Bill Zears to Exit FCC After 37 Years of Service
January 12, 2011
SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Bill Zears has retired from the Federal
Communications Commission after 37 years. He was most recently district
director of the San Diego Field office.
A graduate of Bradley University in electrical engineering, he began his career
with the FCC in Washington in the Safety & Special Radio Services Bureau in
He conducted engineering reviews of major public safety applications for
two-way land mobile systems and counseled public safety users on FCC
application procedures and rule requirements; he represented the commission at
land mobile user conferences. In 1979 he relocated to the Livermore Monitoring
station and was in charge of microwave radio services monitoring program for
the four-state San Francisco region.
Zears assisted in interference resolution matters at space shuttle landings at
Edwards Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. He was a member of FCC
teams at the 1984 Democratic and 1996 Republican conventions and at the 1984
Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
He expanded the Engineering Measurements Unit monitoring program in 1985 to
include FM, TV and CATV monitoring in the San Francisco region; he represented
the FCC at NAB conventions and demonstrated the capabilities of the EMU
vehicle. He became senior engineer of Livermore Monitoring in 1992, as well as
EMU engineer; he built and maintained a direction-finding vehicle and worked on
interference cases in California and Nevada. When the Livermore Monitoring
station was automated, he relocated to Hayward, Calif., and worked out of the
San Francisco office.
As district director in San Diego, starting in 2000, he served on the Mixta
committee to resolve interference cases with Mexico and coordinated FCC efforts
to inform the public about DTV conversion in the San Diego area.
Local broadcasters would also know him through questions and inquiries
concerning FCC policies, enforcement actions and interference resolution, and
SBE meetings he might attend.
Radio World he’s looking
forward to rehabbing the home he purchased last year in the San Diego area.
According to a letter in the CGC
Communicator, Jim Lyon now is the office’s acting district director.
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