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9th Annual Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference

This event will take place on September 28, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Presented by

The Ohio Association of Broadcasters
The Ohio chapters of the Society of Broadcast Engineers
The Ohio chapter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio
Host Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Downtown Columbus

This year's conference will feature a new location, a full day of educational sessions, and an extended Exhibitors’ Showcase during lunch. Last year dozens of exhibitors took part in the showcase and we expect an even greater number this year.

Society of Broadcast Engineers National Meeting

This year’s Engineering Conference will be held in conjunction with the SBE National Meeting. Highlights include the SBE Annual Membership Meeting, the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner, and the SBE Fellows Breakfast. For more information, please go to or contact SBE Headquarters at 317-846-9000.


Please note that all SBE/SMPTE members will pay the OAB member rate.

Registration Costs

  • Registration for the conference alone is $35 for members of OAB, SBE, or SMPTE. Continental breakfast and lunch are included with your conference registration, along with parking.
  • Registration for the SBE Awards Dinner is $15.
  • Attend both and your member registration fee is $45 – a savings of $5! Everyone who registers for the conference and the SBE Awards Dinner receives admission to the conference, parking, and a ticket to the dinner.

How to Register

  • If you are from an OAB member station and wish to register for the conference, please go here.
  • If you are not from an OAB member station, to register for the conference please first fill out the OAB's new visitor registration. Once that is completed, please go here to finish registering for the conference.

Hotel Registration

  • The conference host hotel is the Crowne Plaza Downtown at 33 East Nationwide Blvd. The rate is $99 plus tax. To make a reservation, please call 614-461-4100 or go online at Be sure to use the group code OAB. As of September 22, rooms were still available.


All events listed below take place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, except for the SBE Reception and Awards Dinner, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Session descriptions and speaker bios can be found at the links below.

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast (breakfast sponsored by Nautel, Inc)

9:00 a.m. – Welcome (Room E-170)

9:15 a.m. – Keynote Session (Room E-170)

Presented by James Bridgewater, FCC Detroit Office

10:15 a.m. – Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

Radio Breakout (Room E-171)

Advances in STL & Remotes via IP
Presented by Mary Ann Seidler, Tieline Technology

TV Breakout (Room E-172)

Centralized Operations Panel Discussion
Moderator: John Luff, HD Consulting. Panelists: Dan Carpenter, Sinclair
Broadcast Group; Jennifer Kiser, WCMH-TV; Karl Paulsen, Diversified Systems

11:15 a.m. – Trade Show and Luncheon (Terrace Ballrooms 4 & 5, 2nd Floor)

1:00 p.m. – Frequency Coordinators Meeting (VIP Room, 2nd Floor)

1:45 p.m. – Trade Show Closes

1:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

Radio Breakout (Room E-171)

Bend Radius
Presented by Steve Lampen, Belden

TV Breakout  (Room E-172)

Seamless Multimedia Production, Management and Publishing Solutions
Presented by Charles Garfield, Grass Valley

2:30 p.m. – Refreshment Break

2:45 p.m. – General Session (Room E-170)

EAS Panel Discussion
Moderator: Scott Mason, CBS Radio. Panelists: Manny Centeno, FEMA IPAWS; Dave Ford, Ohio EMA; Kelly Williams, NAB

4:00 p.m. – SBE Annual Membership Meeting (Room E-160)

5:15 p.m. – SBE Awards Reception (Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2nd Floor lobby)

6:00 p.m. – SBE Annual Awards Dinner (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Fusion, 2nd Floor)

Current Exhibitors

As of September 22, 2011

If you have questions or need additional information about the Engineering Conference, contact the OAB’s Director of Operations, Patti Geary, at or 866-OAB-5794.

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