Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, is a fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, a past trustee of the Ennes Educational Foundation and Fellow of the Radio Club of America. Currently, he is the Director of Next Generation Broadcast Implementation for ONE Media 3.0 - Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Previously, he was Director of Broadcast Engineering for Qualcomm’s MediaFLO project and directed Leitch/Harris’ Systems Engineering group. Up to that time, he served as Director of Engineering for the Comcast Media Center in Denver, its Director of New Product Development through the center’s AT&T ownership and Director of Broadcast Satellite Operations during its TCI ownership era launching John Malone’s “500-channel Universe.” Before joining the satellite and cable origination world, Mr. Baumgartner held the position of Chief Engineer at KDVR-TV & KFCT-TV, Denver; WTTV-TV, WTTK-TV, Indianapolis; KHOW AM & FM, Denver; WIBA AM & FM, Madison, Wisconsin, operations manager at KWGN-TV, Denver; and others beginning with the overnight gig and a newly minted FCC 1st Class license at WBIZ AM & FM, Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1972. Baumgartner was also heavily involved with the development of EAS and authoring several hundred articles and a few books on Radio and TV engineering. Fred is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stout and holds several patents. He operates amateur radio station KØFMB; sometimes from a sailboat, skis or bicycle from both the “radio-ranch” in Colorado and an apartment in Maryland. Fred is currently working to launch Advanced Emergency Alerting and Informing on NextGen Broadcast.