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NAB Will Honor Steve Church of Telos With Engineering Award

He is saluted for contributions in telco studio products, MP3 advocacy and AoIP

Telos Systems founder Steve Church is the recipient of NAB’s Radio Engineering Achievement Award for 2010.

Among his innovations, Church, the CEO of Telos and a former radio group engineer, is perhaps best known for inventing in 1984 the first broadcast studio product using digital audio technology, the Telos 10 telephone hybrid, according to the trade association.

In 1993, Church introduced the first use of MPEG Layer 3 technology in a broadcast product.

NAB cited Church as co-inventor of the Livewire technology, which employs a linear audio-over-IP means of routing and transmitting audio signals. Considered an authority on telecommunications and audio coding, Church has authored papers on broadcast technology and written chapters in the past two editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook, on broadcast telephony.

Earlier in his career, he was technical director and host for radio stations including WMMS(FM) in Cleveland (where Telos is headquartered today) and WFBQ(FM) in Indianapolis.

Mark Richer, this year’s recipient of the NAB Engineering Achievement Award for Television, has led the Advanced Television Systems Committee for a decade, navigating the transition from analog to digital broadcasting. Before joining ATSC, Richer spent 16 years with the Public Broadcasting Service, eventually serving as vice president of engineering and computer services.

The awards will be presented at the NAB Technology Luncheon on April 14 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.