Backbone Networks simplifies Internet radio production for professional broadcasters. Our business is creating complete Internet radio stations, as well as networks of stations. We take care of the technical part of broadcasting — making it easy for you to produce live remotes, operate 24/7 using integrated radio automation, stream to a worldwide audience, and automatically create listener logs and reports. You can simply focus on delivering your message and your content, using equipment as basic as “a Mac and a mic”.
Backbone operates and hosts the largest network of college and high school noncommercial educational (NCE) radio stations, as well as public radio, commercial and sports radio stations. Internet broadcasters get everything they need, including Backbone’s unique cloud-based broadcast and automation infrastructure, allowing easy, automatic content sharing among stations, plus “invisible delivery” of digital content from third party syndicators. The broadcast-from-anywhere, “live remote” capability of Backbone’s infrastructure is what enables professional broadcasters to simplify their event-based Internet radio production.
200 Friberg Parkway, Suite 3003
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: (617) 848-1176
Richard Cerny, CEO, President, Founder
As a long-time serial entrepreneur, Richard Cerny has helped change the way remote broadcasting is done. First, by developing fiber and optical cable technologies at Corning and Valtec; second, with vertically targeted electro-optical, laser-based fiber television and digital cinema production systems as CEO and co-founder of Artel and Telecast Fiber Systems; and most recently through Internet cloud-based technology at Backbone Networks.
His career includes many “firsts”, including the development and introduction of the first commercial single mode fiber, the first fiber optic cable, the first operational fiber optic communications installation, the first commercial digital fiber optic telecommunications trunks (both DS1 and DS3), the first commercial RS232C data links up to the first 100Mbps local area networks, and several others. His industry-changing remote television production systems are still in use for news, sports and entertainment by all major U.S. television networks, ESPN, Olympics Broadcasting, the U.S. White House and both houses of Congress, as well as network broadcasters around the globe. His company’s developments were central to the development of High Definition and 3D television and digital cinema teleproduction, including televised sports and feature films, such as James Cameron’s Avatar.
George Capalbo, CTO, Vice President
With a powerful background in both software and broadcast systems development, George Capalbo uniquely understands how broadcasting works and where it needs to go. He grew up with a father, George Capalbo, Sr., who was Chief Engineer and Vice President of RKO Radio nationwide and a recent inductee to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. George, Jr.’s software experience spans network software development for Prime Computer, Inc. and Index Technology, as well as coordinating broadcast events, such as Woodstock ’94, for Telecast Fiber Systems, where he served as director until the company’s sale in 2009.
George applied his combined software and broadcast technology for other companies, as well, including Digital Equipment Corp. and Formula One Racing, where he developed remote broadcasting technology, specializing in virtual signage. George is designer, architect and prime developer of the integrated production, automation and streaming software and technology of Backbone Networks.
Paul Kamp, Vice President Business Development and Corporate Counsel
Backbone is fortunate to have an expert in Business Development and Attorney in one person, Paul Kamp. Paul also began his career at Prime Computer, Inc., as a “Prime-mate” of George, where Paul managed software development. He went on to become Director of Server Systems and Corporate Counsel at Pacer Software. He later managed corporate business and technology development at Sun Microsystems.
After Sun Microsystems, he served as Program and Business Analyst for Constant Contact, before becoming Director of Marketing for Telecast Fiber Systems, a Belden Brand, now a part of Miranda Technologies. Paul now happily enjoys managing corporate partnerships, contracts and business development for Backbone.