The MAB has partnered with broadcast engineering veteran Dennis Baldridge to conduct its Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) in 2018.
The MAB offers ABIP through a unique partnership between the with the FCC. Participating stations are able to receive a three-year exemption from routine FCC inspections. Once any deficiencies noted in the MAB ABIP Report are resolved, a copy of the three-year ABIP Certification granted to the station will also be provided to the FCC.
Dennis has been working in the field of broadcasting for over 35 years. He is a Senior Member of the SBE and holds the following certifications: CPBE, CBNT, AMD Specialist, 8-VSB Specialist, and DRB Specialist. Baldridge holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and Amateur Radio Extra Class License (K0DB).
Dennis is a member of the SBE’s education committee, Technical Presenters group and has conducted many webinars as part of SBE’s educational efforts. He was the 2013 recipient of the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award. He holds a M.A.E and has taught 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. In 2017, he presented an 8 part webinar for the SBE titled RF101.
Since 2006, Baldridge has been an inspector for the Alternate Inspection Program of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. He travels to radio stations throughout the state, verifying their substantial compliance to the FCC rules according to the FCC’s Self-Inspection Checklists. Personal goals include educating broadcasters to help them understand the FCC requirements.
Not only is Dennis a well-respected broadcast engineer, but also a proficient musician. He holds a PhD in music, plays piano, trombone and harp and is a choral conductor.
Participation in the MAB Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program is voluntary and is open to all broadcast stations throughout Michigan. Note that MAB membership is not a requirement to participate; however a non-member rate will apply.