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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 Is 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 BE acquires assets of small startup company and forms Commotion, a company specializing in social media and audience interactivity tools for radio.


























































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Troops Rally Around AudioVAULT as Freedom Radio Signs Off from Baghdad 


Troops rally around a BE AudioVAULT studio control system during the final broadcast of Baghdad’s Freedom Radio, which signed off on Friday, September 23. Freedom Radio, an American Forces Network station, had been broadcasting from Baghdad using BE's AudioVAULT studio control system since December 2003. Shown above, morning show hosts and Army Sergeants Adam Prickel and Randall “Jay” Townsend with fellow U.S. soldiers next to the BE AudioVAULT screen. (Video by Dan Zak/Kristen Boghosian, read story in The Washington Post.)