Profile of Joe Snelson, Jr. CPBE, 8-VSB



Joe Snelson’s broadcasting career began prior to graduating with honors from Los Angeles City College with an Associate in Arts degree in Broadcasting Technology. For a year prior to graduation he was an electronics technician for the broadcasting department where he maintained the radio and television broadcast equipment.

Snelson then joined the staff of the KHOF-TV-FM, a part of the Faith Broadcasting Network, in the Los Angeles area where he advanced to the position of Assistant Chief Engineer. Six years later he moved to Kansas City as the first Chief Engineer for KYFC-TV where he was responsible for the construction of the studio and transmitter facilities and signed the station on the air. Three years later he joined KCTV, formerly KCMO-TV, owned by Meredith Corporation. Meredith owns sixteen television stations in various top 100 markets across the country. For over fifteen years Snelson was the Director of Engineering at KCTV with split corporate engineering responsibilities for Meredith's group of stations.

He retired as Vice President of Engineering for the Meredith Local Media Group. When at Meredith, he was a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Committee and actively participated as a member of the technical committee for the model digital television station (WHD-DT) in Washington, DC during the birth of digital broadcast television in the United States.

Snelson served as President for the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) from October 2013 to October 2015. He is currently the Immediate Past President and holds a seat on the SBE Board. He also remains active in several SBE committees.

He currently provides Television Broadcast Engineering consulting services.  

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