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SBE Announces Election Results
Indianapolis - Aug 25, 2006 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers has announced the results of its national elections. The votes were tallied on Aug. 24 at the SBE national office in Indianapolis by members of Indianapolis chapter 25, who were appointed by the SBE board of directors to serve as election tellers.

The officers for the coming year are:

  • President: Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT; editor, Radio magazine; Overland Park, KS
  • Vice President Clay Freinwald, CPBE; corporate engineer, Entercom Radio; Seattle, WA
  • Secretary: Vinny Lopez, CEV CBNT; chief engineer, Syracuse, NY
  • Treasurer: Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT; president, Thomas Media Systems; New York

    Officers serve one-year terms. An individual can serve in a specific office for up to two years. All four officers are entering their second terms in their positions.

    There were 14 candidates running for six open seats on the board of directors. Directors serve two-year terms, and the 12 directors serve complementary terms so that half the seats are elected every year. The six candidates elected this year are:

  • Ralph Beaver, CBT; president/CEO, Media Alert; Tampa, FL
  • James Bernier, CPBE CBNT; director, maintenance, design and engineering, Turner Entertainment Networks; Atlanta
  • Keith Kintner, CPBE CBNT; radio-TV-film engineer, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; Oshkosh, WI
  • Tom Ray, CPBE; vice president, corporate director of engineering, Buckley Broadcasting; New York
  • Chris Tarr, CBRE CBT CBNT; director of engineering, Entercom Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI
  • Larry Wilkins, CPBE AMD CBNT; assistant director of engineering, Cumulus Broadcasting; Prattville, AL

    The new board members join the six directors completing the second half of their terms. They are Jon Bennett, CPBE CBNT; Andrea Cummis, CBT CTO; Dane Ericksen, CSRTE VSB CBNT; Ted Hand, CPBE VSB; Hal Hostetler, CPBE; and Conrad Trautmann, CPBE. Also, immediate past president Ray Benedict will serve another year in that position.

    The elected and re-elected officers and directors will be sworn in at the SBE National Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the 34th annual SBE22 Broadcast and Technology Expo in Verona, NY, Sept. 26 and 27.


    Burk Announces Dates for Training Seminar
    Littleton, MA - Aug 18, 2006 - Burk Technology has announced the company's final dates for its 2006 factory training. Sign-up for the all-day seminar is now open for Oct. 19 or Oct. 20, 2006. The training is targeted to radio and TV broadcast engineers, contractors and managers responsible for coordinating transmitter facility operation.

    The seminar emphasizes the use of advanced software tools for increased efficiency and greater scope, with topics that apply to single stations and groups. The seminar is free, and broadcasters who attend will earn factory certification credentials. Lunch is provided. Contact Bonnie Christiansen at 800-255-8090 or for more information or to reserve space.

    Sales Call
    Vermont Public Radio and WMHT, a public broadcaster based in the Capital District of New York, have purchased the Barix Instreamer and Exstreamer IP audio encoding and decoding devices.
    Radio Ethiopia, a segment of the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency, has purchased high-power Harris AM transmitters for its stations in Harar and Mekele through Technology Systems and Solutions, a Harris dealer based in Ethiopia. The transmitters, which are ready for DRM and HD Radio conversion, will provide a higher quality signal to a large part of the country.
    Wheatstone's Generation/Bridge networked audio control systems are being integrated into three Crawford Broadcast facilities: Detroit, Denver and Birmingham, AL.


    Michael Burgett Joins BE
    Quincy, IL - Aug 25, 2006 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) has hired Michael Burgett as vice president global sales. Burgett will oversee market delivery of BE's studio and RF product lines. He will be responsible for executing the company's Total Radio strategy across all BE product lines and world markets.

    Burgett brings more than 15 years' experience in sales management to BE. In his previous position with an information technology software firm servicing Fortune 500 companies, Burgett developed new product markets and expanded the company's global market share.

    Telos Adds Two in Sales
    Cleveland - Aug 25, 2006 - Telos Systems has hired two new people to its sales team. Michael Uhl has been hired in the newly created position director of western sales. Jim Armstrong has been hired in the newly created position of director of eastern sales.

    Uhl's experience in the broadcast industry began in 1978 at Pacific Recorders and Engineering (PR&E), where he represented the line of BMX consoles. In 1999, he joined Sierra Automated Systems where he was involved in bringing the Rubicon product line to market.

    A 15-year radio veteran, Armstrong brings to Telos a track record with equipment manufacturers and on-air experience. His tenure in radio includes stations such as Boston's WEEI-AM and WBZ-AM/TV. His sales management positions include Burk Technology, Gentner Communications, Klotz Digital America and Sierra Automated Systems.

    In their new positions, both men will oversee all sales initiatives for their territories and support the Telos dealer network. They will represent the company at local and regional sales events, and they will coordinate sales and product training.

    Uhl will work from his office in Southern California, and can be reached at 760-294-7314 or

    Armstrong will operate from his office in Duluth, GA. He can be reached at 678-475-1361 or

    Harris Promotes Three in Radio Sales
    Cincinnati - Aug 24, 2006 - Harris has promoted three people within the sales team of its Radio Broadcast Systems unit. Chris Pannell, formerly district sales manager for Radio Broadcast Systems, has been promoted to national sales manager for RF and radio systems and consoles. In his new position, Pannell will supervise the business unit's team of district sales managers and monitor new technology development and new projects important to the radio industry in North America. He also will look to further relationships between Harris and independent radio broadcasters throughout North America.

    Garrett Wood has been promoted from a team leader in the Broadcast Center to district sales manager for Radio Broadcast Systems. Wood will be responsible for sales within Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri.

    Wes Hicks joins Harris Radio Broadcast Systems as senior manager for channel development. Hicks has been with Harris for 15 years, most recently as the channel/sales manager for the company's secure wireless local area networking product line. In his new role, Hicks will lead the development of alternative channels for Harris Radio's products in the independent, government and international markets.

    Pannell and Hicks will report directly to Debra Huttenburg. Wood will report to Chris Pannell.

    Harris Names Management Positions in Radio Unit
    Cincinnati - Aug 22, 2006 - The Harris Broadcast Communications Division announced several high-level management appointments within its Radio Broadcast Systems business unit. As part of this initiative, Geoff Mendenhall, vice president of research and development, radio systems engineering, will assume the leadership for all product design and engineering for the Radio Broadcast Systems business unit, including the Pacific Design Center in Vista, CA, and the product optimization engineering team at the Harris operation in Quincy, IL.

    Rich Redmond, formerly director of product line management, Radio Broadcast Systems, has been appointed the director of strategic marketing. In this new role, Redmond will drive growth initiatives, product portfolio expansion and customer requirement definitions. He will also manage the digital audio broadcast (DAB) product line and product optimization efforts.

    Hal Kneller, formerly manager of strategic marketing and public radio initiatives, Radio Broadcast Systems, has been promoted to the position of senior manager, marketing communications and public radio initiatives for the Radio Broadcast Systems business unit.

    Lyle Sprinkle has joined Harris as director of radio product line management, Radio Broadcast Systems. He will be responsible for product management of U.S. standard products and Digital Radio Mondiale products, as well as radio program management. Sprinkle comes to Harris from Alcatel where he was product line manager for optical networking equipment and mobile application systems.

    Telos Makes Changes in Work Force
    Cleveland - Aug 25, 2006 - As part of a corporate expansion and restructuring, Telos has made several employee changes. Kenneth Skok has joined Telos as western region applications engineer. In this position, Skok will help an extensive corporate effort superserve existing customers and build new client relationships. Skok will be directly involved in product demonstrations and training. He will also represent the company at a variety of trade shows and related events while providing support services throughout the western United States. Most recently a sales representative for Broadcasters General Store, Skok has held technical and managerial positions with AMFM, Chancellor Media and Entercom, as well as Gillen Broadcasting and Magrill Engineering.

    Kirk Harnack has been promoted to director of international business development. Harnack joined Telos in 2001 and has served as U.S. director of sales since 2003. Prior to that, his two decades of engineering experience included positions as vice president of engineering for Scott Studios, director of engineering for Delta Radio and director of engineering for South Seas Broadcasting. Harnack will oversee international sales and marketing initiatives for Telos, Omnia and Axia.

    Marc Johnson has been appointed to the position of eastern region applications engineer. Earlier this year, Johnson became application engineer for Axia Audio, the networked-audio division of Telos Systems. His new position makes him part of the sales support process for Telos and Omnia as well, with direct involvement in product demonstrations, training, and trade show events. He will also provide product support services throughout the eastern United States. Johnson began his broadcasting career in 1996 at Athens Broadcasting’s WZYP-FM, and has been chief engineer of WEGL since 2002.

    SIA Acoustics Adds to Staff
    New York - Aug 17, 2006 - SIA Acoustics has added members to its staff. Ben Jones has joined the consulting team and will lend his system design and drafting experience. His professional career includes theatrical craft including technical direction, scenic design and sound, lighting and rigging systems. Jones holds a BFA from Syracuse University, where he received the Arthur Storch Award for Design/Technical Theater.

    Elizabeth Howard will direct office operations and will assist in handling marketing and project management. Howard brings more than six years of administrative experience, and prior to joining SIA she worked as a project manager for a recording studio designer in Texas where she managed various aspects of the business.


    Niles Audio Releases HD Radio Module
    Miami - Aug 21, 2006 - Niles Audio will deliver an HD Radio module for the company's Intellicontrol ICS distributed audio system. The TM-HD/R module interfaces into an installed system with other source devices to play throughout a home.

    The company will unveil the module at the Cedia Expo 2006, Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, and begin shipping it in early 2007.

    Niles Audio plans to offer other HD Radio products in the future.

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