Membership Newsletter
April 23, 2020
ADVOCACY ALERT: YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a severe toll on radio and television stations at a time when you are working to keep your communities safe and informed. 

As Congress considers legislation to provide relief to American businesses, we need you to take action now to urge them to stand up for businesses like yours. The KBA is not only asking station managers to complete, but we are also asking  every  staff member to do so as well.
Thank you for your continued service to your communities. We know this is an extremely difficult time; know that our advocacy team is working around the clock on your behalf. Please reach out to  nab@nab.org  or call the NAB Member Concierge at (202) 775-2555 with questions or concerns.
TODAY @ 3PM EDT
Affinity Beta Group Webinar: Efficiency in Process and Systems
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FREE RAB "ON-DEMAND" WEBINAR:
LEADING FOR SUCCESS DURING & AFTER COVID-19
A presentation from renowned financial expert and radio host Dave Ramsey. What broadcasters need to be thinking about now to weather the storm while serving their communities of listeners and advertisers.
FCC ISSUES POLITICAL ADVERTISING RECONSIDERATION ORDER
As you may recall, late last year NAB, along with other TV broadcasters, filed petitions for reconsideration of three FCC political file orders that had increased broadcast stations’ obligations to collect and disclose information about political advertisements. I am very pleased to report that the Commission unanimously  granted  those petitions in part earlier this afternoon.

Specifically, as NAB and broadcasters had requested, the FCC clarified that its October 2019 political file order was and is limited to requests for the purchase of broadcast time by issue advertisers whose commercials communicate a message relating to any political matter of national importance, not to requests for the purchase of broadcast time by or on behalf of a legally qualified candidate for public office. The FCC also clarified that it was and is the agency’s intention to apply a standard of reasonableness and good faith decision-making with respect to broadcasters’ efforts in: (a) determining whether, in context, a particular issue ad communicates a “message relating to any political matter of national importance,” thereby triggering disclosure obligations under the Communications Act and FCC rules; (b) identifying and disclosing in their online political files all political matters of national importance that are referenced in each issue ad; and (c) determining when it is appropriate to use acronyms or other abbreviations in their online political files when disclosing information about issue ads. The FCC stressed that its political file orders did not and do not impose an actual or effective strict liability regime on broadcasters. 

In addition, the FCC’s consideration order expressly rejected suggestions by certain public advocacy groups that stations should never use acronyms or abbreviations in their political files. The FCC noted that certain organizations were widely known by their acronyms (e.g., NFL) and that other organizations had legally changed their names to an acronym (e.g., AARP). Thus, the Commission granted NAB’s request that the FCC defer to broadcasters’ reasonable, good faith judgment as to whether the general public would readily comprehend the meaning of an acronym or abbreviation.
ARE YOU HIRING??
Are you hiring students or interns? If so, would you please send Chris an email at chris@kba.org.

We have a short list of broadcast students who have reached out looking for immediate opportunities.
IS YOUR EAS EQUIPMENT SECURE?
Is Your EAS Equipment Secure?

(Image credit: Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS- Off-site operations can increase the risk to your cyber safety, and the Society of Broadcast Engineers wants to help stations protect their equipment, particularly emergency alerting gear. It has...

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NAB SHOW EXPRESS: MAY 13-14, 2020
NAB Show Express: A Digital Experience

Wednesday May 13, 2020Thursday May 14, 2020 While we may not be able to meet in Las Vegas this year, NAB Show is dedicated to delivering the resources and connectivity that keeps us all moving forward. NAB Show Express has been built with the...

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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
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 Josh: 502-568-0218
EAS
The next required monthly test will be Thursday, April 16th @ 3:50 am eastern time.

Print the 2020 KY EAS Schedule by clicking here.
eCast
Did you know you can add all team
members at your station to the eCast distribution list? Simply send a list of all email addresses that need to be added to  kba@kba.org
2019 PEP SPONSORS
KENTUCKY BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION STAFF:
Chris Winkle, President & CEO
Amber Rhodes, Director of Membership & Events
Lisa Gross, PEP Coordinator
pep@kba.org
Scott Cason, Director of Engineering & Technology
Chris Winkle
KBA President & CEO
Julie H. Schmidt
2020 KBA Chairman
Kentucky Broadcasters Association
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Frankfort KY 40601
888-843-5221