The Innovator award was created to honor individuals who have
demonstrated exceptional creativity and inventiveness in the radio
industry. Radio magazine readers were asked to cast their votes
online on the Radio website through an online ballot.
Radio magazine announced the winner at the NAB Radio Show in
Seattle on Sept. 13.
Bob Orban, standing in front of the
Orban Retro Rack, proudly displays his Innovator trophy.
Radio magazine would like to thank everyone who participated
in the voting as well as the other nominees, who through their
contributions to radio industry are all worthy of receiving the
Upon notification that he had received the 2002 Innovator Award, Bob
Orban prepared the following remarks.
"I'm pleased to accept this award today, and regret that I had to be
back in the office instead of here accepting it here in person. But
IBOC waits for no man, and I want to be sure that our IBOC processing
is ready for on-air tests scheduled to begin shortly.
"Looking back, it has been an interesting and challenging 27 years
since we delivered the first Optimod 8000 in 1975. Orban was still a
division of my father's company back then. But it wasn't long before my
late business partner John Delantoni and I incorporated. That year,
Orban had $300,000 per year in sales. Two years later, it was three
million per year, thanks to the radio industry's acceptance of our new
systems-oriented way of doing FM processing. I'm grateful to the
industry that supported us and helped us grow, and to the people behind
the scenes at Orban who played a crucial part in making it happen.
Jay Brentlinger, chairman and CEO of
Orban/CRL accepts the Innovator award from Radio magazine editor Chriss
Scherer at the NAB Radio Show.
"Since then, our processing technology has completely evolved from
analog to DSP. And Orban has changed ownership several times. However,
many of our core engineering people have stuck with us through all of
the transition and change, and I'd like to think I'm supported by some
of the best technical talent in the processing industry. Now, more than
ever, processing design is a team effort, and I feel confident in our
future engineering because I have an outstanding group of people
backing me up.
"So, thank you, Radio magazine, and thank you, all of the
Radio magazine readers who voted for me. It's an honor to accept