Lansing, MI - Dec 20, 2013 - On Dec. 16, 2014, Larry Alan Estlack passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 64. Estlack worked for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters since 2002. Among his duties there he oversaw all technical programs including the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program for radio and TV stations and the MAB Engineering Hotline where many Michigan stations, and his engineering colleagues, counted on him for his engineering expertise to help them through all sorts of technical issues.
Estlack was the chairman of the Emergency Alert System in Michigan, a position he held for 21 years, and served as chairman of the Michigan South Central EAS area since 1977. He was also appointed by the governor of Michigan to the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council (MCCERC) and served on the Broadcast Warning Working Group (BWWG) nationally. He was always passionate about building better alliances between the emergency management community and broadcasters to improve public warning.
From 2008 to 2011 Estlack worked tirelessly on five federal NOAA grants in coordination with the Michigan State Police and the Department of Natural Resources, to bring emergency alert sirens to five remote Northern Michigan state parks in an effort to keep all Michigan citizens safe, even while on vacation. Those efforts proved vital as the sirens saved 83 people during a severe storm at Muskallonge Lake State Park in September 2010.
In addition to his time at MAB, Estlack had been involved in both radio and television engineering for more than 30 years. He received the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' first Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award, and was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008. His passion for broadcast engineering went far beyond the station walls as he spent many hours training and educating future broadcast engineers. In addition, Estlack was an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, was certified as a Professional Broadcast Engineer and served as a frequency coordinator for much of the state.
Funeral arrangements will be set by the family for January 2014.
The Muskegon Chronicle ran his obituary.