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NAB Hires Matheny as EVP/CTO

Sam Matheny comes from Raleigh, N.C.-based Capitol Broadcasting Co.

NAB has hired a new executive vice president and chief technology officer.

Sam Matheny comes to NAB from Capitol Broadcasting Co., where he was vice president of Policy and Innovation and specialized in advanced digital strategies. He replaces Kevin Gage. Radio World broke the news that Gage left that position with the broadcast trade group after his three-year contract was up in May.

After joining Capitol in 2012, Matheny guided strategic investment decisions in new media and secured patents enabling Internet distribution of broadcast content. He also engaged North Carolina state emergency management officials in developing emergency services using the ATSC Mobile Alert System (M-EAS) to enhance the use of television broadcast airwaves during a crisis.

The 42-year-old Matheny is a member of the board of directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and chairs its Standards Transition Subcommittee and has chaired the Specialist Group on ATSC 2.0 broadcast standards. He’s a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said Matheny’s roots “are in broadcast localism and service to the community, but he is also a technology strategist determined to push broadcasters to embrace digital and Internet opportunities that generate revenue. Today, tens of millions of our listeners and viewers are legally accessing broadcast programming on platforms and devices that are IP-based, portable and mobile. We believe Sam is the right choice to press these digital strategies forward and lead our industry’s technology future.”

Before joining the corporate staff in Capitol, Matheny was a principal in several Capitol Broadcasting media ventures: general manager at News Over Wireless, which provided local television news applications for wireless carriers; manager of Digital Cinema at Microspace Communications, deploying digital cinema as a viable market for satellite delivery; and vice president and general manager at DTV Plus, which developed and launched a DTV datacasting service, according to NAB.

Matheny starts July 15. He will lead the Technology Department, which Lynn Claudy had been doing in the interim.