On April 1, 2015 32 members of SBE Chapter 48 and the SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section attended the joint annual dinner, held for the fourth consecutive year at Lakewood Country Club. The guest of honor at this year’s banquet was Cris Alexander who was recognized for his engineering leadership and contributions to the broadcast industry and to SBE.
Cris has been with Crawford Broadcasting for 30 years as Director of Engineering for the company’s multi-station operations. He has served on the board of SBE and as national Education Chair. During his tenure as Education Chair he kicked off the SBE Online University. Cris has given presentations to SBE Chapter 48, most notably one on the relocation of KBRT-AM from Catalina Island to a mountaintop site in Orange County, which Cris has described as the most challenging and rewarding project of his career.
Following the dinner SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section chairman Jim Schoedler gave a short illustrated talk on Super Bowl XLIX. Three of the Denver Broncos NFL Game Day Coordinators traveled to the University of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ for this year’s game.
Jim spent 10 days working at the Pro Bowl, NFL Media Center, and Super Bowl. He also discussed some of the ways in which the venue and the events differed from the previous year in New York and New Jersey.
The evening’s guest speaker was Jenny Gentry, VP of Finance and Legal Affairs for Colorado Public Radio.
She described how CPR went from a single college-owned radio station to a statewide network, while also recounting the evolution of programming on public radio stations in general. A lively question and answer session followed her talk.
photos by Tom Goldberg