I’m delighted to learn that the Audio Engineering Society board of governors has recognized David Bialik with its Distinguished Service Award.
AES Secretary Valerie told David in an email that the award is to honor “three decades of service to AES convention committees and the creation and development of the conventions’ broadcast track.” He was set to accept it this month at the AES show opening ceremony event in New York.
Bialik’s full-time job is title of director of stream operations for Entercom Communications; he held the same title for CBS Local Digital Media prior to Entercom’s acquisition of CBS Radio. He also was senior stream engineer for CBS LDM after joining that company in 2011 as project manager in streaming operations.
David got his start in radio as an undergrad at American University as the student radio station’s general manager. He went on to work for NPR affiliate WAMU(FM), licensed to American University, then for the National Association of Broadcasters’ Science & Technology Department. In 1991, he was named chief engineer of United Broadcastings’ WKDM in New York; soon after he transitioned to Bloomberg’s WBBR, where he was named the station’s first chief engineer. He formed a systems engineering consultancy in 1995.
For AES, his official title is chairman of the Broadcast and Streaming Sessions. He has served on every AES Javits Center Convention Committee. He told us that his primary objective has been to promote the evolution of the AES Convention into a “must attend” technical destination for broadcasters. He also serves as co-chair of the Broadcast and Online Delivery Technical Committee. He is certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers and served as the chairman of the society’s New York chapter for seven years.
Anyone who has been around the AES broadcast content knows how dogged Bialik has been in working to bring informative sessions to the people who attend the show. I also particularly appreciate that he values and celebrates radio’s audio history, its innovators and its interesting facilities. This honor is well earned, and we at RW tip our hat to him, too.
The award was established in 1991 to recognize extraordinary service to the society over a period of 10 years or more by society fellows in good standing. It was formerly called the Vermeil Medal Award and is the highest service achievement award in the society.
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