Find out how you can leverage BXF to automate cumbersome processes

Do you feel the pain caused by decades-old interfaces that are tough to maintain, and not well-suited to today’s demands for more open, dynamic interaction between systems? Are you being asked to do more, but with fewer resources? Chris Lennon, who is known as the father of SMPTE’s Broadcast eXchange Format, also known as BXF, will be presenting a Webinar by SBE exploring BXF.  

Attendees will get up to speed on what exactly BXF is, and why it has so rapidly become one of SMPTE’s biggest success stories. The technical capabilities of BXF will be explored, as well as the underlying business benefits it provides. The webinar takes place November 27. The cost for members of the SBE is $49, and $75 for non-members. 

BXF was first published about four years ago. Since then, the broadcast industry has embraced it. Hundreds of implementations have been successfully completed, and BXF is well on its way to being the de facto method of connecting systems such as Traffic, Automation, and Asset Management. See how BXF has helped broadcasters, and how it can help you, as well. Read more…. Register today!

Chief Operator Responsibilites – do you know what they are?

Make sure you know what is required of chief operators by attending this Webinar by SBE on October 17.  Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, AMD, 8-VSB, CBNT is presenting this imperative webinar.  He will review administrative and technical responsibilities, communication requirements and more.  In addition, he will help you understand the FCC Rules and Regulations, so you are better equipped to serve your facility. For instance, did you know each station should appoint an alternate chief operator?  Review the FCC regulation below:

73 . 1870  Chief Operators.
(a) The licensee of each AM, FM, TV or Class A TV broadcast station must designate a person to serve as the station’s chief operator. At times when the chief operator is unavailable or unable to act (e.g., vacations, sickness), the licensee shall designate another person as the acting chief operator on a temporary basis.

This webinar is $49 for members of the SBE and $69 for non-members.  Sign up today!

Remembering Member #1: Share your favorite John Battison stories

The SBE would like to ask those who knew SBE founder John Battison to share fond memories, favorite personal stories, or comments about how John shaped the SBE and the broadcast engineering industry as a whole, in the comment section below. The society will honor Battison, known as Member #1, during the SBE National Meeting in Denver, Colorado, October 23-24.

Are you ready for the CALM Act? Register for LA seminar today!

Audio Loudness Seminar at WTTW in Chicago on August 23

The ATSC and SBE have partnered to offer you a valuable day-long seminar on September 27 discussing important updates in DTV audio loudness standards and the implementation stage of the FCC’s Commercial Audio Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act.

Knowledgeable industry leaders will present on topics, such as: FCC rules and updated information on the CALM Act; practical solutions for implementation; loudness measurement and monitoring technology; receiver processing and equipment solutions; an in-depth tutorial on ATSC’s Recommended Practice A/85; and more.

Jim Starzynski of NBC discusses actions required by TV stations and DTV loudness compliance practices

This program is beneficial for station engineers, broadcast executives, cable operators, satellite TV providers, the content creation community, and other industry professionals.

The SBE has extended the member rate to anyone who is a member of one of the following organizations: SBE, ATSC, STE, AES, SMPTE and IEEE. The cost for this program is $95 for members and $150 if you are not a member of any of these organizations.  Click here for more information and to register.

Free registration for SBE National Meeting, AVX and Engineering Boot Camp

SBE National MeetingMark your calendar for October 23-24 and register for the SBE National Meeting, AVX and SBE/SMPTE Engineering Boot Camp in Denver, October 23-24. Registration is free for the exhibit hall and boot camp, however you must register in advance for the free admittance. The SBE Annual Awards Reception and Dinner tickets are $15 in advance. Visit the SBE website for more information.

Scholarship named for SBE founder John Battison

The founder of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, John H. Battison, P.E., CPBE, who passed away on Aug. 28 at the age of 96, is being memorialized with the creation of a scholarship in his name. The John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship will be presented to an applicant who seeks to enter or advance in the field of broadcast engineering. This decision comes today, on what would have been Battison’s 97th birthday. 

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, the non-profit, charitable arm of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, is adding the scholarship to several others it already awards annually. The new scholarship recognizes the instrumental role Battison played in the formation of the SBE. It was Battison’s vision for a professional organization dedicated solely to the broadcast engineer and his personal efforts to invite station engineers from across the U.S. and Canada to join, that resulted in the organization of the SBE in 1964. Battison served as the new organization’s steering committee chairman and then as its first president.

“No one person has done more towards advancing the broadcast engineering profession than John Battison. The Ennes Trust is pleased to honor the memory of the founder of the Society of Broadcast Engineers with the creation of this scholarship,” said Ennes Trustee, Fred Baumgartner, CPBE.

The scholarship will be awarded to selected applicants who are currently in the broadcast engineering field and seek to expand their knowledge in media technology, or to a graduating high school senior who plans a career in broadcast engineering and will be attending a college, university or technical school.

Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, the president of the SBE said, “John Battison had a vision of an organization that would provide station engineers with technical education they could use in their work everyday. I can’t think of a better way to memorialize him than through a scholarship that will help young engineers advance their technical knowledge in our business.”

Applications for the John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship will be available by October 1, 2012 and can be obtained on the SBE website, The annual deadline for all Ennes Scholarships is July 1 with the announcement of the recipients made by the end of July.

Those wishing to make a contribution to the John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship fund may send donations to: Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, 9102 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN, 46260. Checks should be made payable to: Ennes Educational Foundation Trust and write “Battison Scholarship” on the memo line. The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contributions by individuals are tax deductible.