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U.S. Repack: Its Impact on FM Broadcasters

Presented by: Rich Redmond (GatesAir) and Dan Fallon (Dielectric)

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To help fulfill the increasing demand for wireless broadband access in America, the FCC plans to reallocate a portion of broadcast spectrum used by television stations to wireless carriers. FM radio stations who share common towers or roof tops with one or more TV stations may have significant interruption to their operations as a result of the upcoming FCC spectrum repack.

This is estimated to affect roughly 35% of all American FM stations. Early investigation into any plans neighboring TV stations may have will help you map out your plans to stay on the air. This important webinar will detail the key areas of your operation that could require updates, how to avoid downtime, and how to get your plans and sourcing well in order before it is too late!

About the Presenters

Rich Redmond
Chief Product Officer, GatesAir

Rich Redmond serves as Chief Product Officer for GatesAir, responsible for product engineering, product line management and R&D among other tasks. He is based at the company's headquarters in Mason, Ohio outside of Cincinnati.

Redmond has spent his professional career applying advanced technologies to solve market problems and deliver business results. He spent many years in leadership roles at Harris Broadcast and Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division, responsible for new products, strategy and marketing efforts across radio and television transmission businesses.

Prior to joining Harris Corporation, he held national sales management responsibilities for Northeast Broadcast Labs and spent time on the broadcast operations side as a general manager, chief engineer and consultant. His expertise in leading growth initiatives and background in sales and engineering positions round out a unique, all-encompassing awareness of the over-the-air broadcast business.

Redmond holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from Siena College and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Dayton.

Dan Fallon
Senior RF Engineer, Dielectric

Dan Fallon's career began in the USAF with a focus on radar and communications; following he spent 4 years at Sage Laboratories. In 2000, he joined Passive Power and headed up their broadcast RF systems.

Fallon joined Dielectric in 2009 as a Senior RF Engineer. He was instrumental in the design of all RF Systems, including the launch of the Powerlite™ series. In addition to these positions, he has championed the ITER nuclear physics project for Dielectric since 2010.

Fallon earned his BSEE from Clarkson University, and MSEE from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. He has frequently presented on complex RF system topics at NAB, and at the National Translator Association (NTA).

The completion of a GatesAir webinar qualifies for ½ SBE re-certification credit, identified under Category I of the Re-certification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

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