Article written and owned by Inside Radio. Re-posted with permission. See original article here. May 27, 2020 A federal judge has awarded $136,201 to the Missouri Broadcasters Association to cover the legal bill in the group’s long-running battle against strict rules on alcohol advertising in the state. District Court Judge Douglas Harpool said that not only did the Association win its suit striking down the state laws, but he also noted ...Read More
Question 1: Do you run programming from any national or statewide unwired network? Question 2: Does your network run political advertising? If you answered YES, you have work to do! Your station is subject to the very same FCC political rules that would apply as if you sold the advertising yourself.  Special issues arise when a station runs network fed political advertising from legally qualified candidates or third party political ...Read More
We are honored to announce the following MBA scholarship winners along with their sponsoring stations.   Luke Quesenberry is a 2020 graduate of Webb City High School and sponsored by KNEO-FM in Neosho.  Luke will receive the Don Hicks Scholarship in the amount of $3,000.  He plans to attend the University of Missouri majoring in Mass Communications.   Lauryn Morrow, from Blackburn, Missouri, currently attends State Fair Community College and ...Read More
2020 MBA Awards Congratulations to the 2020 Stations of the Year! Hubbard station WIL-FM New Country 92.3, St. Louis Nexstar station WDAF-TV, Kansas City Runner-Up: Zimmer Radio & Marketing Group, KCLR-FM, Columbia  Gray Television stations, KY3/KSPR-TV, Springfield     You can view or listen to all the first place winning entries at this link: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the MBA has cancelled our annual convention and awards banquet ...Read More
Update 4/1/2020: The number of signees to this document has now reached 144. Please see the complete statement and list of signees here. Original post: The MBA has joined 131 other organizations representing diverse constituencies and political ideologies, in agreement that our democracy and democratic practices should not be obstructed in the interest of streamlining deliberations and decision making by our governing bodies in this time of crisis. Please see ...Read More
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Update 5/28/2020 Several Missouri rules restricting alcohol advertising were found to be unconstitutional by a federal District Court in June of 2018.  That decision was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit federal court of appeals in January of this year, and the state has since reimbursed the Missouri Broadcasters Association for its legal fees in fighting the unconstitutional rules.  Accordingly, the MBA has fully prevailed in this nine-year battle on behalf ...Read More
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Make Certain Your Online Public File is in Tip-Top Shape By Gregg P. Skall Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP   We are now well over a year since ALL broadcasters, including radio, have had to transition to a fully functional FCC online public file.  A year earlier, the online public file rules became effective for larger commercial radio stations in the top 50 Neilson markets with 5 or more ...Read More
The Missouri Press-Bar Commission has produced three videos to help prepare journalists with camera coverage of Missouri courts.  You can find these videos our YouTube channel, through the links below.  MBA invites all Missouri broadcasters to check out this fantastic information.  In particular, we suggest that any reporters or photographers planning to conduct camera coverage of the courts review these videos in advance.   The first video describes the basics ...Read More