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Harris Broadcast becomes GatesAir, new name recognizes heritage

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Charles Vogt (left), and  Ralph Oakley Charles Vogt (left), and Ralph Oakley
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NY (WGEM) - Harris Broadcast announced Monday afternoon that it's going back to its roots and will now be known as GatesAir.

CEO Charles Vogt unveiled a rebranding of the company at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Vogt announced the company will be split into two companies called GatesAir and Imagine Communications.

The Quincy-based operations of GatesAir will continue to produce equipment for some of the world’s leading media companies, while Imagine Communications will take on the software and media cloud aspects of operation.

Vogt was joined by customers and partners, including Quincy Newspapers Incorporated CEO Ralph Oakley, whose company purchased the first-ever Gates radio transmitter for WGEM.

“My company, Quincy Newspapers, can trace its roots back to 1891,” Oakley said. “We entered broadcasting in the 1940s. It goes back to Parker Gates and my grandfather.“

Parker Gates founded Gates Radio and Supply in Quincy in 1922. QNI has partnered with Gates from the beginning.

“We bought the first television transmitter that that company made,” former CEO of Quincy Newspapers Inc., Tom Oakley, said. “The very first one.”

Harris Broadcast, owned by the Gores Group in Los Angeles, has 1,500 employees.

Fore more information on the rebranding, read: Harris Broadcast's Quincy operation renamed GatesAir from our news-gathering partners at the Quincy Herald-Whig.

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