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Letter from the Editor


On January first of this year, I was honored to be chosen as the New Hampshire Association of Broadcaster's Executive Director. I spent 20 years on-air and also worked for the NHAB with Al Sprague from 2001 to 2005.

I'm excited to take over the reigns and couldn't have had a smoother transition without the help of our good friend and fellow broadcaster, Ed Brouder. Ed will remain active with the NHAB as Chair of the State Emergency Communications Committee for our association.

You can still reach Ed at: ed@nhab.org. As always, please don't hesitate to call or email me! I look forward to working with all of you. - Tracy

Remembering
Bob Lund


The Monadnock Region lost a well known broadcaster earlier this month.  Bob Lund started  his radio career in the early 80's and could be heard on WKBK, WKNE, WZBK and WEEY. Bob loved all things sports.

Bob did play by play for baseball, basketball, football,  hockey and soccer for high school and college teams. He was the voice of the NECBL's Keene Swamp Bats, had a Saturday morning talk show called , The Press Box and  also wrote for the Keene Sentinel.
  He will be missed.


 

Changes at
Binnie Media


On February 17, WBIN-TV announced it had been sold to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recent auction.  The total proceeds from the complex transaction are estimated to be nearly $100 million.  In a process called the "Spectrum Auction", the FCC is purchasing local TV stations and reselling their over-the-air rights or spectrum to mobile telephone and wireless communications companies.  These TV airwaves will be used to create 5G wireless internet.

WBIN was purchased a little more than five years ago for $9 million dollars.  WBIN-TV and its television operations will cease broadcasting later this year.  The proceeds from the sale will be used by the company to acquire other media assets in the digital, outdoor and radio areas as well as for continued investment in its 19 radio stations and its digital news web business NH1.com.
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What's Happenin'
at the NHAB!


We had another successful trip to Washington, DC.  On March 01, 2017, Tracy Caruso ( NHAB ), Jeff Bartlett (WMUR), Mark Ericson (Townsquare Media) and Tim Moore (iHeart Media) had a full day of meetings with the NH delegation.  We met with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and a Senior staff member of Congresswoman Annie Kuster's office.  We discussed the importance of the Local Radio Freedom Act which opposes a performance tax.  We also discussed Advertising Deductibility, Retransmission Consent and the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund which will support legislation that ensures viewers' access to local television stations is not threatened following the broadcast spectrum incentive auction due to a lack of funds or unreasonable time constraints for station relocation.
 



 

Photo Op


Top Left photo: (L-R) Tim Moore, Mark Ericson, Tracy Caruso, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Bartlett. 

Left photo: Tim Moore, Mark Ericson, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Tracy Caruso, Jeff Bartlett.

Top photo: Jeff Bartlett, Senator Maggie Hassan, Tracy Caruso, Mark Ericson.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Noted and indefatigable WMUR-TV Daybreak reporter Ray Brewer hit an impressive milestone in March, celebrating 20 years working for the state’s largest television station.  Brewer, a resident of Peterborough, spent early years in radio, notably in the Keene area, before moving to the bright lights of television in 1997.  Congrats, Ray, you have earned yourself a late afternoon nap.

Speaking of Keene radio, Monadnock region listeners said farewell to longtime broadcaster Paul Scheuring, who signed off of WKNE in February.  Paul served as the station’s News Director for 24 years.  Best of luck to our longtime friend and radio ally!

The folks at Monadnock Radio are also happy to announce, Mike Daniele is filling Schuering's seat as News Director.  Daniele most recently was with NHPR.

WOKQ and Townsquare Media New Hampshire are pleased to welcome Bill Fox as he joins Kira Lew as the new co-host of mornings on 97.5 WOKQ.

Please share your station's staff news with us: tracy@nhab.org

Virtual Job
Fair 


NHAB's latest virtual job fair just wrapped up with strong results.  More than three dozen resumes were sent to participating stations and those stations receive EEO credits!  Our next Virtual Job Fair will be this Summer.


WSMN has been sold.  On-Air host George Russell and Attorney Bob Bartis have purchasd WSMN 1590 from Thomas Monahan’s Absolute Broadcasting. Bartis-Russell Broadcasting hopes to eliminate syndicated shows and replace them with all local programming. You may see the station switch from AM to FM. Russell has been a personality on the station for a dozen years while Bartis is a local attorney who hosts a legal segment on the station.


NHAB Scholarships Deadline Nears!

If your station hasn't yet donated to our scholarship fund, please do so.  The more help we get from you, the more help we can give to aspiring local broadcasters!  Please contact tracy@nhab.org if you need more information.  The deadline for applications to be submitted by students is April 7, 2017.
 
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