AES New York 2011
Broadcast and Media Streaming Session B8

Friday, October 21, 7:30 pm — 9:00 pm

B8 - A Half Century of FM Stereo

David Bialik
Scott Fybush, / Inside Radio
Richard Burden
Frank Foti, Omnia Audio
Richard Mertz, Cavell and Mertz
Arno Meyer, Belar
Robert Orban, Orban
Skip Pizzi, NAB
Bill Sacks
Eric Small, Modulation Sciences
Jeff Smith, Clear Channel
Herb Squire

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.

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first commercial FM stereo broadcasts in the United States, this panel discussion will bring together some of the industry’s top broadcast engineers and equipment designers. Topics will 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.

This event is being organized by the NY Section of the AES and will be held in the PC Richard & Sons Theater at the Clear Channel Studios, 32 Avenue of the Americas. Seating is limited and tickets are required, although the event will also be streamed. You can read more information about tickets and how to watch the stream on this press release:

The Audio Engineering Society thanks Clear Channel Communications for providing the theater for this event.

For live streaming of this event please visit:

To listen to an MP3 podcast of the presentation, please click here.

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