Paul Brenner to Receive Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award
Paul Brenner will receive the 2012 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 of the award represent the highest ideals of the
U.S. radio broadcast engineering profession and reflect those ideals through
contributions to the industry.
“Paul Brenner’s byword
is innovation,” said McLane. “He embodies the evolving nature of radio
engineering and technical management. He’s an entrepreneur as well as a technical
leader, someone who knows how to promote our industry but also help us find new
ways of doing things.” McLane pointed to Brenner’s recent work to introduce
NextRadio, a radio smartphone application for analog FM and HD Radio, and added,
“Paul has been an outstanding representative of our industry in its evolving
relationship with wireless carriers.”
Brenner is senior
vice president and chief technology officer for Emmis Communications. He also
is originator of the HD Radio data distribution consortium business model and
serves as president of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium, LLC (BTC), a
partnership of 20 radio companies formed to distribute data and advertising via
FM and HD Radio technology. The Dec. 5 issue of Radio World will feature an interview with Brenner.
“It’s hard to imagine how
remarkable Paul’s contributions have been to our company and our industry,”
said Emmis Communications Chairman, President and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan. “From
forming and leading the BTC, to heading all of our technology efforts, to
devising the NextRadio application, Paul has done exemplary work. We are proud
that he is a member of our team and as proud that he is acknowledged by Radio
World with its Excellence in Engineering Award. It is very well deserved.”
Last year’s recipient was Barry Thomas of Lincoln Financial
Media. Past winners include Milford Smith of Greater Media, Gary Kline of
Cumulus Media, Jeff Littlejohn of Clear Channel, Clay Freinwald of Entercom,
John Lyons of The Durst Organization, Michael Starling of National Public Radio
and Richard Andresen of Cumulus Media.
Emmis owns 18 FM and two AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles,
St. Louis, Austin (it has a 50.1% controlling interest in Emmis’ radio
stations located there), Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Ind.