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Larry Eastlack Dies Of Cancer At 64


Word of Eastlack's passing comes from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters where he started in 2002, overseeing all technical programs including the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program for radio and TV stations and the MAB Engineering Hotline. Eastlack was appointed by the FCC as the Chairman of the EAS in Michigan, a position he held for 21 years, and served as Chairman of the South Central EAS area since 1977. Larry was also appointed by the Governor of Michigan to the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council.

From 2008 to 2011 Eastlack worked on five federal NOAA grants in coordination with Michigan State Police and Department of Natural Resources, to bring emergency alert sirens to five remote Northern Michigan state parks in an effort to keep all Michigan citizens safe, even while on vacation. Those efforts proved vital as the sirens saved 83 people during a severe storm at Muskallonge Lake State Park in September 2010.

In addition to his time at MAB, Eastlack had been involved in both radio and television engineering for more than 30 years. He received the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' first Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award, and was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008. His passion for broadcast engineering went far beyond the station walls as he spent many hours training and educating future broadcast engineers. In addition, Larry was an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, was certified as a Professional Broadcast Engineer and served as a frequency coordinator for much of the state.

Funeral arrangements will be set by the family for January 2014.

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