SBE Names Three Members to Fellow

NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV – The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has elevated three members to the membership rank of Fellow. The SBE Board of Directors elected Frank Giardina, CPBE; Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB; and Robert Hoffman, CPBE; at its meeting held Sunday, April 23 in Las Vegas during the 2017 NAB Show.

Frank Giardina is the director of engineering/IT for the Cumulus Media Birmingham, AL, market. His interest in electronics and radio began when he was a child when he started a radio repair shop in the family garage, where he worked on radios for relatives and friends. This eventually led to his first summer job in a local radio/TV repair shop. Frank obtained his amateur novice test at age 12, then his Technician License, and then his First Class Radiotelephone Operator License at 16. He currently holds an Extra Class license, WA4FG. His career includes working in Dallas as a component test technician at Rockwell-Collins before returning to Birmingham to work at stations including WAQY, WBRC-AM/FM, WSGN, WAPI-AM/FM, WZRR and WJOX. He is a past chair of SBE Chapter 68 Birmingham, and is currently frequency coordinator and certification chair. He is an instructor in the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s Engineering Academy, teaching AM and FM transmission and reception.

Ted Hand is director of engineering/operations at WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC, Cox Media Group. His TV career began at WTVZ and then WAVY in Norfolk, VA. He has also worked for Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh, NC; and WTKR and then WGNT in Hampton Roads, VA. Ted has been active in SBE Chapter 54 Hampton Roads, VA, for many years, serving the chapter as webmaster, where his efforts were recognized in the SBE Awards program in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. He is also active in SBE Chapter 45 Charlotte, NC. In 2016, both chapters honored Ted with their Chapter Engineering of the Year awards. Ted served 11 of 14 years on the SBE Board of Directors, with his last term ending in 2016. He was secretary for five of those years. He has served on the SBE’s Executive Committee, and he has chaired the SBE Frequency Coordination Committee.

Robert Hoffman is the chief engineer of Hubbard Radio St. Louis and stations WIL-FM, WARH-FM and WXOS-FM. His first job in radio was the on-air producer for The Teen Show at WINI in Murphysboro, IL in 1971. He quickly became a morning and afternoon host, and operations and music director there. His radio career has taken him to stations in Mt Vernon, IL, and Cape Girardeau, MO, before he moved to St Louis in 1985, then moved away, and returned to St. Louis in 1992. He has worked for the same stations for more than 19 years, through which he has also worked for three owners. He is active in Chapter 55 St. Louis as the Meeting Coordination and Program Chair, a role he has filled since 1995.

In the nomination for Frank Giardina, one person wrote, “Frank’s guidance, advice, extraordinary technical expertise, and insistence on perfection have helped me build six radio stations. He has also had great positive influence on many new engineers. His dedication and unwavering high standards are surely a reflection of what the SBE represents.”

In Ted Hand’s nomination, one endorser wrote, “I [have] had several opportunities to talk to Ted about broadcast engineering-related topics and the SBE, and found him to be a most talented and experienced broadcast engineer and committed to the goals of our society, the developing and advancement of the broadcast engineer.” Another endorser wrote, “His is a great support to others in the industry and is always willing to impart his knowledge to those less experienced.”

In Robert Hoffman’s nomination, an endorser wrote, “Robert’s biggest accomplishment is staying abreast of changes and technology of current radio.” In addition, “Bob is always willing to help other people. At any time, anyone who calls him, Bob will go out of his way to help.”

“Our newest Fellow members exhibit the outstanding qualities of outstanding broadcast engineers worthy of the Society’s highest member grade,” said Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. “Each has taken his own unique path to success in broadcast engineering, and I congratulate them on this recognition.”

The Fellow honor is the highest membership level in the SBE. Members must have made significant contributions to the broadcast engineering field or the SBE. Candidates are nominated by their peers. Since the Society’s founding more than 50 years ago, 75 members have been honored with the Fellow rank.

The three recipients will be recognized for their election to Fellow during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Oct. 26, 2017, in Denver, during the annual SBE National Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain AV Expo.

SBE Plans Multiple Events for 2017 NAB Show

As you plan how you will spend your time at the 2017 NAB Show, be sure you include the many SBE events on your convention calendar. While the Ennes Workshop launches the convention on Saturday, the highlight for SBE members is the annual Membership Meeting, which will be followed by a reception. The Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:15 p.m. in room N256. The Membership Meeting brings you up to date on all the SBE activities and programs, and it includes a milestone-service recognition of SBE chapter certification chairs, and updates on the society’s plans, programs and government relations efforts.NAB Show logo Everyone attending will be eligible to win prizes, including a Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD (courtesy of the Membership Meeting sponsor Blackmagic Design), a $250 gift card for Fry’s Electronics and restaurant gift cards.

You’ll want to get to the meeting early as well, because the first 125 people in line will receive an SBE-logoed stylus.

The Membership Reception starts immediately after the meeting at 6:15 p.m. in rroom N243. Light snacks and drinks are possible from the generous support of several Sustaining Member sponsors. There will also be multiple prize drawings at the reception thanks to Gold sponsor EMP Solutions.

A big change for the SBE this year is that the SBE booth has moved to the North Hall meeting room hallway. The official booth number is NL1. It’s near room N262.

Check the complete event schedule online, and also in the SBE Sustaining Member Online Resource Guide and NAB Show Exhibitor Listings. You’ll find details for several committee meetings, the board of directors meeting, SBE certification exams, and the daily booth prize drawing.

SBE Partners With SACIA

By Chuck Kelly; Chair, SBE International Committee
The SBE and the Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA) recently signed an affiliation agreement, which allows for open communications among like-minded organizations. The SACIA is a not-for-profit society headquartered near Johannesburg, and offers technical training as well as certification in broadcast and communications technical fields.

Similar agreements are in place between the SBE and professional societies in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, South Korea, Pakistan, and the Philippines. There are no voting rights or financial ties under the agreements, but they are intended to share information regarding the changing technology of the broadcast industry worldwide.

Ornellas Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

Jason OrnellasSBE President Jerry Massey has appointed Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO, to fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during a conference call meeting on March 21. The Board seat opened when Mark Simpson, CPBE, AMD, DRB, CBNE, resigned from the Board. Ornellas fills Simpson’s unexpired term that will end in the fall 2018.

Ornellas is director of engineering at CBS Radio, Sacramento, CA. He has been an SBE member since 2008, first as a Student Member. He was involved with SBE chapters in Indianapolis, San Francisco and New York City before moving to Sacramento. He is a member of Chapter 43 Sacramento.

On the appointment, Massey said, “Jason expressed interest in serving on the Board in previous SBE elections, so it was a natural choice to ask him to join the Board now. I’m glad to have him with us. At the same time, I’m sorry that Mark Simpson has decided to step down, but I understand his reasons.”

Mark Simpson was recently promoted to VP of engineering of Townsquare Media. He was elected to the Board in 2016. He has stepped down from the Board to focus his energy on his new position.

Denver to Host SBE 2017 National Meeting

The Mile High City of Denver, CO, will host the 2017 SBE National Meeting on Oct. 25-26. SBE President Jerry Massey made the announcement at the end of the 2016 SBE Annual Membership Meeting held in Columbus, OH, last October. The National Meeting will be held in conjunction with Audio/Video Expo (AVX) at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel. The host chapter is Chapter 48 of Denver and the Colorado Front Range.

The SBE National Meeting includes the SBE Annual Membership Meeting, the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner and the SBE Fellows Breakfast. Also meeting during the event will be the national SBE Board of Directors, and the national SBE Certification Committee.

The AVX is a two-day event that includes a trade show with more than 100 media and A/V oriented exhibiting companies, and two dozen workshops and seminars.

The Crowne Plaza DIA is a first class hotel that includes a 60,000 sq. ft convention center and offers free shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport. The SBE National Meeting was last held there in 2012.

More information about the SBE National Meeting will be available beginning in June. Watch for it in The Signal and SBE-news. All members and friends of the SBE are invited to attend. Members in Colorado and neighboring states are particularly encouraged to attend while the SBE National Meeting is close by. Save the dates: Oct. 25-26 for the 2017 SBE National Meeting and AVX.

SBE Leadership Development Course Set for August

The Society of Broadcast Engineers will hold the 2017 SBE Leadership Development Course Aug. 8 – 10, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. This three-day course is an intensive study of successful leadership and management, designed specifically for broadcast engineers.

The course explores the nature of leadership, the difference between being a manager and being a leader, how to build a winning team, the importance of attitude in the leadership position, communication insights and so much more.

Rodney VandeveerInstructing the course for the seventh year will be Rodney Vandeveer, professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University. Vandeveer brings more than 30 years of experience in human resources management, training, development and manufacturing. Vandeveer also owns a leadership training business, VanTech Training. A previous course attendee said, “Outstanding program! I found the material valuable, and Rodney [Vandeveer] is an engaging teacher!”

To register for this professional development opportunity, visit the Leadership Development Course page on the SBE website and click the Education tab. The enrollment fee is $620 for SBE members and $675 for non-members. The course will be held at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South. A special room rate of $118 per night, plus tax, is available through July 10, 2017. Questions? Contact SBE Education Director Cathy Orosz at corosz@sbe.org.

The SBE has presented the SBE Leadership Development Course since 1997. The NAB sponsored the course from 1965 to 1995. This intense course is designed specifically for broadcast engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities. Details on the course are available at sbe.org/ldc.

Lopez Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

Vinny LopezSBE President Jerry Massey has appointed Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT, to fill the open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during its winter meeting on January 28. The Board seat opened when Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, was appointed from the Board to take the office of SBE secretary in December 2016. The Board term will end in the fall 2018.

Lopez, who is chief engineer at WSTM/WTVH/WSTQ-Sinclair Broadcast Group, Syracuse, NY, is a member of SBE Chapter 22 Central New York. He is a past president, vice president and secretary of the SBE, and served his first term as a director in 2001. He was elevated to the SBE member grade of Fellow in 2005. He has been the Chapter 22 chair and vice chair and is currently the chapter secretary.

On the appointment, Massey said, “Vinny has an established track record with the SBE, and I’m glad to have him return to service on the Board of Directors. His SBE and industry experience are a valuable asset.”

The Society of Broadcast Engineers Forms EAS Advisory Group

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has actively worked as a source of information for the Emergency Alert System since it was launched. As the system has developed and evolved to include new technologies and alerting partners, so has the SBE adapted to be the most effective and thorough resource for broadcasters to use to implement their EAS efforts.

As part of this evolution, SBE President Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, authorized the formation of the SBE EAS Advisory Group. The purpose of the group is to stay abreast of developments regarding EAS that will affect SBE members, including changes in federal regulations, policy and technology, and communicate pertinent developments to appropriate SBE national leadership and staff.

The group’s member’s are:
Larry Wilkins, CPBE, AMD, CBNT (group chair)
George Molnar
James Hoge
Ed Czarnecki (Monroe Electronics/Digital Alert Systems)
Harold Price (Sage Alerting Systems)

The group members were chosen to yield insight from the two SBE national committees that are involved with EAS issues, SBE members who are heavily involved with EAS, and SBE sustaining members that manufacture EAS equipment. The group reports to Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, the chair of the SBE Education Committee, and Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, the chair of the SBE Government Relations Committee.

On the announcement of the group’s formation, SBE President Jerry Massey said, “The SBE has worked with the various EAS partners, from stations to manufacturers to legislators, to be the trusted source of EAS information. The SBE EAS Advisory Group continues the effort that was begun by previous SBE committees.”

Larry Wilkins, the group chair, added, “Going forward, one focus of the group will be to field reports concerning origination or distribution problems from broadcast stations and state emergency communications committees (SECC). Using the expertise of the committee members along with information from our contacts with the FCC and FEMA, a recommended solution can be issued to the industry.”

Initial Findings of the 2016 EAS Nationwide Test

EAS logoAt the end of December, the FCC released an initial overview of the nationwide EAS test results and highlighted several opportunities for strengthening the EAS. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) and the National Weather Service (NWS), conducted a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2:20 p.m. EDT on Sept. 28, 2016. The nationwide test was designed to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS, with a particular emphasis on testing FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the integrated gateway through which common alerting protocol-based (CAP-based) EAS alerts are disseminated to EAS Participants.

The test also provided the Commission an opportunity to evaluate improvements made to the EAS since the 2011 nationwide EAS test and to improve its ability to monitor the performance of EAS Participants during nationwide EAS tests. At the direction of the Commission, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau launched the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS), an electronic filing system and related database, on June 27, 2016. Using ETRS for the first time, EAS Participants nationwide registered accounts and submitted identifying information regarding their participation in the EAS. In the hours following the nationwide test, EAS Participants submitted “day of test” results that indicated whether they successfully received and retransmitted the test alert. EAS Participants submitted detailed analyses in the weeks following the test that specified how they received the alert and identified any complications they experienced during the test.

The FCC reports that the Nationwide EAS Test was successful. Initial test data indicates that the vast majority of EAS participants successfully received and retransmitted the National Periodic Test (NPT) code that was used for the test. The improvements made to the EAS using the lessons learned from the 2011 nationwide EAS test and the implementation of the ETRS appear to have significantly improved test performance over what was observed during the 2011 test.

From the data submitted by EAS participants to the ETRS, several steps have been identified where the Commission could strengthen the EAS. These improvements address problems with poor audio quality, inability to deliver the Spanish alert because of receive timing between the over-the-air test and the IPAWS CAP alert, better access to alerts for people with disabilities, shortcomings in some state EAS plans, improperly configured station equipment, and potential improvements in cybersecurity of the EAS.

Read the FCC’s public notice:
https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-1452A1.docx
https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-1452A1.pdf

Pecena Appointed to Fill SBE Secretary Vacancy

SBE President Jerry Massey has appointed Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, as national secretary on the SBE national Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during a conference call meeting held December 12. The position of national secretary was vacated when Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, resigned to focus on a new career direction as a commercial airline pilot.

Wayne PecenaPecena, who is director of engineering at Texas A&M University and a member of Chapter 99, has been a member of the SBE Board for four years and was elected to a third director term earlier this year. He chairs the SBE Education Committee and will continue to do so while serving as secretary. Pecena vacates his director seat to assume the secretary role.

Anderson was elected national secretary this past summer and had served as a director on the Board for six years. For most of those years, he served as chair of the membership committee.

On the appointment, Massey said, “We’re certainly sorry that Tim is leaving the Board, but it’s understandable as he pursues his new career path. We’ll miss his insight and contributions to the SBE’s national efforts. At the same time, Wayne has been, and I expect will continue to be, a valuable asset to the SBE and especially our education efforts. I welcome him to his new position.”

President Massey has also appointed board director Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, senior director of broadcast engineering at Turner Entertainment Networks and a member of Chapter 5 in Atlanta, to serve on the Executive Committee.