We didn’t receive the announcement at the time, so we’ll pass it along now: Radio engineer Jerry Arnold is among the honorees who will be inducted into the Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.
Induction ceremonies will be held Oct. 2 at a conference center in Carmel, Ind. A video presentation for each of the inductees will be added to a permanent display at the Indiana State Museum. The announcement was made in May.
Arnold is director of engineering at Midwest Radio in Terre Haute, where he manages technical aspects of three FMs and an AM. He was instrumental in installing one of the first radio automation systems in Terre Haute while chief engineer of WTHI(AM/FM), according to the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
“When the use of satellite-delivered programming began to grow, he invented and manufactured a device that allowed users of two different radio networks to be able to interface the new delivery mode to existing equipment,” it stated.
His first radio job was in 1967 at KIEV(AM). Arnold also has written in the pages of Radio World.
Here’s a profile of Arnold from the Tribune-Star newspaper, including a discussion of his technical innovations. The paper also quotes a member of the selection committee noting how unusual it is to have an engineer chosen.
Also honored this year are Bill and Gloria Gaither, Phil Jones, Arthur Angotti Jr., Sam Simmermaker, Hal Fryar and Chuck Marlowe.