broadcast associations would do well to emulate the Alabama Broadcasters
Association in establishing a program to train and encourage broadcast engineers.
I have sounded that theme before. Now the Engineering Academy has released its 2013 schedule, adding
to its radio broadcast engineering courses with one about “IT for
Broadcasting.” Radio engineering classes will be offered March 4–8 and Aug.
5–9; there is a separate track of classes for TV, which also has added content
this year. Classes are held in Hoover,
Notably, these classes cost the
student nothing, other than the price of the related SBE certification exam if
you wish to sit for that at the end.
The new two-day
class on “IT for Broadcasting” is aimed at folks who already have experience in
experience in IP networks and the storage technologies used in radio
broadcasting. The course is followed by the SBE’s Certified Broadcast Network
The ABA’s classes
cover basic electronics, audio/video fundamentals, studio technology, basic
transmission, transmitters/antennas, safety items, FCC rules and regulations,
and engineering management.“We encourage engineers and those wishing to learn more about the
technical side of broadcasting to take advantage of these classes and seminars,”
the association writes. And so do I.
To sign up for the classes or for more information about the academy, email
Larry Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
column “ABA Takes Steps to Develop Engineers”