Category Archives: Meetings

February 2018 Meeting – Get the Sound Your Program Director Wants

With the latest broadcast audio processors, it’s easier than ever to give your station a competitive audio signature your audience and your program director will both love.

Paul Kriegler of the Telos Alliance visits Chapter 36 Wednesday, February 14th at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive in San Diego. He’ll give a talk on audio processing and try to answer your questions. Telos will provide a simple lunch. SBE members and guests are always welcome.

About Paul Kriegler

Paul joined Telos in November 2017. Like most Telos Alliance employees, Paul comes from a broadcasting background, including more than 25 years of broadcast management and programming experience, most recently with Lotus Radio in Reno and Emmis Broadcast Group in Austin. Over the years, Paul has been an incredible advocate of Omnia at all of his stations, which makes him a great fit for his new role. Paul says, “Processing is definitely a piece of the puzzle and part of the secret sauce on many successful stations. I look forward to helping my brothers and sisters in programming get the exact sound they want.”

January 2018 Meeting – It’s Joe from Telos

Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, VoIP, is fast taking over copper-based ISDN as the go-to technology for remotes, studio phones, and even studio-transmitter links. If you don’t know him, Joe Talbot from Telos talks a lot about this transition and some of its fine points. At Los Angeles and San Diego SBE meetings this month, Joe will lead a “telephony roundtable,” a guided discussion about the latest issues in telephony. He can address codec preferences, network latency, and hardware issues. Bring your questions and learn a few tricks.

Join us Wednesday, January 10 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive in San Diego. Joe is buying us sandwiches. Members and guests are always welcome!

About Joe Talbot

Joe has worked in the trenches of broadcasting technology, first at KWIZ Santa Ana, later as Director of Engineering at KGO/KSFO San Francisco. He earned a patent for a method for remote telephone calibration. He’s been Product Manager at the Telos Alliance since 2010.

Holiday Luncheon December 20

We had such a good time at Mimi’s Cafe last December, we’re doing it again. You can order anything on the menu, spread good cheer and shop talk, and hopefully, you can win a good door prize.

Whether you’re a member or not, please join us Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 12 noon at Mimi’s Cafe, 5180 Mission Center Road in Mission Valley, San Diego. This is a no-host luncheon–expect to pay $15 – $20 for lunch, a drink, and tip.

Reserve a spot at the big table by sending a list of your attending party members to RSVP@SBE36.ORG.

November 15 Meeting: Caig Labs

One of the biggest causes of grief for any broadcast engineer has been corrosion of dissimilar metals and its effect on circuits that are supposed to conduct. We’re talking switch contacts, insulation displacement contacts, and connectors of all kinds. Caig Labs, based right here in Poway, has made chemicals for treating contacts with anti-corrosion and lubricating qualities for some time. What goes into these products? Which ones are right for which problems? How did Caig Labs get started?

Join us at Wednesday, November 15th at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego as Jimmy Hong of Caig Labs gives us a presentation. We’ll provide a simple lunch.

Jimmy Hong has been with Caig Labs as a Sales Rep. for a year, servicing retailers, repair and maintenance shops, and OEMs.

Jimmy Hong has been with Caig Labs as a Sales Rep. for a year, servicing retailers, repair and maintenance shops, and OEMs.

October 18th Meeting: Wheatstone HD Audio Alignment and Other Tricks

Keeping your FM station’s IBOC digital audio time-aligned with your analog audio has been a source of frustration since digital was introduced. At one time, this meant manual adjustments until you could no longer perceive the difference, perhaps using a headphone with one stereo side in digital and the other in analog. Then along came separate boxes to attempt alignment, but that introduced another single point of audio failure into your system.

Wheatstone’s Mike Erickson, one of the country’s most renowned processor experts, discussed at our October 18, 2017, meeting the AirAura processor and how it addresses HD time alignment and other FM challenges with a correction input from a Belar monitor. We also discussed processing as it relates to the reduction of FM multipath.

In Chapter 36 business, we discussed the recent survey and how it related to occasional low meeting attendance. Officer elections are next month. It’s a good time to step up and try your hand at leadership positions. Contact Gary Stigall.

About Mike Erickson

Since 2010 Mike Erickson has been Wheatstone’s system and support engineer for their line of broadcast and studio processors. Before working at Wheatstone, Mike spent 15 years at CBS New York, the last 4 years as the chief engineer of WCBS FM.