Michael Englehaupt has been named KQED’s new Chief Technology Officer. Englehaupt will be a chief architect as KQED moves to increase regionally-focused content and distribution across multiple platforms, including mobile, tablet, Internet and broadcast.
Englehaupt will oversee KQED’s combined technical areas of television and radio engineering, television operations, IT and enterprise systems, and the engineering and facility management operations for KQED Public Television and Radio, KQEH (known as KQED Plus, Silicon Valley), KQET in Watsonville and KQEI Public Radio in Sacramento. Englehaupt will report to KQED COO and Executive Vice President Donald W. Derheim beginning April 1, 2013.
“As KQED continues its path to becoming the premiere 21st century public media organization, we recognize the need to think comprehensively about all of our broadcast, Internet and IT operations,” Derheim stated. “At a time when the methods people use to consume media are rapidly changing, KQED plans to be at the forefront, which requires the ability to adapt rapidly. With Mike, we know we have someone with passion for our particular work and has core strengths in KQED’s key services.”
Michael Englehaupt joins KQED from KPIX/KBCW (CBS San Francisco) where he has been the Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering. He is a 35-year broadcast technology veteran with a career encompassing all aspects of television and radio technology operations for CBS, ABC and NBC stations in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. He has extensive experience in studio and remote engineering/operations in radio and television, from analog legacy-based systems to HD and IP-based multiplatform systems and workflows. He has implemented large-scale projects including the rebuild of WLS-TV in Chicago, the relocation of KABC-TV to a new broadcast center in Glendale and the rebuild of KPIX/KBCW in San Francisco.
During Mike’s tenure, he was responsible for technology operations of two television stations, as well as daily management and multi-year strategic planning and implementation of a multi-tenant 160,000 sq. ft facility. In addition, Mike oversaw transmitter operations on Mt. Sutro and managed IT expansion to support 400 workstations and 120 servers.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for me,” stated Englehaupt. “I am a long-time fan of KQED and its mission to provide quality news, entertainment and educational content to Bay Area consumers. KQED is both a locally and nationally recognized brand and I’m thrilled to be part of the team tasked to innovate and implement new technologies and workflows and build a stronger organization that will benefit our community for generations to come.”
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.