GatesAir Celebrates 95th Anniversary


CINCINNATI, USA: The excitement is palpable at the global offices of GatesAir as the over-the-air broadcast pioneer celebrates its 95th year in business, following a year of significant growth and emerging opportunities tied to continued global digital transitions, US TV spectrum reallocation, global investment in FM Radio systems, and the ongoing development and adoption of new broadcast standards such as ATSC 3.0. In celebration, the company is planning a significant number of events and activities throughout the year.
From its humble beginnings in Quincy, Illinois - where the company’s main manufacturing centre still exists - through its decades-long tenure as a key business of Harris Corporation, GatesAir continues to innovate for the wireless delivery of TV and radio content worldwide. GatesAir will first recognise this milestone publicly with its “95 Years Big Kick Off” customer event at the 2017 NAB Show. GatesAir will follow with public open houses at its Mason, Ohio headquarters and Quincy manufacturing centre later this year, and 95-year receptions at IBC and The Radio Show in September. 
In February, the company will unveil special customer contests regarding the oldest GatesAir transmitter and oldest “working” GatesAir transmitter installed today. Contest winners will be publicly announced in December, with winners recognised at a special party that will coincide with a private customer event in Quincy in November. Additional details on all events will follow in the coming weeks and months, to be announced on GatesAir’s website and social media channels.
“It’s an exciting time to be in this industry given the many opportunities that exist for the broadcaster moving forward,” said Phil Argyris, CEO, GatesAir. “Given the company’s recent sales success and product innovations, there is perhaps no better time to recognise our company’s achievements over the past 95 years as we lay the groundwork for the future of over-the-air television and radio.”
GatesAir’s roots date to 1922, when Henry C. Gates founded the Gates Radio and Supply Company. Henry’s son, Parker Gates, quickly established the company’s reputation as a visionary, responsible for industry firsts in audio and electronics. These innovations laid the foundation for groundbreaking over-the-air radio and television transmitter designs that continue to this day, with all products made and assembled in the USA. Industry firsts includes the world’s first solid-state AM transmitter in 1974; the 1981 development of the “Mod Anode Pulser” to reduce UHF TV power consumption, which planted the seeds for its groundbreaking PowerSmart green transmitter architecture in 2009; and Intraplex LiveLook, the broadcast industry’s first network analytics and optimisation software for Audio over IP transport.
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