Bernie Wise Dies, Age 87
Wise is shown accepting
a recent award from the International
Broadcasters Idea Bank for his contributions to the broadcasting industry and
his longtime support of the Idea Bank.
Bernie Wise, founder
of FM transmission supplier Energy-Onix, is dead. He was 87.
Radio World has confirmed Wise died on Dec. 13. A public
celebration of his life will be announced later.
is survived by his son Jack and Jack’s wife Mary Wise, three grandchildren and
four great grandchildren.
His son Jack Wise told sources
the company will continue to operate and that it is open five days a week, though will likely be on a holiday schedule soon.
Wise founded Energy-Onix in 1987,
according to its website. The firm makes AM, FM and shortwave broadcast
transmitters, STL gear, translators and other products.
to the company site, Wise was credited with bringing the “Grounded
design to FM broadcasting.
began designing transmitters as an engineer with RCA, where he worked on the
design team for their first UHF TV transmitter,” the site
frequency studies and spectrum analyses were used by the Federal Communications
Commission to allocate the UHF TV band in the United States.”
to the company history, Wise in 1962 founded CCA Electronics Corp. Inc. of
Gloucester City, N.J.
“At CCA he
designed, developed and introduced the Grounded Grid Transmitter to FM
That company was sold in 1974.
Wise was a fixture for years at the NAB convention and other shows. In the past decade he was, among other things, also an advocate of spread-spectrum
STLs and a critic of the HD Radio system. He wrote in a letter to Radio World
in 2010 that he had attended every NAB convention since 1957 but would miss the
event that year as “an
expression of ‘non-support’ for the HD Radio system promoted by the NAB,
iBiquity, CBS and several of the large radio groups.”
2005, according to Radio World reporting at the time, Energy-Onix installed an
encoder from Digital Radio Express at WBUZ(FM) in Nashville to demonstrate the
multicasting ability of FMeXtra digital subcarrier technology.
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