2022 and Beyond - Hybrid Station Operations

Thursday, October 14 | 10:40 - 11:25 a.m.

Hear from leading technology system specialists, IT experts and future focused managers on how innovative solutions for working remotely and staying on the air apply to the future of our business. They’ll share their findings and take your questions on operational efficiencies and what lies ahead in the post-pandemic future.


Paul McLane (Moderator)

Editor in Chief, Radio World

Paul McLane Bio

Paul McLane

Paul McLane is editor in chief of Radio World, the industry's leading technical and regulatory news source and career resource for radio broadcast owners, managers and engineers. He recently noted his 25th anniversary with the publication and is the longest-tenured editor in its history. A former award-winning radio journalist and broadcast technology sales executive, Paul now leads Radio World coverage of topics such as digital radio standards, technology infrastructure management, FCC regulation and business management best practices. His interview with incoming NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt appeared on the cover of Radio World’s July 7 issue.

Radio World is a brand family that each year publishes 26 digital and print issues of RW, six additional issues of Radio World Engineering Extra, a dozen ebooks, the daily newsletter Radio World SmartBrief, frequent online webcasts and social media content across multiple platforms. Its parent company Future plc named Radio World its “B2B Publication of the Year” for 2020.

In his spare time Paul leads history walking tours for the company Washington Walks in the nation’s capital, and he is an actor with numerous credits in Washington’s small professional theater circuit.

Tim Clarke

Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy

Tim Clarke Bio

Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke is the senior vice president and market manager of Audacy’s six-station Boston operation, which includes WBGB(FM), WMJX(FM), WWBX(FM), WEEI (AM/FM) and WVEI(AM).

Clarke was VP of content and audience for Cox Media Group and, before that, senior director of digital audience for CMG’s radio stations.

Sarah Foss

Chief Information Officer, Audacy

Sarah Foss Bio

Sarah Foss

Sarah Foss is the Chief Information Officer at Audacy, the #1 creator of original, premium audio content representing an audio universe of discovery and connection. Home to the industry’s most influential collection of broadcast and digital content, podcasts and premium live experiences, Audacy engages over 170 million consumers each month.

In this role, Foss provides strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, acquisition, operation and support of the Company’s enterprise technology systems and programs. She also collaborates with cross-functional executives to create a vision for how digital, data and analytics, and new technologies can help create a differentiated experience and drive efficiency in operations.

Foss is a seasoned media technology executive with over 25 years of experience and a comprehensive understanding of the media technology ecosystem. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for FreeWheel Advertisers, a division of FreeWheel that provides a global media buying and selling platform to more than 1,200 advertising agencies around the world. Prior to that role, she was General Manager, Ad Tech for Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising optimization and video infrastructure. She has also held various executive positions at global technology companies, including YANGAROO, Inc., Encompass Digital Media, VCI Solutions, and Harris Corporation.

Foss is also a co-founder of Tech Bae, a tech focused organization for women in the media and advertising ecosystem to connect for mentoring, networking, and community. She recently completed a decade of service to the Alliance for Women in Media in multiple board functions and is an honoree of several industry awards, including: three-time finalist for International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers’ Woman of the Year Award; Individual Leadership Award from the TV of Tomorrow’s Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television; and Woman of the Year Award – Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations from the American Business Association. She holds a patent in the ad tech space.

Foss earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Business Administration degree in management/telecommunications from Ohio University.

Brian Oliger

Manager, Technology, Hubbard Broadcasting's WTOP and Federal News Network's WFED

Brian Oliger Bio

Brian Oliger

Brian Oliger is Manager of Technology for Hubbard Radio in Washington, DC, supervising day-to-day technical operations for WTOP, the top-rated all-news radio station in Washington, and Federal News Network – WFED.

Oliger holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Washington & Lee University and has worked both on the air and in the technical side of radio and television for the past 35 years in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Washington. His current responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of all broadcast, information and telecommunications technology for a 200-person staff working at WTOP’s famed state-of-the-art “Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center” newsroom and studios, plus coordinating WTOP and WFED’s participation the Emergency Alert System as the Washington, DC LP-1 and PEP stations, respectively.

Oliger has served as the Vice Chair for Chapter 37 of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) III, the FCC’s CSRIC IV EAS Working Group, and is currently a member of the U.S. Communications Sector Coordinating Council and past member of the Media Industry Crisis Preparedness Roundtable. He is a member of the National Press Club and is a 1996 AIR (Achievement in Radio) award winner.

Oliger is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and remains a long-suffering yet always hopeful Cleveland sports fan.

George Molnar

Senior Director of Technology, Hubbard Broadcasting's WTOP

George Molnar Bio

George Molnar

George Molnar is Senior Director of Technology for Hubbard Broadcasting in Washington DC. He thoroughly enjoys his career of doing the impossible on short notice. The 2020-21 COVID pandemic put his skills as both a broadcast engineer and certified emergency manager to the test. After planning for remote work, and establishing March 12,, 2020 as a rehearsal to gauge readiness for bugging out, the team at WTOP instead went straight to executing the plan.

George is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is an Emmy winner, member of the Nevada Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and an avid ham radio operator. He lives in the Washington DC area with lots of antennas and a very understanding wife.

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