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Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) Set for Monday, June 24

— Annual charity event to be held at Malibu Golf Club —

Los Angeles CA, April 18, 2013 — A date has been set for the 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT), which will be held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Golf Club, with the shotgun start at 12:00 noon. The event is being organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and will benefit A Place Called Home (APCH), a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. Recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt will serve as Co-Honorary Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Dunn is now accepting participation entries, whether as sponsors, golfers or both. In addition to the 18 holes of pristine golfing, the day will include a $1 million shootout, a $10,000 Hole-in-One prize, a $1,000 chipping contest and a Golf Channel Swing Fix Video opportunity. Dunn and the Record Plant’s Rose Mann-Cherney will be driving the “world famous tequila cart” to make sure all of the day’s participants are playing their best.

Sponsorships are available at $10,000, $6,000, $3,500, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,400, $1,000 and $750 levels, covering every aspect of the event, from apparel and golf carts to photos, refreshments, the Hole-in-One prize and much more.

“Connecting our young members to professionals in the music and recording industry has turned out to be a big win for all concerned,” says APCH Executive Director Jonathan Zeichner, “and we are moved and grateful to be named as the beneficiary of this year’s Recording Industry Golf Tournament.”

Online registry for players and sponsors is available at For more information about the tournament, visit or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

About A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home ( is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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*** Mark Frink ***

Jacksonville, FL – April 2013… Located in the Times-Union Performing Arts Center, Jacoby Hall is home to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. As the area’s most prominent home to the performing arts, Jacoby Hall also serves as a venue for a wide range of shows and other performances—many of which utilize the services of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. From Frank Oden’s Cowboy Jam, which humorously depicts life in the ‘Old West’ to Peter Shaffer’s Tony award-winning play Amadeus, microphones and direct (DI) boxes from Menlo Park, CA-based Countryman Associates play a pivotal role in many such productions.

When he’s not touring with the Zac Brown Band as their monitor engineer, Jacksonville-based audio technician Mark Frink serves as the RF Engineer and A2 for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra—a responsibility that places him right at the heart of all things audio-related taking place at Jacoby Hall. Recently, Frink utilized Countryman’s E6 Omni Earset and B2D Directional Lavaliere microphones on several shows, along with the company’s Type 10 and Type 85 DI’s. He discussed his deployment of the Countryman equipment. more

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Oishii Creative Welcomes Sterling Hawkins & Luca Giannettoni

– Consumer Experience Specialist and Creative Director/Designer Bolster Creative Agency’s Reach Into New Markets –

Brand strategy and integrated creative agency Oishii Creative has appointed Sterling Hawkins to the role of Consumer Experience & Business Development. He will work closely with President/Creative Director Ismael Obregon on brand strategy for business and entertainment clients, and expanding the client base in new markets. Luca Giannettoni also comes on board as Creative Director and Designer.

Sterling Hawkins

“It’s an exciting time to be at the convergence of entertainment and technology,” says Ismael Obregon, President/Creative Director of Oishii Creative. “With the rapid changes in consumer content consumption and engagement, you can no longer act as purely a design company or purely a strategist. You need to be able to do both. That’s why we’re expanding our team with more strategists, such as Sterling, and top creatives like Luca to produce cohesive brand strategies for our clients that are consistently on-message anywhere, anytime and across any medium.”

Hawkins brings nearly a decade of experience in the international consumer marketing and technology space, focused specifically on gathering, understanding and using consumer data to optimize the consumer lifetime value.
Hawkins has consulted with some of the world’s largest brands and retail companies, including Procter & Gamble, Mitsubishi Corporation, Brand Loyalty, RetailNext, and 1010data, among many others. He has a particular interest in connecting online environments to the real world through new go-to-market strategies and leveraging his network of exciting new startup companies.

“Bringing together the analytical side of consumer behavior with the design expertise at Oishii Creative helps engage participants for any brand or sector,” says Hawkins. “And connecting with audiences at both an emotional and strategic thinking level helps brands remain relevant to consumers.”

Luca Giannettoni

Giannettoni is an award-winning creative director for broadcast, print, commercials, and feature film titles. Originally from Verona, Italy, he launched his career in design and fashion before coming to Los Angeles, where he has served as Creative Director at top production and design companies, such as Bang Bang Studios, Trailer Park, ARTiFACT and Aerodrome Pictures. As a freelancer, he has worked with Motion Theory, Mirada, Brand New School, Logan, MPC, King & Country, Digital Kitchen and The Mill. Notable work includes a print and broadcast campaign for AT&T, as well as commercials for Toyota, T-Mobile, Mazda, Scion, Microsoft, Nike, and American Express, among many others.

About Oishii Creative:
Oishii Creative is a strategic brand consultancy and creative agency, specializing in integrated concepting, production, design, and digital solutions for leading entertainment and consumer brands. We take a multidisciplinary and digital-forward approach to creating cohesive brand strategies that are consistently on-point and on-message – no matter the medium. Recent clients include the E! Entertainment, NFL Network, Ovation, EA Sports, Nicktoons and Disney.

“Shale Voyager” Virtual Theater Experience at New Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is Fueled by Alcorn McBride Products

In the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, the Tom Hunt Energy Hall’s 4D Theater experience, “Shale Voyager,” is controlled by Alcorn McBride’s V4 Pro show controller and 8-channel Digital Binloop HD player.

The $185 million museum opened December 1 near downtown Dallas and is a hands-on destination for discovery featuring five floors of public space with 11 permanent exhibit halls. The Tom Hunt Energy Hall, funded by a gift from Hunt Petroleum Corp., features a small theater, dubbed “Shale Voyager,” which provides a virtual experience that educates participants about the process of hydraulic fracturing. Video and motion chairs give visitors the sense of what it would be like to shrink to the size of a grape, travel vertically down a 6,500-foot borehole, come out horizontally through the black rock of North Texas’s Barnett Shale and whoosh back to the surface when the gas is released.

“Shale Voyager was designed as a cylindrical theater with a spherical top,” explains Paul Bernhard of Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design and Consulting who designed, built and programmed the theater. “Three platforms hold seven people each in a semi-circle. Six screens are in the ceiling; three represent portholes. Another screen is in the floor. The screens show visitors what they’re seeing on their virtual voyage to the Barnett Shale.”

Bernhard chose Alcorn McBride’s Digital Binloop HD to play the show’s video and the V4 Pro to control the show, including the doors and seats.

The Digital Binloop HD provides up to 8 channels of HD video in a compact, economical and highly-reliable package designed for continuous daily use with no maintenance. Video clips are stored on Compact Flash media so there are no moving parts to wear out; each card can hold hours of media.

The V4 Pro is a versatile, frame-accurate controller for serial and network devices. It features 16 optically isolated inputs, 16 discrete outputs with self-restoring fuses, video frame sync and a realtime clock/calendar. It’s capable of running every day for years, without ever requiring reboots, software updates or maintenance of any kind.

“Everything is working very nicely; the synchronization is great,” Bernhard reports. “Alcorn McBride has a reputation as the go-to company for complex show control – they’re one of the leaders. Our set up has been very reliable, and visitors are really enjoying the show.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit

About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185 million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, opened to the public December 1, 2012. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit


*** Ross Hogarth ***

Shell Rock, IA – April 2013 … Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog warmth recording and performing professional musicians seek, is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship of the Studio Prodigy | Master Class Series. A new audio engineering program founded by engineer / producer Ryan Hewitt and studio designer Hanson Hsu, the Studio Prodigy | Master Class Series is geared toward anyone wanting to hone their mixing skills by learning from the industry’s top professionals.

The Studio Prodigy | Master Class Series is an ongoing series of training sessions—with this second session featuring producer / mixer / engineer Ross Hogarth. The class is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013. Titled ‘Whatever Works,’ the master class with Ross Hogarth is geared toward advanced students, musicians, composers, and working engineers. The program requires an in-depth knowledge of audio terminology, DAWs, and the mixing process. The master class will take place at Universal Mastering Studios in Los Angeles. Session Two | Whatever Works is scheduled to run from 10 AM to 6 PM. Every Studio Prodigy Session concludes with time for a Q & A period with the hosts. Refreshments will be served. more

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