Posted on April 2, 2015 in ATSC News
Follow the leaders! The ATSC congratulates two board members receiving well-deserved recognition at this month’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show. Richard Friedel of Fox will receive the 2015 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award, and fellow ATSC Board Member David Siegler of Cox Media Group will receive Broadcasting & Cable’s 2015 Technology Leadership Award.
Richard Friedel is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for Fox Networks Engineering & Operations. He oversees long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and heads the Fox Houston Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports’ regional networks, and provides technical support for 14 regional production centers. In addition to his leadership role at the ATSC, Friedel is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and a member of Audio Engineering Society, Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers. He serves as president of the Video Services Forum and as the Fox representative on the NABA Board of Directors.
The NAB Engineering Achievement Awards, first established in 1959, are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering. In addition to Friedel, radio engineer Thomas F. King of Kintronic Labs and Ray Conover, senior engineering consultant for Hubbard Broadcasting, will be honored at the April 15 NAB Show Technology Luncheon.
The list of past recipients of the NAB Television Engineering Award reads like an ATSC Who’s Who: CBS’s Bob Seidel, Gates Air’s Jay Adrick, NBC Universal’s Glenn Reitmeier, Cox’s Sterling Davis and, as well as Merrill Weiss, Bernie Lechner, Mark Richer and many others.
Dave Siegler is Cox Media Group’s Vice President of Technical Operations, responsible for leading all Cox engineering and technical operations. He coordinates technical initiatives that support CMG’s business needs across its media properties. Siegler previously was Director of Broadcast Operations & Engineering for the company’s WSOC and WAXN TV stations in Charlotte, N.C., where he led the implementation of high-definition news and a new multi-channel master control suite as well as launching a mobile DTV pilot station. He also worked on company-wide initiatives such as channel branding, business continuity and system architecture designs. In addition to his role on the ATSC board Siegler, a SMPTE Fellow, serves on the SMPTE executive committee.
For 18 consecutive years at the NAB Show, Broadcasting & Cable has paid tribute to technology leaders who have displayed innovation, imagination and achievement. Siegler will be honored during an April 13 reception at the Westgate Hotel, Las Vegas. Other B&C 2015 Technology Leadership Award recipients are: Wendy Aylsworth, Warner Bros; Kevin Conroy, Univision; Mark Hale, Scripps Networks Interactive; Scott Livingston, Sinclair Broadcast Group; and Tom O’Brien, Nexstar Broadcasting Group.
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