Longtime San Diego audio-video systems engineer Steve Sagady passed away February 21, 2020.
Sagady designed and oversaw the implementation of an impressive list of projects through his years with TV Magic. He led the design and buildout of the XETV “Fox 6” new studio facility in San Diego in 1999. The system featured the first implementation of an all-digital newsroom. When an internal ESPN project stalled, he took over to design the ESPN Los Angeles studios at Staples Center, and later the Network Operations Center at the Trinity Broadcast Network in Santa Ana.
When TV Magic closed, he teamed up with Bob Anderson, formerly with XETV and TV Magic, and built several municipal council room A/V systems that were remotely controlled by their company PDI. He designed the TV master control room of the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, Arizona.
Sagady started his career as an engineer at a sound recording studio in Santa Barbara.
I had the fortune to work with Steve at TV Magic for two years and got to observe his ability to concentrate and design complex systems with astounding attention to detail.
Steve was dogged by health problems through much of his adult life, and he succumbed to a heart infection in mid-February.
Steve will be missed by those of us who loved and admired him.