- The Washington Times - Monday, May 14, 2001

Service brings success for APTS executive

Mark Erstling's entire career has been spent in public television broadcasting. He feels the medium holds a special purpose to the public.

Mr. Erstling, 50, was named chief operating officer of the Association of America's Public Television Stations (APTS) in the District April 1. He had previously been the association's senior vice president.

"We always like to be recognized for the work we do, and I found [being promoted] to be a positive affirmation from our new leader," Mr. Erstling says. "I'm very pleased by it."

APTS is a nonprofit organization of the country's public television stations. It also provides advocacy for the stations at the national level.

"Mark has been a great asset to the association, especially during the transition, says John M. Lawson, APTS president.

One of his duties will be to spread the word about public television by providing services to its members and overseeing APTS' corporate functions and business activities. He also plans to undertake the project of converting the stations to digital broadcasting.

For Mr. Erstling, advocating public television seems to be a way of life.

"In college, I worked for the university's public television station, and in public radio," Mr. Erstling says. "I found I enjoyed the values of public television, and I stayed in that direction. The focus is on how you serve the public and your community, and all of the resources are focused on that front."

Mr. Erstling graduated from the University of Florida with a journalism degree. He has also worked at WPSX-TV and WPSU-FM, the public broadcasting stations of Penn State University, as general manager. He also served as the university's director of communications. He also worked at public stations in Springfield, Mass., and Jacksonville, Fla.

Mr. Erstling lives in Rockville, with his wife, Jean, daughter, Samantha, 22, and son, Matthew, 12.

Kate Royce


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