"On the Air:" In this issue we recap a great Granite Mikes, share some regulatory "wins" and take a look at the NCSA landscape.
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From the Editor

When called a good “man of business,” Jacob Marley, in 1951’s A Christmas Carol replies, “BUSINESS? Mankind was my business! Their common welfare was my business!”  And while Marley learned that lesson far too late, New Hampshire’s radio and television stations keep it in mind all year – especially around the holidays.

Radio and television stations are uniquely positioned to help those in need.  Through telethons, coat drives, food drives, toy drives and more, stations help those in need in their local communities at an incredible level.

The NHAB along with the National Association of Broadcasters want to recognize your stations for the work you do in the community every day.  Email me at Jordan@nhab.org or tweet @nhbroadcasters and @broadlyserving and let us know what you’re doing.  Send us pictures, videos, letters, articles, whatever you have!

Thank you for what you do and Happy Holidays,


2015 Granite Mikes were a homerun!

The 2015 Granite Mikes will go down as one of the best in NHAB history.  The evening started with drinks and hors d'oeuvres as well as well as the “baseball-y” musical stylings of Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor.  Attendees were also able to test their fastball courtesy of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats speed pitch game!

As the evening’s program continued, Executive Director Jordan Walton gave a short “state-of the state of broadcasting address before conducting the NHAB Annual Meeting.

Following the meeting, emcee Mark Ericson announced the 2015 Granite Mikes winners which included one of the most varied groups in Granite Mikes history.  Finally, an emotional Broadcaster of the Year presentation as the late Andy Blacksmith from the Greg and the Morning Buzz Show was given the honor.

A list of all of the 2015 winners can be found here while the Broadcaster of the Year video is posted on YouTube.  Pictures are on the NHAB Facebook page.  Also a huge thank you to this year’s Granite Mikes sponsors – GatesAir, Nielsen Audio and Spectrum Investigative Services!

If you have an idea for the 2016 Granite Mikes, let us know!  Email Jordan@nhab.org.
2015 NHAB Broadcaster of the Year - Andy Blacksmith
Watch the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year video honoring Andy Blacksmith.

Broadcasters to get streaming royalty break in 2016

by David D. Burns, Pillsbury Law

In a decision long awaited by webcasters, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has released itsnew webcasting royalty rates.  These royalties are paid by non-interactive streaming services on which listeners cannot choose the specific songs they listen to, such as Pandora and radio stations that stream their programming.  The royalties are paid to SoundExchange, a performing rights organization which collects the payments on behalf of record labels and other holders of copyrights in sound recordings. 

For commercial radio stations, the 17 cent rate is a substantial decrease from the 25 cent streaming rate currently paid.  The new rates will become effective on January 1, 2016 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

<<Read more>>

NCSA landscape expands for NHAB

Several new Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcement (NCSA) partners emerged in 2015.  The NCSA program, the financial lifeblood of the association, saw campaigns from the Department of Safety for the “safe driving around large trucks and buses” as well as from the New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s Enforcement Division centered on underage drinking as well as drinking and driving.  Each of these campaigns was successfully completed thanks to ongoing on-air support from NHAB members.

The NHAB is currently working on a campaign in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug Free New Hampshire. We hope to be able to start the campaign in April.  We are currently running our annual campaign with New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management dealing with disaster preparedness.  Radio and television spots for the HSEM campaign can be found here.

We also eagerly anticipate the return of the New Hampshire Army National Guard after a yearlong absence.  The Guard is currently on track to start July 1. 

The NHAB is constantly on the lookout for additional NCSA funding which would in turn lead to new and expanded member programs.  If there is a program that you’d like us to explore, please email Jordan@nhab.org.

Rules for lighting towers take effect

A Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular was released earlier this month that will affect marking and lighting obstructions, which includes broadcast towers.   The changes go into effect immediately, save for new guidelines on structures exceeding 151 ft. through 350ft which will become regulation on September 15, 2016.

You can read a synopsis of the rules changes from this Radio World article and read the entire Advisory Circular on the FAA website.

NHAB made five FCC filings in 2015

Each year the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters files comments on numerous Federal Communications Commission proceedings on behalf of our members.  The following is a list of the FCC proceedings in which the NHAB jointly participated in 2015 thanks to Washington counsel of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and the other associations in the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations.

<<Read more about our advocacy efforts on your behalf>> 
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