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2017 SMPTE-SBE40 Annual Picnic Report

July 24, 2017

This year, atop lookout mountain, our group held its 26th Annual SBE Chapter 48/SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Picnic Luncheon

This annual tradition continued with another well attended and wonderful day atop good old Lookout Mountain. Old friends and colleagues had a chance to catch up and find out what’s going on in the Front Range professional television, radio, broadcast, and film community.  As usual, the catering was by Bennett’s BBQ and as always, delicious.

A number of our sustaining members who helped sponsor this year’s picnic made a quick presentation to the group including Steve Peck at Ross Video, Kirk Basefsky from Burst, Jim Schoedler at RF Specialties and JS Consulting, and Keith Hannon from Harmonic.

As always, a number of really cool giveaways were raffled off including the usual assortment of coveted t-shirts, coffee cups and flashlights, along with a grand prize of a $100 gift certificate from Peak Media.  SMPTE-SBE48 would like to thank all our sponsors for this year: Burst Communications, Harmonic, Peak Media, RF Specialties, Ross Video, & Sony.

July 2016 Meeting: 25th Annual Lookout Mountain Picnic Luncheon

July 11, 2016


Date: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 11:30AM to 1:00PM
Location: Lookout Mountain Park
Lunch: Catering by Bennett’s: BBQ Beef, Pork, Turkey, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Brownies, Sodas
Cost: $12 suggested donation

_6006074This year, as always, we enjoyed another well attended and wonderful day atop good old Lookout Mountain. Rocky Mountain Front Range professional television, radio, broadcast, and film community members gathered again for our annual picnic. Some quibble about the exact number of years this has been going on, but but we figure this was the 25th year in a row we’ve enjoyed the event marking a quarter century! Originally, in the day when every station had their own antenna on Lookout, the picnic was held at transmitter sites.  We’ve been gathering under the pavilion at Lookout Mountain Park near Denver’s supertower to enjoy the fine barbecue catered by Bennett’s and to catch up with old friends and associates for at least a decade since we stopped baking on the roof of KWGN’s transmitter building.

_6006084This year’s picnic marked the start of our new SMPTE Chairman, Tom Craig of Rocky Mountain PBS, replacing the much appreciated and long serving leadership of Jim Schoedler. Along with SBE Chair, Shane Toven, announcements were made, sponsors thanked and door prizes raffled.

The gathering took a few moments to note the sad passing of John Switzer, former chairman of this organization, long-time video professional in the region and good friend of many of the attendees.

The Rocky Mountain SMPTE Chapter and SBE Chapter 48 would like to thank our sponsors for this year:
SAM, Quantum, Burst, 5280 and RMPBS.
Company sponsorships help offset the cost of this event and are much appreciated. This year along with the always appreciated t-shirts, coffee mugs and notepads, Quantum provided a grand prize of an Apple Watch which was embarrassingly won by this author.