From left: National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting Director Jack Dominic awards Eric Koci of West Chester its annual Volunteer of the Year award. Photo: Oak Tree Communications
The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting’s board of directors has named Eric Koci as the Volunteer of the Year for 2016.
Koci first joined the West Chester [Ohio] Amateur Radio Association, a division of the VOA museum that also operates radio station WC8VOA. His skills in electronics enable him to aid in technical improvements of the radio transmission facilities, the announcement noted.
“With a broad work background which includes the repair of high tech copying and printing equipment, working as a pipe fitter and the installation and repair of vintage pipe organs, Eric has been able to assist in all phases of the recent construction activity,” said museum Director Jack Dominic.
Koci credits his father, a Philadelphia pastor, and mother for his desire to give back to the community.
“Eric almost single-handedly led recent construction efforts at the museum which saved us thousands of dollars as we continue to renovate and improve the west wing of our facility,” said VOA Museum Board of Directors President Ken Rieser.
He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.
The VOA Museum consists of collections and exhibits from the VOA-Bethany station; Media Heritage’s Greater Cincinnati Museum of Broadcast History; the Gray History of Wireless Museum; and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association control room.