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September 19, 2012

NRSC Adopts New Guideline on RDS Usage, Updates AM Standards

Four documents adopted at 2012 Radio Show NRSC meetings

DALLAS, TX The National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) today adopted a new NRSC Guideline that focuses on recommendations for broadcasters and receiver manufacturers in the use of the Radio Data System (RDS) data broadcasting technology. NRSC-G300, RDS Usage Guideline was adopted by the Radio Broadcasting Data System (RBDS) Subcommittee, chaired by Dan Mansergh, Director of Engineering, KQED Public Radio, San Francisco, CA. Approximately sixty pages in length, G300 includes sections focusing on select features of RDS, using RDS for program associated data, and an Annex listing providers of RDS-based data services. Service providers may request inclusion in this Annex by submitting a form which is also included in the new Guideline.

In addition, based on NRSC Procedures that require that all Standards and Guidelines to undergo a review every five years, three documents were reviewed and revised slightly by the AM and FM Analog Broadcasting (AFAB) Subcommittee, co-chaired by Stan Salek, Senior Engineer, Hammett & Edison, Sonoma, CA, and Gary Kline, SVP Corporate Director of Engineering & IT, Cumulus Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA:

NRSC-1-B, NRSC AM Preemphasis/deemphasis and Broadcast Audio Transmission Bandwidth Specifications
NRSC-2-B, Emission Limitation for AM Broadcast Transmission
NRSC-G100-A, Bandwidth Options for Analog AM Broadcasters

These documents will be available free-of-charge on the NRSC's website, following a final, procedural review which will take approximately two weeks. Additional information about the NRSC, including information on becoming a member, is also available on the website.

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