Sam Runco, Sandy Bloomberg Inducted into CE Hall of Fame

Custom electronics well represented with former heads of Runco and Tweeter.

Jason Knott · May 25, 2011

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its 2011 class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics (CE) Hall of Fame, and custom electronics is well represented.

Among the 11 inductees are two prominent pioneers in the custom market: Sam Runco and Sandy Bloomberg.

Runco is founder of Runco International, the first company to introduce a line doubler with a multi-frequency projector in 1990 as well as the first multiple-aspect-ratio controller, the ARC-IV, to the high-end home theater market.

Bloomberg is the founder of Tweeter, the specialty consumer electronics retail chain that had more than 100 stores that marketed high-end electronics products.

Related: The Rise and Fall of Tweeter

“The consumer electronics industry creates innovative products that make our lives better,” says CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro. “Innovative products come from innovative people, and the success of our industry is built upon technologies and products created by the leaders we honor in the CE Hall of Fame.”

The 11 new honorees will be inducted into the CE Hall of Fame at an awards dinner during CEA’s Industry Forum to be held in San Diego on October 23-28, 2011.

Other inductees include:

  • Ralph Baer developed the Brown Box and the Magnavox Odyssey interactive TV/video gaming systems.
  • Dr. Fujio Masuoka invented flash memory while at Toshiba and also developed SAMOS memory.
  • Dr. Robert Metcalf was working at Xerox PARC in 1973 when he co-invented the Ethernet – a standard for connecting computers over short distances.
  • Claude Elwood Shannon is credited with founding both digital computer and digital circuit design theory in 1937.
  • Dr. Andrew Viterbi invented the Viterbi algorithm used for decoding convolutionally encoded data that is used in cell phones for error correcting codes, as well as for speech recognition, DNA analysis and other applications.
  • Dr. Eli Harari – Co-founder and former CEO of SanDisk. The company invented or co-developed many of the standard memory card formats used in CE products ranging from digital cameras to smartphones.
  • Stanley S. Hubbard – In 1981, Hubbard Broadcasting started U.S. Satellite Broadcasting (USSB), and was instrumental in the development and launching of the first digital satellite system for television in 1994.
  • Journalists Ivan Berger and Lance Braithwaite who worked together at Berger Braithwaite Labs/Video Magazine (Sound & Video Magazine) and wrote extensive product reviews.

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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