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Finger-Pointing over Indiana Staging Collapse Continues INDIANAPOLIS — Amid conflicting claims over what was discussed, and by whom, in the moments before the main stage structure at the Indiana State Fair col-lapsed in high winds Aug. 13, killing seven and injuring 58, attorneys for Sugarland, the country duo preparing to perform after Sara Bareilles finished her set, suggested that the victims themselves were partly to blame. Cindy Hoye, the State Fair Commission’s executive director, had testified Jan. 16 in a deposition for a lawsuit against Mid-America Sound Corp., the staging supplier, that Sug-arland’s management resisted delaying the start of the band’s performance, citing concerns about Jennifer Nettles’ warm-up routine and the disruption in the band’s trav-el to its next gig. While speaking before the Indiana Oc-cupational Safety and Health Administra-tion (IOSHA), however, which ended up levying more than $80,000 in fines against the staging company, the stagehand’s union and the state fair commission, Hellen Rollens, Sugarland’s tour manager, denied any discussion over delaying the show. IOSHA, which focused on risks to work-er safety and the deaths of security guard Glenn Goodrich and spotlight operator continued on page 12 PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. MARCH 2012 Vol. 10 No.06 The 54th Grammy Awards Blue Microphones and TC Group International End Their Distribution Agreement March 31 WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA and RISSKOV, Denmark — Blue Microphones and TC Group International announced their mu-tual agreement to cease their distribution partnership. TC Group International will remain the distributor of Blue Microphones in the MI and Professional Audio sales chan-nel until March 31, 2012. Over the coming months, Blue Microphones will transition away from distribution through TC Group International by partnering with European distributors on a country-by-country basis. “TC Group has been a longstanding global partner and we wish them contin-ued success” said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. “As Blue continues to grow, we are making it a priority to focus on Eu-ropean expansion and support. This new distribution strategy is a necessary next step as Blue expands, and we look forward to working closely with our distributor and dealer partners in each country.” “It has been a pleasure to work with Blue Microphones and we are honored to have been a part of their growth,” said Pe-ter Bager, CEO of TC Group International. “TC Group International will continue to honor its commitments to existing Blue Microphones customers through the tran-sition. Looking forward, we will now be able to strengthen our focus even further on core products and essential groups of customers.” Starting in April 2012, all sales and sup-port will be provided by Blue Microphones through its selected distributor partners. Tech Preview: MLA Compact The 54 th Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, was a 3.5-hour marathon of sorrow (the death of Whitney Houston one day prior) and triumph (Adele tying Beyoncé’s 2010 record for six Grammys won by a female artist in a single year). Broadcast live Feb. 12 from Staples Center, seen by 39 million and discussed by millions more on social networks, the eve-ning was astonishing, fresh and poignant — and flawless audio support was more crucial than ever. ATK AudioTek provided DiGiCo consoles at FOH and monitor mix positions this year, part of a massive — and, for the first time, fully-networked — digital sound system. For the complete behind-the-scenes details, turn to page 22. Since it was introduced, Mar-tin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loud-speaker Array (MLA) has won accolades and nearly every in-dustry award. The self-powered MLA Compact holds promise for many who thought that MLA exceeded their needs or means. For more, turn to page 40 . Filmmagic Buyers Guide Touring consoles from Allen & Heath, Avid, 38 DiGiCo, Innovason, Midas, Roland, Sound-craft, Stage Tec, Studer and Yamaha. FCC To Auction Reclaimed TV Channels WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Commu-nications Commission (FCC) could auction off some television airwaves (and compensate TV broadcasters from a portion of the proceeds) under a provision in the payroll tax compro-mise reached by Congress in mid-February. HR 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 cleared the Senate in a 60-36 vote shortly after the House approved it 293-132. President Obama signed the mea-sure into law Feb. 22. Lawmakers agreed to auction a estimated $22B worth of spectrum, then use $7B to fund for a nationwide “D-Block” LTE network for emer-gency first responders. The remaining $15B will (eventually) pay roughly half of the $30B re-quired to extend last year’s payroll tax cut for 160 million middle class workers that reduce taxes by $1 for every $50 earned below $110K. continued on page 16 Road Tests JBL’s CBT 70J-1 & 70JE-1, Lectrosonics’ HH 41 Digital Hybrid Handheld Wireless Trans-mitter and Radial’s Firefly Tube DI. www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

Finger-Pointing over Indiana Staging Collapse Continues

INDIANAPOLIS — Amid conflicting claims over what was discussed, and by whom, in the moments before the main stage structure at the Indiana State Fair collapsed in high winds Aug. 13, killing seven and injuring 58, attorneys for Sugarland, the country duo preparing to perform after Sara Bareilles finished her set, suggested that the victims themselves were partly to blame.

Cindy Hoye, the State Fair Commission’s executive director, had testified Jan. 16 in a deposition for a lawsuit against Mid-America Sound Corp., the staging supplier, that Sugarland’s management resisted delaying the start of the band’s performance, citing concerns about Jennifer Nettles’ warm-up routine and the disruption in the band’s travel to its next gig.

While speaking before the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA), however, which ended up levying more than $80,000 in fines against the staging company, the stagehand’s union and the state fair commission, Hellen Rollens, Sugarland’s tour manager, denied any discussion over delaying the show.

IOSHA, which focused on risks to worker safety and the deaths of security guard Glenn Goodrich and spotlight operator Nathan Byrd, but not the public at large, levied fines against Mid-America Sound ($63,000), IATSE ($11,500) and the State Fair Commission ($6,300) for safety violations. The state has already paid out the maximum allowed under Indiana law, $5M, to victims and families.

Although state lawmakers are considering allocating an additional $5M to $10M for those who suffered long-term injuries, Sugarland remains a target for litigation. The band’s attorneys, who have requested a jury trial in a civil lawsuit, have termed the overhead staging collapse an “act of God.” They also suggested that the victims themselves “failed to exercise due care for their own safety” by remaining in their seats.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Finger-Pointing+over+Indiana+Staging+Collapse+Continues/995222/103085/article.html.

The 54th Grammy Awards

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The 54th Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, was a 3.5-hour marathon of sorrow (the death of Whitney Houston one day prior) and triumph (Adele tying Beyoncé’s 2010 record for six Grammys won by a female artist in a single year). Broadcast live Feb. 12 from Staples Center, seen by 39 million and discussed by millions more on social networks, the evening was astonishing, fresh and poignant — and flawless audio support was more crucial than ever. ATK AudioTek provided DiGiCo consoles at FOH and monitor mix positions this year, part of a massive — and, for the first time, fully-networked — digital sound system. For the complete behind-the-scenes details, turn to page 22.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/The+54th+Grammy+Awards/995223/103085/article.html.

FCC To Auction Reclaimed TV Channels

WASHINGTON, DC — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could auction off some television airwaves (and compensate TV broadcasters from a portion of the proceeds) under a provision in the payroll tax compromise reached by Congress in mid-February. HR 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 cleared the Senate in a 60-36 vote shortly after the House approved it 293-132. President Obama signed the measure into law Feb. 22.

Lawmakers agreed to auction a estimated $22B worth of spectrum, then use $7B to fund for a nationwide “D-Block” LTE network for emergency first responders. The remaining $15B will (eventually) pay roughly half of the $30B required to extend last year’s payroll tax cut for 160 million middle class workers that reduce taxes by $1 for every $50 earned below $110K.

Under their 2010 National Broadband Plan, the FCC called for repurposing TV airwaves for mobile broadband use, proposing auctions to turn over 120 MHz (20 TV channels) of the UHF TV band to private use for Super WiFi that could provide broadband wireless internet to rural areas. Until now, the FCC lacked congressional authority to divert funds away from the Treasury and give broadcasters a financial incentive to return UHF licenses.

Wireless carriers like AT&T, Sprint, Nextel, Verizon and Vodafone have lobbied for more UHF airwaves to stave off a looming spectrum crunch that could mean more dropped calls and slower connection speeds for wireless customers. Growing use of wireless devices like iPad, iPhone and Android smart phones has added to the urgency.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/FCC+To+Auction+Reclaimed+TV+Channels/995224/103085/article.html.

Blue Microphones and TC Group International End Their Distribution Agreement March 31

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA and RISSKOV, Denmark — Blue Microphones and TC Group International announced their mutual agreement to cease their distribution partnership. TC Group International will remain the distributor of Blue Microphones in the MI and Professional Audio sales channel until March 31, 2012. Over the coming months, Blue Microphones will transition away from distribution through TC Group International by partnering with European distributors on a country-by-country basis.

“TC Group has been a longstanding global partner and we wish them continued success” said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. “As Blue continues to grow, we are making it a priority to focus on European expansion and support. This new distribution strategy is a necessary next step as Blue expands, and we look forward to working closely with our distributor and dealer partners in each country.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Blue Microphones and we are honored to have been a part of their growth,” said Peter Bager, CEO of TC Group International. “TC Group International will continue to honor its commitments to existing Blue Microphones customers through the transition. Looking forward, we will now be able to strengthen our focus even further on core products and essential groups of customers.”

Starting in April 2012, all sales and support will be provided by Blue Microphones through its selected distributor partners.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Blue+Microphones+and+TC+Group+International+End+Their+Distribution+Agreement+March+31/995226/103085/article.html.

Tech Preview: MLA Compact

Since it was introduced, Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) has won accolades and nearly every industry award. The self-powered MLA Compact holds promise for many who thought that MLA exceeded their needs or means. For more, turn to page 40.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Tech+Preview%3A+MLA+Compact/995227/103085/article.html.

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