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SBE has announced the winners of its 2004 SBE National Awards. Award recipients will be recognized at the SBE National Awards Dinner, which takes place during the SBE National Meeting Oct. 19-20, in Grapevine (Dallas/Ft. Worth), TX.

And the winners are…

SBE Engineer of the Year

The winner of the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award for 2004 is Theodore Szypulski, CPBE. Szypulski is director of engineering special projects for ESPN. He directed the design and construction of the ESPN digital center, a 120,000sq ft, HD 720p building in Bristol, CT. ESPN’s SportsCenter began broadcasting in HD from that facility in June 2004. To learn more about ESPN’s HD makeover, read "ESPN's SportsCenter begins HD production".

SBE Technology Award

Ross Video’s OverDrive live production control system is the winner of the SBE Technology Award for 2004. OverDrive is a Windows-based production control system that enables an entire production to be run with a one-, two- or three-person crew instead of the traditional crew of six to eight people. To read more about the OverDrive, visit

SBE Educator of the Year

Larry Bloomfield of Florence, OR, won the organization’s SBE Educator of the Year Award. Bloomfield is an instructor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA, and at Guam Trade and Technical School. Since 1997, Bloomfield has published Tech-Notes, a free broadcast industry electronic newsletter, with more than 1100 subscribers.

For a complete list of SBE 2004 award winners, visit