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BE, Broadcast Electronics Radio Milestones


































1959: BE founded in Silver Spring, Maryland; first products are endless-loop tape cartridge machines for broadcast of audio content


1965: Introduces the first multi-deck tape cartridge machine, Model 605/610


1970: Product offerings expand to include mixing consoles, turntables and other essential radio studio products


1977: Company relocates to Quincy, Illinois


1978: Introduced pioneering radio automation system, the Control 16, a microprocessor-based program control systems utilizing tape cartridge and open reel tape hardware


1979: First range FM exciters and transmitters receives accolades for

providing new standards of reliability and performance


1989: AudioVAULT, a computer-based radio automation system, with

audio content on hard drives leads the digital conversion of radio studio



1990: Begins delivery of AM transmitters


1994: Acquires Marti Electronics, maker of radio studio-to-transmitter

interconnect and wireless remote broadcast equipment with powerful



1994: Introduces C Series FM Transmitters, BE's solid state FM transmitter line that set the standards for audio quality, cost-efficiency, reliability and long life


1995: Completes phase-out of analog studio products to focus on 

computer-assisted audio and data content creation and management


1997: Introduces T Series FM Transmitters, providing single-tube TPOs up to 35 kW


1999: Introduces S Series FM Transmitters, increasing BE's FM solid state coverage up to 20 kW, or higher with dual-combined systems


2003: First to market with HD Radio products, setting the technology and performance standards upon which other HD Radio products are judged


2005: Acquires The Radio Experience, developer of hardware, software and services for creation, management and broadcast via analog FM, HD Radio and webcasting


2009: BE celebrates 50 years


2009: Introduced new low power line of FM transmitters, the STX LP, with breakthrough size and design


2009: Introduced next generation studio system, AudioVAULT FleX, raising the ante on studio integration and optimization


2009: Announces the upgrade to ISO 9001:2008


2011:  Acquires assets of small start-up company and forms Commotion, a company specializing in social media and audience interactivity tools for radio.

2011:  Introduces the XPi 10 esp Embedded Exporter


2012:  Announces the STX LP Generation II 1-5kW FM Transmitters


2013:  Introduces the STXe Series of Exciters / Low Power Transmitters

2013:  Announces the FM 40T 40kW FM Tube Transmitter


2014:  Celebrates 55 years of Radio Equipment Manufacturing Excellence


2015:  Announces STX 10 10kW FM Transmitter

2016: BE is purchased from within by Brian Lindeman, VP of Engineering.


























































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The STXe 60 is a Game Changer at WBBN.


The BE FXi 60 Exciter we installed in 2005 sounded great on the air through 11 years of uninterrupted service.  But when a lightning strike took out our FXi 60 in early 2016, we needed a replacement unit fast!   I called Don Backus with BE and inquired about a less expensive BE Exciter that could get us through this emergency and then remain in the rack as our backup exciter.

Don suggested the BE STXe 60 as an inexpensive backup for our sick FXi 60 and got one out the door to us fast!   Well, as a famous NFL quarterback once said, “Never let your backup see the field.”  Once we heard the STXe 60 on the air, game over!  The STXe 60 is now our starting exciter and the repaired FXi 60 is now the backup.  The STXe sounds awesome on the air with incredible detail.  You can hear every instrument!  The voices jump out of the radio, too!
Larry Blakeney
WBBN Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS
Blakeney Communications, Inc.