Montana State University

Hyyppa elected chair of national Association of Public Television Stations board

February 23, 2015

KUSM station manager Eric Hyyppa, photographed in the KUSM control room at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. has been elected the Chairman of the Association of Public Television Station's board of directors. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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Eric Hyyppa, director and general manager of MontanaPBS based at Montana State University, has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Association of Public Television Stations.

Hyyppa became director and general manager of KUSM, Montana PBS in 2008. Hyyppa graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in computer science then joined KUSM as its computer system administrator in 1993. He was named the station’s information technology manager in 2003. During his more than 22-year career at the public television station, he has also worked as an independent worker for every major network and many independent companies. He is a former member of the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Hyyppa is chairman of the board of directors of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, is chair of public television’s Affinity Group Coalition, and is past chair of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives. He also serves on the board of directors of the Montana Broadcasters Association, the board of directors of the Friends of MontanaPBS, and is a member of the Montana Ambassadors.

KUSM-TV, licensed to MSU, together with KUFM-TV, licensed to the University of Montana, comprise MontanaPBS, a state-wide television service, reaching more than 260,000 households located in nearly 150 communities. KUSM also works with the MSU Media and Theatre Arts academic department to provide a real-world television environment for student laboratory and internship coursework. Additionally, KUSM offers complete television production services to on-campus departments, other public agencies, and, as appropriate, to the private sector.

The Association of Public Television Stations is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research, communications and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans. Its affiliate APTS Action, Inc. promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy and through grass tops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner bipartisan congressional support. For more information, visit


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