RICHARD M. WOLFE
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Richard M. Wolfe received his education in electrical engineering at Ohio State University and in business as a graduate of The Harvard Business School. He is a member of The Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Society for Information Display (SID), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), where he is a past member of the society's national board of governors, a past manager of the Hollywood section and a member of SMPTE's working group on High Definition Electronic Production and Electronic Cinema.
He is a board member of the LA chapter of the Association of Satellite Professionals, Past vice chairman of the Engineering Committee of the Association of Maximum Service Television, (MSTV) Washington, DC and holds an FCC First Class Operators license. He presently lives in San Francisco.
Mr. Wolfe is president of HI-VISION AMERICA, INC., an HDTV consulting firm. He is also a shareholder and board chairman of a satellite transmission company FIBER/SAT GLOBAL SERVICES of Chatsworth, CA; a shareholder and board member of BROADWAY TELEVISION NETWORK, INC. of New York City, and a shareholder and board member of SENSIVA, Inc. of Palo Alto, CA.
His previous position was as Vice President Technology, in Los Angeles, for the New York based SATCORP, INC., where he was responsible for the design and installation of satellite delivered video theaters located on the campuses of colleges and universities across the U.S.A.
As a part of his MSTV responsibilities, Mr. Wolfe was instrumental in initiating the first American 1125/60 HDTV terrestrial transmission tests in January 1987 of the NHK MUSE HDTV system in Washington, DC in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission and the Congress of the US.
During the period 1980 to 1984 he was Vice President Engineering and Video Technology for the 20th CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION at their Los Angeles studios. Here he was responsible for film to tape transfer of all Fox film product and for all home video, pay-TV and satellite technical operations.
During 1980 to 1981 Mr. Wolfe was Vice President of Operations and Engineering for PREMIERE, the national satellite delivered pay-TV service jointly operated by COLUMBIA PICTURES; 20th CENTURY FOX; UNIVERSAL-MCA; PARAMOUNT PICTURES and the GETTY OIL CO.
From 1971 to 1979 he was President of two commercial VHF TV stations and two commercial radio stations owned by his family: WBNS-TV (CBS-Ch. 10) Columbus, Ohio; WTHR-TV (NBC-Ch. 13) Indianapolis, Ind. WBNS-AM & FM Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Wolfe worked through all departments of these stations during the period 1956 to 1971 and remains a part owner of these properties.
During 1956 to 1979 he also served on the board of directors of many corporations, including Ohio's largest national bank, THE BANCOHIO CORPORATION; THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH the newspaper of general circulation serving central Ohio, and AGRICULTURAL LANDS, INC. a large Ohio farming operation, also family businesses.