ATBA presents Hall of Fame Awards at NAB


ATBAThe Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance recently bestowed honor to three legends in the Low-Power TV/Television Broadcast world at the ATBA hosted event during the NAB Show in Las Vegas last week.

Honorees included Warren Trumbly, LPTV broadcaster, Peter Tannenwald, broadcast attorney and Dr. Byron St. Clair, a broadcast engineer.

“I was excited to be present when the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance honored true pioneers of the broadcast industry,” said Rod Payne, ATBA Chairman.  “Dr. Byron St. Clair is a true visionary who saw the amazing potential of a lower powered, but non-the-less important transmission method before anyone had ever heard of LPTV.  Warren Trumbly inspired countless broadcasters across the U.S. and had the wisdom to recognize the vast potential that would happen when LPTV was transmitted digitally.  Peter Tannenwald has long been a strong ally of broadcasters for many years.  His representation of all of our interests, as well as his knowledge of the law relating to broadcasting has been indispensable in our cause.”

The ATBA Hall of Fame Award is an annual award given an individual or company that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the LPTV/Broadcast Industry.

“”The ATBA “Hall of Fame” awardees have been founders and pillars of LPTV. The three have demonstrated lifelong achievements in the industry,” said Louis Libin, ATBA executive director. “The ATBA board is extremely proud of our choice and are honored by our awardees.”

Warren Trumbly has been in television over 35 years and is president of KAXT TV Channel 1 in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a pioneer in multicasting, he operates 12 video streams on the one LPTV channel serving many minority communities in the Bay Area. Trumbly serves on the board of Black Buffalo Global Ministries that operates two children’s homes, one in Mexico and the other in Colombia. He also serves on the board of Son Broadcasting Network, the Christian Full Power TV station in Albuquerque.

Peter Tannenwald has worked with virtually every communications industry for over forty years, including commercial and public broadcasters, common carrier, wireless, and satellite telecommunications providers; governmental and educational institutions; and developers of new technologies. He is currently active in making sure that television broadcasting and broadband services can coexist in the same spectrum. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Tannenwald has served as an elected officer of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the Harvard Law School Association. He also serves on the Community Council of Washington’s leading NPR affiliate and the Board of Directors of a student-managed radio station at an Ivy League university.

Byron W. St. Clair, Ph.D. was instrumental in developing FCC’s Part 74 rules regarding Translators, LPTV and Class A for Analog Transmission and continues his work in the rules regarding digital transmission. He is founder and President Emeritus of the National Translator Association. St. Clair is also the founder of Television Technology Corporation. The firm was later sold to Larcan Corp. He continues as a consultant for Larcan and works as a consulting engineer providing filing and engineering studies for high power and low power stations.

An NAB Associate Member, the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is an industry organization comprised of low power television broadcasters, translators, full power television broadcasters and allied industry organizations and companies.

ATBA is currently advocating for preserving and promoting the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. The ATBA has laid out to Congress an economic plan that would provide the possibility of true success in a forthcoming auction predicated on next generation technologies.