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SBE Announces Ennes Scholarship Winners
Indianapolis - Aug 2, 2005 - The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, the educational arm of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, has announced the winners of its 25th annual scholarship program. The Ennes Trust awards three $1,000 scholarships each year to people interested in pursuing or advancing a career in broadcast engineering or a related field.

The Ennes Scholarships were instituted in 1980 to memorialize the lifetime contributions of Harold E. Ennes, who, through publication of an important series of broadcast engineering books and other writings, lived his belief of sharing one's knowledge to improve the profession. Interest in the Ennes scholarship program reached a new high this year with more than 80 applications received and reviewed by the scholarship committee. Three recipients were chosen.

David Drumm has been selected to receive the Harold E. Ennes Scholarship. Drumm is from Miamisburg, OH, and is employed as a staff engineer for Sinclair Broadcast Group at WKEF/WRGT in Dayton, OH. He is a member of SBE Chapter 33, Southwest Ohio and is currently registered in Ohio University's External Student Program.

The Robert D. Greenberg Scholarship has been awarded to Josh Boche of Tacoma, WA. Boche will be a sophomore at Bates Technical College. His first experience in the broadcast industry came in 2001 when he worked with ESPN at NASCAR and NHRA events in Las Vegas. Boche is a Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) and a member of SBE Chapter 16 in Seattle. He is studying to become a broadcast systems engineer, specializing in the installation and maintenance of video, compression, transcoding and digital deliver systems.

Sylar Nowinski receives the 2005 Youth Scholarship. Nowinski recently graduated from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The past two summers, he served as a production intern with Houston Public Television. Nowinski will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall.

To apply for a 2006 Ennes Scholarship, request an application from the SBE by sending an e-mail to or by downloading an application from the SBE website at

Tax-deductible contributions to the Ennes Trust for scholarship for educational purposes can be mailed to Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, 9247 N. Meridian Street, Suite 305, Indianapolis, IN, 46260.

Szypulski Named SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year
Indianapolis - Aug 2, 2005 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has announced the winners of its 2004 SBE National Awards. The winner of the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award for 2004 is Theodore H. Szypulski, CPBE. Szypulski is director of engineering special projects for ESPN in Bristol, CT. He directed the design and construction of the ESPN Digital Center, a 120,000 square foot, all high-definition (720p) building, from which the initial HD broadcast of ESPN Sports Center began full-time production on June 7, 2004.

The new facility, besides being all-HD, is totally tapeless. It includes three studios, five production control rooms and 10 master control rooms. The project's size and requirements required some equipment that hadn't even been invented yet. Szypulski personally designed many of the sections of the building including redundant power systems, installation of the largest HD/TDM router in the world, advanced audio systems, 16 output distribution amplifiers, a new version of audio monitoring station and multi-viewer processors with more features and larger-than-ever routing matrix.

Szypulski is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with BSEE and MSEE degrees. He has been a member of the SBE since 1983 and holds the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer certification from the SBE. He is active with SBE Chapter 14, Connecticut Valley.

The award for Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member goes to Roswell Clark, CSRE CBNT, of Tampa, FL. Clark authored an article titled Disaster Planning Put to Good Use, which appeared in Radio magazine in the October 2004 issue. Clark reports about the importance of a disaster plan for broadcasters and how the plan at Cox Radio Tampa, where he is director of technical operations for Cox Radio's six-station cluster, was put to the test during Hurricane Charlie. He is a member of SBE Chapter 39, Tampa Bay Area, and has been a member of the SBE since 2000.

Winner of the SBE Technology Award for 2004 is Ross Video for its Over Drive Live Production Control System. Over Drive is a Windows-based production control system that allows news, sports and live production to be executed more consistently and efficiently with fewer staff. Using templates, picons and custom control macros, Over Drive ties all device controls together, allowing a show to be executed from one central graphical interface.

The SBE Educator of the Year Award goes to Larry Bloomfield of Florence, OR. Bloomfield has had a diversified career in broadcast engineering. He has served as a TV station chief, built an AM radio station and has been a contributing writer for industry publications. He has been an instructor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA, and at Guam Trade and Technical School and has taught aspiring hams at the Oregon Central Coast Amateur Radio Club.

Since 1997, Bloomfield has published Tech-Notes, an electronic newsletter. Bloomfield also produces the Taste of NAB Road Show, which he has conducted for several years. Bloomfield is a senior member of the SBE, having joined in 1996, and is an active member of Chapter 76 in Eugene, OR.

Local chapters have also earned awards based on their own achievements. Some categories recognize two chapters, based on their size. Class A represents those chapters whose membership is less than the median chapter size, while Class B are those chapters that have membership greater than the median.

  • Best Regional Convention or Conference: Chapter 22, Central New York - 32nd Annual Broadcast and Technology Expo; Conference Coordinator: Tom McNicholl, CBTE
  • Best Chapter Newsletter (Class B): Chapter 24, Madison, WI - Newsletter Editor: Michael J. Norton, CSTE CBNT
  • Most Interactive Chapter: Chapter 5, Atlanta - Chapter Chairman: William P. Magliocco, CPBE, CBNT
  • Best Chapter Frequency Coordination Effort (Class B): Chapter 54, Hampton Roads, VA - Frequency Coordinator: Ted Hand, CPBE
  • Best Chapter Website: Chapter 54, Hampton Roads, VA - Webmaster: Ted Hand, CPBE

    The following awards were determined using statistical information based on Dec. 31, 2004, figures on file at the SBE National Office.

  • Most Certified Chapter (Class A): Chapter 117, Palouse Clearwater, ID - Chapter Chairman: Steve Franko, CBNT; Certification Chairman: Dave Brawdy, CPBE
  • Most Certified Chapter (Class B): Chapter 131, Inland Empire, CA - Chapter Chairman Robert Dawson, CTO CBNT; Certification Chairman: Paul Claxton, CPBE CBNT
  • Greatest Growth in New Members (Class A): Chapter 125, Mississippi - Chapter Chairman: Donnie Driskell, CSTE CBNT
  • Greatest Growth in New Members (Class B): Chapter 56, Tulsa, OK - Chapter Chairman: Ray Klotz, CPBE CBNT
  • Highest Member Attendance at Chapter Meetings (Class A): Chapter 133, Buffalo, NY - Chapter Chairman: John Merrill
  • Highest Member Attendance at Chapter Meetings (Class B): Chapter 118, Montgomery, AL - Chapter Chairman: Larry Wilkins, CPBE CBNT

    Award recipients will be recognized during the SBE National Awards Dinner, which will be held during the SBE National Meeting taking place Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2005, in Grapevine (Dallas/Ft. Worth), TX. The national meeting is being held in conjunction with the Broadcast Engineering Expo (BEE) Regional Convention, sponsored by SBE Chapter 67, North Texas.


    Arbitron Receives Patents for the PPM
    New York - Aug 3, 2005 - Arbitron has been awarded three new patents for its Portable People Meter (PPM) system. The patents cover enhancements to the amount of information that can be embedded into the subaudible PPM codes and improvements to the PPM's code detection process.

    One patent (#6845360) covers the ability of the PPM system to handle multiple layers of identification codes simultaneously. This allows the PPM to track the network originating the program, the local station broadcasting the program and specific commercials aired within the program. The multi-layer codes can also contain a time stamp that indicates when a program was originally broadcast. The time stamp allows the PPM to determine if a broadcast was time shifted by the PPM survey participant or delayed by the network affiliate.

    The other two patents (#6871180 and #6862355) enhance the reliability of detecting PPM-encoded information. Arbitron currently holds more than 100 U.S. and international patents on the PPM system, including a number of patents in audio matching techniques.

    Voodoovox Signs Several Companies
    North Adams, MA - Aug 2, 2005 - Voodoovox has launched an advertising and promotions network to market to station callers. Through the network, every call answered by the Voodoovox automated service will deliver a unique, branded, targeted marketing offer to the caller. Additionally, the service offers interactive capabilities such as text messaging, ringtone and music downloads, and referrals to advertisers.

    The service is used by MTV Networks, Emmis Radio Group, Radio Disney and Sirius. During periods of peak calling activity, callers that would normally receive a busy signal instead are routed to the Voodoovox system, which answers the call in a station-branded way with station voices. Callers are then offered the other services.

    Sales Call
  • Klotz Digital has sold a 16-fader Aeon radio on-air console to the NBA's New Orleans Hornets. The new console will be used for master control and production usage for the New Orleans Hornets Radio Network, which covers New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
  • The Radio Division of Morris Communications Company has contracted Revenuesuite from Dmarc in 16 Morris radio stations across four markets. Morris is also using Dmarc's Smartbarter to upgrade their Maestro systems and install Revenuesuite across all its stations.
  • Omnirax has supplied its Innova Line of broadcast furniture to several station projects. Infinity San Francisco is using it in an on-air, a production and a talk studio; KKIQ, Pleasanton, CA, has installed it in a control room and a production studio; and Westwood One, New York has added it to one control room and one production studio. In addition, WGLY Essex Junction, VT, has a talk studio using the furniture; KZYR, Avon, CO, installed it in one on-air and one production studio; and KSKA, Anchorage, AK, is using it in one on-air, two control and two production studios.
  • WERS-FM in Boston, operated by Emerson College's School of the Arts and Communications, has installed a new 54-channel Yamaha PM5D digital mixing console and a side rack to house interfaces and patch bays for a Pro Tools HD-192 system. The performance studio tracks bands for broadcasts, and the station also sponsors a Live Music Week several times a year, which involves band interviews, live performances and so on. The WERS performance control room also includes: several pairs of studio monitors from Yamaha, Genelec and Meyer; outboard processors from Rane, Empirical Labs, TC Electronics, Millenia Audio, TL Audio, Drawmer and DBX; a variety of playback equipment; and microphones from Rode, Blue, Electro-Voice, Audio-Technica, Shure, Neumann and AKG.

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    APT Appoints Constantine as VP North America Operations
    Belfast – Aug 5, 2005 - Audio Processing Technology has appointed Art Constantine as its new vice president of North American operations. Constantine has a 30-year sales and industry record in pro audio and broadcast. He has held senior sales and marketing roles with Musicam USA, Modulation Sciences, Fidelipac and Moseley.

    In this new role, he will establish a new APT sales office in New Jersey serving the United States and Canadian marketplaces, and will oversee the sales and marketing activities of the APT Worldnet Series of codecs within these territories.

    D.A.V.I.D. Promotes, Adds New Staff
    Arlington, VA - Aug 03, 2005 - D.A.V.I.D. Systems has added personnel in sales and technical positions and announced a promotion.

    Richard Doll, previously executive vice president, has been promoted to the position of president, overseeing the U.S. operation. Fridolin Mueller has been named vice president solutions. Previously, he held a position as project specialist in the company's Berlin office and has now been permanently transferred to the Arlington operation.

    The company also added Doug Bertelmann as sales manager. Bertelmann previously held positions as senior producer and general manager with stations at Jefferson Pilot Communications and ABC Radio in North Carolina. Before, he worked for Cisco Systems and managed sales and customer relations for Wicks Broadcast Solutions, a Traffic and Billing software leader.

    Comet North America Appoints Claterbaugh as Sales Manager
    Stamford, CT - Comet has appointed Steve Claterbaugh as sales manager for broadcast and industrial applications for Comet North America. Based in Texas, Claterbaugh will be the primary contact for sales and engineering support for vacuum capacitors throughout the Americas.

    Claterbaugh has more than 25 years of sales management experience in the broadcast and electronics industries with companies such as Crown Broadcast where he managed sales and new business development, and Continental Electronics, where he held positions in marketing and sales.

    Reyes Joins RVR
    Miami - Aug 1, 2005 - Reinaldo Alonso has joined RVR USA as technical engineer.

    Alonso has more than 30 years of experience in the sales and service of professional transmission equipment.


    Radiosophy Launches Broadcast Partner Program
    North Sioux City, SD - Aug 4, 2005 - Radiosophy, the manufacturer of the Multistream HD receiver, has launched its Broadcast Partner Program, which helps radio stations promote HD Radio technology by making receivers available to their listeners.

    Radiosophy Broadcast Partners will receive 37 percent on each Multistream HD sale referral. Of that, 15 percent comes in the form of a referral commission while the remaining 22 percent will be placed into a partner-specific market development fund.

    Stations may alternately choose to become a Broadcast Affiliate by placing a Radiosophy banner on their websites or refering listeners to the Radiosophy order line. These stations will receive a 15 percent commission for each multistream HD receiver referred for sale.

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    Prophet Systems Enhances Nexgen Podcast Engine
    Ogallala, NE - Aug 1, 2005 - Prophet Systems has released Podcast XLR8R, a new module within Nexgen Digital. Podcast XLR8R converts playlists, music and radio programming into podcast feeds.

    The Nexgen XLR8R module allows stations to create podcasts using the standard tools and equipment that are deployed for terrestrial radio broadcasts without having to convert the broadcast to a podcast in real time. The conversion can be made six to 10 times faster than real time.

    Bird Electronics Releases New Catalog
    Solon, OH - Aug 1, 2005 - Bird Electronic has released the RF and Microwave Components Catalog. Several new products have been added to the catalog, including low-cost terminations, signal samplers, 600W tunable harmonic filters, mobile duplexers, 350W directional couplers and 800W power dividers. These products are being offered as individual component modules and customers can configure their own signal distribution systems, such as transmitter combiners or in-building distribution networks working up to 1,000MHz. Also included are complete specifications and representative outline drawings of all components, which cover frequency ranges from DC to 18GHz and power ranges up to 2kW.

    This product source also contains information on standard and custom products including components from the TX/RX division and the former Wacom Company.

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