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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter3.1

Broadcast Engineering Management

Norman R. Swan, PhD

School of Journalism and Electronic Media

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Introduction

Most broadcast station engineering staff plan a career in which they will work in studio or remote operations, maintenance, or transmitters. Few think about or plan for a career in management. What happens in many stations is that engineers are promoted from within to become managers, in positions such as chief engineer or director of engineering. However, while engineers may be excellent at the technical aspects of their work, they may not be at all prepared to handle the challenges of managing an engineering department. Very few broadcast station engineers have had specialized courses ...

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