Jim Beahn; VP Engineering & Operations; WTTG/WDCA Fox Television Stations
|Michael Bergeron; Senior Product Manager; Panasonic
Michael Bergeron has served many roles at Panasonic, including four years as camera product engineer and four years as chief technologist for workflow. Bergeron has also managed co-development projects with other U.S.-based technology companies over the years and is currently focused on launching KAIROS Panasonic’s IT/IP based live production platform. He has authored white papers and delivered technical presentations to SMPTE, the HPA, The Digital Cinema Society, SVG, and the National Association of Broadcasters. He holds a B.S. in physics, an M.S. in EE, and is a member of SMPTE.
|Nigel Brownett; President; NFB Consulting and Suitelife Systems
Nigel founded NFB Consulting in 2012. He is also a founding partner of intoto systems. He is a seasoned technologist with more than 30 years of direct experience in media and IT. Previous to NFB Consulting, he played pivotal roles in engineering and operations at renowned media organizations including the BBC World Service, Village Roadshow, Australian Radio Network, The Radio Network and Satellite Music Australia.
|Greg Buchwald; Technical Staff; Motorola Solutions
Greg Buchwald has been involved in radio broadcasting and engineering for nearly 50 years. He began his involvement in radio at the age of 14. He has been intermittently involved in the NRSC over the past nearly four decades. Greg is a 43-year employee of Motorola Solutions where he has worked on multiple diverse communications projects and has also been involved in regulatory and spectrum matters. Greg is an elected Motorola Science Advisory Board Associate (SABA) and a recently elected Motorola Dan Noble Fellow. He was the 2016 recipient of the DJ Atkinson Technical Award for his work on the protection of GPS services by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council. An active SBE member, Greg is involved in both the SBE Education and Mentor Committees.
|Andy Butler, CPBE; Director of Engineering; PBS
James “Andy” Butler got his first broadcasting job when he was 14. He developed his first broadcast automation system in 1972. In his 20s he was a disc jockey, program director, group director of engineering and built a number of radio and TV stations as an independent contractor. His career includes positions as vice president-engineering for Doubleday, Inc, WFAN, Hearst Broadcasting. He joined the NAB in 1992 where he founded the MultiMedia World Conference and helped develop the ATSC DTV standard. He has worked for Broadcast Electronics to direct product development. He is currently director of engineering of PBS. He served as president of the SBE from 1999 to 2001.
Javid Butler; Senior Engineer; HDR Consulting
|Cindy Cavell; Director; Cavell Mertz/Capitol Airspace
Cindy Cavell’s career includes spending 15 years at NBC and ABC News, traveling with Presidential press pools throughout the world, handling three Olympics for ABC television, and managing remotes internationally. She has been a major market TV station chief engineer for Hearst, Gannett and Fox. She has also been general manager of the Fox Sports Net Tech Center in Houston, and was the director of engineering for the nationwide 2GHz Relocation Project at Sprint/Nextel. She has also acted as the engineering project lead for the FCC’s TV band repack fund administrator. She has received the 2019 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award, (the first woman to receive this honor), three Emmy Awards, the 2015 TV-News-Check Women in Technology Leadership Award, and the 2007 SBE-AWRT Outstanding Female Engineer award.
|Gary Cavell; Director; Cavell Mertz/Capitol Airspace
A 40-plus year broadcast veteran, Gary Cavell is a recipient of the NAB Engineering Achievement Award for Radio, and the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society’s Award for Outstanding Broadcast Engineering. He served as editor-in-chief for the 11th edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook and has published many articles on practical aspects of broadcasting over the years. Gary has been a lecturer and faculty member of the NAB Educational Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training program, has been a lecturer for the NAB Broadcast Technology and Engineering Internship Program, the Voice of America’s/IBB US Technical Training Institute, and was a developer and co-presenter of RF Bootcamp sessions during several NAB conventions.
|Rick Daniel; Application Engineer; Rohde & Schwarz
Rick Daniel has more than 30 years of experience in RF and microwave design and measurement with expertise in spectrum analysis, network analysis and communications. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz, Rick held positions in hardware design and system integration at Texas Instruments and Raytheon, and as an Applications Engineer at HP/Agilent. He has a BSEE from Texas Tech University and an MSEE from SMU.
|John Davis; Technical Support Engineer; Wheatstone
John Davis is Wheatstone’s primary systems and field engineer responsible for the company’s studio installations and support for broadcast clients. He has provided technical support for audio console and radio automation products for over 25 years, as well as many years behind the microphone in Phoenix and Houston. He was honored by the SBE in 2011 for Best Technical Article on choosing a network switch for AoIP that appeared in Radio magazine.
|Dave Donaldson; Director of Broadcast Operations; Gray Media
Dave Donaldson is a newscast director turned broadcast engineer and SBE DC frequency coordinator. He manages technology at Gray’s DC facility as well as Gray-wide projects involving audio/intercom and streaming initiatives.
|Martin Dyster; VP of Business Development & Product Director; Telos Alliance
Martin Dyster is the principal architect of the Telos Infinity and Telos Infinity VIP. He has worked in TV broadcast and professional audio for more than 37 years, with much of his career in broadcast systems Integration. He joined Telos Alliance in 2014.
|Kirk Harnack; Senior Solutions Consultant; Telos Alliance
Kirk Harnack brings 40 years of hands-on experience in broadcast engineering and education to his position as Senior Solutions Consultant at Telos Alliance. His expertise in putting technology to work in broadcast facilities has driven notable expansion in audio over IP, VoIP for broadcast, audio processing, and virtualized technology adoption by content creators. Kirk maintains an active, hands-on role in broadcast engineering through his positions as a partner and VP engineering of Oxford Media Group, South Seas Broadcasting, Delta Radio, and Kaua’i Broadcast Partners. He is program chair of SBE Chapter 103 in Nashville. Kirk founded and hosts the Internet video netcast, “This Week in Radio Tech.”
|Noor Hassan; Principal Partner Solutions Architect, M&E; Amazon Web Services
With 10 years of experience in the broadcast space, Noor is currently a solutions architect at AWS enabling broadcast independent software vendors (ISVs) to realize their industry super powers by developing broadcast offerings in the cloud. Prior to joining AWS, she worked with numerous global customers as solutions engineer for Evertz Microsystems and managed solution architecture for compression workflows.
|Christian Holbrook; CEO; WireCAD
Christian Holbrook began his career in electronics at a young age by taking stuff apart and rebuilding it. In his teens he thought he wanted to be a recording engineer, but couldn’t find anyone to hire him, so at 17 he built his first recording studio, including the recording console and several pieces of outboard equipment. Since then, he has worked at the C level in a manufacturing firm, a system integration company, and for a brief period, owned a consumer electronic repair shop. Christian served as director of engineering for the Fox Family channel and moved with the sale of the company to the ABC Family channel. Christian developed WireCAD at his kitchen table, originally to meet his own needs, and eventually he brought it to the public in 2001.
Steve Holmes; Solutions Architect and Application Engineer; Leader
Glen Hurst; Transmission Systems Engineer/Application Engineer; Rohde & Schwarz
|James Johnston; Chief Scientist; Immersion Networks
James “JJ” Johnston has a long career in electrical engineering, audio science, and digital signal processing. His research and product invention spans speech processing, hearing and psychoacoustics, perceptual encoding, image and video coding, and spatial audio creation. He was one of the first investigators in the field of perceptual audio coding, one of the inventors and standardizers of MPEG 1/2 audio Layer 3 and MPEG-2 AAC. Most recently, he has been working in the area of auditory perception and ways to expand the limited sense of realism available in standard audio playback for both captured and synthetic performances. He is named in more than 100 patents for his work in perceptual audio and digital signal processing. He received BSEE and MSEE degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University.
|John Kean; Senior Engineer; Cavell Mertz/Capitol Airspace
John Kean has 40 years of experience in television and radio technology. He was senior technologist at National Public Radio until retirement in 2015, directing network projects and technical studies at NPR Labs as well as support for FCC filings. He started in radio as chief engineer at KBZT FM in San Diego, leaving to join NPR in 1980. In 1986 he began consulting engineering with Jules Cohen and Associates, followed by Moffet Larson and Johnson in 1988. John is a recipient of Engineering Achievement Awards from the NAB and the Association of Public Radio Engineers. He authored chapters of the NAB Engineering Handbook, editions 7, 8, 9 and 11, and remains active in the Audio Engineering Society and National Radio Systems Committee. He holds a U.S. patent for an algorithm to determine digital broadcast radio coverage.
|Karl Lahm, PE; Principal; Broadcast Transmission Services
Karl Lahm has a 50+ year career in broadcast engineering, which began as a summertime station technician at WWTV, Cadillac, MI, after completing his senior year of high school. He retired from fulltime work as director, RF systems engineering for TelevisaUnivision’s 40+ TV and 60+ radio stations in 2018. He now supports broadcast RF systems education and antenna/transmitter systems tuning and testing as a consulting engineer. Prior to his 19 years with TelevisaUnivision, Karl specialized in high-power AM and HF antenna and transmitter systems as a senior engineer with the Voice of America during the 1990s. During the 1980s, he was a broadcast regulatory consulting engineer in Washington, DC. In the 1970s, after receiving his electrical engineering degree from Michigan Tech, he was a field service and audio design engineer with Harris, followed by four years of radio station engineering management in the Los Angeles market. Karl is a registered professional engineer, SBE senior member, IEEE life member, and avid Great Lakes cruising sailor.
|Nik Kumar; Engineering Director; Advanced Systems Group
Nik Kumar is a broadcast solutions architect who has successfully managed and led project engineering and integration teams in completing system integration projects for a wide range of customers in the broadcast/media and entertainment industry for more than 17 years. Nik holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering as well as a master’s degree in engineering management.
|Chris Lennon; Director, Standards Strategy; Ross Video
Chris Lennon is responsible for Ross’ activities in standards and trade organizations, as well as its global thought leadership program. He also serves as executive director of the Open Services Alliance, a global industry organization focused on interoperability among microservice-oriented media systems, now a part of SMPTE’s Rapid Industry Solutions. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s 2008 Citation. He currently is a manager of the SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section and serves on the IABM’s Members Board.
|Michael Liebman, CEV, CBNT; Principal Engineer; SiriusXM
Before joining SiriusXM, Michael led the day-to-day efforts of Yangaroo’s advertising customer service team. He has also worked for Fox News Channel and the ADC Automation group in Harris’ Broadcast Communications Division. After graduating from Northwestern University’s School of Speech with a BS in Radio/Television/Film, he joined Viacom/MTV Networks Network Operations Center first in Operations and then moving to Engineering. He received an MS with distinction in Management and Systems from New York University after completing his thesis, “An Empirical Investigation into the Adoption of Open Source Software in the Broadcasting Industry.”
|Stephen S. Lockwood, CPBE, AMD, PE; Senior Engineer and President; Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers
Stephen Lockwood has more than 40 years of experience in broadcasting and telecommunications engineering. He is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in Washington, Alaska, and Wyoming. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Engineering Physics from Oklahoma Christian University. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a past Broadcast Technology Society elected AdCom Member, Current board member, and past president of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) and is a Member of the Project Management Institute, where he is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, where he holds the certification of Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE) and AM Directional Specialist (AMD) and holds an Amateur Radio Operator License K7SSL.
|John Maihot; CTO and Director of Infrastructure Product Architecture; Imagine Communications
John Mailhot has worked in the field of digital High-Definition Television systems since 1990, first as technical lead for the Grand Alliance encoder and later as engineering manager and general manager of Lucent Digital Video, Aastra Digital Video, and the compression division of Harris Broadcast. Today, John is CTO and director of Infrastructure Product Architecture at Imagine Communications, focused on transition of core television infrastructure into IP- and software-based technologies. He is also the editor of the SMPTE 2110 standards. He has two degrees from MIT, serves on the boards of AMWA and VSF, and is a SMPTE Fellow.
|Eduardo Martinez; VP of Technology; StreamGuys
Eduardo Martinez has more than 16 years of podcasting and streaming experience. Always on the pulse of the rapidly evolving digital media landscape, he guides StreamGuys in identifying and developing its end-to-end bespoke SaaS, delivery, and monetization products and services. Outside of work, he likes to work on a new home automation or robotics project, try out a new recipe in the kitchen, or discover a new craft brewery.
|Greg Ogonowski; Founder; StreamS/Modulation Index
In 1975 Greg Ogonowski founded Gregg Laboratories, a broadcast audio signal processing company, whose systems have been used by many high profile broadcasters. In 1984 he founded Modulation Index, a broadcast engineering consultancy, and has done studies on broadcast modulation measurement instrumentation and FM modulators, including STLs and exciters. As technical director for KTNQ/KLVE, Heftel Broadcasting, Los Angeles, from 1985 to 1991, he relocated studio facilities and constructed a new efficient alternative use AM transmission facility. Later becoming technical director for KBIG/KLAC, Los Angeles, from 1998 to 2000. He joined Orban in 2000 as VP product development and led the team that created Optimod-PC, a digital audio signal processed PCI sound card for any digital audio or streaming application. In 2015, he left Orban to concentrate on new streaming technologies providing professional high quality streaming encoder software and systems under the StreamS brand and Modulation Index.
|Andrew Osmond; Director of Business Development for Media Transport; Evertz
Andrew Osmond has more than 30 years of experience in developing and evangelizing solutions used in the transport of professional media content. He has headed teams that have designed innovative codec transport systems at multiple companies and worked closely with international service providers to optimize broadcast network performance and reliability. Osmond was a co-founder of Video Products Group, Nevion and Aperi. He is currently developing business around the world for Evertz Microsystems next generation transport and virtualized production solutions.
|Tony Scott Peterle, CPBE; Manager; Worldcast Systems
Tony Peterle has been involved in radio broadcasting continuously since high school, working in Ohio, Kansas, Hawaii and Washington State, both on-air and engineering. Tony has held chief engineer positions in Honolulu, Kansas City, and Wichita. After attaining his commercial pilot’s license, he spent several years as a traffic reporter in Kansas City, Honolulu and Seattle. Shortly thereafter, he joined Audemat, which later became Worldcast Systems, and enjoys helping customers solve problems, traveling, contributing to the design of new products, and seeing familiar faces at NAB and SBE events. Tony is recognized as a leading expert on SNMP and Single-Frequency Networking.
|Greg Shay; Chief Technical Officer; Telos Alliance
Greg has deep roots in the digital audio landscape, beginning in 1980 with DSP experiments interfacing home-built D-to-A circuits to a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer. With the first draft of the SCSI bus spec in hand, Greg was a co-founder of Spectral Synthesis, where he designed the industry’s first PC-based 16-track digital audio workstation in 1989. Joining Telos Systems in 1997, he was inventor of technology that became Livewire, the world’s first fully integrated IP-Audio networking system for broadcast. As one of the leaders of the AES subcommittee, he helped define the AES67 networked-audio standard and works to promote networked-audio interoperability to broadcast professionals around the world. Greg holds an MSEE from Case Western Reserve University.
|Jonathan Solomon, CSTE, CBNE; Principal Partner Solutions Architect, M&E; Amazon Web Services
With a career spanning over two decades in media and broadcast, Jonathan Solomon is an experienced partner solutions architect at AWS, specializing in media supply chains and archives. He holds expertise in broadcast engineering and operations, project management, and technology. Notable achievements include architecting the WWE OTT Network and overseeing the first-ever live HD video transmission over the internet from Cuba. With experience in both on-premises and cloud-based workflows, he is well-versed in asset management, orchestration, and production design. Jonathan’s commitment to driving industry innovation extends beyond his work, holding a manager position for SMPTE DC.
Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT; Associate General Manager for Technology & Operations; WGCU Public Media, Florida Gulf Coast University
|S. Merrill Weiss, CPBE; Owner; Merrill Weiss Group
Merrill Weis has spent the last 33 years operating his consultancy focused on electronic media technology and technology management, particularly related to digital and high-definition television. His scope of work ranges from antenna design and FCC applications to project management to technology strategy and product development to serving as an expert witness in commercial and patent litigation.
|Jeff Welton, CBRE; Regional Sales Manager, Eastern U.S.; Nautel
Jeff Welton has been with Nautel for more than 33 years, starting as a field service technician and customer service rep, then moving to sales in 2007. He’s written several papers on facility grounding and lightning protection, as well as on-site maintenance and improvement.
|Stephen Wilde; President and CEO; AAT/Shively
Stephen Wilde has worked as a broadcast engineer with Educational Media Foundation (EMF) and is a top talent when it comes to RF, especially in the VHF band.