NAB 2019

All sessions will be held in the ATBA Westgate Suite 2872, East Elevator to 28th floor, turn right out of elevator lobby.

Reception will be held in the Westgate Ballroom E.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

9:00pm – ATBA Board of Directors – (By invitation only) Sponsored by Sinclair Broadcast Group –

Monday, April 8, 2019

8:30am – Westgate ATBA Suite opens for the day. Admittance for the day is by business card and your NAB Badge of any level (including the free expo pass.).

9:00am-9:50am – The business of ATSC 3.0 – Moderators, Joshua Weiss, Ark Mediacom

10:00am-10:50am – The Technical of ATSC 3.0 – Moderators, Louis Libin, HC2; Vern Fotheringham,  V-SatCast

11:00am-noon – The Standard of ATSC 3.0 for LPTV – Moderator, Lee Miller, ATBA

LUNCH – Sandwich lunch in the ATBA Suite with sponsors and participants.

1:00pm -1:50pm – Extending the Reach of LPTV Operators with Over-the-Top IP Distribution – Kumar Ramaswamy, iGocast

2:00pm-2:50pm – Expectations for the LPTV FCC Reimbursement Process – David Cole, Sam Hariton, Mike Lasky – Widelity

3:00pm-3:50pm – Costs for an LPTV Station to Move to ATSC 3.0 Efficiency and Power Requirements – Perry Priestly – Anywave

4:00pm-4:50pm – ATSC 3.0 MultiPLP explained, Applications and use cases for LPTV – Richard Lhermitte – Enensys

5:00pm-5:50pm – OTT Services in a Rural or Poorly Served Internet Area – Tee Thomas -Anywave

6:00pm – VIP Reception for ATBA Members and Guests Only, Westgate Ballrooms D&E

7:00pm – Reception Opens to All, Westgate Ballrooms D&E

7:15pm – Awards Ceremony, Welcome and Door Prizes, Westgate Ballrooms D&E

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 ATBA Suite

9:00am-9:50am – News Roundtable – Eric Wotila – NewsNet

10:00am-10:50am – PSIP & Data in ATSC 3.0 World – Marge Johnson – Titan TV

11:00am – noon – Station Promotion – How is your Station Doing? Need Cable Carriage? Lee Miller – ATBA

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Louis Libin, CEO of Broad-Comm & HC2 Broadcasting’s Managing Director of Strategy

Louis is an expert in the development of wireless communications and has over twenty-five years experience in media management, from business and strategy development (former CTO of NBC), project management for developing nations, to serving as the United States spokesman on wireless and interactive data systems the (ITU) UN in Geneva. Well known as a professional advisor in the telecom, software and communications industries. Libin has advised clients regarding FCC issues for over two decades. Libin has been profiled in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times. Libin is founder and President of Broad Comm, Inc., a broadcast technology consulting group. Clients include General Electric, NBC, ABC, CBS, Turner, Olympic Committees equipment manufacturers, governments and a myriad of media start-ups. Libin has successfully served as an officer or director of many companies. Libin also advised the US State Department on communications projects, NASA, the NFL, the NBA, the PGA, among others.

Marge Johnson, Technical Support Analyst. TitanTV, Inc.

With majors in both Business Administration and Computer Science, Marge has enjoyed a successful career in the technical field. Her experiences include more than a decade of installing and maintaining Novell Networks and teaching Novell and Microsoft Network Certification classes. Marge Johnson lives in Cedar Rapids, IA where she is the go-to person TitanTV’s clients rely on for expertly and quickly resolving their PSIP and television scheduling questions.

Mike Lasky, Widelity Inc

Lead the Broadcast practice supporting over 200 transitioning Full power, Class A and LPTV stations. We provide compliance services for reimbursement in the Broadcast repack.  Led the team writing the “Widelity Report” for the FCC examining the implications of the Broadcast Repacking process. Examined the costs and resource constraints broadcasters will face in the impending 600 MHz transition. Updating the catalog of costs for the FCC. Working with stations and entities planning their auctions and transition strategy.

Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Sales Manager, Anywave Communication Technologies

Tee Thomas has worked in the professional broadcast industry for over 50 years. Tee has held positions in Engineering and Technical support for many different companies throughout the U. S. A. Tee not only worked in broadcasting building and rebuilding multiple TV and Radio stations. Tee has built over 100 Cable plants and numerous other electronics communication projects. The latest RF plant in Lubbock Texas uses two broadband antennas to broadcast 9 different TV stations. The tower also broadcast 9 FM stations using 3 antennas, one being directional.
Tee became a first-class FCC licensed engineer at 13 Tee and graduated New Albany High School while assisting in the rebuild of WNAS FM the schools FM station. Tee received an Associate Degree in Communication Electronics with a Physics minor from Indiana Vocational Technology College.
Tee joined Anywave Communications in October 2018 after using their products for over 5 years with excellent results.

Joshua Weiss,Vice President of Business Development| Edge Spectrum Inc.

Joshua D. Weiss has nearly 20 years of experience in broadcast television, production, and church ministries. He currently serves with Ark Mediacom and is general manager of IBN Television. He is producer of CrossTalk International, Today With God and Wize Flix television programs. He serves as associate pastor at Abundant Life AG in Grand Prairie, TX, where he and his wife, Nancy, lead worship and are responsible for all media. Joshua teaches Church Media at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He serves as the chairman of the Church Media Committee for the National Religious Broadcasters, has an MA in strategic communications, and is working on his Ph.D. in communications at Regent University..

Perry Priestly, CEO, Anywave Communication Technologies

Perry Priestley has worked in the professional broadcast industry for over 40 years. Perry currently is the CEO for Anywave, North America. Most recently Perry worked for Comark, and Linear Industries as Vice President of Sales and previously has held positions with iBiquity, Thales, Marconi, Varian and Philips. Perry has presented at over 50 different technical conferences worldwide. Perry worked in many engineering positions from radio and TV development to transmission installation. Perry earned an HND in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, England..

Eric Wotila, NewsNet .

Eric Wotila has been involved in television news for over ten years. He got his start in television by working at Cadillac’s public access cable station beginning in 2002. After working at the public access station for a few years, Eric launched “Local Edition,” a 5-minute local news cut-in that aired hourly on HLN throughout Northern Michigan. Eric has also worked as a freelance photojournalist for numerous TV stations in northern Michigan before launching MI News 26. Eric’s passion is reporting on community interest stories — local people and groups with interesting backgrounds — and he feels MI News 26 is a great place to do so. When he’s not in the studio, in the field or in the edit suite, Eric spends much of his free time playing video games with friends and watching science fiction.  

Lee Miller, CEo for MSGPR

Lee Miller, CEO, MSGPR Ltd Co, and executive director for the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance has been involved in the Broadcast business for over 30 years, working in television news operations, creative services, promotions, public service and television network management. As a conference speaker, he has taught on subjects ranging from television news operations to audio-video technology. Miller is a winner of multiple Addy and network television awards for production of television, radio and print.

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Vern Fotheringham, ESI Inc

Vern Fotheringham has dedicated his professional career to bringing the benefits of true broadband communication services to the global population. He has been and continues to be a catalyst for change and progress in driving this evolution forward. He has specialized in early-stage company development and maturation through the IPO and M&A stages. Together with highly skilled and experienced professional colleagues, he translates his clarity of vision into efficient operations and self-sustaining profitability.

Mindful of all fiduciary duties, he is a proven steward of investment capital who is focused on protecting the interests of all stakeholders. Mr. Fotheringham has been a serial entrepreneur in telecommunications, serving as a founder, CEO, Chairman or board member of eighteen innovative telecommunications companies, including: Norcom Networks, Digital Satellite Broadcasting Corp, Advanced Radio Telecom, Bazillion, Broadstorm, Terabeam, Adaptix, Mead Instruments, Castanet, Kymeta, and V-Satcast.

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