P.L. Laird, KEYE Engineering Technical Manager
KEYEâ€™s current Engineering Technical Manager, Prentis â€œP.L.â€ Laird
, was hired by the station in 2004.
first assignment was to develop a plan for converting the stationâ€™s ageing analog infrastructure to digital.
prior experience military communications systems and in designing digital satellite trucks would prove invaluable in his
approach was to engineer the system â€œfrom the inside out.â€ Step 1 would be to replace the stationâ€™s analog router with a 1.5Gbit/s digital router.
Step 2 would be to integrate legacy analog equipment and newly acquired digital equipment with the new digital router.
Laird worked closely with systems integrator Chuck Walior (formerly with Digital Images, currently with Aldis Systems) to identify a suitable supplier for the signal interfacing and processing equipment.
In 2004, Laird
knew that the stationâ€™s infrastructure would need to evolve over time.