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GeoBroadcast Solutions Helps West Virginia Radio Maximize Coverage with MaxxCasting

Two western Maryland FM stations overcome significant terrain challenges with proprietary, scientific MaxxCasting™ formula for market-wide signal penetration

CHICAGO, September 10, 2014GeoBroadcast Solutions announces that a MaxxCasting™ deployment for West Virginia Radio Corporation has significantly improved market-wide signal penetration for two FM stations in Cumberland, Maryland. MaxxCasting systems combine radio broadcast and mobile cellular technology to reduce interference between main transmitter and booster sites, enabling broadcasters to maximize network topology for the purpose of increasing coverage and revenue potential.

Located in western Maryland, the Cumberland market is home to West Virginia Radio stations WZDN-FM and WQZK-FM, with transmitters located well outside of city limits. Both stations have had considerable challenges with terrain shielding, particularly on major interstates running through the region.

“We deployed a traditional booster for WZDN many years ago that wasn’t able to minimize interference across all the locations we targeted, and in fact created significant issues on I-68. We also had virtually no direct coverage within the boundaries of Cumberland for WQZK,” said Chris Moran, director of technology, West Virginia Radio Corporation. “We also needed to improve coverage across the main corridors that run through Cumberland. MaxxCasting was the only solution where we could optimize coverage across these trouble spots while steering away interference. GBS’ predicted coverage increases in advance of the upgrade have proven to be remarkably accurate.”

The MaxxCasting formula is superior to traditional booster systems due to its proprietary modeling software and cutting-edge distribution architecture, featuring high-efficiency transmitters and intelligent IP networking solutions from GatesAir. The scientific formula considers the distance between transmission points, heights above average terrain, and time differentials between locations. GBS produces a detailed software modeling solution for each station based on these and other measurements, determining the areas of concern and specifying booster site locations – along with antenna heights and power ratios – to maximize signal penetration in the customer-defined target coverage areas. The GBS coverage analysis can be optimized by benchmarking coverage against population and ratings measurement data to further help the station target its key audience. The designs are then implemented and fine-tuned in the field.

West Virginia Radio is also benefiting from the simplicity of the MaxxCasting architecture, which is made possible through cost-effective IP signal distribution. Using GatesAir Intraplex® IP Link 200 codecs, the MaxxCasting network can drive two stations from a single system, with built-in real-time adaptive synchronization across booster sites courtesy of Intraplex SynchroCast® time precision delay technology. Low-power GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitters and Jampro JAVA log periodic antennas complete the distribution network.

“MaxxCasting made perfect sense for the Cumberland market based on the terrain,” said Moran. “We deployed highly directional antennas very low to the ground, which allowed us to really target areas we wanted to cover while minimizing interference from the boosters to areas that the main site reaches. It’s been a remarkable improvement. We’ve eliminated six miles of interference on a stretch of I-68 west of Cumberland for WZDN, and the WQZK signal now covers the downtown area. The minimal interference that does exist has been pushed to unpopulated areas thanks to GBS’ precise software modeling. The design and prediction mapping that GBS brings to the system, along with the cost-effective and compact IP and transmission technology from GatesAir to embed timing information makes MaxxCasting unique.”

According to Moran, response from the community has been “extremely positive,” adding that a major advertiser has shared that he can now hear the station clearly. “You can’t put a dollar figure on that kind of perception,” said Moran.

Hal Kneller, VP Global Sales and Business Development, GBS, adds that while the main purpose of MaxxCasting is to improve the listener’s signal, the benefits expand to the business side of over-the-air radio.

“MaxxCasting systems increase visibility with potential advertising clients and agencies by making sure they can tune in and hear the signal clearly from their in-market business locations,” said Kneller. “There is also a positive effect on ratings as audience sampling is extended to new areas. Meanwhile, GatesAir is helping us significantly lower the total cost of ownership for West Virginia Radio by driving two stations from a single IP Link 200, instead of requiring separate systems for each station. This all adds up to a high value proposition for West Virginia Radio and other MaxxCasting customers.”

About GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions, LLC (GBS) offers proprietary products and solutions to enhance radio station coverage areas to maximize both coverage and revenue as well as the ability to zone both audio (pending FCC approval) and RBDS/RDS. With several additional patents pending, new techniques for Single Frequency Networks have been developed to improve coverage. GeoBroadcast Solutions’ charter is to innovate and bring to market technologies that help radio broadcasters maximize their signal and grow revenues. MaxxCasting will expand the coverage area of a FM signal. ZoneCasting, pending FCC approval, will provide technology to geographically target radio advertisements. These emerging technologies give broadcasters tools to compete in the face of innovations internet and cellular message distribution. GBS partners with GatesAir for transmission and IP distribution equipment, and with Jampro for antennas and combiners.

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GatesAir Optimizes Next-Generation Over-The-Air Platforms at The Radio Show

Advanced HD Radio, intelligent networking architectures combine with high-efficiency performance to accelerate return on investment

CINCINNATI, September 9, 2014
GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for television and radio, comes to The Radio Show this week with its over-the-air efficiency message, exhibiting turnkey solutions to create, transport, deliver and monetize over-the-air radio for AM, FM and HD Radio™ broadcasters. With advanced new platforms for digital multichannel and intelligent IP networking on display, GatesAir’s vision delivers high-efficiency solutions that accelerate ROI and new revenue streams while providing the lowest total cost of ownership.

Many sessions at The Radio Show, taking place Wednesday-Friday at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will focus on launching, operating and maintaining a successful digital radio service. At the GatesAir booth (303, Exhibit Hall D), broadcasters can learn how the company’s latest HD Radio solutions support these initiatives while simplifying operations and launching new business opportunities. GatesAir will showcase its innovative line of Flexiva analog and digital transmitters incorporating the Gen 4 Exgine architecture for multichannel HD Radio program transport and delivery, building on its long legacy of innovation in HD Radio broadcasting that dates to the first IBOC tests in the 1990s.

The complete GatesAir Gen 4 Exgine integrates all pertinent signal processing and transport solutions with the industry’s most cost- and power-efficient transmitters, bringing toward an all-in-one, networked solution from the company’s market-leading Flexiva portfolio. The Gen 4 Exgine architecture is ideal for broadcasters facing the challenges associated with HD Radio power level increases, where power utilization, bandwidth, noise and interference challenges can affect efficiency, quality and compliance. The GatesAir Gen 4 Exgine platform enables higher HD Radio power levels through advanced digital signal processing and efficient broadband transmitter designs, increasing headroom while reducing signal distortion and eliminating interference. These improvements ensure an enjoyable experience for listeners who appreciate the high-quality, multichannel experience that HD Radio provides, while helping broadcasters increase market share and monetize digital services through improved coverage and performance.

GatesAir will also showcase intelligent networking solutions for contribution and distribution. The company’s Flexiva range of on-air and production solutions for studio facilities, including multi-destination routing architectures with networked consoles and accessories, enhance creativity and collaboration across studios while reducing infrastructure, wiring and management complexity. GatesAir will also showcase its latest contribution and distribution solutions for external signal transport, including compact Intraplex® IP Link codecs and the North American debut of Intraplex LiveLook, a new network optimization that strengthens visibility into IP network performance. LiveLook’s real-time, interactive monitoring platform is designed to help broadcasters better comprehend and optimize network performance through in-depth analysis and troubleshooting of IP transport architectures.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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HD Radio™ is a trademark of iBiuqity Digital Corp.

GeoBroadcast Solutions Receives ZoneCasting™ Patent

Achievement brings targeted advertising for over-the-air radio broadcasters one major step closer to reality

CHICAGO, September 8, 2014GeoBroadcast Solutions has a message for over-the-air broadcasters heading into The Radio Show: The era of geo-local advertising to increase radio revenues is about to begin.

GeoBroadcast Solutions, LLC (GBS) is the company behind ZoneCasting™, a unique and groundbreaking technology that delivers the dual benefit of over-the-air, hyper-local advertising opportunities for businesses right down to targeted neighborhoods; and new revenue-generating opportunities that provide long-term sustainable value for radio stations and networks. As of this week, GBS has been granted a patent for ZoneCasting that makes deployment a realistic proposition for the very near future.

“ZoneCasting is the first true dynamic ad insertion opportunity for over-the-air radio on a geographical basis, using our now-patented wireless architecture,” said Bill Hieatt, Chief Technical Officer, GBS. “We now look forward to the FCC’s approval of the ZoneCasting technology, clearing the way for ZoneCasting deployments that will bring lost revenues from a fractured marketplace back to the terrestrial airwaves.”

The approval of the ZoneCasting™ patent comes at a time when radio broadcasters are faced with increasing competition for ad revenue from online radio, mobile streaming and other emerging models online. ZoneCasting’s targeted precision delivers unique commercial content simultaneously to many defined zones across a single broadcast market, unleashing new revenue opportunities for broadcasters, ad agencies and local businesses through a neighborhood focus. GBS’ proprietary modeling approach is instrumental in enabling targeted advertising capability across multiple in-market zones.

The road to patent approval began in September 2009, when GBS filed a provisional patent to protect the proprietary nature of the ZoneCasting concept. Since filing, the GBS team has partnered with GatesAir for transmitters and IP transport solutions to support low-cost distribution methods; and hyper-directional antennas and combiners from Jampro. After receiving FCC Experimental Authorization grants, two successful field tests were conducted in 2010 (Salt Lake City) and 2011 (Sebring, Florida), followed by simulations and listening tests in 2012. Each of these important events offered significant value and insight into proper zone location, system design, coverage modeling and optimization for ZoneCasting deployments.

GBS continues to evolve the ZoneCasting concept as the final FCC rulemaking phase moves toward completion. The company has filed two additional patent applications since 2010 that will allow for further refinement and optimization of the ZoneCasting architecture.

“The ZoneCasting patent approval underlines the unique character of the ZoneCasting design, and our thorough testing and significant technology partnerships instill exceptional confidence in our design philosophy,” said Hal Kneller, VP Global Sales and Business Development, GBS. “Our mobile network-like approach enables broadcasters to deliver a very robust and high-quality signal with targeted ad insertions. We’re excited about the future of ZoneCasting and the opportunities it brings broadcasters and advertisers alike.”

About GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions, LLC (GBS) offers proprietary products and solutions to enhance radio station coverage areas to maximize both coverage and revenue as well as the ability to zone both audio (pending FCC approval) and RBDS/RDS. With several additional patents pending, new techniques for Single Frequency Networks have been developed to improve coverage. Christine McCarthy of Barnes & Thornburg guided the ZoneCasting patent to approval and is currently processing the pending patent applications. GBS partners with GatesAir for transmission and IP distribution equipment, and with Jampro for antennas and combiners.

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StreamGuys Multimedia Player Supports Video Ad Insertions for Commercial Internet Radio Station

95.5 The Fish transitions to SGplayer, an interactive HTML5 player that reliably streams music and revenue-generating ads to mobile devices

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, September 3, 2014 — Last November, StreamGuys announced a new HTML5 multimedia player to help broadcasters and streaming services expand online and mobile audiences through its all-inclusive, multiplatform approach to content delivery. Now, a major commercial broadcaster has upgraded one of its stations to the interactive player to achieve both reliable multiplatform streaming; and revenue generation through video ad insertions.

The broadcaster, Salem Communications of Northeast Ohio, has transitioned the live online stream for WHFM-FM, better known as 95.5 The Fish, to StreamGuys’ multimedia player. Newly branded as SGplayer, the interactive player supports all popular mobile devices in alignment with the HTML5 markup language – a significant upgrade from the previous CDN’s player, which was only compatible with desktop devices.

Salem Communications of Northeast Ohio’s other primary motivation for the switch was StreamGuys’ dynamic ad insertion capability. StreamGuys has long supported dynamic ad insertions in the form of audio pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls, as well as single-client video insertions. The latest incarnation of SGplayer supports video pre-rolls for multiple advertisers—a key requirement for 95.5 The Fish. SGplayer’s dynamic interface rotates a series of ads, serving each unique visitor with a sponsor’s message. The player displays a static companion banner associated with the ad following its conclusion on the right side of the player. This detail remains visible for the visitor’s duration alongside artist and title information, album art, purchase links, social media icons, and other metadata related to the live music stream.

In addition to supporting multiplatform delivery and video pre-rolls, StreamGuys customized an affordable turnkey streaming package for the live radio signal that, along with the revenue-generating ad opportunities, offers a quick return on investment for the station.

“The transition to StreamGuys quickly solved the problems we faced with buffering issues and signal drops across a variety of mobile devices,” said Mark Jaycox, general manager, Salem Communications of Northeast Ohio. “A large majority of internet radio streaming is moving to mobile devices. It was critical to get that under control before we significantly damaged our mobile initiative.

“As important as it was to improve our mobile reach, it was just as important to move our video pre-roll offerings to the next level as we have been very aggressive at selling that inventory,” Jaycox continued. “StreamGuys pulled its engineering team together to enhance its player, and did some groundbreaking work. SGplayer delivers more information than our previous player, and provides that extra real estate to sell our advertisers. You can now see the client’s logo in a couple of spots after the video concludes. That upped the ‘sellability’ for us, allowing us to generate more revenue than what was possible before.”

Jaycox notes that the live stream attracts nearly 35,000 unique visitors a month, the large majority of which fall into the 25-54 female demo—a highly coveted audience for radio advertisers. He expects to transition additional Salem Broadcasting Cleveland stations to SGplayer moving forward.

“StreamGuys has been very responsive and proactive in making sure our requirements were exceeded,” said Jaycox. “The design of the player is appealing to listeners and advertisers alike, and offers exceptional value and reliability at a very affordable price point.”

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services. The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates. More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service. Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top public broadcasters such as New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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StreamGuys, Inc – info@streamguys.com – www.streamguys.com – 707.667.9479
P.O. Box 828 Arcata, California 95518 – fax 707.516.0009

Bible Broadcasting Network Delivers its Message with GatesAir

Network expands with GatesAir high-efficiency FM/AM radio transmitters across the Americas, reducing labor and energy costs with each installation

CINCINNATI, September 2, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for television and radio, is shipping eight Flexiva™ transmitters to the Bible Broadcasting Network, a quickly expanding Christian FM/AM radio network with English- and Spanish-language stations throughout the Americas. Bible Broadcasting Network has exclusively selected GatesAir for all main transmitter sites, citing noticeable efficiency gains across labor and power consumption as key benefits.

“The green efficiency of the Flexiva transmitter has been advantageous and measurable,” said Ron Muffley, network engineering manager, Bible Broadcasting Network. “We have seen a sharp decrease in power use where we have replaced older transmitters. We see the difference in our recent low-power installations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and we anticipate a noticeable reduction in power costs as we install the high-power transmitters over the coming months.”

The most recent shipments include low-power FM transmitters for WYBQ-FM in Leesport, Pennsylvania; WYFY-FM in Cambridge, Ohio; and FM stations in Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. The network will soon install high-power Flexiva models—10kW, 20kW and 30kW—at WYFO-FM in Lakeland, Florida; WYFQ-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina; KYFS-FM in San Antonio; and KYFJ-FM in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Bible Broadcasting Network has gradually shifted to GatesAir exclusively for its main AM/FM transmitters as the network has grown. In addition to power efficiency gains, maintenance and engineering work has been greatly simplified through fewer spare parts, hot swappable module replacements and built-in redundancy that always keeps them on the air. These benefits all tie to the green PowerSmart® 3D architecture at the core of Flexiva transmitters, reducing footprint, monthly bills and labor through exceptional power density, energy efficiency and broadband designs – all equating to the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership for any radio broadcast transmitter on the market.

“We have some particularly remote sites that are very difficult to access, including the new Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana installations,” said Muffley. “The benefit of having fewer spare parts means that an engineer can easily replace a module in a few minutes. We have also been pleased that the high-efficiency Flexiva series eliminates the need for large transformers and chokes, greatly reducing size and weight. There is a big benefit to having a lighter transmitter that one person can handle.”

Bible Broadcasting Network is also deploying GatesAir signal transport solutions, having recently installed an Intraplex® IP Link codec at WBYK-FM in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The IP Link established a network connection to transport audio previously brought in by the satellite receiver, eliminating the RF performance issues that had hindered signal integrity at maximum operating power.

“Our long-term relationship with GatesAir has been excellent through the years, largely due to the excellent sales and support coupled with strong technology,” said Muffley. “They wear more hats than sales, even providing input into maintenance and generally solving problems for us as they did at the Chattanooga site. We have grown far beyond our expectations the past couple of years, and GatesAir has kept up with our growth at every stage.”

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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GatesAir Drives Over-The-Air Efficiencies for National Radio Upgrade in Sweden

Network operator Teracom cites high performance, low operating costs of GatesAir FM transmitters as key differentiators from competitive solutions

CINCINNATI, August 26, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air wireless broadcast solutions for radio and television, announces that Teracom, a national network operator distributing all over-the-air radio and TV channels across Sweden, has engaged with GatesAir for a network-wide FM upgrade. The initial rollout phase will conclude in the first quarter of 2015, with installations scheduled for one dozen of its 30-plus FM stations. The remaining installations will conclude in 2016, ultimately reducing costs and improving efficiencies across the entire network.

Teracom selected GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitters following an evaluation process that proved superior modularity, reliability and serviceability against competitive products. For Teracom, these overall efficiency gains will minimize network-wide costs associated with labor and utilities over the lifecycle of the transmitters—ensuring a clear return on investment due to low total cost of ownership.

“The proven innovation of Flexiva transmitters will introduce increased efficiency and reliability in the Teracom FM network for many years to come,” says Per G Borgå, Product Manager Radio, Teracom. “We expect the operational benefits of deploying GatesAir across our FM network will deliver high-quality radio broadcasts to listeners nationwide, thereby strengthening our customers in their operative goals.”

GatesAir is streamlining the delivery and installation process through integrated and pre-tested transmitter systems, simplifying transport across Sweden and accelerating the pace at which Teracom engineers can install and deploy the transmitters. The intelligent PowerSmart® 3D architecture of Flexiva transmitters also minimizes ongoing maintenance, featuring a broadband design that enables hot-swappable modules and power supplies while reducing spare parts. Lighter module and power supply weights additionally contribute to a reduction in labor costs, requiring only a single engineer to conduct service requirements. This also allows Teracom to more effectively allocate engineering resources across its operation.

“The replacement of Teracom’s current FM transmitters with our higher-efficiency Flexiva models will ensure high performance and low total cost of ownership for years to come across Sweden,” said Alain Pecot, vice president of sales, Europe, Africa. Middle East and Asia-Pacific, GatesAir. “We’re delighted to support Teracom as the company transitions to a new generation of over-the-air technology that will surely protect its long-term investment and accelerate its ROI.”

About Teracom
Teracom offers various technical infrastructures and network solutions for the distribution of media and communication between people and companies – anywhere, anytime. Our main product areas are radio and TV broadcasting, Pay-TV offerings, transmission capacity for data connections as well as co-location and service. Teracom distributes radio and TV to households nationwide in Sweden. The terrestrial radio and TV broadcasts cover 99.8 percent of households. In the Pay-TV segment, services are offered through the subsidiary Boxer TV-Access.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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GatesAir Showcases Intelligent Networking, Interoperability for Reliable IP Signal Transport at IBC2014

Over-the-air leader’s IBC debut includes Intraplex® LiveLook to strengthen visibility into IP network performance

CINCINNATI, August 12, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, will showcase intelligent networking and signal transport reliability as a key part of its over-the-air efficiency and innovation message at IBC2014 (RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, September 12-16, Booth 8.B10). GatesAir will help broadcasters better comprehend and improve network performance with the launch of Intraplex® LiveLook, a dynamic software solution that improves analysis and troubleshooting for IP transport. GatesAir will also demonstrate new interoperability features that enhance audio contribution and distribution opportunities for over-the-air broadcasters.

LiveLook is a real-time interactive monitoring solution that works in conjunction with Intraplex® IP Link codecs, optimizing performance for mission-critical audio contribution and distribution networks. LiveLook provides time-based graphical analysis of network statistics, including burst packets and other performance-related measurements that adversely affect IP signal transport. Built-in data mining algorithms automate packet analysis and subsequent report generation, recommending optimal techniques for error mitigation. This streamlines the setup, configuration and optimization of IP networks to reduce complexity and improve overall network performance.

Broadcasters further benefit from analysis of both live and logged data. The graphical nature of LiveLook, in conjunction with log clock association, gives users better insight into performance trends over periods of time. Additionally, the continuous logging of IP packets ensures that broadcasters can easily pinpoint and analyze statistics from a specific time window to review and troubleshoot known performance issues.

Ultimately, Intraplex LiveLook is a value-added complement to reliability techniques already built into IP Link codecs, including dynamic stream splicing, an application that provides hitless recovery of dropped packets via seamless convergence of main and backup streams. These and other integrated redundancy measures ensure IP Link codecs match the performance reliability of traditional T1/E1 circuits, while significant lowering total cost of ownership.

“Many broadcasters have already transitioned to IP signal transport as its reliability is well established, but to date have lacked tools that provide true visibility into network performance,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “It’s just as critical to understand how well live streams and recovery techniques are performing, especially in large contribution and distribution networks. LiveLook introduces another layer to the IP transport reliability story by adding true performance visibility, allowing broadcasters to understand how and why performance issues from random to heavy burst packet losses are happening — and how to improve their network architectures to prevent future occurrences.”

GatesAir will additionally showcase initiatives surrounding standards-based interoperability initiatives, including support for the EBU 3362 specification. The EBU 3362 specification in part covers the use of standard SIP and RTP protocols to establish audio streams. This compatibility allows IP Link codecs to seamlessly mix with other hardware codec vendors across large broadcast networks, as well as software codecs used on various smartphones and tablets — a clear indicator of the company’s forward-looking interoperability strategy.

Support for SIP, or the Session Internet Protocol, is especially attractive for remote broadcasts and similar contribution applications. Instead of requiring a remote encoder, a broadcaster can call into an IP Link receiver at a radio station using an iOS or Android phone, for example, to contribute an on-air feed. Additionally, a listener or guest with a SIP phone or application can similarly contribute to a live or recorded broadcast call using a common mobile device.

GatesAir’s innovations for intelligent networking and interoperability integrate hardware and software into a single, complete solution that accelerates IP transitions and simplifies how broadcasters transport professional, high-quality on-air content.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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Praise Network Upgrades Two FM Stations with GatesAir Transmitters

Broadcaster selects GatesAir for agility and responsiveness in emergency situations, and establishes path toward network-wide, solid-state transition

CINCINNATI, July 22, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced that Midwestern U.S. broadcaster Praise Network has successfully transitioned its over-the-air operations to GatesAir Flexiva™ FM transmitters at KPRD-FM and KGCR-FM in Hays and Brewster, Kansas, respectively, setting the religious broadcaster on the path toward a network-wide, solid-state transmitter upgrade that to date has improved quality and enhanced operational efficiencies at two of its 10 stations.

The installations were set in motion in late 2013, following on-air emergencies that amplified the broadcaster’s need to modernize its transmission facilities. After evaluating multiple suppliers, Praise Network selected GatesAir, citing its agility and responsiveness in a challenging situation.

“We lost two full-power transmitters in succession from another supplier, with no spare parts available,” said Alex McKenzie, technical engineer at Praise Network. “GatesAir immediately made it clear that they could quickly accommodate our delivery needs while living up to their reputation for quality and reliability. The Flexiva transmitter design provides the redundancy we need to remain on the air at all times, while drastically reducing maintenance requirements. With its consistent performance and remote monitoring tools, there is rarely a need to visit the transmitter sites.”

Praise Network plans to transition all of its FM stations to efficient solid-state transmitters to improve performance and simplify maintenance. The broadcaster is particularly pleased with the on-air sound quality, which is further enhanced by integrated Orban audio processing. This innovative, built-in technology replaced aging standalone processors, further streamlining maintenance procedures. The integration of Orban technology also allows customers to export their processing settings and quickly recover from transmitter downtime — a key differentiator from transmitters offering the same built-in processing option.

KPRD-FM installed a Flexiva FAX30 (30kW) transmitter, with KGCR-FM adding a FAX20 (20kW) model. Both transmitters offer a quick, cost-effective path to digital via an exciter upgrade and some additional minor adjustments — a benefit the broadcaster carefully considered in choosing Flexiva transmitters.

Above all, Praise Network points to customer service as the key deciding factor in choosing GatesAir over the competition.

“GatesAir prides itself on being a customer-first organization, helping broadcasters with everything from quick, reliable disaster recovery systems to digital radio transitions and advanced network architectures — all while producing the high-efficiency, high-quality products and solutions that is the hallmark of our long legacy in over-the-air broadcasting,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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Vermont Public Radio Ignites HD Radio™ Broadcasts with GatesAir Solution

End-to-end architecture reliably transports high-quality on-air services to high-efficiency Flexiva™ solid-state transmitter

CINCINNATI, July 9, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, today announced it is supporting Vermont Public Radio’s HD Radio™ broadcasts with a complete architecture to reliably transport and transmit three digital channels and a main FM signal. The installation includes a new GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitter to support higher HD Radio and analog power levels, improving over-the-air coverage while minimizing operational costs.

The end-to-end solution transports on-air program audio (and all program-associated data) over IP to the broadcaster’s transmitter site — retaining exceptional quality across the chain. At the transmitter site, a Flexiva 10kW transmitter is running 6kW at -14dB power injection levels for HD Radio, helping Vermont Public Radio deliver its unique programming to a wider audience with exceptional audio quality.

The GatesAir solution gives Vermont Public Radio a complete architecture to support analog and digital radio services, with substantial efficiency improvements at the transmitter site that reduce maintenance, cooling and power costs. This allows the public broadcaster to keep costs manageable while operating high-quality digital radio services.

“We were all initially very impressed with the physical construction of the Flexiva transmitter,” said Joe Tymecki, director of engineering, Vermont Public Radio. “Its ability to maintain normal rated power through module changes and other maintenance procedures keeps our signal consistent for listeners, and its simple layout offers an easy learning curve for any engineer. Overall, the ease of serviceability and maintenance is a big cost benefit as it reduces our labor requirements. We also air condition our transmitter sites, and the Flexiva offers an efficiency advantage over other transmitters that will lower our power bills.”

GatesAir can support any digital radio transport method, including multiple generations of the HD Radio Exgine architecture. Vermont Public Radio houses its GatesAir HDE-200 Program Exporter at the transmitter site, with a direct connection to its GatesAir Flexiva exciter – an exciter that keeps the station’s over-the-air signals sharp, stable and in mask compliance per FCC regulations. At the studio, the GatesAir HDI-200 Importer prepares HD Radio program audio and data for delivery over IP to the transmitter site, alongside uncompressed audio for the FM broadcast.

“GatesAir’s legacy of HD Radio innovation focuses on end-to-architectures that help broadcasters support engaging digital services for the purpose of enticing a new generation of over-the-air listeners,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “We are proud to call Vermont Public Radio a long-time GatesAir customer, trusting our complete solutions to create, transport and transmit high-quality and forward-looking over-the-air services.”

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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GatesAir Transmitters Power National Over-The-Air Radio Services in Pakistan

Flexiva™ AM transmitters balance consistent, reliable coverage over large areas with low total cost of ownership

CINCINNATI, June 11, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for radio and television, is helping Radio Pakistan (the Pakistan Broadcasting Corp.) deliver news, information and entertainment over the air to residents across the country with its reliable, efficient AM radio solutions. GatesAir supplied its high-power Flexiva™ DX® and 3DX® series of AM over-the-air transmitters to ensure reliable and consistent coverage across the large country.

The power-efficient Flexiva transmitters yield typical efficiencies approaching 90 percent, delivering the industry’s lowest operating costs for AM radio transmitters.

“Our national services are absolutely vital to Radio Pakistan, keeping the people informed and up to date,” said Mrs. Samina Parvez, director general, Radio Pakistan. “We want to focus our efforts on delivering the right programs, so our top requirement was for a supplier who could undertake the complete project and provide continuing support in the shape of essential spare parts to keep the transmission smooth. GatesAir has an excellent reputation in transmitters, and met all our criteria.”

All GatesAir AM radio transmitters leverage modern technology to run exceptionally cool and provide high reliability in harsh environmental conditions, with design efficiencies that ease ongoing maintenance. Specifically, DX transmitters use redundant circuit designs that, together with modular construction and off-the-shelf components, make them extremely easy to maintain. The 3DX line of digital, solid-state AM transmitters features Direct Digital Drive technology, which eliminates traditional RF driver designs. This enhancement results in a simpler design, greater efficiency and improved reliability, ultimately reducing operational costs.

“When considering very high-power transmitters, efficiency is one of the most critical factors, as is the huge impact on cost of ownership,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “We have invested in unique and market leading technology to ensure superior efficiency and the exceptional reliability operators expect.”

The new transmitter networks are now on air. While Radio Pakistan is broadcasting analog radio on medium wave, the transmitter platforms can be converted in the field to provide digital radio broadcasting in the future.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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