Two Decades as a Director of Engineering. It’s a Radio Rarity


Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly noted that Tim Backer has held the position since 1981.


It’s a rarity these days — a Director of Engineering for a licensee of AM and FM radio stations.

Yet, a media company known for experiential marketing opportunities across the Empire State and its collection of radio stations has one. And, he’s celebrating 20 years on the job.

Tim Backer, who holds the Director of Engineering title at Galaxy Media Partners, joined the company on August 11, 2001.

He’s still with the company today.

“Many — if not most — broadcast stations don’t have engineers on site anymore,” said Ed Levine, President and CEO of Galaxy Media.  “Galaxy not only has an engineer on site, but we have also had the same engineer for 20 years. Tim has and continues to be a huge part of the Galaxy Media Team.  We appreciate all his hard work and dedication to our local company.”

In recognition of his two decades of service in his current role, Backer will receive a brand-new engineering vehicle of his choice for his 2am drives to remote engineering sites during the Central New York winters, Levine says.

Galaxy owns 13 radio stations, all located in New York.


  1. Is he celebrating 20 years on the job? Or 40 years? If he started in 1981…..
    Either way, it’s an achievement to be celebrated!

    • Oh my … it must have been very late when we were writing this story! It was in 1981 that Galaxy was formed, and that’s where that incorrect info got mushed into the story. It’s been corrected!

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