Del Mar College: Radio and Television Professor Mac Aipperspach named Texas Association of Broadcasters’ Educator of the Year

As a kid growing up in North Dakota, Mac Aipperspach sat on the living room floor spinning 45s on a portable record player or listening to AM radio stations piping in from Bismarck, Nd., Minneapolis, Mn., and even Winnipeg, Canada. As a high schooler thinking about his future and what to study in college, he considered becoming a high school teacher and instructing courses in history, geography, sociology or economics.

Those two aspects from his youth, being drafted in 1970, educational decisions influenced by a dormmate and life experiences like marriage led Aipperspach to teaching radio and television courses at the college level. Now, his 38 years as an educator at Del Mar College (DMC) and the impact he’s made on the broadcast professionals trained under his guidance have been recognized.

Today, Aipperspach, a professor with the College’s Communications, Languages and Reading Department, will receive the 2019 Educator of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) during their gala in Austin, an event that honors professionals representing different areas of the broadcasting industry across the state.

“The award is quite an honor because the association normally names a recipient every other year for educators teaching in the broadcast field, and a colleague from another college was just named last year,” Aipperspach humbly said of his TAB recognition. “I was surprised the association immediately named another recipient for a second year in a row.”

Fellow TAB member and industry colleague Don Dunlap, president and general manager of South Texas Public Broadcasting said, “I can’t think of a better person to receive this prestigious award.”

Dunlap added, “Mac has impacted the careers of innumerable broadcast professionals who are working across the state and the country. In South Texas, his students and graduates have fueled the broadcasting workforce for years. Mac is not only a caring instructor but also a mentor and positive role model.”

His influence has even driven three of his graduates to land current positions at CNN. 

Aipperspach has been a member of the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators (TABE), which meets in conjunction with TAB each August, since the mid-1980s and served as vice president and president during his first organizational board run. He has served as TABE’s secretary/treasurer for the past 25 years.