Nominations Open for 2016 SBE Awards

Do you know an SBE member or chapter that you believe goes above and beyond the call of duty in his or her job, the broadcasting industry or to the SBE? Often these efforts go unrecognized. Don’t let that happen this year. Nominate a deserving individual or SBE chapter for a National SBE Award.

At the end of 2015 the SBE Board of Directors approved some changes and additions to the SBE Awards program to reflect the changes in the industry and to find ways to better recognize you, our members. New for 2016 are two new awards: Facility Innovation of the Year and the Freedom Award. The Facility Innovation of the Year award will recognize a member who has incorporated an innovative idea through technology and/or new media that results in improved facility or operational management. The Freedom Award will recognize an individual or group who has performed extraordinary service to the U.S. through the use of media technology. Candidates will have applied the principles of the SBE in a position that supports our U.S. Armed Forces broadcast initiatives through actions overseas or domestically.

Two other new award categories combine some previous categories to reflect the ongoing changes in broadcast and multimedia technology engineering. Best Chapter or Regional Educational Event takes the place of the Best Regional Convention or Conference Award. This award has expanded to also include chapter-sponsored seminars, Ennes Workshops and other events that chapters promote and produce that have an educational objective. Best Chapter Communication award combines the Best Chapter Website, Best Social Media Site and Best Chapter Newsletter awards.

Two award categories have been retired: Most Interactive Chapter and Best Frequency Coordination Effort. The remaining awards are the same: Chapter Engineer of the Year, Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member and the Technology Award. Additionally, the top two awards presented each year are the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year and James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year.

To nominate a worthy individual or chapter, go to the SBE website to download and submit the nomination form. Nominations are due by June 15, 2016. Winners will be notified in July and the awards will be presented during the national meeting on Oct. 27.
All the national awards were created to recognize the efforts of members and chapters. For more information contact Megan Clappe at mclappe@sbe.org, 317-846-9000 or go to sbe.org/awards.

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