SBE Elects Jim Leifer as President

Jim LeiferThe Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, announces the results of the 2017 election for the national board of directors. Jim Leifer, CPBE, was elected as the society’s president. Leifer is senior manager of broadcast operations at American Tower Corporation, Andover, MA.

Regarding the election, President-elect Leifer said, “I look forward to serving the Society and its members. I would first like to thank my friend President Jerry Massey. We all appreciate your efforts and leadership over the last two years. I look forward to continuing your outreach to the military. I also look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the membership so we can expand our membership and outreach to the media professionals among us.”

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Oct. 26 are:

■ Vice President: Robert “RJ” Russell, CPBE; VP engineering and operations, WTXF-TV; Philadelphia, PA

■ Secretary: Wayne Pecena, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; director of engineering, Texas A&M University – KAMU-FM & TV; College Station, TX

■ Treasurer: Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, senior director, Techwood Engineering; Turner; Atlanta

RJ Russell  Wayne Pecena  Jim BernierServing two-year terms on the board of directors, which also begin Oct. 26 are:

■ Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; managing partner, AC Video Solutions; Roseland, NJ
■ Mark Fehlig, P.E., CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; senior systems engineer, Jampro/Alan Dick Antennas; Walnut Creek, CA
■ Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE; multimedia technology manager/product line manager – entertainment products, Belden; San Francisco
■ Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT; director of engineering, iHeartMedia; Loveland, CO
■ Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; director of engineering, KSE Radio; Denver, CO
■ Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT; director of engineering, WGCU Public Media; Estero, FL

Andrea Cummis  Mark Fehlig  Stephen Lampen

Kimberly Sacks  Barry Thomas  Kevin Truelblood

The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for the development of policy and determines the programs and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members. Those elected will begin their terms on Oct. 26, 2017, during the SBE Membership Meeting. They will join the other five directors who have another year remaining in their terms (Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; senior systems consultant, Telos Alliance; Nashville, TN; Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT; chief engineer, WSTM/WTVH/WSTQ-Sinclair Broadcast Group, Syracuse, NY; Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; director of engineering, CBS Radio Sacramento; Sacramento, CA; Marcelo Sanchez, CPBE; director of broadcast operations and engineering, WFOR-TV/WBFS-TV; Miramar, FL; Justin “JT” Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE; regional director of engineering Southwest, Cumulus Media Charleston; Charleston, SC) and Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, who becomes the immediate past president. Jim Bernier had one year remaining in his director term, so a replacement will be appointed to fill the remainder of that term when the new officers and directors are in office.

The SBE National Meeting will be held Oct. 25-26, 2017, in Denver in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX).

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SBE Announces Winners of 2017 National Awards

The Society of Broadcast Engineers announces the recipients of the 2017 SBE National Awards. The awards recognize excellence and achievement by individual members, SBE chapters and Sustaining Member companies. The two highest individual awards are the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year and the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year.

Presented to a member who has excelled in his or her career while furthering the mission of the SBE, the 2017 Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year is awarded to Steve Brown of Robbinsdale, MN. Brown is a former SBE Chapter 17 chairman and a former member of the SBE National Board of Directors.

The recipient of the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award is recognized for outstanding service and excellence in sharing knowledge through teaching other broadcast engineers. The winner of the 2017 award is Tony Peterle, CPBE, of Chapter 53 in Miami. Peterle is the technical support manager at WorldCast Systems has been instrumental in teaching engineers across the country about SNMP through SBE University, Ennes workshops and SBE Webinars.

Steve BrownSteve Brown has been in the broadcast engineering industry for more than 40 years. Steve recently “hung up his test leads” and has retired for good. Steve’s career began in 1977 as an engineer at WWTC in the Twin Cities, he continued to work as an engineer in Minneapolis until he first retired in 2004 at which time he became a contract engineer. Steve was one of the first engineers to utilize a helicopter to make relative field measurements of pattern of a FM radio station. As a contract engineer, Steve was involved in building more than 20 HD Radio stations. He commented that this was the most fun he has as a broadcast engineer.

2017 marks the fifth year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year Award has highlighted the achievements of members within their chapters. This year, nine chapters selected their own award recipients. Each winner will be presented with a special certificate and will be recognized nationally on the SBE website and in a future issue of The Signal. The nine chapter winners also were automatically nominated for the national Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award.

Tony PeterleTony Peterle began in radio in 1975, he melded his love of flying with his radio career by reporting traffic in Honolulu and Seattle, migrating to the broadcast engineering side of media when he was in Wichita and Kansas City. Now working at WorldCast Systems, Tony has put together many Ennes Workshop tutorials that are given around the country. For the broadcast industry, he has almost single-handedly trained broadcast engineers on the basics and nuances of implementing and managing SNMP.

IMT Vislink, and John Payne specifically, has been awarded the 2017 SBE Technology Award for spearheading the launch of Newsnet – a next-generation wireless ecosystem that establishes a bi-directional IP network for ENG use. Newsnet transforms traditional methods of content news gathering workflows by establishing a high-speed and reliable bi-directional IP network utilizing the exclusive and highly coveted 2GHz BAS licensed spectrum, thereby increasing the number of live ENG transmissions and workflows that can now be performed from the field.

The Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member is awarded to James Dalke, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, CBNT, for his presentation titled “Using Satellite VSATs for Broadcast STL” at the 2017 NAB BEITC.

Chapter Awards
Best Regional Convention or Conference
The 2016 Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference has won for Best Chapter Regional Educational Event.

Several SBE National Awards recognize chapters for growth in membership, percentage of certified members and highest average attendance at chapter meetings. These awards are based on statistics kept at the national office, as submitted by chapters. Two awards for each category are presented, based on chapter enrollment. Class A represents chapters whose membership is less than the national median. Class B includes chapters with a membership greater than the national median.

Greatest Growth in New Members
A. Chapter 111, Huntsville, AL; Chapter Chairman Kevin Kidd, CSRE, AMD
B. Chapter 68, Birmingham, AL; Chapter Chairman Tim Costley

Most Certified Chapter
A. Chapter 72, New Orleans, LA; Chapter Chairman Ernest Kain; Certification Chairman Ernie Harvey, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT
B. Chapter 118, Montgomery, AL; Chapter Chairman Wiely Boswell, CBRE, CBNE; Certification Chairman Charlie Grider, CBRE, CBNT

Highest Average Member Attendance
A. Chapter 112, Western, WI; Chapter Chairman Todd Zschernitz, CBTE
B. Chapter 79, Austin, TX; Chapter Chairman Ed Rupp, CBTE, CBNT

Nominations for the 2018 awards will open in February.

All the awards will be presented during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Oct. 26, at the SBE National Meeting in Denver. The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio/Video Expo (AVX).

SBE Releases 2017 Compensation Survey Results

From April 1 to May 15, 2017, the Society of Broadcast Engineers conducted its second 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 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 Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, said, “The outstanding response to the 2017 survey was comparable to 2016. The SBE Compensation Survey broadly encompasses radio, TV and other media rather than focusing on only one segment.”

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 Massey added, “The survey again shows that individuals who hold SBE Certification on average earn a higher salary than those who do not hold SBE Certification. This is a trend we have seen in other surveys, and continues to show true.”

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

SBE Officer, Director Candidates Announced for 2017 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

Vice President – Robert “RJ” Russell, CPBE; Chapter 18, Philadelphia
Secretary – Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 99, Bryan, TX

Treasurer – Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 5, Atlanta
Treasurer – Charles :Ched” Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNE; Chapter 53, South Florida

Directors:
(top six vote getters will be elected):
David Bialik, CBT; Chapter 15, New York City

Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; Chapter 15, New York City

Mark G. Fehlig, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; Chapter 40, San Francisco

Michael Hendrickson, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 17 Minneapolis

Steven H. Lampen, CBRE; Chapter 40, San Francisco

Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT; Chapter 48, Denver

Dave Siegler, CPBE; Chapter 5, Atlanta

Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 48, Denver

Kevin Trueblood, CBPE, CBNT; Chapter 90, Southwest Florida

Additional candidates may be nominated by the membership. Any eligible member proposed by at least ten members to the national Secretary by July 10 will be added to the ballot. The election will take place July 24 through August 23. 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.

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.

SBE Conducts Second Compensation Survey

From April 1 to May 13, 2017, 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 last year. With this second survey, it will establish a baseline for subsequent surveys to establish compensation trends.

Compensation SurveyThe 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.

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.

Nominations Committee Seeks Board Candidates for 2017 Election

The annual election of officers and directors to the national SBE Board of Directors will take place this summer. The 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 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 SBE Nominations Committee Chair Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, at jim.bernier@sbe.org or 678-466-0002. A slate of nominees will be assembled by the committee by April 28. Other qualified members may be nominated by members in good standing no later than July 10.

The election takes place from July 24 to Aug. 23. Candidates elected will be installed into office during the SBE National Meeting in Denver, CO, on Oct. 26.