The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

Managing Your Contract Engineering Business

Instructional Method: Online
Originally streamed July 21, 2016


This webinar is divided into two sections. Dennis Baldridge and Mike Seaver will cover contract engineering services from two different perspectives.

The first part of the webinar will be from the point of the view of the contract engineer. Dennis will discuss topics such as establishing yourself as a contract engineer, organizing your business, promoting your services, and protecting your business.

In the next section, Mike will deal with topics from a station’s view point. It begins with the “why” we have a contract, advances to discussing the various types of contracts available, the necessity of keeping good, valid records of contracted service, security, and review of services received. At the conclusion of the discussion the attendees should be able to identify the types of contracts, the purposes of them, and how good, effective control and record keeping will aid in enhancing the stations’ bottom line.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is applicable to both radio and TV engineers.

About Your Instructors: Dennis Baldridge, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT and Mike Seaver, CBT 

Dennis Baldridge has been working in the field of broadcasting for more than 30 years. He is a Senior Member of the SBE, holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and Amateur Radio Extra Class License (K0DB). Baldridge holds a Masters of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) and teaches science courses for Upper Iowa University. As owner of Baldridge Communications, LLC, he works as a contract engineer and has also authored several articles for Radio Guide.

Baldridge has been associated with the Alternate Inspection Program of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for the past four years. His focus has been helping stations verify substantial compliance to the FCC rules through the use of the FCC’s Self-Inspection Checklists.

Mike Seaver began his broadcasting career in 1959 as a studio assistant for WCAZ-AM radio in Carthage, IL. Advancing to announcer, then assistant chief engineer, he took leave to acquire a degree in Broadcast and Communications Engineering from DeVry University in Chicago.  Following a six-month stint working as an electronics technician in North American Aviation’s space guidance division, he returned to WCAZ as program director.  Having worked at several stations as announcer, creative writer, promotions director, news director, program/operations director, sales manager, general management, and chief engineer, he spent 20 years as director of clinical and biomedical engineering at Quincy’s St. Mary Hospital. Following that he worked as director of engineering for KHQA TV in Quincy, IL, and, later, as regional chief for Barrington Broadcasting’s Illinois stations in both Quincy and Peoria. 

Mike is a member of SBE. He has authored an SBE University course and the chapter on Engineering Management for the SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook.


SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of this webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

Registration and Pricing

Please note all revenue from this webinar goes to the SBE to continue building its education program.

This webinar is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes in length.

SBE Members: $62 SBE MemberPlus Members FREE Non-Members: $92 Register Now

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If you have questions regarding this webinar, contact Cathy Orosz via email or by phone at 317-846-9000.

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