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.