Allan Augustyn (W8FYZ) is Chief Engineer for Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s WJMN-TV, Marquette.
Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume.
Allan: I have been the Chief for over 2 years, since WJMN’s full HD studios were built in the spring of 2014 in Marquette and local news was launched.
I was previously chief engineer for twelve and a half years (12.5) at the Radio Results Network in Escanaba, Michigan (then a five station group).
Previous to becoming a chief engineer, I did contract engineering work for a couple of years for various radio groups in Upper Michigan while being employed full-time in another industry.
Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Allan: I was already doing some Contract work with a friend when I ran into a former College Classmate and Ham-Radio friend at the gas station who told me a radio group was looking for an Engineer…I asked him why he was not interested…he stated he was not interested in the long hours, being on call and dealing with GM’s….I should have taken better note of that.
I worked in Radio in the “on-Air” side (DJ and production) from 1978 to 1985, vowing to never work in radio again when I left…
My first job out of engineering school was blowing things up at Underwriters Laboratories as an engineering technician.
I also worked in high-Tech electronic security in the Defense Industry and later for a Controls company venturing into security, fire alarm and CCTV, and spent 8 years travelling the U.S. and Canada, consulting, designing, selling and marketing large building systems.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Allan: I used to be a “safe-cracker” and traveled around the U.S. busting into safes and bank vaults.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Allan: “Be patient…what goes around, comes around;” and “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness then permission.”