The Association of Public Radio Engineers has recognized Rich Parker with its 2022 APRE Meritorious Service Award.
“APRE’s engineering award is granted on an annual basis to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the art and/or science of radio engineering [and] that has made a significant impact on, or improvement, in the state of the public radio industry,” said the nonprofit.
For a decade, Rich was the master control and studio engineer at WHYY in Philadelphia, followed by 17 years as director of engineering at Vermont Public Radio. Since 2014, he has been director of engineering for CoastAlaska, handling broadcast engineering and IT support as well as planning and management for the seven Alaskan stations in Juneau.
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According to APRE President Victoria St. John, Rich was one of the founding members on the association’s board and is deserving of recognition, having been an active part of the public radio engineering community for decades.
“I had the privilege of working with him for many years at Vermont Public Radio and I am proud and pleased for Rich to be recognized for his years of inventive and cheerful service,” she said.
Parker was honored April 22 at the Public Radio Engineers Conference (PREC) dinner in Las Vegas, just prior to the NAB Show.