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He will serve out the remainder of Barry Thomas’ term

Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Broadcast Engineers has announced another change to its board of directors. SBE President Jim Leifer has appointed Ted Hand (CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB) to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Barry Thomas (CPBE, DRB, CBNE).

Thomas’ term was set to expire in fall 2019, and Hand was tapped to complete it; his appointment was ratified by SBE’s executive committee during its strategic planning meeting June 8.

“I promise to keep working hard as I have in the past years to support the needs of the society and its membership, especially in supporting the society’s education goals. Education is the key to staying ahead in knowledge,” Hand said.

Currently, Hand serves as director of engineering/operations for Cox Media Group’s Charlotte cluster.

He has been an SBE member since 1981. He has been involved with SBE chapters in Hampton Roads, Va., and Charlotte, N.C. He is a member of Chapter 45 Charlotte and has served on the SBE board of directors as a director and as secretary. Hand was elevated to the rank of Fellow in 2017.

“Ted has served the SBE locally and nationally for many years, and I welcome him back to the board of directors. At the same time, I’m sorry that Barry Thomas has decided to step down, but I understand his professional reasons,” Leifer said in the announcement.

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Mignon Clyburn is stepping down from the commission

WASHINGTON — Following months of speculation, FCC Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has announced her plans to step down from the commission at today’s Federal Communications Commission meeting.

Last month, B&C’s John Eggerton reported that “Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has proposed FCC Enforcement Bureau official Geoffrey Starks to succeed Mignon Clyburn as Democratic FCC commissioner when she decides to exit — or when a new nominee speeds that process.” As of this afternoon, it’s unclear whether or not he will be nominated.

Clyburn also remained mum about what’s next on her agenda, although many have speculated about her political ambitions. She is the daughter of South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, a fellow Dem. The elder Clyburn will be 78 years old in July but has not announced plans to retire.

Clyburn has served on the commission for eight years. She was nominated by Pres. Barack Obama in 2009 and was confirmed that same year. In 2013 she made history as the first woman to chair the commission, albeit in an acting capacity.

She has been energetic in her defense of Net Neutrality and media ownership diversity initiatives. However, Clyburn was less active in radio issues.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — a Republican with whom Clyburn frequently sparred — had this to say in a release about her pending departure: “I congratulate Commissioner Clyburn on her distinguished tenure at the FCC. She has been a tremendous leader and a committed public servant throughout her time here.”

Pai also noted the significance of her time at the FCC. “As the first woman to head the agency, she led skillfully through a transition and put her on stamp on the commission, including through her steadfast leadership in telehealth, media diversity and digital inclusion.”

He also acknowledged their differing viewpoints. “I have enjoyed working with her and, even when we have not seen eye-to-eye on policy, I have always held her candor and thoughtfulness in the highest regard. She’s been a wonderful colleague and friend. I wish her nothing but the best and sincerely thank her for her service.”

Fellow Commissioner Michael O’Rielly tweeted:

Clyburn’s lone female colleague and fellow Democrat Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel released a statement calling Clyburn “a dynamo” who “represents the best of public service.”

She said, “Commissioner Clyburn has been a forceful advocate for change, for equal opportunity, and for closing the digital divide. It was a privilege to support her history-making leadership as Acting Chairwoman. It has been an honor to work alongside her to put consumers first and bring connectivity to those at greatest risk of being left behind — urban, rural, and everywhere in between. I am proud to have worked together with her to support net neutrality and grateful to have been her partner in her unwavering work to remedy the grave injustice of exorbitant prison phone rates. As she departs this agency, she should know her legacy is intact because so many who work on communications policy will continue to be guided by her outstanding example. I consider myself among them.

Joining the chorus, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith also reacted to the news in a statement released today. Smith said, “Mignon Clyburn has served the commission with distinction, dedication and humility over the past eight years. She has been a passionate voice on behalf of consumers and a champion of diversity in the media marketplace during her tenure. NAB and America’s broadcasters wish Commissioner Clyburn well on her future path.”

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Remembering TWICE's John Laposky

Laposky, content director and longtime editorial cornerstone, died on April 11, 2018, due to a sudden illness

NEW YORK — John Laposky, TWICE content director and longtime editorial cornerstone, died on April 11, 2018, due to a sudden illness. He was 51.

Born in Pennsylvania on December 17, 1966, Laposky attended Bethlehem Catholic High School and Lehigh University, where he studied journalism. He began his career as an intern at Spin Magazine and then spent several years as a publishing assistant at Circulation Management Magazine. He left for Reed Business Information to become copy editor at Home Textiles Today.

Laposky became freelance managing editor of the Consumer Electronics Show’s CES Daily magazine in 1994, the first year it was produced by TWICE for the Consumer Technology Association. In 1995, Laposky was hired as full-time managing editor of TWICE, where he helped produce the consumer electronics publication, its website, and continued to foster the CES Daily. He was promoted to editor in chief of TWICE, owned by NewBay, in August 2014 and served as its editorial leader until his death.

During his tenure at TWICE, Laposky oversaw growth of the publication’s website as well as the launch of its email newsletters, social media accounts, and webinars. He enthusiastically and tirelessly covered 23 annual CES events in Las Vegas.

“John’s instincts, analysis and talents have had a huge impact on TWICE and the entire consumer electronics industry,” said Steve Palm, CEO, NewBay. “His knowledge, leadership, and friendship will be missed. Everyone at NewBay offers their condolences and support to John’s family.”

“John was a respected and leading voice in the consumer technology industry. He was smart, honest, reliable and trustworthy,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “We have lost an industry stalwart and friend.”

A lover of music, cooking and baseball, Laposky is survived by wife Danielle and two sons, Nate, 14, and Joe, 12.

His funeral will be held on Sunday, April 15, 11:00 a.m., at Schoem’s Menorah Chapel , W-150 Route 4 East, Paramus, N.J. 07652.

Memorial donations may be made to Phillies Charities, Inc. , the American Heart Association  or the Tipitinas Foundation .

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Also gives new sales territories to Nick vanHaaster

Mark Goins

GatesAir has promoted Mark Goins to senior director of sales for the Americas, reporting to Vice President of Sales Joseph W. Mack. Additionally, Nick vanHaaster will expand his regional responsibility to cover Goins’ previously-assigned states — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Nick vanHaaster

Goins will now be responsible for overseeing the regional sales management and key accounts management teams in North and South America.

Goins has been with the company for 16 years and has 17 total years of broadcast industry experience.

VanHaaster has been a GatesAir employee for nearly two decades and has had responsibility for the northwestern U.S. and Western Canada sales territories.

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Jay Krivanek most recently served as the senior product developer at Spacial Audio

PITTSBURGH — Live365’s parent company has named a vice president of engineering. Media Creek has tapped Jay Krivanek to lead product and engineering efforts, according to an announcement this week.

Krivanek most recently served as the senior product developer at Spacial Audio, a broadcast automation company that has been acquired by Triton Digital.

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He also founded Radio Toolbox, a company providing statistics and analytic solutions for digital audio publishers.

Media Creek’s portfolio also includes EmpireStreaming.

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Tom Jones will be recognized in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON — Two engineers well known in the world of U.S. radio broadcasting will be honored by the National Association of Broadcasters at the spring show.

Tom Jones will receive the 2018 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award. He is president of Carl T. Jones Corp., having joined his father’s firm as a senior engineer in 1979. He became a full partner in 1983 and become president two years later.

Tom Jones

“He has managed hundreds of complex broadcast engineering projects, served on industry and government advisory committees and has been heavily involved in the development of the Method Moments analysis for AM directional arrays and more recently the AM revitalization effort,” NAB stated in the announcement. (For a full list of past radio winners, see below.)

Clay Freinwald will receive the Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award from NAB. He began his engineering career in 1961 and has held technical positions at numerous stations and station groups, including Tacoma News Tribune, Viacom and Entercom, according to the NAB announcement.

Clay Freinwald

A recipient in 2007 of the Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award, Freinwald is a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a founding member of the Broadcast Warning Working Group, which helps broadcasters and others understand and implement EAS technology. He has served as chairman of the Washington State EAS Committee for over 20 years and chaired the SBE EAS Committee for a decade.

On the TV side, Roger Keating will receive the NAB Digital Leadership Award. He joined Hearst Television in 2008, overseeing its digital media unit and leading product development, business development and corporate development. His portfolio includes serving as the first chairman of Pearl TV, leadership in the Dyle mobile DTV project, support of the NAB SPROCKIT program and most recently leadership in the launch of NewsON, the mobile-only app for local news aggregation, according to the NAB announcement.

And the NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award will go to Mark Aitken, whom NAB described as “a dynamic leader in the development of Next Gen TV.” He joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999 and became VP of advanced technology in 2011. “He has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services, including participation in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, involvement in ATSC including chairing the specialist group on mobile DTV, and with the formation of Sinclair’s joint venture ONE Media, serving as its President.”


Recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Award are listed here. Beginning in 1991, radio and TV winners were named; radio winners are shown.

1960 T.A.M. Craven

1961 Raymond F. Guy

1962 Ralph N. Harmon

1963 Dr. George R. Town

1964 John H. DeWitt Jr.

1965 Edward W. Allen Jr.

1966 Carl J. Meyers

1967 Robert M. Morris

1968 Howard A. Chinn

1969 Jarrett L. Hathaway

1970 Philip Whitney

1971 Benjamin Wolfe

1972 John M. Sherman

1973 A. James Ebel

1974 Joseph B. Epperson

1975 John D. Silva

1976 Dr. Frank G. Kear

1977 Daniel H. Smith

1978 John A. Moseley

1979 Robert W. Flanders

1980 James D. Parker

1981 Wallace E. Johnson

1982 Julius Barnathan

1983 Joseph Flaherty

1984 Otis S. Freeman

1985 Carl E. Smith

1986 Dr. George Brown

1987 Renville H. McMann

1988 Jules Cohen

1989 William Connolly

1990 Hilmer Swanson

1991 George Marti

1992 Edward Edison & Robert L. Hammett

1993 Robert M. Silliman

1994 Charles T. Morgan

1995 Robert Orban

1996 Ogden Prestholdt

1997 George Jacobs

1998 John Battison

1999 Geoffrey Mendenhall

2000 Michael Dorrough

2001 Arno Meyer

2002 Paul Schafer

2003 John W. Reiser

2004 E. Glynn Walden

2005 Milford Smith

2006 Benjamin Dawson & Ronald Rackley

2007 Louis A. King

2008 Thomas B. Silliman

2009 Jack Sellmeyer

2010 Steve Church

2011 L. Robert du Treil

2012 Paul Brenner

2013 Frank Foti

2014 Jeff Littlejohn

2015 Thomas F. King

2016 Andy Laird 

2017 John Kean

2018 Tom Jones

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Ohana to take on newly created position of director, program management

NEW YORK — Dalet has announced a pair of hires with goal of supporting its American business dealings. One of the hires, James Ohana, will be taking on the newly created position of director, program management on the Dalet Professional Services, Americas team. The other, Jamie Day, has been named program manager for the Americas Professional Services team.

Ohana will be responsible for managing the delivery of Dalet’s portfolio of large-scale, multi-site, multi-year implementations; this will include finalizing architecture design to change management, coaching and upgrades. Ohana previously worked for Dalet as a program manager, but held positions at Oracle, Avid and IBM Global Business Services before returning to Dalet.

Coming to Dalet from Google, Day, in her new position as program manager, will focus on project execution and project delivery, including improving the consistency of Dalet deployment and security policy processes. 

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