Letter from the Chairman

Posted on 05-31-16 by Suzan Strong


We are pleased to report that your SBE Chapter 34 officers, with lots of support of the New Mexico Broadcasters Association, have been able to deliver on our commitment thus far to hold meetings every other month so this year. Much of this credit also goes to Chapter 34 Vice Chair and Program Chairman Evan Baker and Past Chair and Secretary Scott Arthur. And, as an added bonus, complimentary lunch was part of the deal!

This week is the NMBA annual convention at the Marriott Hotel at I-40 and Louisiana. This year, their staff have put together a particularly attractive program package for the broadcast engineers. On Friday, June 3rd, a webinar about RF radiation will be held during the morning session presented by the leading authority on the subject, RF safety expert Richard Strickland of RF Safety Solutions. The course provides an overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters. Course content is updated regularly.

The SBE RF Safety Course is designed for chief and assistant chief engineers, transmitter site engineers, ENG and SNG maintenance personnel and management that need to have an understanding of RF safety issues and regulations. A certificate of completion is available to participants who complete the webinar, providing evidence of RF safety awareness training. Also, you’ll have the opportunity to take an exam right after lunch about the course material. You will receive a separate certificate for successful completion of the exam. NMBA will issue those certificates later in June.

And remember: Completion of this webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for one credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

Registration will be near the ballroom this year. Please stop by and grab your name tag, NMBA gift along with a breakfast burrito and donut. Coffee will be in the room.

The conference room will open at 8am so you can chat with vendors prior to starting the training. There will be WiFi available in the room.

Attorney Frank Jazzo, always entertaining and informative, will join us in the afternoon session.

So, I hope to see you there, registration is at


Posted on 12-02-15 by Bill Harris

Hello Everyone, and welcome to the Chapter 34 Chairman`s Letter.

As your incoming Chapter Chairman, I thank you for your votes and I hope that you will welcome Evan Baker as your new Vice Chairman and immediate past Chairman Scott Arthur as your new Secretary. Dennis Vigil continues as the chapter certification secretary. Additionally, Evan Baker is taking on the position of chapter program chair. More on that in a minute.

I would like to recognize several folks who have had an impact on the success of Chapter 34 and the web site. First, Sean Anker, recently of Lin Broadcastings KRQE TV in Albuquerque. Sean not only served as chapter chair, but he kept the web site alive over quite a length of time with his time and personal contributions.

Picking up the web site duties is Suzan Strong of the New Mexico Broadcaster`s Association. Suzan is getting the site up and running and considerably updated in the process on the NMBA`s server. Look for new features to make the site easier to navigate and more useful for everyone. She is also integrating functions from the NMBA`s site that will be welcome additions. All of this at little or no cost to the chapter.

Thanks to NMBA Executive Director Paula Maes for her continued support of the activities of Chapter 34. Having the NMBA conference room available for meetings and events is much appreciated. And for hungry engineers, the lunches really hit the spot!

And of course, our ongoing appreciation for everything that `actively retired` Mike Langner does in support of engineering in general, and all matters EAS in particular.

I want to emphasize that our meetings and programs are open to everyone who has an interest. Though there are certainly benefits to SBE membership and/or certification, I hope that anyone who desires to share a little technical fraternity and potentially to learn something new will always feel welcome.

Heading into 2016, we, your officers, are planning to have meetings as close to every other month as possible, beginning in February. It is important that we have at least five meetings per year to maintain our accreditation as a chapter and to receive a rebate from the national office. Two are already lined up, the NMBA convention in June, and the Christmas lunch in December. Evan is working on getting some interesting programs for the meetings, most of which will probably be lunches, sometimes catered!

On a more somber note, we lost one of our own on November 20th. Mike Stark, whom nearly everyone in the business knew from his varied engineering endeavors, died of complications from a rare form of degenerative brain disease. Mike drove me around the market in May of 2004 when I was interviewing for the job at Citadel Radio. He cautioned me to always have a bottle or two of water in my vehicle here in the high desert. Great advice, I found. Rest in peace, Mike. You will be missed. Bill Harris Chairman Chapter 34