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Freinwald Takes on Wash. State FM Duties

March 31 is his last full-time day at Entercom, though he continues as a contractor

Clay Freinwald has been working in the radio engineering business since 1961, in the Seattle market the entire time.

He now is changing at least one of his many hats. “March 31 will be my last day as a full-time employee of Entercom,” he told Radio World.

“During the last almost 14 years I have been a market DOE, corporate engineer and most recently RF systems engineer. Actually this ‘gig’ started back in May of 1982 under the ownership of Tribune Publishing of Tacoma, Wash., [continued] for 10 years (1986 through 1996) with Viacom and the remainder with Entercom.

“I will continue to work with Entercom as an independent contractor working with their FM RF systems, all of which I installed and have maintained since they were built,” Freinwald said.

But on April 1, half of his full-time workday will now be spent with Washington State University’s collection of FM transmission facilities.

He also does contract work for Classic Radio KING(FM) and Bonneville’s KIRO(FM) in Seattle as well as the Bustos Media AM and FM stations in the market; he is SECC Chair for Washington State (EAS) and a member of the SBE EAS Committee Board. His home SBE chapter is No. 16 in Seattle. He also is a past winner of Radio World’s “Excellence in Engineering” Award.

He “very much” intends to continue his activities with SBE and EAS.

Freinwald recently told colleagues in an e-mail: “After 28 years and three owners, this is going to be quite a change. I will certainly miss working with Dwight Small, Lowell Smith, Chuck Taylor and John Price. However I will NOT miss parking on 167/405/I-5 etc.”

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