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Mark Grant Takes CEO Role at Belar

Mod monitor manufacturer reorganizes leadership in wake of retirement of Arno Meyer

One of the radio broadcast industry’s most familiar manufacturing names has announced several leadership changes.

“With founder and industry visionary Arno Meyer now retired, Mark Grant [right] steps in as CEO of Belar Electronics, managing all decisions surrounding company vision and direction,” it announced.

“Erich Meyer assumes the role of COO, responsible for day-to-day plant operations across manufacturing and supply chain. … Erich Barchi will continue in his role as manager of global sales and customer relations, overseeing strategy for direct and channel sales worldwide.”

The manufacturer of modulation monitors is centralizing production at a new headquarters on McDermott Drive in West Chester, Pa. It recently noted its 50th anniversary; Belar created the company name in 1964 by combining parts of the names of husband and wife Isobel and Arno Meyer.

Belar said its new management structure “signals a shift in strategy to meet the dynamically changing needs of the radio broadcaster” as the industry heads into NAB Show season. It also indicated that new offerings this spring will include software-defined test and monitoring applications.

“In addition to improving operational efficiencies for the end user, these enhancements, notably IP connectivity and FM/HD Radio time-alignment, will bring renewed focus to the value of the modulation monitor for the radio broadcaster,” it stated. The company quoted Grant saying mod monitor remain “the pre-eminent tool to help broadcasters accurately monitor on-air levels, calibrate equipment and remain in FCC compliance, and there is a strong value proposition around improved market-wide performance for broadcasters that make the investment in this gear.”

“Arno Meyer and the Age of Stereo” (April 2014)