SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
June 13, 2021  

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Attendees

Name
Mr. Mark Albert 
Mr. Jan Andrews 
Mr. Robert Ballou 
Mr. Fred Baumgartner 
Mr. Michael Baxter 
Mr. Patrick Berger 
Mr. Michael Berry 
Mr. Chase Browning 
Mr. Richard Burden 
Mr. Tim Carroll 
Mr. Gordon Carter 
Mr. Richard Cassidy 
Mr. Jonathan Charry 
Mr. Rob Cristarella 
Mr. John Devecka 
Mr. Michael Dinger 
Mr. Steve Floyd 
Mr. Scott Fybush 
Mr. David Garner 
Mr. Richard Garofalo 
Mr. Fred Gleason 
Mr. Mike Graves 
Mr. David Gray 
Mr. Jon Grrubbs 
Mr. Karl Hansen 
Mr. Dustin Hapli 
Mr. Gary Harrison 
Mr. William Harrison 
Mr. Gary Hartman 
Mr. Eric Heidendahl 
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn 
Mr. Kenneth Hunold 
Mr. Spike Jones 
Mr. Robert Jordan 
Mr. John Kean 
Mr. Paul Keller 
Mr. Al Kenyon 
Mr. Fred Klimes 
Mr. Michael Kluger 
Mr. George Kowal 
Mr. Kent Kramer 
Mr. David Layer 
Mr. Kent Lewin 
Mr. Chuck Lindner 
Mr. Vinny Lopez 
Mr. Dave Loudin 
Mr. Bill Magliocco 
Mr. Marshall Malmberg 
Mr. Scott Mason 
Mr. Brad McCoy 
Mr. Greg Miller 
Mr. Stuart Moore 
Mr. Jon Morgan 
Mr. Horace Murray 
Mr. Jim Nelson 
Mr. James O'Neal 
Mr. Larry Paulausky 
Jan Pazral 
Mr. Wayne Pecena 
Mr. Jim Peck 
Mr. Kerry Plackmeyer 
Mr. James Pratt 
Mr. Daniel Ryson 
Mr. Eric Schecter 
Ms. Mary Schnelle 
Mr. Thomas Shedlick 
Mr. Michael Shovan 
Mr. Jonathan Solomon 
Mr. Johnny Stigler 
Mr. Carl Swanson 
Mr. Brian Szewczyk 
Mr. Robert Tarsio 
Mr. Bob Van Valzah 
Mr. David Weaver 
Mr. Jim Welch 
Mr. Doug White 
Mr. Fred Willard 

FM Stereo: The History of the Making of a Standard

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Guest Speaker: Richard W. Burden

June 1, 2021

Since FM stereo broadcasting has existed for virtually all of our adult lives, some may take it for granted.  However, that would never happen to Richard W. Burden, one of the pioneering engineers instrumental in bringing stereophonic FM to the public.  Richard Burden was our June 1st guest speaker.  

According to broadcast historians, the first FCC-approved stereo broadcasts began at WGFM Schenectady, NY and WEFM Chicago, IL on June 1st, 1961 at 12:01 AM local time.  We are held our meeting exactly 60-years later to commemorate this event.  Though the milestone dates are important, the process of establishing the worldwide FM stereo standard is far more interesting and began much earlier.  Richard participated in this endeavor and prepared his first-hand experiences.  

Richard Burden, Principal of Burden Associates, has been a broadcast engineer for over 70 years.  In addition to his efforts with FM Stereo, he is known as the father of the Travelers Information Service, which provides information to motorists at airports, highways, national parks and communities. Richard is a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and has been honored by the Society with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is a Fellow in the Audio Engineering Society (AES), which honored him as one of the 25 internationally known engineers who contributed significantly to the science of audio. 

With widespread interest in this topic, particularly in central New York; Chicago, and Pittsburgh, PA, we invited SBE members in those and other regions to join us via Zoom.  We also invited the Washington, DC SMPTE and AES sections. 

As you can see by the long list of attendees, we had a superb turnout.  What isn't apparent is the wide range of geographies represented at our local meeting.  We welcomed attendees from SBE chapters 1, 9, 15, 18, 20, 22, 26, 33, 37, 46, 47, 54, 57, 58, 60, 67, 96, and 99 - as well as members of AES and SMPTE.  It was great to acquaint ourselves with new friends and see many old friends.  We hope you'll join us at a future meeting.    

Special thanks to Broadcasters Depot for sponsoring the video conference and other technical support costs of Chapter 37. 

 

 

 

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