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SBE Names Committee Chairmen

INDIANAPOLIS and PITTSBURGH: The Society of Broadcast Engineers named its committee chairs for the coming year, while the Pittsburgh chapter opted out of its annual equipment expo this year.

Pittsburgh Chapter 20 Chairman Paul Byers, director of engineering for WQED-TV, told members in the chapter’s latest newsletter that the expo was dropped on account of the “challenging economy,” which made it impossible to sign up enough vendors to make an expo financially viable.

“As you know, we depend on the revenue from this show to fund our monthly meetings and special programs and seminars throughout the year, so we may have to reevaluate those as well,” he wrote.

Byers also asked members to share input with them about future meetings and events. The chapter’s next regular meeting focuses on “Migrating to HD Satellite Newsgathering,” with a presentation by Gil Hanna of Near Field Communications in Pittsburgh.

The national SBE held a meeting earlier this month at which its 2009-10 officers were announced by the new president, Vinny Lopez. They are:

Awards--Jim Leifer, CPBE
By-Laws--Gary Liebisch, CPBE
Certification--Jim Bernier, CPBE CBNT
Chapter Liaison--Mark Heller, CBRE CTO
EAS--Ralph Beaver, CBT
Education--David Priester, CPBE
Fellowship--Troy Pennington, CSRE CBNT
Finance--Jerry Massey, CPBE 8-VSB AMD CBNT
Frequency Coordination--Joe Snelson, CPBE
Government Relations--Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT
International--Charles W. Kelly Jr.
IT Strategy--Mark T. Simpson, CPBE CBNT AMD
Marketing & Public Relations--Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT
Membership--Scott Mason, CPBE
Student Chapters Subcommittee--Jeff Smith CEA CBNT
Nominations--Jim Leifer, CPBE
Publications--Conrad Trautmann, CPBE
Strategic Planning--Ralph Hogan, CPBE DRB CBNT
Sustaining Membership--Scott Mason, CPBE
(--from Radio World)