Broadcast Management Group is proud to say, that in Megan Kirst we have one of the few female leaders in the broadcast engineering field. Megan is an accomplished engineer, both operationally and in design, integration and installation services.
As a product of a Spanish mother and a German American father, Megan spent most of her childhood splitting her time between living in Spain and the United States, already experiencing a world full of diversity.
Growing up she was always intrigued by electronics – which led to managing the Audio-Visual equipment at her High School in Spain, as well as in California. At 17 years old, she got her first internship, followed by full-time employment at KICU, Channel 36, a local Television Station in San Jose, California.
Megan started as a 16mm film editor, then gathered experience as a news photographer and production assistant. As a freelance photojournalist and engineering assistant, Megan began to work for KNTV, Channel 11, and soon branched out to other San Francisco Bay Area stations. She met many celebs – including Mikhail Gorbachev, US Presidents Ford and Reagan – during a 2-year employment at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Throughout the years she spent working for Sony Electronics, Megan managed the equipment, installation and enormous wire-listing database for the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Megan’s duties at Sony encompassed system design and engineering and led to Senior Project Manager and Engineer of broadcast facilities all over the country. Some of the systems she oversaw include MTV, QVC, CBS NEWS, FOX TV, DirecTV and more.
Megan started her own integration company following her Sony tenure and brought her years of expertise to Varian Semiconductor, for whom she designed a remote video conferencing system that could be used in semiconductor clean rooms all over the world. The Remote Assist allowed engineers in Gloucester, Massachusetts to instantly troubleshoot problems with semiconductor manufacturing equipment without having to travel around the world to the customer’s facility. This remote video conferencing system was featured in Forbes magazine as an innovative way to support customers. Other projects for Global Video include San Francisco Community Television Center, Berkeley Community Television, Oracle, a 53-ft mobile exhibit trailer for the National Park Service, a 30-ft Production trailer for Atomic TV, Bally’s marquis sign in Las Vegas, video conference rooms at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and many more.
In 2018 Megan managed the build-out and switchover to HD for ZIZ, the National Broadcasting Corporation of St. Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean, as well as the complete design, construction and placement of an on-board video and radio system on the US NAVY’s CVN-79 aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy.
Megan is proficient in all areas of project management, engineering, master control automation, production trucks, camera shading, EIC and troubleshooting down to component level. Megan brings her extensive skills in all aspects of engineering development, planning, installation and support to Broadcast Management Group’s worldwide clientele.