Michigan Engineers Honored With MAB Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

March 9, 2010

Lansing, MI - Mar 8, 2010 - The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters, who combined have served in the industry for nearly eight decades. The Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the Engineering Luncheon at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo which was held the Lansing Center, March 3 in Lansing.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

Ed Trombley

  • Radio Winner: Ed Trombley, field engineer/RF expert, Munn-Reese, Coldwater, MI
    Ed Trombley is the field engineer and RF expert extraordinaire at Munn-Reese. He began his broadcasting career as a student at Lake Superior State College in the Electronic Engineering Technology program. Upon graduating, Trombley worked as a contract engineer for several years at numerous stations across Lower Michigan. In 1984 he took on the position of chief engineer and technical director of telecommunications at WSAE/KTGG at Spring Arbor College. After a decade of service there, he moved to Munn-Reese in Coldwater, MI, to work as a field engineer. Since his move there, Trombley has become quite the engineering celebrity throughout the state known for his problem solving and uncanny way of communicating with the finickiest of machinery.

    In addition to his professional work, Trombley is known for his garage full of old broadcast parts and equipment supplying the local theatre with period props not to mention the numerous engineers who have been helped in a pinch because of his garage full of goodies.

    John Grover

  • Television Winner: John Grover, chief engineer, WADL-TV, Mount Clemens/Detroit, MI
    John Grover is the chief engineer for Adell Broadcasting Corporation's WADL-TV. He has more than 46 years of experience in broadcast engineering, 33 of which have been as a television station chief engineer. He began his broadcasting career in 1963 at WJIM as a staff engineer before a brief two-year stint as an engineer for World Wide Sports in Williamston, MI. He then became the chief engineer for WGPR, a radio and television licensee, in 1977 where he assemble a U-Matic auto logging sequencer for interstitial and program playback.

    In 1988, Grover joined the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Flint as chief engineer at WSMH starting a local news operation. In addition, in 1992 he took on the extra duties of chief engineer at WADL-TV where he managed the operations and staffing of master control. In 2006, he opted to lighten his heavy work load retiring from WSMH-TV. Grover is still chief engineer at WADL-TV and is known for his positive, can-do spirit and outstanding work ethic.

    Carl E. Lee, the man for whom the award is named, began his broadcast career as an engineer after graduation from the Michigan Academy of Radio Science in 1939. He rose through the ranks of management and in 1985 acquired ownership of Fetzer Broadcasting Services. At that time, Fetzer Broadcasting was comprised of WKZO Kalamazoo, WJFM Grand Rapids, WKJF-AM/FM Cadillac and Muzitronic Services.

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