Joe Snelson has been actively involved in television broadcasting for over 43 years.
His 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.
In 1971, Snelson joined the staff of the KHOF-TV-FM, a part of the Faith Broadcasting
Network, in the Los Angeles area where he ultimately advanced to the position of
Assistant Chief Engineer. In 1977 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
with the call sign of KCMO-TV, owned by Meredith Corporation. Meredith owns twelve
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 is currently Vice President of Engineering for the Meredith Local Media Group.
He is 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 has been elected to serve as President for the Society of Broadcast Engineers
for the year beginning in November 2013 through October 2014.
Education and Accomplishments:
Graduate of California High School, Whittier, CA
Graduated Cum Laude from Los Angeles City College
Outstanding Broadcast Technician Award from Los Angeles City College
Lifetime General Class Radiotelephone Operator License (First Class Radiotelephone
Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE) - Society of Broadcast Engineers
8-VSB Specialist - Society of Broadcast Engineers
Honored as the 2001 Broadcast Engineer of the year by the Society of Broadcast Engineers
Inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association 2012 Hallof Fame
Member of Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers since 1972
Senior member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers since 1978
Participant in the National Spectrum Management Association (NSMA)