Joseph P. Ulasewicz, a longtime TV executive who served as vice president in charge of NBC’s operations and technical services in Burbank for more than 20 years, died March 9 of a heart attack at his Glendale home. He was 74.
A native of New York City, he began his engineering career in 1947 upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York when he joined RCA (which was then the parent company of NBC). Two years later, he was awarded an RCA fellowship and obtained a master of electrical engineering degree.
After rejoining RCA in its international division, he worked his way up the ladder to various executive positions and left RCA as division VP and general manager for RCA mobile communications system at Meadowland, Pa.
During his tenure at NBC, Ulasewicz supervised NBC-Burbank’s conversion from land-line to satellite transmission of the network’s programming for distribution to its 200-plus affiliated stations. He also oversaw the modernization of NBC’s master control in Burbank, the construction of Stage 11, a state-of-art production center and the remodeling of all NBC structures facing Alameda and Olive avenues in Burbank.
Ulasewicz is survived by his wife of 51 years, Edna, a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and a brother.
Family suggests donations in his name be made to Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at USC, 3715 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089.