Foti, Adrick, Charles Honored
Alliance CEO Frank Foti spoke of passion Wednesday in accepting the NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award here in Las Vegas at the Technology Luncheon.
Foti thanked several people including his father, grandfather and his longtime rival Bob Orban. He especially
singled out his former partner, the late Steve Church. Foti said they developed
their first product idea together on a bar napkin.
self-taught radio engineer told attendees of the packed LVH ballroom event he
took two radio stations “from worst to first” in terms of audio and ratings.
Better audio processing helped take New York City’s WHTZ(FM) to the top within
the time-frame of one ratings book, he said, noting a similar improvement with
His advice: “Have a passion for what you do.
Play to win as opposed as playing not to lose,” noting that a dose of honesty,
modesty and humility helps.
Jay Adrick, who recently retired from
Harris Corp. and is now a consultant to Harris Broadcast, received the award
for television. He advised attendees to “set aside some time in life to give
back the industry,” whether that be through mentoring or participating in an
industry group like the SBE, SMPTE or ATSC.
Leonard Charles of
Morgan Murphy Media was recognized with the NAB Service to Broadcast Engineering
Award. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who went into space four
times as an astronaut, addressed the luncheon via satellite.