Sixteen Montgomery County residents with extensive experience in the communications industry have been nominated by County Executive Charles W. Gilchrist to serve on the county's cable television advisory committee.
The committee will play a key role in what is expected to be an intense competitive battle for the country's cable television franchise, valued by some experts at $12 million even before any cables are laid.
The County Council will consider the nominations Tuesday.
According to county cable TV manager John Hansman, the committee will work with a county cable consultant, still to be chosen, and staff members in preparing the cable proposal and choosing the franchise winner.
County officials say they expect the cable proposal to be completed by March and the franchise winner chosen by June. Service should begin in some homes by September 1982, they said.
The following persons were nominated by Gilchrist to the Montgomery County Television Advisory Committee:
George R. Borsari Jr., major of Glen Echo, represents the Montgomery Municipal League. He is a communications attorney with cable television experience outside Montgomery County.
David Cosson, an attorney, is counsel to an association of small rural telephone companies, many of which are in the process of obtaining waivers of FCC rules to provide cable services in rural areas. He has been involved with the communications industry for 13 years.
Susan diRende, of Gilbert & Dirende Video Productions, has had experience with the television industry as a performer, technician and producer, working with WETA-TV, WRC-TV, WJLA-TV and Warner Brothers Cable Television of Reston, Va.
D. Warren Donohue, an attorney with offices in Rockville, was chairman of an earlier panel, the Citizens' Advisory Committee on Cable Television for Montgomery County.
Thomas E. Dooley is president and part owner of Eastern Video Systems Inc., a television production company. He has more than 14 years commercial television experience, most recently as executive producer for WTOP-TV (now Wdvm).
Albert Feiner, an electronics engineer, helped develop the cable TV strategy for Magnavox Corporation. He is working with the National Institute of Education to apply telecommunications to public service needs of the federal and private sectors.
Michael Grace, director of public relations for the AFL-CIO Public Employee Department, also leads seminars on the broadcast industry and writes training guides on the news media.
Marion Hayes Hull is director of telecommunications programs for the Booker T. Washington Foundation and a lecturer in the Department of Radio, Television and Films at Howard University's School of Communications. She has been a member of the Federal Communications Commission Advisory Committee on Research Concerning Educational Uses of Cable Television and the National Association of Educational Broadcasters.
Adolph J. Koenig, senior program officer, Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, D.O.C., administers grants and provides technical assistance to develop and equip public, noncommercial telecommunications facilities.
Jeffrey A. Krauss, director of Regulatory Policies of M/A-COM Laboratories, has 10 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. He was a member of the Federal Communications Commission from 1976 to 1979. h
Alex M. McKinney Jr., an infomation scientist, is vice president of Systems Research Co., deputy program manager of the HUD Communications Support Services Program and former deputy executive director of the Cablecommunications Resources Center.
Preston R. Padden, assistant general counsel of Metromedia Inc., has worked extensively with the company's 20 broadcast stations and has assisted in broadcast industry rulemaking proceedings before the FCC.
C. Alan Peyser, a member of the D.C. Bar and an electrical engineer, is chief operating officer and founder of TDX Systems Inc., a telephone communications business.He has been a consultant to Comsat in satellite and microwave communications, dealing with the distribution of TV via satellite to U.S. cable franchises.
Max A. Schindler, a television director for 27 years, has directed Meet The Press for the past 15 years and also directs the Washington segments of the Today Show and specials for NBC News.
Roald A. Schrack, a physicist for the National Bureau of Standards for the past 30 years, is a member of the previous Montgomery Country Cable TV Advisory Committee and former member of the Rockville advisory committee.
Maria C. Siccardi, a coordinator and instructor for the Communications Training Program of the Wilson Center, a D.C. public school program for continuing adult education, has been a televisin researcher, host and producer, radio announcer, correspondent, producer and reporter. She is a member of the Council of the Hispanic Community and Agencies and the D.C. Cable Coalition.