Aitken, Jones, Freinwald and Keating to Receive NAB Technology Awards at 2018 NAB Show

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March 6, 2018

Ann Marie Cumming



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will present the NAB Engineering Achievement and Digital Leadership Awards at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Roger Keating, Hearst Television, will receive the NAB Digital Leadership Award at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday April 9. The Engineering Achievement Awards will be presented to Mark Aitken, Sinclair Broadcasting Corporation; Tom Jones, Carl T. Jones Corporation; and Clay Freinwald, Freinwald Technical Services, at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration on Tuesday, April 10.

Established in 1959, the Engineering Achievement Awards are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering. In 2015, the Digital Leadership Award was established to honor an individual at a broadcast station, group or network who has had a significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms.

The 2018 NAB Digital Leadership Award

Roger Keating joined Hearst Television in 2008, overseeing the company’s growing Digital Media unit and leading digital sales, product development, business development, corporate development, technology and operations. The unit became profitable within two years of his arrival and has quadrupled revenue over the 10-year span, with digital margins now at an all-time high. Keating’s portfolio also includes serving as the first chairman of Pearl TV, leadership in the Dyle mobile DTV project, support of the NAB SPROCKIT program and most recently his leadership in the launch of NewsOn, the mobile-only app for local news aggregation.

The 2018 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award

Mark Aitken continues to be a dynamic leader in the development of Next Gen television. He joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999 and became VP of advanced technology in 2011. He has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services, including participation in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, involvement in ATSC and the formation of Sinclair's joint venture ONE Media.

The 2018 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award

Tom Jones joined his father’s firm, Carl T. Jones Associates, as a senior engineer in 1979. He became a full partner in 1983 and was elevated to his current role as president in 1985. Over his 39 years, he has managed hundreds of complex broadcast engineering projects. In addition, he has served on industry and government advisory committees and has been heavily involved in the development of the Method Moments analysis for AM directional arrays and more recently the AM revitalization movement.

The 2018 Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award

Clay Freinwald began his broadcast engineering career in 1961 and has held various technical positions at numerous stations and station groups, including Tribune, Viacom and Entercom. He served as chairman of the Washington State EAS Committee for over 20 years, chaired the SBE EAS Committee for a decade and is a founding member of the Broadcast Warning Working Group, helping broadcasters and others understand and implement EAS technology.





About NAB Show

NAB Show, held April 7 – 12, 2018 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 161 countries and 1,800+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways.

About NAB 

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