JUNE 22, 2023

EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING AWARDS

ENTRY WINDOW IS NOW OPEN

The entry window for the 2023 KBA Excellence in Broadcasting Awards is now open through July 31st. Click the button below for rules, category descriptions and instructions for submitting an entry.

RADIO DIVISION

Station of the Year

Best Morning Show

Best Talk Show

Best News Coverage

Best Sports Play By Play

Best Locally Produced Commercial

Best Digital Product

Rookie of the Year

TELEVISION DIVISION

Station of the Year

Best Morning Newscast

Best Evening Newscast

Best Sportscast

Best Weathercast

Best Locally Produced Commercial

Best Digital Product

Rookie of the Year

The Excellence in Broadcasting Awards will be presented, along with the 2023 Legacy Awards, on Monday evening, September 25th, during KBA's Annual Conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

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HOW RADIO USED VIDEO TO HELP A GIRL IN NEED

We all know that a broadcasters dedication and commitment to serve their local community is beyond compare. In this story, mix in a sheriff, a country star, some fancy video work by a radio guy, and you've got the perfect recipe to help a 12-year old girl battling leukemia.


K105 in Leitchfield shared that Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins was patrolling earlier this month when he was called to help a motorist in Caneyville. That motorist was none other than country star Elvie Shane.


Chaffins and Shane drove around to places where Shane was born and raised in Caneyville, singing karaoke to "Country Roads." The trip was recorded and aired on K105. The video also included a 30-minute interview with Shane, talking about everything from his first time being in the front seat of a police cruiser, to addiction.


Now the duo are raising money for Alexis, who has been fighting leukemia for several months. Chaffins said Alexis has received a bone marrow transplant and several other procedures since being diagnosed.


"Collaborating with Sheriff Chaffins and Elvie Shane to raise money for Alexis was a true honor. We were happy to contribute our video production services to creating something great that first and foremost helped a member of our community who is also a neighbor and friend of the family. But we also got a chance to help change other lives by helping share Elvie's story. I'm proud to be a broadcaster and cherish these community partnerships", said Mark Buckles, President of Heritage Media of Kentucky.


Chaffins said the video "serves as a catalyst" to raise money for Alexis to use however she wants.

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Thanks to your station’s membership with the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, your entire team has FREE access to a sales certification program designed exclusively for broadcasters!


The BEST (Broadcast Essentials for Selling Today) Program is specifically designed to give the broadcast professional a foundation to build upon for a successful and rewarding traditional and digital broadcast sales career. It is also the path for LBS members to obtain the coveted status of LBS Certified Seller.


The BEST Program is a college-level course that has been developed for broadcast sellers. As a result, this is a highly-organized and structured program that includes periodic quizzes to evaluate your understanding of the topics covered. Completing this course is intended to take 30 days at roughly 25 minutes per day (some days are longer, some shorter), though you are certainly welcome to proceed at your own pace if you prefer to work through the content faster or slower.

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The service is provided complimentary to active KBA member stations. Click HERE to learn more about ABIP and to formally request an inspection.

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WOW! WORDS OF WISDOM


A few weeks ago, students of the Georgia Talent Institute enjoyed a field trip to State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks NBA team.  Today’s tip will be the key takeaways from the day because the lessons learned might be helpful for you.


Steve Holman, play-by-play announcer, Atlanta Hawks – Steve is entering his 39th season and had a wealth of information to share. Here are some of Steve’s lessons:


  1. You must love what you do and be passionate about it, or you’re not doing the right thing.
  2. If you can’t be happy till you “get there” (meaning big market, big job, etc.) it means what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy.   
  3. What you’re doing doesn’t change as you move up so if that’s what makes you happy, you’ll be happy at every level. 
  4. The true goal of networking is not how many people you know, it’s how many people know you and see you as someone who can help. 


Steve Koonin, CEO – Atlanta Hawks:  


  1. Radio can connect to an audience like no other medium.
  2. To grow, you should try new things every day (learn).
  3. Treat every day like it’s a 24-hour interview. Potential employers and clients are always watching.


Mike Conti, Program Director – 92.9 The Game/Audacy, Atlanta 


  1. Versatility, knowledge, and a positive attitude are the keys to success.
  2. Sales and programming working together collaboratively can create magic for clients and the audience.
  3. Always ask questions. Curiosity is the key to growth.
  4. As broadcasters our primary goal is to entertain, engage and inform our audiences in a creative and interesting way.


The overarching lesson that I took away from the day is that no matter where you are in your career, there are people ahead of you at higher levels that are willing to help and there are people behind you that need your help. It’s inspiring to see these high-profile broadcasters being so generous with their time and information.  None of them achieved their current level of success without help.  


No matter where you are in your career, someone can help you get to the next level, and you can help others get to your level.  It truly does take a village. 

Jeff Schmidt is the SVP of Professional Development at the Radio Advertising Bureau. You can also connect with him by email JSchmidt@rab.com or on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Your active KBA membership entitles you to complimentary access to RAB's online certifications.

DATES TO REMEMBER

AUGUST 17, 2023

9:00am - KBA Board of Directors Meeting


SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2023

KBA Annual Conference @ Northern Kentucky Convention Center


SEPTEMBER 28, 2023

Midwest Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference in Columbus, OH


*All times shown are Eastern

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