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The hardest to fill vacancy in radio. And how you could fill it

Monday 19 June, 2017

Most HR recruiters will tell you that Broadcast Engineers are as rare as hens’ teeth.

Sporadic E causing strange phenomena for Aussie radio stations

Friday 25 November, 2016

Stations all around Australia have been reporting interference from signals far far away over the past 24 hours (see our previous report).

The training has left the station

Friday 15 July, 2016

On RadioINSIGHT this week, veteran US Engineer Chris Tarr has a good old lash-out at the state of engineering skill in our industry. John Maizels agrees with his views.

More than just opining the state of skill, Chris Tarr is pointing out the obvious:  we have a desperate skill shortage. 

SMPTE exhibition hits Sydney in July

Thursday 15 January, 2015

The Society of Motion Picture Engineers is hosting an exhibition in Sydney from July 14-17 and have invited people to submit papers aimed at advancing the audio and visual industry’s future. 

Latest radio equipment at SMPTE 2013

Wednesday 07 August, 2013

John Maizels gets excited as he explores the SMPTE exhibition for radioinfo.


Split consoles, transmitters, combiners, pickup pre-amps, iphone field kit via bluetooth, foldback interruptus...  John just can't contain himself.

The part-time brekkie-broadcaster and full-time techno-tragic trawled the floor to uncover gems of interest for our readers.

This report was put together by members of the SMPTE Student Video Project.

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SMPTE video report on radio exhibitors

Thursday 28 July, 2011

In our final report on last week's conference, radioinfo enlisted SMPTE's John Maizels to visit a range of radio product stands and prepare a special video report, with the help of television students from Charles Sturt University.

The CSU team, who have just received the CSU Vice Chancellor's award for Professional Excellence for this work, were

Package Producers:   Edward Kindred / Matthew Russell
OB Engineer:  David Hawke
Location manager:  Matthew Olsen
Executive Producer: Patrick Sproule

How to get the most from your Station Tech

Friday 10 December, 2010

At this year’s CBAA conference John Maizels was one of the ‘geeks’ in a session called Ask The Geeks, and later hosted a conference workshop on how to hire and effectively manage your technical staff. Maizels, a former Chairman of SMPTE, radio broadcaster, IT specialist and technologist, speaks to radioinfo this week about hiring and training Techs in this era of rapid technological change.


Engineering skills initiative a success: MP Gary Hardgrave

Thursday 09 March, 2006

A milestone meeting between broadcast engineers, educators and other industry heavyweights has succeeded in mapping a way forward to redress the impending technical skills shortage that is looming in the radio and television industries.

Industry summit today on broadcast engineering training: SMPTE Chair Maizels

Wednesday 08 March, 2006

A top level summit meeting is being held today at AFTRS in Sydney to address the declining numbers of broadcast engineers by better training.

A review of employment models by the Australia Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) shows a skills shortage in the technical areas is the single most critical agenda item for many broadcasters and suppliers in Radio, Television and Post Production and Film.

Chair of the SMPTE Australia Section John Maizels has told radioinfo:

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