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Harris Broadcast Hires Thomason, Expands North American Radio Sales Territories

DENVER, November 27, 2012 — Harris Broadcast has reconfigured its radio broadcast sales territories in North America to maximize regional impact. The changes include the hiring of Jim Thomason, a 30-year veteran in the radio broadcast industry.

Jim Thomason will represent the southeast U.S. territory for Harris Broadcast

Thomason, who had previously worked for Harris as a district sales manager, will return to the company and focus on the southeast U.S. region. The move will shift long-time regional sales manager Garrett Wood to the northwest region, including Alaska and western Canada. Both Thomason and Wood will maintain the high level of sales and service that customers expect in these regions, while building relationships with new customers.

“With Jim’s hiring, we have taken the opportunity to shift sales responsibilities in a way that leverages the regional strengths of our existing sales representatives in the United States and Canada,” said Mark Goins, Manager, North American radio sales, Harris Broadcast Communications. “We had a unique opportunity in the northwest and Garrett stepped up to the challenge, as he has experience in this territory. We believe that the changes will benefit our customers in every region.”

Thomason has worked in radio since he was 16, giving him a keen insight into customer challenges and how to effectively offer solutions. He most recently served as a regional sales manager for SCMS, Inc., which is an external North American sales channel for Harris PR&E studio systems.

“Harris has set a gold standard of what customers expect in terms of products and service,” said Thomason. “My biggest challenge is making sure that customers understand how what they are buying today can play a significant role in their facility years from now. Harris has always had remarkable insight into understanding what lies ahead for the industry, and developing solutions with the future in mind.”

Goins, who also handles Midwest U.S. sales, notes that other long-time regional sales managers Ron Lane and Brian Szewczyk will see territory expansions as well. The complete breakdown follows:

• Garrett Wood: Northwest U.S. and western Canada (Office phone: 404-474-8852)
• Ron Lane: Southwest U.S., including Hawaii (Office phone: 951-699-7165)
• Mark Goins: Midwest U.S. (Office phone: 513-899-9124)
• Brian Szewczyk: Northeast U.S. and eastern Canada (Office phone: 518-226-0918)
• Jim Thomason: Southeast U.S. (Office phone: 866-573-5935)

About Harris Broadcast Communications
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models. Additional information about Harris Broadcast Communications is available at www.broadcast.harris.com.
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Harris HPX Transmitter Boosts FM Efficiency, Audio Quality for St. Louis Area Radio Station

KLJY-FM engineer points to lower bills, sophisticated technology as superior benefits

DENVER, November 19, 2012
KLJY-FM, a Christian music station serving the St. Louis area, is now transmitting crystal-clear sound to its vast listening audience from a new Harris® HPX® tube transmitter, while also lowering operational costs.

The high-power HPX40 (40kW) transmitter hits the power level required, with a compact footprint that significantly lowers installation costs. Its operational efficiency is also reducing monthly bills for the station, commonly known to listeners as 99.1 JOY FM.

“The HPX40 was the only transmitter in this power range that fit in our space without very expensive changes to our facility,” said Dave Obergoenner, director of engineering, 99.1 JOY FM. “The HPX40 has an exceptionally high factory-rated efficiency that translates to the real world. It draws considerably less power than our old main transmitter, and puts out quite a bit less heat — heat that we would need to air-condition away at this site.”

The station’s impressive power output means that a tube transmitter was a far more cost-efficient choice than a solid-state model. Obergoenner notes that the HPX design offers sophistication in line with the top solid-state transmitters on the market, from intuitive web-based monitoring to redundant power supplies that safeguard its operation.

“The HPX line takes the advantages found in very expensive solid-state boxes of most other brands and implements them in a tube-type transmitter,” he said. “It’s a thoroughly modern, sophisticated design. The web interface has enabled me to connect from hundreds of miles away, and see faults at the St. Louis community tower that left other engineers scratching their heads. This is the most amazing transmitter I’ve installed – and I’ve installed many.”

JOY FM broadcasts in analog-only today, but Obergoenner expects that the station will launch an HD Radio™ broadcast service should the budget allow in the future. He notes that Harris tube transmitters are “considerably ahead of the pack” when it comes to HD Radio field upgradeability.

Obergoenner also points to exceptional audio quality since installing the transmitter, with a nod to the Harris® Digit® CD exciter that generates the signal.

“I’ve installed a lot of Digit exciters over the years — some even driving other transmitters — and they present a fantastic sound,” he said. “The Digit line has always delivered some of my favorite-sounding exciters. There is something huge, yet crystal-clear about the sound they produce. The Digit CD is no exception.”

About Harris Broadcast Communications
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models. Additional information about Harris Broadcast Communications is available at www.broadcast.harris.com.

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Harris Demonstrates New PR&E Studio Enhancements for Networked Audio Environments at The Radio Show

DALLAS, September 19, 2012 (The Radio Show, Hilton Anatole, Booth 604)Harris Broadcast Communications today introduces a series of user-friendly features for analog and digital studio environments at The Radio Show, giving broadcasters more tools to empower on-air, production and networking capabilities in distributed and consolidated studio architectures.

Harris introduces programmable button panels that enhance routing capabilities and protect signal destinations, as well as standard metering designs across all Harris® PR&E® studio consoles to improve ease of use. New quad-meter enhancements for its largest console line also increase confidence metering for operators monitoring several on- and off-air sources at once.

Programmable Button Panels
The new “smart,” dynamic LCD button panels give operators and producers five programmable buttons to initiate audio routes or commands to and from any location. Foremost, the panels shield the air chain and other destinations from accepting undesired audio, maximizing protection in networked studio environments. This means that an on-air operator would need to approve a “request” from another studio to introduce that audio to the program. The buttons similarly protect for remote signal contributions, allowing operators to cleanly initiate mix-minus feeds on-air.

Operators benefit further from clarity on the actual “owner” of the audio source, with rich text and unique color screens offering clear visual information about where each signal originates. This is a key differentiator from competing systems that don’t identify the origination point.

Harris now offers its new programmable button panels on PR&E® RMXdigital® consoles, the VMReact™ logic processing engine and other PR&E® VistaMax™ audio networking systems. VMReact, introduced last year at The Radio Show, is a virtual toolbox that allows studio operators and engineers to customize and automate multiple processes in networked studio environments. This includes everything from switching audio routes to creating contact closures for various events.

Uniformity and Ease of Use
Harris enhances the look and feel of its metering applications at The Radio Show, introducing a standard design for meters, clocks and timers across its RMXdigital, NetWave® and Oasis™ on-air/production consoles. Harris also introduces quad-meters for most RMXdigital consoles, allowing operators to monitor additional sources. This improves metering confidence by ensuring signal integrity for program and off-air sources, such as web streaming and network routing.

Harris is also demonstrating its recently-introduced RMXengine™, offering an on-demand mix-minus and IFB for every RMXdigital fader. The auxiliary device also enables advanced dual-console operation for sophisticated dual-anchor studio operations — bridging two consoles together in a single studio. The aforementioned new programmable button panels also bring benefits to these applications, allowing for negotiated and protected air chain control between two consoles.

About Harris Broadcast Communications
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models. Additional information about Harris Broadcast Communications is available at www.broadcast.harris.com.

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StreamGuys and AdsWizz Strike Partnership to Monetize Digital Media

Partners Offer Both On-Demand and Live Streaming Media Monetization Tools, Including First-Ever Pre-Roll and Mid-Roll Podcast Ad Insertion Technology

BAYSIDE, CALIFORNIA, August 21, 2012 – Broadcasters and audio publishers can now experience a true streaming media return on investment through the collective strengths of StreamGuys’ cloud-based streaming services and AdsWizz’s digital advertising solutions. The new StreamGuys and AdsWizz partnership offers one of the first mobile-friendly, multi-platform streaming solutions with targeted, rich media advertising capabilities.

The two companies have already won a contract with a major sports broadcaster. The new customer is successfully using AdsWizz’s Pre-Roll Ad Insertion technology to deliver targeted advertisements to consumers who download the broadcaster’s audio podcasts, reaching more online media players and mobile devices than before via StreamGuys’ one-to-many streaming architecture.

In addition to pre-roll podcast capabilities, the two companies will provide joint customers with a portfolio offering several ad-supported monetization tools, including audio and video mid-roll ad insertion technology as well as companion display ad banners. These rich media advertisements can target specific subsets of users based on their gender, demographic and active location based data.

AdsWizz’s Digital Advertising Monetization Platform enables CDNs, Ad Networks and Online Audio Publishers to unleash the power of one-to-one marketing by allowing them to insert ads directly into each end-user’s on-demand or live stream and ensure the ad specifically speaks to the individual’s interests. In addition AdsWizz also provides real-time audience measurement and analytics tools to evaluate audience response. Customers using these tools can later confirm with their advertisers that streams were monetized through targeted advertisements.

StreamGuys’ one-to-many architecture ensures that broadcasters and publishers can deliver content, including advertisements in multiple formats to reach many targets. StreamGuys also eliminates transcoding steps often used for multi-format streaming that degrade audio and video quality.

Jason Osburn, executive vice president at StreamGuys, notes that the StreamGuys/AdsWizz partnership allows the company to offer a solution that simplifies monetization of live and on-demand rich media delivery — and deliver those ad-injected streams to virtually every popular end user device for consumption. The StreamGuys/AdsWizz solution currently supports Flash and Icecast streaming for MP3 and HE-AAC audio formats; as well as Flash and iOS for video.

“Most broadcasters are now seeking compatibility with iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, as well as other mobile platforms to expand their audience reach,” said Osburn. “Our relationship with AdsWizz allows us to provide a full-service shop to support broadcasters who depend on ad placement for revenue generation.”

StreamGuys manages the overall solution from their facility, including the AdsWizz server software that lives on StreamGuys’ adaptive bit-rate streaming architecture in the cloud. The company also provides rich data on hits, visitors, user agents, geographic regions and other analytics to help customers strategize future growth.

“Until now broadcasters, audio publishers and advertisers were constantly in search of ways to turn podcasts into revenue-generating advertising mediums,” said Alexis van de Wyer, president at AdsWizz. “Their search officially stops today with AdsWizz’s breakthrough in enabling broadcasters to insert targeted ads into podcasts. As we continue our partnership with StreamGuys, joint customers will be able to further grow their revenue through several other innovative ad-supported monetization tools, leveraging both on-demand and live streaming media.”

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About AdsWizz, Inc.
AdsWizz provides ad serving and audience measurement technologies to CDNs, agencies, ad networks and online audio publishers. Its audience measurement product delivers publishers with real-time and actionable analytics on their audience behavior. AdsWizz ad serving technology enables agencies and ad networks to create online advertising campaigns across audio, video and display formats with social media integration. The ad serving technology gives online audio publishers the ability to monetize all their online content such as Simulcast, webcast or Podcast; Web, Mobile or In-dash; and domestic or international. AdsWizz serves its customers from its San Francisco, Denver, Paris, Brussels and Bucharest offices. For more information, visit www.adswizz.com.

About StreamGuys, Inc.
In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming services. The company has have 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

Barix Reflector Audio Over IP Solution Supports Network-Wide Delivery for CRIS Radio

Connecticut’s only Radio Reading Service uses Barix Reflector service to significantly reduce costs and reliably deliver audio between several studios

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Barix is exclusively supporting IP audio delivery between multiple studios and transmitter sites for Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS Radio), Connecticut’s only radio reading service for the blind. The non-profit broadcaster uses the company’s innovative Reflector Service for audio stream delivery. CRIS Radio is also reducing costs by using the new Barix Reflector App to monitor on-air feeds in real-time from an iPhone.

CRIS Radio is a talking newsstand for the blind and visually impaired, featuring newspaper and magazine articles, book readings and interviews. The broadcaster operates out of Windsor, Connecticut, and transmits programming from four satellite studios to specially tuned radios, cable TV systems, home telephones and to the web at http://www.crisradio.org.

Barix Exstreamer 500 IP audio hardware supports audio transport between headquarters and the remote studios using the Barix Reflector service, with 16 devices in operation across the network. This complete solution from Barix simplifies setting up, operating and monitoring the audio distribution and reduces costs — two significant benefits for CRIS Radio given its small staff and non-profit status.

John Galeota, consulting engineer for CRIS Radio, estimates that the Barix solution saves the company about $9,000 a year in Telco charges by eliminating legacy devices and twisted-pair connections. He notes that the Barix solution is robust and reliable, offering stable and effective audio streams with the right tools to help him manage the entire network.

“The Exstreamer 500 and Reflector Service provide a solid and reliable foundation for growth as we add new locations,” said Galeota. “I can program the 500s from anywhere, add them to the network using the Reflector Service and plug in the devices at the studio — and they work. These are mostly unattended, automated studios, so the ease of configuration and operational reliability are ideal. I also like that the Exstreamer 500 has balanced audio in and out, which allows me to eliminate extra line amplifiers and transformers to maintain quality.”

Radio broadcasters and other service providers typically use the Reflector Service to stream audio between two or more points. Hosted by Barix partner StreamGuys (www.streamguys.com), the application is an online center to configure and monitor the audio transport bridge while providing a straightforward relay of the audio feed. The service offers IP streaming without the complexity of IP, eliminating firewall hassles and the need to configure IP addresses and routing paths.

Galeota adds that the Reflector App reduces time spent on the road traveling between studios to fix on-air problems — a significant benefit as the studios are at least 60 miles apart — and points out that the combined customer support efforts of Barix and StreamGuys has been enormously helpful.

“Technical support is critical for someone like me working at a non-profit,” said Galeota. “The support from Barix and StreamGuys is unlike anything I’ve experienced in all my years in the business. They respond promptly, courteously and effectively whenever we have a question.”

Down the road, Galeota expects to explore other features on the Exstreamer 500 as new sites are added to the network — including the use of built-in contact closures to trigger on-air events via his Broadcast Software automation system.

Harris Corporation Delivers Professional-Grade IP Audio for Radio Broadcasters at an Affordable Price

MELBOURNE, FL/DENVER, April 3, 2012 — The 2012 NAB Show marks a new era for Harris Corporation’s (NYSE:HRS) Intraplex® family of studio-to-transmitter link (STL) solutions for radio broadcasters as the company introduces the IP Link 100, the first in a new range of low-cost, high-performance audio codecs that help customers deliver program audio affordably and reliably. Harris will debut the IP Link 100 at NAB (April 16-19, Las Vegas convention Center, Booth N2502).

The IP Link 100 is a compact solution for reliable program audio transport between two or more points, whether in an STL configuration, from studio-to-studio, or from a remote broadcast location to a studio for sports and live events. The IP Link 100 brings “always on” Intraplex technology to a very affordable price level, and incorporates distinct high-end features that cost extra on competing devices — or do not exist at all.

“The reliability of sending program audio over IP networks continues to increase, giving broadcasters reasons to migrate beyond lower prices,” said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. “The IP Link 100 translates the reliable professional-grade quality of top-shelf Intraplex IP solutions to a condensed design that gives our customers a lower price, along with confidence that their program audio will dependably arrive at its destination.”

Harris brings several innovations to the IP Link 100:
• Dynamic Stream Splicing, a redundant delivery platform that merges two audio streams over the same or separate networks — ensuring seamless, intact delivery of program audio.
• Multicoding, an industry first that enables simultaneous delivery of audio in two different formats — including uncompressed audio for premium quality, and compressed audio formats for lower-bandwidth backup links.
• Automatic Backup to a plug-in USB drive or a local audio source in the event of IP connectivity loss.

The IP Link 100 begins shipping in September, with related product introductions on the horizon.

In broadcast communications, Harris offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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Harris Boosts Flexiva Transmitter Range, Demonstrates Power Efficiency at NAB

At the 2012 NAB Show, Harris Broadcast Communications will demonstrate how radio broadcasters can maximize transmission efficiency across all power levels — most notably for high-power HD Radio™, FM and AM broadcast operations.

Last year, Harris introduced its Flexiva™ range of quad-mode, solid-state transmitters in low-to-mid power models, boasting a single, highly power-efficient platform to support analog and global digital standards. This year, the company will introduce two new high-power models (30kW and 40kW) for broadcasters that need to minimize operating costs while covering large areas — including analog FM and high-power HD Radio via elevated sideband levels.

The Flexiva exciter will also debut at the 2012 NAB Show, featuring rock-solid digital, direct-to-channel modulation for maximum on-air stability. Web-based monitoring and control, a host of expansion options and upgrade paths to HD Radio and DRM+ make the Flexiva exciter a feature-rich yet simple and cost-effective alternative to the Harris FlexStar® HDx exciter. Both exciters are well-suited for Flexiva transmitters at any power level.

Harris will also demonstrate its high-power 3DX Destiny® AM transmitter range for Modulation Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) applications, delivering exceptional power efficiency to high-power AM broadcasters via Harris Adaptive Carrier Control Plus (ACC+) systems. Harris ACC+ systems help AM broadcasters reduce average power consumption by approximately 35 percent — sharply reducing operating costs associated with high-power AM broadcasting.

All Harris Flexiva and 3DX transmitters leverage Harris® PowerSmart® technology to increase power density, reduce footprint, and improve reliability through simpler designs and better operational efficiency.

“Radio broadcasters continue to seek greater operational efficiency through compact and modular transmitter designs,” said Richard Redmond, vice president of product strategy and management for transmission systems, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Harris continues to develop new strategies and technologies that give our customers great performance with lower operating costs.”

Harris will also show its latest generation FlexStar importer and exporter models (HDI200 and HDE200) for more efficient management of HD Radio multicast signals comprising main and supplemental program audio channels. The NAB 2012 Show also marks the first spring show demonstration of IP backhaul capabilities within the Harris Intraplex® HD Link™ fixed microwave STL system. This upgrade enables tighter integration of RF and IP capabilities for single-channel or multicast program transport.

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HD Radio™ is a proprietary trademark of iBiquity Digital Corp.

Harris Boosts ACC+ Efficiency for AM Broadcasters

Harris is helping AM broadcasters significantly reduce average power consumption and operating costs with its next-generation Adaptive Carrier Control Plus (ACC+) systems. 3DX Front Panel

Harris has been providing ACC systems to international customers since the launch of the Super Power DX AM transmitter in 1993, with subsequent updates for ACC+ systems. Harris engaged with the FCC to authorize use of ACC/ACC+ technology in the U.S. earlier this year following a successful trial with Alaska Public Broadcasting. Harris also did extensive testing to validate ACC and ACC+ viability for HD Radio broadcasting on the AM dial.

Harris is now leveraging its PowerSmart® technology, first deployed in its latest DTV UHF/VHF and FM transmitters, for its next-generation ACC+ systems — producing up to a 35-percent reduction in energy use for AM broadcasters. Harris PowerSmart technology leverages green technology to increase power density, reduce footprint, and improve reliability through simpler designs and better operational efficiency. more

Harris Corporation Tightly Integrates RF and IP Transport within Intraplex HD Link STL System for Radio Broadcasters

MELBOURNE, FL/DENVER, September 6, 2011 (Radio Show – Booth 201) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, introduces more IP networking capabilities to its Intraplex® HD Link™ studio-to-transmitter link (STL) system heading into the 2011 Radio Show (Hyatt Regency Chicago, September 14-16).intraplex_stl_receiver_front_press.jpg

Harris introduced HD Link in 2009 to support 950 MHz microwave STL applications for the transport of analog AM/FM and digital program services, including HD Radio™ broadcasting and multicasting. Harris will show HD Link at the 2011 Radio Show, along with a 10kW model from its recently-introduced Flexiva™ air-cooled, solid-state transmitter family, and a range of PR&E® studio systems and consoles for standalone and networked studio environments. more

Harris Corporation Meets Global Transmission and Compact Studio Needs for Radio Broadcasters at IBC

MELBOURNE, FL/WINNERSH, UK, August 25, 2011 (IBC2011, Booth 7.G20) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will introduce a range of radio broadcast transmitters to IBC audiences (RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, September 9-13) that address global transmission standards and improve efficiencies in the air chain and transmission infrastructure.flexiva-20kw-angle-black-press.jpg

Alongside the Harris® Flexiva™ range of air-cooled solid-state transmitters is the IBC debut of the Harris® PR&E® Oasis™, a standalone on-air and production console that enables radio broadcasters to easily and affordably convert to digital at their convenience. more

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