Dick Cassidy has been a broadcaster for over 50 years and has specialized in broadcast technical management and consulting. He started his career in California, consulting for for stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He came to Washington, DC in 1971 as Chief Engineer for WASH.
In 1971, he became the first Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering for National Public Radio, overseeing the development of the nationwide satellite network. In 1984 he opened a broadcast engineering consulting group with clients including ABC, Seiko, and Tribune Broadcasting.
For the past fifteen years at WAMU in Washington, DC he spearheaded the inauguration of WAMU 88.5’s successful bluegrass Internet radio station, BluegrassCountry.org which is now heard on FM and HD. As Director of Content Operations he was responsible for the station’s information technology unit, its broadcast traffic unit and Bluegrass Country. During that time is was involved in spearheading HD, web and new media opportunities to expand the delivery of WAMU’s content for its news and music programming. He was on the management team that recently completed the move of WAMU to its new state-of-the-art Media Center.
Dick Cassidy, Engineer