From NAB SmartBrief:  The success of this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas is an indication that the TV industry has rebounded from the recession, with the event's 103,042 attendees getting close to the level before the slowdown, Phil Kurz writes. That interest and other factors "underscore the challenges and opportunities facing [broadcasters] as they prepare for the incentive auction, a spectrum repack and the possibility that a next-generation digital ...Read More
From NAB SmartBrief:  A measure to impose a performance fee on local radio stations has been reintroduced in the House by Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. The bill would also block the federal government from requiring the activation of FM chips in smartphones. "This bill devalues the indispensable role that hometown broadcasters play in communities across America," said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. Katy On The Hill (4/23)
The NAB Crystal Radio Awards recognize stations for their year-round commitment to community service.  Since its inception in 1987, radio stations all across America have been honored for their dedication to providing responsive, individual service to the cities, counties and towns they serve.  Ten stations that represent the very best in radio are chosen to receive Crystals.  We are proud to say that one of our members, KTTS-FM in Springfield is ...Read More
  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Civic Education is seeking applicants for The Constitution Project, a statewide competition for high school students that will be held during the fall 2015 semester and will culminate with championship rounds in Jefferson City.   The Constitution Project gives students a mock crime scene to investigate, report about and eventually try in a mock trial, all under the ...Read More
Consumers would like AM-FM radio to remain "the heart and soul" of their in-vehicle entertainment systems, Christopher Versace writes, citing an Ipsos poll. Some 91% of the public prefers a traditional radio setup, the poll indicates. "Efforts to remove AM/FM radio from the automobile falls squarely into the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' category," Versace writes. Forbes (4/8)  
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters announced today it has entered into an agreement with Washington-DC based developer Monument Realty and its investment partners, New York-based Angelo, Gordon & Company, to purchase upon completion a new headquarters in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood of the nation's capital, with a scheduled move-in by fall of 2018. The planned relocation of the broadcast industry lobbying arm's headquarters is the culmination of ...Read More
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  The Missouri Broadcasters Association is coming to Southeast Missouri with two live training events on Wednesday, April 29th.  The…
2015 Sports Seminar (May 6)
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The Missouri Broadcasters Association and Kansas Association of Broadcasters are teaming up again this year for the annual Sports Seminar…
The 2015 MBA Convention will take place at Tan-Tar-A Resort/Lake of the Ozarks on June 5th and 6th. Friday and…
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Gregg Skall recently had an article posted on regarding the rules and regulations regarding the use of music in a client's radio commercial. Periodically, the question invariably comes in: Can we use our station's music library to produce commercials for a good client? Many seem to think that their existing ASCAP, BMI or SESAC agreements allow them to use the music they cover for any purpose, whether it be to perform it ...Read More
For those of you interested, the FCC just released a Public Notice announcing its rulemaking to implement the part of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 dealing with market modifications.  This is the issue that is driven mostly by folks complaining to their congressional representative that the local stations they get on satellite don’t carry their favorite in-state sports team because the bulk of the DMA is on the other ...Read More
From CommLawBlog (April 15, 2015) About 18 months ago, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (AM Revitalization NPRM) that represented, in the words of then-Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, “the next significant step in our effort to buttress AM broadcast service and ease regulatory burdens on AM broadcasters.” Commissioner Pai, a long-time supporter of the AM industry, declared the NPRM a “landmark effort … to energize the nation’s oldest broadcasting ...Read More
From NAB SmartBrief:  The Justice Department is reportedly likely to amend music royalty rules to give music publishers the ability to negotiate directly with music services. Publishers would still be able to use performance-rights groups such as Ascap and BMI to handle royalties from radio stations. The change would be "a huge win for songwriters," said BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield. "Rather than being burdened by these larger organizations, [they could] ...Read More
From Broadcast & Cable 4/2/15: FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has assured some prominent House and Senate Democrats that the incentive auction is still on track for early 2016—less than a year away—and that he will oppose attempts to delay it, which he says could hurt broadcasters as well as wireless companies eager for spectrum. Rep. Anna Eshoo (Calif.) and Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.) had written to Wheeler to encourage him ...Read More
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