Broadcasters will hear about the consequences of the FCC’s incentive auction

In Daily News Briefs by Wireless Estimator

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. will participate in a featured presentation about the incentive auction at the NAB Show Broadcasting Engineering Conference on Tues., April 19, 2016, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. PT at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Shane O’Donoghue, Director of Broadcasting for Empire State Building, will speak on the Consequences of the Incentive Auction for Broadcasters as part of a planning and problem-solving expert panel. Plans are underway to successfully manage the FCC’s 39-month time period allotted for broadcasters to transition their services to assure uninterrupted service to the sophisticated, mission-critical broadcast communications of the 14 TV stations and 19 FM radio stations broadcasting from the Empire State Building.

The panel includes broadcast technology, legal and regulatory experts who will address spectrum repacking challenges, reimbursement issues and resource allocation.

O’Donoghue’s perspective from the Empire State Building will serve as an example to other broadcasters. He manages the largest over-the-air broadcasting transmission facility in the United States, serving New York—the #1 U.S. broadcast market—as home to 19 FM radio stations, 14 television stations, and city, federal and commercial communication services. The Empire State Building’s telecommunications infrastructure reaches the most people from a single tower anywhere in the world. Broadcast stations have continually operated from ESB for the past 83 years. It is the site of the first experimental TV broadcasts, FM experimental broadcasts and now a showcase of today’s digital media transformation.

Panelists include:

  • Doug Lung, VP of Technology, NBC Owned Stations, NBC Universal
  • Shane O’Donoghue, Director of Broadcasting, Empire State Building/Empire State Realty Trust
  • Kevin Fisher, President, Smith & Fisher
  • Davina Sashkin, Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth
  • Tom Silliman, President, Electronics Research Inc.


  • Peggy Miles, President, InterVox Communications

The NAB Show is the annual conference for the National Association of Broadcasters