John Collinson Named SBE Fellow

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has elevated John Collinson, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, CBNE, to the membership rank of Fellow. The SBE Board of Directors elected him at its meeting held Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas during the 2019 NAB Show.

John Collinson, who joined the SBE in 1976 and is currently a Senior member, is the chief engineer at Ventana Television, Inc., a branch of HSN, in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has held that position since 1994. He previously was the chief engineer of WWSB-TV and WAAY-TV in Sarasota, FL from 2007 to 2008, and the chief engineer of WDAF-AM/KYYS-FM in Kansas City from 1987 to 1993. He attended Oklahoma State Tech and John Brown University.

Collinson has served SBE Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area as chapter chair from 1999 to 2001, and chapter certification chair since 1995. In the early 1990s, he led the effort to restart the chapter. For the past 11 years, the chapter has presented an annual Broadcast Technology Symposium, and Collinson has been a leader in founding and continuing that project. Many chapter members credit him as being a driving force in keeping the chapter active with, as one of his Fellow nominators wrote, “his steady support and wise counsel even after he handed off the main leadership role to others.”

One nomination credited Collinson’s mentoring efforts: “[John] encourages both brand new and seasoned engineers to expand their knowledge and their level of certification. He takes the time to nurture young talent and has been instrumental in growing [the chapter’s] relationship with St. Petersburg College with the goal of enticing more young talent to join our trade.” Another nomination noted that because of Collinson’s efforts, 19 St. Petersburg College students (and counting) have earned the SBE Certified Radio Operator Certification to date.

His dedication to SBE certification is boundless. One nominator wrote, “John is not only a great mentor for new members, but also pushes the membership as a group for higher certifications every chance he can.”

Additional comments from his nomination include notes words of praise, including:
“John is always one of the first to volunteer for a project.”
“John is an engineer’s engineer.”
“John is a shining star in our industry.”
“John values our broadcast community, and it shows with his dedication year after year to the SBE, both locally and nationally.”

On the SBE Board of Directors’ approval of John Collinson’s elevation to Fellow, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “The peer accolades expressed for John show the highest esteem of an SBE member, and recognizing him with the membership grade of Fellow is a testament to John’s skill, attitude, professionalism and dedication to broadcast engineering. These are the marks of an SBE Fellow.”

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 55 years ago, 79 members have been honored with the Fellow rank.

Collinson will be recognized for his election to Fellow during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Oct. 16, 2019, in Madison, WI, during the annual SBE National Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic.

SBE Statement on the Passing of SBE Fellow and Past President Barry Thomas

Barry ThomasWe are deeply saddened by the passing of Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, who died on Dec. 6, 2018. Barry devoted a great deal of his time and talents to the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He joined the SBE in 1986 and served the SBE with involvement in several local SBE chapters and on the national level. His national involvement included two terms on the SBE Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005, and two terms as treasurer from 2005 to 2007. He served as the society’s 25th president from 2007 to 2009 and immediate past president from 2009 to 2011. In 2017 he was elected to serve on the board again, but decided to step down early in his term. In 2011, Barry was elevated to the membership grade of Fellow.

On Barry’s passing, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Barry served the SBE in many capacities and has been a voice for many engineers in our industry for decades. After hearing this news, I remembered so many occasions where Barry spent time developing younger engineers and being that mentor so many of us talk about. He was a devoted father, son, brother and fellow engineer who will be sorely missed by all.”

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.