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Ala. Broadcasters Expand Tech Training

Association adds radio IT course, announces 2013 engineering class schedule

State broadcast associations would do well to emulate the Alabama Broadcasters Association in establishing a program to train and encourage broadcast engineers.

I have sounded that theme before. Now the Engineering Academy has released its 2013 schedule, adding to its radio broadcast engineering courses with one about “IT for Broadcasting.” Radio engineering classes will be offered March 4–8 and Aug. 5–9; there is a separate track of classes for TV, which also has added content this year. Classes are held in Hoover, Ala.

Notably, these classes cost the student nothing, other than the price of the related SBE certification exam if you wish to sit for that at the end.

The new two-day class on “IT for Broadcasting” is aimed at folks who already have experience in experience in IP networks and the storage technologies used in radio broadcasting. The course is followed by the SBE’s Certified Broadcast Network Engineer exam.

The ABA’s classes cover basic electronics, audio/video fundamentals, studio technology, basic transmission, transmitters/antennas, safety items, FCC rules and regulations, and engineering management.“We encourage engineers and those wishing to learn more about the technical side of broadcasting to take advantage of these classes and seminars,” the association writes. And so do I.

To sign up for the classes or for more information about the academy, email Larry Wilkins at [email protected]

My column “ABA Takes Steps to Develop Engineers”