Gary Beebe, Special Projects Engineer
Preferred title: "Knower Of All Things Arcane and/or Useless"
Favorite thing about your job: Finding the right combination of gear to accomplish what the customer has in mind.
When not working: Browsing garage sales, searching for old, forgotten (but interesting) audio gear.
On my Radio: Anything that's not over-processed. I guess that mostly means NPR (and a few small-town stations)
Words of wisdom: If you don't know where you are headed, how will you know if you get there?
Favorite movie: The Hunt for Red October
Dream dinner guests: Bob Moog, Tomlinson Holman, Steve Jobs
Favorite vacation destination: Oregon Coast lighthouses
My Passion is: Teaching people how to get the best possible sound quality out of their equipment. (Boring, I know. But that's why I'm an Engineer, not a movie star.
I grew up in a neighborhood with at least 3 radio stations within easy bicycling distance from home. I would routinely stop by the KLUB, KCPX, and KSXX studios, and watch the activity through the picture windows. Eventually, I got invited inside. Once I entered "the inner sanctum" of this mysterious world, I was hooked.
If anything was happening in town, or around the world, the news would come to the radio stations first, then to the listeners. I wanted to be involved in this important information link.
I have spent over 40 years in-and-around broadcasting and pro audio, making sure that the information gets to the listeners reliably and clearly. It's kind of become a habit by now. I like it. I think I'll stick around for a while.
I have built, maintained, and repaired the machinery of radio and communications for a long time. It's sometimes challenging to get all the gear to play nice together, but that's part of the fun. The technology keeps moving forward, and keeping up with the newest techniques is a constant challenge.