SBE Publishes Broadcast Engineering Handbook

The Society of Broadcast Engineers and McGraw-Hill Education have released the SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook: Hands-on Guide to Station Design and Maintenance. This new book offers detailed practical information on video, audio and broadcast transmission systems from dozens of the field’s foremost experts. Featuring everythingfrom basic principles and formulae to the latest technologies and engineering trends, this hands-on resource offers practical and up-to-date coverage of all major broadcast technologies for radio, TV and related fields.

The SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook features in-depth tutorials that stress key topics throughout, complete coverage of radio and television technologies, and is written from the perspective of the broadcast engineer. More than 50 authors have contributed their expertise to the ten sections of the book. These authors, recognized authorities in their fields, have volunteered their time to create this valuable resource. The handbook has been deftly assembled by Jerry Whitaker, CPBE, 8-VSB, editor-in-chief. He is vice president of standards development for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) in Washington, DC, and also the author or editor of more than 40 technical books. Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

The book covers every aspect of broadcast engineering in seven sections: Regulatory Issues, RF Transmission, DTV Transport, Information Technology Systems, Production Systems, Facility Issues, Broadcast Management, plus three reference annexes.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering. With more than 5,100 members the SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help members keep pace with a rapidly changing industry.

The book is available from the SBE Bookstore. SBE members can purchase the book at the member discount price of $159 through the SBE Bookstore. The book is also available through and online retailers for $199.

SBE Publishes Book on TV Master Control Operations

TV OperationsThe Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, has released its latest publication, Television Operations – A Handbook of Technical Operations for TV Broadcast, On Air, Cable, Mobile and Internet, written by Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, and Nicholas Grbac, CBT, CTO.

The book covers the basics of TV master control operations to familiarize an operator with the concepts, practices and the regulations inherent in the job. The book is specifically designed for those with a minimum to moderate amount of master control exposure. Experienced operators and non-technical managers will also benefit from the text.

SBE President Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, said, “The Society of Broadcast Engineers has increased its educational efforts over the past few years. This book is just one of the ways we’re providing technical resources to our members and all broadcast and multimedia technology professionals.”

The book is available through the SBE Bookstore for digital purchase on and A print-on-demand version will be available about August 31.

What education are you looking for in the coming year?

As I plan the webinars and courses SBE would like to offer in the coming year,  I thought what better way to find out what our members would like to know more about than to ask them!

Next year we are planning to release a systems integration course, an advanced course on computer networking,  several webinars on IP networking, and a webinar on FCC enforcement actions.  Comment on this post to let us know what else you would like offered in the way of a webinar, online course, or live seminar. You can leave your comment by clicking on the bubble to the right of the title.

Kimberly Kissel, SBE Education Director

Must read Radio World articles on CBNE and Ennes Workshop

Anticipating the release of the new Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) certification? Take a look at this recent Radio World article with a list of books to use when studying for the exam.  We will have an announcement about CBNE next week. Stay tuned!

Heading to the NAB Show? Here’s a great article in the March 28 Radio World issue of what to expect during the Ennes Workshop by Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT. Jerry Whitaker’s presentation “The Tube Sound: Fact of Fiction?” during the Saturday program is sure to be a crowd pleaser!