Ten people attended the latest radio engineering
class held by the Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Academy.
Director Larry Wilkins shared pix at my
request; see below.
You may recall that I’ve written favorably about this program,
which I consider a model for state associations whose members need
a deeper supply of good engineering talent. I mention it again because — let’s face it — sometimes a good
idea is tried but doesn’t catch, or dies off because organizers discover that launching a program is
easier than keeping one going. It looks the ABA academy will be
Students came from
Virginia, Florida, Alabama and even Alaska. Maria Dudzak from KRBD(FM), way up there in
Ketchikan, wrote to Larry to thank him: “I’m excited to further my
education and plan to sign up for some of the SBE online courses. I’ve been
telling others about the course, and they are very interested.” She wondered
whether ABA might even send someone up to Alaska for training more engineers in
The Engineering Academy’s
next TV class is this week. Both radio and TV will repeat in August, and Larry said they’re making plans for classes in IT for
Broadcasting as well as TV Master Control Operators.
You can find current info on the ABA website
The photos below show the class; a workbench with test equipment and other hands-on stuff; and instructor Frank Giardina of Cumulus Media.