KFMB Picks New Director of Engineering

KFMB Stations named Gary Stigall to the Director of Engineering position effective April 4th. He most recently served as KGTV’s Assistant Chief Engineer.

Gary returns after 12 years to where he had worked as staff engineer from 1990 till 2004, when he left to become Chief Engineer for XETV’s US operations. He also serves as SBE Chapter 36 Chairman.

March 16th Meeting – Cobalt Digital

Some of what’s going on in TV broadcasting would have been impossible just a few years ago. For example, stations are now converting their news or event ticker text to speech on a secondary audio channel for the visually impaired, bringing them information never before heard. We can now normalize audio levels within an MPEG transport stream.

Cobalt started as a video accessories company in the analog broadcast era, but has taken on serial digital and now transport stream processing. Come see what solutions they have to offer. Cobalt Digital visits Chapter 36 Wednesday, March 16 at 12 o’clock noon at KGTV, 4600 Air Way, San Diego to discuss these technologies and more. Cobalt will provide lunch.

About the Presenter

In his role as Cobalt Digital’s Director of Product and Business Development, Jesse Foster helps to develop new products, does technical sales, marketing, and customer support. He is also a fiber optics and compression product specialist. Before joining Cobalt nearly four years ago, Foster spent eight years at Evertz, two in customer service and six in a senior technical sales position. Foster is a certified fiber-optic technician well-versed in large video-routing systems, multiviewers, video and audio processing, fiber optics, RF, streaming media/compression, live production, postproduction, and broadcast.

KSDS Chief Engineer Arrested on Theft Charges

According to a news release from City College, the San Diego Community College District Police have recovered four stolen cameras reported missing from their Radio, Television, Film (RTVF) Department. The four digital cameras, valued at $13,300 were reported missing in mid-January on return from the winter break session.

Following an exhaustive search by the college police, the four cameras were located at local pawn shops. A San Diego City College employee, Gerald “Larry” Quick, has been arrested and charged with the theft of the cameras. Quick, the RTVF Chief Broadcast Engineer has been employed with the District since 1978.

Larry Quick was held in the San Diego County Jail awaiting arraignment.

The police are continuing their investigation and working with the District Attorney’s Office regarding the campus theft.

According to a report on KFMB-TV, Larry was arrested at the Aurora Behavioral Health Center.

February Meeting: Wheatstone

Lukas Hurwitz, West Coast Sales Engineer for Wheatstone, will present on Advancements in AoIP Networking.

The presentation will cover the latest developments in audio networking with WheatNet-IP. Additionally, Lukas will go over the major benefits for Radio and TV broadcasters and provide examples of the integrated software and hardware tools currently available.

Join us Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego. Wheatstone buys lunch. Members and guests welcome. Continue reading February Meeting: Wheatstone

January Meeting – DVEO, Local Company with Cool Tools

Outfitting a TV channel with playout automation can be a real challenge. “Channel-in-a-box” solutions turn out to be more expensive than advertised because you end up buying a dizzying array of modules and licenses to get EAS, graphics layers, dynamic content, satellite network sources, and ASI inputs and outputs. Your vendor can make your product ownership experience frustrating because support is overseas or you have to pay for a big contract.

Local supplier DVEO is gaining traction with some interesting solutions for broadcasters of all kinds, whether a cable station, LPTV station, government channel, or a subchannel at your major affiliate TV station. DVEO will appear this month to show us modern tools for inserting commercials, network and local media, graphics layers, and even EAS into an SDI or ASI stream.

We’ll also get a look at a 4K resolution brand spanking new H.265 HEVC encoder and decoder pair. While you may not think of 4K as a practical format for broadcast yet, you can still use this codec for transmission of conventional HD video at about half the bandwidth of H.264.

Join us Wednesday, January 20 at 12 noon at KFMB, 7677 Engineer Road in Kearny Mesa, San Diego. DVEO will buy us lunch.

FCC Approves FM 102.1 Transfer to EMF

In mid-December 2015, the FCC approved the transfer of KLVJ (formerly KPRI) FM 102.1 San Diego to the Educational Media Foundation. Owners of Compass Radio, the company that operated KPRI, say they will transfer the operation on January 15, 2016. KLVJ has broadcast a Christian music format since August 31, 2015.

SBE 36 Adds Facebook Page

After years of procrastination, Chapter 36 has finally added a Facebook page. Vice-chairman Matthew Anderson set-up the page at https://www.facebook.com/sbe36/. Help it spread the news by “Liking” it. All SBE 36 web posts will have a link from the Facebook page, so you’ll always have the latest news if you Follow the site. This includes meeting reminders. Check it out.

Lombard Off to Phoenix

Immediate past Chapter 36 Chairman Andrew Lombard just landed a job as Chief Engineer at Fox O&O KSAZ (TV) channel 10 in Phoenix. Lombard had most recently been Director of Engineering at KFMB Stations in San Diego. At KSAZ, he’ll replace Gerry Grunig, who is planning to retire in early 2016.

Holiday Luncheon Planned at Casa Machado

Once again Chapter 36 will meet to simply talk shop, share some cheer, and toast to a great coming year.

Our past meeting place, Cozymel’s at UTC, is now rubble, so we’ll gather at Casa Machado, 3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, on the south side of the runways at Montgomery Field in Kearny Mesa, San Diego. Date is Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The meeting time is a bit earlier, at 11:30AM. 

Please reserve a spot if you intend to join us so that we can plan sufficient table space. Whether you’re a member, a guest, or just came to town, you’re welcome. Expect to spend about $15 – 20 for lunch and a tip.

If you would like to donate a gift for an exchange, let us know and bring it with you.

Matt Schiller Heads to Houston

Past term SBE 36 Secretary-Treasurer and KGTV Engineer Matthew Schiller is moving to KPRC-TV Houston. There, he’ll become the Project Manager for the NBC affiliate station as it builds a new facility from the ground up in its parking lot. Matt had worked at KGTV for the past seven years and had led the effort to build a new studio. His wife recently gave birth to twins.

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