Membership Newsletter
March 12, 2020
BROADCASTING FROM THE FRONT LINES
The quiet little river town of Cynthiana, known primarily for being the home of Coach Joe B. Hall and The Walk Dead creators, was thrust into the spotlight over the weekend with Kentucky's first confirmed case of the coronavirus. In a County of less than 18,000 people, the announcement was both shocking and concerning.

Like other stations in Kentucky do when bad weather threatens, emergencies happen or public health issues arise, WCYN was ready to serve.

Immediately following the announcement late Friday about the first case of the virus, the station took to the airwaves and social media to raise awareness and share information that was vital to the residents of Harrison County. The station broadcast numerous live press conferences, both locally and from the State Capitol. In conjunction, programming was altered to produce special forums and town hall discussions with health care professionals, school system representatives, city and county officials and others directly related to the prevention and treatment of patients. Trent Harris, the station's General Manager said, "there was no playbook or special instructions on how to handle an infectious disease like COVID-19. But it became apparent that what we needed to do, was what we do best... serve the community with accurate, relevant and reliable information in a timely manner."

As the coronavirus is likely to accelerate across the State, broadcasters will undoubtedly play a critical role as "first informers", sharing information with the communities that they serve. #wearebroadcasters
NAB SHOW IN APRIL AS BEEN CANCELLED
March 11, 2020

Dear NAB Show community,

As you know, we have been carefully monitoring coronavirus developments both domestically and globally over the past few weeks.

In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community.

This was not an easy decision. Fortunately, we did not have to make this decision alone, and are grateful to our NAB Show community for engaging with us as we grappled with the rapidly-evolving situation. This Show is as much yours as it is ours, and it is important to us that we move forward together.
For nearly 100 years, NAB Show has provided superior value and the best possible experience for exhibitors and attendees. We knew that if we could not deliver on those expectations, we would not move forward. More importantly, keeping the community safe and healthy is NAB’s highest priority; therefore, we are deferring to the developing consensus from public health authorities on the challenges posed by coronavirus.

We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so. We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward.

I want to stress that despite our disappointment at how this year’s Show has been impacted by global public health concerns, we are more excited than ever about the future of NAB Show and our relationship with you.

We are grateful for each and every member of our Show community. It is your passion for the industry that makes NAB Show a success year after year, and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future as we look ahead to new possibilities later this year and beyond.

Sincerely,

Gordon H. Smith
President/CEO
National Association of Broadcasters
STATIONS HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS
KET hosted a live on-air public forum concerning the coronavirus on Tuesday evening. To view the forum and related resources, click HERE.

WKYT-TV will present Coronavirus: A Community Conversation with community leaders and health experts at 7pm tonight on the CW Lexington.
JOSH O'BRYAN TAKES OVER LEGAL HOTLINE
Monica Dias has answered many of your in-state legal questions over the years on one of KBA's legal hotlines. Monica informed the KBA this week that she is leaving Frost Brown Todd on March 13th. Monica will assume a similar role, defending the rights of broadcasters, with E.W. Scripps Company. Josh O’Bryan, a partner at Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, has served as the KBA Board attorney since 2016, will assume the responsibility of fielding your in-state legal questions. 

Josh is a native Kentuckian whose legal practice focuses on corporate governance and transactional matters for both for-profit and not-for-profit companies in multiple industries, including broadcasting.  

“I’m both honored and excited to have this opportunity to expand my role with the KBA. I’ve really enjoyed working with the KBA board and staff over the years, and I look forward to working more closely with the rest of the membership through the hotline. I truly appreciate President Chris Winkle and the KBA board for entrusting me with this important member service.”
P1 LEARNING CLASSES START MARCH 23RD
Recent surveys show that employees are moving to companies that put their people first over the bottom line. As an KBA Member, we want to help put your team first by providing them with quality training and support from day one.
Through a partnership with P1 Learning, their trainers will guide your entry level sellers through a combination of online courses, weekly conference calls, testing, and homework assignments. All designed to make them great sellers.

Starting today, you can now enroll your entry level sellers in the 7-week online P1 Plus program. The session starts Monday, March 23, 2020 and space is limited, so take advantage of this training for your team and register today by visiting, p1learning.com/p1-plus-sign-up

Happy employees lead to great productivity and retention, which inadvertently leads to greater profit! But don’t take our word for it. Take it from Nicole J . “Since I have taken the [P1 Plus] program I have gained so much confidence in my approach. I also have to say I made $10,000 more this year than last year and I believe it is because of what I learned in the class. Thank you so very much!!!
DID YOU KNOW??
Each week, Scott Cason (KBA's Director of Engineer & Technology), circulates a free newsletter with the latest engineering news and technology updates. If you are not receiving the Engineering Newsletter, please email Scott at engineering@kba.org.
TALENT INSTITUTE DEADLINE EXTENDED
The application deadline for the KBA/WKU National Radio Talent Institute has been extended until Friday, March 27, 2020. The Radio Talent Institute will be held on the campus of Western Kentucky University, July 20-29th. Radio interns and part-timers are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information and a complete application packet, please click HERE.
KBA SCHOLARSHIP APPS BEING ACCEPTED
KBA is now accepting scholarship applications for both the high school scholarship and the Harry Barfield scholarship. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. For more information click HERE .
THIS ECAST SPONSORED BY PEM
DATES TO REMEMBER
APRIL 4, 2020
5:30 pm - Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards @ Galt House

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

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, March 19th @ 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, Executive Assistant
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
101 Enterprise Dr
Frankfort KY 40601
888-843-5221