April 10, 2014
Greater Media Vice President of Radio Engineering, Milford “Smitty” Smith is officially celebrating his 30th Anniversary at the company today. Over the years, Smitty has blazed new trails on behalf of both Greater Media and the radio industry at large.
“It is such a privilege to have Smitty on our team over the past three decades,” said Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth.” His leadership, expertise and passion have been a driving force behind the success of our organization. He has made Greater Media greater.”
He has been recognized with countless awards over the past three decades, including receiving the prestigious Radio Engineering Achievement Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in 2005, given to individuals for their significant contributions which have advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering.
In November of 2010, he was selected to receive the 2010 Radio World Magazine “Excellence in Engineering” award given annually to an individual who “embodies the highest ideals of the radio broadcast engineering profession”.
In addition to his daily responsibilities overseeing the engineering division at Greater Media, he serves as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEEE), the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). Smitty is also active in its FASTROAD technology advocacy program as a member of its technical advisory group and is also a member of the newly formed Radio Technology Committee.
He is likewise active in the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) serving as its overall chairman and is a member of various subcommittees and working groups including its Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) subcommittee, its Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) subcommittee and its AM and FM Analogue Broadcasting (AFAB) subcommittee.
Working with other radio companies and iBiquity Digital Corporation, he has been involved in research and development efforts over the years which have led to the FCC permitting significant increases in permissible transmission power for FM HD Radio stations.
His current work in the area centers around asymmetrical sideband power levels, digital on channel boosters and all digital AM transmission.
He holds a B.S. degree in physics from Amherst.
April 8, 2014
Greater Media has announced two major management moves in the Philadelphia market.
Dave Scopinich has been named as the new general sales manager at WMGK-FM He began his career as an account executive at Greater Media Philadelphia’s WMGK-FM back in 2003. He most recently spent the past decade at CBS Radio, where he ascended up the ranks to become general sales manager at WOGL and WPHT in Philadelphia.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dave back to the Greater Media Philadelphia family,” said Paul Blake, vice president and director of sales at Greater Media Philadelphia. “His vision is consistent with our client commitment of coaching, ideas and results.”
In addition, Chris Kirchner has been named sales manager at 97.5 WPEN-FM/The Fanatic. Kirchner has been with Greater Media Philadelphia over the past 20 years. He previously served as the general sales manager at WMGK-FM.
“Chris’ leadership and commitment to client results will be a major asset to the Fanatic,” said Blake.