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Do you know an outstanding public radio engineer? Did he or she do something worthwhile in the last three to five years? Or maybe you'd like to recognize the person for an oustanding but unsung career? Maybe that description fits you! (Don’t be modest!)

It’s the time of year for nominations for the annual Association of Public Radio Engineers Engineering Achievement Award.

The committee is on the lookout for public radio engineers who have made a “significant impact on, or improvement in the state of the public radio industry.”

Nomination forms and more details can be found at the APRE Web site. Nominations must be received by March 1.

Previous winners include Roger Karwoski, assistant manager and director of engineering for KBIA, Columbia, Mo.; Donald Creighton, vice president of technology for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media; Richard Cassidy, director of IT and New Media for WAMU, Washington; Wayne Hetrich, an original NPR employee; Chuck Leavens, director of engineering and information technology management, WDUQ, Pittsburgh; and Marty Bloss, former director of technology at NPR. Last year’s honorees were Don Danko, vice president for engineering for Cincinnati Public Radio, and John Kean of NPR Labs, part of NPR Distribution’s Technology Research Center.

Winners will be honored at the annual NPR Labs/APRE Engineering Dinner, part of the public radio pre-NAB Show festivities in April in Las Vegas. Kudos to the public radio engineering community for planting and nourishing this award program.

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