The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has elevated Woodward Radio Group’s Chief Engineer, Stephen Brown, to the rank of Fellow. The Fellow honor is the highest membership level in the SBE. Members must have made significant contributions to the broadcast engineering field or the SBE. Candidates are nominated by their peers.
Woodward Radio Group General Manager, Kelly Radandt says “Steve is an Engineer’s Engineer and non-Engineer’s Engineer. By that, I mean that he is able to interact with all personality types. From sales to programming, he is able to describe the why in very relatable terms and consistently demonstrates patience with people.”
“I am humbled and very grateful for this honor, but this is also about many other people,” said Steve. “So many amazing colleagues, friends and co workers who have helped me. The great radio stations and a company where I have been privileged to work for almost 50 years. Numerous mentors and teachers who have given me so much. My family, who have encouraged me and allowed me to do the work I love to do. And my beautiful wife Karin, who makes me a better person every single day.“
Steve Brown started his broadcast career in 1975 as a part-time announcer and engineer on WAPL-AM/FM. In 1985, Steve was promoted to Woodward Communications Director of Engineering, overseeing several stations in Wisconsin and Iowa. Steve currently serves as the Chief Engineer for Woodward Radio Group’s six media brands in Northeast Wisconsin with plans to retire in 2024.
Woodward Radio Group (WRG) is an employee-owned media company that informs, entertains and connects our communities through audio, video, digital and event solutions for our audiences and customers. Good People. Real Solutions. Shared Results. WRG operates six media brands in the Oshkosh, Appleton, and Green Bay, Wisconsin markets, including 103.5|1150AM|106.3 WHBY, 105.7 WAPL, Razor 94.7|104.7, 92.9|95.9 KISS FM, 104.3 The Fuse and 99.1|1570AM| 95.3 The Score.
The Society of Broadcast Engineers is the professional organization of television and radio engineers and those in related fields. The SBE has nearly 5,000 members in 116 chapters across the United States and in Hong Kong and Eastern Europe. There are also members in more than 25 other countries. Most chapters meet monthly and offer educational programs and an opportunity to network with other broadcast technical professionals. The SBE offers the preeminent technical broadcast certification program in the U.S. and an expansive list of educational programs for broadcast engineers, operators, technicians, and broadcast IT professionals.