WABE wraps 72nd annual conference

The Western Affiliation of Broadcast Engineers (WABE) held its 72nd annual conference in Calgary, Oct….

WABE wraps 72nd annual conference
WABE wraps 72nd annual conference

The Western Affiliation of Broadcast Engineers (WABE) held its 72nd annual conference in Calgary, Oct. 4-5, on the Finest Western Premier Calgary Plaza Lodge & Convention Centre. This marked the primary return to an in-person conference since 2019 and was nicely acquired in a brand new two-day format for Western Canada’s premier broadcast trade conference and commerce present.

WABE was honoured to current 10 awards this yr and launched the brand new Sheila R. East Ladies in Broadcasting Award offered to Darcie Harris of Rogers Sports activities and Media Edmonton. Two R.W. Lamb Awards have been offered to Dale Coutts, previously of Bell Media Calgary, and Kerry Pelser, just lately retired from D.E.M. Allen & Associates Ltd. Each have been additionally given Retirement Awards alongside Pat O’Connor of World TV (Corus Leisure) Winnipeg, Paul Kadonaga of World TV (Corus Leisure) Calgary, Jerry Pendree of Rogers Sports activities and Media and Wilf Rice of Airwaves Technical Providers. A particular because of John Bruins, a WABE Chancellor who MC’d the Awards Luncheon.

The exhibit flooring was bought out nicely forward of the present with 42 cubicles occupied by 35 firms displaying off their newest services and products to over 200 guests. There have been a complete of 21 sponsors for this yr’s conference. Gold sponsors included Utilized Electronics Restricted, Deltech Communications, GS Broadcast Technical Providers & Tieline, Pippin Technical Service, RCS Canada and Ron Paley Broadcast – DJB Radio. 

Eleven nice technical classes for delegates featured all kinds of related subjects for these supporting the technical aspect of content material creation and OTA broadcast. Audio system offering perception on coping with laws resembling Security Code 6, new ideas like Radio In The Cloud capped with a well-attended panel dialogue, Abilities for the Subsequent Ten Years. Invaluable suggestions and information have been shared throughout the classes, not simply by the audio system, however different media technical professionals on website.  And because of those that responded to our new QR code surveys, we have now generated concepts for brand new subjects for subsequent yr’s conference classes to be held in Vancouver.

This yr’s devoted native conference committee consisted of Papers Chairs Amrita Rai and Randy Opperman, Rogers Sports activities & Media; Cameron Thomson of Rogers Sports activities & Media was the Exhibitors Chair; Dale Jubb of Bell Media was our Host Chair; Aaron Kerr of Bell Media acted as Session Chair and Dale Coutts lead particular tasks. Eric Becker of Utilized Electronics suggested us as Exhibitor Liaison. Management was supplied by WABE President Rob Brown, Pattison Media; Previous President Clint Hollinger, Rogers Sports activities and Media; Treasurer/Secretary Tessa Potter, SBL/True North Sports activities & Leisure; and the unbelievable Kathy Watson, WABE Workplace Supervisor, who acts as a one-person orchestra behind the scenes.

Highlights from the AGM, together with an govt shuffle with the primary feminine president of WABE, Tessa Potter, elected. Cameron Thomson was acclaimed as Secretary/Treasurer. Rob Brown takes the function of Previous President for the following two years. The chief will likely be working laborious partaking stakeholders to make manner for development and a dedication to supply a five-year strategic plan. Trying to proceed a 72-year custom of selling and advancing the dissemination of engineering information, and to additionally turn into a broader affiliation for broadcast and multimedia expertise professionals supporting everybody creating content material from the standard over the air in all varieties, submit manufacturing, sports activities and even the streaming podcaster.

We’re additionally happy to announce that WABE has captured and sought permission to supply on-line entry to the papers and displays. Content material is being edited and we hope in a number of quick weeks to announce learn how to entry this content material. This will likely be supplied freed from cost to all totally paid delegates and for a small inexpensive price to those that weren’t capable of attend.