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Letter from the Editor
As Veruca Salt whined in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “I want it now!”  In September MBA members testified on behalf of two bills in front of the Massachusetts legislature.  H. 1553 commonly known as the Media Shield bill and H. 1679 a bill against pirate radio stations. 

It’s easy to be like Veruca and want these bills to become law immediately.  They would inarguably help reporters do their jobs and keep pirate radio stations off the air but the political process takes time.  The MBA, along with our members, particularly the members that serve on our Board of Directors continue to work hard to get these bills passed. 

We, as an organization, are committed to protecting our radio and television news reporters.  We’re committed to ousting pirate broadcasters who continue to run their illegal operations in the face of law-abiding, license holding broadcasters.  In Washington, we’re working to make sure that the government stays out of the performance royalty debate.

Our ability to provide local news, weather and entertainment is what makes our industry unique and what will continue to keep us relevant for many years to come.  We will continue to fight for you and we hope you will come along for the ride.


Sincerely,
 
Jordan Walton
Executive Director
Fall 2013 vol 1• No. 3
In This Issue
Sound Bites 2013
MBA Job Fair!
AM Radio
Media Shield and Radio Piracy Bills
NextRadio App
Continuing Education Grants
 
Join Us For
Sound Bites 2013
You're invited to a day of learning, mingling, and celebrating the best in Massachusetts broadcasting!

In the afternoon, learn from the experts: Sean Luce delivers “The Shift: Becoming a Sales Warrior in the New Media World.” For programmers and on-air staff, John Lund will be presenting a remarkable three-part seminar called “The Resiliency of Radio.” In the evening, network and socialize with other Massachusetts broadcasters, starting with a cocktail reception and annual meeting, followed by comedian Lenny Clarke, and the MBA Broadcasting Awards, plus food, drinks and door prizes!

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013
WHERE: The Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick, MA 13 60 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760
TIME: 2:00 p.m. Seminars, 5:00 p.m. Cocktails, Annual Meeting, Entertainment and Awards.
REGISTRATION: Registration fee is $20 per person.

Register before Thursday, October 31st and pay only $10 per person! All proceeds will be donated to The Jimmy Fund. Please register by Friday, November 7th online at massbroadcasters.org or by calling the M BA at 800.471.1875.

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We invite you to join us for the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Job Fair, taking place on Tuesday, November 5 at Curry College in Milton. The Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Every radio and television station in the state of Massachusetts is encouraged to participate. A participation fee of $100 is required to reserve a 12’ x 12’ booth. A booth includes one 8’ skirted table, pipe-and-drape background, and two chairs. If your station is part of a cluster, and wishes to send a representative with hiring power for more than one set of call letters, please include an additional $25 per set of call letters. For clarification on how much it will cost your station(s) to participate, please feel free to call Jordan or Anne at 1-800-471-1875.

Sign-up for a booth today at massbroadcasters.org! The deadline to reserve space is Friday, October 25!
 
AM Radio a Major Focus of NAB/RAB Radio Show
AM radio broadcasters took a front seat at the joint National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau Radio Show in Orlando, Florida last month. The week’s events included a very informative panel discussion moderated by Bryan Broadcasting Corporation Vice President and General Manager Ben Downs and was headlined by a speech from Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai.

Buoyed by a recent article in the New York Times, the “revitalization” of the AM band has been a top priority for Pai, who grew up in Kansas. He often recalls listening to his high school basketball team winning the state championship on KLKC 1540 and has stated that AM radio is a lifeline in times of emergency, especially in rural areas.

The problem for AM radio in 2013 is the ever-increasing interference from all things electronic...
 
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MA Broadcasters Testify on Media Shield and Radio Piracy Bills
On September 25 a group of Massachusetts broadcasters were on Beacon Hill to testify in favor of two bills in front of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary – H. 1553 commonly known as the “Free Flow of Information Act” or Media Shield law and H. 1679 relative to an unauthorized radio telecommunication.

Speaking on behalf of broadcasters for the Media Shield law was WCVB-TV’s Susan Wornick. Following testimony on the media shield bill, MBA Executive Director Jordan Walton along with station owners and MBA members John Garabedian, William Macek and Carl Strube testified before the committee on the harm that local pirate radio stations are doing to Massachusetts broadcasters. The panel mentioned several stations operating illegally in Massachusetts including “Touch 106” operating illegally on 106.1 and “Flava 105.5” operating somewhere in the Worcester area.

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NextRadio App at Radio Show
State Broadcaster Association Executives were granted hands on time with the new NextRadio app developed by Emmis Communications during a session of the NAB/RAB Radio Show.  The application allows users to tap into the FM chip and listen to over-the-air FM radio anywhere.
 
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Continuing Education Grants Still Available!
In a world of media consolidation and tightening budgets, training for radio and television station employees is often among the first thing to get cut.  Enter the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association’s Continuing Education Reimbursement Program (CERP).

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