Shaping radio today and tomorrow

April 1, 2004

Do you remember?

The Sound Technology 1500A was a microprocessor-controlled audio measurement test system. According to an ad in 1981, the unit was conceived to be the ultimate precision test instrument for tape recorder analysis. It was designed around advanced microprocessor hardware, and showed the user “the whole story on an integral CRT with adjustment cursor.”

Applications of the system included tape recorder mechanical and electronic performance checks; thorough phono cartridge analysis; one-third octave spectral analysis; acoustical room analysis, including mic and loudspeaker measurements; evaluation of audio quality for VTRs; and research and development for the audio tape manufacturer.

That was Then

Forty years ago this month, the first official meeting of the Society of Broadcast Engineers came to order. After writing an editorial suggesting the formation of a new organization and then later running application form in Broadcast Engineering magazine, John Battison convened the first official meeting of the Institute of Broadcast Engineers (IBE) at the NAB convention on April 5, 1964.

They voted at the first meeting to change the name to the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Battison became the organization's first president.

On the occasion of the SBE's 40th anniversary, Battison reminisced, “The Society of Broadcast Engineers was conceived in my office in Washington, DC, in 1961. It was born in 1964 in The Willard Room C in the Chicago Hilton, courtesy of NAB, and today, on its 40th birthday, it is a strong and hearty force in broadcast engineering thanks to the members who followed after me.”

The SBE will commemorate its 40th anniversary during the membership meeting on April 20 at NAB2004.

Sample and Hold

The shape of radio today
Radio continues to be a popular medium.

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Source: Ball State University's Center for Media Design, 2004.

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