Category Archives: Engineering

Engineering Spotlight: Eric Send, Midwestern Broadcasting Company

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

Eric SendEric Send
Engineering & IT for Midwestern Broadcasting Company for the past sixteen years.

Brief Engineering Resume:
Intern Interlochen Public Radio 1992

WLDR Radio, Traverse City, MI 1996-2000 / Part-time on-air talent

WLJN Radio Good News Media 1999-present / Volunteer engineering & weekend on-air talent 2005-2010

Northwestern Michigan College AAS, Electronics Technology 2002

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Eric: My grandfather got me interested in HAM radio. I got my HAM license (N8STO) when I was 12. A good friend and Chief Engineer for Good News Media, Don Parker, mentored me into the profession.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Eric: I enjoy watching British and Canadian TV. Doc Martin and Murdoch Mysteries are personal favorites.

What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Eric: Make sure to point out your accomplishments to management and station ownership. Broadcast engineers often work odd hours and away from the studio. They fail to communicate what they are doing and can be perceived as slacking off, when in fact, they are contributing to the success of the station.

Engineering Spotlight: Geary S. Morrill, Digity Great Lakes Region

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

Geary MorrillGeary S. Morrill, CPBE-CBNT
Technical Manager at Digity Great Lakes Region for the past three years.

Brief Engineering Resume:
WLCC (Closed Circuit) Station Manager – LCC ’72-73 / Communication Electronics R.E.T.S. Flint, MI ‘77

Broadcast Engineering at local and or corporate level since ’77 / Pres & GM WIXC-FM Essexville, MI 92-98

Charter member – former Chair/Vice Chair SBE Chapter 91 / MAB and IBA Engineering Committee member

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?

Geary: Since my days at LCC, when we were making technical upgrades, I would be involved. I was mentored by Steve Church while at WHNN-FM AM Drive. Bob Liggett picked up tuition for my R.E.T.S. schooling, which was at night some 50 miles from Bay City. Upon graduation, I took over as Chief Engineer and, shortly after, built the 3 tower DA and power upgrade for co-owned WBCM-AM.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…

Geary: I’m one of few broadcast engineers who is a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (CRMC), and has experience in station ownership, sales, programming, and engineering, which allows me to evaluate situations from multiple perspectives.

What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Geary: “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right.” – Henry Ford

MAB Teams Up With SBE at Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo

The Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on May 2-3 will feature a training session and test for broadcasting engineers.  The session is being presented by Wayne Pecena on Monday, May 2. On Tuesday, May 3 broadcast engineers may sit for the SBE certification exam.

Important:  if you are sitting for this exam on Tuesday, you MUST fill out this form and submit it to SBE with payment prior to April 1, 2016.

The workshop will focus on understanding and applying IP based networking technology in an Ethernet environment. Tutorial topics will include an understanding of the OSI Model, Ethernet physical standards, Ethernet switching, IP routing, TCP & UDP use, and best practice security implementation techniques. A practical network design will be utilized to illustrate theoretical concepts by developing a best practice segmented network reference design suitable for the broadcast IP network. Considerations in the development will include physical architecture considerations, network infrastructure equipment selection, Ethernet switching & VLAN implementation, IP addressing approaches, IP routing choices, and security feature implementation. Practical design solutions will utilize popular industry networking devices. Bonus topics (based upon time) will include an introduction to IPv6 and steps to structured IP network troubleshooting.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will have:

• An awareness of IP networking technology topics (broadcast focused)

• An understanding of applying fundamentals and principles in real-world practice

• An extensive IP networking reference document (pdf)

• Resources for further study & knowledge

If you have any questions regarding this session or SBE certification exam, please contact Jennifer Preslar at preslar@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.  Find out more about GLBC by clicking here.

Unique Benefits of Your ABIP Inspection

Gehman doing an ABIP inspectionThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters maintains a formal agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to operate the ‘Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program’ (ABIP).

MAB’s ABIP grants unique benefits to radio and television stations that elect to participate and resolve their deficiencies. These stations earn a three-year MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance.

Not only does the MAB ABIP provide an independent, confidential written review of compliance with applicable FCC rules at your main studio and at each transmitter site, the program also provides expert recommendations and access to the MAB’s ABIP inspector, thereby enabling you to maintain the highest degree of operational compliance.

What if a violation inadvertently occurs and an FCC field agent appears at your studio location? Point out your MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance, follow the agent’s instructions to resolve the issue of note, and contact the MAB office to facilitate mitigation of the occurrence with the applicable FCC field office.

Now is the time for your station to join the 2016 MAB ABIP and earn the inherit benefits – and enjoy compliance peace of mind! Contact Ann Walters today at walters@michmab.com, or call (800) 968-7622 to request your ABIP contract.