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He will serve out the remainder of Barry Thomas’ term



Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Broadcast Engineers has announced another change to its board of directors. SBE President Jim Leifer has appointed Ted Hand (CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB) to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Barry Thomas (CPBE, DRB, CBNE).

Thomas’ term was set to expire in fall 2019, and Hand was tapped to complete it; his appointment was ratified by SBE’s executive committee during its strategic planning meeting June 8.

“I promise to keep working hard as I have in the past years to support the needs of the society and its membership, especially in supporting the society’s education goals. Education is the key to staying ahead in knowledge,” Hand said.

Currently, Hand serves as director of engineering/operations for Cox Media Group’s Charlotte cluster.

He has been an SBE member since 1981. He has been involved with SBE chapters in Hampton Roads, Va., and Charlotte, N.C. He is a member of Chapter 45 Charlotte and has served on the SBE board of directors as a director and as secretary. Hand was elevated to the rank of Fellow in 2017.

“Ted has served the SBE locally and nationally for many years, and I welcome him back to the board of directors. At the same time, I’m sorry that Barry Thomas has decided to step down, but I understand his professional reasons,” Leifer said in the announcement.

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Specialist level of SBE certification will assess proficiency in the Next Gen TV standard

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Broadcast Engineers has teamed up with the Advanced Television Systems Committee to create a new Specialist level of SBE certification assessing proficiency in the ATSC 3.0 standard. The announcement was made at the ATSC’s annual meeting in Washington.

The ATSC 3.0 system, aka Next Gen TV, has been approved for deployment in the U.S., and the technology is already in use in South Korea, as demonstrated at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

ATSC President Mark Richer explained in the release that the effort is part of the committee’s work “to support deployment of ATSC 3.0.”

“As broadcast engineering diversified beyond legacy technology, the SBE Certification Program also diversified by adding certifications for computer networking and IT, and then a series of specific Specialist Certifications for television transmission, AM directional arrays, and digital radio. With the industry preparing to implement ATSC 3.0, broadcast engineers must be proficient in the next-generation television technology,” SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said in a press release announcing the initiative.

Once developed, the exam will consist of a 50 multiple-choice questions and one essay, as per the Specialist format. Also, in order to become certified as a Specialist, applicants must first be designated as CBT, CBRE/CBTE, CSRE/CSTE or CPBE — the core certifications of the SBE.

The SBE Certification Program was created in 1975 to provide standards of competence for the industry.

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It has been six years since the society held a meeting of this kind


INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Broadcast Engineers has scheduled a daylong strategic planning meeting for June 9 in Indianapolis, preceded by a welcome reception on June 8.

The event is open to all SBE chapter chairs and will also be attended by members of the board of directors and the national staff.

Attendees are responsible for their individual travel, hotel and incidental costs, but some individual chapters have paid for their chair’s expenses; the SBE “highly encourages” chapters to do so, according to the announcement.

It has been six years since the SBE held a meeting of this kind, and it will be the sixth the society has held since 1990, according to the announcement.

[Read about the SBE’s 2012 strategic meeting to get a feel for what the event will be like.]

A professional facilitator will help the SBE to identify the direction that the society should take to best serve members and to build on its strengths. In the past, the SBE has revamped its educational programming and certifications, changed member communication and generally recalibrated its mission after these meetings.

The event will be held at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites.

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July 18 is the deadline to register, license or modify existing Fixed Satellite Service earth stations

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Broadcast Engineers has issued a “regulatory alert” reminding stations to register Fixed Satellite Service earth stations — or to license them if they have not already done so. Additionally, this is the time to modify currently licensed or registered earth stations.

The SBE reminds members that it “is critical that you immediately see to the licensing or registration of your C-Band receive-only earth station within this window or risk losing the programming feeds.”

The Federal Communications Commission opened the registration window April 19, and it closes July 18. This period also coincides with the commission’s temporary freeze on applications for fixed satellite service earth stations and fixed microwave stations operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band (the C-Band downlink).

[Read why Tom Taggart objects to Commissioner O’Rielly’s plans for the C-Band.]

This move was in response to broadcasters’ concerns over the FCC’s attempts to carve out more spectrum for mobile broadband — and to “preserve the status quo in the C-Band pending FCC action” in the mid-band proceeding, according to the SBE.

The FCC is studying the “feasibility of allowing commercial wireless services to share use of specified frequencies between 3.1 and 4.2 GHz,” so accurately understanding the band’s current use is crucial.

Read the FCC notice here.

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He replaces Baumgartner and joins Garlinger and Peterle


INDIANAPOLIS — The SBE Board of Directors has appointed Dale Scherbring, CPBE, to serve as as a trustee of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust.

Scherbring takes over for Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, who resigned April 9 after serving as a trustee for 25 years.

SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, said Scherbring’s “30 years of broadcast engineering and SBE membership… will be invaluable in helping the Trust achieve its educational mission.”

Trustees are responsible for the operation of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. The two other current trustees are Douglas W. Garlinger, CPBE, CBNT, of Fishers, Ind.; and Tony Peterle, CPBE, of Miami.

[Read about Tony Peterle’s February 2018 appointment to the Ennes Education Foundation Trust.]

Scherbring has been an SBE member since 1985 and has held many SBE positions with chapters in Wisconsin and Nebraska. He was first SBE certified in 1986 and earned his CPBE in 2001.

He is regional engineering director for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Based in Timonium, Md., he manages the engineering for 24 TV stations across the northeastern United States and has done so since 2015. He is also currently project managing the FCC repack for 99 Sinclair stations.

Scherbring began his career as a master control operator/maintenance engineer at KDUB Channel 40 in Dubuque, Iowa. He moved on to WXOW Channel 19 in La Crosse, Wis., where he worked as a maintenance engineer and then as chief engineer. From there, Scherbring joined Pappas Telecasting in Omaha, where he began as chief engineer and then was promoted to vice president/director of engineering. In 2013, he accepted the position of vice president of engineering with Burst Communications, a systems integration company based in Denver.

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SBE Ups Jerry Massey to Fellow

Past president is a veteran TV and radio engineer


INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Broadcast Engineers has bestowed its highest membership level, that of Fellow, on Jerry Massey, the veteran TV and radio engineer who most recently served as SBE’s national president.

Candidates are nominated by their peers; there have been 78 Fellows named since SBE was founded five decades ago. The society elevated Massey at its meeting in Las Vegas during the NAB Show, and he will be recognized during the National Awards Dinner in October in Boston.

Massey is director of technical operations for Entercom Greenville Spartanburg. His career in broadcasting began as an engineer at WFBC(TV) in 1973, but SBE notes that his experience in communications began in the Air Force. He has been a transmitter engineer, director of engineering and chief engineer for stations WFBC(AM/FM), with the additional Greenville stations added to his responsibilities through acquisitions and mergers.

[Read Bob Weller’s speech to the SBE Dinner in Denver last October.]

Massey has served on the SBE board and as the society’s president, VP and treasurer. He remains active in Chapter 86 Greenville Area where he is its chair. His SBE commitment is further captured by the string of initials after his name: CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT.

Current President Jim Leifer said Massey “demonstrates the outstanding qualifications of broadcast engineers worthy of the Society’s highest member grade. His devotion to excellence in himself, in others and from the SBE is unmatched.”

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SBE Seeks Award Nominations

There are 13 total awards presented annually to individuals and chapters

INDIANAPOLIS — Awards season may be over for Hollywood, but it’s just heating up for broadcast engineers.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers is now accepting nominations for the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year and the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards, as well as the SBE Freedom Award and the SBE Technology Award, among others .

Additionally, SBE chapters should nominate a member for the Chapter Engineer of the Year award for the sixth year.

[Read about last year’s SBE national award winners.]

There are 13 total awards presented annually. The categories are broken down into individual and chapter awards.

Email Certification Director Megan Clappe or SBE Awards Committee Chair Jason Ornellas for more information.

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Names him as the 2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

LANSING — The Michigan Association of Broadcasters presented Tom Bosscher with the 2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7.

Bosscher is chief engineer of Grand Rapids Christian Radio’s WSCG(FM).

According to MAB’s announcement, Bosscher received his first amateur radio license when he was in grade school and obtained his FCC Radiotelephone 1st class license in high school. He began started his official broadcast career at WION(AM) in Ionia, then worked for WOOD(AM/FM) stations in Grand Rapids at age 18. He later went on to WLAV(AM/FM) in Grand Rapids, where he installed a Pirod 400-foot tower, FM antenna and transmitter for the Class B upgrade.


2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award honoree and WSCG(FM) Chief Engineer Tom Bosscher and Midwest Communications SVP MAB Chairman Peter Tanz (right).   

In 1995, he was hired by WCSG. Among his first projects was the installation of a 25kw Continental transmitter and FM DA antenna and installing Broadcast Electronics AudioVault systems. Bosscher has helped WCSG expand to four on-air stations.

Bosscher is credited for designing the Grand Rapids Area Information Line, a “one phone call” school closing system that served for 12 years. He also developed a mobile remote setup using three receiver sites, three vehicular repeaters, two communication grade repeaters and ran 300–400 remotes a year for Federated Media Grand Rapids stations, WCUZ and WCUZ(FM).

He has served as the SBE West Michigan frequency coordinator for 1 GHz and down and is a member of the MAB’s Engineering Board and serves on the LEPC for Ottawa County. Bosscher is also the host for a for Christian Radio Technical forum on crtech.org.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and TV stations.

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