Sellmeyer and Davis to Receive 2009 NAB Engineering Achievement Awards

February 18, 2009


Washington - Feb 18, 2009 - The NAB presents its Radio and Television Engineering Achievement Awards each year at the NAB Show. The awards, first established in 1959, are given to individuals for their significant contributions which have advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering. This year's winners, Jack Sellmeyer (radio) and Sterling Davis (television) will be honored at the Technology Luncheon on April 22 in the Barron Room of the Las Vegas Hilton.

Radio Engineering Achievement Award Winner Jack Sellmeyer
Jack Sellmeyer, CPBE, is a professional engineer and principal engineer for Sellmeyer Engineering, broadcast engineering consultants. He has spent his 50-year career devoted to the development of radio engineering. He is the consummate radio broadcast engineer, who began his career working in radio stations then moving to the manufacturing side of the business designing products for the radio industry. He then combined these aspects of his career to become a consulting engineer handling all aspects of radio engineering from FCC applications to transmitter plant design and construction supervision, broadcast studio facilities planning and construction and AM directional antenna design and adjustment and measurements.

Jack Sellmeyer

Sellmeyer began working in broadcasting while in high school and his first position was as a board operator and transmitter operator for KPBM radio in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in 1965. By that time, he had overseen the construction of an addition to the studio/transmitter building, construction of new studios and the installation of a new 5kW transmitter for station KGRT in Las Cruces, NM, and served as chief engineer at station KRUX in Glendale, AZ, among various other pursuits.

While at the Gates Radio division of Harris Intertype, he was a senior design engineer of FM products. He developed a new modulator and automatic frequency control module for the TE-1 solid-state FM exciter to correct frequency stability problems. He worked for the Collins Radio Division of Rockwell International as senior engineer in FM exciters and on the 5kW and 1kW pulse-width modulated transmitters. Sellmeyer worked with Forest Cummings to design low-level solid-state circuit boards used in the Collins 828E-1 pulse-width-modulated 5kW AM transmitter. Collins received three patents on technology used in this transmitter and he was listed as co-inventor on the patent covering automatic modulation sensitivity control.

In November of 1980, when Collins closed its doors, he formed Sellmeyer Engineering. He has lectured at and helped the NAB organize NAB technical seminars and workshops dealing with AM directional antennas and he has published numerous articles. Jack is a member of a number of industry professional societies including the AFCCE, the IEEE, the NSPE, the SBE and the TSPE.

TV Engineering Achievement Award Winner Sterling Davis
Sterling Davis is vice president, engineering for Cox Broadcasting, a veteran with more than 40 years of broadcasting experience. He has been involved with every step of TV engineering, from production to distribution, and has been a prime force in helping to move the television and radio industry into the digital age. He has demonstrated his ability to successfully balance his energy and drive to reach organizational goals, with the necessary diplomacy required to build consensus across a variety of represented businesses and organizations.



Sterling Davis

Davis began his broadcasting career as an audio engineer for the ABC network and was then with KTTV in Los Angeles, California for five years. Following three years as operations manager for the Vidtronics Company, he returned to Metrotape (KTTV) as chief engineer responsible for operational and production responsibilities for six network sitcoms per week.

In early 1978 he became vice president, operations, for one of the original post-production houses in Hollywood -- the Vidtronics Company division of Technicolor. Later in 1978 he joined Telemation Productions in Seattle, where as chief engineer he designed and rebuilt their facility. In 1982 he joined Cox Broadcasting's VU in Oakland as director of operations, managing all aspects of engineering and production including ENG, editing, and traffic. He also began producing and was the executive producer for the MDA and Easter Seal Telethons, Giants' Baseball, and the Chinese New Year''s Parade. Promoted in 1998 to vice president of engineering for Cox Broadcasting in Atlanta, he assumed responsibility for 15 television and 80 radio stations.

Along with the daily responsibilities of overseeing engineering for Cox, he holds the leadership role of key decision maker in advancing the group towards file-based newsgathering as well as automated news production. He also is responsible for shepherding Cox's transition to digital for both television and radio stations.

Another leadership role for Davis has been in the advancement of broadcast engineering standards and technologies vital to the evolution of the broadcasting industry. Since its formation in April 2007, he has chaired the technical activities group of the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), and is also currently the chair of MSTV's Engineering Committee. For three years, he chaired the ATSC Planning Committee, studying the next stages in the evolution of DTV.

Davis is an elected member of the ATSC board of directors and participates in several technical committees, most notably the ATSC Specialist Group on Mobile/handheld DTV (TSG-S4). He has been active in the in-band/on-channel (IBOC) digital radio standardization efforts of the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC). He is also a member of the IEEE, SMPTE, AES, the RTNDA and the SBE.


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