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NPR’s Mike Starling Receives Radio World ‘Excellence in Engineering’ Award

NPR’s Mike Starling Receives Radio World ‘Excellence in Engineering’ Award

Michael Starling received the 2005 Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award from the editors of Radio World. U.S. Editor in Chief Paul McLane made the announcement.
Starling is chief technology officer and vice president of engineering and operations for NPR in Washington, where he is responsible for strategic technology, operations, audio engineering and engineering technology, overseeing a full-time staff of 100+ with a $12
million annual operating budget and $2 million in annual capital projects.
Starling received the award for several contributions to radio, most notably being a key player in NPR’s Tomorrow Radio Initiative, which led to the current exploration — by commercial and public stations alike — of airing multiple program channels in existing spectrum using digital radio technology. He launched an NPR certification mark for digital radio receivers that can decode multicast signals.
He was also instrumental in obtaining funding and resources for NPR Labs, whose team is conducting HD Radio research on topics such as surround sound.
The Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award recognizes individuals for excellence in U.S. radio broadcast engineering and allied fields. Nominees are chosen by a panel of Radio World advisers, contributors, suppliers and other industry experts; the editors of Radio World chose the winners.
The award was presented during the NAB Radio Show.