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2017 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award Goes to Kean

He will receive the award at next month's NAB Show
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John KeanWASHINGTON � John Kean will receive the 2017 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award at next month�s NAB Show.

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The National Association of Broadcasters made the announcement today. Kean is a technologist familiar to many in the industry from his work at NPR and at prominent broadcast consulting firms including Cavell Mertz and Associates, where he now works. He is an editorial contributor to Radio World and his articles appear frequently in Radio World Engineering Extra. Andy Laird was last year�s NAB radio recipient; prior winners include iconic radio technology names like George Marti, Hilmer Swanson, Arno Meyer, Louis and Tom King and numerous others; see the sidebar box.

NAB also named John Lyons of the Durst Organization to receive the NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award Catherine Badalamente of Graham Media Group to receive its 2017 Digital Leadership Award. Lyons is a past recipient of Radio World�s own Excellence in Engineering Award.

Here are the official bios as released by NAB in making the announcement.

The 2017 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award

Kean joined National Public Radio in 1980 and focused on technology issues and FCC regulatory topics in his role as a senior technologist. In 1986, Kean joined Jules Cohen and Associates and then moved to Moffet, Larson and Johnson in 1988, where he consulted on broadcast and telecommunications projects. He later returned to NPR to help establish NPR Labs, an initiative that develops and evaluates new technologies, standards and procedures for public radio. He�s now a consultant with Cavell Mertz and Associates, in addition to his own private consulting practice. Kean is a past chairman of the IEEE Broadcast Symposium and the Washington, D.C. Section of the Audio Engineering Society. He is an author, frequent presenter, and holds a patent for an algorithm that determines digital broadcast radio coverage.

John LyonsThe 2017 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award

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In his role as assistant vice president and director of broadcast communications for The Durst Organization, a premier office tower and residential building management company based in New York City, John Lyons is responsible for the communications needs of the entire 13 million-square-foot Durst commercial portfolio. Lyons played an important role in getting broadcasters back on the air in New York after the fall of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He also spearheaded the design and implementation of the re-designed master antenna at 4 Times Square and more recently the new broadcast transmission facility at One World Trade Center. He has held various positions within the communications industry for over 50 years and has received numerous awards for his work with broadcasters and first responders.

Catherine BadalamenteThe 2017 Digital Leadership Award

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In her role as vice president of digital media for Graham Media Group, Catherine Badalamente oversees digital sales, content and technology. Under her leadership, Graham Digital has transformed from a small group of part-time employees to a leading digital development company, with top rated digital platforms in most markets. Prior to her current role, Badalamente served as director of digital media, helping create successful multi-platform convergent campaigns for clients and stations, and was successful at driving growth in both audience and revenue. Further demonstrating her commitment to the broadcast industry, Badalamente is currently the chair of the NAB Digital Officer Committee and is on the board of the Local Media Association.

HONOR ROLL

Recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Award are listed here. Beginning in 1991, radio and TV winners were named; radio winners are shown.

1959 � � � �John T. Wilner

1960 � � � �T.A.M. Craven

1961 � � � �Raymond F. Guy

1962 � � � �Ralph N. Harmon

1963 � � � �Dr. George R. Town

1964 � � � �John H. DeWitt Jr.

1965 � � � �Edward W. Allen Jr.

1966 � � � �Carl J. Meyers

1967 � � � �Robert M. Morris

1968 � � � �Howard A. Chinn

1969 � � � �Jarrett L. Hathaway

1970 � � � �Philip Whitney

1971 � � � �Benjamin Wolfe

1972 � � � �John M. Sherman

1973 � � � �A. James Ebel

1974 � � � �Joseph B. Epperson

1975 � � � �John D. Silva

1976 � � � �Dr. Frank G. Kear

1977 � � � �Daniel H. Smith

1978 � � � �John A. Moseley

1979 � � � �Robert W. Flanders

1980 � � � �James D. Parker

1981 � � � �Wallace E. Johnson

1982 � � � �Julius Barnathan

1983 � � � �Joseph Flaherty

1984 � � � �Otis S. Freeman

1985 � � � �Carl E. Smith

1986 � � � �Dr. George Brown

1987 � � � �Renville H. McMann

1988 � � � �Jules Cohen

1989 � � � �William Connolly

1990 � � � �Hilmer Swanson

1991 � � � �George Marti

1992 � � � �Edward Edison & Robert L. Hammett

1993 � � � �Robert M. Silliman

1994 � � � �Charles T. Morgan

1995 � � � �Robert Orban

1996 � � � �Ogden Prestholdt

1997 � � � �George Jacobs

1998 � � � �John Battison

1999 � � � �Geoffrey Mendenhall

2000 � � � �Michael Dorrough

2001 � � � �Arno Meyer

2002 � � � �Paul Schafer

2003 � � � �John W. Reiser

2004 � � � �E. Glynn Walden

2005 � � � �Milford Smith

2006 � � � �Benjamin Dawson & Ronald Rackley

2007 � � � �Louis A. King

2008 � � � �Thomas B. Silliman

2009 � � � �Jack Sellmeyer

2010 � � � �Steve Church

2011 � � � � L. Robert du Treil

2012 � � � � Paul Brenner

2013 � � � � Frank Foti

2014 � � � � Jeff Littlejohn

2015 � � � � Thomas F. King

2016 � � � � Andy Laird�

2017 � � � � John Kean

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