SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
June 25, 2019  

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Attendees

Name
Mr. Jonathan Badrain 
Mr. Jim Beahn 
Mr. Jonathan Bennett 
Ms. Anne Brooker-Grogan 
Mr. Sam Brown 
Mr. Ed Bukont 
Mr. Mark Bulla 
Mr. Bob Bush 
Mr. Andy Butler 
Mr. Tre Canady 
Mr. Jonathan Charry 
Ms. Pamela Commerford 
Ms. Melissa Davis 
Mr. David Garner 
Mr. John Garziglia 
Mahari Grant 
Mr. Ed Grogan 
Mr. Thomas Hackett 
Mr. Brian Haywood 
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn 
Mr. Karl Jackson 
Mr. Spike Jones 
Mr. John Jordan 
Mr. John Judge 
Mr. Loo Katz 
Mr. Al Kenyon 
Mr. George Kinney 
Mr. David Kolesar 
Mr. Kent Kramer 
Mr. Chuck Lindner 
Mr. Rick Marquez 
Mr. Luis Mattos 
Ms. Karen McCone 
Ms. Ginnie McKnight 
Ms. Peggy Miles 
Mr. Horace Murray 
Macie Ochman 
Mr. Brian Oliger 
Mr. Darrin Paley 
Beau Riley 
Mr. Alan Saunders 
Mr. John Saunders 
Aungthu Schlenker 
Mr. Al Shimabukuro 
Mr. James Snyder 
Mr. Jonathan Solomon 
Mr. David Weaver 
Mr. Fred Willard 

Live from the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Centerâ„¢

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Guest Speaker: The WTOP Engineering Team

June 11, 2019

How does major market radio stay relevant and stay in the lead in an era of digital and social media, and video file sharing?  This question was answered by presentations from the WTOP Engineering Departement and their contractors who allowed us to follow the build-out of a modern major market broadcast facility through its design, construction, wiring, integration, switch-on, and move-in stages.  The facility design and planning, network layout, and physical architecture were covered in presentation episodes and a facility tour.

Major market, indeed: WTOP has been the highest billing radio station in the USA for four consecutive years and is now operating in its new "visual media friendly" facility in Chevy Chase, MD, just up the street from its former Idaho Avenue studios in the District. The new WTOP Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center™ was designed from the outset for IP audio and video distribution, and integration of digital and streaming media with the newsroom work flow. This atypical but perhaps new model design for a large-market radio station facility even includes a purpose-built video lab and a visual-friendly event space, specifically to produce social media, streaming, and visual augmentation of its news product, 365 days per year to so many Washingtonians.

Fellowship and a light dinner started about 6:15 pm followed by organization business and presentation shortly thereafter.  Special thanks go to our dinner sponsors by Wheatstone, Diversified, RadioDNA, and Haivision as well as Brian Oliger and our friends at Hubbard Broadcasting for organizing and hosting this event.

As you can see from the photo below, there was extensive interest in this event.  Unfortunately, we had to turn a few members and industry leaders away due to room capacity limitations.  Since our July 2019 meeting will also be held at WTOP, you may have another chance to get a glance of fine facilities!  

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