SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Appreciation Night, Annual Meeting & Granite Mikes Awards - Thursday, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m., Grappone Conference Center in Concord!
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JUNE 2016

From The Editor

Hello, Goodbye (again)!

The spring newsletter also began with farewells and introductions.  This time there is a changing of the guard on your NHAB Board of Directors.  Thom Fucci stepped down after Dover radio stations WTSN & WBYY were purchased by Binnie Media.
Thom's career includes sales positions at most of the seacoast stations and his history with NHAB dates back to 1992.  He served through 1997 in several capacities, including vice president.  He returned to the board in 2014.  Thanks, Thom, for many years of loyal support!
The Board voted to replaced Thom with Justin Bastinelli of Absolute Broadcasting.  Justin is the General Manager of Nashua stations WSMN and WGHM, and Manchester's WGAM.  He has worked as a stats analyst for Major League Baseball, a producer at WGN Chicago and an assistant production editor at WBBM Chicago.  He also did color analysis for the Lowell Spinners over WCAP in Lowell.  Welcome aboard!

Get out your calendar and mark down this date: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

 

The Call for Entries will open soon, though you can have a sneak peek at the categories by clicking here.  Expect to hear from us by e-mail when the uploading process is ready.  We're also looking for candidates for Broadcaster of the Year and the Above and Beyond Award that recognizes unsung heroes at your station.

He was a truly nice guy...and had a legion of friends.  This Sunday afternoon (June 2)  many of them will gather at The Strange Brew Tavern at 88 Market Street in Manchester to remember Charlie Dent.

Charlie used to joke that he had worked at every station in the Merrimack Valley, and while not quite literally true he sure came close.  When he wasn't managing stations or selling airtime Charlie was an accomplished musician and a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.  In his spare time he served on the NHAB Board of Directors from 1985-93, representing 5 different stations (quite a trick!).  He was president of NHAB from 1990-1992.  Charlie died June 7 at the age of 69.

Got something you'd like the rest of the world to know about?  Send us your press releases, station photos and story ideas.

 

Ed Brouder
Executive Director
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ed@nhab.org

And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to New Hampshire Broadcasters for recent wins in prestigious competitions.

On June 21 NH Public Radio received a Murrow Award in the News Series category from the Radio Television Digital News Association for "The First Decade: Early Childhood Disparities and the Future of NH's Kids."  The awards will be presented in New York on October 10.
On June 4 the New England Emmy awards were presented in Boston.  NH Public Television and WCVB Boston tied in the Environmental category.  NHPTV's Phil Vaughn, Steve Giordani and Willem Lange were recognized for "Plight of the Grassland Birds."  NHPTV's "Mount Washington Cog Railway: Climbing to the Clouds" also received an Emmy in the Historic/Cultural Feature/Segment category.  Steve Giordani was the producer/editor, Rebecca Metcalf and Catherine Bedor shared associate producer credits, and Paul Lally was the writer.

In the Magazine Feature/Segment category, WMUR Chroncile co-host Sean McDonald was recognized for a piece entitled "Cliff Photographer."  Sean was the producer and Paul Falco was the videographer/editor.

What's NEWS?

Since our March newsletter we'd like to acknowledge:
  • New member - WMNH-LP licensed to Manchester Public Television Service 
  • New owners - WASR in Wolfeboro licensed to Winnipesaukee Radio Station LLC (Mark Kenney, GM) and Binnie Media has purchased WTSN/WBYY Dover from Garrison City Broadcasting.
  • New location - WKXL now working from storefront studios at 29 North Main Street in Concord
  • New agent in charge at FCC Boston office - Vincent Bostic replaces Dennis Loria, who has retired.
     
From Washington...
Thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor, the American workforce will have to adjust to new overtime rules later this year.  In case you missed the webinar by Scott Flick of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC on June 22, you can access his comprehensive presentation here.  This is a subject management and HR professionals don't want to miss.
 
Some folks at the FCC are wading through submissions from the television spectrum auction that were due at the end of March, while others are wading through responses to the 193-item EAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that were due in June.  Changes are coming down the pike in both areas.
On Wednesday, September 28, at 2:20 p.m. EDT, there will be another National EAS Test.  New this time around is that stations will have to submit two digital filings in the FCC's Electronic Test Report System.  The first must be within 24 hours, and a more detailed report is due 45 days after the test.  Time for your engineers and operational folks to brush up on ETRS!
ABIP

How's your stick?  If Bob Shotwell asks the question, you'd better have a good answer!
 
Bob is with Spectrum Investigative Services, the company that conducts the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program for NHAB members.  Stations tell us this may be the single most important member benefit, providing an affordable three-year way to avoid a formal inspection by the FCC. Bob spends a day at each station thoroughly investigating the Public File, recommending what old documents should be removed while insuring current documents are there.  He conducts an on-the-spot EAS test (shown above) and checks to see if the station is monitoring the correct assignments.  Then it's usually off to the antenna to make a visual inspection of doghouse fences, legal identifications and security.  Finally Bob spends time in the car checking station monitor points and field strength measurements.  More more info on ABIP visit NHAB.ORG or call 603-627-9600.
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