SBE Announces 2009-2010 National Award Winners

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SBE Announces 2009-2010 National Award Winners

Jul 30, 2010 4:00 PM

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Indianapolis, IN - Jul 30, 2010 - The Society of Broadcast Engineers has announced the winners of its 2009-2010 National Awards. The awards program recognizes those who have contributed to SBE, the industry or their SBE chapters in a number of categories.

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The award for Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member goes to Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB, for his article "The Future of Radio," which appeared in the December 2009 issue of Radio magazine.

An article from Radio magazine has received the SBE award every year since 2002. An article from 1999 also received the honor. This is the third time Doug Irwin has been honored. Former Radio magazine Technical Editor John Battison also received the award three times.

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The winner of the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award is John Luff. Luff has been a member of SBE since 1984. Luff was nominated for this award for the work he has done in the broadcast engineering industry as well as on a local level with SBE Chapter 20 in Pittsburgh. Luff is currently a media technology consultant and has his own company, HD Consulting in Sewickley, PA, and SBE Chapter 20 chairman. Luff is also a regular contributor to Broadcast Engineering. His resume includes senior vice president business development at Azcar, founder and president of Synergistic Technologies, engineering manager at TPC Communications, and volunteer services as chairman of SBE Chapter 20 and conference vice president at SMPTE.

Recently, Luff has provided new energy and leadership to his chapter, which was facing declining participation. He changed the meetings from a monthly format to have meetings whenever an important topic and expert presenters were available to present more detailed technology. He accomplished this by using his significant contacts to arrange for industry experts to present at his chapter meetings. More than 70 members attended the event he organized on 3D technology. To increase participation, Luff set up a Yahoo Groups site to provide quick communications to local members.

Recipients of the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award are recognized for making significant contributions to the field of broadcast engineering and/or for furthering the goals and objectives of the Society. They must be members of the Society and are nominated by their peers.

The 2009-2010 SBE Educator of the Year Award will be presented to Charles 'Buc' Fitch, P.E., CPBE AMD. Fitch was nominated for his 40-year-plus contributions to educating the industry through articles, presentations and mentoring work, not only in mainstream technical areas of broadcasting but also important adjacent technologies such as NEC, project management and collateral regulations.

Fitch has been a member of SBE since 1975 and certified since 1976. He authors a recurring feature in Radio World called "Certification Corner," which is aimed at helping readers understand and prepare for the SBE certification exams.

Local SBE chapters have also earned awards based on their own achievements. Some categories recognize two chapters, based on their size. Class A represents those chapters whose membership is less than the national median while Class B are those chapters that have membership greater than the national median.

AwardRecipient Best Chapter WebsiteChapter 54: Hampton Roads, VA Best Regional ConferenceChapter 24: Madison, WI AwardClass AClass B Best Chapter NewsletterChapter 24: Madison, WI- Most Certified ChapterChapter 140: Ithaca, NYChapter 131: Inland Empire, CA Greatest Chapter Percentage GrowthChapter 136: Rio Grande, TXChapter 144: Hong Kong Highest Chapter Member AttendanceChapter 143: Mid MO, MOChapter 76: Eugene, OR

Award winners will be recognized at the Society's National Awards Dinner on October 27, 2010 in Madison, WI. The event is part of the annual SBE National Meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic, sponsored by Chapter 24 Madison and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, held at the Marriott Madison West Hotel.

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