Charlie Cannaliato (1943 - ) is a self-taught broadcast engineer who was born, raised and educated in Baltimore, MD and worked as a school teacher before moving to Montana in 1972. His first broadcast job was as a master control operator—or switcher as it was then known—at KCFW-TV in Kalispell. His innovation and strong leadership skills led to his promotion as Chief Engineer for KCFW, KECI and KTVM and he moved to Missoula.
Among his many “firsts” in Montana, Charlie developed a ¾ inch tape sequencing system for master control; he developed and built the first multi-studio control point enabling the operation of four studios from a single control point. He did this using a Radio Shack home computer, which he reprogrammed for this purpose. His stations were the first in Montana to use video file servers in master control and he was a pioneer in the use of digital transmitters and Dolby Surround Sound for television.
Since his “retirement” in 2007, Charlie has conducted all of the FCC Alternative Broadcast Inspections for the MBA and has worked tirelessly converting television translators to digital and assuring their future viability for rural Montanans.