ROCK-OLA AND ECAST ANNOUNCE SERVICE SCHOOLS FOR OPERATORS IN BALTIMORE/DC, DALLAS, ORLANDO, CHICAGO AND NEW YORK CITY/NEW JERSEY REGIONS
SAN FRANCISCO - Rock-Ola and Ecast will jointly conduct a digital jukebox training program consisting of five regional sessions scheduled throughout the summer. The classes are recommended for operators and their service staffs who are already operating digital systems or are considering adding digital music to their routes. Sessions will be taught by Ed Glapinski, Rock-Ola's director of field service, and Jon Holcomb, Ecast's national trainer. Course material will cover all installation, operating and troubleshooting aspects of the Ecast operating system and Rock-Ola's digital downloading jukebox line. The training courses will be held in Baltimore, MD, June 21 at the Marriott Baltimore/Washington International Airport at 1743 West Nursery Road (RVSP by June 7); Dallas, TX, June 28 at Marriott Suites Dallas Market Center at 2493 North Stemmons Freeway (RVSP by June 14); Orlando, FL, July 12 at the Marriott Orlando Airport at 7499 Augusta National Drive (RVSP by June 28); and Chicago, IL, July 19 at the Marriott Deerfield Suites at 2 Parkway North in Deerfield, IL (RVSP by July 5). For the Newark, NJ, and New York City areas, a class will be held on August 2 at the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe at 100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard in Teaneck, NJ (RVSP by July 19). Classes are held on Tuesdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. There is no charge to attend a class, which includes lunch and refreshments, but operators will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. RSVPs can be sent to TrainingRSVP@ecastinc.com or by calling Ecast at 866-HI ECAST or Rock-Ola at (310)-328-1306 no later than two weeks before the desired seminar.
ECAST MOVES INTO NEW FACILITY; SETS UP TEMPORARY TECHNICAL SUPPORT LINES
SAN FRANCISO , Ecast Inc. said it is moving into a larger facility at 49 Geary Street, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA 94108. The move will take place on June 3 at which time Ecast's usual local and toll-free numbers will be out of service. For emergency technical support issues only on Friday June 3 operators can call (415) 637-0427 / 0527 / 0706 between 6:00 AM and 2:30 PM Pacific Time and (415) 637-0716 / 0763 / 0774 between 12:30 PM to 9:00 PM Pacific Time. Ecast's toll-free number [866-HI ECAST] will be reactivated on Saturday June 4 when the digital music provider returns to its normal technical support weekend schedule between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time.
CENTRAL DISTRIBUTING CO. WILL HOST NSM TECHNICAL PRESENTATION ON JUNE 7
FRANKLIN SQUARE, NY , Central Distributing Co. will host a technical presentation on Ecast-powered NSM jukeboxes at its Long Island distribution facility here on Tuesday June 7. The program kicks off at 10:00 AM with coffee and bagels followed by half-hour presentations on the Ecast digital music platform and NSM's "Chameleon," "Evolution" and "Nostalgia" downloading jukeboxes. The distributor will conclude the program with a lunch buffet. Central Distributing is located at 1153 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010. Area operators interested in attending can send RSVPs to Diane Scherillo at tel. (516) 488-7878; fax (516) 488-4867; e-mail CentralAmuseServ@aol.com
JUNE VT PREVIEW: FECS SAY BAD WEATHER IS THE PROBLEM; BIRTHDAY PARTIES ARE THE ANSWER
U.S.A. , This spring's seasonal arcade business was once again dampened by rainy, cloudy weather that reduced arcade traffic up and down the East Coast. Given this vulnerability to the elements, it's understandable that birthday parties remain the FEC industry's most profitable promotion (these events are scheduled in advance, and they occur rain or shine). Acknowledged as the trade's top birthday party specialist is Frank Price, founder of Birthday University. The touring seminar program marks its fifth anniversary this year. The June issue of VENDING TIMES will feature some of Price's insights in our annual look at FEC marketing strategies. FEC owner Laurien Henry, who is also president of the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry, commented: "Frank Price is a great businessman and the master of birthday parties. His strategies are proven and now time-tested. I have known Frank for more than 10 years, and I believe so much in what he does that I become his partner, and together we started Hero's, The Party Experience. I'm delighted to offer my warmest congratulations on five years of Birthday University."
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