SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
August 13, 2022  


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

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.

Upcoming Events

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

August 9, 2022 - Grounding, Lightning Protectection, etc.

Our August meeting will focus on a topical subject for this season:  Grounding and Lightning Protection.  Guest speaker Sam Chreiteh, principal of Critical Systems Consulting Group, will share his insights that can help assure high-reliability of your facilities.

Date: August 9th, 2022

Time:  6:30 PM EDT

October 6, 2022 - Richmond's SBE Chapter 60 and VAB Host Ennis Workshop

Mark your calendar and plan on attending the SBE Ennes Workshop in Richmond, VA on Thursday, October 6. SBE Chapter 60 and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters host the event at 23 Sesame St., Richmond, VA 23235. The day-long event will host expert presenters on pertinent topics. More details coming soon!

SBE News and Events

For many SBE members, the local chapter provides access to affordable continuing education and a ready network of contacts and friends in the industry. The SBE recognizes chapters that meet those needs by rewarding them with an annual rebate of a portion of the SBE dues paid by its members. The chapters have to qualify for the rebate by holding at least five meetings during the calendar year and documenting those meetings to the national SBE office. Documentation includes a brief description of the meeting and a list of attendees.

In 2021, 54 chapters qualified for Quality Chapter status, and the SBE paid out a total of almost $28,000 to them. Chapters typically use the money to fund their own operations. Expenses can include website hosting fees, printing, postage, scholarship programs, and sometimes meals for chapter meetings or social events. The SBE instituted the rebate system many years ago to help chapters avoid the administrative burden of collecting local dues, instead, allowing them to concentrate on producing successful meetings and other chapter functions. Below is a list of chapters that attained Quality Chapter status during 2021 and received a cash rebate from the national SBE office in June of this year. Our congratulations to them and to their leadership!


Chapter Chair
1 Binghamton Gary Talkiewicz
2 Northeastern Pennsylvania Al Kornak
3 Kansas Richard Abraham
9 Phoenix Eric Schecter
14 Connecticut Valley Frederick Krampits
15 New York City Conrad Trautmann
16 Seattle Alexander Brewster
17 Minneapolis Jon Blomstrand
21 Spokane Jerry Olson
22 Central New York Thomas McNicholl
24 Madison Matthew Mommaerts
25 Indianapolis Chuck Kelly
30 South Bend Jakob Foglesong
33 Southwestern Ohio James Stitt
37 District of Columbia J. Eric Hoehn
38 El Paso Jose Castro
39 Tampa Bay Area Edwin Allen
40 San Francisco Arthur Lebermann
43 Sacramento Jack Davis
45 Charlotte Brad Humphries
47 Los Angeles Matthew Anderson
48 Denver Amanda Hopp
51 Tri-Cities John Mazza
52 Central Ohio John Owen
53 South Florida Carlos Sanchez
55 St. Louis Terrence Dupuis
56 Tulsa Donald Dobbs
57 Rochester Gregory Carter
58 Northeast Scott Mason
59 Kansas City Stephen Hendrix
67 North Texas William Ryan
68 Birmingham Tim Costley
69 Alamo Area Christopher Anderson
70 Northeast Ohio Blake Thompson
72 New Orleans Ernest Kain
74 Midland Mark Voris
76 Eugene Dennis Hunt
78 Blue Ridge Robert Whitley
80 Fox Valley Martin Jury
85 Central Western Brian Ryel
91 Central Michigan Richard Thomas II
93 Raleigh-Durham Frederick Engel
96 Rockford Ben Pflederer
102 Grand Rapids Mark Wittkoski
103 Nashville James Campbell, III
109 Des Moines Gregg Richwine
111 Huntsville Kevin Kidd
113 Knoxville Robert Holden
115 Southern Idaho Thomas Kettwig
122 Youngstown Wesley Boyd
124 North Oregon Everett Helm
131 Inland Empire Robert Army, Jr.
141 Medford David Katz
145 Magic Valley Thomas Lowther

The post 54 SBE Chapters Earn Quality Chapter Status for 2021 appeared first on The Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Copyright © 2022 The Society of Broadcast Engineers. Used With Permission.

September 28-29, 2022

Ramada by Wyndham, Liverpool, NY

The annual Society of Broadcast Engineers National Meeting will be held in the Syracuse area on Sept. 28-29, 2022, in conjunction with the SBE Chapter 22 Broadcast & Technology Expo, presented by Chapter 22 of Central New York. SBE members from the region and across the country are invited to attend. The SBE national Meeting includes the SBE Annual Membership Meeting and annual SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner. Program details are below. Admission to the SBE National Meeting requires registration to the Engineering Conference. (all times are Eastern Time.)

Skip PizziAwards Dinner Keynote Speaker:
Skip Pizzi
Media Consultant

The title of Skip’s keynote address is “Top 10 Tricks for Broadcast Innovation (You Won’t Believe #6)”.

Skip Pizzi is owner and principal at Skip Pizzi Media Consultant LLC, a media technology consulting firm based in the Philadelphia area. Skip’s career has spanned the radio, television and digital media industries, with 13 years at NPR, 11 years at Microsoft and most recently 10 years at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), where he served as vice president, technology education and outreach. He has also been a featured columnist for numerous industry publications, and spent seven years as an editor at Broadcast Engineering magazine.

Skip has authored, co-authored or edited several books, most recently A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers, 4th edition, and the NAB Engineering Handbook, 11th edition, both published by Focal Press/Routledge.

He chairs the Advanced Television Standards Committee’s (ATSC) Brazil Implementation Team (IT-4), which is working with Brazilian broadcasters and technologists to select that country’s next-generation television standard. He is also Vice-Chair of Technology Group 3 (TG3), which developed the ATSC 3.0 standard, and was the 2017 recipient of ATSC’s Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award, the organization’s highest technical honor. Among his other honors are the Audio Engineering Society Board of Governors Award and the Public Radio Regional Organizations’ PRRO Award.

Skip currently represents LG Electronics/Zenith and Fraunhofer USA in various media standards development organizations, and serves as a senior advisor to the Public Media Venture Group. He is project manager for the NextGen TV transition of WNET, New York, NY — the first station to convert to the technology in the largest U.S. media market. He is also a consultant to the NAB, where he manages the organization’s annual Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology (BEIT) Conference and the Futures Park innovation pavilion at the annual NAB Show.

SBE Schedule

September 28

 SBE Certification Committee Meeting
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 SBE Board of Directors Dinner
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

 SBE Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.


September 29

 SBE Fellows Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Kathrein

SBE Annual Membership Meeting
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The meeting will be streamed live online.
Online stream sponsored by Blackmagic Design, Dielectric, Jampro and Markertek.

Jampro/Alan Dick

 SBE National Awards Reception
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Comrex

 SBE National Awards Dinner
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by latakoo

Buy your tickets for the SBE Awards Reception and Dinner.

Event sponsorships are available. Contact Debbie Hennessey (317-846-9000) for information.

SBE22 Broadcast & Technology Expo

■ Conference Info


Reserve a room at the Ramada by Wyndham, Liverpool. Individual attendees may make hotel reservations directly through Ramada reservations at 315-457-1122. Ask for the Society of Broadcast Engineers special rate of $111 plus tax per night. A limited room block has been set aside for our guests.

The post SBE 2022 National Meeting appeared first on The Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Copyright © 2022 The Society of Broadcast Engineers. Used With Permission.

In conjunction with the SBE National Awards program, SBE members who are honored by chapters as a chapter engineer of the year are automatically entered into consideration for the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year award.

Chapters set their own criteria to make their selections. These six SBE members were selected by their chapters for the local honor in 2022.

Chapter 1 Binghamton
• Bill Sitzman

Chapter 15 New York City
• Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO

Chapter 17 Minneapolis
• Michael Davison, CBNT

Chapter 38 El Paso
• Glenn Leffler, CPBE

Chapter 70 Northeast Ohio
• Brett Patram

Chapter 80 Fox Valley (WI)
• Mark Friedman, CEV, CBNT

The chapter honorees will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Signal.

The post SBE Chapters Recognize Their Own Engineers of the Year of 2022 appeared first on The Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Copyright © 2022 The Society of Broadcast Engineers. Used With Permission.
Copyright © 2022 Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 37 Inc., All Rights Reserved