has made two recent, notable technical promotions.
Rarey becomes director of NPR Labs, succeeding Mike Starling, who
recently retired. Mark Murphy meanwhile is director of engineering
for NPR Distribution, a new position.
had been manager of strategic technology applications. He started at
NPR in 1980 as engineer of the Chicago Bureau; he was master control
supervisor before moving to “Labs” in 2008. Based in Washington,
he’ll manage a staff of two plus three interns; he reports to Marty
Garrison, vice president of technology operations, distribution and
has “reimagined” the mission of NPR Labs, Rarey said, to expand
on its core mission of supporting the organization and the broader
public radio system through technical and other services. Over time,
it has added grant-funded work and fee-based consulting, developing
and testing products and services for clients.
include stations that need accurate mapping products for proposed HD
Radio coverage or customized Program Service Data tools; and internal
NPR divisions for mapping products. The organization has provided
consultations on audio codecs, streaming bit rate selection and
loudness; it has done research for clients such as Nautel, the
National Radio Systems Committee, Consumer Electronics Association
and the Broadcast Traffic Consortium, of which NPR is a member.
forward, Rarey said, areas of interest include evaluation and
development of program service data tools, audio standards and
loudness, program accessibility and media technology issues across a
variety of platforms.
is working on a Department of Homeland Security Alerting project for
the deaf and hard-of-hearing. This involves development of an
accessible FM RBDS receiver to be used in an emergency alerting
demonstration program in the Gulf Coast region. The CEA selected the
receiver as a 2014 CES Innovations Awards honoree, as we’ve
work — funded by FEMA, and managed by DHS’ Science and Technology
Directorate — involves testing broadcast emergency texts with up to
500 deaf/hard-of-hearing volunteers through 26 public stations in
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
Labs is also working with the NRSC on studies to determine
compatibility of FM single-sideband transmissions and a study on AM
modulation-dependent carrier level transmissions. It is also updating
its HD Radio power calculator.
Mark Murphy has been promoted to director of engineering for NPR
Distribution, a new position. Previously, he was the division’s
deputy director of engineering.
joining NPR in 1981, Murphy has held a variety of technical roles
including satellite repair depot supervisor and senior project
engineer. Most recently, he has been the engineering lead for the
Public Radio Satellite System’s multiyear PRSS “Forward”
project. The PRSS is managed by NPR.
that role, he’s been responsible for the installation of new
satellite dishes and other ground equipment at more than 80 public
oversees the satellite and terrestrial technologies that the PRSS
uses to distribute broadcast content as well as a team of engineers.
Murphy, based in Washington, will manage a team of five and reports
to Steve Densmore, director of broadcast operations.