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Who: Chris Imlay
From: Booth, Freret & Imlay, LLC
What: Rules, Regs, and the Broadcast Engineer
When: May 13, 2020 6:30 PM
Sponsor: Broadcasters General Store

Chris Imlay, SBE's General Counsel, was our guest speaker on Wednesday, May 13th.  We were able to participate in this virtual meeting by Zoom teleconference sponsored by Mary Schnelle and our friends from Broadcasters General Store.

Along with input from various SBE committees and the SBE Executive Board, Chris represents SBE's interests before the FCC and other government agencies and has done so for many years.  He also keeps us informed with his Legal Perspective article in the SBE publication The Signal and his annual presentations before Chapter 37 since 2015. 

As those who attended his prior meetings can attest, Mr. Imlay is a superb public speaker who always seems to have something interesting on his mind.  Such was the case again this month, as Chris brought us up-to-date on current technical regulatory topics, spectrum allocations, and broadcast auxiliary spectrum issues.  We also had a retrospective discussion about Mr. Imlay's early years and the "spark" that began his career as a communications attorney.  We found the presentation both interesting and informative.

Chris Imlay, Managing Member, Booth, Freret & Imlay, LLC, has practiced Federal Communications Law for the bulk of his professional career to date. His other communications clients include the American Radio Relay League, the national association of broadcast and communications technical professionals; JVC Kenwood USA Corporation; the National Football League; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Robert Bosch, GmbH; Broadcast Sports, Inc.; numerous television and radio broadcast, common carrier, and private wireless licensees of the FCC; video production companies and manufacturers of communications and electronic equipment.  His work for the amateur and broadcast engineering associations include preparation of materials in FCC rule making and adjudicatory proceedings, consultation with local chapters and members, extensive representation of communications users, and consulting with local counsel for those users, in connection with Federal, state and local regulation of Federally-licensed communications facilities.

For the history books:  This was our first ever virtual meeting.  Although the tragic COVID-19 pandemic's requirement for "social distancing" created some new obstacales, the Internet-based meeting eliminated others - including distance and travel challenges.  As a consequence, we were able to meet many first-time SBE Chapter 37 attendees as well as members of other chapters and quite a few old friends who now live hundreds or thousands of miles away.  We're thankful to Chris Imlay's for his generous time and to Mary Schnelle and our friends at Broadcasters General Store for sponsoring the technical bits.

Meeting Video:

Meeting Attendees

Mr. Robert Ballou
Mr. Rob Bertrand
Mr. Ed Bukont
Mr. Richard Cassidy
Mr. Jonathan Charry
Mr. Gregory Crouch
Mr. Ed Damerel
Mr. Joseph Davis
Mr. Mark Fehlig
Mr. Michael Fleming
Mr. John Garziglia
Mahari Grant
Mr. Kirk Harnack
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn
Mr. Chris Imlay
Mr. Christopher Imlay
Mr. John Kean
Selah Konur
Mr. Jeffrey Koscho
Mr. Kent Kramer
Mr. David Layer
Mr. Sale Lilly
Mr. Dave Loudin
Mr. Marshall Malmberg
Mr. Rick Marquez
Mr. Tom McGinley
Mr. Stuart Moore
Mr. Ed Morano
Mr. Geary Morrill
Mr. James O'Neal
Mr. Brian Oliger
Mr. Wayne Pecena
Mr. John Reiser
Mr. R.J. Russell
Mr. Daniel Ryson
Mr. Tim Sawyer
Ms. Mary Schnelle
Mr. Sidney Shumate
Ms. Leslie Stimson
Dr. Ted Tait
Mr. Tu Vu
Mr. George Warren
Mr. Jim Welch
Mr. Charlie Weller
Mr. Robert Weller
Mr. Kelly Williams
Mr. Brian Wright