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March 6, 2008

NAB Show Technology Luncheon to Feature Engineering Achievement Awards, NPR's Flatow

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Thomas B. Silliman, president of Electronics Research Incorporated (ERI), and retired ABC senior advisor of science and technology Antoon (Tony) Uyttendaele will be presented with the 2008 NAB Engineering Achievement Awards on Wednesday, April 16 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The awards will be presented during the NAB Show Technology Luncheon, sponsored by Samsung Electronics. National Public Radio's science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow will keynote the luncheon.

During his tenure at ABC, Uyttendaele played a pivotal role in the evolution of high definition television by working with major broadcast and consumer equipment manufacturers to create 720p hardware, a video format used in the production and transmission process of HDTV. Uyttendaele's efforts contributed to the final adoption of 720p by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). He also developed and managed the completion of ABC's C-Band satellite network distribution system and for a number of years served as international chairman of the ITU-Radiocommunication Sector Working Party on Satellite News Gathering, which developed numerous recommendations on uniform standards and operating procedures to make SNG practical worldwide.

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Known for his accomplishments in the field of antenna engineering, Silliman began his career as a consultant in the engineering firm Silliman & Silliman before developing a design for the patented ROTOTILLER antenna in the 1970s. This circularly polarized FM broadcast antenna rapidly became a popular choice for FM stations in the United States. Since then, Silliman has been a consistent innovator in antenna engineering in the broadcast industry, eventually leading ERI in the development of an antenna system that accommodates both analog and digital transmissions. As president of ERI, he has helped transform the company into one of the world's top suppliers of radio and television transmission components.

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NPR's Ira Flatow will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker. In his address titled "Funny, You Don't Look Like Your Avatar: New Media Conquers Old Problems," Flatow will present a lively, informative discussion on broadcasters' opportunities to participate in the new media revolution. Starting as a reporter at WBFO-FM in Buffalo, Flatow began covering science stories in 1970 during the first Earth Day. He eventually moved up to news director before joining NPR as a science correspondent in 1971. On television, Flatow spent six years as host and writer for the Emmy-Award winning show Newton's Apple on PBS and has worked as a science reporter for CBS This Morning. Flatow has also appeared on a variety of programs and TV talk shows, including Merv Griffin, The Today Show and Oprah. Currently, Flatow serves as president of Talking Science, a non-profit company he founded that is dedicated to creating radio, TV and Internet projects that make science user-friendly.

Since 1959, the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards have honored individuals who have made outstanding achievements and contributions in the broadcast engineering profession. Additional information about the Technology Luncheon is available here.

About the 2008 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place April 11 - 17, 2008 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 14). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Complete details are available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at


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