Membership Newsletter
May 7, 2020
NAB SHOW EXPRESS IS NEXT WEEK
FREE TO EVERYONE (NAB MEMBER OR NOT)
NAB Show Express to Feature Conversation With FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith will participate in a keynote conversation Wednesday, May 13 during the  NAB Show Express Welcome  event. The industry’s top regulator and the head of NAB will discuss communications policy issues before the FCC, including spectrum policy and media ownership.

The opening session will be streamed on  nabshowexpress.com  at 12 p.m. on May 13 and available on-demand following its conclusion.

The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.
Designated FCC chairman by President Donald Trump in January 2017, Pai has taken great strides to modernize the rules and regulations that apply to the nation's radio and television broadcasters. He has been instrumental in paving the way for Next Gen TV, working hard to reform the Commission's long-outdated local media ownership rules, reinvigorating AM radio by, among other things, helping broadcasters gain access to FM translators, and clearing much of the regulatory underbrush that makes it harder for broadcasters to serve the public. Chairman Pai, who has also served on the FCC staff and as a commissioner, has shown dedication to his job and openness to arguments from all sides.

Prior to joining NAB in 2009, Smith was a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon, serving on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over telecommunications issues.

The NAB Show Express Welcome event will also feature Smith’s “State of the Broadcast Industry” address and the presentation of the  NAB Distinguished Service Award  to Jim Henson, the artist, innovator, and visionary creator of the Muppets. The  Crystal Radio Awards Digital Leadership Award  and  Engineering Achievement Awards  will also be presented. Coloff Media’s KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, IA will receive the  NAB Crystal Heritage Award .
KBA SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS NEXT WEEK
Over the last 8 years, the KBA has awarded over $330,000 to high school seniors and college students to further their education. The deadline to apply for either scholarship is May 15, 2020.

If you have employees with high school seniors, please make them aware of the KBA Scholarship Fund.

For more information, click  HERE.
EEO RELIEF FOR BROADCASTERS?
EEO Relief for Broadcasters Hiring in the Post-Shutdown...

The FCC yesterday announced a policy that will relieve broadcasters of wide-dissemination EEO obligations in rehiring laid-off employees in a post-shutdown world. Because of the significant economic hit taken by broadcasters when so many...

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LBS WEBINAR WITH PAUL WEYLAND
TUESDAY, MAY 12TH @ 12:00 PM EDT
You Can't Sell It If You Can't Tell It!
Making Your Mark in a Recovering Economy
You know, and I know that a stable relationship between you and your local direct prospect could be a lifesaver right now for your client's business. But developing a client relationship can be challenging when you can't get an initial meeting, much less an opportunity to present and close. In this "presentations" session, Paul Weyland shows you how to come up with the best idea and then deliver the finest presentation your client has NEVER seen. 

After this webinar, you'll get essential meetings faster and close more annual local direct business than you did, even before the pandemic. As always, come prepared with some product/service categories you're pitching now, and we'll come up with commercial ideas for them "on the spot." 

Make sure that you grab a seat and register today.
Provided as a free service to KBA member stations
DENNIS WHARTON TO RETIRE FROM NAB
Wharton To Retire From NAB After 24 Years - Radio Ink

The National Association of Broadcasters announced Tuesday that Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of Communications, is retiring effective July 1. Wharton, a 24-year veteran of NAB and the longest-serving spokesman in the organization's...

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DOL NOW FULLY ENFORCING FFCRA PAID LEAVE RULES FOR CORONAVIRUS
After observing a 30-day nonenforcement period to help employers come into compliance with new paid leave rules, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has  announced  that it is fully enforcing all provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The FFCRA requires private employers with fewer than 500 employees and certain government employers to provide paid leave for their employees, either for the employees’ own health needs or to care for others, for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These requirements apply for employee leave taken between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Now that the temporary policy has expired, the DOL is fully enforcing the FFCRA. Employers may still face retroactive penalties for violations committed during the nonenforcement period under certain circumstances. According to the DOL’s frequently asked questions ( FAQs ) about the FFCRA, the agency will retroactively enforce violations back to the effective date of April 1, 2020, if employers have not remedied the violations. Penalties for FFCRA violations include civil lawsuits and criminal charges punishable by imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000.

The laws take effect within 15 days of passage; the leave benefits will expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
FROM KBA'S ENGINEERING NEWSLETTER:
CHANGES TO ONLINE PUBLIC FILE
If you’ve recently logged in to or just accessed your station’s online public file, you may have noticed an “alert” banner notice at the top of the page noting that the FCC has implemented database caching on OPIF document uploads as of April 3, 2020 and that up to a one-hour delay may be experienced between when a file is uploaded and when it can be viewed. 

The caching action has resulted in a much quicker response to the publicly available FCC public file page (it used to pause for 10 seconds or more). On the other hand, for stations that have gotten into the habit of uploading a document and then checking the publicly accessible page to confirm the upload, your efforts may be frustrated for up to an hour while the cache process updates.
NEW COVID-19 PSA'S AVAILABLE
NAB has produced new public service announcements (PSAs) for stations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PSAs focus on a message of hope and encouragement for Americans. They direct listeners and viewers to  WeAreBroadcasters.com/Hope
The PSAs are available in :30 and :15, English and Spanish, and the TV spots are closed captioned. Please note: if you customize the PSA, it may strip the closed captioning. Please be sure your PSAs are closed captioned before airing. 

To date, stations have donated an immense amount of airtime to NAB's COVID-19 PSAs. Since March 12, stations have aired the PSAs over 411,000 times for an estimated ad value of more than $90 million. This does not include station-produced PSAs and spots from other organizations, which we know broadcasters are also running.  

Thank you for your outstanding service during this difficult time for our country.
THIS ECAST SPONSORED BY PEM
DATES TO REMEMBER
JULY 15, 2020
9:00 am - KBA Board of Directors Meeting

OCTOBER 11-13, 2020
KBA Annual Conference (Owensboro, KY)

*All times shown are Eastern
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EAS
The next required monthly test will be Thursday, May 21st @ 3:50 am eastern time.

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