Indianapolis - Apr 4, 2014 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers reaches its 50th year on Saturday, April 5. The first meeting of the SBE was held in Chicago, at the Conrad Hilton Hotel, during the NAB convention in 1964. Approximately 100 broadcast engineers attended the meeting.
John Battison was the driving force behind the creation of the SBE. He published an editorial in Broadcast Engineering magazine in June, 1961 that suggested a new organization be formed that would be devoted solely to the advancement of broadcast engineers. He later sent letters to almost 5,000 engineers in the U.S and Canada, inviting them to join the new organization.
The Society of Broadcast Engineers is the professional organization of television and radio engineers and those in related fields. SBE has more than 5,400 members in 114 chapters across the United States and in Hong Kong. There are also members in 29 other countries. Most chapters meet monthly and offer educational programs and an opportunity to network with other engineers. SBE offers the largest and most recognized certification program for broadcast engineers, operators and technicians, with close to 5,000 certifications currently active.