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.

SBE pays tribute to Battison at National Awards Dinner

Watch the touching tribute to John Battison presented by Radio magazine Editor Chriss Scherer CPBE CBNT, editor of Radio magazine and past president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers at the SBE Awards Banquet at the 2012 National Meeting in Denver on October 24, 2012. Battison was the founder of the SBE and former technical editor of Radio magazine. Click here to view a video of the tribute.

Visit the John Battison tribute page on the SBE website to find out more about his legacy.

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.

Scholarship named for SBE founder John Battison

The founder of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, John H. Battison, P.E., CPBE, who passed away on Aug. 28 at the age of 96, is being memorialized with the creation of a scholarship in his name. The John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship will be presented to an applicant who seeks to enter or advance in the field of broadcast engineering. This decision comes today, on what would have been Battison’s 97th birthday. 

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, the non-profit, charitable arm of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, is adding the scholarship to several others it already awards annually. The new scholarship recognizes the instrumental role Battison played in the formation of the SBE. It was Battison’s vision for a professional organization dedicated solely to the broadcast engineer and his personal efforts to invite station engineers from across the U.S. and Canada to join, that resulted in the organization of the SBE in 1964. Battison served as the new organization’s steering committee chairman and then as its first president.

“No one person has done more towards advancing the broadcast engineering profession than John Battison. The Ennes Trust is pleased to honor the memory of the founder of the Society of Broadcast Engineers with the creation of this scholarship,” said Ennes Trustee, Fred Baumgartner, CPBE.

The scholarship will be awarded to selected applicants who are currently in the broadcast engineering field and seek to expand their knowledge in media technology, or to a graduating high school senior who plans a career in broadcast engineering and will be attending a college, university or technical school.

Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, the president of the SBE said, “John Battison had a vision of an organization that would provide station engineers with technical education they could use in their work everyday. I can’t think of a better way to memorialize him than through a scholarship that will help young engineers advance their technical knowledge in our business.”

Applications for the John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship will be available by October 1, 2012 and can be obtained on the SBE website, www.sbe.org. The annual deadline for all Ennes Scholarships is July 1 with the announcement of the recipients made by the end of July.

Those wishing to make a contribution to the John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship fund may send donations to: Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, 9102 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN, 46260. Checks should be made payable to: Ennes Educational Foundation Trust and write “Battison Scholarship” on the memo line. The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contributions by individuals are tax deductible.

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.




SBE mourns John H. Battison

John Battison

SBE Founder John H. Battison

The Society of Broadcast Engineers mourns the loss today of its founder, John Battison, P.E., CPBE. Our sympathies are extended to his wife Sara, daughter Victoria, son Mark the entire Battison family and his many friends and colleagues.

John’s dream to form an organization devoted solely to the professional development of broadcast engineers and the field of broadcast engineering was realized far beyond what he had imagined. For more than 48 years, the organization, which was fueled in its early days by his vision and passion, has positively affected the lives and careers of thousands of men and women who have made broadcast engineering their career. All of us, who have benefited from our affiliation with the SBE during our careers, owe a debt of gratitude to SBE Member #1, John Battison.

Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE
SBE President