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First NAB Planning Meeting Held

Technological change to be hot topic for broadcast engineers at next year’s show

The members of the 2012 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Committee(left to right) are:Jeff Andrew, VP, engineering and operations, WTTG-TV; Steve Fluker (committee chairman) director of engineering, Cox Media Group, Orlando; Jim Stagnitto, director of engineering, WNYC/WQXR Radio; Robert Seidel, VP, engineering and advanced technology, CBS Television; Martin Stabbert, director of corporate engineering, Citadel Communications; Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) representatives: Fred Baumgartner, director, broadcast operations, Harris Corporation, Broadcast Communications; John L. Poray, executive director, SBE. Not pictured are Brett Jenkins, vice president, Chief Technology Officer, LIN Media; Gary Nadler, GM, telecommunications and affiliate services, ABC TV Network, Broadcast Operations and Engineering; Thomas R. Ray, III; VP/corporate director of engineering, Buckley Radio; E. Glynn Walden, SVP, engineering, CBS Radio.

The NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Planning Committee held an official meeting last week to discuss and develop ideas for next year’s NAB Show. Committee members are selected based on their background and expertise in the field of broadcast engineering.

The topics for areas of concentration were chosen to represent issues that are relevant to engineers, technicians, consultants and manufacturers working in the field. The list released from the NAB includes:

Disaster preparedness and recovery; IP network security for broadcast; green engineering; hybrid television; broadcast 3D TV; maximizing spectrum efficiency for television; the next digital transition for television; LTE as a broadcast service; mobile TV update domestic and international; advancements in HD Radio technology; graphics for radio displays; downloadable apps for radio and television; media archiving; loudness measurement and control for television; broadcasting as a global technology perspective; next generation sports production and delivery; automation in broadcasting; TV, anytime, anywhere; engineering case studies for radio; engineering management in challenging times and technical regulatory matters for broadcasters.

The group has already put out a call for paper proposals. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 21. Next year’s NAB Show will be held April 14–19, 2012 in Las Vegas.