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Madison, Wis. will host the 2010 SBE National Meeting (August 4, 2010)

The 2010 National Meeting of the Society of Broadcast Engineers will be held on October 26-27 at the Marriott Madison West Hotel, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive in Middleton, Wis. The event will be hosted by Chapter 24 of Madison. The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic, held October 26-28, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) and SBE Chapter 24.  

The Clinic is one of the longest running broadcast engineering conferences in the United States. It includes technical papers and panel presentations over all three days and an equipment trade show on the first two days. Registration and more information may be made by going to the WBA website and clicking on “Broadcasters Clinic.”  Chapter 24, the WBA and SBE invite any and all SBE members and others interested in broadcast technology to attend. All activities will be held at the Marriott Hotel. A special guest room rate of $ 109 single, $129 double has been arranged for attendees of the National Meeting and Clinic. To make reservations, call (800) 236-1922 and ask for the special WBA rate. The cutoff date for reservations is October 11. After that, rooms are available subject to a space and rate-available basis.

The SBE National Meeting begins on Tuesday, October 26 (all times CDT) with a meeting of the SBE Certification Committee from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  The regular fall meeting of the SBE national Board of Directors will be held beginning at 6:00 pm and will run until about 10:00 pm.

National Meeting activities continue on Wednesday, October 27, with the annual SBE Fellows Breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. All SBE Fellows are invited to attend and will be guests of the SBE. SBE National officers and the Chapter 24 chairman and convention chairmanare also invited.  A special invitation will go to this group in late August. Reservations are required. 

The SBE Annual Membership Meeting will be held from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The meeting will include the induction of newly elected members of the Board and officers, the introduction of the SBE Membership Drive Grand Prize winner, John Ramsey of Hartford, Conn. and several brief reports and updates on national SBE activities. With the assistance of Chapter 24, the SBE Annual Membership Meeting will be streamed live via the Internet. More information on how to log-on and watch the meeting will be available beginning in September.

At 5:00 pm, the SBE National Reception will be held in the hotel’s beautiful atrium and will include cocktails, hor’s doerves and live music.  The reception will be followed at 6:00 pm by the SBE National Awards Dinner from 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm. The dinner program will include a special guest speaker, the presentation of the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year to John Luff and the SBE Educator of the Year Award to Charles “Buc” Fitch, P.E., CPBE, AMD.Two members will be recognized with the highest membership rank awarded by the SBE, the SBE Fellow: Sterling Davis, Vice President of Engineering, Cox Media Group in Atlanta, Ga. and Robert Locke, CPBE, CBNT, Chief Engineer for KPTS-TV in Maize, Kan. Chapters and individual members will also be recognized during the dinner for best technical article, best chapter newsletter, website, regional conference, most certified chapter and chapters with the greatest percentage growth and highest average member attendance at chapter meetings.

Tickets for the reception and dinner are just $15. You can order tickets online - scroll down to “SBE National Meeting.” Tickets may also be ordered by calling the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000.


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