Joe Snelson has been actively involved in television broadcasting for over 41 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 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/transmitter
facilities and signed the station on the air. Three years later he joined KCTV, formerly
KCMO-TV, owned by Meredith Corporation. Meredith owns twelve television stations
in various top 100 markets across the country and an AM radio station. 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 is Vice President for the Society of Broadcast Engineers and chairs the National
Frequency Coordination Committee and also serves on the National Certification Committee.
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 Hall of Fame
Member of Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers since 1972
Senior member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers since 1978
Member of the National Spectrum Management Association (NSMA)