About Rich Johnson

Rich Johnson is the Coordinator of Digital Platforms for PILOT. He develops the PILOT website, runs our social media accounts, shoots and edits InnoMinutes and manages Broadcast Blog.

Challenge Profile: In Your Shoes

The PILOT Innovation Challenge sought ideas that would help local radio and TV broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content. In Your Shoes, a Virtual Reality series that uses VR to capture unique stories from intimate perspectives, won first place. Make sure to read about the second and third place winners History Go, and The News Call. According to Robinne [...]

By |October 25, 2016|Innovation Challenge|Comments Off on Challenge Profile: In Your Shoes

FM Radio in Smartphones

We spoke to Paul Brenner of NextRadio about his app that allows users to access radio broadcasts over the air in FM enabled smartphones. Using the FM radio, users are able to cut down on both battery life and data costs when compared to streaming.

By |October 5, 2016|Blog, InnoMinute, Radio|Comments Off on FM Radio in Smartphones

Drones and Local Media

Dave Sirak, the director of news technology at WFTV Orlando, helped secure FAA approval for 12 US television stations to use drones for news coverage. In this InnoMinute, we talk to Dave about the potential for local broadcasting and the biggest issues drones face.

By |September 19, 2016|Blog, InnoMinute, Television|Comments Off on Drones and Local Media

PILOT Highlights Broadcast Innovations at D.C. Event

On Sept. 7, we held an event for policy makers focused on Broadcast Innovations at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event showcased virtual reality and drone experiences, as well as demos from NextRadio, NewsON, AWARN and the Olympics in 4k by NBC. In addition, the event featured panels on localism, innovation, remarks from Rep. Gregory Walden (R-OR) [...]

By |September 9, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on PILOT Highlights Broadcast Innovations at D.C. Event

The Broadcasters Are Coming (to SVOD)

New streaming video on-demand (SVOD) content platforms like Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV Stick are taking an ever-larger slice of the television market. More consumers, particularly millennials, are moving away from high-cost pay-TV bills and investing in new devices and applications. Over-the-air TV is well positioned to deliver top-tier cord-cutting content Innovative products in [...]

By |September 26, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Broadcasters Are Coming (to SVOD)

Animating the Universe

At NAB Show 2016, PILOT spoke with David Ladd, multimedia producer and editor of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Television Department. Ladd and his colleagues at the Goddard Space Flight Center's Television Department create the stunning animations and visualizations of the universe that grace screens around the globe. Ladd spoke about how NASA is adapting [...]

By |July 5, 2016|Blog, InnoMinute, Television|Comments Off on Animating the Universe