Promoting and Advocating for the Broadcasters of Nevada, While Serving the Public

Nevada Broadcasters Association

2018 New Year Update

Posted On: February 17, 2018

Dear Members & Friends,

     Welcome to 2018 and to our website! A new year brings new leadership to the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NVBA). Veteran Broadcaster Mitch Fox has come on board to serve as our new President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mitch has served in the broadcast industry for more than 30 years.  He spent much of his career in Las Vegas working in Public Broadcasting and most recently was Nevada State Director for the Porter Group, a Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm. 

   Under Fox’s leadership, the NVBA Board and Staff will continue its mission to promote and advocate for governmental policies that benefit our member stations and to maintain a leadership role in our state,  ... Read More

FCC LMS Filing System Off-Line for Maintenance For Parts of This Weekend – Making Biennial Ownership Report Filings More Difficult

Posted On: February 15, 2018

Note, for all of you who are trying to complete your Biennial Ownership Reports that are due for commercial and noncommercial stations on March 2 (see our post here about the March 2 filing date), the FCC yesterday posted a notice on the log-in screen for its LMS electronic database, in which the ownership reports are filed, that it will be off-line for maintenance during parts of the upcoming 3-day weekend. As the system has had glitches in recent weeks, that maintenance may be overdue, but if you are running late on completing the Biennial Ownership Reports,  ... Read More

Court of Appeals Denies Rehearing on Multilingual EAS Obligations for Broadcasters

Posted On: February 15, 2018

As we wrote here, MMTC (a DC-based public interest group) had petitioned the US Court of Appeals for a Rehearing on its decision (about which we wrote here) upholding the FCC decision deciding not to impose any multilingual EAS obligations on broadcasters. The full Court of Appeals has just issued a one sentence order denying that reconsideration request. While, theoretically, MMTC’s next appeal would be to the Supreme Court, lacking an issue of major significance or constitutional importance, that is unlikely.

Thus, as we wrote here, the next step in any attempt to deal with multilingual EAS alerts will be with the FCC,  ... Read More

Northern Golf Tournament

Posted On: February 14, 2018

The NVBA is excited to announce the 2nd annual northern golf tournament to benefit the Nevada Broadcaster's Tony and Linda Bonnici Scholarship Fund at the beautiful Grizzly Ranch Golf Club. This Scholarship Fund awards up to full tuition scholarships to Nevada Youth. In the past six years, 113 scholarships have been awarded to talented and dedicated students attending Nevada’s colleges or universities.

So round up a foursome of friends and business associates, grab your sticks and support the Nevada Broadcasters Association Scholarship Foundation!

Southern Golf Tournament

Posted On: February 14, 2018

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcast Scholarship Fund at the beautiful Las Vegas National Golf Club. This Scholarship Fund awards up to full tuition scholarships to Nevada Youth. In the past six years, 113 scholarships have been awarded to talented and dedicated students attending Nevada’s colleges or universities.

With the March 1 Deadline Looming, What Should Radio Stations Be Doing to Prepare Their Online Public File? – Five Questions About Station Obligations

Posted On: February 13, 2018

On a day when the rest of the country is thinking about chocolate and Champagne, many radio stations need to be considering the FCC requirement that their public inspection file be made available online in a system hosted by the FCC. From the calls I have received in the last few days, it appears that, even though the FCC adopted the requirements two years ago (see our post here), and station groups with 5 or more employees in the Top 50 markets had to covert to the online file soon thereafter, many smaller stations are only now realizing that the March 1 mandatory conversion date for all stations – commercial and noncommercial – is fast approaching.  ... Read More

Five Fines of $10,000 or More Proposed for Radio Stations Missing Quarterly Issues Programs Lists in their Public File – New Concerns for Stations as Public File Goes Online and License Renewal Approaches

Posted On: February 8, 2018

The FCC’s Audio Division yesterday issued “Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture” to five radio stations; all owned by Cumulus Licensing. Each of these notices proposed a fine (called a “forfeiture” in FCC-speak) of either $10,000 (here) or $12,000 (here, here, here and here), all for violations of the FCC public file rules. All of these stations, located in close proximity in eastern South Carolina, were missing numerous sets of Quarterly Issues Programs lists that should have been included in their public files in the last license renewal term.  ... Read More

NVBA Announces New President & CEO

Posted On: February 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nevada Broadcasters Association – News Release

February 1, 2018

Veteran Broadcaster Mitch Fox Named President of Nevada Broadcasters Association Mitch Fox to Assume Duties February 12, 2018

            Viola Cody, SVP of Integrated Marketing Solutions for Entravision Reno TV & Radio, and Chairman of the Nevada Broadcasters Association announced today that long-time Nevada broadcaster Mitch Fox has been selected as the next President and CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association. Fox succeeds Mary Beth Sewald, who left the organization to become President and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.  ... Read More

NVBA 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Nominations are Now Open

Posted On: February 1, 2018

Nominations for induction into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame are now open until April 30, 2018 or until we have reached 35 qualified nominees. To qualify a person must have at least 20 years in the broadcast industry, with 5 of those years in Nevada.

To submit a nomination please fill out the form found HERE and return it to NVBA@NevadaBroadcasters.org

Nominations are reviewed on a First Come First Served basis and the number of inductees will be limited to the first 35 qualified nominees.

The 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on August 18,  ... Read More

What Stations Need to Know about Blue Alerts

Posted On: February 1, 2018

What Stations Need to Know about Blue Alerts

By Susan Ashworth
http://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/0002/what-stations-need-to-know-about-the-latest-blue-alert-deadline/341134

The countdown toward implementation of Blue Alerts has begun.

EAS device manufacturers now have 12 months to make it possible for Blue Alerts — characterized by the three-character BLU code — to be delivered over the nation’s Emergency Alert System. It was in December that the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order that required EAS devices to have the capability to transmit the newly adopted Blue Alert code, which can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement.  ... Read More

Thank you for visiting the Nevada Broadcasters Association website

It is truly an honor for me to serve as the new President and CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association. I want to thank the NVBA Board of Directors for their vote of confidence in me.

I would also like to recognize Mary Beth Sewald, my predecessor and current President and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, for her friendship and support. Mary Beth and the dedicated NVBA staff have developed one of the most respected broadcast organizations in the country and I hope to build upon that success with your input and engagement.

Additionally, I hope to use my experience in broadcasting, government, education, business and communications to take the Association to new levels of influence and prominence. Broadcasters need a unified voice, as we tell our message in the halls of Congress, at our state capitol and in our communities. The Nevada Broadcasters Association will continue to be that voice and a passionate advocate for our industry.

Mitch Fox
President and CEO
Nevada Broadcasters Association

2018 New Year Update

Dear Members & Friends,

     Welcome to 2018 and to our website! A new year brings new leadership to the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NVBA). Veteran Broadcaster Mitch Fox has come on board to serve as our new President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mitch has served in the broadcast industry for more than 30 years.  He spent much of his career in Las Vegas working in Public Broadcasting and most recently was Nevada State Director for the Porter Group, a Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm. 

   Under Fox’s leadership, the NVBA Board and Staff will continue its mission to promote and advocate for governmental policies that benefit our member stations and to maintain a leadership role in our state, ensuring a vibrant and successful future for local television and radio.

     The NVBA relies on the grassroots leadership and strength of our member stations and we thank you all for your continued support and for allowing us to serve your stations and the industry at large as we move through the remainder of 2018.

Best Wishes,

Viola Cody, Chair