SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
December 3, 2020  

Our Next Meeting

Vertical Technology Services

All Are Welcome at SBE Meetings;
SBE Membership is not Required

Meeting Date:

November 24, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Location:

Virtual Meeting via Internet

Directions:

Due to COVID-19, our meeting will be virtually. 
Please Register in advance for this meeting using this URL.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

WMAL's Greentree Road Bethesda Transmitter Site

Dave in Vintage 63 Hard Hat

Guest Speaker: Dave Sproul

Our November 24th meeting will be a very timely presentation from our own Dave Sproul.  His topic is:

The Beginning, In Between, and End Phases of WMAL's Greentree Road, Bethesda Transmitter Site, Bookended by Details of My Personal Career

As you may have heard from recent news reports, WMAL's four, 400-foot tall towers were demolished Wednesday, November 4th after more than seven continuous decades of service.  Dave's presentation will chronicle WMAL's legendary operation largely from his perspective.  As shown in his bio below, he was there!

  1. Grew up in Staunton, VA, taking naps on Woodrow Wilson's bed while my grandmother managed and gave tours of the town's Woodrow Wilson Birthplace.
  2. Father was an obstetrician who, I only discovered much later, delivered the Q107 production man I worked with for several years.
  3. 1965 - Worked my first radio job at WTON in Staunton at age 16, doing the Saturday evening Top-40 record show
  4. 1966 - First soloed an airplane in Waynesboro, VA
  5. 1968 - Graduated from Staunton Military Academy
  6. 1973 - Graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA
  7. Summer 1973 - Lucked into a vacation-relief NABET engineering job at WMAL.
  8. 1973 - 1974 - Took graduate level biology courses at George Washington University, hoping for entrance to medical school. (Nope.)
  9. 1974 - 1973 - More vacation-relief at WMAL(AM) and WMAL-FM
  10. 1976 - Fulltime NABET engineering job at WMAL(AM) and WMAL-FM.
  11. 1982 - Married Robin Vierbuchen. Soon enough: two daughters.
  12. 1999 - Transitioned to management as Chief Engineer of WRQX(FM) (Formerly WMAL-FM) and WJZW(FM)
  13. 2003 - Added Chief Engineer title for WMAL(AM)
  14. 2011 - First soloed a Schweizer 300 helicopter at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
  15. 2014 - Retired from Cumulus Media, Inc. Washington
  16. 2015 - Extensive flying hours in a classic Bell 47 helicopter at the Lancaster, PA Airport
  17. Fall 2017 - Present - Extensive flying in a Robinson R-44 helicopter at the Frederick Airport and a fixed-wing flying club at the Gaithersburg Airport. Enjoying many other hobbies (piano, organ, art) and providing frequent support for three nearby grandchildren.

Thanks to sponsors Paul Fitts and Owen Garland of Vertical Technology Services for their financial support of Chapter 37's recent Zoom sessions and other technical support costs during the last few months. 

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