Rich Paleski has been Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for CBS-3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly (WPSG-TV) since 2002.
In that position, Paleski supervised the design and construction of the stations’ all high definition television facility. The CBS 3/CW Philly studios, the nation’s first TV facility built to be entirely High Definition and tapeless, broadcast its first newscast on April 2, 2007, immediately following the conclusion of the 2007 Final Four tournament. Since then, the facility has won rave reviews and awards from industry groups and publications internationally.
Paleski was also responsible for designing CBS 3’s Mobile Weather Lab, the market’s first state-of-the-art weather station on wheels. The Mobile Weather Lab is housed inside of a sports utility vehicle and features two dashboard mounted cameras and microwave capability that allows it to “go live” even when in motion. The vehicle’s weather station apparatus also allows the meteorologists using the vehicle to have temperature; wind speed and direction, dew point and solar radiation readings live on location.
In 2013, as a recognition of his valuable contributions, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers presented Paleski with their Distinguished Service Award.
Paleski began his broadcast career in 1981 working as a UHF transmitter engineer and encoded video specialist for WWHT in Newark, New Jersey. In 1983, he began pro-bono work on a special project for the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. The New Jersey agency was researching a method to distribute a radio reading service for the area’s visually handicapped persons. Rich designed an efficient and cost effective method to convert consumer receivers to work as private listening devices. That system was in use by thousands of visually handicapped people in the state up until the digital conversion in 2009.
In 1985 Paleski joined WNYW-TV in New York City where he spent 16 years as an engineer specializing in electronic news gathering and DTV. He was involved in some of the earliest tests of the feasibility of digital microwave in midtown Manhattan. He also worked for Fox News Service as its engineer-in-charge for the 1992 and 1996 political convention coverage. In 2000 Paleski joined CBS as Director of Engineering at WFOR-TV in Miami, before eventually moving to its Philadelphia stations.
In his spare time, Paleski is a volunteer assistant Boy Scout leader. He also teaches a graduate course in emerging TV technology at Drexel University in Philadelphia and volunteers for a number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs to encourage students to explore careers in these emerging fields.
A native of New Jersey, Paleski, his wife, Keitha, and their two children reside in Woodland Park, New Jersey.