American Tower’s James Leifer Named SBE Fellow


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The Society of Broadcast Engineers elevated James Leifer, CBPE, to the membership rank of Fellow. The SBE board of directors elected him April 24. James Leifer, who originally joined the SBE in 1986, is the senior manager of broadcast operations for American Tower Corp. He is based in the Boston area. 

His broadcast career began in South Florida. From 1987 to 2017, he handled engineering responsibilities for various broadcast groups, including Paxson, Ion, and iHeartMedia. In 2017, he moved to Massachusetts to join American Tower in his current role.

Jim’s SBE activities began with SBE Chapter 53 South Florida in 2008. He was the vice president of the national board for two terms (2015 to 2017) and then president from 2017 to 2019. He continues to serve on the SBE board as immediate past president.

Recently, Jim has been involved with projects relating to the TV repack, and nomination letters supporting him note that he goes beyond the technical duties of the project with his willingness to help in any way he can. One nomination also noted that Jim is “brilliant in the area of technical regulatory advocacy work involving the FCC.”

The Fellow honor is the highest membership level in the SBE. Members must have made significant contributions to the broadcast engineering field or the SBE. Candidates are nominated by their peers. Since the Society’s founding 56 years ago, 81 members have been honored with the Fellow rank.

Leifer will be recognized for his election to Fellow during the SBE National Awards Dinner on September 23, in Syracuse, NY, during the annual SBE National Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the SBE 22 Broadcast & Technology Expo.

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