William Hayes, Immediate Past President of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society has a pre-NAB Show chat with Ryan Salazar of Broadcast Beat.
BTS began in 1912 with the formation of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). The Audio Professional Group was formed on June 2, 1948, and the Broadcast Engineers Group was the second one to be approved on July 7,1948. The name was changed in August, 1949, to the IRE Professional Group on Broadcast Transmission Systems. The name was later changed to the IRE Professional Group on Broadcasting. It was structured much the same as the Broadcast Technology Society is today, with an Administrative Committee and Chapters in major cities.
The merger of the AIEE and the IRE was accomplished in January, 1963 to form the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). The Professional Group system was carried over to the new organization, and the broadcast activity was identified as the IEEE Professional Technical Group on Broadcasting, and later as the IEEE Group on Broadcasting. In 1976 the IEEE was organized into Societies, and broadcasting became a part of the IEEE Broadcast, Cable and Consumer Electronics Society.