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SBE Honors Dick Burden

SBE Honors Dick Burden

The SBE has awarded only its seventh lifetime achievement award, bestowing the honor on Dick Burden, CPBE, of Canoga Park, Calif., at its membership meeting last month.
He received the award in recognition of 55 years of contributions to the broadcast engineering industry.
Burden joined SBE in 1966 and was an original member of SBE Chapter 1 in Binghamton, N.Y. He would help organize Chapter 47 in Los Angeles, serving as its second chairman and as program chairman from 1979-81.
He is a senior member of SBE and was elected an SBE Fellow in 1999. He earned Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer designation in 1990 and is currently Chapter 47’s certification chairman.
As a student at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., Burden was appointed CE of college radio station WJRH in 1950. A decade later he formed Burden Associates in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and in 1972, opened an office in Canoga Park, Calif. He has rendered technical services to radio stations and broadcast networks, and has done manufacturing consulting work.
In honoring Burden, SBE also noted that in 1958, he worked on the development of a system of stereo broadcasting in conjunction with Multiplex Development Corp. and holds a patent in that field. He served on the National Stereophonic Radio Committee, Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee and as an AES representative to the Joint Committee of Intersociety Coordination. He is also a former member of the National Radio Systems Committee.