National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny has joined the National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors. The organization made the announcement from this week’s NWSA stakeholder meetings in Dallas.
The NWSA is a nonprofit assessment and certification organization, representing wireless carriers, broadcasters, tower owners/vertical realtors, OEMs, turnkey management firms, small contractors, tower technicians, public safety entities and industry associations. Its board is tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various committees that will serve under their jurisdiction.
NWSA Board of Directors President Don Doty said Matheny brings a record of innovative leadership in the broadcast and technology sectors.
Matheny is head of the NAB technology department and talks often about promoting innovation. He also provides overall leadership for Pilot (previously known as NAB Labs), as well as NAB’s TV, Radio and Digital Technology Committees.
He is also a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council, a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and serves on the advisory board of Reveal Mobile, a mobile applications and advertising company he co-founded in 2005.
“Climbing and rigging really tall broadcast towers to handle very large antennas requires special skills that are uniquely challenging,” said Matheny. “Developing programs that will increase tower safety is of vital concern and will save lives.”
In November 2015, the NWSA and NCCCO began offering co-branded CCO Rigger and Signalperson Certification programs, which became the first two assessment and certification offerings available through the NWSA.
The NWSA’s Telecommunication Tower Technician I and Telecommunications Tower Technician II certification programs are slated to be launched in December of this year. Other assessment and certification programs the NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Antenna & Line Foreman, Tower (Stacking) Foreman, Structural Modifications Foreman, DAS Systems, Small Cell Systems, Broadcast Structures and Outside Plant/Fiber to the Home and Business.