Jeff Lyle, Engineer Who Ran SSN Media Gateway, Dies at 56

Jeff Lyle, the Little Rock TV engineer who ran SSN Media Gateway LLC before suffering a stroke last month, died March 9 at the age of 56.

He was general manager of central Arkansas' major broadcast and master control service outsourcer for TV stations around the country. The 35,000-SF headquarters is at 1 Shackleford Drive.

"Jeff was warm, kind and a technically brilliant TV engineer," said Matthew Davidge, the British-born New York investor who bought Media Gateway several years ago, helping it emerge from the implosion of the Soul of the South Network.

Since Lyle's stroke, Davidge has taken a bigger role in managing day-to-day operations at Media Gateway, which takes signals off satellites, lines up programming with local commercials and newscasts, and ships it directly to broadcast transmitters, cable outlets and dish services.

Lyle's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Austin, Minnesota. The service will be streamed live to a gathering at the Holiday Inn Little Rock-Chenal Parkway, where a viewing room will open at 1:30 p.m., Davidge said. 

The service will also be streamed at https://fuzionvideos.com/live, Davidge said.

"Jeff was a leader, mentor and friend to staff, colleagues and associates as well as a pioneer in technical TV matters," said Lynette Brown, controller at Davidge's Roseland Broadcasting, based in New York. "He will be deeply missed."