SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
January 17, 2022  


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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 5,000 members and 114 local chapters, the SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help you keep pace with our rapidly changing industry. The SBE amplifies the voices of broadcast engineers by validating your skills with professional certification, by offering educational opportunities to maintain and expand those skills, and by speaking out on technical regulatory issues that affect how you work.

SBE Chapter 37 is a very diverse group, including a variety of media professionals in the Nation's Capitol. Our members include local radio and television engineers, national and international network technicians, consulting engineers, electronics manufacturers and Federal employees working in media and broadcast related positions.

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Upcoming Events

Please check out details of our next meeting. We hope to see you there!  Future SBE events include: 

Recommendations for Loudness of Internet Audio Streaming and ON-Demand Distribution (SBE Chapter 15)

Guest Speakers: John Kean, Bob Orban, Bob Katz and David Bialik
Date & Time: January 12, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Audio Processing for Streaming & OTA Broadcast

Guest Speaker: Mike Pappas, Orban Labs
Date & Time: February 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM

SBE News and Events

Terry Baun, CPBE, AMD, CBNE, died on January 1, 2022. Known to all as Terry, his broadcast career began in 1967 at Milwaukee’s classical music station, WFMR-FM. After ten years there, he began a series of moves into corporate engineering, while also forming his own consulting firm, Criterion Broadcast Services, in Milwaukee. Terry Baun 2021Through the years, he has worked for Sudbrink Broadcasting, Multimedia Broadcasting and Cumulus Broadcasting. He completed his broadcasting career working for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, where he oversaw the engineering and operations of the delivery system for Wisconsin Public Radio & Television throughout the state of Wisconsin, retiring in 2017 after 10 years. He is a graduate of Marquette University.

Terry’s activity in the Society of Broadcast Engineers began in 1976 when he first joined the Society and became involved in Chapter 28 of Milwaukee, serving in several leadership capacities. Later in his career, while living in Indiana, he served as Certification Committee chair for Chapter 25 in Indianapolis.

Terry’s contributions to the SBE at the national level have been many and significant. He was first elected to the national SBE Board of Directors in 1987, serving a two-year term and was elected to a three-year term in 1991. That term was interrupted after two years as he was elected national vice president in the fall of 1993. Terry served in that position for two years before being elected to two consecutive terms as national president, beginning in 1995.

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During his terms as national president, the Society instituted the Leadership Development Course. Terry worked to develop stronger ties and awareness of the SBE by the state broadcaster associations nationwide; he initiated a significant upgrade of the Society’s national office data management capability. The Society successfully transitioned from the multi-association World Media Expo, which ended in 1996, to the SBE National Meeting concept that the SBE still uses today. The SBE self-published the EAS Primer, written by fellow Wisconsinite Leonard Charles, during his term and the Society held its first strategic planning meeting during Terry’s presidency. During his two years as president, SBE membership grew as did the SBE’s financial strength.

His dedication to the development of continuing education for broadcast engineers has been evident in his tenure as chair of the SBE National Certification Committee (from 1998 to 2001) and later as the developer and instructor of a computer networking technologist course that facilitated many broadcast engineers to bridge the gap between traditional broadcast engineering and information technology skill sets, as well as become SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Technologists. Much of Terry’s professional life has been spent working for and on behalf of the Society and mentoring the broadcast engineer on the lecture circuit and through promotion of the SBE Certification program.

Terry was been a member of the SBE national Certification Committee for 21 years, from 1998 to 2019, serving as the committee chair for three of those years.

Terry was instrumental in the creation and subsequent tutorial of the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) certification. His dedication to this program resulted in one of the highest participation rates of any SBE certification level. Terry was also instrumental in the development of the SBE AM Directional Specialist (AMD) certification, providing many of the essay questions.

As a speaker, Terry has presented more than 35 full and half-day seminars covering topics such as Broadcast Computer Networks, Managements Skills for Engineers, Chief Operator Rules Review, FCC Compliance Review and RF Fundamentals for Studio Engineers.

Terry joined the SBE in 1976. He was named the SBE’s Broadcast Engineer of the Year in 1991, the very first time the award was presented. He was named an SBE Fellow in 1999, and in 2003 Terry was awarded the SBE Educator of the Year award, recognizing his many contributions in support of professional development for the broadcast engineer. He holds the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, AM Directional Specialist and Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist certifications from the SBE. In 2010, Terry was awarded the SBE’s John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Terry has also contributed much to his home-state via the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. He was one of the original members of the WBA Summer Engineering Conference Steering Committee. Terry founded the WBA Media Technology Institute in 2011.

He played a key role in developing the self-inspection program within the broadcast industry and is considered a leader in this field. Terry was one of the architects of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s Alternative Broadcast Station Inspection Program, serving as the WBA’s chief inspector for more than ten years, beginning with the program’s inauguration in 1995. In addition to Wisconsin, he conducted Alternative Station Inspections for broadcast associations in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. As an inspector himself, Terry took on the primary role of mentor with stations to help them with their compliance issues rather than the role of an enforcer. His desire was to have stations comply with the rules, rather than simply looking for reasons to cite them for noncompliance.

In 2000, Terry initiated the 24-hour Hotline for engineers in the state of Wisconsin through the WBA, which he manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Based on his program model, other state broadcast associations have adopted the 24-hour engineering hotline. For all of his efforts in the State of Wisconsin, Terry was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Hall of Fame in 2004.

In his position with the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, Terry played a key role in guiding the transition of Wisconsin Public Television to full digital broadcasting. In addition to his duties associated with ECB and Wisconsin Public Television, he spent a good deal of time working with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in a variety of activities that not only benefited the ECB and WPT, but the entire television community. The WPT transition included the early cutover to digital for WPT’s six translators, and included coordinating a triage plan with WPT programming staff for the five full-power transmitters in advance of the original Feb. 17, 2009, shut-off date.

Terry implemented the planning process with ECB staff for the next generation of the Broadcast Interconnect which delivers Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, EAS and Amber Alert programming throughout the state.

He serves as a role model and has worked diligently on the “partnership” model between the ECB and the University of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television issues.

Terry implemented a “paperless” reporting system for engineering updates from field staff – a system that allows ECB engineering staff from throughout the state to have a “snapshot” of projects and issues at each site. Projects that Terry oversaw included the WHHI Tower, the WHAA-FM – Coloma Radio project; the University of Wisconsin System built in 2011, and the Chilton Gap Filler tower – a joint project with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Terry also watched over the HD Radio installations at ECB’s FM stations.

Terry also penned many contributions to publications. His articles have appeared in Milwaukee Magazine, Radio World, Broadcast Engineering and the Milwaukee Press Club Annual. He also co-authored a chapter on Facilities Documentation in an edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook and applied for a patent on an Internet media streaming delivery system.

Besides his long membership with the SBE, Terry was a member of the Audio Engineering Society, the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, and the IEEE. He also served on the Milwaukee Area Technical College Broadcast Communications Engineer Advisory Committee, which revamped the curriculum and brought the lab and studio equipment up to current broadcast standards.

His dedication to broadcasting in general and broadcast engineering, the SBE, the WBA and his employers, are clearly evident. What differentiates Terry from other exceptional engineers is his ability to share his engineering expertise with industry peers as a great communicator teacher.

In the WBA video tribute to Terry earning his 2004 honor in the Wisconsin Broadcasting Hall of Fame (watch video), Terry shared his thoughts on broadcast engineering and his career: “Engineers are a critical part of the broadcasting enterprise. They’re technologists who bring broadcasting to life. I’ve always thought of myself as a broadcaster. Period. And within the scope of broadcasting, I feel that my contributions have been primarily in the technical side, the engineering side.

“My career: Something involved with technology, and also involved with helping other people learn about technology to help their careers move along. I guess the educational aspect of what I’m doing is probably going to be my proudest moment when it’s all said and done.”

Terry’s life was more than broadcast engineering. In September 2002, Terry married Linda Godby. When they married, he was inducted into his most challenging role: that of being a father to Leslie and Stacey. Terry would say, “You have a father and I respect that. I am here for you in any capacity that you need, and I am not going anywhere.”

Terry has said one of his proudest moments was when both daughters asked HIM to be beside them and walk them down the aisle on their wedding days. Leslie (Wood) has three children: Cayleigh, Logan and Hunter. Stacey (Overman) is married to Nick Overman. They have two children: Grayson and Amiah.

Terry loved trains, classical music, Fleetwood Mac, and of course the Beatles. He was mortified when Stacey asked him what a Beatle was. He loved the Packers, but also loved to talk to Leslie on Sunday and discuss the games that the Colts and the Packers played that day.

Terry enjoyed reading to his grandchildren and playing trains with Grayson. He watched his fair share of Dora, Vampirina, Thomas the Train, and Curious George. Even though he didn’t get to ride the tea cups, Terry enjoyed going to Disney with all the family. Terry, being the avid reader that he is, read many books and watched a biopic on Walt Disney. He surmised, though flawed as we all are, that Walt was a genius but not sure he would have appreciated where his world is today.

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The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust has awarded five scholarships for 2021. The recipients were chosen from applications received by July 1, 2021, from the previous 12 months.

The Harold E. Ennes Scholarship, Robert D. Greenberg Scholarship, John H. Battison Founder’s Scholarship and Gino Ricciardelli Scholarship are awarded to individuals interested in continuing or beginning their education in broadcast engineering and technology. The Youth Scholarship is specifically for a graduating high school senior interested in broadcast engineering as a career. Each scholarship awarded this year is for $2,500.

Ismail OtuThis year the Harold E. Ennes Scholarship recipient is Ismail Otu, CRO, CTO. Originally from the Bronx, NY, Ismail graduated from The Broadcasting Production Technology Program at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, NC. He served on Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s Vice President Committee, interned at WTVI PBS Charlotte, and earned the Most Outstanding Student Award at the Student Excellence Convocation on behalf of the CPCC’s broadcasting program. Ismail plays several critical roles during live events and concerts for CPCC’s performing arts & events facilities including sound board operator and stage/audio technician. While having extensive experience working as an audio engineer, he is devoted to becoming well-versed in other technical areas. Enthusiasm for audio fuels Ismail’s IT skill development focusing on networking technologies. He plans to attend The Cleveland Institute of Electronics and major in broadcast engineering/wireless communication electronics to pursue a career in broadcast operations.

Michael CassaraReceiving the Robert D. Greenberg Scholarship is Michael Cassara. Michael became interested in television broadcast after becoming involved with Wilton High School’s weekly news show. From the contacts he met there and his passion to learn, he shortly became involved with Wilton Public School’s student-run broadcast team and was responsible for the production of various board meetings and school events. This eventually turned from a volunteer position to a part-time job as he took a leadership position within the team, which he used to build the capability to perform multi-camera broadcasts of the school’s various sports games. His research and efforts refined his passion towards the engineering side of television broadcast. This passion has led him to pursue a career in broadcast engineering. He is now in his sophomore year of studying computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh to achieve that goal.

Zachary CameronThe John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship has been awarded to Zachary Cameron. Zachary is currently attending Ball State University, Muncie, IN, studying telecommunications. He has held multiple positions as both a broadcast engineer for his high school and production assistant/student broadcast engineer for RBTV. His recent achievements consist of completing an overhaul and upgrade to both his high school TV mobile production carts, rebuilding and upgrading RBTV’s Studio B control room, and purchasing and building a remote production pack for RBTV including field cameras, audio equipment and all necessary accessories. His goal is to become a broadcast engineer after graduation.

Christopher GamelinThe Gino Ricciardelli Scholarship has been awarded to Christopher Gamelin. Six years ago, Christopher set a goal to work in the professional world of radio broadcasting, and was hungry to learn all he could in this career, from promotions to hardcore engineering, and this is when he met many current contacts and friends. This is where he wanted to be. He wanted to work in broadcasting, making sure these stations were operating properly, fixing equipment, and doing some production. He left iHeartradio in search of another goal, full-time work in engineering. He received that working at Entercom Communications. There, he gained basic knowledge in broadcast engineering, production, and remote broadcast set ups. He had another goal: to broaden his horizons and try TV broadcasting. He pushed forward, talked to some people and interviewed at WFSB – Channel 3 news. Four hours after his interview, he was called up and offered the job of maintenance technician for the company. He was ecstatic that he reached his goal. He never would have seen this coming five years ago. At WFSB, he has many more opportunities to grow and already has met goals of becoming a drone operator, working on remote broadcasts and expanding his electronics knowledge.

Meredith FrankMeredith Frank received the Youth Scholarship. In high school, Meredith was known as the “go-to video producer” because of the strong relationships she formed with administrative staff while working on their video projects. Her production talents have allowed her to spend two years as the director of her school’s annual charity reality show competition, Senior Survivor. During the pandemic, Meredith was able to produce the show’s episodes from home, leading to a charity total of more than $50,000, and a record breaking $229,000 during the in-person 2021 competition. Meredith has additional live production experience as a video switcher for her church and as the lead stage manager on five school productions. She will be pursuing her passion for live TV production by moving from her small Midwest town to New York’s Hofstra University, where she will earn a degree in television production & studies. Meredith has seen the positive impact that her broadcast work can have, and will forever act with that value in her future career.

SBE President Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO, said, “The SBE continues its focus on education through webinars, books, The SBE Mentor Program, SBE Ennes Workshops and other efforts, and the Ennes Scholarships are just one part of this education effort. As the SBE continues to encourage young people to pursue careers in broadcast and media technology, I look forward to seeing the great progress of these five engineers as they further their education goals with the assistance of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust.”

Ennes Educational Foundation TrustThe 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 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. The name of the Trust was changed in 1995 to the “Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust” to fully embrace its expanded role.

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