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Letter from the Editor

At the end of Back to the Future Doc Brown said, “Where we’re going , we don’t need roads.” Well, for the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, where we’re going, we don’t need paper!

Welcome to the first electronic version of the NHAB’s On The Air newsletter.  It’s been a few years since we last published this newsletter and our Board of Directors felt that we were missing an opportunity to communicate all the great things we’re doing on behalf of our radio and television members.  These e-newsletters will be a more efficient, environmentally conscious and convenient way to deliver news and information right to your inbox!

The best part is that we can go deeper than owners and General Managers, so please, forward this e-newsletter around the office and encourage your colleagues to email me at
jordan@nhab.org  to be added to our mailing list.  If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments, please send me an email.

We hope you enjoy the new On The Air and thanks for not sending this to your spam filter! 

Sincerely,
 
Jordan Walton
Executive Director

NHAB was Productive in Washington D.C.

A faux snowstorm caused havoc with the schedule at the House of Representatives but the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters delegation made the most of their time on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this month.  The group lobbied our Congressional delegation regarding several important radio and television issues. 

NHAB Productive in D.C.


 



On the table were issues related to the upcoming FCC spectrum reallocation auction as well as retransmission consent negotiations for television.  The major radio pertained to keeping government out of performance royalties for radio.

Ray Garon, President and General Manager for Saga’s Manchester Radio Group, Mark Ericson, Operation Manager and on-air personality at Cumulus Media in Dover as well as Jeff Bartlett, General Manager of WMUR-TV (via conference call) spoke with Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte as well as Congresswoman Ann Kuster’s Legislative Assistant for telecom issues, Derek Torrey and the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Mathew Vallone.

During our visit the entire Congressional delegation signed a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski regarding the protection of television signals during the repacking process following the voluntary spectrum auctions.  That letter can be found here.

The NHAB also asked the delegation to co-sponsor legislation supporting the “Local Radio Freedom Act.”  The non-binding legislation would speak against the implementation of performance royalties.  At press time, Senator Jeanne Shaheen has agreed to co-sponsor S. Con. Res. 6H. Con Res. 16 is the companion legislation in the House.  We will continue to pursue co-sponsors to this important legislation.

Overall the broadcasters’ issues were well received and we look forward to continuing the dialogue for our members on the Hill. 

Issue overviews for radio and television can be found at NAB.org.  As always your input is appreciated on these important issues.
Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications
Reporting on Suicide Media Forum – April 10th

The New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council, along with the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters and the New Hampshire Press Association will hold a media forum titled “Reporting on Suicide: A Dialogue” on Wednesday April 10th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nackey S. Loeb School.  Lunch will be served following the program.

Seating is very limited for this event.  Please contact Rhonda Siegel at rsiegel@dhhs.state.nh.us for more information or to RSVP.

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Back to Basics: Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

Arguably the most valuable benefit to being a member of the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters is the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program, or ABIP.  The ABIP program lets a station avoid an unannounced FCC inspection for three years after being certified in compliance.

Over the last three years, the NHAB’s ABIP program has saved stations thousands in potential fines from the FCC!

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NHAB Benefits for You AND Your Family!

We’re proud to announce the creation of two of the NHAB’s members-only programs in 2013! These programs were created to benefit the staff and families at member stations, with a focus on advanced education: the Families in Broadcasting Scholarship and the Continuing Educations Reimbursement Program. Applications for both programs can be found online at www.nhab.org.
 
Through your support, the NHAB is able to give back to its members through these exciting new programs.  Take advantage of them!





We Are Broadcasters

It’s no secret that many people overlook the importance of free, local, over-the-air radio and television.  Our stations deliver important news, weather and emergency information each and every day of the year and it is our job to preserve our future. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has put together the “We Are Broadcasters” campaign to deliver a message to the public that over-the-air broadcasting is a crucial part of their daily lives. 

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