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Yankee great Yogi Berra may or may not have said, “I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.”

A fitting quote when talking about broadcasting and the upcoming Granite Mike Awards. 

Being federally regulated we often have to lobby and advocate on our own behalf in Washington.  We don't always win.  When we don't, we must adapt and make it work.

This year’s Granite Mikes saw a record 327 entries.  That’s almost a hundred more than in 2014.  Sure there will be winners and losers.  But what we’ll know for certain with each of those 327 entries is that local broadcasting in New Hampshire is as strong as it has ever been.  Despite fears that consolidation would ruin the industry; despite mp3s, satellite radio, DVRs and Netflix, broadcasting continues on.

We see evidence of how important local radio and television are almost every day.  From giving a platform for political discourse to providing life saving weather and emergency information, radio and TV are strong and you have yourselves to thank. 

So join us on October 29th as we tip our collective caps to the NHAB membership for another great year in New Hampshire Broadcasting.  First pitch is at 5:35.



Granite Mikes on deck for Oct. 29th!

The Granite Mikes are right around the corner and while we're not rooting for the Red Sox this postseason we will celebrate the sports long history with broadcasting during the NHAB's annual appreciation night.

At 5:35 we open the doors to all NHAB members for the Granite Mikes cocktail reception and buffet dinner.  Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor will be on hand to provide the atmosphere while you snack on ballpark fare, have a drink and network with your radio and television peers.  We'll have a few surprises for you too!

Following dinner we'll conduct the NHAB Annual Meeting and transition into awarding those coveted Granite Mikes - recognizing the best in New Hampshire radio and television.

We hope you'll join us on October 29th.  Registration will close on Wednesday October 21 so register now.

FEMA EAS test a success throughout NH

A survey of New Hampshire licensed radio and television broadcasters following the September 16 FEMA Regional EAS test suggests that the majority of broadcast stations in the Granite State received and forwarded the “NPT” code test without incident.

The test, the second such regional EAS test in 2015, was conducted through FEMA in anticipation of a secondnational EAS test sometime in 2016.  Of the 44 survey participants representing the majority of NH stations, 100% received the test on-time, while over 88% automatically relayed the test.

<<Read more>>

You're invited to PDFNH "Stronger Together" Drug Summit

As a member of the NH news community, you are invited to participate in Stronger Together, a two-session summit co-hosted by New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters (NHAB) and thePartnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire (PDFNH) on October 29 from 2-4:30PM.

Panelists consisting of PDFNH members will present topics of interest to the news community:
  • The landscape of the NH’s drug free/substance use disorder communities: who handles what, how the state is involved, and what is actually available for services and to whom.
  • Conversations about grey-area topics such as how the ACA will affect people seeking treatment and those in recovery; BDAS’s contract process; Medicaid/”Transformation,” the alcohol fund, and the implications of classifying addiction as a disease.
  • Resource sheets on “appropriate messaging” and contacts for information pertaining to alcohol and other drug misuse in the areas of prevention, treatment and recovery will be available.
There will be opportunities for Q & A during and after this panel session.

<<Learn more about the Summit>>


Updated contest rules still on the horizon

Rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission on September 17 allowing broadcasters to disclose contest information online as opposed to on-air will not go into effect until at least December.

<<Read more about what this means for you>>

Advocacy update: FCC in the spotlight

There are a number of ongoing legislative issues facing broadcasters both in Concord and in Washington DC.  For our television members we are facing an effort by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to end “exclusivity” rules for local broadcasters as well as monitoring the upcoming spectrum incentive auction.

For radio, the industry is close to 218 co-sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act, a non-binding resolution against any new performance royalty for radio.  

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

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