Certification Service Milestones

The SBE is made up of a multitude of volunteers. There are seven employees who work at the National Office, but the real momentum behind the SBE is those who dedicate their personal time to further the goals and objectives of broadcast engineering through the SBE. This includes, but is not limited to, the Board of Directors, all the various SBE committees in addition to the Certification Committee, and the local chapters including the chapter certification chairs.

At the spring Membership Meeting at the 2018 NAB Show, the SBE recognized the local certification chairmen who devote volunteer time to the Program of Certification. These local certification chairmen receive a plaque on the recurring five-year anniversaries. What follows is a list of those who were recognized at the meeting in April. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who devote so many hours to the SBE and the certification program.

Chapter Certification Chairs
1 Year James Campbell, CPBE; Chapter 103
Rusty Armitage, CPBE; Chapter 113
5 Years James Cole, CPBE: Chapter 9
David Shaffer, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 56
10 Years Steve Epstein, CPBE; Chapter 143
15 Years Ed Roos, CPBE; Chapter 88
25 Years Thomas Green, CSTE; Chapter 45
30 Years Samuel Straus, CPBE; Chapter 60
SBE Certification Committee
25 Years Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT

Recognize Excellence and Submit a Nomination in the SBE Awards

Nominate SBE members and chapters for the 2018 SBE award season. Consider your chapter and chapter members when you think about these awards. There may be an individual in your chapter who has been an outstanding engineer, educator or mentor for new broadcast engineers. Recognize that person by nominating him or her for the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year or the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards.

This will be the sixth year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year award is nominated by SBE Chapters. Each chapter has the opportunity to nominate one of their own members. Chapter s are ecouraged to take this opportunity.

The SBE Freedom Award recognizes an individual or group that has performed extraordinary service to the United States through the use of media technology. The SBE Technology Award recognizes the person, group or company that has developed innovative new technology or systems for media technology. Maybe someone you know has written a notable technical article or presented a technical paper at a meeting or program. These are a few of the awards that are presented each year by the SBE.

Of the 13 awards that are presented each year, the local chapter or SBE members nominates for 10 of them. Many SBE members are highly qualified and deserving of recognition. Likewise, many chapters do an excellent job promoting the ideals and goals of the SBE. Please nominate these members and chapters so they can receive the recognition they deserve.

Find all the details on the SBE awards at sbe.org/awards. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Certification Director Megan Clappe at mclappe@sbe.org or SBE Awards Committe Chair Jason Ornellas at jornellas@sbe.org.

SBE Strategic Planning Conference: June 9, 2018 in Indianapolis

The SBE will conduct a strategic planning conference on Saturday, June 9 in Indianapolis. The purpose of the conference is to assess how changes to the media industry affect our members and future members and determine ways for the SBE to adapt to meet the needs of the members of the future.

The chair, or a designee, of each SBE chapter is invited to participate. Chapters might consider funding the travel and hotel cost from chapter funds for their representative. Members of the national SBE Board of Directors and all SBE national staff will also be participating. The conference will be facilitated by Rodney Vandeveer. As the instructor for the annual SBE Leadership Development Course, Vandeveer is familiar with the technical broadcast community. He owns VanTECH Training and is a retired professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University.

Though there is no registration fee, chapter participants are asked to register online so the SBE can plan for seating and meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to participants, as well as a welcome reception on Friday evening, June 8. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The technology and economic changes within the media industry have had a pronounced effect on the expectations of those who work on the technical side of broadcasting. The skill sets, educational background and experience expected by employers have expanded from those of the traditional RF broadcast engineer to one that includes information technology systems, operations and non-traditional delivery systems.

We will identify the demographics of who are members are today who they will likely be in the years ahead. Participants will develop recommendations to the national Board of Directors regarding specific actions the SBE needs to take regarding recruitment strategies, education, certification and chapter operations.

Register online.

SBE Conducts Third Compensation Survey

Compensation SurveyFrom April 1 to May 13, 2018, the Society of Broadcast Engineers will conduct a survey to determine salary levels and benefits among broadcast and media technology engineers. The SBE conducted its first survey in 2016. This third survey will continue to help us establish a baseline for subsequent surveys and build compensation trends.

The complete results of the survey will be available at no charge to SBE members as a benefit of membership. A link to the survey is posted on the SBE website.

The survey includes questions about job titles, broadcast market size and compensation in dollars and offered benefits. SBE membership is not required to take the survey.

While all responses remain anonymous, demographic data collected will include market size, job category/title, age, years working in broadcasting, salary, benefits received, and any certification held. The data will be split into radio or TV results, with details on job category and market size.

The SBE Ennes Workshop at the 2018 NAB Show

On Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in rooms N262 and N264, the SBE’s annual Ennes Workshop educational program at the NAB Show takes flight for the 24th time. Attendance requires a full NAB Show registration (Conference Flex Pass, Exhibits Pass + Session 6-Pack, or Exhibits Pass + Session 3-Pack, available at a discount to SBE members) or either a PBS Techcon or NPR APRE registration and badge.

The Ennes Workshop at the NAB Show has always addressed what broadcast engineers most needed to know to be successful. The presenters are the best teachers, recruited specifically to address the topics at hand.

Info on all the SBE events at the 2018 NAB Show.

Following is a rundown of the day’s topics and presentations.

Tomorrow’s Media Toolbox – Today

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Good Morning and Introduction
Director’s Remarks
John Poray, CAE
Executive Director, Society of Broadcast Engineers

9:10-9:35 a.m.
IP Networking for Real-Time Video
Robert Welch
Technical Solutions Lead, Arista Networks
ST 2110 is all about professional media over managed IP networks. Robert reveals the considerations and design architectures for building, maintaining and operating the all IP real time workflow.

9:35-9:55 a.m.
Is IP Real?
Moderator: Stan Moote, IABM
Panelists: Karl Paulsen, DSI; Mike Cronk, Grass Valley; Dan Turk, NEP Mobile
The panel will hit the hard-facing details about real-time IP from the supplier through system integrator to end-users. Stan will prime the discussion with current industry questions. Attendees are welcome to also ask questions from business through to technical matters about real time IP in general including SMPTE ST-2110.

9:55 – 10:20 a.m.
Next Gen is OTT/OTA
Frederick M. Baumgartner, CPBE
Ennes Educational Foundation Trustee, SBE
Director of Next Generation TV Implementation, Sinclair Broadcast
Next Gen is in fact an overlay of the existing Internet. Every business case that makes sense relies on this overlay being IP-based, and the ultimate over-the-top (OTT) platform being broadcast over-the-air (OTA). Linear TV as we know it stops at the ATSC 3.0 air chain and from that point; it is the world of streaming video, ad-tech and the user experience (UX). That takes us to a place we are not as experienced in and workflow and interrelationships we have yet to understand.

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 – 11:05 a.m.
Social Media Drives Local TV Viewership
Emily Stone
Director of Multi-Platform Content, WTTG, Fox 5
Social media was once considered a pain for broadcasters and many operations painstaking took these digital efforts as a money-losing, necessary evil. It is now all about having a compelling social media strategy tied directing into station activities

11:05 – 11:30 a.m.
What are MicroServices and Why Should We Care?
Steve Reynolds
Chief Technical Officer, Imagine Communications
Microservices are the software-based building blocks that have been instrumental to the success of Google, Amazon and essentially every other digital business that has gained commercial prominence in the past decade. To compete with a new breed of media creators and distributors that have fully embraced the digital age, it is critical to broadcast companies’ long-term success to understand and begin to adopt a microservices-based architecture.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cyber Security Hygiene in IP Broadcast Systems
Denis Onuoha
Chief Information Officer, Arqiva LTD
Everyone knows cyber security is a key element in the media and entertainment business. The question is how to implement this in a practical manner. Denis will explain how to deal with tangible items like change management, passwords, the reality of air gaps, maintenance and legacy equipment.


The SBE Ennes Workshop this year was organized by
Tom Mikkelsen, Principal, National TeleConsultants
Stan Moote, Chief Technology Officer, IABM

Get Ahead With the SBE

Membership Drive 2018

Help your colleagues develop their professional careers: have them join the SBE today.

Membership Drive 2018The SBE wants your help in recruiting new members, and you can win rewards for your efforts. Sponsor a new Member, Associate Member or Sustaining Member between March 1 and May 31, 2018, and you will be eligible for the prize drawings. For each approved new member application you sponsor you will earn $5 off your 2019 membership dues, up to $25. Each new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications must be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2018, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 26, 2018.

New in 2018: If you recruit three or more Regular or Associate Members, or one Sustaining Member, you will also receive an upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for the remainder of the 2018 membership period.

New members are welcome throughout the year. Here’s the link to the member application: SBE Membership application

Grand Prize

A trip to the SBE National Meeting held in conjunction with the annual Media Resource Expo 2018 in Danvers, MA, Oct. 2-3, 2018. Prize package includes round trip airfare for one from within the continental US to the meeting; all SBE National Meeting and engineering conference events; and two nights at the host hotel.

Additional Prizes are donated by SBE Sustaining Members and our bookstore publishers. See the list at sbe.org.

Golden Recruiter Award

This award recognizes a chapter in each size division recruiting the most new members during the Membership Drive.

Category A and B are based on chaper enrollment, Class A represents chapers whose membership is less than the national median. Class B includes chapters with a membership greater than the national median. Plaques will be awarded during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Oct.3 in Danvers, MA.

Membership Drive FAQs

Where do I find new members? Prospective members can be non-members attending chapter meetings, fellow engineers at work or other stations, suppliers or educators.

How do I get credit for new members? Direct prospective members to the SBE website to join online or provide them with a copy of the membership application and ask him/her to fill in your name on the line “Sponsor’s Name/Who introduced you to SBE.” Once the new member’s membership application has been approved, your name will be placed in the prize drawing, which takes place in June 2018.

Official Rules: Only members of the SBE in good standing (national dues paid) are eligible. All applications are subject to approval by the admissions committee per the SBE By-laws. Only sponsorships of new applications for Member, Associate Member and Sustaining Members are eligible for the prize drawings. Each approved application will earn $5 off the recruiter’s 2019 membership dues, up to $25. Each new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications must be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2018, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 26, 2018. Winners will be notified by mail. Grand prize winner may choose $500 cash in lieu of the trip package. There are no other prize substitutions. Winners are responsible for any taxes on prizes. Employees of the SBE and their family members are not eligible to win. Contest void where prohibited. Entrants agree that their name and likeness may be used by the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. for promotional purposes.

SBE MemberPlus Shows Early Success

SBE MemberPlusOn January 1, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, launched its new member benefit, SBE MemberPlus. Adopted by the SBE Board of Directors at its meeting in October 2017, the enhanced member benefit allows Regular, Senior or Associate members to upgrade their membership with full access to the more than 62 Webinars by SBE.

The SBE’s relatively low dues already provide access to SBE publications, social media outlets, job listings, compensation survey results and access to a life insurance program, as well as member discounts for SBE certification, education programs and purchases at the SBE Bookstore. SBE MemberPlus provides more value to members who choose to enhance their membership.

Initial response to SBE MemberPlus has been positive. For less than the cost of two Webinars by SBE, SBE MemberPlus members have access to more than 62 online education programs that cover a wide range of technical broadcast and media topics.

SBE annual membership runs from April 1 to March 31. SBE members received their renewal notices in early February, and already, more than 125 members have renewed their memberships or joined the SBE and added the MemberPlus benefit.

On the initial success, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “The SBE Board of Directors expected SBE MemberPlus would be an attractive option to our members, but the response in the first several weeks of 2018 has doubled our exceeded our projections. SBE MemberPlus is an obvious value to SBE members.”

Individuals can join or renew their traditional SBE membership as a Regular, Senior or Associate member (based on eligibility) at the rate of $85, and purchase any SBE online education program a la carte. SBE MemberPlus has all the benefits of traditional SBE membership and includes access to all the live and archived Webinars by SBE in the SBE catalog plus any new webinars the SBE adds during the membership year, but at a higher cost ($175).

The SBE has prepared a video explaining SBE MemberPlus.

Access to the SBE webinars through the SBE MemberPlus program is limited to the member-purchaser only. They are not permitted to distribute, sell, copy, share, project or otherwise make the webinars available to any other individual or group without express written permission by the SBE.

More information about SBE MemberPlus
Video Outlining SBE MemberPlus

SBE Leadership Development Course Set for August 7-9, 2018

The Society of Broadcast Engineers will hold the 2018 SBE Leadership Development Course Aug. 7-9, 2018, in Atlanta, GA. This three-day course is an intensive study of successful leadership and management, designed specifically for broadcast engineers.

The course explores the nature of leadership, the difference between being a manager and being a leader, how to build a winning team, the importance of attitude in the leadership position, communication insights and so much more.

Instructing the course for the seventh year will be Rodney Vandeveer, professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision at Purdue University. Vandeveer brings more than 30 years of experience in human resources management, training, development and manufacturing. Vandeveer also owns a leadership training business, VanTech Training. A previous course attendee said, “Rodney [Vandeveer] knows this stuff inside and out and makes it interesting as well. Plus the real-life examples from his careers help prove the points.”

SBE Leadership Development COurse class of 2017

The SBE Leadership Development Course class of 2017

To register for this professional development opportunity, go to sbe.org/ldc. The enrollment fee is $670 for SBE members and $725 for non-members. The course will be held at the Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport South; 1899 Sullivan Rd.; College Park, GA. A special room rate of $126 per night, plus tax, is available through July 7, 2018. Questions? Contact SBE Education Director Cathy Orosz at corosz@sbe.org.
The SBE has presented the SBE Leadership Development Course since 1997. The NAB sponsored the course from 1965 to 1995. This intense course is designed specifically for broadcast engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities. Details on the course are available at sbe.org/ldc.

Tony Peterle Appointed as Ennes Educational Foundation Trustee

The SBE Board of Directors, at its meeting on Oct. 25, 2017, approved the appointment of Tony Peterle, CPBE, to fill an open trustee position on the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. The trustee position opened when Leonard Charles, CPBE, resigned from the Trust to devote more time to his retirement. Charles had served as a trustee since 2011. Trustees have no term limit.

Tony PeterleTony manages sales and support for the Western Hemisphere for broadcast equipment and systems manufacturer Worldcast Systems, which is based in Bordeaux, France. He joined Worldcast in 2005 as the manager for technical support in the US, and moved into the management position a few years ago.

Tony has actively been involved in broadcasting since the mid-1970s. He was the chief engineer of a 250W FM station during college, and started working professionally in Ohio, originally with WMRN in Marion and WCOL/WXGT in Columbus in on-air positions. Tony’s career then took him to Wichita, KS, where he obtained his pilot’s license with multiengine and instrument ratings, and got back into engineering with a 100kW FM and a 10kW directional AM. Engineering became Tony’s ticket to Hawaii, where he spent three years as chief engineer for KQMQ, KPOI and KINE before the open skies of Kansas City beckoned. For several years he combined his piloting and on-air skills as a traffic reporter and pilot, before becoming chief engineer for KPRS AM/FM. In 1996, Tony and his then-wife Kelly moved back to Hawaii and started their own traffic reporting service, at their peak delivering reports and information to more than 20 radio and TV stations across the islands. The post-9/11 economic downturn hit the Hawaii economy hard, and Tony sold the traffic reporting service and moved to Seattle, serving as traffic anchor for Entercom’s KIRO for several years until he was hired by Worldcast Systems.

Tony earned SBE CPBE certification in 2015 and has presented many times at SBE meetings, NAB, AES and other industry shows. Most notably, he spent several years teaching about the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and its application to broadcast operations. Those efforts garnered him the James Wulliman Educator of the Year honors from the SBE in 2017.

“I’m honored to be appointed to the Ennes Foundation Trust board. For me, one of the most enjoyable and beneficial parts of being part of the SBE is the enormous reservoir of knowledge and experience represented. I look forward to continuing the efforts of the Ennes Trust to help share that knowledge with all our members.”

Three trustees are appointed by the Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors and are responsible for the operation of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. Also serving as trustees are Frederick M. Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, of Denver, CO, and Douglas W. Garlinger, CPBE, CBNT, of Fishers, IN.

On the appointment, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Tony has been active with the SBE for many years, and he has provided many educational presentations to chapters and regional and national conferences. His knowledge of SNMP in particular is outstanding. Because of his educational efforts, he was a natural choice to serve as an Ennes trustee.”

The Harold Ennes Scholarship Fund Trust was initiated by Indianapolis Chapter 25 in 1980 in memory of Harold E. Ennes, author of many textbooks for broadcast and broadcast-related communications training and a member of the Indianapolis chapter. Ennes (pronounced “ENN-ess”) was a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and made many contributions to the early development of the Certification Program. To encourage greater growth, the Scholarship Trust was transferred by Chapter 25 to the SBE national organization to administer in 1981.

Over the years, the purposes of the Trust were expanded. In addition to granting scholarships, the Trust now is involved with the funding and presentation of broadcast engineering-related educational programs, seminars and workshops. It also helps to underwrite costs associated with educational projects, including publishing technical books and manuals.

The name of the Trust was changed in 1995 to the “Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust” to fully embrace its expanded role. Some of the goals of the Trust are to encourage the entry of minorities and women into broadcast technical fields, to evaluate technical training courses and to act as a liaison with similar international organizations to develop and enhance common technical training courses.

Each year, the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust offers scholarships to deserving candidates who aspire to a career in the technical aspects of broadcasting. Donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to the SBE National Office.

Siegler Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

Dave SieglerThe SBE Board of Directors, at its meeting on Oct. 25, approved the appointment of David Siegler, CPBE, to fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The Board seat opened when Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, was elected to the office of SBE treasurer in the recent election. Siegler fills Bernier’s unexpired term that will end in the fall 2018.

Siegler is VP, technical operations, of Cox Media Group. He is based in Atlanta. He is also a member of the AFCCE, ATSC, IEEE, and SMPTE, and serves on the board of directors of the ATSC and the Journal Award Committee for SMPTE. He is a SMPTE Fellow Member and was awarded Broadcast & Cable’s Technology Leadership award in 2015.

On the appointment and after the swearing in of the board and officers, SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said, “Dave had previously expressed an interest in serving on the Board, so it was a natural choice to ask him to join the Board now. I’m glad to have him with us.”