Matthew A. Connor, 46, of Millsboro, Del., a broadcast engineer, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at his home. A 1980 graduate of Indian River High School, he also earned an Associate of Arts degree in electrical engineering from Del. Tech. & Comm. College.
He was employed over the years with various radio and television stations both locally and nationally. He began his career at WWTR-FM in Bethany Beach, Del. From the mid ‘80s through the ‘90s, he worked at stations in Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles as Chief Engineer for several years in each location. He worked as a private consultant in recent years. Although skilled in all areas of his field, he was particularly known for his achievements in broadcast audio quality and in antenna design. His talent for creating novel and effective solutions to engineering problems led to numerous inventions and innovations still in use in the industry today. Included in his awards and special projects are: Cool Stuff Award, NAB, Las Vegas, ARIANE Processor, Facility of the Year, WKYS, Washington D.C., President’s Award, Colfax Communications, Technical Excellence, “Black Box” Processor, Telos-Omnia - Consulting Engineer, Scott Shannon’s “Zoodio” – PIRATE RADIO, Westwood One, and he consulted for over 250 Radio Stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Connor was preceded in death by his father, J. Parker Connor. He is survived by his mother, Susan C. Connor; his siblings, Cathy Phillips and her husband, Dean, of Bethany Beach, J.P. Connor of Millsboro; Kevin Connor and his wife, Lori, of Damascus, Md., and Brad Connor and his wife, Penny, of Dagsboro, Del.; six nieces; and one nephew.
A memorial service was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Worcester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, MD 21811.