Channel Master is a manufacturer of TV Antennas and Accessories which formerly employed 1600 people.

Channel Master
Company typePrivate
FounderJoseph Y. Resnick
ProductsTelevision Antennas, Amplifiers, Set Top Boxes, and Installation Accessories

History edit

The original company, now defunct, was founded in Ellenville, New York, in 1949[1] by 23 year-old former Merchant Marine radio operator and DuMont TV antenna installer Joe Resnick[2] with the backing of his brothers Harry and Louis Resnick. Its principal innovation was a prefabricated antenna which arrived with elements folded, not disassembled, so that the antenna may be quickly unfolded during installation with the elements automatically locking into place. This saved time and effort for rooftop antenna installers, who were often working at awkward heights and in difficult weather.

Established with $7000 in capital from cabbage farmer Louis Resnick, who sold his Ellenville farm, the company was manufacturing $12 million of antennas annually by 1954 and had expanded its product line in the 1960s to include transistorized pre-amplifiers[3][4] along with antenna rotors.[5]

The Ellenville plant received aluminum ingots that were extruded to create parts for the antennas. Additionally, the company extruded lengths of aluminum tubing that was wholesaled to firms that utilized it in products such as webbed folding beach chairs. One such firm was Gersten Brothers of Brooklyn, NY.

Joseph Y. Resnick was also a member of the US Congress.[6][7] The Joseph Y. Resnick Airport in Ellenville is named in his honor.[8]

Avnet Corporation purchased Channel Master in 1967, moving its manufacturing facilities to a former Sylvania television factory in Smithfield, North Carolina. Avnet sold the company in 1998 at a $33 million profit.[9]

Channel Master filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 2 October 2003[10] after losing its largest client, EchoStar.[11] Its Smithfield satellite dish factory, which formerly employed 1600 people,[12] was turned over to Andrew Corporation[13] as part of an $18 million purchase of Channel Master's equipment, inventory, and intellectual property.[14]

In 2012, a group of private investors led by Coty Youtsey acquired the Channel Master brand and TV antenna business. Channel Master LLC is based in Chandler, Arizona.[15][16]

Products edit

Channel Master's original product was a prefabricated television aerial with hinged elements which would unfold and snap into place; this patented design greatly reduced installation time as existing antenna designs at the time had to be bolted together from multiple pieces by rooftop installers.[17] Later products included antenna rotors, amplified antennas and pocket transistor radios, and rebuilt cathode-ray tubes.[18]

After the sale to Avnet, the Channel Master name was used to import and distribute various electronic products, including home and car stereo equipment, turntables, cassette decks, 8-track players, quadraphonic audio, television receivers and scanner radios. In the 1980s, Channel Master was the only second source for General Instrument's Videocipher II module, a building block for satellite television receivers, under a licensing agreement for which Avnet paid GI a million dollars. The Channel Master 4251, a high-performance parabolic UHF television antenna, stood about seven feet in diameter.[19] Channel Master also built distribution amplifiers for cable television, satellite dishes and satellite antenna accessories.

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References edit

  1. ^ Ralph Shapiro (21 September 2012). From NYC Lower East Side to NASA Satellite Operations Manager. ISBN 9781479704118.
  2. ^ "TV antennas made him rich". Popular Science Magazine. Feb 1954.
  3. ^ "New electronic antennas pull in better TV pictures". Popular Science Magazine. July 1962.
  4. ^ "Indoor antennas: PM tests and reports". Popular Mechanics Magazine. Hearst Magazines. Apr 1964.
  5. ^ Ray E. Barfieldb (2008). A Word from our Viewers: Reflections from Early Television Audiences. ISBN 9780275998707.
  6. ^ "Avnet acquires Channel Master". Billboard Magazine. 14 Oct 1967.
  7. ^ AP (7 Oct 1969). "Ex-Rep. Joseph Resnick is dead; backed Johnson's war policy". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Jane Anderson. (2013). New Lights for Ellenville? – What the Feds' funding of Resnick Airport might mean. Shawangunk Journal, (8 August 2013).
  9. ^ "1999 Quarterly Report". Avnet, Inc. Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  10. ^ "archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Channel Master files Chapter 11". TV Technology. Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  12. ^ "Mixed signal". Triangle Business Journal.
  13. ^ "Andrew Corp. may not close plant in Smithfield after all". WRAL Website. Raleigh, NC: Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. 27 June 2006.
  14. ^ "Andrew buys TV accessories biz". Chicago Business. 23 November 2003.
  15. ^ "TV antennas are making a comeback in the age of digital streaming". Los Angeles Times. 2018-12-28. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  16. ^ "Business". Lusha. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  17. ^ Max Gunther (14 December 2010). Instant Millionaires: The Secrets of Overnight Success. ISBN 9780857190888.
  18. ^ Schurman, David E. (24 November 1961). "Transistor Craze: there's no escape". Life. Retrieved 2022-02-04.
  19. ^ "Channel Master 4251 Tribute Page".