ENCO Founder Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer


The man who in January 1983 founded one of the leading makers of audio automation systems used across the professional broadcast industry has lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Gene Novacek passed away Jan. 1. He was 61 years old.

“His legacy lives through his family, the company he founded, and the industry he loved and changed,” a note confirming Novacek’s passing distributed by¬†ENCO reads.

Novacek founded ENCO in Southfield, Michigan, as President and Owner. He began using the CEO title in April 2017. Prior to starting ENCO, he served as a Cost/Scheduling Manager at a General Motors assembly plant in Wentzville, Mo. Before that, he was a Cost/Scheduling Engineer for three nuclear power plant projects, working from San Francisco for Bechtel Power Company.

The work came following Novacek’s 1979 graduation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Outside of his work, Novacek was a private pilot and a professional engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

For radio and TV industry professionals, Novacek is recalled for ENCO’s advacements in providing stations with products focused on playout automation, captioning, scheduling and streaming.

Among ENCO’s most renowed products is the enCaption, designed for around-the-clock generation of captioning on live or recorded programming.