Michael F. Beach to Oversee Public Radio Satellite System® (PRSS)
May 12, 2014; Washington, D.C. – NPR has appointed Michael F. Beach, Director of Program Management at Intelsat S.A., as its Vice President of Distribution. In this senior management role, Beach will oversee the Public Radio Satellite System® (PRSS), which distributes more than 450,000 hours annually of news, music, and specialized audience programming to more than 1,600 public radio stations throughout the United States. Beach will join NPR on May 27, 2014, reporting to Vice President of Technology Operations & Broadcast Engineering Marty Garrison.
“Michael has the strong technical and leadership experience to guide the Distribution division and the system-critical PRSS infrastructure,” said Garrison. “His experience at Intelsat and in public media will be a huge asset as we plan future delivery options for public radio.”
“I’m thrilled to bring my personal experience and passion for public radio to NPR and PRSS,” Beach said. “I look forward to guiding this valuable and highly regarded national asset of public media.”
Beach brings more than 20 years of experience in the satellite and telecommunications industries. Most recently, he’s worked as director of program management for Intelsat S.A., a major commercial satellite operator, which he joined in 2006. As director of program management, he led multi-disciplinary teams on a variety of revenue-generating and technical projects.
He served as assistant general manager and chief technology officer for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), the state-wide PBS and NPR broadcast network, from 1998 to 2006. Prior to that, he served in multiple technical and security roles for NSN Network Services of Avon, Colo., which is now a service of Clear Channel Communications.
As a lieutenant in the Navy, he served as a communications officer on the USS Duluth.
Beach, who is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications/Media Studies from the University of Utah and is a candidate for a Master of Science in Project Management at George Washington University. He succeeds Pete Loewenstein, who retired from the vice president role in December.
NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life. In collaboration with more than 900 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public – one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.
About the PRSS
The Public Radio Satellite System® (PRSS) is the distribution network through which thousands of hours of news, music, and specialized audience programming are delivered every year to almost 1,700 public radio stations throughout the United States. Managed by NPR Distribution, the PRSS is a unique, cooperative enterprise. Each participating station is a stakeholder in the collective assets of, and services provided by, the satellite system. Interconnected stations own their own downlink and uplink equipment. The satellite transponder capacity, as well as the national operating system equipment located in Washington, is owned by the Public Radio Satellite Interconnection System Charitable Trust.
Posted: May 12, 2014