Membership Newsletter April 18, 2019
TURNER MOVING TO TELEVISION
Bridgett Turner, General Manager of Forcht Broadcasting’s WFTG, WWEL, WANV in London, announced earlier this week that she has accepted a position as Business Development Director for WYMT in Hazard. Mike Tarter, President and CEO of Forcht Broadcasting, shared his thoughts about Turner's time with the Company, “Bridgett exemplified what you look for in a GM... integrity, leadership, a passion for the industry, a strong seller, a mentor, friend and a willingness to do what has to be done. She has done such a good job in London and I wish her nothing but the best in her new position."

When asked about her time with Forcht and the new opportunity with Gray Television, Bridgett said, “the eleven years I have spent in broadcasting with Forcht Broadcasting have truly been some of the best years of my career. Mike Tarter has been a wonderful mentor and friend and making this decision was nothing short of what you would expect. It was difficult. However, from change comes new opportunities and growth and I very grateful to have this new opportunity presented to me by Neil Middleton and everyone at WYMT. I am very excited to begin this new chapter in broadcasting as their Business Development Director for WYMT Hazard and also working in conjunction with WKYT Lexington. I’ve finally broken into TV which is where a friend of mine told me long ago is where I should be!"

Turner’s last day with Forcht will be Friday, April 26th.
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FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON ALL-DIGITAL AM PROPOSAL
by: David Oxenford
The FCC yesterday released a  Public Notice  announcing the receipt of the Petition for Rulemaking asking that the FCC allow  AM stations the option to operate an all-digital facility We wrote about that Petition here . Currently, AM digital operations are allowed only in a  hybrid mode  – where the station transmits both an analog and a digital signal. Proponents of the all-digital operation argue that the full digital operation allows for better reception and increased stability of the transmission, and submit that it is time for stations that are willing to transmit in this better system to be allowed to do so without having to seek experimental authority – the only way in which an all-digital AM transmission is now allowed.

Some have suggested that, in order for the FCC to move this proposal forward on a timely basis, industry support is needed. Comments on this Petition for Rulemaking, specifically seeking comments on allowing operation in the  MA3 All-Digital Mode of HD Radio , are due on  May 13 . If you are interested in having the option to operate an all-digital AM station, comments urging the FCC to move forward on this Petition should be filed by that deadline. Once comments are received, the FCC will consider them and, if they sense enough industry support, they will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking additional comments on rules for implementing this proposal. FCC approval for an all-digital AM service will not happen overnight, but this Public Notice and the comments due in May are certainly the first step in this evolution of AM radio. 
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
Chris Winkle
KBA President & CEO

Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters' Awards
About 200 professional and college broadcasters attended the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters’ storytelling workshop and annual awards presentation in Lexington on Saturday. The Kentucky Broadcasters Association was a prime sponsor for both events. About 70 students, advisers and professionals participated in a four-hour multimedia reporting session by Brendan Keefe, investigative reporter for WXIA-TV in Atlanta. Keefe’s session was titled “The Insurgent Journalist: Tips, Tools and Tricks from a Solo Investigative Storyteller.” Reviews from attendees were overwhelmingly positive.

Saturday evening, about 130 Kentucky journalists and guests attended the KAPB awards presentation to honor the best in Kentucky broadcast journalism in 2018. KBA’s logo was featured prominently on the awards presentation and plaques and certificates. Chairman-elect Brad Odil spoke on behalf of KBA. College Best of Show scholarships of $300 each were presented by Odil and AP Regional Director Adam Yeomans to Natalie Turner of Western Kentucky University (radio) and Curtis Franklin of the University of Kentucky (TV).
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE TOMORROW
KBA High School Senior Scholarship
This high school senior scholarship is a post-secondary partial scholarship program for children of employees of Kentucky radio and television stations. In 2019 the KBA will award fourteen (14) scholarship of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) each to qualified sons and daughters of employees of Kentucky broadcast stations.  

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 19, 2019.

KBA Harry Barfield Scholarship
This year, six scholarships of $2,500 each are available to students who are currently majoring in broadcasting or communications at a college or university in Kentucky. The scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process which includes academic achievement, the recommendation of a faculty member, and extracurricular activities. The scholarship awards are renewable for a second year provided recipients continue to meet specified criteria. Priority consideration will be given to students who are rising juniors.
 
The program, now in its 30th consecutive year, is named in honor of Harry Barfield, the late chairman of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and manager of WLEX-TV in Lexington.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 19, 2019.

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