Former Detroit SMPTE Section Manager and WWJ-TV Assistant Chief Engineer Peter Sockett will be honored at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas. Sockett is currently Director of Engineering and Operations for North Carolina-based Capitol Broadcasting Company. He will be recipient of the organization’s 2022 NAB Engineering Award for TV at the show, held April 23-27.
Established in 1959, the Radio and Television Engineering Achievement Awards are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing broadcast engineering.
During his career, Sockett has been instrumental in a total rebuild of the company’s HD technical plant, the launch of the first non-linear HD newsroom, development of workflows for IP-ENG, implementation of Mobile DTV and Mobile EAS, creation of the first 4K-HDR documentary produced at a local TV station, the launch of the first commercial, simulcast TV station using the ATSC 3.0 standard and the launch of local sports channel WNGT.
Sockett sits on the board of directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and is the chair of the ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Alerting Implementation Team. He has earned three Emmy Awards, Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Award and an Edward R. Murrow award. He is a co-inventor of a patent for geolocation.
He worked at WWJ-TV for 2-1/2 years beginning in 1998.