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AIR WAVES official newsletter of the massachusetts broadcasters association
From the Editor
“He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!”

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS Unlike the Grinch, humans and Whos are taught this lesson at a young age.  Christmas and the Holiday Season are more about what you give than what you receive.  The same can be said for broadcasters.  All year, but particularly around the holidays, stations throughout Massachusetts give back to their communities.  Telethons, food drives, clothing drives, toy drives and other fundraising events are critical programs that help in your listening or viewing area. 

The MBA along with the National Association of Broadcasters want to make sure that those in Washington realize the real world impact that your stations make each and every day.  When your station holds an event to help those in need, email us!  Or even better, mention @mabroadcasters or @broadlyserving on Twitter. 

Keep up the great work for your viewers and listeners! 

Happy holidays,
Winter 2015 vol 3 • No. 4
In This Issue
Letter from the Editor

Sound Bites 2015

Streaming royalty reduction

2016 Dues

FAA tower lighting rule changes

2015 FCC filings
Sound Bites 2015 a resonding success
Last month the MBA held its fourth annual Sound Bites event at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.   This year’s annual meeting and mingling event featured dueling sales seminars, a keynote address from Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth, music from Country Music Association award winning singer-songwriter Lori McKenna and the MBA Broadcasting Awards.

Broadcasters get streaming royalty break in 2016
by David D. Burns
In a decision long awaited by webcasters, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has released itsnew webcasting royalty rates.  These royalties are paid by non-interactive streaming services on which listeners cannot choose the specific songs they listen to, such as Pandora and radio stations that stream their programming.  The royalties are paid to SoundExchange, a performing rights organization which collects the payments on behalf of record labels and other holders of copyrights in sound recordings. 

For commercial radio stations, the 17 cent rate is a substantial decrease from the 25 cent streaming rate currently paid.  The new rates will become effective on January 1, 2016 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020.

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2016 Dues are out
Broadcast calendars available as well
2016 MBA dues invoices for radio and television stations as well as associate members are in the mail.  If you have not received your dues invoice for 2016, please let us know!  

Your 2016 MBA membership gives you access to's on-demand sales training, the Continuing Education Reimbursement Program, ability for your station to participate in Job Fairs and Student Broadcasting Scholarship programs and much more!

We appreciate your continued support.

2016 broadcast calendars are also available for download from the MBA website. 
New tower lighting rules from the FAA
A Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular was released earlier this month that will affect marking and lighting obstructions, which includes broadcast towers.   

The changes go into effect immediately, save for new guidelines on structures exceeding 151 ft. through 350ft which will become regulation on September 15, 2016.

You can read a synopsis of the rules changes from this Radio World article and read the entire Advisory Circular on the FAA website.
MBA jointly files comments on several FCC proceedings in '15
Each year the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association files comments on numerous Federal Communications Commission proceedings on behalf of our members. 

The following is a list of the FCC proceedings in which the MBA jointly participated in 2015 thanks to Washington counsel of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and the other associations in the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations. for 2015 filings >>
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