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NAB Announces Award Recipients

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the 2015 recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards.

(L-R): Thomas F. King, Richard Friedel, Ray Conover
Washington, DC (February 25, 2015)—The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the 2015 recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards.

The recipient of the 2015 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award is Thomas F. King, president of Kintronic Labs, a company founded by his father and 2007 recipient of the NAB Engineering Award, Louis King. King worked with the Star-H Corporation in the joint development of the Kinstar AM low profile, high efficiency, wideband antenna—the first of its kind accepted by the FCC for full-time omni-directional operation. Most recently, King has been a strong advocate to comprehensively improve AM broadcasting.

The 2015 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award goes to Richard Friedel, EVP and general manager for Fox Networks Engineering & Operations, who oversees long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles. Friedel heads the Fox House Technical Operations Center and provides technical support for 14 regional production centers. He is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a member of Audio Engineering Society, Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers.

The 2015 NAB Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award will be presented to Ray Conover, a senior engineering consultant at Hubbard Broadcasting. In 1983, Conover established all technical parameters surrounding the company’s shift to Satellite News Gathering (SNG) and also coordinated the test phase of the business that would later become CONUS Communications Co. Conover also served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) antenna committee that documented standards for the performance, test and measurement of TV receive antennas.

First established in 1959, the Engineering Achievement Awards are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering. The recipients will be honored at the NAB Show Technology Luncheon on Wednesday, April 15 in Las Vegas.

National Association of Broadcasters