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MARCH 2016

From The Editor

Hello, Goodbye!

As the Beatles once indicated, comings and goings are part of life and in no other business like broadcasting does it happen as quickly and frequently.

In case you've been marooned in a cave in Hooksett all winter, you probably know that Jordan Walton and his family have relocated to New Jersey.  I have taken over his responsibilities but it will be hard to replace him.  For several years he has more than ably handled the business affairs of NHAB and made it look easy.  It isn't.

This newsletter has been penned by a number of editors over time.  This digital form of distribution is the latest in a long line of state-of-the-art technologies dating back to the mimeographed, black-and-white text, no photos version mailed to our founding members back in 1954.

Borrowing from our own history this issue looks back 20 years when NHAB gazed into its crystal ball and predicted the television spectrum auction that's finally about to happen.

There's also a recap of our recent trip to Washington to meet with New Hampshire's congressional delegation and discuss the issues our industry is concerned with.

Kudos to those stations that still program to the local audience.  A great example is 93.5 WMWV in Conway that is running a Local Song Contest.  For the rest of the month they have evenings at local clubs where local artists can strut their stuff. They sold the promotion to a pair of sponsors to boot.

Over on the Seacoast
Z107 is ready for prom season, giving away a prom dress/tuxedo rental and transportation package.  The high school that submits the most entries wins a free photo booth at their prom - and again, the entire promotion is sponsored.

Got something you'd like the rest of the world to know about?

Your input is welcome; that includes feedback, story ideas and photos of what your station is doing to serve and entertainment your audience.

Ed Brouder
Executive Director

TV Spectrum Auction slated for March 29!

The article above appeared in this newsletter exactly 20 years ago.  It has taken Congress and three administrations that long to figure out how to free-up spectrum for broadband and other uses by taking it away from broadcasters.  In 2012 legislation was passed authorizing the FCC to hold incentive auctions allowing stations to submit their spectrum for possible sale.  That begins March 29, 2016.  Next, the Commission must "repack" the remaining spectrum needs into a reduced space.  Then the former TV spectrum will be sold to the highest bidders with the money going to Uncle Sam.

The FCC has set aside $1.75 billion to reimburse the remaining broadcasters who have to order new transmitters, build new antennae, and perhaps purchase new real estate.  It also decreed that this must be accomplished within 39 months or stations that haven't been repacked in the new spectrum could be ordered off the air.

All eyes (and ears) will be on Washington to see how the spectrum auction and repacking process plays out.

NHAB Goes to Washington

In late February four representatives of NHAB met with members of our Congressional delegation.  Radio Vice Chair Marc Ericson of Townsquare Media, TV Vice Chair Jeff Bartlett of WMUR-TV and Treasurer Lucy Gappens of iHeart Media joined NHAB Executive Director Ed Brouder.
Among the issues they discussed were the pending TV spectrum auction and repacking, retransmission consent, and rumors of a potential advertising tax proposal during the lame duck session at the end of 2016.
NHAB's delegation thanked Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representatives Frank Guinta and Annie Kuster who continue to co-sponsor the  Local Radio Freedom Act that opposes additional taxes on stations that play music.

WEMJ Plans Reunion

Alumni of Laconia radio station WEMJ (1490 kc) are planning a reunion event this summer.  The contact is retired newsman Dave Emerson (email); call him at 603-524-2881.
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