Denver to Host SBE 2017 National Meeting

The Mile High City of Denver, CO, will host the 2017 SBE National Meeting on Oct. 25-26. SBE President Jerry Massey made the announcement at the end of the 2016 SBE Annual Membership Meeting held in Columbus, OH, last October. The National Meeting will be held in conjunction with Audio/Video Expo (AVX) at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel. The host chapter is Chapter 48 of Denver and the Colorado Front Range.

The SBE National Meeting includes the SBE Annual Membership Meeting, the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner and the SBE Fellows Breakfast. Also meeting during the event will be the national SBE Board of Directors, and the national SBE Certification Committee.

The AVX is a two-day event that includes a trade show with more than 100 media and A/V oriented exhibiting companies, and two dozen workshops and seminars.

The Crowne Plaza DIA is a first class hotel that includes a 60,000 sq. ft convention center and offers free shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport. The SBE National Meeting was last held there in 2012.

More information about the SBE National Meeting will be available beginning in June. Watch for it in The Signal and SBE-news. All members and friends of the SBE are invited to attend. Members in Colorado and neighboring states are particularly encouraged to attend while the SBE National Meeting is close by. Save the dates: Oct. 25-26 for the 2017 SBE National Meeting and AVX.

Columbus, OH, to Host 2016 SBE National Meeting

SBE President Jerry Massey has announced that the 2016 SBE National Meeting will be held in Columbus, OH, on Oct. 26-27. The venue will be the downtown Greater Columbus Convention Center and the adjacent Columbus Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event is being hosted by the Ohio Association of Broadcasters in conjunction with its annual Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference. The conference is supported each year by the SBE chapters of Ohio.

The SBE National Meeting includes the SBE Annual Membership Meeting, the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner and the SBE Fellows Breakfast. The national Board of Directors will also meet during the event, as will the national SBE Certification Committee.

The OAB Broadcast Engineering Conference includes broadcast technical presentations of interest to radio and television engineers planned and organized by an advisory committee of broadcast engineers within the state of Ohio and OAB staff. A trade show of equipment and service suppliers is also a popular part of the OAB Conference.
The downtown Columbus Crowne Plaza Hotel is a 375-room, first-class hotel connected by covered walkway to the convention center. The hotel and convention center have easy access off I-670 and is adjacent to Columbus’ Short North neighborhood of shops, art galleries and restaurants.

All members and friends of the SBE are invited to attend. Members in Ohio or neighboring states are particularly encouraged to attend while the SBE National Meeting is close by. Save the dates: Oct. 26-27 for the 2016 SBE National Meeting and OAB Broadcast Engineering Conference.

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.

Miss the SBE Membership Meeting? Watch a recording now!

You’re in luck if you missed the fall membership meeting of the SBE in Denver. You can watch it online, now! Thanks to, Advanced Broadcast SolutionsComrexDVEO and Orban for sponsoring the meeting. They made it possibly to view, for those of you who were unable to be in Denver. A big thanks to SBE Immediate Past President Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT and SBE Chapter 48 Chairman Tony Roccanova, along with their team, for their great work on the live stream and recording.

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!

Remembering Member #1: Share your favorite John Battison stories

The SBE would like to ask those who knew SBE founder John Battison to share fond memories, favorite personal stories, or comments about how John shaped the SBE and the broadcast engineering industry as a whole, in the comment section below. The society will honor Battison, known as Member #1, during the SBE National Meeting in Denver, Colorado, October 23-24.

Free registration for SBE National Meeting, AVX and Engineering Boot Camp

SBE National MeetingMark your calendar for October 23-24 and register for the SBE National Meeting, AVX and SBE/SMPTE Engineering Boot Camp in Denver, October 23-24. Registration is free for the exhibit hall and boot camp, however you must register in advance for the free admittance. The SBE Annual Awards Reception and Dinner tickets are $15 in advance. Visit the SBE website for more information.

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.

 

 

 

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.