SBE Members Chernock and Laird to Receive NAB Engineering Awards at 2016 NAB Show

Richard Chernock, chief science officer at Triveni Digital, and Andrew Laird, CPBE, former vice president and chief technology officer at Journal Broadcast Group, have been named the 2016 recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards. They will be honored at the NAB Technology Luncheon on April 20 in Las Vegas. Additionally, the Digital Leadership Award will be presented to Adam Symson, senior vice president and chief digital officer at The E.W. Scripps Company.

Established in 1959, the Engineering Achievement Awards are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering. In 2015, the Digital Leadership Award was established to honor an individual at a broadcast station, group or network who has had a significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms.

Richard ChernockThe 2016 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award
Richard Chernock is the chief science officer for Triveni Digital, where he has been employed since 2002, following a 20-plus year career with IBM. Chernock has been heavily involved with industry activities regarding digital television broadcasting and currently serves as chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Technology Group on ATSC 3.0. The group is overseeing the creation of the next-generation broadcast transmission standard. He is also a prolific evangelist and educator on ATSC 3.0, publishing papers and making presentations at many conferences and tradeshows worldwide. Chernock previously served as chairman of the ATSC Technology Group that oversaw the development of enhancements to the DTV standard, including the ATSC Mobile and ATSC 2.0 suite of standards, the recommended practice on audio loudness and numerous others.

Andy LairdThe 2016 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award
Andrew Laird, CPBE, recently retired as vice president and chief technology officer for Journal Broadcast Group. Laird began his career in the 1960s developing audio processors and designing and building radio facilities. He worked in the 1970s and 1980s as a studio design consultant and chief engineer for a variety of customers and radio groups. Throughout his career, Laird participated in important industry activities and played a crucial role in the evaluation and standardization of the system for digital AM and FM radio broadcasting in the U.S. through his work with the NAB co-sponsored National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC), where he most recently served as the co-chair of the Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) subcommittee.

The SBE congratulates these two members on this prestigious recognition.

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.

SBE Announces Winners of 2015 National Awards

The Society of Broadcast Engineers announces the recipients of the 2015 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 Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year is awarded to Roswell D. Clark, CPBE, CBNT, of Clearwater, FL. Clark is a member of SBE Chapter 39 Tampa Bay, FL, where he serves as treasurer. He is a past chairman of Chapter 39.

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 award is SBE Chapter 39 Tampa Bay, which began hosting an annual day-long technical training seminar in 2009 and has held it every year since.

Roz Clark has worked in broadcast engineering for more than 30 years. Currently, Roz is the director of technical operations for Cox Media Group in multiple markets. He is also a facilitator of Chapter 39’s one-day symposium that provides an educational experience for the regional engineers who cannot attend the NAB Show or similar events. Roz was a leader in the implementation of HD Radio and adoption of radio’s part in social media and other platforms.

2015 marks the third 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.

Members of SBE Chapter 39 have produced a one-day educational technical training seminar for the past six years. Various speakers are invited to make presentations focused on technology and without a sales pitch. Every seminar brings a mixture of major companies as well as local companies working in the industry at a low cost to attendees. The 2015 Symposium is scheduled for November 12. Chapter members who have been a part of the planning are Roz Clark, Dylan Scott, Larry Stephen, Bill Brown, Paul Kempter, Ralph Beaver, Mike Galik, Jake Tremper, Sheila Cowley, Mike Cernack, John Collinson and the late Steven Hess.

Blackmagic Design is awarded the 2015 SBE Technology Award for its 12G-SDI, which has a high data throughput and allows for SD, HD and Ultra HD video to be sent via a single BNC cable. The increased bandwidth also supports the emerging high frame-rate Ultra HD 60p format.

The winner of the Best Technical Article, Book or Program for his article in the October and December issues of The Signal and an issue of the Chapter 24 newsletter is Tom C. Smith of Sun Prairie, WI, for Look at TV Repack Scenario, Chapter 24.

Chapter Awards
Best Chapter Website and Best Social Media Site
Chapter 80 of Fox Valley, WI

Best Chapter Newsletter (tie)
Chapter 24, Madison, WI, and Chapter 70, Cleveland, OH

Best Regional Convention or Conference
Chapter 24, Madison, WI, and the 2014 Broadcasters Clinic

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 all 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
B: Chapter 45, Charlotte, NC

Most Certified Chapter
A: Chapter 118, Montgomery, AL
B: (tie) Chapter 24, Madison, WI; Ch. 131, Inland Empire CA

Highest Average Member Attendance
A: Ch. 85, Central Western OK
B: Chapter 34, Albuquerque, NM

Nominations for the 2016 awards will open in February.

All the awards will be presented during the SBE National Awards Dinner on October 14, at the SBE National Meeting in Madison, WI. The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Broadcasters Clinic.

Radio World Honors Wayne Pecena at 2015 Ennes Workshop

During the day-long Ennes Workshop educational session at the 2015 NAB Show, Radio World Editor-in-Chief Paul McLane stopped by to present a plaque to Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE. Pecena received the 2014 Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award.

Standing for the photo are SBE Executive Director John Poray, CAE; Wayne Pecena; SBE President Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB; NAB EVP/CTO Sam Metheny; Ennes Trustee Fred Baumgartner, SPBE, CBNT; and Paul McLane.

Wayne Pecena (second from left) receives a plaque from Radio World Editor-in-Chief Paul McLane (far right) at the 2015 Ennes Workshop at the NAB Show.

Award recipients are chosen by the editorial staff of Radio World to someone who represents the highest ideals of the U.S. radio broadcast engineering profession, reflecting those ideals through contributions to the industry. Past recipients of the award include Marty Garrison; Paul Brenner; Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; Milford Smith; Gary Kline, CBT, CBNT; Jeff Littlejohn; Clay Freinwald, CPBE; John Lyons, CPBE; Mike Starling and Richard Andresen.

Radio World photo by Jim Peck.

Nominations Open for 2015 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.

In the last few years, the SBE Awards Committee has added two new awards to better recognize you; Best Social Media Site and Chapter Engineer of the Year. Here is a list of a few more award categories that will be accepting nominations: Best Chapter Newsletter, Most Interactive Chapter, Best Chapter Website, Best Social Media Site, Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member, the Technology Award and Best Chapter Newsletter.

The top two awards presented each year are the Robert W. Flanders Engineer of the Year and James C. Wulliman Educator of the Year.

To nominate a worthy individual or chapter, go to the SBE awards page to download and submit the nomination form. Nominations are due by June 15, 2015. Winners will be notified in July, and the awards will be presented during the national meeting in October.

All the national awards were created to recognize the efforts of members and chapters. For more information, contact Megan Clappe at mclappe@sbe.org.

Will we see you in Denver next week?

SBE National Meeting LogoMake your plans to come to Denver next week, if you haven’t yet. Join the SBE for the 2012 National Meeting hosted in conjunction with The Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX 2012) October 23-24. We’ll see you in Denver!

John Battison at 2011 SBE Membership Meeting

Battison VideoView a video of SBE Founder John Battison P.E., CPBE, speaking with SBE President Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT, at the 2011 Membership Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. John was honored with the re-naming of the SBE Lifetime Achievement Award to the John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement in April 2011 after receiving the award himself in 2006.

 

 

 

Congratulations 2012 SBE National Award winners!

Wiely Boswell

Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Wiely Boswell, CBRE

Wayne Pecena

James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT

Individual Awards

  • Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award – Wiely Boswell
  • James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year Award – Wayne Pecena
  • Best Technical Article Award – Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB, from the Radio magazine December 2011 issue titled “Ethernet-based Audio Routing: A How-to Guide”
  • SBE Technology Award – Orban, for its free BS.1770-2/R 128 and CBS Loudness Meter
  • Best Social Media Site – SBE Chapter 15, New York City
  • Best Frequency Coordination Effort – SBE Chapter 15, New York City
  • Best Regional Convention -SBE Chapter 24, Madison, Wis.
  • Best Chapter Newsletter – SBE Chapter 24, Madison, Wis.
  • Best Chapter Website – SBE Chapter 24, Madison, Wis.

Chapter Awards
The SBE statistical awards recognize two chapters, 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 Award
A – Chapter 146, U.S. Virgin Islands
B – Chapter 35, Kentucky

Most Certified Chapter Award
A – Chapter 96, Rockford, IL – tie
A – Chapter 118, Montgomery, AL – tie
B – Chapter 24, Madison, WI – tie
B – Chapter 131, Inland Empire, CA – tie

Highest Member Attendance Award
A – Chapter 136, Rio Grande Valley – tie
A – Chapter 145, Magic Valley, ID – tie
B – Chapter 76, Eugene, OR

All awards will be presented during the SBE National Awards Recognition Dinner and Reception on Oct. 24, 2012, during the SBE National Meeting held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio/Video Expo and the Engineer’s Boot Camp in Denver.

Read more about the 2012 SBE National Awards in Radio magazine.

Mile High City hosts 2012 SBE National Meeting

The 2012 National Meeting of the Society of Broadcast Engineers takes place October 23-24 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport in Denver, Colo. The event is being held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio/Visual Expo and the SBE/SMPTE Broadcast Engineer’s Boot Camp. The local host is SBE Chapter 48 of Denver.

For more than 20 years, the Rocky Mountain Audio/Visual Expo has been a major regional event for video, audio, integration, AV and broadcast professionals. Attendees come primarily from the Rocky Mountain region and Great Plains states. The exhibit floor will be open both days. The expo also includes a number of keynote speakers, workshops and a free reception. The Crowne Plaza property includes a large meeting and convention center that enables the expo to feature in excess of 120 companies in more than 100 booths.

SBE Chapter 48, along with the Rocky Mountain Section of SMPTE, will present a half-day version of their popular Broadcast Engineer’s Boot Camp on Wednesday, October 24. The boot camp will include presentations on broadcast technology of interest to television and radio engineers and technicians.

Among the SBE National Meeting events is the Annual SBE Membership Meeting, which is scheduled to be streamed live via the Internet, and the annual SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner.

More information about the SBE National Meeting will be available later this summer. Watch for more information in The Signal, SBE-news, and on the SBE website. Members who live in, or are within several hours drive of the Denver area, are encouraged to attend. Save the dates: October 23-24 for the 2012 SBE National Meeting.

Only two days left to nominate a member or chapter for an SBE award

Is your chapter deserving of an award? Is a fellow member deserving of one of the many individual awards? Nominate your chapter or an individual for a 2012 SBE National Award today! Download an individual or a chapter nomination form and return it to the SBE National Office by Friday, June 15.

Awards will be presented at the SBE National Meeting in Denver, Colo. on October 24 at the awards dinner and reception. See a list of awards and links to past winners below.

 
Individual Awards

Chapter Awards