Don Lockett has a new gig; he’s at CPB as senior director, Media Technologies.
That’s the job formerly held by Lynn Chadwick, now at NTIA’s Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, RW previously reported.
Don says his role includes strategic exploration of and investments in digital broadcasting. “I administer funds for digital conversion (TV and radio), evaluate applications for funding from CPB-qualified stations, monitor compliance of grantees and I consider funding for special digital projects.”
Multicasting and digital translators will receive a lot of his attention following the FCC’s recent decision to remove the “experimental” label from those.
Since leaving NPR as VP/CTO in 2002 after a 15-year stint at the network, Lockett has been consulting, teaching and writing about digital radio — occupations he tells me he’s now put aside. NAB published his book, “The Road to Digital Radio,” in March 2004.
Lockett has more than 30 years invested in broadcasting; he began his career at joint licensee WCNY in Syracuse, N.Y. as an engineer.