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KTAR Radio, Harris Corporation and SCMS Host SBE Chapter 'Harris Solid State Transmitters'  Event and Station Tour 
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Meeting at the Bonneville Media Office Phoenix! 
Yes,  Bonneville Media consisting of  KTAR Sports 620 AM, KTAR 92.3 Talk Radio and 98.7 The Peak in their new facilities at   7740 N. 16th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix invited SBE chapter 9 of Phoenix  to a Harris Corporation/SCMS sponsored educational event, studio tour and scrumptious lunch Wednesday, May 25, 2011

During the business portion of the Chapter 9 SBE meeting, new officers Eric Schecter, Chair; Gil Aykroyd Vice Chair; and Robert Reymont, secretary/treasurer assumed their offices.
The luncheon program was  “A New Approach to Solid-State High-Power FM Amplifiers” presented by Timothy Anderson of Harris Corporation.
Continued innovations have led to a new generation of solid-state RF power amplifier technology providing significantly higher output power, density, and greater efficiency resulting in lower purchase and operating costs with improved RF performance and robustness on par with tube based RF power amplifiers. These improvements in cost and efficiency will make solid state transmitters more cost competitive.

Anderson  discussed recent developments in solid state device technology along with the challenges and solutions in high-power RF amplifier design, cooling, combining, control and power supply systems for the next generation of solid state, high-power, digital / FM transmitters.

Tim Anderson is a broadcast systems engineer and the Manager of Strategic Business and Product Development for Radio in the Broadcast Communications Division of Harris Corporation. Anderson  is currently leading the product development efforts on Harris’ new family of Flexiva™ of FM Transmitters. 
In addition to a busy work schedule Anderson is also a national SBE board member.

After the luncheon of ribs, chicken  and additional goodies, attendees were treated to a tour of the  new studio facilities led by Chief Engineer Gary Smith. We even ran into Pat McMahon working in one of the studios!  

Timothy Anderson,CSRE, DRB, CBNT,  Manager, Strategic Radio Market and Product Development.  In addition to his duties at Harris, Anderson is also a National SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers) Board Member. (Photo - SBE)






Front - our tour host was Bonneville Media - KTAR Director of Engineering Gary Smith  (Engineer Ken Sell from ION and Engineers  Ben Endow and Dan Houck  of Channel 3 KTVK seen behind Gary)      'Harris Solid State Transmitters'   Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet


Engineer Roy Phillips II, Assistant Chief Engineer from Univision Radio Phoenix, checks out the new servers and facilities at  Bonneville Media offices in Phoenix which house KTAR and KPKX . Attendees of SBE Chapter 9  enjoyed lunch, a lecture event and station tour May 25. 2011. Subject of the afternoon's talk was on 'Harris Solid State Transmitters' given by Timothy Anderson, Manager, Strategic Radio Market and Product Development.    Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet.


SBE Chapter 9  Engineers  Ben Endow and Dan Houck  of Channel 3 KTVK enjoy seeing all the new equipment installed at KTAR Radio in Phoenix.      Harris/SCMS/Bonneville Media hosted this SBE Chapter 9 lecture event and station tour May 25. 2011. Subject of the afternoon's talk was on 'Harris Solid State Transmitters' given by Timothy Anderson, Manager, Strategic Radio Market and Product Development.    Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet

Pat McMahon at work in the studio at KTAR Radio! - Photo by Ed Sharpe Glendale Daily Planet! 



About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

About SCMS, Inc.
SCMS, Inc. is a 35-year-old company dedicated to the broadcast industry. A computer division was formed in 1992 to address the digital revolution and new broadcast technology. SCMS is a privately held, debt free North Carolina corporation with over 250 years of combined Technical RF and audio experience on staff, representing over 500 quality manufacturers. SCMS occupies a 12,000 sq. ft. facility capable of staging major RF, computer, and studio projects. SCMS has nine field offices across the U.S. Our motto is "You-Know-We-Know-Radio." More info can be found at


About Bonneville Media
Founded in 1964, Bonneville International's heritage traces its early roots to KSL Radio, which first went on the air in May of 1922 (originally as KZN) in Salt Lake City, and to KSL-TV, which had its on-air debut in 1949.

Bonneville Media currently own and operates 9 radio stations in the Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City Markets. Our headquarters are in Salt Lake City.



Bonneville Phoenix stations

    KPKX - the Peak

    KTAR-AM -

   KTAR-FM -


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