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First Broadcasting Names Harry Simons Vice President of Engineering(November 19, 2001)
Simons will be responsible for site selection and tower construction as well as technical upgrades and operation of newly acquired stations.
"Harry's technical expertise and industry experience will play an important role in helping First Broadcasting expand nationally and further develop our operating station division," said Ronald A. Unkefer, chairman and CEO, First Broadcasting. "By attracting world-class talent like Harry, First Broadcasting will continue to deliver our clients significant upgrades of their broadcast holdings and emerge as the premier developer of high-quality FM properties."
A longtime consultant to First Broadcasting, Simons most recently served as director of field engineering for ABC/Disney, where he was responsible for Radio Disney and ESPN stand-alone stations. Over the past 30 years, Simons has held a variety of senior-level engineering positions at major broadcasters including CRB Broadcasting and Nationwide Communications; served as a consultant for such organizations as Texar and the Washington Redskins Radio Network; and was national sales manager for Processing Plus and southeast district sales manager and field engineer for Cetec Broadcasting Group, formerly the parent company of Jampro Antennas. Simons also played an active role in the National Radio Systems Committee's (NRSC) early efforts to establish AM standards and later served as chairman of the NRSC's sub-committee investigating the "phenomenon" of multi-path. Simons began his career in 1968 as director of engineering for Armed Forces Radio in Saigon.
First Broadcasting is currently seeking a vice president of station acquisitions to expand its FM operating division to include small market stations.
First Broadcasting is an owner, operator and developer of FM radio stations serving major and emerging markets throughout the United States. Founded in 1992, First Broadcasting is dedicated to maximizing the efficiency of the FM spectrum and assisting partners and client stations capture the full potential of their broadcast properties. Partners and clients include many of the nation's largest publicly held broadcasting groups as well as independent owners of small and emerging market radio stations.
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