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George Geesey Papers

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Abstract

Title:
George Geesey Papers
Author/Creator:
Geesey, George
Collection number:
NPBA 99-42
Size:
6.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1977-1981
Inclusive dates:
1965-1980 and undated
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

In 1961, George Geesey became the first manager of WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. He brought this network experience with him when he became the Director of Operations (and Engineering) at National Public Radio. In 1976, he was assigned to the Satellite Interconnection System Project Office (SISPO) as Radio Coordinator. This collection documents Geesey's career at National Public Radio, particularly his time with NPR's Satellite Interconnection System Project Office (SISPO).

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

George Geesey Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

George Geesey was born on January 20, 1933 in Hagerstown, Maryland. He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1950 and attended Hagerstown Junior College for two years. In 1952, he transferred to American University, graduating in 1954. He also attended two years of graduate study at American University.

Geesey also graduated from the Electronics Theory and Operation courses at the Army Signal School in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He was certified after six months of training in Fixed Station Terminal and radio equipment operation at the U.S. Navy Research Lab and the Army Map Service in Washington, DC.

In 1958, Geesey was certified in Electronic Instrument Repair and Satellite Tracking Equipment at the Satellite Tracking Station of Fort Stewart, Georgia, where the United States tracked the first Sputnik and Vanguard satellites.

In 1961, Geesey became the first manager of WAMU-FM radio station at the American University. This station began at the same time as the establishment of the Eastern Educational Radio Network (EERN), which connected public radio stations in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington by a live terrestrial network line so that each of the four stations could originate material for the others to broadcast.

Geesey brought this network experience with him when he became the Director of Operations (and Engineering) for National Public Radio (NPR) in November 1970. He was the eleventh person employed by NPR. In that position, he helped design and build the first studios on M Street in Washington. He conducted seminars for regional meetings for the network station managers and engineers. He also worked with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on the development and growth of the data communications network (DACS). Geesey conducted the first national stereo audio tests by satellite and demonstrated to the stations the feasibility of NPR moving from a terrestrial network to a satellite distribution system.

In 1976, Geesey was assigned to the Satellite Interconnection System Project Office (SISPO) as the Radio Coordinator. He helped find sites for the receiving satellite at each member station and was instrumental in getting the stations to include up to fifteen uplink sites for the origination of material in to the network programming. At the end of the SISPO project, Geesey continued to work on adding another ten stations to the satellite system.

After his work with NPR, Geesey also spent time with WETA-TV and WRC-TV in Washington, DC. In 1989, he became the Chief Engineer for the television facility at The George Washington University. There he was involved in upgrading to digital equipment and the installation of satellite antennas for the 60-channel closed circuit campus cable system. Geesey retired in May 1999.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George Geesey Papers covers the years 1965 to 1981 and contains some undated material. The bulk of the materials date from 1977 to 1981. The collection documents Geesey's career at National Public Radio, particularly his time with NPR's Satellite Interconnection System Project Office (SISPO) as Radio Coordinator. Types of materials include correspondence, technical manuals, slides, photographs, maps, contracts, newspaper and magazine clippings, newsletters, and progress charts.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The George Geesey Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Libraries by George Geesey in October of 1998 and in November of 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Elizabeth C. Borja, May 2000. Revised by Elizabeth C. Borja, November 2000

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, January 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: National Public Radio - General, 1967-1968 (0.75 linear feet)

This series documents the early history of National Public Radio. Topics include NPR organization, the first show on NPR (All Things Considered), station equipment, radio engineering (in the form of NPR newsletter "Crosstalk"), and the creation of new facilities at 2025 M St NW, Washington, DC. Materials, in the form of papers, photos, and slides, are arranged alphabetically by topic.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles, 1971-1979 series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence and Memos, 1970-1978 series 1box 1folder 2
"Crosstalk" Radio Engineering Newsletter, 1973-1977 series 1box 1folder 3
Equipment, 1973-1974 series 1box 1folder 4
Facilities -- Memos and Blueprints, 1970-1976 series 1box 1folder 5
Facilities -- Slides, 1972-1975 series 1box 1folder 6
Organization -- NAEB/Jansky & Bailey. Educational Television System Maps., 1961 series 1box 1folder 7
Organization -- CPB and NPR Agreement., 1974 series 1box 1folder 8
Organization -- Maps of Station Interconnection System, 1970-1978 series 1box 1folder 9
Organization -- Decentralization Study., 1977 series 1box 1folder 10
Press Releases, 1970-1975 series 1box 1folder 11
Reports -- NER (National Educational Radio). The Hidden Medium: Educational Radio. A Status Report., April 1967 series 1box 1folder 12
Reports -- The Public Radio Study, April 1969 series 1box 2folder 1
Slides and Photos -- Slides, 1973-1978 series 1box 2folder 2
Slides and Photos -- Photos, undated series 1box 2folder 3

Series 2: National Public Radio - Satellite Interconnection System Project Office (SISPO), 1971-1981 and undated (5.25 linear feet)

This series documents Geesey's time as Radio Coordinator of SISPO, NPR's project to create a nationwide satellite interconnection system to improve the quality and quantity of radio shows. Topics covered include the filing of lead applications before the Federal Communications Commission, site evaluation procedures, station certification, contracts with various companies, communication between various sites (in the form of the SISPO newsletter "The Ultimate High"), and manuals for the equipment necessary for the satellite linkup. The materials are arranged chronologically and by topic.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- Docket No. 16495: In the Matter of Establishment of Domestic Communication Satellite Facilities by Non-government Stations: Comments of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service...., May 12, 1971 series 2box 2folder 4
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- Description of Public Broadcasting Satellite Interconnection Plan. Volume II., 1976 series 2box 2folder 5
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- Filing of "Lead Applications.", 1978 series 2box 2folder 6
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- CPB and NPR Application for Satellite Interconnection submitted to the FCC., June 30, 1978 series 2box 2folder 7
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- SWG Briefing Book., May 8-9, 1975 series 2box 3folder 1
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- SWG Briefing Book., May 8-9, 1975 series 2box 3folder 2
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- PBS, CPB. A Satellite Interconnection System to Serve Public Broadcasting. -- Draft, January 6, 1976 series 2box 3folder 3
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- PBS, CPB. A Satellite Interconnection System to Serve Public Broadcasting. -- Supplementary Information, March 1977 series 2box 3folder 4
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- PBS, CPB. A Satellite Interconnection System to Serve Public Broadcasting. -- Reprint, 1980 series 2box 3folder 5
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- Public TV Receive-Only Terminal Site Selection project - Final Report., July 22, 1977 series 2box 3folder 6
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- Hufford, George A. System Coverage by the FM Broadcast Stations, undated series 2box 3folder 7
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- PBS Interconnect System Program Review., July 26, 1978 series 2box 3folder 8
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- NPR Satellite Interconnect System., July 26, 1978 series 2box 4folder 1
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- NPR Satellite Interconnect System Implementation Phase Schedule. Preliminary Submission., July 31, 1978 series 2box 4folder 2
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Reports -- CPB. Public Radio Satellite Interconnection System Report., 1978 series 2box 4folder 3
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Stong, Robert W. Draft: Relationships of Subjective Impairment Caused by Interference to a Simulated NPR Satellite Link., November 17, 1976 series 2box 4folder 4
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- PBS Engineering and Technical Operations Binder., 1976 series 2box 4folder 5
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- PBS Engineering and Technical Operations Binder., 1976 series 2box 4folder 6
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- PBS Engineering and Technical Operations Binder., 1976 series 2box 4folder 7
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- PBS Engineering and Technical Operations Binder., 1976 series 2box 4folder 8
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Minutes of the PBS Engineering Committee., 1976 series 2box 4folder 9
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Western Union. Westar Satellite System., 1976 series 2box 4folder 10
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Correspondence. Thomas Gherardi., 1978 series 2box 4folder 11
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Rockwell International. 4 GHZ RFI Measurement Procedures for NPR Program., 1978 series 2box 4folder 12
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- NPR Antenna beam, Transmit., 1978 series 2box 4folder 13
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Rockwell International. NPR G/T/ Design., 1978 series 2box 4folder 14
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Oxley letter: New Stations., December 20, 1978 series 2box 4folder 15
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Creagh, Dave. "Station Program Resources and the National Program Service.", December 1978 series 2box 4folder 16
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- NPR. Critical Design Review MOT/MOTIL., March 20-21, 1979 series 2box 4folder 17
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Memo: Terminal Types., October 6, 1980 series 2box 4folder 18
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Station Planning Material for Satellite Terminal, undated series 2box 5folder 1
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Station Planning Material for Satellite Terminal, undated series 2box 5folder 2
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Station Planning Material for Satellite Terminal, undated series 2box 5folder 3
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Station Planning Material for Satellite Terminal, undated series 2box 5folder 4
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- NPR Satellite Earth Station System., April 28, 1980. Revised January 26, 1981 series 2box 5folder 5
Site Evaluation Procedures -- Procedures -- Hughes. An Alternate Basic Plan for National Public Radio's Satellite Interconnect System, undated series 2box 5folder 6
Stations -- University of Southern California application., 1978 series 2box 5folder 7
Stations -- List of New Radio Stations., January 1979 series 2box 5folder 8
Stations -- Station Certification notes, undated series 2box 5folder 9
Stations -- Station Certification notes, undated series 2box 5folder 10
Stations -- Station Certification notes, undated series 2box 5folder 11
Stations -- Station Certification notes, undated series 2box 5folder 12
Contracts -- Contract between CPB and Rockwell International Corporation., 1976 series 2box 5folder 13
Contracts -- Modifications to the Contract between CPB and Rockwell International Corporation., 1976 series 2box 5folder 14
Contracts -- Rockwell International. Collins Proposal. Volume C. Contract. Corporation for Public Broadcasting. National Public Radio. Response to Agreement and Conditions., March 30, 1977 series 2box 5folder 15
Contracts -- Rockwell International. Collins Proposal. Amendment A. Technical. Corporation for Public Broadcasting. National Public Radio. Response to Questions., 1977 series 2box 6folder 1
Contracts -- Contract between Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Rockwell International. Microwave Interconnection System., April 5, 1977 series 2box 6folder 2
Contracts -- CPB. Satellite Interconnection System Project Office. Request for Proposals for Satellite Interconnection System. National Public Radio., Revised December 9, 1977 series 2box 6folder 3
Contracts -- Agreement Between Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Western Union Telegraph Company., 1978 series 2box 6folder 4
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1A: Receive Only (R/O) Ground Terminal System Manual (1 of 5 folders), undated series 2box 6folder 5
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1A: Receive Only (R/O) Ground Terminal System Manual, undated series 2box 7folder 1
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1A: Receive Only (R/O) Ground Terminal System Manual, undated series 2box 7folder 2
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1A: Receive Only (R/O) Ground Terminal System Manual, undated series 2box 7folder 3
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1A: Receive Only (R/O) Ground Terminal System Manual, undated series 2box 7folder 4
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1B: Receive Transmit (R/T) Ground Terminal System Supplement, undated series 2box 7folder 5
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1B: Receive Transmit (R/T) Ground Terminal System Supplement, undated series 2box 7folder 6
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1B: Receive Transmit (R/T) Ground Terminal System Supplement, undated series 2box 7folder 7
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1C: Power Amplifier System Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 1
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1C: Power Amplifier System Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 2
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1C: Power Amplifier System Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 3
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1C: Power Amplifier System Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 4
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1D: Transmitter Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 5
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1D: Transmitter Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 6
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1D: Transmitter Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 7
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 1D: Transmitter Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 8
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 3A: Antenna and RF Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 8folder 9
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 3B: Parametric LNA Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 9folder 1
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 4A: R/O Telemetry Remote Control Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 9folder 2
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 4A: R/O Telemetry Remote Control Equipment Manual, undated series 2box 9folder 3
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 5: Territorial Interconnect Link System Supplement, undated series 2box 9folder 4
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 5: Territorial Interconnect Link System Supplement, undated series 2box 9folder 5
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System Manuals -- Volume 5: Territorial Interconnect Link System Supplement, undated series 2box 9folder 6
Manuals -- Rockwell International. National Public Radio Satellite Interconnect System. Student Guide., 1979 series 2box 9folder 7
Manuals -- Schneidewind, George E. Dial Access Communications System: Operator's Manual. PBS/NPR, undated series 2box 9folder 8
Manuals -- Video and Program Systems: Operating Procedures., October 1, 1976 series 2box 10folder 1
Manuals -- Wolf Research and Development Corporation. Console Operator's Instructions: Dial Access Communications System: DACS, undated series 2box 10folder 2
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1978 series 2box 10folder 3
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, January-March 1979 series 2box 10folder 4
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, April-June 1979 series 2box 10folder 5
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, July-September 1979 series 2box 10folder 6
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1979 series 2box 10folder 7
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1979 series 2box 10folder 8
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1979 series 2box 10folder 9
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1979 series 2box 10folder 10
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1979 series 2box 10folder 11
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1979 series 2box 10folder 12
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- "The Ultimate High" Newsletter, October-December 1979 series 2box 10folder 13
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- Press/Releases/Clippings, 1972-1981 series 2box 11folder 1
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- Press/Releases/Clippings, 1972-1981 series 2box 11folder 2
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- Press/Releases/Clippings, 1972-1981 series 2box 11folder 3
Newsletters, Press Releases, and Clippings -- Satellite Interconnection System Project Office (SISPO) Bulletins., 1976-1979 series 2box 11folder 4
Photos and Slides -- Photos - KSUR, undated series 2box 11folder 5
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Party, undated series 2box 11folder 6
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Miscellaneous event, undated series 2box 11folder 7
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Satellite construction, undated series 2box 11folder 8
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Satellite construction, undated series 2box 11folder 9
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Satellite construction, undated series 2box 11folder 10
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Miscellaneous, undated series 2box 11folder 11
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Miscellaneous, undated series 2box 11folder 12
Photos and Slides -- Photos - Miscellaneous, undated series 2box 11folder 13
Photos and Slides -- Slides (1 of 3), undated series 2box 11folder 14
Photos and Slides -- Slides (2 of 3), undated series 2box 12folder 1
Photos and Slides -- Slides (3 of 3), undated series 2box 12folder 2

Series 3: Articles, 1965-1978 (0.50 linear feet)

This series consists of Geesey's collection of articles concerning various engineering topics. Although mostly focusing on satellites, these articles also deal with various engineering equipment and techniques. The materials are arranged alphabetically by author and title.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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