman. It was noted that
the Sellman family appreciated the help from John Barcroft and Lee McGowan.
Gary stated that a future meeting would be advertised at local colleges
and be open for students to attend. A short discussion followed regarding
whether it should be open to all or just those in a technical degree program.
Gary expressed the desire for Chapter 36 to sponsor a local scholarship.
Mike Tosch asked if any consideration could be given to holding meetings
at lunchtime. Discussion followed without conclusion. John Barcroft moved
that the Chapter hold a buffet lunch, free for members, or anyone who became
a member at the lunch. Bea Finley seconded the motion, it was voted on
and passed. The lunch is tentatively scheduled for December. [FG]
CBT Systems showed us a large, virtually tapeless, television system
ready for shipment to KCET (PBS) Los Angeles. This ambitious system included
countless Tektronix Profile drives and an expansive Philips router. The
only tape is on an Ampex data archiving system. Further, they let us preview
some of the plans for KABC-TV's new plant. Many found manager Darrell Wenhardt's
narrative of system problem-solving inspirational.
Many thanks for Doreen Kaarto's assistance with catering (great food!)
and other organizing minutae. [GS]
Jacor Manages Another Station
And XHRM Makes Eleven...
by Gary Stigall, KFMB-TV
On September 14, Jacor Communications subsidiary Citicasters took over
the reins of XHRM (92.5 MHz) Tijuana in a Local Marketing Agreement (LMA)
with owners Radio Moderna. On that Monday, XHRM began playing the light
urban gold "Magic" music, moving that format from 95.7 MHz recently acquired
For now, the XHRM studios have not moved from National City, according
to Jacor's San Diego Director of Engineering Kevin Douglass.
KMCG Carlsbad/San Diego has begun playing a "Mix" format of automated
contemporary music somewhat reminiscent of KUPR's ecclectic format on that
frequency just two years ago.
Kevin's supervision of the constant musical chair changes during the
past two years led me to ask him if he was finally going to be able to
take a vacation with what seems like a final move for Jacor in the market.
Kevin answered, "A what??!!"
The Dub-Dub-Double-You-Be Moves North
Chula Vista's only TV station has taken up residence in...Kearny Mesa.
KSWB, acquired by Tribune Corporation two years ago for $70-million, has
a new home in San Diego in the same neighborhood as most other local TV
Chief Engineer John Weigand told us that they started technical operations
from 7191 Engineer Road (across the street from Jacor's Airwatch Traffic,
formerly KGB/KPOP) on September 12 at 9 a.m. The administrative offices
opened for business September 25. Their new phone number is 619-492-9269
Asked to comment on details of the move, John said, it's a "work in
progress. I would like to consider hosting an SBE meeting after the first
of the year."
A San Diego Union-Tribune report said that KSWB won't begin news operations
until fall 1999. The UHF channel 69 station has been increasingly popular
since becoming a Warner Brothers affiliate and changing their call sign
from KTTY in 1996.
KNSD Lays Off Eleven
Early in September, KNSD sent home eleven employees in a sudden staff
reduction, one an engineer and SBE member. Kent Doetkott, eleven years
experience, had the least seniority on staff. He had just undergone
training in Panasonic DVC Pro maintenance and was considered an expert
in Sony tape maintenance.
According to a Union-Tribune report, management projections of lower
profits in the coming fiscal year led to the layoffs. Most layoffs were
from the news department.
How the Networks do that Partner Thing
by Gary Stigall, KFMB-TV
When you go to KGTV.com, you're immediately
redirected to cooperative frames with information from the stations' affiliated
network, abcnews.com. KFMB
is similarly associated with cbsnow.com. KNSD
has already returned to a more local look, but maintains links to, and
national news from, MSNBC, the General Electric/Microsoft partnership.
What are the mechanics behind these news behemoths? If you know your
way around a network, you might be interested in a story Fred Gotwald caught
on the "Oracle Technology Network":
The story describes CBS.com and how it "Provides for Sharing Content, Ads
Between Network Affiliates."
And Now the Award for the Best Technical Content on a Local Station
In case you thought TV station sites were largely portals to stale news
updates and pop TV culture, you're...mostly right. But before you completely
blow them off, check out the links at:
Be prepared with Quicktime Virtual Reality to view the station's main control
rooms and a panorama of the San Diego skyline. Be patient if you have a
conventional modem, but you might be rewarded with an ooh and an aah.
KGTV also treats you to some interesting glimpses into the past. Unfortunately,
the 1933 picture of the precursor radio station KFSD isn't large enough
to make out any detail, but the other photos are priceless. Did you know
that the station has been in its present location for forty years? The
rather futuristic design of the late 1950's has held up well.
Elsewhere on the Web...
Ron Foo of Jacor points out an interesting article in BusinessWeek regarding
Massachusetts Institute of Technology research into "Micro Generators."
These are "gas turbine engines with flow path diameters of one to several
millimeters and rocket engines which look like a computer chip." And they're
apparently just about ready for production. BusinessWeek charges for peeks
to its archives, but you can find the original material at the MIT
Gas Turbine Research site. Which is a good thing--this information
is so bizarre, you might think it's a hoax.
Chapter Gains New Sustaining Members
by Gary Stigall
Leitch and Harris Communications Radio Transmission Products now help
support the SBE San Diego Chapter.
Steve Wong joined ASC, the video hard drive recorder specialists, in
Los Angeles. You might remember their recent demonstration at our meeting
at KGTV. The company was acquired by Leitch, and Steve has become their
sales manager for this region. Leitch has made a wide variety of video
and audio distribution and storage products for some time. Now they're
a major player in digital distribution and "glue" products as well.
Ed Longcrier of Harris has become a regular at chapter meetings now,
and we've shared a few stories about radio in the 70's in the Pacific Northwest.
We've both worked with Gates and Harris transmitters, and now he's proud
to represent Harris for broadcast radio transmission products in southern
Our thanks to you both.
The Computer Law:
All computers cost $2,000:
A $1,000 computer will need $500 of hardware upgrades and $500 of labor.
A $1,500 computer will need $250 of hardware upgrades and $250 of supporting
labor. A $2,000 computer needs no added hardware or support.
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