The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards was named after Carl E. Lee, a prominent Michigan broadcast engineer and station owner, who was known for his innovation and recognition of opportunity. Candidates for the Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award must have been an employee, officer, or owner of any company, subsidiary or division whose primary business is broadcasting, or is directly in support of a radio or television station in Michigan.
Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say “you’re outstanding”.
Two awards may be given each year – one to a radio engineer and one to a television engineer. The awards are presented at the Great Lakes Media Show each March.
Candidates for the Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award must have been an employee, officer, or owner of any company, subsidiary or division whose primary business is broadcasting, or is directly in support of radio or television station in Michigan. One award for radio engineering and one award for television engineering will be awarded. The size of the organization with which each candidate is affiliated is not a determining factor. The merits of the contributions to broadcast engineering are the sole factors to be taken into account.
Candidates for the Awards shall have made contributions in one or more of the following categories:
- Development of new technologies
- Dissemination of technical knowledge and literature
- Leadership in broadcast engineering affairs
- Mentoring or coaching in the engineering field outside of the workplace
- Any outstanding contribution which warrants consideration
About Carl E. Lee: Lee began his broadcast career as an engineer after graduation from the Michigan Academy of Radio Science in 1939. He rose through the ranks of management and in 1985 acquired ownership of Fetzer Broadcasting Services Inc. At that time Fetzer Broadcasting was comprised of WKZO Radio – Kalamazoo, WJFM – Grand Rapids, WKJF-AM/FM – Cadillac and Muzitronic Services, Inc. Lee was presented with the MAB’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. He passed away February 22, 2015 at age 96.