Marty Garrison of NPR to Receive Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award
NPR’s Marty Garrison
will receive the 2013 Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award from the
editors of Radio World, the newspaper
for radio managers and engineers. The announcement was made by U.S. Editor in
Chief Paul J. McLane. Recipients represent the highest ideals of the U.S. radio
broadcast engineering profession and reflect those ideals through contributions
to the industry.
Garrison is vice president of technology operations, distribution and broadcast engineering for NPR. “Marty heads the technical team that ensures
that NPR programming gets on the air and is distributed nationally and
globally,” McLane says. His staff also oversees distribution of public radio
programming in the United States via NPR Satellite Services and is responsible
for NPR’s own extensive back-office systems. With approximately 200 employees,
the department is the second largest at NPR after its news staff.
Garrison supervised the move of NPR’s technical operations
this year to the organization’s new headquarters in the NoMa neighborhood of
Washington, D.C., including its new 55,000-square-foot newsroom, new
studios and technology and distribution centers that support iconic programs
such as “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”
and his people were responsible for facilitating one of the highest-profile
radio build-outs in North America,” McLane continues. “The project demanded meticulous
coordination, a vast amount of detail work and a move that had to be planned down to the minute, even the second. By all
accounts it was a successful transition, and the job even was completed earlier
than originally anticipated, creating a showcase in the nation’s capital for
the best that public radio has to offer.”
“Marty’s leadership was critical to achieving
the rare result of delivering a project of this magnitude and complexity ahead
of schedule and under budget, and to the satisfaction of all constituencies,” says
NPR Chief Administrative Officer Joyce Slocum. “From production studios for
our programming, to computers and telephones for our support staff, to the
satellite system for distribution to public radio stations, Marty’s teams
worked together to ensure that everything functioned smoothly from the first
It was not Garrison’s
first technical project involving aggressive timeframes and large capital
budgets. He is former senior vice president of global technical operations for Turner
Broadcasting System and has held technical management leadership positions with
Thomson Reuters, British Petroleum and other companies. Radio World also cited his exceptional IT experience and strong
management record. “His career exemplifies the evolving skills needed to lead
media technology organizations,” McLane says. “Like radio itself, Marty’s
career merges traditional radio and audio considerations with new media
platforms, data networks and IT infrastructure.”
is the second NPR recipient of the award; Michael Starling, currently executive director of NPR’s Technology Research Center and NPR Labs, received it in 2005. Last year’s recipient was Paul Brenner
of Emmis Communications.
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