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AIR WAVES official newsletter of the massachusetts broadcasters association
Letter from the Editor
In the Steve Martin comedy The Jerk, Navin’s old boss says to him “See the world. Me you’ve seen already.” I’d like to apply such sage wisdom to the 2015 Massachusetts Broadcasters Association budget.

While we have added a slew of great new programs in the last four years – Paid Internship Program, Sound Bites, Continuing Education Reimbursement, P1+ Live Assist sales training and Families in Broadcasting scholarships, we are always looking to add the next great program to help make our members’ work lives just a bit easier. So we invite your feedback. Is there a program that you’ve been hoping to take part in? A speaker that you’ve been dying to see? Let us know! Tweet, email, call, send us a carrier pigeon, smoke signals (you get the idea) and we’ll check it out.

Thanks in advance and we’ll see you at Sound Bites on October 29th!
Fall 2014 vol 2 • No. 3
In This Issue
Letter from the Editor

Sound Bites 2014


2014 Scholarship Awards

Internship Program a Success!

Sports Hub Tops at Marconi's

EEO Webinar
Sound Bites 2-14!
Join us for
Sound Bites 2014!
Wednesday, October 29th | Verve Crowne Plaza, Natick

Starting at 2:00 p.m., learn from the experts: Dave Burke presents “Street Smart Strategies for Selling More Car Dealers” and Fred Jacobs presents a three-part seminar, covering how radio listeners use technology, how stations use social and mobile, and “The Care and Feeding of Talent” focusing on radio’s most important asset.

In the evening, network and socialize with other Massachusetts broadcasters, starting with a cocktail reception and annual meeting, followed by comedian Bob Marley, the MBA Broadcasting Awards, food, drinks and door prizes!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
WHERE: The Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA
1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760
TIME: 2:00 p.m. Seminars, 5:00 p.m. Cocktails, Annual Meeting, Entertainment and Awards.


Broadcasters Work to Preserve Retrans
Following efforts from television broadcasters across the country, “Local Choice”, along with other potentially harmful amendments to the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA) were removed or modified during a Senate Commerce Committee mark up session on September 17th.

The bill, largely thought to be “must pass” legislation for satellite providers that allows satellite pay subscribers to import distant broadcast signals, included a “Local Choice” amendment that would have caused broadcasters to be a la carte option for viewers starting in 2017. READ MORE >>
MBA Awards 21 Scholarships in 2014!
Each year, the MBA is pleased to hand deliver 21 scholarships to deserving students. Ten students are awarded a $1,000 Families in Broadcasting Scholarship, created to aid employees at member stations as their children pursue higher education. Students were required to provide an essay and high school or college transcripts in order to qualify.

Ten additional students are awarded Student Broadcaster Scholarships in the amount of $2,000.

MBA Finds First Year Success in Paid Interns
The first year of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association’s Paid Internship Program is in the books and by all accounts it was largely successful for both our participating stations and interns.  The MBA awarded seven internships to member stations from all across the Commonwealth.  READ MORE >>
Sports Hub Tops at Marconi’s     
WBZ-FM, 98.5 “The Sports Hub” took home Sports Station of the Year honors at the 2014 Marconi Radio Awards September 11th in Indianapolis.  Congratulations to all at The Sports Hub and CBS Radio!

To see all of the Marconi winners, click here.
Earn Valuable EEO Credit at our Webinar!
Earn EEO credit by attending the MBA's webinar, "Making It Work: A Broadcaster’s Guide to the FCC’s EEO Rule," on October 7th at 2 p.m., hosted by Laurie Lynch Flick of the Washington, D.C. firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. Click here to Register.
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