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Every day we solve problems. We find answers. We present solutions. We keep things running smoothly. For many, we do our jobs not only because it justifies a paycheck, but we take pride in what we do. The sense of accomplishment is its own reward, but we also like hearing praise from our colleagues and peers.
Being recognized for an accomplishment sometimes requires a little self-promotion, which is often an uncomfortable step to take. It can be hard to distinguish the line between a shameless plug and simply making others aware. But I often think of words my father told me: If you’ve done it, it’s not bragging.
For the station engineer, the work we do is often a mystery to others at the station. But it’s still important to show the value in your work to your supervisor and your peers. There’s no need to put them to sleep with technobabble, but there are ways to make your accomplishments known.
I bring all this up because I recently received an honor that I’m quite proud of.
The Society of Broadcast Engineers (which as you likely know has been a significant part of my professional life) holds an annual awards program. Each year, the efforts of several SBE members are recognized for their service to their facilities, their markets, their chapters, the society and its members, and our industry. For 10 of the past 11 years, a Radio magazine article has been honored with the SBE Award for Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member. I submitted some articles for the award this year as well, but I also submitted a video of the tribute I gave to SBE founder John Battison at the SBE 2012 National Meeting. John was my friend and colleague, as well as a contributor to Radio magazine, and he died in August 2012.
So when I received a phone call in mid-July to tell me that Radio magazine had not repeated its trend of winning, my initial disappointment was quickly replaced when I was told my tribute was chosen for the award.
My thanks go to the SBE Awards Committee for its decision. I will attend the SBE National Meeting in Indianapolis on Oct. 29 and 30, to accept the award. The video of the tribute to John Battison is on our YouTube Channel.
And I’m pleased to say I’m in some good company. The SBE also honored Edward J. Miller, CPBE, of Broadview Heights, OH, (Chapter 70) with the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year award, and Dennis C. Baldridge, CPBE 8-VSB AMD DRB CBNT, of Hillsboro, WI, (Chapter 24) with the James C. Wulliman Educator of the Year award.
Congratulations to all my fellow SBE member award recipients.
Radio magazine has received recognitions from the following organizations:
■ SBE Award for Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member awarded to an article that appeared in Radio magazine: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 1999
■ American Society of Business Publication Editors: 2011, 2005, 2000
■ The Missouri Association of Publications: 2011, 2010
■ Folio magazine: 2002
More on awards
NewBay Media, the publisher of Radio magazine, has launched a new awards program. The NewBay Media Product Innovation Award recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio markets. The deadline to nominate is Aug. 23, 2013. Any company that has released new and/or upgraded hardware, software or other products for these markets since Jan.1, 2012, may enter. The awards are administered by NewBay publications TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World and Radio magazine. Find a link to the awards FAQ and entry form at RadioMagOnline.com.
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