Robert J. Ross, Former CBS Broadcast Engineering Exec, Dies

6/22/2022 9:23:00 PM

Robert J. Ross, Former CBS Broadcast Engineering Exec, Dies

Robert J. Ross, Former CBS Broadcast Engineering Exec, Dies

Robert J. Ross, who oversaw East Coast operations and engineering at CBS Broadcasting from 1998 until retiring in 2017, died on Sunday. “The CBS family was saddened to learn of the passing of…

Broadcasting from 1998 until retiring in 2017, died on Sunday.“The CBS family was saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend Robert Ross,” CBS said in a statement. “Over his illustrious career, his incredible skill and accomplishments kept the network at the forefront of technology and a leader in the broadcast business. Simply put, Bob was a brilliant engineer who will be dearly missed. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Ross worked in broadcast engineering for over 45 years. He was a graduate of Southern Maine Technical College, and upon completing his education, he became a service technician at RCA. There, he installed television cameras, telecines and television systems globally.

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“The CBS family was saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend Robert Ross,” CBS said in a statement. “Over his illustrious career, his incredible skill and accomplishments kept the network at the forefront of technology and a leader in the broadcast business. His new multi-year deal with CBS Sports will begin with its 2023 coverage, when he sits with Nantz for the Farmers Insurance Open. Simply put, Bob was a brilliant engineer who will be dearly missed. He combined his profound knowledge of golf with his wit and charm, enlightening viewers and elevating our coverage. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  “Nick brought the same passion and dedication that propelled him to the world’s number one golfer to our broadcasts.” Ross worked in broadcast engineering for over 45 years. McManus had expected the six-time Major winner would remain with the network.

He was a graduate of Southern Maine Technical College, and upon completing his education, he became a service technician at RCA. We thank him for his outstanding contributions and dedication to CBS Sports.” As for Immelman, McManus says that he brings a “unique perspective and knowledge of today’s stars, having recently competed alongside them. There, he installed television cameras, telecines and television systems globally. In 1977, he joined Westinghouse Broadcasting as an engineer at WBZ-TV.” Faldo’s last broadcast on CBS will take place on August 7 during the Wyndham Championship, the PGA Tour ’s regular-season finale. He continued with Westinghouse for 19 years working at WJZ-TV and KYW-TV, and eventually being named vice president of engineering for Group W television stations. The network has carried PGA events since 1970, and has been the home of The Masters tournament since 1956. After the CBS-Westinghouse merger, he became vice president of operations and engineering for CBS Television Stations.  “I had the second best and highly coveted seat in golf, sitting next to Jim Nantz. Faldo went on to mention his close relationship with his wife Lindsay, who he said helped him determine his decision to retire.

At CBS, Ross was responsible for the conversion of the CBS Television Network Broadcast Origination Center to HD and then the construction of the Media Distribution Center that provided HD distribution for the CBS and CW networks, as well as video on demand. He also led the rebuild of the network’s satellite distribution system; the creation of store-and-forward system “Pitch Blue” for domestic and international syndication distribution; and the conversion from videotape to file-based digital distribution for both domestic and international syndication.  I am excited for Trevor; he will be excellent in this role and the team is incredibly well positioned for the future. “Personally, I am so thankful for the chance to not only sit next to Nick at different networks over the years but to now count him as a friend. Additionally, he helmed the restoration of the Ed Sullivan Theater for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and the design and construction of production areas for CBS Sports, “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.” In 2009, during his tenure as senior vice president of East Coast operations, Ross was elected into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.” Immelman “brings the credentials and experience as a Major Champion, along with a unique perspective and knowledge of today’s stars, having recently competed alongside them,” McManus said. During his acceptance speech, he reminded everyone in senior management to “hug their chief engineer” as thanks for the work it took to keep their stations on the air. “The great run includes the fact that I have been on the road since I have been 18 years old, and am about to turn 65 this July.S.

Ross also previously served as chair of the Toolkit Working Group of the Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC) under the FCC Advisory Committee.” Immelman, who hails from South Africa, won 11 times worldwide throughout his career, and was named the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2006. Additionally, he was a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. In 2013, Ross was appointed president of the North American Broadcasters Association, and in 2018, he received a lifetime achievement Emmy. He has also played on two President’s Cup teams,  and in 2019 was Vice Captain for the team.” Faldo, who says he and his family have moved to Montana, where they are developing a farm. He contributed to the standards process for the Advanced Television Systems Committee and various SMPTE engineering committees. Ross held an advanced amateur radio license and contributed to a national magazine on consumer electronics.C.” McManus described Immelman as a hard worker with a good sense of humor, whose skills will translate well on-air.

He was also a licensed private pilot and glider pilot. He volunteered at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture event, in Oshkosh, Wis. “I am truly honored to be added to the distinguished list of lead analysts who have come before me as part of CBS Sports’ storied golf history,” said Immelman, in a statement., as a photo and video editor. In his retirement, Ross enjoyed working on his amateur radio shack and was on the board of directors for the Arizona Model Pilots Society. I am forever grateful. Ross is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his daughter, Oliva; his son, Joseph; his daughter-in-law, Janine Ross; his sister, Judith Gordon; his brother-in-law, Neil; and his nieces, Katie Ferullo and Alison Gordon.” Share this article:.

Those close to Ross encourage donations to local chapters of the Humane Society in his name, and an East Coast memorial service will be announced in the near future. I can’t wait for next season when my dream becomes a reality. optional screen reader .