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Scenes From the Show

Here are some snapshots that defined the NAB Show for RW’s editor

Throughout this issue, we share snapshots from this year’s NAB Show. Our photographs give an overview of the experience on the show floor and in various workshops and addresses.

On Saturday of the convention, I visited the SBE Ennes Workshop to present Wayne Pecena with his Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award, which we announced last winter.

Recipients represent the highest ideals of the U.S. radio broadcast engineering profession and reflect those ideals through contributions to the industry.

During the SBE Ennes Workshop, Wayne Pecena, second from left, was persuaded to pause in teaching fundamentals of IP long enough to accept a plaque as Radio World’s Excellence in Engineering Award recipient for the past year. From left: SBE Executive Director John Poray; recipient Wayne Pecena; SBE President Joe Snelson; NAB EVP/Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny; SBE Ennes Foundation Trustee Fred Baumgartner; and Radio World Editor in Chief Paul McLane.
Credit: Photo by Jim Peck As I noted in an earlier profile, Pecena is director of engineering at Educational Broadcast Services in the Office of Information Technology at Texas A&M University, which operates KAMU(TV) and KAMU(FM). A primary reason for honoring him was his commitment to lifelong professional education; so it was appropriate that I found Pecena lecturing a room jam-packed with engineers furiously taking notes about his networking material. One participant told me later that his content was “remarkable, really college-level.”

My thanks to the society leadership for allowing me to surprise Wayne that morning, and to NAB’s Sam Matheny for making time to join us.

Separately, our publisher John Casey and I want to thank our industry friends who came out for a Tuesday breakfast to remember Radio World’s colleague, the late Dale Tucker, who died last September at age 73. Dale spent 17 years as a regional sales manager for Radio World when it was owned by IMAS Publishing, working for founder Steve Dana; and he was often seen at conventions in the company of his sales colleagues Skip Tash or John Casey. He also helped launch sister publication Pro Audio Review. You can read my earlier blog post about Dale’s life and career at

“Kudos to everyone for making it there on such a busy week to honor a soul who shaped Radio World and was so much a part of our lives,” John Casey said.

In the next few issues, we’ll cover more show themes; we’ll introduce you to recipients of our Best of Show Awards; and we’ll report on numerous other hardware introductions in our Summer of Products issues.

And if you can’t wait that long, check out our new postshow NAB Post-Sees & Debriefing webinar on May 20. It’s free, and this year we focus strictly on new products. Register at