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Television: Guests (2015)

Rich Van Genderen

Director of Technology, Idaho Public Television

Rich Van Genderen attended the University of Utah before heading to Hollywood to chase a dream of working in broadcasting. His television career officially started the day President Reagan was shot, when he was hired at KGET, the NBC affiliate in Bakersfield, California. While at KGET, his experience broadened as he engineered live productions, maintained transmission facilities and supported a vibrant newsgathering operation. IdahoPTV hired him in 1991 as a Broadcast Maintenance Engineer. Rich was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1997, and then in 2000 he became IdahoPTV’s Director of Technology. Since taking over the Technology department, Rich has been responsible for successfully bringing about the DTV transition at all IdahoPTV transmission sites before the FCC deadlines and also heading the network operation center and production control room transition to digital technology projects. In concert with the development staff, he has co-authored and helped to successfully pursue grant opportunities that further the mission of IdahoPTV. He is a certified senior broadcast engineer in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and has served on the Idaho State Emergency Communication Committee as the southwest area chairman.

Rich has been happily married to Laralee Van Genderen for 38 years, has five children and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, chasing grand kids and generally exploring the great state of Idaho in his old Toyota Landcruiser.

Craig Koster

DTV Chief Engineer, Idaho Public Television

Craig Koster served in the USAF where he was trained as a television technician. After tech school he was assigned to Norton AFB Headquarters, Aerospace Audio Visual Squadron where he started his apprenticeship and on-the-job training. He was also assigned to Eielson and Gila Bend AFB's Communications Squadrons and then Wright Patterson AFB Combat Camera. He then served overseas at RAF Lakenheath, where he worked for Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. He spent two deployments in the Middle East installing television and radio systems for troop entertainment. He retired from the AF after 20 years at Mountain Home AFB. In 2000 he began his second career with Idaho Public Television just in time for the start of the DTV transition. After seven years as a Broadcast Maintenance Engineer he was selected as IdahoPTV's DTV Chief Engineer and in that role has served as maintenance and operations coordinator for the past eight years. Craig has been married to his wife Laurie for over 30 years and has two daughters and one granddaughter.

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