ATBA Hall of Fame


The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) recently bestowed honor to three legends in the Low-Power TV/ Television Broadcast world at the ATBA hosted event during the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas this week.


Honorees included Warren Trumbly, LPTV broadcaster, Peter Tannenwald, broadcast attorney and Dr. Byron St. Clair, a broadcast engineer.


“I was excited to be present when the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance honored true pioneers of the broadcast industry,” said Rod Payne, ATBA Chairman.  “Dr. Byron St. Clair is a true visionary who saw the amazing potential of a lower powered, but non-the-less important transmission method before anyone had ever heard of LPTV.  Warren Trumbly inspired countless broadcasters across the U.S. and had the wisdom to recognize the vast potential that would happen when LPTV was transmitted digitally.  Peter Tannenwald has long been a strong ally of broadcasters for many years.  His representation of all of our interests, as well as his knowledge of the law relating to broadcasting has been indispensable in our cause.”


Warren-Trumbly-and-Rod-PayneThe ATBA Hall of Fame Award is an annual award given an individual or company that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the LPTV/Broadcast Industry.



“”The ATBA “Hall of Fame” awardees have been founders and pillars of LPTV. The three have demonstrated lifelong achievements in the industry,” said Louis Libin, ATBA executive director. “The ATBA board is extremely proud of our choice and are honored by our awardees.”


Warren Trumbly has been in television over 35 years and is president of KAXT TV Channel 1 in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a pioneer in multicasting, he operates 12 video streams on the one LPTV channel serving many minority communities in the Bay Area. Trumbly serves on the board of Black Buffalo Global Ministries that operates two children’s homes, one in Mexico and the other in Colombia. He also serves on the board of Son Broadcasting Network, the Christian Full Power TV station in Albuquerque, New Mexico.




Peter Tannenwald has worked with virtually every communications industry for over forty years, including commercial and public broadcasters, common carrier, wireless, and satellite telecommunications providers; governmental and educational institutions; and developers of new technologies. He is currently active in making sure that television broadcasting and broadband services can coexist in the same spectrum. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Tannenwald has served as an elected officer of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the Harvard Law School Association. He also serves on the Community Council of Washington’s leading NPR affiliate and the Board of Directors of a student-managed radio station at an Ivy League university.


Byron W. St. Clair, Ph.D. was instrumental in developing FCC‚s Part 74 rules regarding Translators, LPTV and Class A for Analog Transmission and continues his work in the rules regarding digital transmission. He is founder and President Emeritus of the National Translator Association. St. Clair is also the founder of Television Technology Corporation. The firm was later sold to Larcan Corporation. He continues as a consultant for Larcan and works as a consulting engineer providing filing Jim-McDonald-and-Dr.-Byron-St-Clairand engineering studies for high power and low power stations.


ATBA is currently advocating for preserving and promoting the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. The ATBA has laid out to Congress an economic plan that would provide the possibility of true success in a forthcoming auction predicated on next generation technologies.


An NAB Associate Member, the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is an industry organization comprised of low power television broadcasters, translators, full power television broadcasters and allied industry organizations and companies.  The goal of the Alliance is to preserve and promote the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. Visit for more information and to join.


Dear Fellow LPTV Broadcaster and Industry Leaders,

The auction has ended and most of us are still here.  While it was not only our hope but the hope of many others that the auction would not take place . . . it did, but it did not have the devastating effect that it might have had. 

The world after the auction looks different and amazingly so has a very bright future!

What does that future look like?  Not only the amazing possibilities of ATSC 3.0 but the landscape of a nation of people who are increasingly cutting their cable cords and looking for free, over the air, broadcasting content.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that you join the Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance.  Our board of directors have a combined 500+ years of experience which beginning with your membership we are going to start making more available to our members on an increasing basis.

Soon as an ATBA member, you will be eligible to start tapping into not only this brain trust through unique services available only to our members but regular news updates regarding our collective broadcast future.  We are exploring new ways to tap into information from Washington as well as important updates that will benefit you right there where you live.

The need for the ATBA has increased with the new opportunities that are becoming available for those of us who still know that the future of LPTV, Class A and Translators is bright!  Are you selling your station to local sponsors?  Are you maximizing your spectrum to the advantage that you truly can?  Are you struggling with FCC rules and regulations that you either don’t understand or can’t get explained?

The ATBA is developing a database of information to help you find the answers you need! 

In addition we are still working with the true decision makers in Washington.  Your ATBA has earned the respect and the ear of the true movers and shakers that continue to shape our collective broadcasting future.

So what can you do to get involved and begin to take advantage of these, and many other, benefits?  Join the ATBA today!  Your membership benefits will include:

  1. Members only access to hundreds of years of LPTV experience through our new “Brain Trust”
  2. Early entry to our annual NAB LPTV evening event with access to our special event guest(s)
  3. Exclusive digital content regarding real world information you need to know
  4. Eligibility for recognition for your hard work through our ATBA LPTV Awards
  5. Access to equipment manufacturers with discounts available especially for ATBA members!

To be honest you can’t afford not to be a member of the ATBA! 

We’re making it affordable because it’s a win – win!  When you join, you’re going to receive more than just the benefits listed above but also you’ll be aligning with hundreds of others who, like yourself, have a vested interest in the continued forward movement of free, over-the-air broadcasting.  It’s a win for your ATBA because we will increase our strength through numbers as we grow together.

So what’s the next step?  If you’re ready follow this link to sign up.  If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to call a member of the ATBA board of directors by calling this number (877) 214-4277.   You’ll get a rapid response!

Thanks for taking the time to read this note and for your ongoing passion for the future of communication in this great country.


The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance