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Chris Tarr is an experienced Broadcast Engineer, specializing in many different disciplines. Here are just some of the highlights (be sure to check out the "Articles" section for the tech papers!):

1995-Present: Contract Engineer, BroadcastDoc Technical Services

*Handled maintenance, emergency repair, and occasional special projects for clients like Newsweb in Chicago IL, WGEZ Radio in Beloit WI, and Salem Radio in Chicago.

2001-2003: Director of Engineering/IT, NextMedia Group, Joliet/Aurora, IL

*Handled the day-to-day Engineering duties for four FM stations, and two AM stations.
*Installed and maintained CBSI traffic system for all 12 of NextMedia's Suburban Chicago stations.
*Assisted in the Engineering/IT duties of all of NextMedia's Suburban Chicago stations.

2003-Present: Director of Engineering/IT, Entercom Milwaukee and Madison, WI

*Started in 2003 as DoE for Milwaukee, promoted to DoE of Madison and Milwaukee in 2005
*Handles the day to day Engineering and IT management of five FM stations, and one directional AM station
*IT maintenance includes maintaining Windows 2003, Novell Netware, and audio streaming servers. Software platforms include Maestro, AudioVault, Marketron, Tapscan, Maximi$er, and Mac video production platforms.
*Handles facility management and leasing of tower space
*Oversaw the installation of three HD transmitters, and HD2 channels
*Managed, from start to finish, the remodel of the Entercom Madison facility
*Other projects include the replacement of the automation system in Milwaukee, tower repaint and conversion to LED's, HVAC system planning and installation.

2004-Present: Radio Liaison, Society of Broadcast Engineers, Milwaukee Chapter

*Elected to the position to serve as a resource to Radio Engineers in the Market

2006-2008: Member of the National Board of Directors, Society of Broadcast Engineers

*Elected to the position by the SBE membership at large to serve on their behalf to advance the interests of Broadcast Engineers. Appointed to the position of IT Strategy Committee Chairman.

2007-Present: Contract Engineer, Alliance Communications/WGEZ Beloit, WI.

November, 2007:

*Chris Tarr is among the first Broadcast Engineers in the country to successfully pass the Digital Radio Broadcasting specialist certification exam. According to the SBE: This specialist certification will qualify an individual's knowledge of digital radio broadcasting including audio processing, studio-to-transmitter links and transmission of multi-channel digital program streams. The specialist will include knowledge of importers, exporters, the various methods of combining analog and digital transmitters to antenna systems, delivery of digital audio signals and data to transmitter sites, transmitter emission mask measurements, AM and FM FCC rules, monitoring of digital signals and bandwidth requirements for AM antenna systems.

January, 2008:

*Chris Tarr is the proud recipient of the SBE Chapter 28 "Wulliman Award". Read about it here.

2011: Earned SBE’s CSRE (Certified Senior Radio Engineer) Certification. According to the SBE: The candidate for Certified Senior Radio Engineer must have 10 years of responsible broadcast engineering or related technology experience and must achieve a passing grade on the proficiency examination.

2011-Present: Contract Engineer, Joe Gentile/WJJG Elmhurst, IL.


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