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WBA Celebrates 5th Media Technology Institute

Engineering Day is June 22

This June, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Media Technology Institute. This year’s event will be held June 20-23 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in La Crosse, Wis.

According to the WBA, Media Technology Institute “offers practical, instructional courses suitable for prospective, beginning, intermediate, and senior broadcast/media engineers, in a four day program presented by experienced broadcasting professionals.” In addition to the summer technical sessions, the the WBA Summer Broadcast Engineering Conference offers an equipment expo on June 22.

The WBA Engineering Day, June 22, is also part of the regional association’s summer conference. The day’s sessions include:

  • Risk Management in a Broadcast Enterprise
  • Tower Site Security and FAA Lighting Changes
  • Information Security: What Are the Hackers Up to Now?
  • The Growing Impact of Ambient Noise on Broadcasting

Additionally, the afternoon round table discussion will cover the broadcast sales tax exemption, FM translator buildout, X-OIP and working with Millennials.

Some other program highlights will include an afternoon welcome reception June 20, the Engineers Luncheon, young professionals brewery tour, an evening reception and dinner on June 22. The final day, June 23, will conclude with a field trip to visit WHLA(FM/TV) site in Minnesota.

Other MTI sessions of interest are: “Big Iron-Antennas, Towers, and Transmission Lines” with Richard Wood (June 20); “RF Fundamentals” with Terry Baun (June 21); “Facility Design” with Bill Hubbard (June 21); “Understanding Audio Levels and Measurement Standards” with Jim Klas (June 21); “Engineering on a (No) Budget and Site Grounding/Safety Issues” with Jeff Welton (June 23); and “The Continuing Confluence of IT and RF Technologies” with Terry Baun (June 23).

The association is also offering two scholarships to attend; contact Linda Baun for more information. Underwriting for the Media Technology Institute is provided by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and Midwest Communications.