The National Association of Broadcasters created the the Engineering Achievement Awards in 1959. The program highlights peer-nominated radio and television professionals who have helped to advance broadcast engineering.
This is the third major industry award Welton will receive in as many years. In 2019, the Association of Public Radio Engineers chose Welton as the APRE Engineering Achievement Award honoree. In 2018, the Society of Broadcast Engineers named Welton as the James C. Wulliman Educator of the Year.
At Nautel, Welton is in charge of transmitter sales and customer support for the central U.S. He has been with the company for three decades, first joining as customer service technician.
Welton is also known for his internal and external educational efforts. He has developed training materials and webinars and also writes and speaks about digital radio and broadcast engineering. His byline has appeared in the 11th edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook (he wrote the “Facility Grounding Practice and Lightning Protection” chapter) as well as in Radio World and its ebooks, including our latest on transmitter trends.
Additionally, NAB will recognize Jim Stenberg with the 2020 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award. (Learn about Stenberg on TVTechnology.com.) Both will receive their awards during NAB Show at Tuesday’s We Are Broadcasters Celebration.
Last year’s Radio Engineering Achievement Award honoree was Garrison Cavell, who was recognized alongside his wife Cindy, who took home the TV version of the award.