Welcome to the fold, Blonder Tongue!

Welcome to new SBE sustaining member, Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. They provide system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution and video delivery to homes and businesses. Blonder Tongue designs, manufactures, sells and supports an equipment portfolio of standard and high definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber and IP networks.

Know someone interested in getting into the technical side of engineering? Pass along these scholarship opportunities

The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust offers scholarships to those aspiring to a career in the technical aspects of broadcasting. Scholarship awards are used for tuition, room and board or textbook costs at post-secondary educational institutions, or for other technical training programs approved by the Scholarship Committee. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the SBE; however, any individual otherwise eligible is encouraged to apply.

Candidates considered for any of the four scholarships will have a career interest in the technical aspects of broadcasting. These scholarships are typically presented to applicants who have some work experience in broadcast engineering and who are interested in continuing their education in order to advance their careers. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2103. Here is the application.

Like it or not, we are all leaders. What kind of leader are you?

I came across an article that described how most managers are concerned with ‘what’ people do, and not ‘why’ they do it.  In other words, managers are more concerned with employee’s actions, rather than their internal motivations. To do this, leaders would need to take time to gain insight into where a person is coming from, and interact on a more personal level.  So, how do we do this?

One way I found is to explore different types of personalities, and understand how best to communicate and work with each personality type. By understanding your personality type, and that of those around you, you’ll have a basic understanding of what type of person they are and what they respond positively to. First, you would need to find out what personality type you are first, so you know how best to interact with the others. There is a leadership style assessment in the SBE Leadership Development Course, taking place August 13-15 in Atlanta, that does just that – helps you understand what type of leader you are, and how best to communicate with other personality types.

Other than understanding personality types, are there any tricks you have come across to deal with challenging people in the workplace?

Kimberly Kissel, SBE’s education director

Is your transmitter ready for summer? This will help –

As both radio and television broadcast engineers are expected to do more with less, being pro-active with respect to maintaining your transmitter and studio sites will guard against disasters. This is especially true when preparing your site for the summertime, after winter has taken its toll.

Webinars by SBE has a webinar on springtime maintenance to help you get ready for summer. Drawing from his experience as a chief engineer, and in writing Radio World’s popular Workbench column, John Bisset leads engineers through a series of inspections and tasks to prepare your site for warmer weather. Along the way, he offers some engineering nuggets to improve your maintenance efficiency as well.

This 2 hour webinar is available free to SBE Members, thanks to Broadcast Supply Worldwide.

New SBE University course helps broadcast engineers embrace media systems engineering

Philip Cianci, CSTE wrote an inspiring, informative course for the SBE on the challenges of a contemporary technologist who works in the broadcast or media industry. The online course, titled “Adaptive Media Systems Engineering“, offers techniques to ease the transition from Broadcast Engineer to Media Systems Engineer. Each chapter provides practical suggestions and solutions for the digital era. Subjects include an introduction to media systems engineering, the role of the media systems engineer, the importance of professional societies and standards bodies, project management techniques, the planning process, process improvement, organizational efficiency and more.

“The author uses lots of industry standards and relates them very well to the broadcast industry. This is a thought provoking course that guides the project engineer to new methods of managing the unmanageable task of today’s broadcast IT-centric projects.” – Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNE, Course Reviewer

Free Webinar on IP Microwave STL’s – thanks DoubleRadius!

Broadcasters have been needing and asking the FCC for more channels and bandwidth for years now. We need more! With the growth of HD audio and video the need for reliable STL’s continues to grow every year.

In August of 2011 the FCC abolished the last link rule opening up Part 101 licensed frequencies to broadcasters. Finally the FCC has opened up new frequencies that can be used for reliable STL’s. These frequencies like 950mhz, 7ghz, and 13Ghz are licensed frequencies but with the ability to run high speed bidirectional data rates. These frequencies have the ability to provide up to a gigabit of bidirectional throughput to your transmission sites.

Taking place June 27, this webinar will inform you on these new licensed frequencies and the design do’s and don’ts for these frequencies. The webinar also looks at a live path profile showing what can be done today.

DoubleRadius-logo-coatedClick here for more information and to register for this Webinar by SBE.

Thanks to DoubleRadius for allowing us to make this webinar free to members of the SBE!

Is it time for a new engineering position in the broadcast industry?

“The Broadcast IT Engineer”

The impact of the Information Technology world has certainly been felt in the ranks of traditional broadcast engineering for several years. Whether radio or TV, the systems we depend upon daily have become or will become more of an IT looking environment than the baseband audio and video world that has embraced broadcast engineering for years.

Is it time for a new engineering position in the broadcast industry? Will the “Broadcast IT Engineer” become the new job title for the broadcast technologist of 2013 and beyond? Or maybe this already is the new engineering position and we have simply not fully acknowledged in our industry and our own career progression.

How does someone entering the industry obtain the knowledge and skills of broadcast engineering and IT to successfully accomplish the demands of this position?  Is an experienced IT professional better suited for this role by learning the traditional diverse broadcast engineering skills? Is an experienced broadcast engineer better suited for this role by learning the necessary and diverse IT skills?

Who is best suited for the coming norm of the broadcast plant in the “IT Cloud”?

What are your thoughts?

Wayne M. Pecena, CPBE, CBNE

SBE Board Member, Chair – SBE Education Committee

 Wayne’s views do not reflect those of the SBE, or its Board of Directors.

Help your non-technical staff safely set up a great live shot in the field

Photo Courtesy of Frontline Communications

Photo Courtesy of Frontline Communications

The SBE offers a course on SBE University on ENG Truck Operations.  The course, designed for non-technical personnel, covers the basics necessary to produce a safe, good quality field produced shot from both microwave based vehicles and satellite uplink vehicles.  It begins with a concentration on safety, advances to the basics of microwave principles and operation, then on to audio, video, various IFB techniques, lighting basics, use of wireless microphones and some advanced applications.

Courses on SBE University are set up like textbooks, divided into 8-14 chapters.  There are quiz questions, graphics, a glossary, and a final exam.  Once you purchase a course on SBE University, you will always have access to it, including any updates made to the course.

How Broadcasters can benefit from Media Asset Management

Broadcasters have the opportunity to hear from Theresa Regli at The Real Story Group to understand not only the different components of a Media Asset Management (MAM) system, but also to help them identify their own requirements more clearly.  In addition, understand how various MAM system services work, find out who some of the particular MAM vendors are and the different industries they focus on, and differentiate among alternate architectures and approaches. This Webinar by SBE takes place May 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. Eastern.  Learn  More