2018 Distinguished Service Award
David Ostmo, Sinclair Broadcast Group
(published August 2018)
TAB's Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who – in the spirit of volunteerism – has made a significant and lasting contribution to the advancement of TAB and the Texas broadcast industry.
Based in San Antonio, Ostmo oversees the technical operations for 29 Sinclair stations in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, and Utah.
A 42-year industry veteran with stints as a Producer, Director, News Editor, Radio Station Program Director and Television Producer, he knows how important it is to get a handle on new technology and figure out the most effective ways to put it to work at stations.
For the past 12 years, Ostmo has championed the development of the technical program for the TAB Convention & Trade Show and its focus on cutting-edge developments in the industry.
"David's natural curiosity makes him a walking encyclopedia of who’s who and what’s what in our rapidly evolving business," said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.
His expertise has helped TAB present meaningful content that drives attendance and exhibits.
That, in turn, drives revenue and allows the association to further invest in important services and advocacy for the industry.
"Whether it involves a top-flight technology lab or a couple gearheads tinkering in their garage, David Ostmo is sure to know about it and whether it has real promise. His boundless exuberance and sheer joy of sharing knowledge drives him to bring those insights to bear for the benefit of all broadcasters," Rodriguez said.