June 2023 News and Notes

Our June meeting will be held in conjunction with the WBA Duke Wright Media Technology Institute at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

Our July meeting will be the chapter summer picnic. It will be held on Thursday, July 20 at Woodward Radio Group, 2800 E College Ave, Appleton. We will also be joined by The Next Best Thing Tour for the picnic.

The June newsletter is available now.

Note about lunch for today’s (5/16) meeting

Last Minute Notice:

The Rite Place Restaurant is in the area designated for last night’s  “Boil Water Advisory” in the Bellevue area.  We have called the restaurant for clarification and they issued the following statement:   

“The Rite Place is in the area designated for the “Boil Water Advisory” in the Bellevue area, but we are doing everything we need to do to remain open for business”.    

Given this assurance, we are proceeding with plans to hold the luncheon as scheduled.       

May 2023 News and Notes

Our May meeting will be Tuesday, May 16th. Lunch will be at The Rite Place, 1580 Bellevue St., Green Bay at 11:30 AM. The meeting and program will be held at 1 PM at UW Green Bay. There will be no Zoom meeting for this month. Included in the visit will be a tour of the Engineering and Media spaces. The media facilities are located in the Instructional Services Building (#6 on the map). It is suggested you park in the Laboratory Sciences parking lot (no permit needed).  Enter the Laboratory Sciences building from the lot and proceed to the lower level, first floor.  Follow the corridors through the Environmental Sciences building and arrive at Instructional Services.   The labs and studios are in the west end of the building.  Turn left and follow the signs for TEAM Labs.

The May Newsletter is available.

April 2023 News and Notes

Our April Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 25th at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna. Our program will be a review of new items discovered at NAB. Kent Aschenbrenner, Senior Director of Engineering at The E.W. Scripps Company will be joining us, as well as any of our other members that were able to make the trip this year. Zoom information is in the newsletter.

The April newsletter is available now.

SBE Promotes Stephen J. Brown to SBE Fellow

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has elevated Stephen J. Brown, CPBE, CBNT, of Appleton, WI, to the membership rank of Fellow. The SBE Board of Directors elected him at its meeting held April 16, 2023.

Mr. Brown’s career in broadcasting began in 1975 when he began working for WAPL-AM/FM as a part-time announcer and engineer. In 1978, he was hired by Woodward Communications as assistant chief engineer, being promoted to chief engineer in 1980, and then director of broadcast engineering in 1985. In that capacity, he oversees 11 stations in multiple markets.

For many years, Steve volunteered his time as a Program Committee member for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in planning the annual Broadcasters Clinic. He is also a founding member of SBE Chapter 80 Fox Valley. From 2018 to 2022, he served two terms on the SBE Board of Directors, serving as Membership Committee Chair. He is SBE Lifetime Certified as a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and a Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist.

For the full press release, click here.

Congratulations Steve!

March 2023 News and Notes

Our March meeting will be on Tuesday, March 21st, at 11:30 AM (please note the earlier start time) at the Out-O-Town Club in Kaukauna. Our business meeting and lunch will be followed by a 1 PM tour of the Fox Energy Center natural gas power plant located in Wrightstown near the Out-O-Town Club. In order to attend the tour, you must pre-register by contacting John Pfankuch (contact info in the newsletter) no later than Friday, March 17th. The majority of the tour will be outdoors so dress appropriately. Due to the tour, the Zoom call will be limited to the business meeting. Zoom information is in the newsletter.

The March Newsletter is available now.

February 2023 News and Notes

Our February meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21st at Noon at the Out-O-Town Club or via Zoom. The program topic regards regulations and practices surrounding broadcast towers today. It was originally presented to Chapter 25. Presenters were Bill Harland and John Robinson, PE of ERI in Chandler, IN. One of the members, Doug Garlinger, stated “This presentation should be watched by every US broadcast engineer involved with a tower.” The Zoom link in is the newsletter.

Our Feburary Newsletter is available now.

Chapter 80 Presents Donation In Support of the Gary Mach Excellence in Media Fund

On December 8th, Bill Hubbard presented a donation of $500.00 on behalf of the chapter to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in support of the Gary Mach Excellence in Media Fund.

Gary Mach was a long time broadcast engineer in NE Wisconsin at WLUK TV 11, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and Cellcom. He mentored many students and other broadcast engineers. He was a member of Chapter 80 for decades and assisted in helping form the Chapter by bringing in the Green Bay area members a year after the Chapter’s founding in 1981.

For more information about the fund and for ways to donate, please read the attached document from the UW-Green Bay Foundation.

Bill Hubbard (center) and Eileen Mach (wife of the late Gary Mach, right) present a donation to Joy Wick, Executive Director of Advancement, UW Green Bay (left).
Bill Hubbard (center) and Eileen Mach (wife of the late Gary Mach, right) present a donation to Joy Wick, Executive Director of Advancement, UW Green Bay (left).

Broadcast Engineers Serving Northeast & Central Wisconsin