The 2011 Central Canada Broadcast Engineers
“Ambassador Of The Year Award”
At the Awards Banquet, I sat with Leanne Brown and son Darrin Paley. We were in a post dinner
conversation, not paying total attention to the reading of the Bio for the Awards until, suddenly, the Bio content started to sound familiar to me. Once Harrie Jones mentioned “small town in Manitoba, musical group and by the time Century 21 Studios & Oakwood” came up, .Oh Oh! I then knew that something real serious was about to happen. Here is Ron’s Bio as presented and read to the CCBE Gala Dinner attendees by CCBE Past President Harrie Jones.
“Our recipient this year was born in a small town in Manitoba and after completing high school moved to the big city of Winnipeg to work for a bank. In the early 60′s, Ron formed a musical
group The Eternals, and in 1966 they embarked on the road as a professional band touring in Ontario and Quebec. In the fall of 1968 the band returned to Winnipeg after writing a numerous original songs that were recorded in Toronto at RCA Studios for releases with Quality Records. It is here where that got the recording bug and really fell in love with the recording arts industry.
After three years of touring most of Canada and they returned to Winnipeg and opened Century 21 Recording Studios the first professional Westlake Audio multi-track recording
studio west of Toronto. Over the years, Century 21 Studios recorded many known artists and bands such as the Guess Who, Bachman & Turner, Harry Belefonte, Bobby Vinton, Skitch Henderson, and Streetheart. Although Ron did most of the technical engineering for the studio, his love was always broadcasting and recording equipment.
In 1970 Ron founded Oakwood Audio Labs to provide sales, support and technical service the broadcast and recording industry. Oakwood’s accomplishments were many awards such as Canada’s largest volume dealer of Tascam, Studer/Revox products, they were selected supply of sound equipment to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics for the Olympic Square Ceremonies & the Host Broadcaster at the Roundup Broadcast Centre.
In 1991, Ron signed exclusive Canadian marketing rights to Media Touch Systems automation software and then the becoming its President and moving the Media Touch company from the Boston area to Winnipeg. In the same year he bought the Media Touch USA Company and moved it to Winnipeg. In 1992 he designed, integrated and installed the world’s first
4 station Super Cluster “Duopoly” MediaTouch automated digital system for Okanagan Skeena Broadcasters in Penticton, BC. Ron revolutionized radio automation systems by being the first to use embedded audio codecs in its software making the MediaTouch automation software the first to be truly non-proprietary.
On July 2009, after a career in broadcasting that spanned over 40 years, Ron, Founder and Past President of OMT retired from active duty and fulltime employment. Wanting to keep in contact with many industry friendships he’s made over the years, he joins his brother Ted on part time operations of Ron Paley Broadcast. No matter what project, product or company Ron has been involved with, there was one quality that he has never left in question and that is his integrity. His care and loyalty to this industry, employees, customers, friends, family or to anyone who simply met him, he has always put himself second in making sure everyone around him is completely satisfied.
The broadcast industry has definitely benefited from Ron’s presence, dedication and intuitiveness. Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the Bob Norton Ambassador of the Year Award to this year’s recipient “RON PALEY”.
On Sept 16, 17th and 18th, 2010, Ron Paley Broadcast attended the 59th annual Central Canada Broadcast Engineer’s Convention at the Horseshoe Resort, Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Our agenda at the convention was our busiest ever as we hosted an Engineer’s Workshop, displayed the latest IP broadcast equipment from Wheatstone, PROracks, AudioArts, Vorsis, iMediaTouch and arranged the products in a spacious Hospitality Suite.
On Thursday Sept 16th, Ron Paley Broadcast sponsored and hosted the 2010 CCBE Engineer’s Workshop titled
“Audio Processing & Program Chains – From Source to RF”
The workshop featured moderator and technologist
Jeff Keith, Director of Development , Vorsis / Wheatstone Corporation, New Bern, NC, USA.
Jeff Keith can be viewed and heard On Line at http://vorsis.com/video/featured-video.html
The workshop had a morning and afternoon session and was very well attended. Some focused information in the mystical world of air chain processing was given by Jeff to the engineers. In return, some real life scenarios were brought forward by engineers attending the workshop for Jeff’s analysis.In a final overview, most attendees felt the sessions were well presented and Jeff’s approach was general and widely focused on a good range of topics and products in the air chain process.
Many thanks to Larche Communications, http://www.thedockfm.com/ President, Paul Larche and D.O.E., Glenn Prins for allowing us to install the new Vorsis Air Aura processor on their 104.1 The DOCK-FM air chain. This installation of a locally tuned & Vorsis processed station gave broadcasters at the CCBE a real listening test comparisons off the FM tuner in the RPB suite.
During the entire convention, A-B comparisons tests were given with competing local FM air signals. The results of the temporarily installed Vorsis Air Aura had to be heard.
Jeff Keith was able to tweak the Air Aura processor continuously from the suite via the Internet – thanks again to Glenn Prins for the IP connectivity provided that allowed the remote control of the Vorsis Air Aura at the Larche DOCK-FM transmitter. The Larche organization and many participants in the Vorsis audible demo sure were impressed. For more info please visit us at http://store.ronpaleybroadcast.com/products/VORSIS-AirAura-The-Premiere-Air-Chain-Processor.html
Toronto based Broadcast Integrator Ted Clarke, brought his remote controlled helecopters to the RPB Suite and some pictures below were taken LIVE of Ted trying to land the remote controlled flying device on Darrin Paley’s head.
You might say it could be the new way to get a ”Closer Shave”….LOL!
Darrin Paley survived the “Hair Raising” ordeal quite nicely although he said he preferred the Gillette Fusion over Ted Clarke’s new “Heli-Chopper”.
Darrin Paley of Wheatstone USA exhibited the new Wheatstone E1-12 Surface / Router console
the Audioarts Air 3-12 Input analog console. http://store.ronpaleybroadcast.com/products/Audioarts-AIR3%252d12-Analog-Air-Console.html
The PROracks “MATRIX” rack mount computer is only 15″ deep and fits most audio racks was also a big hit. http://store.ronpaleybroadcast.com/products/PROracks-MATRIX%252dII-15%22-Deep-2RU-Computer.html
Traffic in the Hospitality Suite was excellent keeping all of us busy with demos and socializing with many customers and new engineers visiting the RPB Suite for the first time.
Other Convention highlights were the Friday night barbque and the Saturday evening post golf awards banquet. Anna Hooper even held yoga classes for spouses that were visiting the convention.
On Saturday afternoon, Jeff was scheduled to give Ted, Darrin and Ron Paley a hand with the RPB golf tournament foursome however the travel itinerary took the best of him and we wish to thank Joanne Desmarais of SBRF Montreal for stepping in to replace Jeff and lending her golf skills.
Without a doubt Joanne made the afternoon golf event interesting if not wild and crazy. Our game will never be the same – we came in second last however we did manage to birdie a few holes and get to have a close look inside of the Horseshoe Valley course forest looking for lost balls.
Yours truly did manage to win the Long Drive Contest on the 6th hole Horseshoe Valley Course - the shot was a beauty – draw ball high wins the distance race everytime. Now if I could only hit it a little more often – my game would really have improved. Oh Well – I’m still dreaming of that pro golf career. Kudos to Horsehoe Valley Course and CCBE’s William Johnson and his volunteers who so diligently, year after year, organize the CCBE Golf Tournament, the post game awards and tables and tables of outstanding prizes for players and guests.
The Ron Paley Broadcast Hospitality Suite hit an new all time drop-in attendance record and we wish to thank the many broadcast engineers and spouses that visited us for equipment demos, socializing and good times.
We are already making plans for the return to CCBE 2011 at Horseshoe – It’s the 60th Anniversary of the CCBE convention so check our website www.ronpaleybroadcast.com for details on our 30th Anniversary Celebration of having attended the CCBE as exhibitors as Oakwood Audio, OMT and RPB since 1981.
For more RPB – CCBE 2010 Hospitality Suite & Workshop pictures see the next RPB Blog.
What a great time was had at Ron Paley Broadcast’s 5th Annual Toronto Broadcast Showcase held at the Grand Hotel and Suites September 13th, 14th and 15th 2010. Many thanks to all the Ontario Broadcasters that attended the showcase. A picture gallery at the show follows the Blog story.
Also kudos to all the staff and management at the Grand Hotel – we highly recommend them for your corporate functions. Great location, very friendly staff and excellent restaurant. www.grandhoteltoronto.com
Rob Parsons of Parson’s Projects www.parsonsprojects.ca of St. Thomas Ontario held training and tutorials in radio automation, log traffic and music scheduling & Adobe Audition techniques.
The new Wheatstone E1 Surface Console was a big hit as it puts the surface console and router with most features small market broadcasters need in a nice package that can be purchased in the $12,900 price range. http://store.ronpaleybroadcast.com/products/Wheatstone-E1%252d12-Surface-%26-Blade-IP-Console-System.html
PROracks showed their new line of Broadcast Designed Rack Mount computers. The MATRIX-II is ideal for automation systems and get this, they are only 15″ deep, fit most audio racks, hold two full size hard drives and are loaded with USB and even dual video. The quiet fan makes the MATRIX-II ideal for control room installation without the fan noise. http://store.ronpaleybroadcast.com/products/PROracks-MATRIX%252dII-15%22-Deep-2RU-Computer.html
Audioarts AIR 3 analog air console with 12 inputs really fits the bill for most college, small market and LPFM stations. http://store.ronpaleybroadcast.com/products/Audioarts-AIR3%252d12-Analog-Air-Console.html
Yours truly spent most of my time at the Showcase with the Wheatstone VMI virtual console system that is packaged in a 1U rackmount and comes with the Glass-E console software. iMediaTouch loaned us their new Wheatstone IP interface in Version 4 On Air and WOW…talk about a neat solution all inside a 8U rack case, MATRIX-II computer, VMI and Blade Router. This was a show knockout. http://store.ronpaleybroadcast.com/products/Wheatstone-VMI%252dB-Virtual-Mixer-Bundle.html
Till next year, thanks again to all who attended. Check the Ron Paley Blog and Ron Paley Broadcast website www.ronpaleybroadcast.com for details on the 2011 Toronto Broadcast Showcase. My trusty sidekick Spencer “Blog Cat” and I wish you well.
Welcome to the Ron Paley Broadcast Blog. Its inaugural date is January 12, 2011 and I, Ron Paley am thrilled to be able to put my many experiences and current activities in writing. I will also supplement those stories with some great photos that I collected along the way.
My 50+ years in a variety of careers has covered a wide range of vocations. Every new one that came along was as interesting and diverse as the one past. Most of my lifetime has been technology driven so every five – seven years there’s a whole new challenge and a brand new experience. I must admit while looking back, there has never been a single dull moment.
I’ve been a school teacher, banker, a musician, a rock band leader, recording artist, touring artist, sound system engineer, recording producer & technician, pro audio, hi-fi and broadcast products distributor, touring sound system provider, a computer programmer, broadcast automation software designer and developer, founder and co-founder of four corporations, (some that today still bear my name) and most recently I am a consultant specializing in all of the above mentioned genres.
I have a lot of great experiences and discoveries to write about and many more to be covered as a free lance consultant. So please join me in this wild ride and I do welcome and appreciate your comments. Till the next time, my trusty computer sidekick “Spencer” (Our Cat) and Ron Paley wish you well.