The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) presented the 2015 EDGE Award to Alan Popkin, Director of Television Engineering and Technical Operations, KLCS-TV in Los Angeles on Feb. 22.
The EDGE Award is given to an individual who has excelled in the use of technology, groundbreaking partnerships and other pioneering work to advance public television’s public service mission.
“I am delighted to present the 2015 EDGE Award to Alan Popkin for his extraordinary leadership in last year’s channel sharing pilot between KLCS and KJLA, in partnership with our Association and CTIA (The Wireless Association),” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS. “This pilot demonstrated the feasibility, strengths and challenges of channel sharing for public television stations, and Alan’s remarkable expertise has been immensely helpful to stations across the country in determining their best options in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction and repacking process.”
Since 2002, Alan Popkin has been Director of Television Engineering and Technical Operations for KLCS-TV in Los Angeles. He has redesigned the entire PBS station to implement state-of-the art broadcasting to the entire Southern California Designated Market Area, and datacast to over one million students and teachers, delivering digital content services to an educational audience.
“KLCS is very fortunate to have Alan Popkin at its technical helm,” said Sabrina Thomas, General Manager of KLCS. “The vision shared over ten years ago by Mr. Popkin, and then-GM Dr. Janalyn Glymph, has propelled KLCS beyond the imaginable, particularly given the station’s financial challenges.
Alan’s genius and innovative resourcefulness allow us to continue to think beyond the conventional, as we further our mission to support student achievement and to inform, enlighten and entertain our viewers.”
APTS is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979.
The mission of APTS is to conduct — in concert with member stations — advocacy, planning, research, communications and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans.
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