Ralph Hogan has been chosen as the 2016 APRE Engineer of the Year, according to Association of Public Radio Engineers President Dan Houg.
“We are selecting Ralph because he is the founding president of APRE and has recently rolled off the board due to term limits,” Houg wrote in an email. “It was his direction for many years that developed APRE into the established organization it is.”
Hogan currently works as director of engineering for KJZZ(FM), KBAQ(FM) and Sun Sounds in Tempe, Ariz.
He has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In that time, Hogan has served as assistant general manager, engineering services for Washington State University’s Northwest Public Radio and Television and Academic Media Services; and director of engineering for Boise State University Public Radio. He also was chief communications engineer for KSLU(FM), in Hammond, La., where he installed public radio’s first touchscreen digitally-controlled master control facility in 1986.
In addition to his work with APRE, Hogan has served as president and treasurer of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and is also an SBE fellow. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and served as education chairman of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. In addition, he is a member the PBS Technology Advisory Committee.
He will be honored at the association’s awards dinner, which will be held at Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m.