Location: Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton, Wis.
Broadcasters Clinic agenda
Tuesday, Oct. 15
8:30 a.m. – War Stories: Tales from the Trenches
If you’ve seen any of Jeff’s presentations you will have noticed that he occasionally makes use of a “shouldn’t have done it that way” photo – a picture taken demonstrating something that is done in a less-than-ideal manner. This presentation will highlight some of those photos, discussing what was done wrong and what could be done to prevent such an occurrence. Remembering that the photos will highlight situations every broadcast professional encounters, simply taken to the extreme, there will be a lot that applies to even the best run stations. Names of stations shown will be withheld to protect the innocent.
9:15 a.m. – Possible Application for Use of AM Broadcast Tower Space
This session will address innovative solutions for utilizing AM tower space for cellular telephone sites, broadband provider data services, LPTV antenna co-location for TV repack, and other applications.
10 a.m. – Interactive – Troubleshooting Scenarios
Led by Clinic Committee member Greg Dahl and John Bisset, Telos Alliance
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Faster, Cheaper, Better: Combining Today’s Lower-Cost Technology for Perfect Audio Now
Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has said, “Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.”
This observation could not be truer of introducing standardized IP networking into broadcast facilities. While we’ve witnessed individual broadcast systems turn to networking for lower cost and better utilization, we’re now at the point where everything is connected with the same technology.
This topic highlights the latest implementations of networked audio and control–innovations that truly bring perfect digital signals from talent to listeners with no intervening conversions. From human voice turned directly into packets, and packets turned directly into digital broadcast and webcast, with no geographical limitations and no loss of quality.
We know something about VoIP and AoIP, but we’ll learn about MoIP and IoIP. Plus we’ll see how the IT industry keeps building upon existing and trusted protocols to bring reliability and cost-savings to broadcasters.
If you think you’re already up-to-speed on using IP networking for broadcast operations, you’re about to discover how this big idea is bringing you yet more innovation where everything is, indeed, Faster, Cheaper, and BETTER!
11:15 a.m. – Under the Hood, How AM HD Radio Works
This will be a brief introduction as to how we ended up with IBOC rather than Eureka 147 as our digital broadcasting system. After we learn where we came from, a full technical description of the Xperi AM HD radio system will be presented beginning with the basics of OFDM and the elements needed to make AM HD radio work including interleaving, error correction, reference carriers, the low latency backup channel, and instant tuning. Walden will also provide an explanation of the performance in the presence of grounded conductive structures and the presence of interference.
Noon – Lunch
1 p.m. – Maximizing Your Content ROI with Podcasting
The podcast space is growing at a tremendous rate, and it poses huge opportunities for those who know how to create great audio — like us in the radio industry. What’s the best way to take advantage of these opportunities while keeping your eye on the ratings ball? This session will be packed with insights on how to use podcasting and on-demand platforms to improve the ROI on the content you’re already creating while growing your audience with original content.
1:45 p.m. – Hybrid and Digital Radio: What Every Broadcaster Should Know
While the majority of radio listening still takes place on analog radios, broadcasters should be focusing on digital and hybrid (over-the-air plus internet) radio technologies as these represent radio’s future. Much of the radio technology work at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) deals with digital and hybrid radio, for the near term, making sure that broadcasters, manufacturers and service providers are all working together, and for the long term, helping to foster advances that will ensure radio’s prominence in autos for decades to come.
2:30 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – Troubleshooting Interactive Scenario/Heavy Duty Workbench
This interactive presentation will troubleshoot common and uncommon problems at a broadcast facility. Attendees will participate in small groups, learning and contributing during a condition of equipment failure and the scenario surrounding the failure. The session will expand knowledge of troubleshooting and introduce other’s experiences in handling equipment failures.
John Bisset will also share information of additional scenarios from Radio World’s Workbench archives to improve an engineer’s efficiency.
3:45 p.m. – Taking Your HD Signal to the Next Level Using Generation 4 Exporter and Importer Technology
This session is a complete walkthrough to better understand the differences between the generation 3, and the latest generation 4 HD Radio technology. Kevin will address important features such as the advantages of running a combined importer and exporter and we will discover tools to help time alignment of the FM analog and digital audio. Enhance your station’s HD Radio listening experience with the GatesAir FMXi Importer/Exporter.
4:15 p.m. – Exclusive Exhibit Time
7 p.m. – Nuts and Bolts: Building the Perfect Pi
Recent advances in technology have provided inexpensive and reliable digital tools that can be leveraged to fill the needs and desires of the eclectic radio engineer. One such item is the popular Raspberry Pi microcomputer.
We will explore several projects Tim has developed or adapted to solve specific needs for the Cumulus Chicago facility. Projects include: Environmental monitoring, Axia Livewire routing control, making an older series XDS satellite receiver SNMP compatible, STL/TSL backups, and a programmable studio clock/status display.
Opportunity to interact “hands on” with the hardware will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops and work with one of the units available for this session.
Bring your “what if” wish list and let’s brainstorm on how a slice of Raspberry Pi could just be the solution.
Wed., Oct. 16
8 a.m. – Broadcasting: What is Coming Next
The world is changing, and not just the audio, video, and broadcast worlds. Everything is changing. The real question is where are we going? What will it all look like in ten years? Twenty years? This presentation will depress some and excite others. I would love to hear your opinion on my predictions. Will we look back and laugh?
8:45 a.m. – Develop a COBO Plan for Your Station
This presentation will provide a framework and best practices for developing a solid Continuity of Broadcast Operations (COBO) Plan for your company, cluster, or single station to be prepared for major disasters. Mass media plays a critical role both in the pre-disaster preparation and warning phase, as well as during and after the emergency. However, at times, broadcasters are directly affected by these disasters. Learn how you should plan in advance to manage any emergency, be prepared to assess the situation, and use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers, and your station’s operation.
9:30 a.m. – Networking for ATSC 3.0
Wayne M. Pecena, Assistant Director of Educational Broadcast Services, Texas A&M University
Director of Engineering for KAMU-FM and KAMU-TV
ATSC 3.0 promises to revolutionize the television broadcast industry with integration of traditional over-the-air (OTA) signals and broadband delivered IP content. A key attribute of the ATSC 3.0 standard is the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) as the transport platform. The use of IP as a core transport platform creates the need for the broadcast engineer to have a high competency in networking technology. This presentation will provide a summary of the core competencies required of the broadcast engineer to successfully design, build, and support the ATSC 3.0 infrastructure.
10:15 a.m. – Exclusive Exhibit Time, Lunch, and Door Prizes
1:30 p.m. – IT Security Panel
More and more we’re seeing reports of broadcast facilities or groups becoming the targets of hacking or ransomware attacks. Jeff Welton moderates this panel of professionals in the areas of both broadcast and IT security. Jeff will facilitate the discussion as we dig into various lines of defense, from budget oriented to most comprehensive, talking with engineers who have been there and done that on a daily basis.
2:15 p.m. – Checklist for a Successful Repack Transition
As phase 6 of TV repack is here for the Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago broadcasters, the scope of work to make it happen has a long checklist for a successful transition. Chicago TV RF mainly radiates off of three buildings downtown which causes issues not just for TV but all the FM broadcasters. Ruck will review the process of permits, iron work, planning the timelines, interference studies, and filtering.
3 p.m. – SBE Annual Membership Meeting
4 p.m. – Emergency Preparedness: From Tabletop to Action Plan
recently retired Chief of Police for UW-Green Bay
Running a tabletop exercise at your facility helps you gain experience by learning where the gaps are, identifying solutions, and refining your disaster planning in realistic ways. This interactive session will teach you how to use a tabletop exercise effectively by taking you through a real time, realistic event.
5 p.m. – SBE National Awards Reception (Requires Separate Registration with SBE)
6 p.m. – SBE National Awards Dinner (Requires Separate Registration with SBE)
Thurs., Oct. 17
8:30 a.m. – Real Time Monitoring of RF System Performance
Broadcast RF transmission systems are expensive and require annual maintenance to alleviate catastrophic failure, particularly for older systems. There are many monitoring systems that effectively measure VSWR and other performance issues in real time, however, fault location is not provided and requires additional resources. In this session we will discuss an IP-connected system providing broadcasters a way to monitor the RF system in real-time, under full power with fault location. Theoretical aspects of fault location, arc detection, FCC emissions, processing speed, and unique coupled line technology are discussed.
9:15 a.m. – ATSC 3.0 Overview
This presentation provides an overview of the ATSC 3.0 system and a snapshot of the progress toward deployment. The session will explore the necessary steps to prepare a TV station for launch of 3.0 services, including channel sharing arrangements and how business use cases drive technical configurations of an ATSC 3.0 service signal.
10 a.m. – Interactive Tabletop Scenario – Losing your ISP
Led by Clinic Committee members Kent Aschenbrenner and Mark Burg
10:15 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – TV Transmitter Technology: Past, Present and Future
High power TV transmitters of old were massive, inefficient, and often required substantial maintenance. Over the years, newer technology allowed designers to introduce more stable, efficient, and reliable products along with dramatic savings in ownership costs. Today’s transmitters are very different from those of only a few years ago. Newer RF devices, along with more powerful RF correction techniques, highly-efficient power supplies, and other improvements have made a huge impact to the transmission system. This session will cover some of the most important technology advances that have affected TV transmitter design over the years, look at today’s technology, and look at where this may be heading as we move into a more IP-centric future. In addition, there will be a few tips on what to look for in a new exciter.
11:15 a.m. – The Case to Caption Everything
This presentation will illustrate the importance of captioning all of your media, from regulatory compliance needs to an improved consumer experience and greater monetization of your assets.
Noon – Lunch
1 p.m. – 5G: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
The eight currencies of 5G, building blocks of 5G, 5G Ultra-Wideband use cases, and a five year outlook.
1:45 p.m. – Interactive/Follow up
2:30 p.m. – ATSC 3.0 Implementation
The transition from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0 will involve several stages. The need to retain 1.0 service and the transition from current formats (SD, HD 720, and 1080i) to newer, higher quality formats including 1080p, HDR, and UHD will complicate the management of transmission resources. The new formats and other new ATSC 3.0 features and services are likely to appear piecemeal. Efficient use of bandwidth will require flexible utilization of both the ATSC 3.0 and ATSC 1.0 bandwidth managed across multiple business entities and across multiple transmission paths. New types of sources will need to be included in the transmission at any time and may originate from any station within the community. Some may be transitory: a special UHD transmission of a major sporting event for example. OTT delivery may be necessary for some of these events and/or dynamic management of the transmission system. We will discuss the likely course of this evolution and some possible solutions for achieving efficiency and flexibility in shared transmission systems.
Kent Aschenbrenner, E.W. Scripps
Kent Aschenbrenner has been a TV and radio broadcast professional for 41 years. Based at WTMJ in his hometown of Milwaukee, he currently oversees Scripps' spectrum repack at 17 stations and nine LP displaced stations. His responsibility for 34 radio stations is winding down due to the sale of Scripps radio assets. Aschenbrenner earned his A.A.S. in Electronic Communications from Milwaukee Area Technical College, and a B.S. in Business and Management Systems from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He serves on the NAB TV Technology Committee.
Bill Bennett, Media Solutions Account Manager, ENCO Systems, Inc.
Bill Bennett joined ENCO Systems in early 2019 after a sales engineering position with the German manufacturer Lawo. Previous to that, he was a long-time remote broadcasting engineer, consultant, and project manager overseeing venue technical setup and operations for five Olympics and countless U.S. broadcasts spanning the NBA, NHL, NFL, and more. He exercised the right-brain as an executive producer and new media business development executive at QVC, and owned a laser display production company (where he got to play with really big lasers).
John Bisset got into broadcasting after hooking up two turntables to a Lafayette mike mixer and a wireless mike transmitter and playing DJ.
He's worked as a jock, operations manager, chief engineer, and contract engineer for 50 years. He has also worked for a number of companies in various sales positions.
Probably best known for his Workbench Column in Radio World, John is SBE Certified, serves on the SBE Education Committee, and represents the Telos Alliance as Western Regional Sales Manager for Studio Products.
A big believer in educating engineers, he's a popular speaker at both state broadcast conventions and SBE meetings, and is the recipient of the SBE's Educator of the Year award.
Manny Centeno, Project Manager, National Public Warning System (NPWS)
Manny Centeno began serving as a Project Manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June 2010. As a FEMA IPAWS Project Manager, he leads sustainment, modernization, construction, and operations of the National Public Warning System (NPWS), Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS), and Primary Entry Point (PEP) network. Manny designed and deployed a highly-capable emergency satellite communications network, developed and managed the IPAWS Laboratory at the Joint Interoperability Test Command component of the Defense Information Systems Agency, and designed the new NPWS all-hazards communications shelters to support modernization and enhancements of national emergency broadcast capabilities. Manny successfully planned and conducted the first-ever nationwide test of the EAS in 2011.
Manny set the foundation for his broadcast and emergency communications career more than 30 years ago as an on-air announcer, manager, sales executive, and engineer. He has extensive first-hand experience in operating broadcast stations during disasters and through recovery. Manny has been an engineer with companies such as 360 Systems in California, Mantech International in Washington D.C., and was a specialized technical expert and project manager at Department of Defense/DISA.
Among other duties at FEMA, Manny provides state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and other public warning partners with best-practices and education to support the development of effective public warning strategies, policy, preparedness, and resiliency. He is currently also leading efforts to replace IPAWS and outdoor siren warning systems in Puerto Rico that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
Craig Bowman, Director of R&D and Innovation, Futuri
Craig Bowman is Futuri Media’s Director of R&D and Innovation. An award winning engineer, Craig’s career spans more than 35 years providing his expertise that has led to tremendous advancement in the technology, broadcasting, and engineering sectors. His broadcast industry accolades include receiving the Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award in 2017. He has engineered complex media operations for multiple public and private broadcast companies including Liggett Media, Krol Communications, and Synergy Broadcasting in addition to owning his own engineering consultancy.
Mark Corl, SVP of Emergent Technology Development, Triveni Digital
Mark Corl is the SVP of Emergent Technology Development at Triveni Digital focusing on strategies to address the disruptive changes in TV technology caused by the continuing exponential advances in computing and networking.
Mark is an ATSC board member and contributes extensively to the ATSC efforts as the chair of the S38 Specialist Group (SG) on Interactive Environment, the chair of S39 AHG on the Regional Service Availability Table (RSAT) supporting the transition to ATSC 3.0, the vice-chair of the Personalization and Interactivity Implementation Team, and as a contributing author to multiple other groups within ATSC.
During his 22-year tenure at Triveni Digital, Mark has led both the GuideBuilder and StreamScope development efforts as well as custom projects such as the award-winning Fox network control system. Prior to Triveni Digital, Mark had 15 years of software engineering experience at leading companies such as Texas Instruments and Xerox Corporation. Mark holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Bucknell University.
Dan Glavin, Dielectric
Dan Glavin joined Dielectric in 2018 as an electrical engineer with an emphasis on systems design, data analysis, and R&D. Dan’s diverse technical background brings a unique perspective to Dielectric’s operations and engineering departments. His experience with modern software-based design aligns with Dielectric’s rapid production pace and the broadcast industry’s acceleration to automated workflows and environments.
Dan came to Dielectric from Boston Public Schools where his facilities management role required his organizational skills to maintain building functionality. In his prior position as a hydraulics technician for Northland-Willette, Dan managed power systems installation, hydraulic component repair, and diagnostic testing – three jobs that prepared him for hands-on antenna and RF systems responsibilities at Dielectric.
Dan’s critical role at Dielectric fully leverages his educational background in which RF and microwave engineering, wave propagation, signal transmission, and antenna design remain key elements of his studies. Dan is a 2018 cum laude graduate from the electrical engineering program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Michael Guthrie, Technology Specialist, Harmonic
Michael Guthrie is a Technology Specialist with Harmonic for more than 20 years. He has more than 35 years of experience in the broadcast industry in engineering, product management, sales, and marketing in numerous companies including ABC Television, Solid State Logic, McCurdy Radio, Telex Communications, DiviCom, and Harmonic. Michael joined DiviCom (DiviCom was acquired by Harmonic in 2000) as an ATSC evangelist. Since then he has worked with customers on broadcast, satellite distribution, direct to home satellite, Telco IPTV, and over the top internet video projects.
Kevin Haider, Product Line Manager, GatesAir
Kevin Haider has been a product line manager of radio transmission products at GatesAir since February 2013. Since starting at GatesAir, Kevin has been involved in the rollout of the high efficiency Flexiva line of FM transmitters, including the FLX Liquid cooled FM transmitters. Prior to GatesAir, Kevin was employed at Broadcast Electronics for more than 20 years where he worked in various positions including National Accounts Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and Customer Service Engineer for both RF and studio automation products. Kevin also spent two years working as a contract engineer in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim where he both maintained and assisted in building studio and transmitter facilities. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry Institute of Technology in Kansas City.
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance
Kirk Harnack brings more than 35 years of hands-on experience in broadcast engineering and education to his position at Telos. His expertise in putting technology to work in broadcast facilities has driven notable expansion in IP-Audio, VoIP for broadcast, and leading-edge virtualization strategies. Harnack maintains an active, hands-on role in broadcast engineering through his positions as a partner and VP-Engineering of South Seas Broadcasting, Inc., Delta Radio, LLC, and Kaua’i Broadcast Partners, totaling 14 AM and FM radio stations.
Alex Hartman, Optimized Media Group
Alex Hartman is the owner and partner of Optimized Media Group in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is a 19 year broadcast engineer, and 25 year IT guy. Hartman specializes in the eccentric and bleeding edge, learning all things new and adapting non-traditional items into a broadcast facility.
Martyn Horspool, GatesAir
Martyn Horspool is currently Product Manager for Television Transmission at GatesAir, in Mason, Ohio. Horspool has been employed in the broadcast industry for 44 years, starting with the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the United Kingdom in 1974 as a transmitter maintenance engineer. His move to Harris Broadcast Division in 1980 was the start of a long career that has paved the way to his current role, including numerous positions in service, engineering, sales support, and product management.
Tom F. King, President and CEO, Kintronic Labs, Inc.
Tom King is President and CEO of Kintronic Labs. Earlier in his career he was a staff engineer at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, California and project engineer in infrared countermeasures systems for Navy and Marine Corps aircraft at the Special Warfare Laboratory Division of General Research Corporation in McLean, Virginia. He started his current role in 1983 and is author or co-author of numerous technical papers on the subject of AM broadcast antenna systems and related topics. Tom is an associate member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers and a member of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. He is also a member of the National Radio Standards Committee and the Analog and Digital Radio subcommittees. Tom received the 2015 NAB Radio Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the highest award presented to a radio broadcast engineer by the US broadcasting industry.
Tom Kujawa, recently retired Chief of Police for UW-Green Bay
Tom Kujawa has more than 40 years of law enforcement and emergency management career experience. He has served in federal law enforcement, served as a Captain with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, and recently retired as the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Tom is a graduate of the FBI Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration and a master’s degree in leadership and quality improvement. He has received extensive training including courses and seminars in law enforcement, emergency management, safety/security assessments, and training development.
He is also a certified Security Assessment Specialist with the American Crime Prevention Institute. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a Wisconsin State Certified Instructor in legal search and seizure, Miranda rights, crimes against persons/property, report writing, policy and procedures, community response, ethics, CPR, AED, first aid and is a certified training safety officer and evaluator.
Steve Lampen, Consultant
Steve Lampen worked for Belden for more than 26 years. He is now a consultant for Belden. Prior to Belden, Steve had an extensive career in radio broadcast engineering and installation, film production, and electronic distribution. Steve holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and is an SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer. In 2017, he was elected to the SBE Board of Directors and also sits on the Board of Directors for (Energy Transformation Systems (ETS) in Fremont, California. He is past officer and Chairman of the San Francisco chapter of the Audio Engineer Society (AES), and is a manager of the San Francisco Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). On the data side he is a BICSI Registered Communication Distribution Designer (retired). In 2010, he was named “Educator of the Year” by the National System Contractors Association (NSCA) and in 2011 was named “Educator of the Year” by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). Steve was named an “Industry Innovator” by TV Technology magazine in 2017. His book, "The Audio-Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide" is published by McGraw-Hill.
David Layer, VP Advance Engineering, NAB
David Layer is Vice President, Advanced Engineering in NAB’s Technology department. David has been with NAB since 1995 and has been active in the radio technology and standards setting area. Layer’s current principal responsibilities include serving as a project manager for technology projects being conducted by PILOT (formerly NAB Labs), and as principal administrator of the NAB Radio Technology Committee, a group of technical executives from NAB member companies that advises NAB on technology development and technical regulatory matters.
Wayne M. Pecena, Assistant Director of Educational Broadcast Services, Texas A&M University and Director of Engineering, KAMU-FM and KAMU-TV
Wayne M. Pecena is the Assistant Director of Educational Broadcast Services at Texas A&M University where he serves as Director of Engineering for public broadcast stations KAMU FM and TV. He holds BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University and SBE CPBE (with AMD, DRB, and 8-VSB) and CBNE certifications. Wayne serves as the SBE National Board Vice-President, Executive Committee member, and he chairs the Education Committee. He was named the SBE Educator of the Year in 2012, Radio World Engineer of the Year in 2014, named a SBE Fellow in 2016, and an IEEE-BTS Distinguished Lecturer in 2018.
Wayne is a frequent industry speaker and lecturer on information technology topics and specializes in IP Networking topics to technology focused audiences. Past industry presentation events include the ABA-Engineering Academy, APRE-PREC, CCBE-Canada, WABE-Canada, InfoComm International, NAB BEITC, NAB Radio Show, PBS TechCon, SBE Ennes Workshops, SBE chapters, SMPTE, and numerous state broadcasting association conferences.
Jeremy Ruck, Jeremy Ruck and Associates
Jeremy Ruck is Principal Engineer with Jeremy Ruck & Associates in Canton, Illinois. He has worked in broadcasting for nearly 30 years, with the last 25 in RF consulting. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Bradley University and is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois. He holds membership in the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
Chris Tarr, Entercom Milwaukee
Chris "Doc" Tarr, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE, is the Director of Technical Operations for Entercom’s radio stations in Milwaukee and Madison, a position he’s held since 2003. He works as a consulting engineer for several stations and is the Chairman of SBE Chapter 28. In his five minutes a week of spare time he enjoys spending time with his family who, from what he can remember, live in Mukwonago.
Glynn Walden, Retired Senior VP of Engineering, CBS Radio
Glynn Walden is the retired Senior VP of Engineering for CBS Radio where he was responsible for new technology rollouts including CBS Radio’s conversion to HD radio.
In 1991 he helped found USA Digital Radio, a consortium of broadcasters that developed the In Band on Channel (IBOC) technology, now called HD Radio, which was adopted by the FCC as the digital radio standard for the US.
He holds 4 patents covering digital radio and in 1993 received the Westinghouse Signature of Excellence for that work.
Previously he was the VP of Engineering for Westinghouse Broadcasting’s Group W Radio where he was an active industry voice advocating technical improvements, protections of the FCC allocations, rules, and AM improvement.
At the April 2004 National Association of Broadcasters Convention Mr. Walden was presented the industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry and its transition to digital radio. He holds three patents covering HD Radio and was the recipient of the George Westinghouse Signature of Excellence Award for his work in developing digital radio.
Mr. Walden is a member of the AFCCE and the IEEE and serves on the IEEE’s Broadcast Technology Advisory Committee.
He holds a BS from Florida International University.
He currently consults for Entercom Radio and other projects of interest.
Todd Waldo, Client Partner, Verizon Business Group
Todd Waldo is an enterprise client partner with more than 25 years of experience in sales, consulting, leadership, and business planning. Currently, Todd is a client partner within the Verizon Business Group responsible for helping media customers leverage 4G, 5G, and the "Internet of Things." Previously he held sales and leadership positions driving growth in the media, professional services, manufacturing, entertainment, and technology vertical markets.
Jeff Welton, Nautel
Jeff Welton took his training in the Radio College of Canada (RCC) Electronics Engineering Technologist program, finishing in 1984. Welton has performed component level repair, field installation and service, technical support, and quality assurance roles with various companies and has been with Nautel for almost 28 years, the first 17 of which were spent in field service and technical support positions, as well as assisting Engineering with design review of new products and improvement of existing systems.
Tim Wright, Cumulus Chicago
Tim is Senior Engineer at Cumulus Media, Chicago for WLS-AM, WLS-FM, and WKQK-FM. He has more than 40 years of broadcast experience including Send International in Alaska, CBS/Infinity in Chicago, Clear Channel/iHeartMedia in Chicago, and currently Cumulus. Tim has extensive experience in both analog and AOIP studio equipment, multiple automation systems, high power RF, directional AM, and IT. He is a Lifetime Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer with the SBE and holds an Amateur Extra Class license (AL7DS). When not holding down the fort at the radio ranch, he enjoys restoring antiques ranging from farm tractors, to cars, to old HP and Tektronix test equipment.
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- Webinar: What the future sales team looks like and how you can prepare? Date: September 19, 2019
- Broadcasters Clinic Date: October 15, 2019
- Webinar: Recruiting and Hiring Better Salespeople Date: October 17, 2019
- Winter Conference & State Legislative Day Date: January 29, 2020
- Student Seminar Date: March 7, 2020
- Walker Broadcast Management Institute Date: April 14, 2020
- Awards Gala Date: May 2, 2020
- Summer Conference Date: June 17, 2020
The Don Borchert Broadcasters Clinic Fellowship honors the founder of the conference and will provide all expenses to attend the Clinic in Madison October 16-18, 2018. The program is possible through the financial support of all four Wisconsin SBE Chapters, and the WBA. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Broadcasters Clinic Conference. Download Application Form