Mayor’s son named VP of national advocacy group

mhankerson@newsobserver.comJuly 15, 2014 

— A Zebulon native will be making a permanent four-hour move to Washington D.C. at the end of this month to help oversee a national advocacy board.

Sam Matheny, the son of Bob and Ann Matheny, was named the new Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

The organization, based in Washington D.C., is an advocacy group for broadcasters across the country, working in legislative and regulatory capacities.

“When the opportunity to go to work for them to come up, it was not planned,” Matheny said. “It was a great surprise and a great honor to be considered in that way.”

Matheny will oversee technology and how to best use it to reach audiences on different platforms.

He said some examples will be developing digital radio, getting FM radio on cell phones and continuing to improve high definition television.

He was a member of the NAB, serving on several subcommittees while he worked at the Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Company, where he’s been for 19 years.

In that position, he’s made investment decisions for the company and most notably for North Carolinians, was instrumental in developing ways to use mobile and broadcast channels during times of emergency in the state.

MAES, or the mobile emergency alert system, is a system that allows inclusion of multimedia into emergency alerts. The platform allows photos, video and audio to be included with text alerts.

Matheny got his Bachelor’s of Science in broadcast communications from East Carolina University and a Master’s of Science in technology management from N.C. State.

He is also a member of the Federal Communications Commission Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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