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Peter Femal


Peter Femal

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Peter Femal


Peter Femal

Public Media Engineering was started in 2012 as Peter Femal’s personal consulting business grew in scale. Peter Femal, the President of Public Media Engineering started his personal consulting business in 2007 to address the needs of the Broadcast Industry and the evolution of IP audio and video distribution. Public Media Engineering is currently one of the few preferred AXIA integrators. Our commitment to deliver a great sound includes overcoming the challenges that are presented by many factors such as budgets, design criteria, and time constraints.  At Public Media Engineering, we believe in integration with quality in mind, preventing downtime, and avoiding excessive future operating costs.

 

 

Peter Femal

Founder

Prior to leading Public Media Engineering, Peter was Director of Transmission, Maintenance, and Reliability for Chicago Public Media / WBEZ, where he had the responsibility of managing both engineering and IT departments. In the past eight years at WBEZ, he has installed and commissioned eleven transmitters and built numerous studios at WBEZ’s 25 studio complex. Now Public Media Engineering and its staff manages and maintains this infrastructure for Chicago Public Media / WBEZ. Peter also redesigned and rebuilt This American Life’s studio and production suites in New York City.

Through his work at WBEZ, Peter has become proficient with workflow, production, and delivery methods. He was contracted to assist The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in the redesign of their distribution model. His IP distribution model was proposed and the software was developed, along with other infrastructure improvements. This redesign allowed PRX to distribute content using IP networks and have content automatically ingested in the Affiliate’s automation system without user interaction at a low cost with high reliability. 

Peter’s other responsibilities at Chicago Public Media include management of capital and operating budgets, project management, research and proposal of new equipment, lease negotiations, studio construction and maintenance, digital delivery methods, training of engineering and IT staff, and management of IT infrastructure and equipment. 

Another area of expertise that Peter has is in the maintenance and construction of major FM combiner systems utilizing a single master antenna at the John Hancock Center in Chicago, IL. FM Broadcasters LLC is a committee of engineers that maintain the combiner system; Peter serves as one of those engineers. 

Recently, Peter has managed multiple projects that occurred in unison. The most recent was a conceptual design project which was contracted by Public Media Company to assist in an 18- month long project to design, launch, and model sustainable public media stations that increase civic engagement, strengthen local journalism, and reach new public media audiences. These re-envisioned stations will build community capacity and collaborate in a new national infrastructure that uses radio-based production as a springboard for multiplatform content distribution. Peter has helped PMC in the design of a Hub and Spoke central-casting distribution model where multiple television stations in different markets would share one Master Control. 

Peter has consulted for various AM and FM stations. For Loyola University and their Independent Music Station WLUW, Public Media Engineering designed and installed five studios residing in two different buildings that were fully interconnected which allowed any studio to be placed on the air. Special attention was paid to their store front live band recording space, which offered a unique experience for students, community DJs, and passersby. Wayne State University’s Station WDET commissioned Public Media Engineering to handle the design, construction, and integration of a new master control studio, a multi-track recording studio, and a new live show interview space.

Public Media Engineering has also built unique studio and transmitter sites for Elmhurst College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Woodward Communications, and Lake Forest College. Most recently Public Media Engineering built a new studio for the syndicated Mancow radio show. This studio was built at FOX TV Chicago to air the Mancow show on their TV station. This was a high demand build out with the need for accelerated workflow and consistent communication between multiple producers and directors. 

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Mike Dorris


Mike Dorris

Mike Dorris


Mike Dorris

Mike Dorris

Sr. Systems Engineer

Mike Dorris started as an engineering consultant in Chicago since 2008 and has been a part of Public Media Engineering since 2013. While working as a contractor, Mike worked for the John Hancock Center FM Combiner, CBS Radio, Spanish Broadcasting System, and several local college and high school radio stations. He has built multiple studios, installed transmitters for small and large broadcasters alike, repaired AM ground systems, and helped design custom coaxial switch controllers. 

Mike also worked as the Chief Engineer of WLEY-FM in Chicago. While at the station, Mike completely rebuilt the main on air studio, along with two of three of the stations production rooms. Mike also rewired the TOC, backup air studio, and remaining production room. On top of all of that, Mike installed a new solid state transmitter, built a custom coaxial switch controller, and reconfigured the station’s air chain. 

Currently, he assists and leads on studio builds, transmitter installs, antenna sweeps, and various other projects. Mike has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

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Shaun Dolan


Shaun Dolan

Shaun Dolan


Shaun Dolan

Shaun Dolan

Systems Engineer

Shaun is the latest addition to Public Media Engineering, and brings along a passion for radio and the technology behind it. He began his work in Central Illinois as Engineering Director for WPGU-FM and IT Assistant for Illini Media, overhauling the station and building new studios. He has worked as the Chief Engineer for WPCD-FM in Champaign and has assisted in Engineering with Saga Communication's Illini Radio Group. 

He has also served as a Contract Engineer to several AM and FM stations in Central Illinois, where he was involved in major projects including putting a new station on the air, WheatNet-IP system installation, STL audio delivery over IP, automation system setups, studio builds, and more.

Shaun received his bachelor's degree in Mediated Communication Technology with a minor in Informatics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers

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Brian Sapp


Brian Sapp

Brian Sapp


Brian Sapp

Brian Sapp

Systems Engineer

Brian got his start in radio engineering in college at Elmhurst College’s WRSE. He worked as the assistant engineer at WBEZ for two years’ time prior to joining PME. Brian also spent numerous years working in the IT support industry. Brian has an extensive IT background and has extensive years of engineering experience. Brian has worked on multiple studio builds in the Chicago market and proactively maintains them.

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Nick Anzlovar


Nick Anzlovar

Nick Anzlovar


Nick Anzlovar

Nick Anzlovar

Systems Engineer

Nick formerly worked for The Educational Media Foundation / KLOVE / AIR1 as a Field Engineer and prior to that role was a contract engineer in Colorado. He brings a wealth of transmitter experience and knowledge to the team.

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Sam Reiman


Sam Reiman

Sam Reiman


Sam Reiman

Sam Reiman

Staff Engineer

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Christopher Holder


Christopher Holder

Christopher Holder


Christopher Holder

Christopher "CD" Holder 

Staff Engineer

CD holds bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois. He got his start in the industry as Chief Engineer for WPGU in Champaign, IL.

 

 
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Christian Mulvany


Christian Mulvany

Christian Mulvany


Christian Mulvany

Christian Mulvany

Staff Engineer

Christian joined PME following his year as the Chief Engineer for Interlochen Public Radio. There he implemented uniformity at all their existing transmitter sites by installing Nautel transmitters equipped with redundant backups. He was quintessential in the execution of a 10-year proposal to build a new tower and transmitter site and relocate two existing stations. He managed to accomplish the task within his time at IPR. While upgrading the sites, and building a new one from the bottom up, he completely overhauled two live broadcast studios and two production rooms fully equipped with Axia livewire technology. 
 

Before working at IPR, Christian attended Columbia College of Chicago where he studied business and engineering and graduated in May of 2015. While being a full-time student he held three simultaneous positions in his field. He worked at the school’s state of the art recording studios, he managed another small boutique recording studio in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, and he worked a night shift for a nationally syndicated, old-time, radio program that aired on WIND AM 560.

 

Christian also has experience with network communication and short range RF transmission from his time served in the U.S Army. He was a Signal Support Systems Specialist in a Military Police Unit, where he was afforded the opportunity to deploy to Iraq as a part of OIF 09/011. During his deployment, he, and a team of two other that he managed, specialized in fixing and configuring satellite navigation and communication systems for the 70 vehicles in his unit’s fleet. Christian is an experienced systems technician who truly enjoys the new challenges that are presented in the broadcast engineering field.

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Kevin Coogan


Kevin Coogan

Kevin Coogan


Kevin Coogan

Kevin Coogan

Staff Engineer

Kevin got his start in radio engineering as Chief Engineer of WPCD. Following his work at WPCD he spent a year working for iHeartmedia in Ohio before returning to Illinois and joining Public Media Engineering.

 

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Craig Sewell


Craig Sewell 

Craig Sewell


Craig Sewell 

Craig Sewell

Staff Engineer

Craig Sewell has hands on experience working with audio electronics from all angles. Craig started his experience by attending SAE Institute of Technology in Nashville, TN where he received a technical certificate in audio recording. Following his time at SAE, Craig worked at Masterfonics and Emerald recording studios before returning to school to focus on audio engineering. Craig attended Nashville State Community College where he received his Associates Degree in Pre-Engineering. 

After graduating with honors, Craig moved back to Chicago, IL and continued his studies in Electrical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. While attending IIT he served as the station manager of WIIT for two years and also did an engineering internship at WBEZ.

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Mike Weber


Mike Weber

Mike Weber


Mike Weber

Mike Weber

Mike is a broadcast engineering veteran with twenty years of experience. He started out as an assistant engineer in a mid-market radio cluster and quickly moved up to the Director of Engineering position for a three station cluster in Madison, WI. Currently he is the Chief Engineer for KSTP-AM, a Hubbard Broadcasting station in Minneapolis. Mike has been a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers since 1996 and holds several certifications including CBNT. He also has an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology.

Throughout his career Mike has specialized in studio, IT and automation systems and has extensive knowledge of all of the major manufacturers in the automation field. However working in small, midsize and large markets means he is skilled in all areas of broadcasting including transmitters, studios, networking, sound reinforcement, live event audio mixing and HD radio installations. He has worked with low and high power FM stations, directional and non-directional AM’s and in his current position with Hubbard maintains a 50 kilowatt directional AM station with a Franklin antenna as its main daytime antenna system. He has designed, installed and maintained audio-over-IP studio systems, tube and solid state transmitters and IP STL and broadcast paths.

Currently Mike works part-time for PME on special and non-conventional projects, as well as larger projects for long time PME clients. Mike truly enjoys the field of broadcasting engineering because its ever changing nature keeps him learning and engaged every day.