Jerry Whitaker is Technical Director of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Washington, D.C. He was previously President of Technical Press, a consulting company based in the San Jose, CA area. Mr. Whitaker has been involved in various aspects of the electronics industry for over 25 years, with specialization in communications. Current book titles include the following:
* Editor-in-Chief, Standard Handbook of Audio and Radio Engineering, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2001
* DTV Handbook, 3rd Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2000
* Editor, Television Receivers, McGraw-Hill, 2001
* Editor, Audio and Video Professional's Field Manual, McGraw-Hill, 2002
* Editor, Master Handbook of Video Production, McGraw-Hill, 2002
* Editor, Master Handbook of Audio Production, McGraw-Hill, 2002
* Editor, Audio/Video Protocol Handbook, McGraw-Hill, 2001
Mr. Whitaker has lectured extensively on the topic of electronic systems design, installation, and maintenance. He is the former editorial director and associate publisher of Broadcast Engineering and Video Systems magazines, and a former radio station chief engineer and television news producer.
Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and an SBE-certified professional broadcast engineer. He is also a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
K. Blair Benson (deceased) was an engineering consultant and one of the world's most renowned television engineers. Beginning his career as an electrical engineer with General Electric, he joined the Columbia Broadcasting System Television Network as a senior project engineer. From 1961 through 1966 he was responsible for the engineering design and installation of the CBS Television Network New York Broadcast Center, a project that introduced many new techniques and equipment designs to broadcasting. He advanced to become vice president of technical development of the CBS Electronics Video Recording Division. He later worked for Goldmark Communications Corporation as vice president of engineering and technical operations.
A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, he served on numerous engineering committees for both societies and for various terms as SMPTE Governor, television affairs vice president, and editorial vice president. He wrote more than 40 scientific and technical papers on various aspects of television technology. In addition, he was editor of four McGraw-Hill handbooks: the original edition of this Television Engineering Handbook, the Audio Engineering Handbook, the Television and Audio Handbook for Engineers and Technicians, and HDTV: Advanced Television for the 1990s.
Blair Benson, deceased, was well known in the field for both this book and his Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering. Mr. Benson was a leader in audio and video system design and implementation for many decades, and an architect of the networked TV and radio systems we enjoy today.