SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
December 8, 2021  


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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.

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.

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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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On the 20th anniversary of terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and the failed attack that ended in Western Pennsylvania, the Society of Broadcast Engineers wishes to remember all who lost their lives on that fateful day. We especially wish to remember the six broadcast engineers and technicians who died. All six were working at the highest floors of the World Trade Center at the time of the attack.

Don DiFranco, WABC-TV
Rod Coppola, WNET-TV
Steve Jacobson, WPIX
Bob Pattison, WCBS-TV
Isaias Riverea, WCBS-TV
William Steckman, WNBC

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Andrea CummisThe Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, announces the results of the 2021 election for the national board of directors. Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO, was elected as the society’s president. Cummis is the chief technical officer of PBS39/WLVT-TV, in Bethlehem, PA. She is the first woman to be elected to hold the office. She is a member of SBE Chapter 15 in New York City.

Regarding the election, President-elect Cummis said, “I look forward to serving the Society and its members. President Wayne Pecena has led the society through an interesting and unusual time, and as everyone looks forward to a return to normal, I’m pleased that the society is still growing and thriving. I’m eager to work with the Board of Directors and the membership so we can expand our membership and outreach to the media professionals among us.”

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Oct. 11, 2021, are:
     • Vice President: Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, ATSC3, DRB; Chapter 45 Charlotte; Charlotte, NC
     • Secretary: Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT; Chapter 90 Southwest FL; Ft. Myers, FL
     • Treasurer: Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; Chapter 43 Sacramento; Sacramento, CA

Ted Hand    Kevin Trueblood    Jason Ornellas

Serving two-year terms on the board of directors, which also begin Oct. 11 are:
     • Zhulieta Ibisheva, CBTE, CBT; Chapter 50 Hawaii; Honolulu, HI
     • Jeff Juniet, CBTE; Chapter 42 Central Florida; Casselberry, FL
     • Charles “Ched” Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNE; Chapter 53 South Florida; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
     • Geary S. Morrill, CPBE, AMD, CBNE; Chapter 91 Central Michigan; Saginaw, MI
     • David Ratener, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 16 Seattle; Seattle, WA
     • Dan Whealy, CBTE; Chapter 96 Rockford; Sumner, IA

The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for the development of policy and determines the programs and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members. Those elected will begin their terms on Oct. 11, 2021, during the SBE Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation. They will join the other six directors who have another year remaining in their terms:
     • Stephen Brown, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 80 Fox Valley; Appleton, WI
     • Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area; Clearwater, FL
     • Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; Chapter 103 Nashville; Nashville, TN
     • Thomas McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT; Chapter 16 Seattle; Missoula, MT
     • Shane Toven, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 43 Sacramento; Antelope, CA
     • Fred Willard, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; Chapter 37 District of Columbia; Washington, DC

Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, ATSC3, AMD, DRB, CBNE, of College Station, TX, continues serving on the board as immediate past president.

The SBE National Meeting and Awards Presentation will be held Oct. 11, 2021 at 5 p.m. PT, during the SBE National Meeting. The National Meeting is being held in Las Vegas during the 2021 NAB Show.

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