2019 EAS SCHEDULE RELEASED AND IMPORTANT NOTE FOR BROADCASTERS
Print the 2019 KY EAS Schedule by clicking here.
Members please note that the required monthly test (RMT) scheduled for 1/17/19 will strategically air at 5:50a est. The reason for this rather odd time, is to compensate for the spectrum repack work that is being conducted in the Lexington market. In order for the test to transmit under full-power conditions, it must originate during pre-daylight hours. Future tests may be affected by similar circumstances. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Should you have any questions, concerns or issues after the test has been sent, please contact Scott Cason at (502) 376-4851 or Chris Winkle at (859) 588-0503.
KBA SALES REPRESENTATIVE SURVEY
We would appreciate your input as we plan sales training sessions and events for 2019. Please take a moment and answer the following 5 questions via Survey Monkey by clicking here .
NEWS & NOTES
WHOP-AM
Congratulations to Forcht Broadcasting’s WHOP-AM in Hopkinsville, KY. The station celebrated its 79 th year on Tuesday of this week.
NOTES FROM JOHN F. GARZIGLIA
RAMIFICATIONS OF EXTENDED FCC SHUTDOWN
John F. Garziglia
Partner
Dear KBA Members,
 
As of noon on January 3 rd , FCC operations suspended as a result of the governmental shutdown. 
 
This is a courtesy note regarding some of the ramifications that an extended FCC shutdown may have for broadcast stations. The relevant FCC Public Notice regarding the shutdown may be viewed at:  Impact of Potential Lapse in Funding on Commission Operations. 
  
The most immediate concern is that the FCC has terminated public and broadcast station access to all online public files during the shutdown. New material cannot now be uploaded to broadcast station online public files, and the public cannot view them. 
 
This raises the issue of what broadcast stations are to do on the upcoming January 10 th deadline for uploading the 4 th Quarter 2018 Issues/Programs Lists, as well as how to handle political file material.
 
ISSUES/PROGRAMS LISTS: 
 
The 4 th Quarter 2018 Issues/Programs Lists should be timely prepared despite the shutdown. If the FCC should resume normal operations on or prior to January 9 th , then the 4 th Quarter 2018 Issues/Programs Lists are required to be uploaded by January 10 th . If the FCC remains closed on January 10 th and beyond, then the 4 th Quarter 2018 Issues/Programs Lists must be uploaded on the second business day of normal resumed FCC operations. 
 
POLITICAL FILES:
 
For political files, there is a back-up file requirement. The FCC imposed at paragraphs 29-31 of the January 28, 2016 document titled Online Public File Expands to Radio, Cable and Satellite the requirement that broadcasters “make back-up files for the political file available to the public to ensure that they can comply with their statutory obligation to make that information available to candidates, the public, and others immediately”.  The FCC required these backups “only if and during such rare times as the Commission’s online public file is unavailable”.  
 
This now appears to be one of those “rare” times. The FCC advised that “entities may choose to meet the political file back-up requirement by periodically downloading a mirror copy of the public file, including the political file, housed on the FCC’s database”. The FCC advises that the back-up files may be retained either in paper or electronic form, or made accessible to the public online via the entity’s own website.
 
It is, of course, highly doubtful that most stations have a full back-up ready of the political contents of their online public file. But, should you be asked by a politician or member of the public for a political document or the political file, you should endeavor to make such documents available to the requesting party from whatever internal files you currently have. If you think someone is trying to trap you or otherwise take advantage of the shutdown to test the availability of such documents, I encourage you to immediately consult with your communications law counsel. 
 
OTHER RAMIFICATIONS:
 
Other broad ramifications of the shutdown include FCC applications for assignments and transfers of licenses, facility modification applications, call sign changes and other routine applications. None of these will be acted upon by the FCC, thus bringing to a standstill any broadcast station transactional or improvement activity. But, the FCC databases that contain broadcast facility information, unlike during the 2013 shutdown, remain available to the public. Also, the Commission’s ECFS system which contains public filings in FCC docketed proceedings remains available. 
 
Notably, the FCC’s broadcast station filing systems remain operational although the FCC filing fees imposed upon most applications cannot now be submitted. But, to the extent that it makes sense to file a broadcast station application during the shutdown, those can now be filed, with a payment of the requisite FCC filing fee and action following the resumption of normal FCC operations. 
 
I hope that this summary is helpful. I welcome any questions. 
 
Here’s hoping for a prosperous and productive 2019!
 
John
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
BEWARE OF SCAMMERS
Chris Winkle
President/CEO
With the federal government shutdown looming into its third week, there is yet another concern for broadcasters… scammers. Scammers are apparently calling broadcast stations pretending to be calling on behalf of the FCC and seeking to collect "FCC fees" over the telephone. The first of these calls occurred within six hours of the FCC shutting down.    With the FCC largely closed at this point, these callers are assuming that it will be very difficult for a broadcaster to ascertain the veracity of a fee claim or to confirm whether a caller is actually connected to the FCC. However, the FCC, along with the rest of the federal government, is operating only at a bare-bones "protecting life and property" level at this point. While it could certainly use the money given the current absence of congressional funding, it is not seeking to collect it from broadcasters, and certainly not over the telephone. So if you get a call claiming to be on behalf of the FCC and demanding money, be highly skeptical. Be even more skeptical if the caller wants you to pay with gift cards. The FCC is really more of a check and credit card operation, and has very complex systems for processing those forms of payment. It will not allow you to pay your regulatory fees with gift cards, and certainly doesn't do it over the telephone. If you do get such a call, one place you can report it to is the Federal Trade Commission, but you may have to wait until the federal shutdown is over, as processing complaints regarding phone scammers is one of the many FTC activities that have ceased due to the government shutdown. Until the government is back open for business, be cautious should you receive a call from anyone claiming to represent the FCC. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
DATES TO REMEMBER
JANUARY
10th @ 2pm (ET) Member Services Committee Meeting (Elizabethtown)
24th @ 9am (ET) KBA Board of Directors Meeting (KBA Headquarters)

FEBRUARY
13-16 Country Radio Seminar
26-28 Washington DC Annual Fly-In
PEP PLAYERS
OCTOBER LIST
Click here to view our list of the stations who reported PEP in the month of October 2018.
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TRAINING FROM LBS
Storytelling in 60 Seconds or (Much) Less
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019
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Thriving In the New Media & Marketing Eco System
One-Hour, Live MANAGEMENT Webinar

Wednesday, January 30 , 2019
(1:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Central/11:00 am Mountain/10:00 am Pacific)

Presented by: Jeff Schmidt
Guest: Jack Myers
Marketing budgets have been relatively flat for two decades. Organizations that effectively adapt and communicate in the new marketing eco system grow. Those that do not, consolidate/contract or collapse.

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TRAINING FROM LBS
LBS WEEKLY FEATURED VIDEOS

Kelly Orchard takes live broadcaster questions! In this session:
How do you keep a positive mindset when everything is crashing around you?
Hearing “no” when cold calling is tough, how do you stay upbeat when it seems that all you hear is “no”?
How do I avoid or impact negative coworkers?
How important are the people I spend time with when it comes to keeping a positive attitude?

Mark Levy discusses two solutions to cure many communication problems with clients, lies we are told about problems that we believe, the importance of decision making, and what to do when the wrong decision is made.

Do you understand the daily challenges that a financial planner faces? This segment will help you to get inside their world and give you direction to uncover advertising opportunities that you can translate into anything from conversation starters all the way to full campaigns!
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KENTUCKY BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION STAFF:
Chris Winkle, President/CEO

Karen Mucci, Director of Member Services

Liza Livers, Administrative Assistant

Lisa Gross, PEP Coordinator
pep@kba.org
OUR 2019 PEP SPONSORS
Chris Winkle
KBA President/CEO
David Brinkley
KBA 2019 Chairman