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Our speakers come from all over the country and from all areas of broadcast and media production. Please check back often to see the latest updates to the speaker list.

We are currently in the process of determining this year's speaker lineup.


Andrew Baron | Andy Soth | Bill Cohn | Bill Megalos | Bob Culkeen | Bruce Johnson | Chris Pirillo | Dan Ullmer | David Donovan | Dean M. Rosenthal | Duane Smith | Flora Lichtman | Gary Shapiro | Hal Buttermore | Harry Jessell | Jay Adrick | Jeremy Morrell | Jerry Whitaker | Jim Burger | Jim Klas | Karl Paulsen | Kerry Cozad | Lee Banville | Mark Erstling | Mark Fuerst | Maryann Baldwin | Maximilian Duke | Megan Pollock | Myron D. Fanton | Pete Halliday | Phillip Swann | Ray Baldock | Rob Aubey | Rob Lippincott | Robin Wilson | Steve Lampen | Terry Harvey | Tim Breitbach | Will Workman | William Check

Andrew Baron
Creator and Producer

Andrew Baron is best known as the creator and producer of the popular daily news show, Rocketboom. With a BA in Philosophy and MFA in Design and Technology, Baron has recently taught graduate and undergraduate classes at Parsons in New York City. Previously, Baron directed tech classes at MIT, was co-creator and owner of Movements Gallery on Austin's 6th St, played in numerous bands including Julia Set and created basic and machine language BBS programs for the TRS80 and TI99/4A, saved as audio signals on cassette tapes and phreaked at 110 baud with 5 digit codes. If you have made it this far, you might also be interested to know that Baron threw-up Masala Dosa swimming in the Arabian Sea during a Monsoon in 2003 and Rode on top of a bus with chickens and luggage for 15 hours up a mud road through the rainforest of Guatemala during a rebel guerrilla uprising in 1992.

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Andy Soth
Wisconsin Public Television

Andy Soth has been with Wisconsin Public Television since 1991. He has been the content editor of the joint Wisconsin Public TV & Radio election Web site, Wisconsin Vote (, since its launch in 2000. He also directs the project’s CPB Public Media Innovation grant-funded effort to create a mobile version of the site and CPB Station Based Election Programming Initiative project to create localized versions of the site for Wisconsin college campuses.

Additionally, Soth is a senior producer/reporter contributing segments to WPT’s weekly magazine-format program, In Wisconsin. His stories have been honored by the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Before joining In Wisconsin, Soth produced segments for the pilot episode of democracy it is, an educational series on civic engagement recognized by NETA and the Parents Choice Awards.

Soth was a producer for WPT’s national PBS civic journalism series, Citizens ’96 and State of the Union, including two segments of the national Emmy-award winning The :30-Second Candidate. Soth also produced its companion Web site, a Yahoo Pick of the Day selection.

Soth is a graduate of Oberlin College. There he met his wife, Ruth Flanagan, a former science journalist now eighth-grade English teacher. The two write a Q&A column for Muse, a science and discovery magazine for young readers including their two daughters, Amelia, 13, and Lucy, 9.

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Bill Cohn
Applications Engineer Video Industry
Tektronix Corporation

Bill has been involved with the video business for nearly 35 years. He has been with Tektronix for 7 years as an Account Manager and an Applications Engineer in the Midwest. Previously he has worked for Harris Corporation, Sencore and Antec Corporation as a Sales Engineer, and spent the previous twenty years at Zenith Electronics Corporation as the National Field Service Manager for CATV products and was a Design Engineer in the television products group. Bill has a BSEE degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign and an MBA degree from Roosevelt University. Bill lives in Schaumburg, Illinois with his wife Linda and his two sons Glenn and Hayden where he is active in Boy Scouts, Amateur and Antique Radio.

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Bill Megalos

Bill Megalos is an LA filmmaker, director, cinematographer and teacher who has made over 30 full-length documentaries for PBS, BBC and Channel 4. His documentaries including "Aretha," "Paris is Burning," the Emmy Award-winning "W. Eugene Smith" with Peter Riegert for American Masters, "A Night in Havana-Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba," the PBS series "Quest for the Killers" and "Legendary Trails," as well as the Academy Award-winning "Down and Out in America." His biography of Jack Benny for HBO was awarded the Cine Golden Eagle Award. His series of family planning mini-dramas won the World Health Organization's Global Award for Media Excellence in Beijing in 1985. Megalos has a B.A. in anthropology and comparative literature from Columbia University, where he studied with Margaret Mead and assisted folklorist Alan Lomax. He was awarded an M.F.A. from Columbia and taught theater there at the graduate school of the arts. He is on the faculty of the School of Cinema Studies at the University of Southern California.

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Bob Culkeen
Vice President for Technology and Operations
WJCT - Television - FM

Culkeen came to WJCT in 1998 as the Engineering Operations Manager. Prior to being named Vice President, Culkeen was the Director of Station Operations. He is responsible for overseeing the technology, broadcast operations, facility management and studio operations for WJCT. Culkeen’s professional career includes 10 years at WJCT in Jacksonville, 15 years at Westfield (Mass.) State College as the assistant director media services and coordinator of video services and distance learning and 4 years at WUFT in Gainesville, holding positions of master control operator, production engineer and chief videographer. Culkeen earned a B.S. degree in Communication Media from Fitchburg (Mass) State College and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Westfield (Mass) State College.

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Bruce Johnson
Information Processing Consultant
Wisconsin Public Television

Bruce A. Johnson is a 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communications. He got his first big break at WFTV, the Orlando ABC affiliate, in 1982, shooting commercials, documentaries and everything in between. He joined Wisconsin Public Television in 1987, and now splits his time between videographer/editor duties and being a new technology researcher. Johnson has appeared as a speaker at DVExpo East and West, the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, and the Iowa DTV Symposium, among others.

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Chris Pirillo
Internet Content Producer

Chris Pirillo has been participating in Internet conversations since 1992, having launched as a content publishing network and building Gnomedex to be one of the blogosphere's highly regarded conferences. He publishes a personal blog and lifecast to tens of thousands of viewers, and is a top subscribed partner on YouTube. When searching Google for "Chris," his site is listed as the first result.

Having recorded over 1,000 videos in the past year, we finally cracked the "Top 100" most subscribed throughout the whole of YouTube. Our live stats are even more impressive: over 5 million unique live video viewers watched Chris do his "thing" in 2007 - a total of 2+ million LIVE viewer hours with an average viewing time of 25 minutes per visitor.

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Dan Ullmer
Chief Engineer
WECT/WSFX - Raycom Media

Dan came to Raycom Media in 2004 as Chief Engineer at their Wilmington North Carolina stations WECT (NBC) and WSFX (FOX). They operate a highly efficient automated mini-hub and have been busy building out DTV and HD broadcast systems. They continue to build on the great legacy WECT enjoys as the broadcast leader of Eastern North Carolina while helping WSFX become the fastest growing television station in the market.

Dan also worked as Director of Engineering and Operations at NBC O&O station WNCN in Raleigh North Carolina from 1998 to 2004; Director of Engineering at Pulitzer station WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina from 1996 to 1999; and Director of Technical Operations at CBS O&O WFRV in Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1983 to 1996. Dan attended school at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay and then worked in their educational television studio for five years before entering the television broadcast industry.

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David Donovan

Donovan was named president of the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc.(MSTV) on July 1, 2001. MSTV is a 52-year old national association of over 530 local television stations dedicated to promoting technical quality of free, local over-the-air television service and has taken a leading role in the transition to digital television service.

Donovan has nearly twenty years of broadcast regulatory and policy experience. Prior to accepting the position of MSTV president, he served for over a decade as the vice president for Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Association of Local Television Stations, Inc. (ALTV). From 1987 to 1990, he was the mass media legal advisor for the Honorable James H. Quello, FCC Commissioner. Donovan also held a number of key positions at the FCC, including legal advisor to the Mass Media Bureau Chief and interim mass media advisor to Commissioner Patricia Diaz Dennis.

Donovan came to the Commission from Boston, Massachusetts, where he was in the private practice of law. He also served as law clerk to the Judicial Council of Massachusetts.

He earned his J.D. from the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Donovan received both a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters Degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He lives in Virginia with his wife, Jacqueline, and three children.

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Dean M. Rosenthal
Market Manager, Broadcast & Cable Connectivity Products

Dean Rosenthal is a Market Manager in the Broadcast and MSO Products division of ADC. In addition, he was a Principle Systems Engineer supporting ADC broadcast products for the Customer Service department. He has brought to market numerous products for the broadcast market specializing in digital audio and HD systems design and holds patents for copper and fiber optic based components.

Before joining ADC Dean designed and built CATV networks, broadcast facilities and mobile production vehicles including the design and build of a satellite to server based HD delivery system to 1400 locations in the US. Previously, he taught Broadcast Electronics in the Minnesota Technical College system.

Dean speaks frequently at SBE and SMPTE seminars on the topic of HD studio and facility design with emphasis on future planning.

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Duane Smith
Director of Technology
WJCT - Television - FM

Mr. Smith began his electronics career at age eleven when he built his first short wave radio and found it fascinating to be able to talk to someone two states away. That one incident inspired him to forever tie himself to electronicsB not only because the gadget was cool, but also because he enjoyed discovering what he could do with it. His love of electronics took him into the US Navy for ten years, where he developed his foundation of knowledge and honed his skills. The Navy provided him with extensive classroom and hands-on training including elementary electronics, main frame computers, data communications and air and surface radar systems. His life has been driven by the idea “the quality of the knowledge depends on the capacity of the knower to know, not the capacity of the object to be known.”

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Flora Lichtman
Producer, Digital Media
NPR's Science Friday

Flora is the digital media producer for Talk of the Nation: Science Friday on National Public Radio. Science Friday is a live science radio show that has been broadcast nationwide for 17 years. Flora manages and creates video content for and manages Science Friday's island in Second Life, where hundreds of listeners gather each week to listen to and participate in the radio program. Before coming to Science Friday, Flora worked for a NATO oceanographic lab in Italy, where she spent six weeks aboard a research vessel studying the effect of noise on marine mammals. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in Environmental Studies.

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Gary Shapiro
President and CEO
Consumer Electronics Association

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing over 2300 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual trade show, the International CES.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and has served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for a hard cut off date and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut off date.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. Shapiro also served on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He also served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology. Shapiro has also been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. In both 2007 and 2008, The Hill named him one of the top advocates in Washington. Also, in both 2007 and in 2008, Washington Life magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. CEA has won many awards for its magazine, Vision, and as a family friendly employer and one of the best places to work.

Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon. Their son, Mark Jerome Malinowski Shapiro, was born April 18, 2008.

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Hal Buttermore
Midwest Sales Engineer
Linear Acoustic

Hal Buttermore is the Midwest Sales Engineer for Linear Acoustic, a leader in providing innovative, customer-centric solutions for managing multichannel surround sound audio and loudness issues in DTV. He is currently travelling the Midwest educating broadcasters on how to make the digital transition easily, effectively and cost-efficiently.

At an early age, Buttermore discovered what would become a lifelong passion for electronics. By age 7, he had mastered disassembling household appliances to see how they worked and was now assisting his father with radio and TV repairs. At age 17, he co-founded an electronics repair business where he learned the ins and outs of test equipment, color TV’s, stereo equipment and amplifiers.

Buttermore's 30-year broadcast engineering career began when he received his FCC First Class License at age 21. After working at several stations within Michigan (including a Gannett station in his hometown of Detroit), he became Director of Engineering at Cap Cities/ABC/Disney, Detroit. During his 24 years there, he rebuilt the facility three times. Buttermore then was chosen as Market Engineering Manager by CBS, where he headed up conversion of 6 stations to HD, built digital studios, and implemented streaming and new technologies.

His interests include 5.1 surround sound, music, and improving his skills on bass and drums.

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Harry Jessell
Editor and Publisher

Prior to launching in January 2006, Harry worked for more than 25 years as a reporter and editor for Broadcasting & Cable (formerly Broadcasting), the leading business magazine for the TV and radio industries. As the magazine's top editor from 1997 to 2004, Harry moved the magazine from Washington, D.C., to New York City and shifted its focus from law and regulation to programming and advertising. On the magazine's editorial page and in his bi-weekly column, he advocated full First Amendment protections for and minimal government regulation of broadcasting and other electronic media.

As a reporter in the 1980s and early 1990s, Harry covered broadcast technology, cable TV, the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the federal courts. He was named executive editor in 1993 and editor in 1997. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio, lectured at universities and moderated numerous panels at industry conferences. In 1999, he was profiled in MIN Magazine as editor of one of "The Year's Top 12 Magazines."

Harry graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1976, with a BA in journalism. He lives with his wife, Rosemary, and their two children, Lauren and Mary, in Chatham, N.J., a suburb of New York City.

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Jay Adrick
Vice President Broadcast Technology
Harris Corporation

Jay Adrick describes himself as a broadcast technologist with 45 years of broadcast industry experience in commercial, public broadcasting, broadcast education, broadcast equipment and systems covering production, station management, engineering and technology development. He is currently VP of Broadcast Technology at Harris and is managing the development of the MPH technology and standardization for Harris. One of his other roles is serving as an active participant in the ATSC and as a board member of that organization. He is also active in SBE, SMPTE and SCTE; serves on the advisory board for HD World and is on the board of the ATSC Forum. Jay holds a BS and MS in Communications from Xavier University in Cincinnati and has been awarded a patent for broadcast antenna technology.

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Jeremy Morrell
Assistant Marketing Product Manager
Ross Video

While attending the Computer Systems Engineering program at Carleton University in 1999, Morrell accepted a position with Ross Video for a summer placement and was bitten by the video bug. Jeremy joined Ross full time in 2001 as a Test Technician in the Manufacturing Department at Ross. He then proceeded to move on to Hardware and Software Design before making a transition to Inside Sales in 2004. After several years designing and implementing Demonstration and Tradeshow equipment, Jeremy accepted a product management position with the Overdrive team.

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Jerry Whitaker
Vice President for Standards Development
Advanced Television Systems Committee

Mr. Whitaker supports the work of the various ATSC technology and planning committees and assists in the development of ATSC Standards and related documents. He currently serves as Secretary of the Technology and Standards Group and Secretary of the Planning Committee, and is closely involved in work relating to educational programs.

Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Mr. Whitaker is the author and editor of more than 30 books on technical topics, including: The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, 4th ed.; NAB Engineering Handbook, 9th ed., DTV Handbook, 3rd ed., and The Electronics Handbook, 2nd ed. Prior to joining the ATSC, Mr. Whitaker headed the publishing company Technical Press, based in Morgan Hill, Calif. He has served as a Board member and Vice President of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

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Jim Burger
Dow Lohnes PLLC

Jim Burger is a member of Dow Lohnes specializing in the representation of technology companies on intellectual property, communications, and government policy matters. Jim joined the firm's Media, Information and Technologies group in January, 1997. Before Dow Lohnes, Jim was a Senior Director in Apple Computer's Law Department. Jim has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the confluence of digital technology, communications, IP protection and government regulation, particularly as affecting digital content, DTV, wireless data, and the Internet. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of FCBA’s Intellectual Property Committee. Jim was named in the 2007 and 2008 Washington Post, The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Technology Law. Jim received his Bachelors (with Honors) and Masters from New York University and his Law (cum laude) degrees from New York University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the NYU Law Journal.

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Jim Klas
Director of Media Technology/Information Technology
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

Jim Klas serves as the Director of Media Technology / Information Technology for Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Wisconsin Educational Communications Board operates the Master Control, monitoring and network distribution and transmitter facilities for Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio as well as All Hazards radio throughout the state of Wisconsin. Jim has spent his career in Engineering and Operations in Microwave Common Carrier, Public Safety, Telecommunications and Broadcasting after leaving the simple life of life on the farm and an education in Radio /TV from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Jim serves as a member of the PBS ETAC (Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee.)

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Karl Paulsen
Chief Technology Officer
AZCAR Technologies

Karl Paulsen is Chief Technology Officer for AZCAR Technologies, a global media systems design, engineering and integration company. A SMPTE Fellow, Karl has over three decades of experience in consulting, design, engineering operations, and management for broadcast television stations, the fixed and mobile production industries, new media and next generation delivery platforms, and computer-graphics facilities.

Paulsen is a regular industry contributor to the field of systems engineering and design for all forms of media and broadcast technologies. He has authored over 120 articles in the field of video and media server technologies and the book “Video and Media Servers-Technology & Applications” [published by Focal Press].

He is a Life Member and Certified Broadcast Professional Engineer in the SBE, IEEE Member, and participates on SMPTE Engineering Committees that develop and approve industry standards.

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Kerry Cozad
Senior Vice President, Broadcast Engineering

Kerry is a native of Jonesboro, Georgia. He received his B.E.E. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981.

He joined the Broadcast Division of Harris Corporation in June of 1981 and became the Lead Engineer for the Antenna Group in 1986. In this position, he was responsible for the electrical design of high power VHF, UHF, and multiplexed FM antennas. In 1988 he joined Andrew Corporation. As Engineering Manager for Broadcast Products, he was responsible for the design of high and low power broadcast transmission systems including UHF and VHF antennas, transmitting antennas for ITFS/MMDS (microwave broadcast) services, HELIAX coaxial cable products and rigid transmission lines for broadcast services.

In 1998, he joined Dielectric Communications and presently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Broadcast Engineering.

Kerry has written several articles published in trade magazines in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and gives presentations regularly at the NAB Engineering Conference, IEEE Broadcast Symposium and local SBE conferences. He is the author of the chapter on Coaxial Transmission Lines in the 10th Edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook and the Coax/Transmission Line chapter in The Electronics Handbook by CRC Press.

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Lee Banville
Online NewsHour

Lee Banville joined the Online NewsHour, the multiple award-winning companion Web site to the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, as one of the three original editors in October 1995. Since then, Lee has served as the creator and manager of special projects including: seven national election cycles; the Iraq war and its aftermath; the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th; eight national political conventions; and The Impeachment of President Clinton. In August 1997, Lee was named the Managing Editor of the Online NewsHour and took over complete operations in October of 1998.

As editor of the NewsHour's Web presence, Lee has also served on numerous commissions and working groups throughout public broadcasting and has consulted with dozens of local PBS and NPR stations to aid their effort to provide new digital content. He also oversees the NewsHour's digital business and content strategies.

Before joining the NewsHour, Lee worked at the public relations firm of Fleishman-Hillard and as a reporter for the Norfolk, VA-based Virginian-Pilot. Lee is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Jule Banville.

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Mark Erstling
Senior Vice President
Association of Public Television Stations

Mark Erstling was appointed senior vice president of APTS in March 1999 and promoted Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April 2001. In his position, Erstling oversees APTS' day-to-day corporate functions and business activities.

Prior to joining APTS, Erstling was the general manager of WPSX-TV and WPSU-FM, operated by Penn State University, serving 29 counties in central Pennsylvania, and New York. Erstling also served as director of educational communications for the University, managing services in support of the institution's Outreach and Cooperative Extension mission. He successfully established strategic partnerships with the community and business and expanded the service area for public radio in central Pennsylvania.

Erstling has held numerous broadcast management positions at WGBY-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as commercial broadcasting.

Erstling has chaired the Network Operations Committee of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network and served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. Erstling served as chair of the Higher Education Telecommunications Consortium and is on the Future Fund Advisory Group of the CPB. Erstling also has served on the CPB Community Service Grant Review for 1998 and for 2001. Erstling is a graduate of the University of Florida.

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Mark Fuerst

Mark Fuerst moved into the new field of “public media,” by creating Public Radio Management, the first consulting company focused principally on the relationship between public broadcasting and web after serving for ten years as General Manager at WXPN.

He started by organizing the Public Radio Internet Station Alliance (PRISA), with five founding stations (WXPN, KPLU, WKSU, New Hampshire Public Radio and Nebraska Public Radio). This group has become The Integrated Media Association with membership including all of the major public radio and TV networks, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Public Radio Exchange, and 30 of the leading stations from public radio and TV.

In 2007, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,, he helped to create Public Media Metrics,, which now collects and analyzes web traffic, visitor and content information from 120 station and program sites around the country.

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Maryann Baldwin
Magid Media Futures

Maryann Baldwin joined Frank N. Magid Associates in August of 1998 as director of Magid Media Futures. Media Media Futures is a strategic consultation service designed to assist media organizations in the development of sound competitive strategies for navigating the emerging media landscape. The program offers access to both timely consumer research and the broad range of Magid expertise in traditional media, Internet, digital TV, subscription television services, and interactive TV. Prior to Magid, Maryann held a variety of management and development positions at Tribune Broadcasting, Publishing and the corporate offices. She was also Director of Station Relations at Paramount Domestic Television, seminar manager for PROMAX and held program and promotion assistant and management positions at WLUK-TV, Green Bay and WOKR-TV, Rochester, NY. She has a degree in Radio/TV Communications from Ithaca College.

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Maximilian Duke
Video Manager, Station Products & Services
PBS Interactive

Max Duke is the video manager for the PBS Interactive Station Products & Services team. As video manager, Duke helps manage the creation, delivery and launch of new video services, such as the COVE offerings being released for stations. Duke began his career in public media nine years ago in South Florida at WPBT Channel 2. With a background in marketing, he began as the station's publicist before moving into the role of Web master a year later. Over the next eight years, Max helped build WPBT's online presence, eventually becoming manager of the Interactive Media department. During that time, he strategically led a number of initiatives to further public media's understanding and capabilities in the online world. Max is a graduate of the University of Miami-FL with a degree in English.

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Megan Pollock
Senior Manager, Public Policy Communications
Consumer Electronics Association

Since 2004, Megan Pollock has been a media spokesperson for the Consumer Electronics Association - the industry trade group serving consumer electronics manufacturers and dealers. Megan’s specialties include digital television, intellectual property and women and technology. She is responsible for developing and implementing media outreach and public affairs strategies for several key campaigns within CEA including the digital television transition. Megan also serves as a spokesperson during CEA’s consumer technology tradeshow, International CES.

Prior to joining CEA, Megan was project manager for the Internet Education Foundation (IEF), a nonprofit group that believes in the promotion of a decentralized Internet. Megan’s main duties at IEF included oversight of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and outreach and development of the GetNetWise campaign. Pollock has also held positions at GolinHarris, Washington, D.C. and the Center for Media Education.

Pollock holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is working towards a Master of Arts in Government with Political Communication Concentration from Johns Hopkins University.

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Myron D. Fanton
Chief Engineer of RF Technology
Electronics Research, Inc.

Myron Fanton is Chief Engineer of RF Technology at Electronics Research, Inc. Myron holds an MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS Engineering from LeTourneau University. Myron is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of IEEE and AFCCE, and he has been awarded one US patent.

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Pete Halliday
Broadcast Producer/Director
Coolfire Media

Pete brings over 15 years experience in producing television programming, corporate communication tools, and commercials for both broadcast and web to his clientele. He has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding work and is the recipient of three EMMY awards and several ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation. Prior to joining Coolfire Media, Pete was a Creative Director at Brainstorm Media in Columbus, Ohio and Peterman Advertising in the Florida Panhandle

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Phillip Swann
President and Publisher

Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TV offers a range of services related to television and technology, including consulting, speeches, editorial features, marketing analysis and research. If you would like to know more, send us an e-mail at or call us at 703-505-3064.

Mr. Swann, an author of books on marketing and TV technology, has also been a featured speaker at numerous television industry conferences and he has been a guest expert on many TV and radio shows, including the NBC Nightly News, Fox News, CNN and Inside Edition.

Mr. Swann has been quoted on TV issues in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Miami Herald, Elle Magazine, Smart Money, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Wired News, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Daily News, Cable World, The Associated Press and The

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Ray Baldock
Vice President Marketing & Chief Technology Officer, Broadcast and Professional Products
Thomson Grass Valley

Ray Baldock is responsible for marketing and product planning for Thomson’s Broadcast and Professional solutions. He also coordinates the business unit’s design efforts, technology planning and standards activities.

He began his career as an engineer at Channel 10 in Melbourne, Australia. With over 30 years in the industry, he has been a customer as well as having held engineering, product planning, sales and marketing roles with RCA, Sony and Odetics.

Ray has been involved in several important industry transitions including the development of small format VTRs, the first robotic library systems, the introduction of video server technology, the transition to file based workflows and now the integration of IT technologies in every aspect of the product line.

Ray graduated in 1978 with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He resides with his family in Nevada City, California.

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Rob Aubey
Blu-print Product Manager
Sony Creative Software

Rob Aubey is Blu-print™ Product Manager at Sony Creative Software, where he works closely with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Electronics to ensure Sony’s Blu-ray Disc authoring software and BD encoders benefit from constant communication between the film and consumer electronics industries as the technology evolves. Before joining Sony Creative Software, Aubey was manager of broadcast operations and video production at WisconsinEye Network, where he led the adoption and implementation of HD equipment for all network productions, as well as the design of the HD broadcast facility and recommendation of HD equipment needed for the State Capitol and broadcast center implementation. Aubey has more than 20 years of experience in the television industry, and has also held production positions creating and managing content for traditional television and electronic media.

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Rob Lippincott
Senior Vice President for Education

As PBS senior vice president for Education, Mr. Lippincott is responsible for the development and delivery of public media educational programming and services to teachers, students and their parents from PBS through local public television stations. He directs the PBS Teachers websites and a system-wide digital media repository. And he oversees national projects and partnerships including federal grants for PBS TeacherLine, offering online teacher professional development, and PBS Kids Raising Readers, offering programs on-air, online and in the classroom to help early learners read.

Before joining PBS, Rob has been a classroom teacher, a faculty member at Harvard University and a digital media executive at Discovery, Pearson, AT&T, Perot Systems, Ziff Davis and WGBH.

Rob holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Harvard University.

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Robin Wilson
Vice President, Business Development

Robin has spent 25 years in engineering and management roles for TV related companies based in Europe and the US including NBC, BBC, Grass Valley Group and at DiviCom where he managed the first generations of compression solutions and established the initial European presence. Prior to Nagravision, Robin co-founded an advanced compression (H.264) start-up now part of Motorola. Robin graduated with a BSc. degree from Dundee University, Scotland, and holds a watermarking patent. Robin is a member of SMPTE, NATAS, ATIS, SCTE and IEEE.

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Steve Lampen
Multimedia Technology Manager

Steve Lampen has worked for Belden for seventeen years and currently is Multimedia Technology Manager. Prior to Belden, Steve had an extensive career in radio broadcast engineering and installation, film production, and electronic distribution. Steve holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and is an SBE Certified Radio Broadcast Engineer. On the data side he is a BICSI Registered Communication Distribution Designer. His latest book, "The Audio-Video Cable Installer?s Pocket Guide" is published by McGraw-Hill. His column "Wired for Sound" appears in Radio World Magazine.

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Terry Harvey
Associate Director Technology and Planning
WSIU/WUSI at Southern Illinois University

Terry Harvey is associate director of Technology and Planning at PBS member station WSIU/ WUSI at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.

Harvey began his broadcast engineering career at BBC Television in London. After receiving his master’s degree in electronics engineering in 1992, Harvey designed and project managed the first fully component digital broadcast station in Southeast Asia. He subsequently joined Harris Corporation as Southeast Asia Region technical manager.

In 2001 at Ryerson Polytechnic University and under the auspices of Canadian Digital Television Incorporated, Harvey constructed and directed the first terrestrial HDTV station in Canada broadcasting from the CN Tower in Toronto.

Terry recently joined WSIU/ WUSI from PBS member station KAET in Phoenix.

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Tim Breitbach
Coolfire Media

Tim Breitbach leads the Ideation team at Coolfire Media. His experience in creative direction, brand discovery, storytelling and integrated content provides a unique and valuable visions to media. Tim’s career highlights include founding Asylum, a Strategic, Creative Content Company, in San Francisco, co-writing and co-producing Dopamine, a 2003 Sundance Film Festival award winner, and being chosen as part of FOX Television’s New Voices Program. Tim is currently writing, producing and directing Home Free, a documentary about Iowa native Daniel Hefel, one of the last 32 POWs to return from Vietnam.

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Will Workman
TV Technology

Will Workman is a journalist and professor wannabe who first began covering the Internet in its pre-Web incarnation as a columnist with the Times-Herald Record in New York’s Hudson Valley. Later, as an editor for trade magazines Cable World and MediaView, Workman covered the U.S. cable industry and international telecommunications and broadband issues. He has been the Inside Broadband columnist for TV Technology since 2002, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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William Check
Senior Vice President

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Iowa DTV Symposium 2008


Sponsorship & Technical Track
Karen Schaeffer (515) 725-9766
William T. Hayes (515) 725-9765

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Jeannie Campbell (515) 725-9722

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