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2016 Appreciation Night, Annual Meeting & Granite Mikes Awards - Thursday, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m., Grappone Conference Center in Concord! RSVP by Oct. 18!
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OCTOBER 2016

From The Editor

The rest of the world celebrates New Year's Eve but New Hampshire's broadcast community celebrates at the annual Granite Mikes Awards.  The date is almost here: Thursday, October 27 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.  There were 314 entries spread across 19 categories.  And, of course, everyone is dying to know the identity of the 2016 Broadcaster of the Year!

In order to provide the folks at Grappone with an accurate count we need names by Tuesday, October 18. Send me an 
e-mail or leave a message at 603-792-2281.

 
By most accounts, the second-ever National test of the Emergency Alert System on September 28 was a success. Most New Hampshire stations seemed to receive and re-transmit the test message from FEMA as they were supposed to.  This would be a good time to give a pat on the back to your station engineer, consultant or IT specialist.  They've had a lot to do over the summer updating EAS software and filling out FCC-required ETRS forms.  If you don't have the FCC's new EAS operating handbook at your control point, download it here.

With a major hurricane bearing down on the eastern United States we have compiled some helpful resources that NH station might need - just in case.  You can find them on our website - NHAB.ORG - which is a good place to check our regularly.

We were saddened to learn of the September death of
Mark D. Handley who spent 15 years at the helm of NH Public Radio.

Another passing of the guard will occur on the night of October 27 as Gerry McGavick's term as Chairman of the NHAB board comes to an end.  WBIN-TV will, I'm sure, be happy to get Gerry back fulltime, though he will remain on the board as immediate past chair.

As always, let me know your station's latest news (photos are welcome) or any suggested story ideas. We're in the communications business, so stay in touch!
Ed Brouder
Executive Director
(
ed@nhab.org
 
 
OCTOBER 2016

From The Editor

The rest of the world celebrates New Year's Eve but New Hampshire's broadcast community celebrates at the annual Granite Mikes Awards.  The date is almost here: Thursday, October 27 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.  There were 314 entries spread across 19 categories.  And, of course, everyone is dying to know the identity of the 2016 Broadcaster of the Year!

In order to provide the folks at Grappone with an accurate count we need names by Tuesday, October 18. Send me an 
e-mail or leave a message at 603-792-2281.

 
By most accounts, the second-ever National test of the Emergency Alert System on September 28 was a success. Most New Hampshire stations seemed to receive and re-transmit the test message from FEMA as they were supposed to.  This would be a good time to give a pat on the back to your station engineer, consultant or IT specialist.  They've had a lot to do over the summer updating EAS software and filling out FCC-required ETRS forms.  If you don't have the FCC's new EAS operating handbook at your control point, download it here.

With a major hurricane bearing down on the eastern United States we have compiled some helpful resources that NH station might need - just in case.  You can find them on our website - NHAB.ORG - which is a good place to check our regularly.

We were saddened to learn of the September death of
Mark D. Handley who spent 15 years at the helm of NH Public Radio.

Another passing of the guard will occur on the night of October 27 as Gerry McGavick's term as Chairman of the NHAB board comes to an end.  WBIN-TV will, I'm sure, be happy to get Gerry back fulltime, though he will remain on the board as immediate past chair.

As always, let me know your station's latest news (photos are welcome) or any suggested story ideas. We're in the communications business, so stay in touch!
Ed Brouder
Executive Director
(
ed@nhab.org
 
 

What's NEWS?

It was announced on October 3 that Bob Vinikoor is selling his broadcast interests in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Koor Communications was started by Bob and his wife, Sheila, in 1988; Sheila passed away on January 8, 2016.  News/Talk WNTK 99.7 in New London is the flagship for the chain that will be transferred to Sugar River Foundation (principals Rob and John Landry).  The $1,950,000 transaction still needs the FCC's blessing but that is not expected to be an issue.  Other signals include WCNL Newport, WUVR Lebanon, WCFR Springfield, VT and WCVR Randolph, VT as well as a number of translators.
Bob served on the NHAB board from 2004-2010 and was Broadcaster of the Year in 2010.  NHAB wishes him the best in his future endeavors!

Since our June newsletter we'd like to acknowledge:
WNHN LP in Concord is our newest NHAB member.  The station has been on the air for several years and is licensed to NH News, Views and Blues.

Binnie Media recently threw a little party to celebrate their latest acquisition (and studio renovation) of WTSN/WBYY in Dover.
 
Longtime NHAB board member and former chairman Ray Garon is back in the broadcast saddle as the New England sales rep for the Howie Carr Radio Network.  Ray retired from Saga Communications Manchester cluster in 2015 but those who know him realized he'd get restless on the beach.  He says Howie is heard on 30 signals in 24 markets from Maine to Connecticut, including eight New Hampshire markets.  You can get in touch at 781-559-3907.
 
Our colleagues in Vermont will present a Distinguished Service Award to a man with deep New Hampshire radio roots at their Hall of Fame banquet on December 3.  Bob Sherman is a senior account rep for Great Eastern Radio.  He was a fixture at WTSL in Hanover from 1978-85.  After a stint in Burlington he returned to WTSL and its sister stations in 1990.  Congratulations Bob!

From Washington...
Some astronomical sums have been tossed around since the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction kicked off in late winter.  So far, though, the dollars from broadband and other providers haven't been high enough to start the three-year process of channel-swapping and antenna retrofitting. The FCC has created online form 399 so stations "will have access to a test environment where they will be able to interact and familiarize themselves with an updated version of the form...."  The next round of activity is scheduled for October 30.  
NCSAs

NHAB is grateful for continued member support when it comes to airing Non-commercial Sustaining Announcements (NCSAs).  The program allows stations to donate a "bank of airtime" to NHAB which then designs publicity programs for government agencies and non-profit organizations.  The money paid by the clients helps keep NHAB membership dues low and funds our other programs including the Granite Mikes event.
This summer we were able to provide an outstanding 10:1 return for money spent to the NH Farms Network for the NH Eats Local campaign.  A two-week NCSA flight in August resulted in a more than 7:1 return for the NH Department of Safety Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM).  NHAB has partnered with HSEM since 1994 and we will launch another flight after the November elections.  We very much appreciate the airtime our members provide under the NCSA program.
 

A final word of thanks to our Granite Mikes sponsors:
 
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