Recognizing his half century serving the needs of audio post professionals around the world, the Western Association of Broadcast Engineers honored Ron Paley by handing him the WABE Ambassador of the Year Award at a ceremony held in New, Bern, NC, on Nov. 12.
Much of his career has been spent partnering with the Wheatstone Corporation, a fact acknowledged by company president Gary Snow.
“Ron is a huge part of the broadcast story as well as the Wheatstone story,” said Snow. “He has been a driving force behind all the important milestones in Canadian broadcasting. If it was happening in Canada, and if it was good for broadcasters, you can be sure Ron was involved somehow.”
Darrin Paley, son of Ron and his wife Carol, is a Wheatstone sales engineer who has been with the company since 2001.
Ron Paley was responsible for assembling the first all-digital radio facility in Canada. All three Paleys (Carol is also involved in the industry) were responsible for demonstrating the industry’s first multichannel PC soundcard replacement solution in 2006. Featuring WDM drivers and the Wheatstone Bridge routing system, interfaced to MediaTouch automation, this digital system was later incorporated into the WheatNet-AolP system.
Current Paley businesses include Oakwood Broadcast, which represents the Audioarts product line, and Ron Paley Broadcast, which handles the Wheatstone and Vorsis lines.