Monday, October 29, 2012

FCC Tells Consumers Listen to Radio

"The FCC and FEMA have provided a list of tips for communicating for residents in the path of Hurricane Sandy. . . . And, oh yeah, by the way, the final tip on their list is to listen to local radio."

See the list at Radio Ink Magazine.

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Broadcasters Foundation Ready to Help

"Broadcasters Foundation President Jim Thompson says the organization is ready to help broadcasters if something happens to them during the upcoming storm. . . ."

Read more at Radio Ink Magazine.

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How NJ Broadcasters Have Prepared for Sandy

"New Jersey Broadcasters Association President and CEO Paul Rotella tells Radio Ink stations in his state have been preparing for Hurricane Sandy since Friday. 'This is a perfect example of how only  local radio and TV can provide the critical information our audiences need to know in times of emergency. . . .'"

Read more at Radio Ink Magazine.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Buzzam Takes Radio from Broadcast to "ExactCast"

Oklahoma City – Oct. 16, 2012 – Buzzam Radio, a personalized, activity- and location-aware radio app developed by an Oklahoma City software startup, is now available in the iTunes store.

“Millions have become frustrated with ‘old school’ broadcast, and have abandoned radio entirely for services like Pandora,” said Greg Starling, president and COO of Buzzam. “The problem with Internet radio services is that they omit critical elements of radio like news, weather, commentary, and other entertainment. Buzzam curates the best of the traditional radio experience, together with your favorite music, then brings other textual content like Facebook and Twitter updates into an audio stream customized for each user.”

Using LTE technologies, cloud-based delivery systems, and GPS-enabled smartphones, Buzzam moves the broadcast market to the new world of “ExactCast,” where users create a personalized feed of exactly what unique music, social feeds, news, weather, and traffic they want.

“Streamlined personalization is a growing expectation for consumers,” said Josh Wright, CEO of Buzzam. “People design their own clothing, computers, furniture, food, and cars online. There are personalized digital magazines and books, cars that read text messages, and 3D printers that can build almost anything. So we thought, ‘Why shouldn’t your radio be custom, too?’”

Key Features

  • Text-based reader for social feeds
  • Music aggregation from sources like Spotify and personal music libraries
  • Opt-in location-based and activity-aware traffic and weather advice using GPS technology
  • Unprecedented accuracy for advertisers to target specific demographics (for example, a 21-year-old driving in a particular direction, within a specific distance from a business)
Buzzam is now available for free in the iTunes Store.

“Our goal is to perfect radio,” said Starling. “From radio’s humble beginnings more than 100 years ago, Buzzam can now ExactCast everything you want to hear into one place, when and where you want.”

About Buzzam

Buzzam aggregates vast audio content choices into a personalized radio-station experience. Its patent-pending technology allows users to choose from dozens of major information sources, which are then combined with personal music sources to create a unique listening experience. The company was founded by CEO Josh Wright and COO Greg Starling in 2011 and is based in Oklahoma City. For more information, please visit

Monday, October 1, 2012

Wisconsin Public Radio Launches New Twin Ports Station | Superior Telegram | Superior, Wisconsin

Superior Telegram | Superior, Wisconsin

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Rinse FM: "Radio, Not the Internet, Gave Me My Break," Says Katy B | The Observer

The Guardian | The Observer

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Maxell Professional Media Hosts Contest, Offers Rewards to Broadcast Professionals

Prizes Include Exclusive Premiums, Products, Media Coverage, and More

Woodland Park, NJ – Oct. 1, 2012 – Maxell Professional Media has announced a contest to its audience of broadcast professionals. The "Maxell Maven" contest invites anyone affiliated with the broadcast industry to share how they’ve used, or are currently using, Maxell Professional Media products to create or accomplish something they are proud of. The first 50 entrants will win prizes, and one ultimate winner will be selected to receive the grand-prize package.

“Our products have been used for years to undertake jobs of various magnitudes, often times enabling a project to be completed in a situation where it would have otherwise been difficult, if not impossible," said Patricia Byrne, Senior Marketing Manager for Maxell. “We have extremely loyal and talented professional customers, and we’re excited to offer them a platform to share their stories of success.”

To enter, simply go to the Maxell Professional Media Facebook page (make sure to “Like” the page, if you don’t already), and enter a brief paragraph describing how one or more of the division’s products have helped you to accomplish something great. Entries will be accepted through December 31, 2012.

The first 50 people to enter will receive an exclusive “Maxell Blow Away Guy” poster. One grand-prize winner with the best entry will receive a supply of Mini DV (50 pieces) or a Maxell Professional product of equal value. The winner will also be named the new “Maxell Maven,” which includes being featured in a press release, as well as on all Maxell Professional Media social media platforms.

To view the official contest rules, click here or visit

About Maxell

Maxell Corporation of America is a full-line manufacturer of digital media products for professional, data storage, and consumer markets. The company offers a full line of disc- and tape-based media-storage products, SD Cards, Flash Memory, and iVDR technology products.

For more information, visit