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AES Hosts 50 Years of FM

he AES Convention will live-stream a special event, A Half-Century of FM Stereo, Friday evening.

New York (October 20, 2011)—The AES Convention will live-stream a special event, A Half-Century of FM Stereo, Friday evening.

Radio’s first four decades were strictly monophonic. Despite some early experimentation by FM inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong, even “high-fidelity” FM remained mono until 1961, when the FCC chose among competing systems to declare a standard for FM stereo broadcasting.

On Friday evening, Oct. 21 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, a panel of legendary FM Radio engineers will gather at the Clear Channel Studios in the PC Richards & Sons Theater at 32 Avenue of the Americas in lower Manhattan to celebrate a half century of FM Stereo.

Developed by the New York Section of the AES and by AES Convention Broadcast/ Streaming Events Co-Chair David Bialik, the panel will be Co-chaired by Bialik and Scott Fybush of / Inside Radio.

Participants represent a gathering of iconic broadcast figures including:
Richard Burden, an original member of the FM Stereo Committee;
Frank Foti, Omnia Audio;
Richard Mertz, Cavell and Mertz;
Arno Meyer, Belar;
Robert Orban, Orban;
Skip Pizzi, NAB;
Bill Sacks, Orban;
Eric Small, Modulation Sciences;
Jeff Smith, Clear Channel;
and former WQXR Radio Chief Engineer, Herb Squire.

Topics to be addressed include: FM stereo’s birth; the merits of the competing systems that sought FCC approval; the initial technical challenges faced by the new medium; the development of high-density FM audio processing; and, the future of analog FM stereo in an increasingly digital world.

The Audio Engineering Society thanks Clear Channel Communications for providing the theater for this event. For live streaming of this event please visit:

Attendance limited to 150 AES convention attendees. Transportation will be provided from the AES Convention. Attendees must purchase a $10.00 bus ticket/event registration at the AES tour desk. The bus ticket is the event ticket

Audio Engineering Society