The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has selected WRAL-TV Director of Engineering & Operations Pete Sockett as the recipient of the organization’s 2022 Television Engineering Achievement Award.
Sockett’s extraordinary accomplishments in the broadcast industry include a long list of technological firsts—from the launch of HD television in the 1990’s to WRAL-TV being the first commercial simulcast TV station using the ATSC 3.0 standard, to NextGen TV today. All of that combined with the many innovations in between earned him this additional honor.
He joined the team at WRAL-TV in June 2003.
“This is absolutely incredible to me,” said Sockett of the honor, but as is typical, he deflected praise to his team. “In reality, this is an award for our entire company. All the big ideas start with Jim and Jimmy Goodmon, challenging us to do the firsts we achieve, all the way thru to Fred Kelly, Matt Brandes, and the rest of our amazing Engineering Team for the brain work and abilities to actually pull it all off! This is the greatest award we can receive in our TV engineering world, and I am humbled to be a part of it all!”
The NAB made the announcement during the last week of February. Sockett will officially be recognized at this year’s NAB show in April.
“This is a BIG, well-deserved award for Pete Sockett,” said Corp President & COO Jimmy Goodmon, “and another reason I am proud to work with Pete and the stellar engineering team here at CBC.”