David Ostmo is a Regional Engineering Director for the Sinclair Broadcast Group based in San Antonio, Texas. He oversees the technical operations for 27 Sinclair owned stations spread out over 14 markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Utah.
Since becoming a Regional Engineer for Sinclair in 1998, Ostmo was involved in several broadcast industry initiatives including the DTV transition, station HD conversions, spectrum repack and the current roll out of ATSC 3.0. He’s overseen major station construction projects in San Antonio, El Paso and Beaumont, Texas in addition to significant facility renovations in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ostmo began working at KABB-TV in San Antonio, Texas in 1992 as Director of Operations and Engineering. For 21-years he was in charge of commercial and news production in addition to On-Air Operations and Engineering. In that capacity Ostmo produced live coverage of 71 football games, parades, and special events.
David’s broadcast career started in 1976 as a radio announcer and production assistant for KGLO Radio and TV in Mason City, Iowa. Ostmo was Program Director at KCPS Radio in Burlington, Iowa when he returned to the television side of the industry in 1980. He worked at five different TV stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Texas.
Broadcast History is Ostmo’s passion. He began writing on the subject while he was a columnist for TV Technology in the late 1980s. His personal library includes 1,500 books on broadcasting and motion pictures dating back to the early 1900s. Ostmo is a frequent speaker around the country delivering presentations about the evolution of broadcasting.