Roanoake, VA - Dec 14, 2001 - Ben Martin, president of the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS), announced the appointment of Harold (Hal) M. Kneller Jr. to its board of directors.
Kneller is the director of radio engineering for WGCU-FM/WMKO at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, FL, where he is responsible for engineering matters for the NPR/classical music FM station, the radio reading service, two transmitter sites and a Windows 2000 network. He was responsible for the final build-out of the WGCU/WMKO studio facility and upgrade of the transmitter, which were funded in part through a grant.
Kneller is also president and principle owner of Heartland Broadcasting Corp., licensee of WZZS, WZSP and WZTK, based in Zolfo Springs, FL. Previously, he was an engineer and technical consultant for nearly a dozen broadcast entities focused on facilities planning, upgrades, audio processing, computerization and FCC license applications. From 1986-1996, through Kneller Broadcasting of Charlotte County, he constructed, owned and operated WKII. Kneller has more than 35 years experience in the broadcast industry. In addition, Kneller is also a regular contributor to BE Radio magazine.
A key interest for Kneller in serving on the IAAIS board and its Technology Committee will be to help ensure that radio reading and audio information services are well represented and included in the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.
Kneller earned his B.S. in Speech from Emerson College, Boston, with a major in Mass Communications and minors in Sociology and Business. He held an FCC First Class License, has a lifetime General Class License, holds Society of Broadcast Engineers certification as a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and a Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist, and serves as a member of the iBiquity Digital Advisory Board. He has served on numerous boards and task forces, belongs to several professional associations and is quite active in civic affairs in his community. Currently, he holds the office of Republican Committeeman, Precinct 60, Charlotte County, FL and serves on the county's Republican Executive Committee. He is also an instrument rated pilot.
Founded in 1977, the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) is a non-profit association of independently operated broadcast entities that provide reading services and specialized programming for people who cannot see, hold or comprehend standard printed matter in more than 100 radio markets throughout the US, Canada and abroad. IAAIS encourages and facilitates the establishment and maintenance of such programs. For more about IAAIS, visit the web site: www.iaais.org or call 1(800) 280-5325.