Because of COVID-19, the national meeting of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is going virtual this year. The SBE originally planned to hold the national meeting outside of Syracuse, NY, on September 22 and 23, in conjunction with a regional exposition and educational event.
The in-person expo has been cancelled following restrictions imposed by the state of New York to reduce infections because of the ongoing pandemic. Because of current conditions, travel for exhibitors and attendees would also have been difficult.
While the in-person event has been cancelled, the SBE will hold several of its events virtually on September 22 and 23. The SBE Annual Membership Meeting will be combined with the awards ceremony that would have been part of the Annual SBE National Awards Dinner. The membership meeting and awards ceremony will be held online at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, September 23. This will include the induction of officers and directors elected this month, presentation of the individual and chapter awards, including the Robert L. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year, James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year and Technology Award, and induction of the two new SBE Fellows, James Leifer, CPBE, and Ralph Beaver, CBT. There will also be a special presentation of the SBE John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The SBE Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, September 22, at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
A Fellows Breakfast is held each year at the SBE National Meeting. Since the group won’t gather in person, a virtual reunion will be held on September 23. The time will be announced later.
All the SBE events will be held online. Details on how to watch the SBE Annual Membership Meeting and National Awards Presentation will be shared via the SBE website, SBE-news email newsletter and social media.