Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Feb. 2-6

Below is a letter written by GAB President Bob Houghton and shared with members on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015.   Good Afternoon, As we say goodbye to January, I am reminded of how quickly the seasons can pass us by.  This coming Monday kicks off Georgia’s annual Severe Weather Preparedness Week (note the slight change…

80th Anniversary Kick-Off

Thank you to everyone who came out to kick off our 80th Anniversary.  We started last week’s activities with a special “Launch Party” on Thursday, followed by Breakfast with Counsel, and our annual Hall of Fame Luncheon.  This year we honored Ken Cook from WAGA-TV in Atlanta, John and Bobbie Foster from WCON-AM/FM in Cornelia, Mike…

FREE SALES WEBINAR: Auto Advertising

The Georgia Association of Broadcasters presents. . . Radio Advertising Bureau’s The Key to Auto Advertising: Integration One-Hour, Live Online Webinar Thursday, January 22, 2015 4:00 PM Eastern Presenters: Bob Shuman and Lisa Phillips _________________________ For many auto dealers, their second or third biggest expenditure is their advertising investment. But with more car buyers researching their…

FCC proposes to interpret definition of MVPDs

Late last Friday, the FCC released its long-anticipated NPRM, which proposes to interpret the statutory definition of multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) to include certain Internet-based distributors of video programming, or OVDs. While the NAB and GAB are still analyzing the proposed rule change, here is a brief overview of what the FCC has in mind:…

FCC Proposes to Extend Online Public File Obligations to Broadcast Radio Licensees and Others

On December 18, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in which it proposes to expand to cable operators, satellite TV (“DBS”) providers, broadcast radio licensees, and satellite radio licensees the requirement that public inspection files be posted to the FCC’s online database. For radio stations, the NPRM proposes phasing in the online public…

Help Make the Case for Localism in Georgia Broadcasting

Many of you have probably read NAB’s Dennis Wharton’s blog post “Dumb Stuff Said in Washington, D.C.” Now several trade publications, namely TVNewsCheck have taken issue with the notion that localism is myth and have begun collecting information across the country to help debunk this idea.  You can help with this fight.  Take a few minutes to provide…

2015 Georgia EAS Required Monthly Test Schedule

Georgia’s radio and television stations are our state’s first line of emergency notification, whether the situation involves severe weather, civil defense, missing persons, or law enforcement emergencies. The Georgia Association of Broadcasters, with member input, worked with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/GEMA and created Georgia’s Emergency Alert System. GAB serves as a clearinghouse for all…

FCC proposes more flexible contest disclosure requirements

At today’s Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) designed to provide broadcasters greater flexibility in their disclosure of contest terms as required by the Commission’s rules. Under the current rule, stations must disclose material contest terms over the air.  While this disclosure method will remain an option, the NPRM proposes…