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AIR WAVES official newsletter of the massachusetts broadcasters association
 
Letter from the Editor
As the Brothers of the Night's Watch say when one of their own has met their (inevitable) doom, "And so his watch has ended."  The lifelong commitment to guard against the evil's of the world is broken only in death.

While our struggles certainly aren't as significant as those in George RR Martin's books, our watch in Washington must also be a lifelong commitment.  As you'll read below, a number of MBA members, MBA counsel Jim Smith and I went to Washington recently to advocate on our members behalf. 

While things are generally slow during a Presidential election year, we continued to lay the groundwork to ensure that your ability to produce local news, weather, entertainment and emergency information for your communities lives on. 

In the coming months, we will remain vigilant behind the scenes in working with Congressional staffers and representatives as well as those on Beacon Hill.  We also plan on beginning a series of Congressional meetings at home with all local radio and TV members invited.  Stay tuned for more on that in the coming months.  
Thanks for reading,
Spring 2016 vol 4 • No. 1
In This Issue
Letter from the Editor

MBA to Washington DC

Partnership with BWME

Virtual Job Fair a Success

Follow us on Social Media

Cumulus' WMAS Raises almost $350k
 

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (center) is the latest to co-sponsor the Local Radio Freedom Act!
MA Broadcasters have productive trip to nation's capital
A group of owners and General Managers representing the over-the-air television and radio broadcasters of Massachusetts took to Capitol Hill recently as part of the National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference.

The MBA visited with Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren along with Representatives Seth Moulton, Richard Neal, Katherine Clark, Joseph Kennedy, Stephen Lynch, Niki Tsongas and Michael Capuano. 

 ... Read more about our hill visit >>
 
MBA partners with BWME
The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association is proud to be partnering with Boston Women in Media and Entertainment.  The two organizations will actively support each other and help publicize their member events.

Co-Founded in 2012 by Candy O'Terry and Dayla Arabella Santurri, Boston Women in Media & Entertainment is a local trade organization whose mission is to connect, educate and inspire it's members through both powerful networking opportunities and their signature series: the Story Behind Her Success. The group is now 200 strong and includes women in all media and entertainment related fields.

Thanks to our new partnership with BWME, MBA members can join for $50.00. That's 33% off their yearly membership fee! VISIT THE SITE >>
MBA's first virtual job fair a success
Many Massachusetts broadcasters took part in the MBA's first-ever virtual job fair from March 7 - March 11.  

In order to better serve our busy members, this virtual fair allowed them to avoid a long drive, hauling banners and equipment and focus on recruitment.  Job seekers also need not worry about coming to the fair in a short, three-hour window.  

In all, the MBA saw 15 station groups representing over 40 sets of call letters.  Broadcasters had dozens of job seekers register during the week of the fair.

The NEXT MBA Virtual Job Fair is slated for the week of June 20. 
 
Sound Bites 2016
We're smack dab in the middle of planning Sound Bites 2016 - The MBA's annual meeting and mingling event and we're looking for your suggestions!

If you have a seminar topic that you've been dying to know more about, email us and let us know.  Whether it's a specific speaker or general topic, we'll try our best to deliver this Fall.

Stay tuned for our Save the Date email!
Don't forget to "like" and "follow!"
Be sure to "like" the MBA on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter for current Association and Industry news!  

Also, send, share or tweet your stations "being local" so we can show everyone the great work you do in your communities!
 
Next national EAS test set for Sept.
During the NASBA/NAB EAS Forum in Washington, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the next national EAS test will take place on Wednesday, September 28 at 2:20 PM.

The announcement came just days before a largely successful regional EAS test similar to the one in New England from September 16, 2015.  Stay tuned for more information.
 
94.7 WMAS raises nearly $350k
The 2016 94.7 WMAS CMN Radiothon to benefit the Baystate Children’s Hospital broke an all-time record by raising $343,377 over the 3-day event.

“I’m so proud of the team. We’ve been doing the Radiothon since 2002, and since then have raised $3,096,424. The entire community came together to make sure local kids in the Springfield area have top notch medical care” said Cumulus Springfield Vice President Craig Swimm. 

... have a great story to tell?  Send it to us! 
MA Broadcasters HOF looking for auction items

The MA Broadcasters Hall of Fame is holding its second annual online fundraising auction in April.  

They're looking for donations of "standard" items (gift certificates, sporting event tickets, etc.) and unique items (meet and greets, special event access).  

Stations are also asked to post a link to the auction on their site with language like, "This station proudly supports the nonprofit Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame 2016 Celebrity Fundraising Auction, live from April 1 through April 17 on the Web at: http://bit.ly/1RgIrJA.  Join in on the fun!"

For more information contact Executive Director Burt Peretsky
 
 
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