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SBE Acknowledges Wooten and Hubbard With Top Honors

RW’s own Doug Irwin also gets a nod for his contributions

Charles Wooten
Charles Wooten

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has revealed some of its 2019 honorees, all of whom will be recognized in October at the SBE National Awards Dinner in Wisconsin. The dinner is part of the association’s annual meeting, Oct. 15–16, run in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic.

SBE members nominated and ultimately named Charles Wooten as this year’s Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year. The Panama City, Fla., engineer is credited with maintaining iHeartMedia radio signals in Bay County, even after Category 5-rated Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018. His efforts helped the stations remain online after the storm, while most other terrestrial and wireless communications and all utilities lost power. Excellent work, indeed!

Bill Hubbard
Bill Hubbard

Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Bill Hubbard was also chosen as the 2019 James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year. Although Hubbard is recently (officially) retired, he is a charter member of SBE Chapter 80. Hubbard has volunteered much time working on the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Clinic program committee, for which he helped create semi-annual educational seminars. Additionally, he helped form a seminar to train new graduates in the basics of broadcast engineering, dubbed the Media Technology Institute. His efforts also included a plan to incentivize Chapter 80 members to gain SBE certifications, using chapter funding to reimburse participants for certification exams and study materials.

Radio World is also pleased to note that Chapter 47 member and Radio World contributor Doug Irwin has been recognized for Best Technical Article, Book or Program. Read the first installment of his winning series on the spectrum repack here.

Read about the winners of chapter and individual awards on the SBE website. And if you want to start assessing your colleagues’ performance, nominations for next year’s awards open in February, the announcement notes.

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