April 10, 2014
Greater Media Vice President of Radio Engineering, Miford “Smitty” Smith is officially celebrating his 30th Anniversary at the company today. Over the years, Smitty has blazed new trails on behalf of both Greater Media and the radio industry at large.
“It is such a privilege to have Smitty on our team over the past three decades,” said Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth.” His leadership, expertise and passion have been a driving force behind the success of our organization. He has made Greater Media greater.”
He has been recognized with countless awards over the past three decades, including receiving the prestigious Radio Engineering Achievement Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in 2005, given to individuals for their significant contributions which have advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering.
In November of 2010, he was selected to receive the 2010 Radio World Magazine “Excellence in Engineering” award given annually to an individual who “embodies the highest ideals of the radio broadcast engineering profession”.
In addition to his daily responsibilities overseeing the engineering division at Greater Media, he serves as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEEE), the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). Smitty is also active in its FASTROAD technology advocacy program as a member of its technical advisory group and is also a member of the newly formed Radio Technology Committee.
He is likewise active in the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) serving as its overall chairman and is a member of various subcommittees and working groups including its Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) subcommittee, its Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) subcommittee and its AM and FM Analogue Broadcasting (AFAB) subcommittee.
Working with other radio companies and iBiquity Digital Corporation, he has been involved in research and development efforts over the years which have led to the FCC permitting significant increases in permissible transmission power for FM HD Radio stations.
His current work in the area centers around asymmetrical sideband power levels, digital on channel boosters and all digital AM transmission.
He holds a B.S. degree in physics from Amherst.
April 4, 2014
Radio 92.9 is launching a search for the best local band to open up the 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest. Sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka, this Battle of the Bands is now open and accepting submissions from local bands.
The 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will return to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston on May 17, 2014. Presented by Whole Foods Market, the family-friendly festival is the largest free radio station concert in the country, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.
Bands residing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are eligible to participate. Entries will be accepted at www.myradio929.com through April 14, 2014. Each entry must include the name of the band, contact information and a link to a YouTube video of a performance or studio video. Thirty- two entries will be selected based on musicality, creativity, production and relevance to the format of the station.
Listeners will be able to vote for their favorite band from April 15-28, 2014. The eight bands with the highest vote totals will be invited to participate in the two semi-final live performance rounds, scheduled for early May in Boston. Two bands from each semi-final performance will be selected by a panel of judges to perform at the finals along with one “People’s Choice” artist, selected by station listeners. The five finalists will perform on May 14, 2014 at the Hard Rock Café in Boston.
The winning band will have the opportunity to perform at 25-minute set as the opener of the 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest on May 17, 2014. Judges for this year’s Battle of the Band competition include Sylvia Cunha of Do617; Melissa Farrington, director of promotions for Live Nation; several members from Island Records’ band Gentleman Hall; Diandra Lamas, marketing team leader at Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza; Michael Fang, northeast director of promotions, Q Prime; and Michael Marotta of Do617.
The Radio 92.9 EarthFest is produced in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR.) The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds. The DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell and surrounding Esplanade area is a renowned venue for free events and programs in the city of Boston.
The full line-up for the 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will be announced on April 18, 2014. For more information, listen to Radio 92.9 FM or visit www.earthfest.com