INDUSTRY AWARDS

Industry Broadcasting Engineers  - List of Engineering Technical Specialists  

CRA has drawn together a list of engineering experts, from current and retired industry engineers, who are available to provide consulting support to networks across a range of broadcast engineering issues. Recent industry surveys have highlighted industry skills gaps in areas such as:
  • Broadcast transmission,
  • IP networking,
  • Studio & audio, &
  • Diagnostic - problem solving.
The below list of individuals collectively have extensive experience across all areas of radio broadcasting, including the identfied industry skills gaps. They have offered to provide support services either  on a one off or ongoing basis. Commercial arrangements (fees)  to negotiated with the selected specialist.

Please review the individual profiles to identify the specialist with the most relevant skills and experience to assist.

Contact and availability details are found at the bottom section of each individual profile.

Special thanks go to Des DeCean for his leadership and support of this initiative.

 

 
 Frank Wilcox
Major areas of specialisation/ expertise
  • Audio
  • Studio design and construction, processing.
  • Good wiring practices
  • Ergonomic design.
Major projects or accomplishments
 
  • Design of FM104.7 in Canberra,
  • New Triple M Melbourne Studios
  • New ARN Studios in North Ryde
  • New Macquarie Studios in Pyrmont
  • Various studios in NZ, SCA Station builds in Hobart, Adelaide, Newcastle and Shepparton.
Industry positions held
  • Station Engineer
  • Group Chief Engineer (ARN, Macquarie & The Radio Network NZ)
How to contact him.  
Frank currently works for SCA in Mt Gambier, however is available to be contacted via phone or email.


 
 Peter Smerdon
Major areas of specialisation/ expertise
  • Relationship of Engineering to the rest of the station/network - fostering cooperation and respect with Sales, Programming, News and Management (and the outside world).
  • Preventative maintenance, and orderly equipment replacement (budgeting and budget submission process).
  • Concepts of redundancy in system design, and the trade-offs involved.
  • Safe working practices (RFR exposure, high voltage working, safe climbing etc.) 
  • Standby Power Plant and other building services (air-con, UPS, phone systems etc).
Major projects or accomplishments
 

  • Technology supported spans Byer/Rola/Otari/Studer tape recorders,
  • Sparta/Spotmaster/CEI cart machines, AWA/MTE/PKE/Ward Beck/Elan consoles and associated contemporary studio equipment,
  • Multi-track production equipment (from Ampex AG440-4, through Studer A800-24 to Sonic Solutions then ProTools), Wizard and NexGen computer playout systems,
  • Outside Broadcasts (large and small - from the classic card table and a Hotline, to full-blown audience-driven sports panel events),
  • valve & solid-state AM transmitters, AM directional antenna systems (and a small number of FM transmitters and antennas).
Industry positions held

Current
  • Secretary of the Melbourne Section of the Audio Engineering Society
 Previous
  • Chief Engineer 4BH 1972-89
  • SBS Radio Melb Tech Manager 1989-2000
  • Mix-FM/SEA-FM Sunshine Coast Engineering Manager 2001
  • 3MP and 3AK/SEN Chief Engineer 2001-2008
 How to contact him.
 
Peter can be contacted via mobile – 0337 422 458

 


 
 Steve Exton
Major areas of specialisation/ expertise
  • System design,
  • Equipment integration,
  • Fault diagnosis and fault prevention by intelligent design
  • Studio design
  • New equipment integration
  • Transmission facilities
  • Implementing regular maintenance procedures
  • Configuration of digital systems
Major projects or accomplishments
 
  • Relocation of 4BH & integration int 4BC facility
  • Relocation of 4BC transmission facility from Fig Tree Pocket to Nudgee,
  • Relocation of 4BC & 4BH to new studios in Cannon Hill
  • Resurrection of 3 AM transmission services in Papua New Guinea.
Industry positions held
Current
  • Manager, Rage Electronics, Consulting to the Radio and Broadcasting Industry
 Previous
  • Design Engineer and Test Technician, PKE (Poul Kirk Electronics) / Ogenic
  • Assistant Chief Engineer, Radio 2UE Sydney
  • Chief Engineer, Radio 4BC & 4BH Brisbane
How to contact him.  

Steve is contactable via Phone / email : +61 407 176 082 / steve@rageelectronics.com.au
 
He is currently based in Brisbane, however is available to work anywhere in Australia

 


 
 David Moore
Major areas of specialisation/ expertise
  • Studio and production ops, Music recording, OBs
  • Maintenance and installation. L
  • Live production .
  • Audio principles and practice,  
  • Analog electronics.
Major projects or accomplishments
 
  • International Transmission of the opening of the Sydney Opera House.
  • Maintaining program into Darwin during Cyclone Tracy (from Melbourne)
  • Classical music albums  (analog) and live to air ops for the Melbourne Symphony,  London Philharmonic and Israel Symphony 
  • Tv sound including ‘Australia! You’re standing in it’
  • LA Olympics , Commonwealth  Games , Special Olympics.
  • 2 x U N media peace prizes (team member)
  • Introducing D Cart to Radio Australia , teaching all staff and facilitating cut over.
  • Maintains program during master control major update.
  • Classroom AV system development, and project management .  Crestron  control systems, Hearing loop design
Industry positions held
  • ABC Technical operator (Radio) Studio ops networks and Radio Australia , production ops, OBS, Music recordings, Sports, (including 1982 commonwealth Games and 1984 LA Olympics) Radio Drama, News & Current affairs.
  • Field Training officer (ABC Radio) 
  • ABC Transmission supervisor,  Radio Australia Mater Control.
  • Sound captain 1991 special Olympics  Minneapolis 
  • ABC operations manager, Radio Australia 
  • Senior Training officer (Studios) NBC of PNG on secondment from the ABC
  • Trainer D Cart (superuser) 
  • SBS. Assistant Manager (Radio)
  • Audio Visual Campus Manager UTS
  • Event sound Sydney Olympics and Paralympics
 How to contact him.
 
David is initially contactable via email and is available to assist remotely or on site any where in Australia - remedialaction@optusnet.com.au

 


 
 Graeme Stevens
Major areas of specialisation/ expertise
  • Antennas,
  • Transmitters (low to high power),
  • Audio design and servicing.
  • Testing of audio and RF equipment
  • Studio design
  • Fault finding.
Major projects or accomplishments
 
  • Second in Charge for the Radio Australia Studio building complex at East Burwood. Tested and commissioned 23 studios.
  • Designed, built and tested all of the studio equipment for 3LO/3AR when Broadcast House was being upgraded in the 80’s.
  • Installation of Nautel LT series transmitter and rf plumbing at 102.5 Deniliquin and 102.1 Mt Stanley.
  • ABC Design team member for the Ultimo building.
  • Installed CDMA trial sites in Malaysia for Telecom Malaysia
Industry positions held
 

Current
  • Technician in charge at 2QN/102.5 Deniiquin 2012-present.
  • Consultant to Radio EMFM 3GRR in Echuca, 2004 – present
 Previous
  • Technician at 3BO (AM station 1975-1978)
  • Chief Engineer 3SR, (AM 1978-1981)
  • Planning and Installation Engineer ABC (Project Management, testing to tender spec’s, new equipment design, build, install and commission) (1981-1989)
  • Telecom Broadcasting (SRRN Designing of TV and Radio transmitter sites for the second regional radio network ABC/SBC) (1989-1991)
  • Telstra Mobiles, design engineer in charge of the rollout and capacity planning Mobile Telephone Network. 1991-1998.
  • Assembly and Testing supervisor with RFS Kilsyth. In charge for the department building and testing all mobile and broadcast antenna and rf systems. 1998-2000
  • RTI Consultant for SE Asia, installing and repairing CDMA Repeaters, 2000- 2002.
 How to contact him.  
Graeme is initially contactable via email and is available to assist remotely or on site any where in Australia

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