SBE Releases 2018 Compensation Survey Results

Compensation SurveyFrom April 1 to May 21, 2018, the Society of Broadcast Engineers conducted its third annual compensation survey to determine salary levels and benefits among broadcast and media technology engineers. This survey provides a wealth of useful information, and it adds to the baseline being developed for subsequent surveys to establish compensation trends.

The complete results of the survey are available at no charge to SBE members as a benefit of membership. A link to the survey is posted on the SBE website. SBE members will login to view and download the report.

The survey included 23 questions that gathered information about job titles, broadcast market size and compensation in dollars and offered benefits. SBE membership was not required to take the survey. About the survey, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “The SBE is again pleased with the number of responses we received for the 2018 Compensation Survey. The data is a value to SBE members, and to the industry.”

While all responses remained anonymous, demographic data collected included market size, job category/title, age, years working in broadcasting, salary, benefits received, and any certification held. The data is split into radio or TV results, with greater detail on job category and market size. President Leifer added, “The survey again shows the continuing trend that individuals who hold SBE Certification on average earn a higher salary than those who do not hold SBE Certification. The SBE Compensation Survey broadly encompasses radio, TV and other media.”

SBE members can access the survey at this link. SBE login is required.

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Boston Suburb of Danvers is Site of the 2018 SBE National Meeting

The Society of Broadcast Engineers will bring the 54th SBE National Meeting to Danvers, MA, just outside of Boston, on October 2-3. The event will be held in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo (MRE), an annual New England regional exposition and educational event. The MRE includes a media equipment and services tradeshow and multiple technical sessions of interest to all media engineers, technicians, post-production, A/V and media IT professionals.

Serving as event host is SBE Chapter 11 of Boston. The SBE National Meeting begins on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, with the fall meeting of the national SBE Certification Committee from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The fall meeting of the SBE Board of Directors will take place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Attendance at the Board meeting is open to any SBE member. On Wednesday, activities begin with the annual SBE Fellows Breakfast, a reunion of SBE Fellow members including this year’s inductee, Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT. In the afternoon, the one-hour SBE Annual Membership Meeting will be webcast live to members around the world.

The SBE Annual Awards Reception and Dinner also takes place on Wednesday. The dinner will feature a guest speaker and the presentation of the society’s major awards, including the Robert L. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year and James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards. The dinner program will conclude with the presentation of the Fellow honor to Massey.

The SBE chapter and individual awards will be presented during the dinner program. For chapters, they include the Best Chapter or Regional Educational Event, Best Chapter Communications, Most Certified Chapter, Highest Member Attendance and Greatest Growth in New Members.

Individual (or company) awards include: Technology Award, Facility Innovation of the Year, Best Technical Paper, Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member; Best Article, Paper or Program by a Student Member and the new Freedom Award.

The MRE is a one-day event, held on Wednesday, Oct. 3. MRE session topics and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The SBE National Meeting and the MRE will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore. The hotel is located 19 miles north, up I-95, from downtown Boston and Logan Airport.

Information about MRE registration and other details will be released later this summer.
Registration for the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner is made through the SBE website. Reservations are required ($16) and made online at the SBE website by calling the SBE National Office at 317-846-9000. There is no other registration fee to attend SBE National Meeting events.

Make hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore by calling 978-777-2500 and ask for the Society of Broadcast Engineers SBE discount. A special rate of $149 per night plus tax has been arranged for the event.

Save the dates and plan to make your way to Boston for this year’s SBE National Meeting and the Media Resource Expo.

SBE Officer, Director Candidates Announced for 2018 Election

Each year the SBE membership elects members to serve on the national Board of Directors; the governing body of the society. This includes all four officers for one-year terms and half the 12 directors for two-year terms. The slate of candidates assembled by the Nominations Committee includes:

Officers:
James LeiferPresident: James Leifer, CPBE; Chapter 11 Boston; Andover, MA
Vice President: RJ Russell, CPBE; Chapter 18 Philadelphia; Middletown, DE
Secretary: Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 99 Bryan, TX, College Station, TX
Treasurer: Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 5 Atlanta; Alpharetta, GA

Directors:
(top six vote getters will be elected):
Stephen J. Brown, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 80 Fox Valley; Appleton, WI
Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area; Clearwater, FL
Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; Chapter 103 Nashville; Nashville, TN
Gary Kline; Chapter 5 Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT; Chapter 22 Central New York; Syracuse, NY
Thomas R. McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT; Chapter 16 Seattle; Missoula, MT
Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; Chapter 43 Sacramento; Sacramento, CA
Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT; Chapter 48 Denver; Laramie, WY
Daniel N. Whealy, CBTE; Chapter 96 Rockford; Sumner, IA

Additional candidates may be nominated by the membership. Any eligible member proposed by at least ten members to the national Secretary by July 6 will be added to the ballot. The election will take place July 20 through August 22. Balloting will be via the election website, except for those members who have opted out of electronic voting this year or who have not provided the SBE national office with their email address. They will receive their ballots through the mail.
For more information about candidacy, contact Secretary Wayne Pecena at wpecena@sbe.org, or Executive Director John Poray at jporay@sbe.org or 317-846-9000.

FCC Extends C-Band Earth Station Filing Window

In a public notice, the International Bureau of the FCC announced a 90-day extension, to October 17, 2018, to the filing window for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band as announced in public notice DA 18-398 on April 19, 2018. The earlier notice announced a temporary freeze on new or modification applications, and established a 90-day filing window for existing entities to voluntarily register or license their FSS earth-station facilities. The FCC also waived the coordination report requirement for the duration of the freeze. That filing windows was due to expire on July 18, 2018.

Since the beginning of the freeze, many parties have submitted to the record their concerns about the volume of unregistered earth stations and the difficulties that many of these operators have faced in preparing the information for filing. These parties indicate that without some relief many operators will be unable to satisfy the filing deadline and the Commission will be without accurate information for its deliberations in the Mid-band Proceeding. To address these concerns, the International Bureau now extends the 90-day filing date for an additional 90 days, until October 17, 2018, in order to provide operators with more time to file applications, should they choose to do so. Only earth stations constructed and operational as of April 19, 2018 are eligible for filing during this window.

The FCC also clarified that applications to register multiple FSS antennas operating in this band that are located at the same address or geographic location may be filed in the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) by using a single registration form and paying a single fee (fee code CMO, currently $435). Finally, the FCC announced the availability of an additional option to facilitate the registration of large numbers of geographically diverse earth stations by filing an application for a single “network” license and paying a single fee in IBFS (fee code BGV, currently $10,620).

SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, and SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay visited representatives from the FCC International Bureau and the Office of Engineering and Technology on May 22 with specific requests to ease the registration burden to broadcasters. The SBE is pleased that the FCC implemented most of what the SBE requested.

The SBE’s requests were to extend the filing window, which it did, and to eliminate the filing fee. If the filing fee could not be waived, the SBE suggested a method of bulk filing for multiple stations or locations, which the FCC granted.

Read the FCC public notice

DA/FCC #: DA-18-639
Docket/RM: 17-183, 18-122

Info on registering Earth station sites

Hand Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

SBE President Jim Leifer has appointed Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, to fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during its meeting on June 8. The Board seat opened when Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, resigned from the Board. Hand fills Thomas’ unexpired term that will end in the fall 2019.

Ted HandHand is director of engineering/operations at Cox Media Group – Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. He has been an SBE member since 1981, and was elevated to the member grade of Fellow in 2017. He has been involved with SBE chapters in Hampton Roads, VA, and Charlotte, NC. He is a member of Chapter 45 Charlotte. He has served on the SBE board of directors as a director and as secretary. He is a Fellow member of the SBE.

On the appointment, Leifer said, “Ted has served the SBE locally and nationally for many years, and I welcome him back to the board of directors. At the same time, I’m sorry that Barry Thomas has decided to step down, but I understand his professional reasons.”

“I promise to keep working hard as I have in the past years to support the needs of the Society and its membership, especially in supporting the Society’s education goals,” said Ted Hand on the appointment. “Education is the key to staying ahead in knowledge.”

SBE and ATSC to Develop ATSC 3.0 Certification for Broadcast Engineers

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. (SBE), the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, and the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. (ATSC) today announced a cooperative effort to develop a new Specialist level of SBE certification that will benchmark an individual’s proficiency in the ATSC 3.0 System standard.

“SBE Certification covers a range of experience levels and disciplines in broadcast and media engineering. As broadcast engineering diversified beyond legacy technology, the SBE Certification Program also diversified by adding certifications for computer networking and IT, and then a series of specific Specialist Certifications for television transmission, AM directional arrays, and digital radio. With the industry preparing to implement ATSC 3.0, broadcast engineers must be proficient in the next-generation television technology. The SBE and ATSC are working together to develop the next SBE Certification Specialist to cover ATSC 3.0,” said SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE.

“ATSC is pleased to work with SBE to develop an ATSC 3.0 Specialist Certification program. The SBE has extensive experience training and certifying broadcast engineers. Our work with the SBE is part of efforts to support deployment of ATSC 3.0,” said Mark Richer, president of ATSC.
The world’s first internet-based broadcast television standard, ATSC 3.0 will give stations and viewers more choices and options now that broadcast TV can seamlessly connect with broadband-delivered content. Approved for use by U.S. broadcasters and deployed in South Korea, ATSC 3.0 technologies make it possible to transmit in Ultra High-Definition, to offer immersive audio, and to add more capabilities like high dynamic range, wide color gamut, and interoperability with Internet-delivered content.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers Certification Program is part of the society’s efforts contributing to the advancement of broadcast engineering for the general benefit of the entire broadcast industry. The program was created in 1975 to recognize and raise the professional status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence. Through the years, the SBE’s certification program has become recognized in the industry as the primary method of verifying the attainment of educational standards. With the industry constantly changing, the SBE-certified engineer must keep up with those changes.

To hold SBE Specialist Certification, an individual must first hold one of the SBE core-four certifications: CBT, CBRE/CBTE, CSRE/CSTE or CPBE. Once the new Specialist Certification is released, applicants will take a 50-question, multiple-choice exam and answer an essay question.

More information about SBE certification is online at sbe.org/cert.

Nominations Committee Seeks Board Candidates for 2018 Election

The SBE Nominations Committee work has begun. Members of this committee include: Robert Combs, from Spring, TX; John George Jr., from Lexington, SC; Martin Stabbert, CPBE, from Reno, NV; Joe Snelson, Jr., CPBE, 8-VSB, from Aurora, CO; and chairman Justin Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE, from Charleston, SC.

ballot boxThe SBE Nominations Committee seeks qualified candidates who are voting members (Member, Senior, Fellow or the designated representative of a SBE Sustaining Member) in good standing (dues paid). Candidates must hold an engineering level of SBE certification (CBT or higher, or CBNE) and maintain it the entire duration of service on the Board, if elected. Candidates should have a desire to serve and lead, not only as a member of the board, but through service as a national committee chair or member. Members of the Board are “at large,” meaning they represent all members, not any one specific region, state, city or chapter. It is suggested that candidates have previous experience as a leader in his or her local chapter, or other volunteer leadership experience, prior to running for the national SBE Board.

Members of the Board are expected to attend two regularly called meetings each year; in the spring, held during the annual NAB Show, and in the fall, at the annual SBE National Meeting. Other meetings may be called via conference call during the year.

The national SBE board includes 12 directors, four officers and the immediate past president. Directors serve two-year terms and officers serve one-year terms. Six director seats will be contested in 2017 as will all four officer positions. The SBE By-laws limits the number of terms of elected members of the Board. Directors may serve three consecutive terms. The secretary and treasurer may serve up to four consecutive terms and the president and vice president may serve up to two consecutive terms. The maximum number of years anyone may serve on the board is ten consecutive years. The time spent as immediate past president does not count towards the ten-year total.

Members interested in offering their candidacy and serving on the national Board if elected are encouraged to contact the chairman of the SBE Nominations Committee, Justin Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE, at jttucker@sbe.org or 843-277-1270. A slate of nominees will be assembled by the committee by May 1. Other qualified members may be nominated by members in good standing no later than July 6.

The election takes place from July 20 through Aug. 22. Those elected will be installed into office during the SBE National Meeting in Danvers, MA, on Oct. 3.

Register Your C-Band Receive-Only Earth Station Now

The Battle for the C-Band Heats Up

On April 19, 2018, the FCC issued a public notice of a temporary freeze on applications for new or modified fixed satellite service earth stations and fixed microwave stations operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band. This is the C-Band downlink. The notice also established, as a limited exception to the freeze, a 90-day window allowing existing entities that now own Fixed Satellite Service earth stations to register or license them if not currently licensed or registered. During this 90-day window, earth station users of this band can also modify currently licensed or registered earth stations.

The FCC explains plainly that the purpose of the freeze is to preserve the status quo in the C-Band pending FCC action in its open inquiry into “the possibility of permitting mobile broadband use and more intensive fixed use of the band” pursuant to Docket 18-122. This is known informally as the “mid-band proceeding” and it is a freight train. Congress, in the Mobile Now Act (Part of the 2018 Appropriations Act), called on the FCC to study the feasibility of federal and non-federal sharing of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band and to submit a report to the Secretary of Commerce and Congress within 18 months. In other legislation, the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services (Ray Baum’s Act), the NTIA and the FCC are required to submit reports evaluating the feasibility of allowing commercial wireless services to share use of specified frequencies between 3.1 and 4.2 GHz. If such sharing is feasible, the reports must identify which of the frequencies are most suitable: (1) for sharing with commercial wireless services through the assignment of new licenses by competitive bidding, (2) for sharing with unlicensed operations, or (3) for sharing through a combination of licensing and unlicensed operations. So there is a direct threat to the C-Band.

As noted in the public notice, there is a 90 day filing window for Receive-Only Earth Stations that have not been registered or licensed and current registrations and licenses can be modified. It is critical that you immediately see to the licensing or registration of your C-Band receive-only earth station within this window or risk losing the programming feeds. The window opened April 19 and it closes July 18, 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Read the public notice
Info on registering Earth station sites

Dale Scherbring Appointed Trustee of Ennes Educational Foundation Trust

The SBE Board of Directors, at its meeting on April 8, 2018, approved the appointment of Dale Scherbring, CPBE as a trustee of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. The appointment was to take effect following the expected resignation of Trustee Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT. Baumgartner resigned as a trustee on April 9 after having served as a trustee for more than 25 years. Trustees have no term limit and serve at the discretion of the SBE Board.

Dale ScherbringDale is regional engineering director for Sinclair Broadcast Group, a position he has held since 2015. He manages the engineering for 24 TV stations across the Northeast region of the United States. He is also currently project managing the FCC repack for 99 Sinclair stations. He is based in Timonium, MD.

Dale began his career as a master control operator/maintenance engineer at KDUB Channel 40 in Dubuque, IA. He moved on to WXOW Channel 19 in La Crosse, WI, where he worked as a maintenance engineer and then as chief engineer. From there he joined Pappas Telecasting in Omaha, NE, where he began as chief engineer and then was promoted to vice president/director of engineering. In 2013, Dale accepted the position of vice president of engineering with Burst Communications, a systems integration company based in Denver.

Dale has been an active SBE member since 1985. He has held many SBE positions with chapters in Wisconsin and Nebraska. He was first SBE certified in 1986 and earned his CPBE in 2001.
On the appointment, Dale said, “As a trustee of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, I look forward to sharing my experience and talents in encouraging the younger generation of broadcasters.”

Three trustees are appointed by the Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors and are responsible for the operation of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. Also serving as trustees are Douglas W. Garlinger, CPBE, CBNT, of Fishers, IN; and Tony Peterle, CPBE, of Miami, FL.

On the appointment, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Dale brings more than 30 years of broadcast engineering and SBE membership experience to his role as a trustee of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. That experience will be invaluable in helping the Trust achieve its educational mission.”

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust was initiated by Indianapolis SBE Chapter 25 in 1980 in memory of Harold E. Ennes, author of many textbooks for broadcast and broadcast-related communications training and a member of the Indianapolis chapter. Ennes (pronounced “EN-es”) was a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and made many contributions to the early development of the certification program. To encourage greater growth, the Trust was transferred by Chapter 25 to the SBE national organization to administer in 1981.

Over the years, the purposes of the Trust have expanded. In addition to granting scholarships, the Trust now is involved with the presentation of broadcast engineering-related educational programs, seminars and workshops. It also helps to underwrite costs associated with educational projects, including publishing technical books and manuals.

The name of the Trust was changed in 1994 to the Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust to fully embrace its expanded role.

Each year, the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust offers scholarships to deserving candidates who aspire to, or advance their careers in the technical aspects of broadcasting. Tax-deductible donations to the Ennes scholarship fund can be sent to the SBE National Office.

Massey Named SBE Fellow

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has elevated Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, to the membership rank of Fellow. The SBE Board of Directors elected him at its meeting held Sunday, April 8 in Las Vegas during the 2018 NAB Show.

Jerry Massey is director of technical operations, Entercom Greenville Spartanburg. His career in broadcasting began as an engineer at WFBC-TV in 1973, but his experience in communications began during his time in the Air Force. His career includes working as a transmitter engineer, director of engineering and chief engineer for stations WFBC-AM/FM, with the additional Greenville stations being added to his responsibilities through acquisitions and mergers.

Massey has served on the SBE Board of Directors and as the society’s treasurer, vice president and president. He is currently immediate past president. He is active in Chapter 86 Greenville Area and currently serves as its chair.

In the nomination for Jerry Massey, one person wrote that from a career standpoint, “Jerry is ‘top of his class’ in his leadership.” The nomination goes on to say that, “Jerry’s commitment of time and knowledge with the interest in the dissemination of that knowledge to our members as well as serving in [his SBE roles] are indeed conspicuous and valuable contributions to the advancement of broadcast engineering.”

Another nomination said, “Jerry is known for…taking care of SBE members. His words of ‘member benefit’ are often quoted when discussing how the society can do more for members and when the board makes changes to its policies and procedures.”

“My friend and colleague, Jerry Massey, demonstrates the outstanding qualifications of broadcast engineers worthy of the Society’s highest member grade,” said Jim Leifer, CPBE, president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. “His devotion to excellence in himself, in others and from the SBE is unmatched.”

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, 78 members have been honored with the Fellow rank.

Massey will be recognized for his election to Fellow during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Oct. 3, 2018, in Boston, during the annual SBE National Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo.