February 22, 2016 Scottsdale, AZ - Broadcast Industry Group (BIG) member companies will be attending, and exhibiting at, several broadcast industry events in the upcoming 60 days. Events include:
|Phoenix SBE||Wednesday February 24th||Phoenix, AZ|
|National Religious Broadcasters||Wednesday February 24th-Friday February 26th||Nashville, TN|
|Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters||Friday March 31st-April 1st||Tulsa, OK|
|National Association of Broadcasters||Monday April 18th-Thursday April 21st||Las Vegas, NV|
Broadcast Industry Group consolidates sales, marketing, and promotions for group members. A united presence is on display at trade shows, SBE activities, local and state broadcast group meetings, and other broadcast industry events throughout the year. Member organizations of BIG include:
Scottsdale, AZ - September 1st, 2015 - Broadcast Industry Group (BIG) will be exhibiting at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic held at the Madison Marriott West Hotel October 13th-15th, 2015. The yearly event is being held in conjunction with the 2015 SBE National Meeting.
BIG and Jampro Television Sales Engineer Jeff Clarine, Manufacturer's Representative Andy Cole from SCMS, and David Rusch of Orban North America Sales and Media, will be on site during exhibit hours at the clinic. Broadcast Industry Group consolidates sales, marketing, and promotions for group members. A united presence is on display at trade shows, SBE activities, local and state broadcast group meetings, and other broadcast industry events throughout the year.
Member organizations of BIG include:
Broadcast Industry Group (BIG) Event at NABSHOW 2015
Monday, February 23rd 2015 - Orban, a worldwide leader in audio processing for AM, FM, TV, and Internet broadcasting announces their slate of events through the end of March, 2015. In conjunction with Broadcast Industry Group (BIG), Orban will exhibit and demonstrate across the country at SBE meetings and regional trade shows.
National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, TN with PC Products
Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing, MI with BIG members
San Diego, CA SBE with Founder/VP of Engineering Bob Orban
Tucson, AZ SBE with President Jay Brentlinger
Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Convention in Oklahoma City, OK with David Rusch (media) and BIG members
January 30, 2015 Pineville, NC - Broadcast Industry Group (BIG) will be exhibiting at The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention in Nashville, TN February 23rd through 26th, 2015. From their website http://www.nrbconvention.org/, NRB is described as a "jam-packed, four-day event that connects, equips, and edifies thousands of Christian communicators". BIG will feature a 1000 square foot booth displaying the latest technologies for TV, radio and Internet broadcasting.
BIG members include BW Broadcast, StreamGuys, Orban, SCMS, Jampro, and DaySequerra. Representatives from all companies will be on hand.
November 20th, 2014 Pineville, NC - BIG (Broadcast Industry Group) members Jampro, SCMS, and Orban announce that Jeff Clarine assumes the role of USA TV Sales Engineer. He will oversee sales of Orban television audio processors, in addition to his current role in sales for Jampro Antennas. Orban TV products sold under his leadership will be supplied by SCMS. All companies are founding members of the recently formed BIG www.BroadcastIndustryGroup.com, select suppliers of products and services to television, radio, and Internet broadcasters.
Jeff Clarine is a graduate of Brown Institute of Broadcasting and Electronics and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Minnesota State University at Mankato. Based in Minnesota, he has worked in television sales roles over the past 20 years for Phillips, LARCAN, and Rohde and Schwarz in addition to Jampro. Jeff has also worked as television engineer at station KEYC-TV in Mankato. He stated, “I am pleased to expand my role in television sales nationwide. Orban has been a name synonymous with quality products for as long as I can remember, and the existing client base I service for Jampro are the same customers who, in most cases, make buying decisions for audio processing. It will be a synergistic endeavor as we represent these fine companies. I believe in working as an aid to the engineer, consultant or owner. Effective and easy solutions are what it's all about.”
BIG member companies and representatives will present at SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers) meetings for Buffalo and Rochester/Syracuse in December, the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) Show in Nashville in February, and the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention in Las Vegas in April. More events to occur within the next 6 months will be added. Orban VP of Sales and Media David Rusch comments, "Over just a few months' time, Orban has already worked on projects with BIG members Stream Guys, SCMS, and now Jampro. With the addition of Jeff Clarine, who has represented Jampro for many years, we are operating within this new industry consortium for the mutual benefit of all involved. As we proceed, all members will see joint sales and marketing opportunities. We'll work together to better serve the broadcast industry." BIG members include BW Broadcast, StreamGuys, Orban, SCMS, Jampro, and DaySequerra.
For more information, contact Bob Cauthen at SCMS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-438-6040.
BY MIGUEL A. RODRIGUEZ
This article first appeared on RadioWorld.com
BOSTON — The beauty of Internet radio is that anyone can be a broadcaster. Of course, a great deal of planning and partnerships is required to deliver a professional streaming experience.
Boston Baroque was the first permanent Baroque orchestra in North America upon its establishment in 1973. Renowned for lively, emotionally-charged performances that reflect the eras in which the music was composed (1610-1820), the orchestra enjoys an international following that appreciates its recorded output as much as its concerts.
Global fan interest in the orchestra's recordings was a driving influence in the launch of Boston Baroque Radio earlier this month, a 24/7 stream now live on www.bostonbaroque.com. Working with StreamGuys, the online radio station allows us to reach tens of thousands of listeners worldwide on a regular basis, entertaining the current fan base outside of the concert hall while developing a new outlet for audience building.
StreamGuys' experience with professional radio broadcasters was instrumental in our decision. Our focus was on launching a pure-play stream that sounded like a true radio station, with introductions and conclusions at the end of every piece. With great care given to the programming element, we needed to deliver that content with the same reliability of an over-the-air station.
We had conversations with several engineers in the broadcast space, many of whom confirmed StreamGuys offers a reliable service with exceptional audio quality.
The audio quality coming from the StreamGuys content delivery network architecture has been outstanding. With three Grammy nominations to our name, Boston Baroque's 24 commercially available recordings have been produced at the highest definition possible. Therefore, it was crucial to translate that quality from the board of directors, our music director and listeners has been positive.
Certainly, many CDNs can deliver quality and reliability in audio streams, However StreamGuys offers an HTML5 mulitmedia player – called SGplayer – that delivers a richer consumer experience. The player, which is embedded within our website, connects listeners to Amazon and other sales outlets via live links, allowing fans of specific pieces to purchase the music from these sites.
Our listeners can also access and enjoy the player from the platform of their choice, which is a substantial benefit of SGplayer. Importantly, listeners can stream the station on a variety of mobile devices — a necessity for audience-building. This ensures that Boston Baroque remains relevant with younger listeners who consume music through nontraditional means, including Android and iOS devices.
StreamGuys additionally is supporting our outreach in the streaming universe through listings on iHeartRadio and TuneIn, two streaming aggregation services that expand our visibility online. StreamGuys remains one of the few CDNs whose clients' hosted streams are recognized and supported on the iHeartRadio platform, which offers another advantage for audience expansion.
Understanding our audience is important for growth, and Boston Baroque Radio is using a comprehensive suite of business software from StreamGuys. Specifically, the SGmon service provides us with real-time analytics to monitor peak usage time, helping us make informed decisions in regards to scaling streams and associated concurrent user limits. Additionally SGreports software will offer a deeper dive into audience analytics, with detailed metrics on content usage tied to hits, visitors, streaming platforms and play duration.
The software package includes SGalerts, which triggers email alerts in the event of a service interruption. We're immediately notified if an encoder or hardware component associated with the streaming architecture fails. This is a value-added service that supplements StreamGuys' exceptional technical support.
Moving forward, we expect to explore advanced services made possible through StreamGuys' SGplayer. This includes revenue generation through dynamic ad insertion, which would allow sponsors to become part of our online presence. We will soon begin streaming live concert performances on Boston Baroque Radio, which could potentially drive a subscription service protected by StreamGuys' SGpasskey system. In the meantime, we're looking forward to listener feedback to determine how we evolve the service in the future.
For information, contact Jonathan Speaker at StreamGuys in California at (707) 667-9479 or visit www.streamguys.com.
The new CEO of GatesAir spent two decades of his career working as an executive in the oil and gas industry, where companies face billion-dollar decisions and where time "from concept to delivery" — from drilling an exploratory well to producing oil — can take more than a decade.
GatesAir, formerly Harris Broadcast, has been through a lot of changes in the past couple of years, as have the radio and TV industries on which it built. I was curious to hear from Phil Argyris (“AR-jir-riss”) how he views his company's mission and outlook.
I found that, like many top executives in broadcast supply, he tends not to get caught in the day-to-day whirl of ups and downs, and professes a confident view of our industry's long-term soundness.
In 2013, Harris Corp. divested its broadcast operations, as they were acquired by the Gores Group,a private investment firm. Subsequently, Gores separated the broadcast business into entities called Imagine Communications and GatesAir, with Charlie Vogt leading both as chief executive officer at first. Imagine Communications would focus on IP, software-defined networks, cloud and multiscreen technology while GatesAir, a wholly owned but separate operating company would serve wireless, over-the-air content delivery for radio and TV broadcasters.
This August, Vogt named Argyris to run GatesAir as CEO. Argyris holds an MBA in industrial relations and organization behavior from Temple University's Fox School of Business Management and a bachelor of business administration in human resources with Amoco/BP from 1980 to 1999, then went to NCR Corp., where he was vice president of HR.
He joined Harris Corp. in 2003 and most recently held the position of VP/GM of transmission systems. His work for Harris/Gates Air has included R&D, product line management and marketing roles.
I asked Argyris how he defines the mission of GatesAir now.
"We're still in the business of helping our customers drive the wireless delivery of content," he told me by phone. "It's not always a product delivery — you need to be building a solution for them — but as to our overall products, we're a transmission company, primarily. Our mission is to drive over-the-air content with lower cost of ownership."
While the company considers itself the world's largest provider of radio transmitters and among the biggest providers of TV transmission, its products also create and transport content; it makes audio consoles, routing systems and audio distributions/STLs as well as transmitters.
GatesAir and its 300 or so employees are not entirely separate from Imagine; Vogt continues to oversee it, and "we're still finishing the carveout," Argyris said. "We also have a relationship in cross-selling; were part of the Gores team. But independence is their direction. We're 95 percent there. We're on our own; I remind our team of that all the time."
Manufacturing and service are centered in Quincy, Ill., while engineering and product lines are in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati.
Change has brought a different feel to the company, he said. Whereas former parent Harris Corp. focused largely on government business, "the speed at which we have to do things is really different. In our business at GatesAir, we have a more entrepreneurial view of things. And we don't have to turn anywhere." Important corporate decisions, he indicated, can be made in Quincy and Mason. His remarks echo what Chief Product Officer Rich Redmond told me earlier this year, that the company would be "a lot more nimble, focused, approachable.
When Harris Corp. announced its broadcast divestiture plans in 2013, I wrote that companies tend not to exit markets they feel are strong and growing. The subsequent price paid by Gores seemed low compared to prior broadcast acquisitions Harris had made, particularly in TV; so taken together, along with the growth challenges faced by all commercial broadcast manufacturers in recent years, I wondered about the overall health of the underlying market.
In its public statements, GatesAir has indicated that booms in both content and demand for content are good for radio and TV networks. Also, it sees opportunities in the digital conversions happening around the world, particularly in the emerging countries, as well as in a likely "repack" of U.S. wireless spectrum. And executives, at GatesAir and elsewhere, have told me the global RF market is healthier than many in the United States might realize.
Argyris himself is emphatic: He is bullish about over-the-air broadcast.
"We have a fantastic medium in the radio and TV world to deliver content in a really inexpensive way, because of our one-to-many technology. Whether it's DAB in Europe or HD Radio in the United States, we've been able to allow the broadcasters to increase the amount of the content they can deliver."
The combination of technology, new standards and a "huge" global listening/viewing public is powerful, he said. As media evolve, broadcasters "are still an important piece of that formula. We were relevant 15 years ago, and we're going to be relevant tomorrow."
For instance, he said, “I had a conversation with four young people who described themselves as millennials. They describe how they cut the cord after growing up in a cable/satellite environment; they told me how they watch over-the-air TV as well as the Internet on demand.” The broadcast business, he said firmly, is viable. “I'm excited about it.”
Expect the company to continue its emphasis on power efficiency and the concept of total cost of ownership, a financial term that helps buyers and sellers calculate both direct and indirect costs. For Argyris, TCO goes beyond transmitter specifications to overall use of the spectrum.
As an example on the video side, he pointed to the GatesAir LTE Mobile Offload project. This technology, developed by the Institute for Communications Technology at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany, uses broadcasting to supplement mobile network bandwidth. If mobile network operators could offload video content to “high-tower, high-power” transmitters from GatesAir, the thinking goes, operators can reduce network congestion. The system is for the DVB-T2 broadcast standard used in Europe and elsewhere; GatesAir is working with the university to commercialize it and views the concept as a natural progression for UHF broadcasting.
IP infrastructure demand continues to be strong. Argyris said; and HD Radio provides opportunities, too.”As a business decision, is it a slam dunk?" he said of HD Radio. “No, but do I see movement? Yes. We have a good business." He senses opportunities for smaller stations and "fill-ins" to invest, for instance, and thinks HD Radio technology eventually may help bring more services to station offerings.
But he doesn't expect to see globab radio consolidating around HD Radio or any one digital standard any time soon. “There's too much invested in DAB in Europe. DRM has been a long-time standard but slow to take off; China has its own standard. For right now, I think that [global standard] train has left the station.” Similarly, he doubts, that a global TV standard is ahead anytime soon.
I'd also heard that uncertainty over U.S. spectrum auctions had caused a slowdown in TV RF spending, so I asked him about that.
“It depends on your timeframe,”he replied. “We went through a massive amount of work for the [TV] analog shutoff; after that, things slowed.” Over the past year and a half, TV equipment buyers hesitated, “but right now we're seeing some things pick up” as older infrastructure ages and as users pursue more efficient investments. While television “won't make a massive move” until the spectrum repack is worked out, he said, "I have seen positive movement."
Argyris, who moved abroad to work in oil and gas at age 30, knows every geographical region differs, as do the technical challenges from industry to industry.
But although petroleum infrastructure projects involved, as he puts it, &lquo;a lot more zeroes,” businesses are businesses; you have to understand your clients.
“We're here to stay. We plan on being an industry innovator. We do those things by listening to our customers.”
Scottsdale, AZ August 26th, 2014 - Orban, SCMS, Jampro, DaySequerra, BW Broadcast, and StreamGuys announce the formation of a new mutually owned entity known as Broadcast Industry Group, or “BIG”. The purpose of BIG is to promote the consolidation of key manufacturers and service providers in the broadcast industry. All of the founding members are equal owners and will be on the Board of Directors of this industry advancement group. The first priority of Broadcast Industry Group (BIG) will be to consolidate sales, marketing, and promotions. A larger, united presence will be on display at trade shows, SBE activities, local and state broadcast group meetings, and other broadcast industry events.
Orban CEO and President C. Jayson Brentlinger stated, “For over a year I have been working with the largest names in the broadcast manufacturing industry to start the process of industry consolidation. Broadcasters are standing on the threshold of change both from new and emerging technologies, and in the way mobile media is viewed and delivered. The broadcast industry and media content providers must reshape our industry, while remaining profitable in the face of growing competition and meeting the demands of new media trends.”
SCMS President Bob Cauthen said, “On the ownership side, the broadcast industry has been changing for years. This is a very mature industry. However, it is also still exciting and lucrative. In order for equipment manufacturers and service companies to continue to grow, we must be engaged, innovative, and be proactive. Consortiums, mergers, and acquisitions are inevitable and will be more common in the next decade. Recently, a number of organizations affiliated with broadcasters, such as Nielson and Arbitron, have either merged or have become part of a consortium. SCMS remains privately owned, and we’ve enjoyed serving this industry for 38 years while providing excellent customer service and maintaining profitability. We plan to continue such positive growth. Being a part of a strong consortium of leading companies in our industry is a smart step in that direction. We intend to be a significant part of their sales and marketing efforts.”
President of Jampro Antennas for Radio and TV Alex Perchevitch remarked, “As the industry continues to evolve, we too as suppliers need to adapt to the market and needs of our customers. We believe through establishing BIG and increasing our marketing and sales potential we can better serve the industry and our effectiveness in the various markets.”
President of DaySequerra David Day added, "As many of you know, we have been actively looking to be part of a consolidation in this broadcast space, and BIG is the right combination of companies and talent at the right time to form a symbiotic consortium. We believe the ROI (return on investment) for this effort is tangible and we’re excited to get started."
CEO of BW Broadcast Scott Incz said, "We manufacture quality broadcast products and are headquartered in Croydon, UK. We are privileged to have been invited to the BIG family, and we hope it will be just that. Not only do the BW products complement that of the other members, but we hope to use our unique position of being in Europe to further the group’s interests, both here in the UK, in the EU, and equally around the world. Exciting times are ahead for broadcasting!”
President of StreamGuys Kiriki Delany commented, “This is a golden time to be invited to join the BIG founding members in advancing and promoting new technologies of content delivery for a new wave of digital consumer. StreamGuys is thrilled to bring our industry leading support and veteran experience to the BIG family. Through working in league and combining historical strengths, BIG enables next generation end-to-end solutions and key strategic value that envelops the entire media landscape.”
Brentlinger concluded, “We spent several months meeting and researching various companies to determine who would strategically fit. All of our founding members and their respective companies were carefully selected to be a part of our industry advancement group for the synergies each company provides. Ultimately the end goal of our group is the consolidation of our mutually exclusive companies into one large company which will be owned and managed by all of the founding members, and we are looking forward to getting started with the current collective sales and marketing effort at hand. We will continue to seek out only the highest quality manufacturers and service providers to join our exclusive group.”
All of the founding member companies are mutually exclusive operations, and currently there has been no consolidation or merger of the independent operations. Members of BIG will continue to operate as they always have, and BIG will work to enhance their service opportunities within the broadcast industry.