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PAB Newsletter - The Frequency December 2022

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Excellence in Broadcasting Awards

The PAB Excellence in Broadcasting Awards entry portal is open.

Every May, Pennsylvania broadcasters gather to recognize the outstanding reporting and productions of the previous year. We also honor the Radio and Television Broadcasters of the Year. It is my favorite event of the year. To join in on the festivities, you have to enter.

Hope to see you next May!

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2023 PAB Excellence in Broadcasting Awards

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters cordially invites you to participate in our 2023 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards Competition. The competition encourages professional performance among radio and television stations in our state. All stations, including college stations, are encouraged to participate. Entries are $40.00 each and must be submitted online. Deadline for entries is noon January 19, 2023. All entries must have been broadcast between January 10, 2022 - January 10, 2023. 

Complete entry guidelines can be found on the awards website. A “How to Enter” guide as well as category descriptions are attached.

We look forward to receiving your entries. The winners will be honored at our Awards Luncheon in Harrisburg on May 5, 2023.

If you have any questions or need help entering, please contact Gail Ponti @ email or 717-571-0376.

2022 Gold Medal Gala

Thursday December 15, 2022—Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Philadelphia

Marc Zumoff & Kevin Negandhi to Be Honored at the Annual PAB Gold Medal Dinner


Other honorees include David Boardman, Lynn Deppen, and the Lynett-Haggerty Family

UPDATE: the top executives of the NAB will be joining us for the Gold Medal Dinner and Board Meeting. Curtis LeGeyt, President and CEO; April Carty-Sipp, EVP Industry Affairs; and Sue Keenom, SVP State, International and Board Relations will be attending.

The Board of Directors meeting Friday morning will begin with a special session, “A Conversation with Curtis”, which will be a fun informal Q & A with the NAB President and CEO. So please get your thoughts and questions ready for Curtis.


Will Electric Vehicles Kill AM Radio?

According to a recent article in, as car makers make the shift to electric, AM radio is being left out of many new dashboards. That’s because the AM band is susceptible to electromagnetic interference from the motors used in electric cars. Some automakers have decided to leave AM radio out of their new electric vehicle models – including Tesla, Mercedes and Volvo – while others like Ford and GM still include it in many of their EVs for the time being.

According to the NAB, the NAB Automotive Committee has been advocating for solutions and holding meetings with over 50 companies including nearly all car manufacturers to reinforce the value of keeping AM radio in cars, especially for emergency information and FEMA alerts. There are some preliminary technologies available that can either overcome the interference or provide AM radio signals digitally in electric vehicles.

As electric vehicles become more prominent on the road, with some even predicting that EVs will take over as early as 2030,  this is an issue worth monitoring. 

Don't Be Fooled By Fake Screenshots

Over the last few years, viral tweets of fake screenshots have exploded online and deceived millions of people. This article will give you some tips on how to identify and flag fake screenshots on Twitter and other platforms before mistakenly sharing them. Poynter

Americans See Radio As Safe Haven In Sea of Misinformation

Roughly seven in ten people agree that misinformation is “an issue” and that it is also getting “out of control.” But when it comes to where they are finding it, the study by Magna and Zefr shows most Americans believe audio is by far not the problem. InsideRadio

Meta's Layoffs Signal Parting of Ways With The News

Among the mass layoffs at the company formerly known as Facebook last month are several roles that have served as a bridge between the news industry and the sprawling tech company. NeimanLab

House Committee Takes Up American Music Fairness Act

In response to the announcement by the House Judiciary Committee that it will markup the American Music Fairness Act this week, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt:

"More than 250 bipartisan cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act, including a majority of the House of Representatives, stand with America’s local broadcasters against this onerous performance fee that would irrevocably damage local radio. In spite of this, the recording industry continues its uncompromising pursuit of this one-sided proposal that would upend the relationship between artists and broadcast radio.

"NAB remains committed to working to find a mutually beneficial solution to this decades-old policy disagreement, but this AMFA proposal is not the answer. A markup of this legislation as drafted simply ensures that yet another Congress will pass without meaningful progress on this issue."

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State Leadership Conference

Feb 27 - March 1, 2023

Washington, D.C.

NAB Show

April 16 - 19, 2023

Las Vegas


This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: 

November 26 to December 2, 2022

By David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

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