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.

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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.

Certification Service Milestones

The SBE is made up of a multitude of volunteers. There are seven employees who work at the National Office, but the real momentum behind the SBE is those who dedicate their personal time to further the goals and objectives of broadcast engineering through the SBE. This includes, but is not limited to, the Board of Directors, all the various SBE committees in addition to the Certification Committee, and the local chapters including the chapter certification chairs.

At the spring Membership Meeting at the 2018 NAB Show, the SBE recognized the local certification chairmen who devote volunteer time to the Program of Certification. These local certification chairmen receive a plaque on the recurring five-year anniversaries. What follows is a list of those who were recognized at the meeting in April. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who devote so many hours to the SBE and the certification program.

Chapter Certification Chairs
1 Year James Campbell, CPBE; Chapter 103
Rusty Armitage, CPBE; Chapter 113
5 Years James Cole, CPBE: Chapter 9
David Shaffer, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 56
10 Years Steve Epstein, CPBE; Chapter 143
15 Years Ed Roos, CPBE; Chapter 88
25 Years Thomas Green, CSTE; Chapter 45
30 Years Samuel Straus, CPBE; Chapter 60
SBE Certification Committee
25 Years Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT

Recognize Excellence and Submit a Nomination in the SBE Awards

Nominate SBE members and chapters for the 2018 SBE award season. Consider your chapter and chapter members when you think about these awards. There may be an individual in your chapter who has been an outstanding engineer, educator or mentor for new broadcast engineers. Recognize that person by nominating him or her for the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year or the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards.

This will be the sixth year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year award is nominated by SBE Chapters. Each chapter has the opportunity to nominate one of their own members. Chapter s are ecouraged to take this opportunity.

The SBE Freedom Award recognizes an individual or group that has performed extraordinary service to the United States through the use of media technology. The SBE Technology Award recognizes the person, group or company that has developed innovative new technology or systems for media technology. Maybe someone you know has written a notable technical article or presented a technical paper at a meeting or program. These are a few of the awards that are presented each year by the SBE.

Of the 13 awards that are presented each year, the local chapter or SBE members nominates for 10 of them. Many SBE members are highly qualified and deserving of recognition. Likewise, many chapters do an excellent job promoting the ideals and goals of the SBE. Please nominate these members and chapters so they can receive the recognition they deserve.

Find all the details on the SBE awards at sbe.org/awards. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Certification Director Megan Clappe at mclappe@sbe.org or SBE Awards Committe Chair Jason Ornellas at jornellas@sbe.org.

SBE Strategic Planning Conference: June 9, 2018 in Indianapolis

The SBE will conduct a strategic planning conference on Saturday, June 9 in Indianapolis. The purpose of the conference is to assess how changes to the media industry affect our members and future members and determine ways for the SBE to adapt to meet the needs of the members of the future.

The chair, or a designee, of each SBE chapter is invited to participate. Chapters might consider funding the travel and hotel cost from chapter funds for their representative. Members of the national SBE Board of Directors and all SBE national staff will also be participating. The conference will be facilitated by Rodney Vandeveer. As the instructor for the annual SBE Leadership Development Course, Vandeveer is familiar with the technical broadcast community. He owns VanTECH Training and is a retired professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University.

Though there is no registration fee, chapter participants are asked to register online so the SBE can plan for seating and meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to participants, as well as a welcome reception on Friday evening, June 8. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The technology and economic changes within the media industry have had a pronounced effect on the expectations of those who work on the technical side of broadcasting. The skill sets, educational background and experience expected by employers have expanded from those of the traditional RF broadcast engineer to one that includes information technology systems, operations and non-traditional delivery systems.

We will identify the demographics of who are members are today who they will likely be in the years ahead. Participants will develop recommendations to the national Board of Directors regarding specific actions the SBE needs to take regarding recruitment strategies, education, certification and chapter operations.

Register online.

SBE Conducts Third Compensation Survey

Compensation SurveyFrom April 1 to May 13, 2018, the Society of Broadcast Engineers will conduct a survey to determine salary levels and benefits among broadcast and media technology engineers. The SBE conducted its first survey in 2016. This third survey will continue to help us establish a baseline for subsequent surveys and build compensation trends.

The complete results of the survey will be available at no charge to SBE members as a benefit of membership. A link to the survey is posted on the SBE website.

The survey includes questions about job titles, broadcast market size and compensation in dollars and offered benefits. SBE membership is not required to take the survey.

While all responses remain anonymous, demographic data collected will include market size, job category/title, age, years working in broadcasting, salary, benefits received, and any certification held. The data will be split into radio or TV results, with details on job category and market size.

Get Ahead With the SBE

Membership Drive 2018

Help your colleagues develop their professional careers: have them join the SBE today.

Membership Drive 2018The SBE wants your help in recruiting new members, and you can win rewards for your efforts. Sponsor a new Member, Associate Member or Sustaining Member between March 1 and May 31, 2018, and you will be eligible for the prize drawings. For each approved new member application you sponsor you will earn $5 off your 2019 membership dues, up to $25. Each new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications must be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2018, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 26, 2018.

New in 2018: If you recruit three or more Regular or Associate Members, or one Sustaining Member, you will also receive an upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for the remainder of the 2018 membership period.

New members are welcome throughout the year. Here’s the link to the member application: SBE Membership application

Grand Prize

A trip to the SBE National Meeting held in conjunction with the annual Media Resource Expo 2018 in Danvers, MA, Oct. 2-3, 2018. Prize package includes round trip airfare for one from within the continental US to the meeting; all SBE National Meeting and engineering conference events; and two nights at the host hotel.

Additional Prizes are donated by SBE Sustaining Members and our bookstore publishers. See the list at sbe.org.

Golden Recruiter Award

This award recognizes a chapter in each size division recruiting the most new members during the Membership Drive.

Category A and B are based on chaper enrollment, Class A represents chapers whose membership is less than the national median. Class B includes chapters with a membership greater than the national median. Plaques will be awarded during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Oct.3 in Danvers, MA.

Membership Drive FAQs

Where do I find new members? Prospective members can be non-members attending chapter meetings, fellow engineers at work or other stations, suppliers or educators.

How do I get credit for new members? Direct prospective members to the SBE website to join online or provide them with a copy of the membership application and ask him/her to fill in your name on the line “Sponsor’s Name/Who introduced you to SBE.” Once the new member’s membership application has been approved, your name will be placed in the prize drawing, which takes place in June 2018.

Official Rules: Only members of the SBE in good standing (national dues paid) are eligible. All applications are subject to approval by the admissions committee per the SBE By-laws. Only sponsorships of new applications for Member, Associate Member and Sustaining Members are eligible for the prize drawings. Each approved application will earn $5 off the recruiter’s 2019 membership dues, up to $25. Each new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications must be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2018, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 26, 2018. Winners will be notified by mail. Grand prize winner may choose $500 cash in lieu of the trip package. There are no other prize substitutions. Winners are responsible for any taxes on prizes. Employees of the SBE and their family members are not eligible to win. Contest void where prohibited. Entrants agree that their name and likeness may be used by the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. for promotional purposes.

SBE MemberPlus Shows Early Success

SBE MemberPlusOn January 1, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, launched its new member benefit, SBE MemberPlus. Adopted by the SBE Board of Directors at its meeting in October 2017, the enhanced member benefit allows Regular, Senior or Associate members to upgrade their membership with full access to the more than 62 Webinars by SBE.

The SBE’s relatively low dues already provide access to SBE publications, social media outlets, job listings, compensation survey results and access to a life insurance program, as well as member discounts for SBE certification, education programs and purchases at the SBE Bookstore. SBE MemberPlus provides more value to members who choose to enhance their membership.

Initial response to SBE MemberPlus has been positive. For less than the cost of two Webinars by SBE, SBE MemberPlus members have access to more than 62 online education programs that cover a wide range of technical broadcast and media topics.

SBE annual membership runs from April 1 to March 31. SBE members received their renewal notices in early February, and already, more than 125 members have renewed their memberships or joined the SBE and added the MemberPlus benefit.

On the initial success, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “The SBE Board of Directors expected SBE MemberPlus would be an attractive option to our members, but the response in the first several weeks of 2018 has doubled our exceeded our projections. SBE MemberPlus is an obvious value to SBE members.”

Individuals can join or renew their traditional SBE membership as a Regular, Senior or Associate member (based on eligibility) at the rate of $85, and purchase any SBE online education program a la carte. SBE MemberPlus has all the benefits of traditional SBE membership and includes access to all the live and archived Webinars by SBE in the SBE catalog plus any new webinars the SBE adds during the membership year, but at a higher cost ($175).

The SBE has prepared a video explaining SBE MemberPlus.

Access to the SBE webinars through the SBE MemberPlus program is limited to the member-purchaser only. They are not permitted to distribute, sell, copy, share, project or otherwise make the webinars available to any other individual or group without express written permission by the SBE.

More information about SBE MemberPlus
Video Outlining SBE MemberPlus

Siegler Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

Dave SieglerThe SBE Board of Directors, at its meeting on Oct. 25, approved the appointment of David Siegler, CPBE, to fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The Board seat opened when Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, was elected to the office of SBE treasurer in the recent election. Siegler fills Bernier’s unexpired term that will end in the fall 2018.

Siegler is VP, technical operations, of Cox Media Group. He is based in Atlanta. He is also a member of the AFCCE, ATSC, IEEE, and SMPTE, and serves on the board of directors of the ATSC and the Journal Award Committee for SMPTE. He is a SMPTE Fellow Member and was awarded Broadcast & Cable’s Technology Leadership award in 2015.

On the appointment and after the swearing in of the board and officers, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Dave had previously expressed an interest in serving on the Board, so it was a natural choice to ask him to join the Board now. I’m glad to have him with us.”