Membership Newsletter
January 23, 2020
WEKY (RICHMOND) SUFFERS WIND DAMAGE
Straight line winds, in excess of 80 mph, did much damage in Madison County on Saturday January 11th, 2020. One of the casualties was Richmond's heritage AM station, 1340 WEKY, nearing it's 70th year of broadcast service to Richmond, KY
This picture sums up all that remained of the transmission facilities after the storm. A rack of equipment, and some block still in place. The roof, most of the building, the electrical and phone services were completely destroyed and severed from the once standing block structure. After coming to grips with the magnitude of the situation, Wallingford Media President Kelly Wallingford headed up a bold effort to get the station back on air in time for one of it's signature annual broadcasts, the '"All A Classic" basketball tournament, that was just over 1 week away at the time.. WEKY also has an FM companion that simulcast the same programming on 92.5 FM. Wallingford stated that because of FCC regulations, if the AM station is off the air, you also must shut down the FM. So both stations were affected and off the air. 

Miraculously, on January 21st, both stations were back operational just in time for coverage of the basketball tournament that Richmond has become the host city for. Wallingford stated "the rallying of support from the community and fellow broadcasters has been overwhelming. The workmen who have braved bitter cold conditions, and worked expeditiously to make this happen, have worked with a sense of purpose and pride, knowing they were working to restore something of meaning and great importance, something that was part of, and had in some way, touched all their lives." Wallingford made a special point to emphasize the importance of doing business locally. “All these wonderful people were there for us in our time of need, something I will always remember.”
WE ARE KENTUCKY BROADCASTERS
A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to consider airing the WE ARE BROADCASTERS spots from the NAB. We have produced a new radio spot specific to Kentucky. Please replace the NAB spot with the one below, through April 15, 2020. A new localized TV spot is in production.

Click HERE to download the new WE ARE KY BROADCASTERS radio spot.
MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE UPDATES
JULIE MILAM TAKES OVER AS MEMBER SERVICES CHAIR
Julie Milam, General Manager of WNKY-TV in Bowling Green, has accepted an appointment to serve as the Chairman of the Member Services Committee. Milam previously served as a member of the committee, under the leadership of Mark Buckles.

Also joining the committee by appointment is Amy Stroud of Forcht Broadcasting and Tom McMakin of Gateway Radio Works.

If you have any suggestions or feedback regarding KBA's various member services, please feel free to contact Julie Milam at julie.milam@wnky.com.
NATPE ADDED TO KBA MEMBER SERVICE REIMBURSEMENTS
KBA's Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to add the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) conference to the list of continuing education reimbursements, as an option to attending the Sales and Marketing Television Exchange (SMTE). KBA members may chose reimbursement for either NATPE or SMTE in a calendar year.

Members may received up to a $1,000 reimbursement, per attendee, having completed the online reimbursement form with supporting receipts.
KBA'S LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON A SUCCESS
Last Thursday, the Kentucky Broadcasters Association hosted a legislative luncheon for members of the Kentucky General Assembly in the Capitol Annex cafeteria. The event was a success as numerous Members interacted and shared lunch with KBA's Board of Directors.

The goal was to showcase the Kentucky Broadcasters Association name and tell our story of service to our communities.
WASHINGTON, DC FLY-IN IS FEB 24-26, 2020
2020 DC FLY-IN ITINERARY

Monday, February 24
Group Arrives
KBA Group Dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill

Tuesday, February 25
NAB Issues Debriefing
Capitol Hill Visits
NAB Reception @ Union Station

Wednesday, February 26
Dean of the Delegation Breakfast
White House Tour
Group Departs
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DATES TO REMEMBER
FEBRUARY 19-21, 2020
Country Radio Show (Nashville, TN)

FEBRUARY 24-26, 2020
Washington DC Fly-In

APRIL 8, 2020
9:00 am - KBA Board of Directors Meeting @ KBA Headquarters in Frankfort

APRIL 18-22, 2020
NAB Show (Las Vegas, NV)

OCTOBER 11-13, 2020
KBA Annual Conference (Owensboro, KY)
HOTLINES
ENGINEERING HOTLINE
KBA’s new Engineering Hotline is up and running. If you have a question for Scott, please call (866) 4KBAHELP.



KBA ENGINEERING HOTLINE
(866) 4KBAHELP
LEGAL HOTLINE
Get answers to your everyday regulatory questions – political, EEO, public file and Kentucky legal concerns. No charges for any questions that can be answered by phone without research.

Call Dawn: 202-256-9551
Call Monica: 513-651-6783
EAS
The next required monthly test will be Thursday, February 20th @ 3:50 am eastern time.

Print the 2020 KY EAS Schedule by clicking here.
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KENTUCKY BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION STAFF:
Chris Winkle, President & CEO
Amber Rhodes, Executive Assistant
Lisa Gross, PEP Coordinator
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Scott Cason, Director of Engineering & Technology
Chris Winkle
KBA President & CEO
Julie H. Schmidt
2020 KBA Chairman
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