The Association of Public Radio Engineers is accepting nominations for the ninth Annual APRE Engineering Achievement Award. The honor is to be presented at the Public Radio Engineering Conference. The PREC is April 9–10, before the NAB Show.
The honor is to be awarded to an 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 the public radio industry. The deadline for nominations is March 15.
Last year’s APRE Engineering Awards recipients were Bud Aiello, director of engineering technologies at NPR and Gray Frierson Haertig, owner and principal of Gray Frierson Haertig & Associates.
The 2013 recipient was Michael LeClair, chief engineer for WBUR(FM), Boston and former technical editor of Radio World Engineering Extra. Mike Starling, former vice president, Technology Research Center & NPR Labs received the award in 2012.
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, former 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 at NPR Labs, the late Jim McEachern of NPR; Mike Pappas, former engineering manager of KUVO(FM), Denver and Doug Vernier, president of V-Soft Communications.