fcc chair genachowski generates buzz at nab show

The NAB Show is in its third day in Las Vegas, and FCC head Julius Genachowski is generating a lot of buzz online. Reported Joe Flint in a blog post for the LA Times: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and the top lobbyist for broadcasters disagreed over the need for a spectrum auction during back-to-back speeches at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, a gathering that brings together top television executives and Washington lawmakers and lobbyists. At issue was the FCC’s desire to reclaim some of the airwaves, or spectrum, broadcasters use for next-generation cellphones and tablet devices such as Apple’s iPad. The FCC and […]

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NAB: A Celebration of Megatrax’s Success

As many know, each year there is a gathering of television (and all media, really) broadcasters in Las Vegas. The National Association of Broadcasters is a huge event, ranging in size from 80,000 – 100,000 happy attendees. I have not heard the official attendee list for this year’s event, but I will edit this blog with that information as soon as possible. This blog is devoted to Aircast Custom Music, and Aircast is the custom music division of Megatrax Production Music. My focus here is simply to supply some pictures of this year’s Megatrax and the team I work with. The big news for Megatrax is that this is year […]

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nab day one round up from megatrax

It was a great first day at NAB yesterday in Megatrax’s booth (SL 9115). Thanks to everyone who came out for our champagne anniversary toast and the debut of our sizzle reel (embedded below the jump), our contest winning videos, and the performance by our Marquee Music artists Shangani! Here are a couple of pics from yesterday, and we’ll share more photos and videos tomorrow. You can follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Megatrax, and we’d love to see you in the booth. Megatrax’s JC Dwyer with Robert Etoll For more Day One round-ups, check out Carl Jacobs’ update on Post Magazine’s blog and Ben Waggoner’s post for Channel 19.

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megatrax celebrates 20 years of independence at nab this week

Today we are at NAB celebrating our 20th anniversary of independence! This will be our 15th consecutive year exhibiting at NAB. I very much look forward to sharing this moment with many of our loyal clients and having an opportunity to personally thank them for using our music in so many great productions over the years. Our NAB celebration this afternoon will consist of a special champagne toast along with a presentation during which we will screen our new sizzle reel (above) as well as present the winning entries from our recent video contest. We will also have several unique giveaways in connection with our 20th anniversary theme. Finally, a […]

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megatrax looks forward to seeing you at nab next week!

Phil Macko, our VP of Sales, says: Some days roll around, and you find yourself amazed that yet another year has passed, and it is once again Christmas, your birthday, New Year’s…and if you are in Broadcast or the Production Music industry…NAB! This year marks my 10th NAB, and more importantly my company’s 20th Anniversary! I hope that amidst all of the flashing booth lights, crowds of people and natural distractions of Las Vegas, you will all fight the headaches and sore feet/ backs that are “standard issue” at NAB and come visit my staff and me at our booth (South Lower Hall, SL9115)! I am bringing members of my […]

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Big Waves: The Past Decade in Music Trends

I think we are now far away enough from the decade ending December 31, 2010 that I can wade in with my observations about the major music trends that I saw in the decade of  2001 – 2010. In complete candor, these observations have been plucked, sometimes, straight other peoples’ minds. Some of my observations were very much effected by the November 9, 2010 podcast of NPR’s raucously good production called All Songs Considered. All Songs Considered can be criticized for not lighting up some of the very back corners of contemporary music production and composition. But if you only have a periodic one-hour show, you go for the broad […]

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google nixes grooveshark app due to copyright concerns

Streaming music hit another snag today when Google announced that it’s removing Grooveshark from its offering of Android apps over copyright concerns. Greg Sandoval reports for cnet: Google has removed Grooveshark’s music app from the Android Market, a move that comes after some of the top music labels have accused the service of violating copyright law, sources said. “We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies,” a Google spokesman said in response to questions from CNET. He did not specify what violations Grooveshark may have committed or whether Google had been pressured by the music industry to remove the app.

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five pre-nab questions with… marquee artists shangani

We’ll be at the National Association of Broadcasters Show next week, and Shangani will be on hand in our booth Monday afternoon for an exclusive performance in conjunction with our 20th Anniversary Celebration. The guys took a moment this week to tell us a little bit about the origins of the group and the work they do for Megatrax. Megatrax: Can you tell us a little about the origin of Shangani and its name? Shangani is the name of a river in Zimbabwe, and it is also the name of a historic battle, famous for being the first one where indigenous people defeated a colonizing power, in this case England […]

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licensing notes from leisa korn for 4/4/2011

Spring has finally sprung, at least here on the West Coast, and that means not only Easter, Passover, Spring skiing and tulips, but NAB…the annual megameeting of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas. To quote NAB, “More than just broadcasting, the NAB Show is the world’s largest digital media industry event attended by leading media, entertainment and communications professionals who share a passion for the next generation of video and audio content across multiple platforms — from television, radios and computers to phones, the big screen and beyond.”  For us music providers, it is a chance to meet face to face with our clients from around the country […]

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from the megatrax newsletter: catching up with la riot’s chris lang & eric cunningham

l-r, megatrax’s jc dwyer with eric cunningham & chris lang Catching up with Chris Lang and Eric Cunningham, the Producers behind Megatrax’s LA Riot catalog. In 1992, Chris Lang and Eric Cunningham created the brand LA Riot, naming it after the riots that had just left bullet holes in the door of their original studio. In 2006, the Chronic Music and Killer Edge founders signed the LA Riot catalog with Megatrax, and the urban, youthful tracks in this high-energy catalog have turned the volume on Megatrax’s offerings up to eleven. We managed to grab a few moments with Chris and Eric recently to talk about LA Riot and their history in […]

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