Longtime WGVU engineer retires

Bob Lumbert
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After nearly 40 years of service to WGVU Public Media, Bob Lumbert retired August 31.

As director of engineering, Lumbert managed the technical facilities for WGVU's two full-power television stations and four radio stations, directing all facets of technical operations.

"Bob has been extremely instrumental in all that WGVU Public Media has accomplished during his nearly four decades with WGVU, including our conversion to digital and nearly all of our acquisitions," said Jay Lowe, acting general manager.

In 2013, Lumbert was honored with a Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award in the radio category. In 2009, he was inducted into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. And, in 2002, he was awarded the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Pioneer Award for his contributions to the broadcast engineering field and his efforts to correlate all of the stations in Michigan.

Lumbert earned an associate's degree in radio-television service and a bachelor's degree in broadcast electronics technology from Ferris State University.

He has been an active member of MAB and Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters. Throughout his career, Lumbert has helped train and mentor those new to the business, and has given countless hours to providing technical guidance for members of the community.