Welcome to a quick look at the long and accomplished life of a lynchpin in global broadcasting history, as GatesAir proudly turned 95 years old in 2017. Get a glimpse into an exciting past, learn more about our present offerings, and catch a preview into our exciting future!
An Illustrated Look at GatesAir's History • Our Strong Legacy • Brief Timeline of Key Events in Broadcasting • Photo Gallery • A Glimpse at GatesAir Today (and Tomorrow) • Winners of the 95 Years: What's Your GatesAir Story Contest • Specials
GatesAir connects a legacy of innovation with a vision for the future. GatesAir has been an innovator in over-the-air broadcasting for nearly 100 years, and today offers the industry’s broadest portfolio to help broadcasters deliver and monetize content. The company’s roots date to 1922, when Henry C. Gates founded the Gates Radio and Supply Company. Henry’s son, Parker Gates, quickly established the company’s reputation as a visionary, responsible for industry firsts in audio and electronics. These innovations laid the foundation for groundbreaking over-the-air radio and television transmitter designs that continue to this day.
Upon the sale of Gates Radio to Harris Intertype Corporation in 1957, Gates Radio had become a major supplier of audio consoles, turntables, and AM/FM shortwave radio transmitters and accessories. Moving forward into the next several decades, Harris Corporation was responsible for several groundbreaking developments in over-the-air TV and radio, including the world’s first solid-state AM transmitter in 1974; and development of the “Mod Anode Pulser” for UHF TV transmitters in 1981, a simple technique that reduced power consumption in UHF TV.
The company followed these foundational innovations in the 1990s and 2000s with the world’s first digital FM and HD Radio exciters (1993 and 2002), and the first DTV transmitter to hit the airwaves (WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, 1996). In 2009, Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division broke the paradigm for high-efficiency TV and radio transmitters with PowerSmart®, a green architecture for reducing transmitter size, weight and energy consumption.
At GatesAir, our nearly 100 year-long legacy of pioneering technology and key contributions to the development of game-changing technology in robust content transport and transmission have earned us nearly 300 active global patents and more than 50 awards for technical innovation, including two Emmy® Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The industry has changed a LOT over the past 95 years, and we were there to see and be a part of all of it. The above timeline is just a sampling of the many major events that took place during the continuing evolution of broadcasting. GatesAir will continue to evolve with it, delivering the best products and services to broadcasters around the globe for years to come.
Whether helping TV stations with the U.S. spectrum repack, fitting countries with nationwide digital radio and TV broadcast networks, innovating audio/data over IP solutions with groundbreaking capacity and security, we are actively and proudly participating in projects that set new standards in over-the-air broadcasting. GatesAir's customer-centric focus has never been stronger, and we have no plans of slowing down.
For more information, you can visit our website at GatesAir.com to learn about our current (and future) products, services, custom solutions, global initiatives, training schedules, news, events, and much more!