NPR Distribution Welcomes Julio Cardiel As New Director of Engineering
February 3, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – NPR Distribution, which manages the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS), announced the appointment of Julio Cardiel as its new Director of Engineering.
Cardiel brings to NPR more than 30 years’ experience in broadcasting. Previously, he served for six years at Comcast Corp. as the Senior Director of National Video Distribution Operations in its Denver office, gaining valuable experience in network operations, network monitoring, IP and satellite distribution, and change management. Among his accomplishments, he helped build more than 10,000 services or channels, which positioned his function as the primary national distribution hub for Comcast.
Prior to his service with Comcast, Cardiel worked for 14 years as a Senior Manager of Network Operations at DIRECTV, responsible for network and broadcast operations and field engineering. In his time there, he helped build DirecTV from having zero subscribers and revenues to 22 million subscribers and $40 billion in revenue.
“The Director of Engineering has to wear many hats at NPR, frequently having to change or combine them on the fly, and Julio’s experience and character is a perfect fit for this environment,” said Michael Beach, Vice President of NPR Distribution. “He brings critical thinking and problem-solving expertise that will serve the entire public radio community very well, and I’m looking forward to working with him in the years to come.”
Cardiel began his service with NPR Distribution on January 27, 2016, replacing Mark Murphy who retired last year. As Director of Engineering for NPR Distribution, Cardiel will oversee many high-profile technology initiatives, particularly with regard to hardware, satellite systems and broadcasting equipment. For example, the recent initiative by NPR Distribution to eliminate a 6dB boost from its analog and digital outputs was led by the Engineering Department.
“After more than 20 years in a corporate environment, I wanted to try something different. Through Comcast, I was introduced to philanthropy and giving back to the community, so the thought of joining a non-profit was appealing to me,” Cardiel said.
“As someone who will be leading a department comprised of many long-time NPR veterans, my priority is to maintain and preserve the culture that is already here,” he added. “The real value of the PRSS are the people here, and I am looking forward and excited to work with each member of my team.”
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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 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, are owned by the Public Radio Satellite Interconnection System Charitable Trust.
Posted: February 8, 2016