The National Association of Broadcasters announced the winners of its Engineering Achievement Awards. The awards, first established in 1959, are given to industry leaders for significant contributions that have advanced broadcast engineering. The award winners will be honored at the Technology Luncheon, Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at NAB 2004 in Las Vegas.
Winning the Radio Engineering Achievement Award Winner was Glynn Walden, senior VP of engineering for Infinity Broadcasting. In this role, he wrote the AM and FM In-Band On-Channel (IBOC) technical and regulatory specifications for a design team of 50 engineers, scientists and technicians who went on to develop the HD Radio IBOC system. Walden developed the transition plan that allowed broadcasters to move from analog to digital broadcasting with minimal technical and economic disruptions to broadcasters and listeners. To aid in the adoption and implementation of the IBOC system, he developed and completed a comprehensive study on the existing levels of interference in the AM and FM bands and predictions of how the interference would increase following the adoption of IBOC. In addition, he developed a comprehensive test program for evaluation of IBOC digital performance and compatibility with the existing broadcast infrastructure.
The Television Engineering Achievement Award Winner was Ira Goldstone, technology coordinator for the Tribune Company and VP/CTO for Tribune Broadcasting Company. He oversees engineering and technology for the broadcasting group while coordinating projects involving common technologies across all of Tribune. He pioneered the implementation of electronic newsroom technology including digital editing, content storage and retrieval. He instituted the early adoption of digital electronic newsgathering (ENG) including one of the first COFDM-equipped helicopters in the country, which allowed a number of Tribune stations to provide breaking news coverage from locations previously unreachable with analog ENG equipment. Goldson is the chairman of the Media Security and Reliability Council Task Force on Future Technologies/Digital Solutions, the recipient of Broadcasting and Cable’s 2001 Technology Leadership Award and is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. In addition, he is a member of the board of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and was the original chair of the ATSC Applications Sub-Committee.
NAB2004 takes place April 17 to 22, 2004, in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 19). Complete NAB2004 details are available at www.nabshow.com.