November 2020 Chapter News And Notes

November Meeting

Our November program will be presented by Doug Ferber, VP Sales, and Jacob Daniluck, Tech Sales Expert, of Tieline. The theme for the presentation will be “Remote Broadcasting Connections: Trends and Suggestions”. As an added treat, since Tieline cannot buy lunch due to our pandemic induced online meeting, attendees will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Tieline will be hosting the online Zoom platform for this meeting and Bill Hubbard will be sending out the connection information before the meeting to registered members of the chapter. Once again, if you are receiving this newsletter, are not a member of Chapter 80 but would like to join the meeting, please send an email to Bill Hubbard with your request.

Chapter Elections

We have a slate of officers proposed on the ballot and room to write in a candidate if you wish. Here is some brief background information:

For Chair – Martin Jury
Martin currently serves as the Director – Network Operations for Relevant Radio.  He is the current Vice Chair of SBE Chapter 80 and the recipient of our 2020 Chapter Engineer of the Year.

For Vice Chair – Matt Converse, CBT, CRO
Matt is the Corporate Engineer for Results Broadcasting based in Shawano.  Matt currently serves as Chapter 80 Secretary.  

For Secretary – Eric Papenfuss, CBNE
Eric has recently accepted a Broadcast Network Engineer / Network Specialist position with Wisconsin Public Radio and is based in the Town of Rome.

For Treasurer – Steve Brown, CPBE, CBNT
Steve is a Charter Member of Chapter 80 and has served as Chair (twice) and is our current Treasurer.  He is the Director of Engineering for Woodward Radio.  Steve is a member of the SBE National Board of Directors, our Chapter Liaison, and a past winner of the Chapter 80 Engineer of the Year award.

Instructions for returning your completed ballot are included on the ballot form. Please note the deadline is NOON on Tuesday, November 17th. Ballots must be RECEIVED by that time. Thank you to Tim Laes for serving as our election teller this year.

Newsletter

Marty Jury 2020 Chapter Engineer of the Year

SBE Chapter 80 recognizes Martin Jury as our Chapter Engineer of the Year.

Martin currently serves as the Director – Network Operations for Relevant Radio, Inc. in Green Bay, WI. In that role he is responsible for the day to day operation of all Relevant Radio Network studios. He coordinates all operations for live and special broadcasts on the network. His other major responsibilities include Assisting the Global Digital Team in online streaming broadcasts, evaluating future station acquisitions and spectrum analysis, and serving as the Project Manager for the Chicago Network studio and Chicago Stations studio build out. He has been a huge part of Relevant Radio starting from the beginning of 1 radio station to the current 103 owned and operated stations. His latest undertaking has been switching the network over to the X-Digital/XDS satellite platform for all affiliates. Martin currently serves as the Vice-Chair of SBE Chapter 80.

Congratulations Marty!

September 2020 Chapter News and Notes

Our September 15th, 2020 meeting and program is a special treat. The Next Best Thing – A Media Tour is making a stop in APPLETON. This stop, added to their schedule, means we have a chance to connect with manufacturers and vendors right here in our own back yard (figuratively
speaking) and see the latest in technology offerings from companies like Comrex, Enco, Dielectric, Shure, BGS, and many more. This OUTDOOR exhibit will be held on the grounds of Woodward Radio Group, 2800 East College Avenue, APPLETON. The hours are 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Did I mention this is in APPLETON!


Here are the ground rules for this outdoor event:

  1. You will need to wear a mask and practice safe social distancing.
  2. Please bring your own food and beverage or plan to purchase food at a local establishment. Cousins Subs and Perkins Family Restaurant are both nearby.
  3. You may also bring your own lawn chair.
  4. Restroom facilities are NOT available on site.
  5. The event will be held rain or shine so plan and dress accordingly.
  6. Please do not bring alcohol onto the property.
  7. Be respectful of the area and express your gratitude to Woodward for making this outdoor space available. This is very generous on their part.
  8. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity and invite your colleagues to attend.

Please register using the link located in the flyer below.

The September newsletter is available below.

August 2020 News and Notes

Our August meeting will be on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 online. It will be a presentation by Mike Galli, CEO of Niagara Video. This presentation is an overview of IP transport protocols used in the Internet, IPTV and Broadcast video industries. It covers some history and now includes SRT and the new RIST standard.

Chapter Chair, Bill Hubbard, will send an email to registered members of Chapter 80 with connection instructions and log-in information prior to the meeting. Watch your inbox for this message and check your spam filter in case it lands there. If you are not a member and interested in attending, please read the newsletter for information on how to attend. To minimize the risk of an outside party disrupting our session, only individuals known to the chapter in advance will be admitted to the meeting room. Make sure you log in with your real name. Our online platform for this month will be Microsoft Teams provided by Heartland Video Systems. Thank you, John Pfankuch.

The August newsletter is available below.

July 2020 News And Notes

Our July meeting will be on Tuesday, July 21 at 12:00 PM. Our program will be an online presentation by Bob Orban titled “Maintaining Audio Quality in the Broadcast Facility”. Achieving excellent on-air and on-line quality audio is more important than ever because of the intensely competitive nature of available media. “Good enough” no longer works. Persuading audiences to listen and then return requires attention to quality at every stage of the production process, from program sources to audio processing. This presentation will help attendees achieve quality on-air and on-line audio broadcasting and netcasting goals.

In 2015 Orban introduced the Optimod PCn 1600, the first Optimod that runs natively on the host computer’s Intel x86 processor; the software does not use dedicated DSP chips. In 2016 Orban introduced the company’s new flagship FM audio processor, the OPTIMOD-FM 8700i, featuring versatile five-band and two-band processing for both analog FM transmission and digital media.

Chapter Chair, Bill Hubbard, will send an email to registered members of Chapter 80 with connection instructions, log-in information, and helpful hints. Watch your inbox for this message and check your spam filter in case it lands there. To minimize the risk of an outside party disrupting our session, only individuals known to the chapter in advance will be admitted to the meeting room. Make sure you log in with your real name. Our Thanks to John Lynch of BSW for providing the GoToMeeting online platform for our July meeting and serving as MC for the presentation.

Upcoming Events

  • July 21, 12:00 PM – Chapter 80 Meeting – Bob Orban via GoToMeeting
  • August 18 – Site Picnic Cancelled. Online meeting and speaker to be announced.
  • September 15 – Chapter 80 Online Meeting (Speaker TBA)
  • October 13-15 – Broadcasters Clinic. In person event cancelled. More info coming soon.
  • November 17 – Chapter 80 Online Meeting (Speaker TBA)
  • January 20, 2021 – Chapter 80 Holiday Party – hoping for an in-person event

The newsletter is available below.

June 2020 Chapter News and Notes

Our June meeting will be held online using Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, June 16th at Noon.

A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation from Michael Guthrie, Technology Specialist with Harmonic on ATSC 3.0 current status overview. Michael has over 20 years of experience serving Harmonic’s customers with the deployment of media processing and delivery solutions for broadcast, ATSC transmission and satellite distribution. He served previous roles with ABC, SSL, McCurdy Radio, Telex and Drake Automation.

Please see the newsletter for more information on connecting to the meeting.

Our use of Teams is through the courtesy of Heartland Video Systems and our Program Chair, John Pfankuch. If you plan to log in on a mobile device please consider downloading the Teams app. Chapter officers tested the platform on Friday afternoon using PCs and phones with good success.

The June Newsletter is available below.

May 2020 Chapter News and Notes

Our May meeting will be on Tuesday, May 19th at 12:30 PM through Zoom. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation from Nick VanHaaster of GatesAir. He will provide a brief snapshot of what GatesAir would have shown at NAB. He will also give us his view of what to plan for in 2020 and share feedback from broadcasters around the country about what matters most in the days of Covid-19.

If you are a registered member of the chapter, you will receive an email with the meeting information. If you are interested in joining, please check the newsletter for more information.

Our May newsletter is available.

April 2020 Chapter News And Notes

Our April meeting will be held online using Zoom at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, April 21st. Our discussion topic will be “Pandemic Responses, Impacts, Challenges, and Success Stories.” How has your station or business adapted to social distancing? Our meeting will be limited to 40 minutes by Zoom.

Chapter Chair Bill Hubbard will send an email to registered members of Chapter 80 with connection instructions, log-in information, and helpful hints. If you are reading this and are not a chapter member but would like to participate in the virtual meeting, please email Bill. Include your name, email address, and affiliation. To minimize the risk of an outside party disrupting our session, only individuals known to the chapter in advance will be admitted to the meeting room.

The April newsletter is now available.

March 2020 News and Notes – MARCH MEETING CANCELLED

After consulting with our SBE Chapter 80 leadership, I have decided to cancel our March meeting.  Travel restrictions imposed by the company our presenter works for do not allow him to attend at this time.  His presentation will be rescheduled for a later date.  Most organizations have put pandemic response protocols in place and are activating those now.  Some local companies are also discouraging their employees from attending group gatherings.  While this may seem like an overabundance of caution due to the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus I feel it is the most practical choice given the circumstances.  Thank you for your understanding and I hope you will all be safe and healthy when this threat has passed. 

Please remember that you can still purchase gas cards, in support of the Don Borchert Fellowship, by sending your payment to Steve Brown and he will forward the cards to you. 

Due to the cancellation of NAB this year our April meeting will be held on our normal meeting day, Tuesday April 21st at noon at the Out-O-Town Club.  If you have any business that we need to attend to please notify me and I will put it on the agenda for April.  Hopefully we will be back on track by then. 

Broadcast Engineers Serving Northeast & Central Wisconsin