What you missed at The Granite Mikes and a look ahead at 2014!
New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters

Letter from the Editor

Early in “It’s a Wonderful Life” Pa Bailey says to George, “You've got talent, son. You get yourself an education. Then get out of here.” In 2014, I want you to do just that. Get yourself an education and get better at doing your job. We’ll even pay for it!

In the Continuing Education Reimbursement Program’s first year, the NHAB paid out a small percentage of our allotted funds. This “free” money can’t go to waste in 2014. The Continuing Ed Program reimburses individuals at NHAB member stations for the continuing education costs that stations just can’t afford to pay for any longer.

That means you can pay for webinar series, books, DVDs, CDs, college classes, whatever, and the NHAB will send you a check for up to $250. This program, along with
LocalBroadcastSales.com and our scholarship program exhibit a firm commitment from the NHAB Board of Directors in your future and the future of our industry.

Please, please, please take advantage.

The 2014 Continuing Education applications will be available in early January on our
website. It’s really easy to use the program. Download the application, pay for your continuing education program, send us the application and a receipt and we cut you a check in return. If you have a question as to whether or not we’ll reimburse you, just call or email. We’ll gladly pre-approve your purchase.

Don’t let 2014 go by without making yourself better at your job. Programmers, sellers, managers, traffic personnel, engineers, the program is for you and it won’t cost you a thing.

Happy Holidays,

Jordan Walton
Executive Director
Granite Mike Awards!

Thanks for attending this year's Granite Mike Awards! If you couldn't make it this year, here's what you missed.

Awards were handed out to broadcast stations in nineteen categories. The winners of the night in the Station of the Year category were WCNL Country AM 1010 and WMUR-TV for radio and television, respectively. 95.7 WZID-FM and New Hampshire Public Television were runners up in the Station of the Year category.

Other noted winners this evening were for the best Radio Morning Show Team, where 103.7 WKNE-FM: Steve and Teri In The Morning took home first place honors. First place awards for best Public Service Campaign went to 98.7 The Bay for their work on "Bay Bosom Buddies" and WMUR-TV for "NH Food Bank."

WMUR was the night's biggest winner with nine first place awards. A complete list of winners can be found here.
Continuing Education Reimbursement Program
Advertising Tax Deductibility Challenge Looms in 2014

A new issue has been added to the now standard mix of issues facing New Hampshire’s broadcasters. The “usual suspects” are still present; retransmission consent, the television spectrum auction and reallocation (which has been delayed until 2015) and radio’s performance tax.

Congressman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have each introduced proposals that would drastically affect businesses ability to deduct advertising costs on their corporate tax returns.

Camp, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced his proposal in late September which calls for businesses to take only a 50% deduction for advertising costs in any given year, with the remaining 50% amortized over the course of the following ten years.

Broadcasters in the Community

It’s the holiday season, and the NHAB wants to know if your station did anything to give back to your community. Did you and your team collect food for a local food bank, raise funds for families in need, or come up with an original way to make someone’s holiday a little brighter? We want to hear from you! Send your station success stories along with any photos to Anne Everitt.
The NHAB Legal Hotline is Available for YOU!

The NHAB is happy to provide its members with the following in-state and Washington, D.C. hotline numbers. If you have a general business-related question, or a broadcast-specific question, just pick up the phone and call the most appropriate legal hotline. The only thing you pay for is the phone call - the information you receive from the attorney is free of charge!

In-State Hotline: Contact Debbie Martin Demers at the law firm of Craighead & Martin at 603-624-3922

  • Advertising law and regulations
  • Employer/employee law and regulations
  • Prior restraint
  • Legal and court procedures

Washington Hotline: Contact Richard Zaragoza at the law firm of Shaw Pittman at 202-663-8266

  • Annual Filings
  • Contests/promotions
  • FCC Regulations
  • Political time issues
New Member Benefits in 2014!

Exciting new things are coming to the NHAB in 2014! Along with all the great member benefits we already provide, the NHAB will be holding a Management Seminar in conjunction with the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for all the information as it becomes available.
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