SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
December 12, 2019  


Thank you for visiting the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. We're glad you're here!

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 broadcast related positions.

Regardless of your area of broadcast interest, you are sure to find a warm welcome at the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Please join us at our next meeting and try us out for size. We hope you will enjoy your visit.

Upcoming Events

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

  • January 16, 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:30 PM):  NextGenTV Summit - This full-day conference, organized by the SMPTE Washington DC Section in conjunction with the local Chapters of SBE and AES, will explore the technologies behind NEXTGEN TV and how it will transform the consumer experience and create new opportunities. More details are available here. To register, go here.
  • February 18, 2020 (6:30 PM):  Liquid Cooled Transmitters and more.  Brian Szewczyk of GatesAir will be on hand for this technology update.    

SBE National News

SBE President Wayne Pecena Comments on the Passing of John Lyons

December 03, 2019

The broadcast engineering community was both shocked and saddened as we learned of the passing of John Lyons on Nov. 29, 2019. John was a bigger-than-life icon of the broadcast engineering community in New York City where he most recently led the design and build of state of the art TV broadcast facilities at One World Trade Center as the director of broadcast communications for the Durst Corporation. 2016 SBE Education SummitHis career accomplishments extended well beyond OWTC as his handprints were on all major New York City broadcast and communications facilities from Empire State to 4 Times Square.

John was a true friend of the SBE, having served on the board of directors from 1974 to 1978 and was elected a Fellow in 1977. My first interaction with John was in 2014 soon after it was announced that I was named the 11th recipient of the Radio World Excellence in Engineering award. When I received that award, his email to me simply stated, “Congratulations to #11 from #3.” John was the 3rd recipient of that award in 2006. His simple, no-nonsense and to-the-point email was reflective of his character.

In 2016, John hosted the SBE Education Summit at One World Trade Center. I have always felt his personal tour of the unbelievable broadcast facilities, then under construction, was a special occasion. Today, that time is to be cherished. (John is front row left in the picture of the Education Summit group above.)

We offer his family the most sincere condolences.

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