Inside "On the Air" - Our trip to Washington, FCC office closure consequences and two NHAB programs back in 2015.
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The trailer for the film Alien is famous for saying “in space no one can hear you scream.”  Luckily for us, on the internet, just about everyone can hear us scream (or politely advocate). 

On our most recent trip to advocate for you in Washington, the NAB made a strong case for taking our advocacy efforts online.  By using strategic hashtags, mentioning key politicians, FCC staff and talking about the issues that are important to us, we can extend our reach beyond an occasional visit or email.

In addition to educating politicians about our efforts, using social media to reach your viewers and listeners to work on your behalf can also be important – like when we activate our radio listeners to contact their wireless carriers, Congress and the FCC to unlock FM chips in cell phones through
FreeRadioOnMyPhone.org.  For television, when we aired spots on television pointing to KeepMyTV.org during our most recent retransmission negotiation fight. 

When we use our airwaves to inform our listeners and viewers we make phones ring in Washington and by adding a social element, we can be even more effective.  That’s why we have begun work on a new page on NHAB.org that will be a resource for you and your digital teams.  We will keep an updated list of Facebook pages and Twitter accounts for the New Hampshire Congressional delegation, FCC Commissioners, important NAB staff members, industry publications and more.  We hope you’ll use it to become more active in the digital space.  Please feel free to call or email with suggestions and we will let you know when the page is active.  

- Jordan Walton
Executive Director


     










 

Advocating for you in Washington


In their annual trip to Washington DC, members of the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters took to Capitol Hill to educate our Congressional delegation about ongoing issues facing radio and television broadcasters in the Granite State. 

On the table were longtime issues like retransmission consent negotiations for television as well as the "Performance Tax" for radio.  We asked each of member of our delegation to sign on to the "Local Radio Freedom Act."  The trip, overall was a success and we look forward to continuing our conversations throughout the year with each of our members on Congress.  

<<Read on for more on our trip to Washington>>

FCC plan calls for drastic cut to staff and offices


A plan to close up to 16 Federal Communications Commission field offices has many in the radio and television industry worried.  Broadcasters fear that the FCC’s ability to investigate and solve interference disputes as well as combat pirate radio stations will be greatly slowed and diminished if the proposed changes go through.

Your Association is exploring options to ensure the FCC maintains its ability to mediate interference problems and combat pirate radio operations in the future.  With the upcoming television spectrum auction and repack upcoming in 2016, interference will only grow in the future.  

<<Read more about the FCC office closures>>

NHAB Job Fair slated for 4/30


Reserve your space today at the NHAB Job Fair, taking place on Thursday, April 30 at Manchester Community College. The Fair will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The deadline to reserve space is Friday, April 10!

<<CLICK for more Job Fair details>>

Your child could win an NHAB Scholarship!


The New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters is proud to bring back the Families in Broadcasting Scholarship, created to specifically benefit the children of broadcasters. The NHAB is offering up to five, one-time, $500 scholarships to the children of NHAB members.

Applications must be mailed to the NHAB where a committee of state broadcaster association executives will determine our winners.  Entries must be postmarked by Friday, May 8, 2015.  Students will be informed by June 2.

<<DOWNLOAD an FBS Scholarship application now!>>

 

Radio continues to push for unlocked FM chips


Those in radio have advocated for the universal unlocking on FM chips in smart phones that would allow consumers to listen to free, over-the-air FM radio.  While the notion of a Congressional mandate for unlocking the chips has passed, Congress can still use its influence on the Federal Communications Commission and wireless companies to push the movement forward.

If you’re interested in pushing this movement forward, consider promoting FreeRadioOnMyPhone.org, the website collaboration of National Public Radio, NextRadio, NAB and American Public Media.  The site looks to activate consumers to contact their wireless carriers, Congress and the FCC.  Post about it on your Twitter or Facebook pages using the hashtags #freeradio and #unlockFM.  

<<READ more about unlocking FM chips>>
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