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Request for Nominations for the 2020 APRE Engineering Achievement Award



This honor is to be awarded to a single individual for “outstanding contributions” to the art and/or science of radio engineering that has made a significant impact on, or improvement in”, the state of the public radio industry.

Details and information and the nomination form at this link


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Deadline for entries is noon, Friday February 14, 2020.

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April 15-17, 2020
Tuscany Suites & Casino,
255 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Click here 2020 Public Radio Engineering Conference - 4/15/2020
for registration and more information

The Association of Public Radio Engineers 2020 Public Radio Engineering Conference

Registration begins at 11:30, Wednesday, April 15
Day One sessions from lunch at noon - 5:30pm
     Night Owl Session, 6:30pm
Day Two - Thursday, April 16 - 8am to 5:10pm
Day Three - Friday, April 17 - 8am to 12:15pm
      2pm - 4:30pm PREC to the MGM Grand for joint sessions with ETAC
      7pm - APRE / PREC Awards Dinner

Day Four - Affiliated Sessions with SBE @ TechCon at the MGM Grand
       Saturday, April 18, 9am - 4pm

The PREC is now in its 20th year, attended by radio engineers, production personnel, as well as broadcast operations and senior management staff.  The 2020 conference will cover three days: a half-day Wednesday afternoon, all day on Thursday, and a second half-day beginning Friday morning. This slight shift better accommodates the “one day earlier” NAB conference schedule of 2020.

WHEN/WHERE: Las Vegas at the Tuscany Suites, April 15-17, 2020.



Wednesday 15-Apr
11:30am Registration
12:00PM Lunch
1:00pm Victoria St John - APRE; Opening/Welcome
1:05PM Jeff Welton - Nautel; Transmitter Installation Considerations
1:55PM John Bissett; AOIP Project Prep
2:40pm PM Break
3:00PM PBS TechCon Video Link: Shared Infrastructure in Public Media’s Future
3:50PM Open Slot - Session TBD
4:35PM NPR - Mike Beach: Public Radio Engineer Training Graduates
4:55 PM Victoria St John - President, APRE: Close
5:05PM APRE Member Meeting
5:30pm Adjourn PREC day one
6:30 PM Night Owl - Shively: "Nuts & Bolts" presentation.
Thursday 16-Apr
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Victoria St John - President, APRE: Opening/Welcome
8:55 Michael LeClair - WBUR; AoIP installation at WBUR
9:50 GatesAir - Nick VanHaaster; Reducing complexity and cost for high-density AoIP
10:35 Break
10:55 Wayne Pacena; “Is SNMP Really Simple?”
11:40 Joe Schiffano - NPR; Financial Lingo for Engineers
12:25PM Lunch
1:30PM Britny Williams & WPR Team; WPR Studio Rebuild & Statewide AOIP
2:25PM David Layer - NAB; Hybrid and Digital Radio: What Every Broadcaster Should Know
3:10 PM Break
3:30PM Tom Sillman - ERI; Tower Analysis and Inspections
4:15PM Jerry Olson - KPBX; AOIP Build at KPBX
5:00 PM Victoria St John - President, APRE; Close
5:10pm Adjourn PREC day two
Friday 17-Apr
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Victoria St John - President, APRE; Opening/Welcome
8:55AM MultiCAM - Stan Walbert;Do's & Don'ts of Visual Radio
9:40AM Emily Linder - TruNorth; Minding the Gap between telco promise & Reality
10:25am Break
11:30am Rob Bertrand; WAMU Master FM Antenna Project
12:15pm Victoria St John - President, APRE; Close
12:25PM Break for Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM PREC Travel to MGM Grand
2:00 PM ETAC Roundtables and/or Joint Sessions
3:00pm Break/Networking
3:30 PM ETAC Roundtables and/or Joint Sessions
4:30 PM PREC Depart for Tuscany Suites
4:30pm Adjourn PREC day three
7:00 PM Awards Dinner
Saturday 4/18/2020: Related Post-Conference Sessions
9:00 AM SBE @ TechCon; Tutorial on Microphones
1:00 PM SBE @ TechCon; Advanced Emergency Alerting & Informing - NextGen's interactive

Expanded Scholarships to the 2020 PREC

The Association of Public Radio Engineers Board of Directors has expanded our scholarship program to support attendance of the 2020 Public Radio Engineering Conference (PREC).

We are now offering all-expenses-paid scholarships (including transportation) to a limited number of recipients in addition to partial awards covering registration and lodging. 


We are specifically interested in applicants who are new to the field of engineering or early in their careers and those from community and volunteer-based stations.The PREC is an excellent opportunity for professional development through targeted technical seminars, contact with broadcast equipment manufacturers, and networking with public radio colleagues. 

Missed a session?

Congratulations to 2019 APRE Engineering Achievement Award winner, Jeff Welton!

We'd like to thank the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for supporting the 2019 PREC Night Owl session in association with PBS TechCon

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The Public Radio Engineering Conference 
is generously supported by:

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APRE thanks our sustaining members: