How To Become An ‘Alternative’ Inspector

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Featured Media Information Bureau columnist and alternative broadcast inspection specialist Ken Benner has received several requests in recent weeks for information on how to follow in his footsteps.


Benner has obliged, and today offers RBR+TVBR members details on how to become an independent ABIP inspector, or one under state broadcaster association programs.

“Please understand that this is in no way a solicitation or promotion for my previous program,” notes Benner, who is now fully retired and resides in Tucson. “I seek no wage compensation for any inspection I perform.”

He continues, “At 81, every dime I ‘earn’ goes for local, state and federal taxes. The item is submitted in good faith to assist those who wish to modify and use it appropriately. It is not to be construed as legal advice.”

With that, here’s what Benner offers to all interested parties:


Statement of Professional & Ethical Standards for The K.J. Benner & Associates(r) (KJB&A) Alternative Inspection Program

Article I

The inspector members of the KJB&A Alternative FCC Compliance Certification Program team recognize the keystone to professional conduct is absolute integrity and to discharge their duties to those employing their services with fidelity and impartiality for all.

Article II

The KJB&A inspectors will extend the effectiveness of their professional assignments by sharing their knowledge and experiences with other broadcasting interests while contributing unselfishly to the efforts of engineering societies, as well as the efforts of technical institutions and engineering publications.

Article III

The KJB&A inspectors will have due regard for the health and safety of their colleagues and the public who may be affected by the work for which they are responsible.

Article IV

The KJB&A inspectors will express an opinion only when such is based upon adequate knowledge, experience and honest conviction while the inspector is in service as a witness before a court of law, commission or other tribunal.  Further, such inspectors will not issue ex parte statements, criticisms or arguments on matters related to public policy inspired or paid for by private or special interests unless the inspector indicates on whose behalf such statement(s) is or are made.

Article V

The KJB&A inspectors, when necessary, will document clearly any potential consequences that may be anticipated resulting from deviations proposed when or if the inspector’s good faith engineering judgement is overruled by a non-technical authority in cases where the inspector is responsible for the professional technical adequacy for engineering proposed of performed.

Article VI

The KJB&A inspectors will under no circumstance(s) accept compensation, financial or otherwise that may be real or perceived to bias a good faith professional opinion.

Article VII

The KJB&A inspectors will at all times strive to keep abreast of significant changes in the set and science of American Broadcasting while doing their best to encourage and inspire their colleagues to do the same.

Prepared by K.J. Benner, June 1998 with assistance from the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. and the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers, Inc.