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"I thoroughly enjoyed the Cleveland Ennes Workshop! I appreciated the diversity of information and the people in attendance from different areas of broadcast technology. It is always nice to congregate with your peers in technology. Sometimes the individual personal experiences shared in person can be just as educational as the program that brought you together!"

- Louis Johnson IV, CPBE

Ennes Educational Foundation Trust

What are Ennes Workshops?

2018 Workshops

Presentations at Ennes Workshops

Ennes Workshop Presenter Biographies

SBE Recertification Credit

Call for Papers

Bring an Ennes Workshop to Your Area

What Past Attendees Had to Say

Justifying Professional Development


What are Ennes Workshops?

The Ennes WorkshopsTM were created in 1991 through the Ennes Educational Foundation TrustTM in an effort to bring affordable education to members locally. The Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, through its Education Foundation Committee, offers periodic workshops and seminars around the United States. Programs are typically one day in length (app. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and are very affordable. These programs feature multiple topics and speakers that provide television and radio engineers with the latest information in broadcast and media technology.  

Nashville Ennes Workshop Aug 7, 2019

Nashville Ennes Workshop

Aug. 7, 2019

hosted by SBE Chapter 103


SBE and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association present an

Ennes Workshop

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center, 900 Senate St., Columbia, SC  29201

Schedule subject to change. Discounted hotel rates available at the Hilton Columbia Center for $159/night.  Make your reservation by calling the Hilton Columbia Center at 803-744-7800 or

1-800-HILTONS.  Please request the group rate for the SC Broadcasters Association or


The Mathematics of Reliability

Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, ONEMedia

Designing broadcast systems that have high availability is a somewhat nuanced art.  It's easy to have a system with considerable redundancy that performs poorly when it comes to reliability.  We all know about "counting nines" but how to calculate the reliability of a system isn't something we do everyday.  This tutorial covers how to make such calculations and why the results are sometimes surprising.  If your management has ever asked, now you can answer fairly accurately the question of just how reliable your system is, identify the parts that might be improved on, and determine just how much reliability makes economic sense.

Grounding and Lightning Protection

Jeff Welton, CBRE, Nautel

Learn various aspects of facility grounding to reduce potential lightning damage.  Utilizing good standards of grounding and lightning protection in studio and transmitter sites is more critical than ever!  This presentation reviews how routing of grounding conductors can improve a device's chance of surviving a transient event, how to lay out a new site or studio to minimize changes of lightning related damage and discusses how to improve existing facilities within a budget.

Spurs - Your Fault or Not?

Sean Edwards, Director of RF Engineering, Shively Labs

One of the least concerning yet most immediate requirements in broadcasting is spurious emission compliance. It’s never a problem until it’s a problem. The opportunity for spurious emissions to occur will increase as repack continues. This presentation will explore several spur measurement techniques to identify the sources, strategies to mitigate the interfering signals and considerations for preventing them during the initial RF System design.

Workbench Tips

John Bisset , Telos Alliance

The author of Radio World’s popular column and Telos Alliance Western Regional Radio Sales Manager John Bisset will bring a combination of tips from his column and discuss the conversion to AoIP and what AES67 means to you. In this session, you will learn useful tips to do your job more efficiently as well as other things to consider when upgrading an analog facility to AoIP.

The cost is $45 for SBE Members and $80 for Non-members. 

Continental breakfast and lunch is included.

Registration is now closed.  Please know that walk-ins are welcome.

Questions?  Contact Cathy Orosz at 317-846-9000 or corosz@sbe.org.

Interested in hosting an Ennes Workshop?  Contact Cathy Orosz at

317-846-9000 or corosz@sbe.org.


Presentations from previous Ennes Workshops



 Topics       Presenters

  Here Comes Ethernet AVB!

 Steve Lampen, CBRE


  Case Histories in Lightning Protection and Grounding

 Dave Brender, P.E.

 Copper Development Association


  Newsgathering Transmission Techniques

 Eric McCulley

 Vislink, Inc.


 Efficient Codec Design, Internet Anomaly Correction and

 Embedded Cellular Technology Make Single Modem ENG Practical

 Joe Stack, CSRE, 8-VSB, CBNT

 DSI RF Systems


 Open Control and Mandatory with Dashboard

 John Naylor

 Ross Video Ltd.


 HD Radio™ Broadcast System- 4th Generation


 Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNE

 Harris Broadcast


 Filters- The Building Block of Combiners

 Bob Surette

 Shively Labs


 Best Practices for Modern Transmitter Remote Control

 Peter Burk

 Burk Technology



 The Future of ENG Technology  Jon Landman



 Managing Social Media and Workflow for Broadcasters

 Brad Plant, CBT

 Ross Video Ltd.


 Next Generation TV Master Control – out of the box or


 Ashley Condon

 Florical Systems

 The Four Essential Pieces of the Radio Automation System Puzzle:

 How to select the correct system for your stations

 Patrick Campion

 ENCO Systems, Inc.

 Audio Compression – Are We Squeezing the Life out of Radio?

 Mary Ann Seidler

 Tieline Technology


 Spurs - Your Fault or Not?

 Bob Surette

 Shively Labs

 Emergency Alert Broadcast in the Digital Era

 Efraim Petel

 Alerting Systems Solutions, Inc.


 Newsgathering Transmission Techniques

 Kevin Dennis

 Vislink, Inc.

 Tomorrow's STL Today

 Jeff Holdenrid


 The Advantages of Electromagnetic Simulation  Matt Leland

 SPX Communication Technologies


Antenna and Lighting considerations for your Tower

Corey Edwards and David Shepard

Joint Presentation

Dielectric and Drake Lighting


SBE Recertification Credit

Attending an Ennes Workshop qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category G of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications. 

Call for Papers


The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) offers non-commercial, technical workshops throughout the year. Ennes Workshops are designed to attract broadcast engineers and engineering management from within several hundred miles to a one-day educational program.

Attendance ranges from 35-65. Workshops are planned in several cities across the U.S. each year. At times these are done in conjunction with a larger show, event or state broadcaster’s association event. Attendees are often engineers and others who do not go to the NAB Show or fall conventions.

Typically, presentations are around 45 minutes in length and there are separate radio and television program tracks for much of the day. We have great flexibility and encourage more tutorial-oriented programs of greater length, as well as topics of interest to both radio and television attendees. Presenters are selected based on providing a well balanced, informative and interesting program for those attending.

The SBE realizes that presenting at the Ennes Workshops requires a commitment of time and expense and we appreciate your contribution. This is an unique opportunity to reach a group of engineers on a personal basis in an educational setting.

To submit your topic, please send your idea in writing to:

SBE Education Director


Submissions should include:

Name of Presenter



Description / Brief Abstract

Approximate length of presentation in minutes

Day-time telephone number and e-mail address of presenter

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What Past Attendees Had to Say

"The best broadcast engineering education for the money!"
San Diego Ennes Workshop Attendee, October 2010

"First-class workshop"
South Florida Ennes Workshop Attendee, March 2010

"The Ennes Workshop plays a very important part in keeping up with today's technological advances in the broadcasting industry."

- Norbert Miles

El Paso Ennes Workshop Attendee, May 2012

“Topics were timely, substantive and efficiently presented...very cost-effective format. Kudos to all involved."

- Edward J. Miller, CPBE

Cleveland Ennes Workshop Attendee, June 2012


Justifying Professional Development

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