The Audio Engineering Society’s board of governors has voted to recognize David Bialik with the Distinguished Service Award, AES Secretary Valerie Tyler told Bialik Wednesday in an email shared with Radio World.
Tyler wrote that the award is to honor “three decades of service to AES convention committees and the creation and development of the conventions’ broadcast track.”
Bialik will accept the award Oct. 17 at the AES show opening ceremony event in New York.
According to AES, the Distinguished Service 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 known as the Vermeil Medal Award and is the highest service achievement award in the society.
“It is very rewarding knowing the work I have done with the convention committees, the Broadcast and Online Delivery Technical Committee, the N.Y. AES section, and throughout the industry is recognized and appreciated,” Bialik wrote in an email to Radio World.
Bialik is chairman of the Broadcast and Streaming Sessions for the AES Convention, which he helped create in 2009. He has served on every AES Javits Center Convention Committee. He says his “primary objective has been to promote the evolution of the AES Convention into a “must attend” technical destination for broadcasters.” Bialik also serves as co-chair of the Broadcast and Online Delivery Technical Committee.
He is also certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers and served as the chairman of the society’s New York chapter for seven years.
He currently holds the title of director of stream operations for Entercom Communications. He formerly held the same title for CBS Local Digital Media, prior to Entercom’s 2017 acquisition of CBS Radio. Bialik also recently was senior stream engineer for CBS Local Digital Media and had been with the broadcaster since 2011, when he joined as project manager in streaming operations.
Bialik 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 by American University — and then for the National Association of Broadcasters’ Science & Technology Department. In 1991, Bialik was named chief engineer of United Broadcastings’ WKDM in New York. In 1992, he transitioned to Bloomberg’s WBBR, where he was named the station’s first chief engineer. He also formed a systems engineering consultancy in 1995.