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APRE accepting suggestions for Engineering Achievement Award

The Association of Public Radio Engineers is accepting nominations for its annual Engineering Achievement Award.

The honor is to be awarded to a single individual for “outstanding contributions” to the art and/or science of radio engineering that have made a “significant impact on, or improvement in” the state of public radio.

Last year’s recipient was Michael LeClair, chief engineer for WBUR(FM), Boston. He’s also editor of Radio World Engineering Extra. In 2012, Mike Starling, then vice president, Technology Research Center & NPR Labs, received the award.

Other past honorees include: Roger Karwoski, assistant manager and director of engineering for KBIA(FM), Columbia, Mo.; Donald Creighton, vice president of technology for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media; Richard Cassidy, then director of IT and New Media for WAMU(FM), Washington; the late Wayne Hetrich, one of NPR’s 30 original employees; Chuck Leavens, director of engineering and information technology management for WDUQ(FM), Pittsburgh; Marty Bloss, former director of technology at NPR; Don Danko, vice president for engineering, Cincinnati Public Radio; John Kean, senior technologist, NPR Labs; the late Jim McEachern of NPR; Mike Pappas, former engineering manager of KUVO(FM), in Denver and Doug Vernier, president of V-Soft Communications.

The award will be presented at the annual APRE Engineering Awards Dinner, to be held on April 4 in Las Vegas as part of this year’s Public Radio Engineering Conference.

The deadline for nominations is March 3. Forms are online at:

Direct questions about the award process to Roger Karwoski.