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FCC Puts Screws to Live Event Audio Industry

FOH Staff •
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• November 7, 2008

Commentary by Bill Evans 

WASHINGTON — FOH has been at the forefront of fighting the white space battle with the FCC for almost two years. We received word that the Federal Communications Commission followed the money and voted to allow technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Dell and Motorola to produce consumer devices that will use radio frequency (RF) spectrum now being used by wireless microphone systems. The decision comes despite objections from FCC engineers and the 100% failure rate of prototype devices in “real world” tests. 

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FCC Rules Against Live Event Industry in White Spaces Debate

FOH Staff •
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• November 4, 2008
WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted today to allow technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Dell and Motorola to produce “white spaces” devices that will use the same radio frequency (RF) spectrum now being used by wireless microphone systems.  Final text of the rules is not yet available, but the order is purported to greatly reduce the amount of clear spectrum available for use by professional audio and communications equipment.

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Three Day’s Grace Headlines BayFest 2008 with Turbosound

FOH Staff •
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• November 3, 2008
MOBILE, Ala. — With over 125 live bands playing in front of up to 200,000 enthusiastic fans, BayFest is the major annual musical highlight in Alabama. Taking place in Mobile on the first weekend in October, this year’s festival had added Flex appeal with a Turbosound Flex Array system.
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Yamaha to Hold Sound Reinforcement Seminar with Shure Mics

FOH Staff •
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• November 3, 2008
NEW YORK — On Nov. 4 and 5, Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars will be held in New York City in collaboration with Shure Microphones, offering a two-day comprehensive Sound Reinforcement seminar.

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JBL VerTec DP Series Powered Full-Size Line Arrays

FOH Staff •
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• November 3, 2008
JBL has debuted the VerTec VT4889ADP Full Range High Directivity Line Array Element and the companion VT4880ADP Ultra Long Excursion Arrayable Subwoofer. Both models are integrated audio systems featuring field-proven JBL DrivePack technology. Co-developed with Harman Pro Group sister companies Crown International and dbx Professional, the JBL DrivePack electronics modules with integral digital signal processing are designed to couple with VerTec loudspeaker enclosures.

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FCC Sets White Spaces Voting for Nov. 4

FOH Staff •
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• November 3, 2008

WASHINGTON — The FCC has set Nov. 4, the same day as the U.S. presidential election, to vote on the long-debated white spaces issue, a decision that will have a profound impact on how wireless audio products will be used in the future. Wireless audio manufacturers are hoping that the letters of support from the live event industry, musicians, houses of worship and sports groups against the freeing of the spectrum will influence the FCC’s decision. The comment period officially ended Oct. 27. 

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The Fest 2008 Rocks Out with NEXO

FOH Staff •
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• October 31, 2008

CLEVELAND — Hughie’s Audio Visual Services, Inc. recently provided the NEXO GEO T rig, Yamaha PM5D and T5n amps in support of The Fest 2008, Northeast Ohio's largest free Christian festival, which ushered in 27,000-plus people to Wickliffe, Ohio. Performers included Willy Cleary, North Davenport, Brooke Barrettsmith, Nevertheless, Stellar Kart, Matt Maher, Lee Roessler Band and Jeremy Camp. 

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AARP National Event and Expo Draws 25,000 Members with JBL

FOH Staff •
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• October 31, 2008

LAS VEGAS — San Diego-based Meeting Services, Inc. provided a JBL VerTec live sound reinforcement system for the recent AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo held in Washington, D.C., the event drew more than 25,000 members to the Walter E. Washington Convention and Exhibition Center. 

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Legendary Warfield Venue Embarks on Renovation with Meyer Sound

FOH Staff •
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• October 31, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warfield has been a San Francisco institution since Al Jolson graced its vaudeville stage in the 1920s. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, it was home to concert promoter Bill Graham’s shows, including week-long residencies by the Grateful Dead, and has continued to be a Bay Area favorite. This year, Goldenvoice/AEG Live took over management of the Warfield, and embarked on a renovation that included the installation of a Meyer Sound system by Pro Media/UltraSound (PMUS). 

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Rock ‘n CholesteRoll Showcases Best of Midwestern Rock ‘n’ Roll

FOH Staff •
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• October 31, 2008
ST. LOUIS — Ironman Sound Industries delivered sound, lighting and backline for the annual Rock 'n CholesteRoll show at Jefferson Barracks Park. This year's historical retrospective of great Midwestern rock ‘n’ roll featured Kansas, The Michael Stanley Band, Pat and Danny Liston (of local legend Mama's Pride) and Klose'nuf.
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Campbellsville University Chapel Installs Allen & Heath iLive

FOH Staff •
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• October 31, 2008

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Ransdell Chapel, the heart of Campbellsville University in Kentucky, has installed an iLive-144 at the FOH position. A 900-seat facility, the Ransdell Chapel provides the Christ-centered educational focus for the University and is used for various types of events, including student orientation, bi-weekly student body worship sessions, annual Pastor’s conference, worship arts conference, theatrical performances, symphonies and full band concerts. 

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FBT Celebrates 45th Anniversary

FOH Staff •
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• October 28, 2008

ITALY — The year is 1963, and Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” wins a Grammy for Record of the Year. “Lawrence of Arabia” wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards and the Los Angeles Dodgers sweep the New York Yankees in the World Series. In the small town of Recanati, Italy, two friends named Bruno Baldoni and Vinicio Tanoni decide to build a workspace to produce guitar amplifiers for the booming music market. Recanati is in the Marches area of Italy and is considered a unique place where poetry and music has always accompanied its history. 

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