JUNE 29, 2023

WELCOME ABOARD

DAVID OXENFORD TAKES OVER KBA LEGAL HOTLINE

Beginning July 1, David Oxenford of the Washington DC law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP will be KBA's new “hotline” attorney for FCC issues. Feel free to call or email David with general questions about FCC legal issues, and he will try to help you – as a member service to active KBA member stations. Keep the questions general, as the hotline is not meant to review specific copy for ads or other broadcast material. He and his law firm will not be acting as your attorneys so don’t give away confidential business plans as there is no attorney-client privilege that will cover any communications you have. But if you have general questions about what FCC forms are used to get approval for a change at your station; general questions about political broadcasting, EEO or whether certain types of advertising is permissible under FCC rules; questions about what a particular FCC proceeding is all about and how it might affect stations like yours; or other general compliance questions that should be able to be answered in a quick call or email, feel free to get in touch with David. 


Call David: 202.383.3337

Email David: DOxenford@wbklaw.com

Law Blog: www.broadcastlawblog.com

THANK YOU DAWN!!


The Kentucky Broadcasters Association would like to thank Dawn Sciarrino for 20+ years of hosting KBA's legal hotline. Dawn has guided and counseled many KBA member stations over the years on countless legal and regulatory issues, including assisting with numerous license renewal cycles.

THAT'S A WRAP

GREG FOTOS RETIRES FROM WNKY-TV

After 35 years in broadcast TV, the legendary seller, coach and mentor, Greg Fotos, has begun his retirement. With stops at WETO, WTAT, WMMP, WEMT, WCYB and WNKY, his legacy will live on in the communities he served, the local businesses he helped grow and the teams he helped lead to incredible success. Many of his coworkers, past and present, gathered to celebrate him and wish him well this past Saturday in Bowling Green.

ON THE MOVE

WHOP ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES

WHOP Radio in Hopkinsville, announces a few staff changes at the stations. Long-time WHOP News Director Adam May leaves the stations after 25 years to accept a position with the Tennessee Valley Authority. News Reporter Hannah Hageman assumes the role of WHOP News Director and will co-host the WHOP FM morning show, The Early Bird Show. Jamar Perkins joins the WHOP team as their Sports Director and began in late Spring. WHOP Radio GM Jeff Sisk thanks Adam May for his loyalty and commitment and expresses his excitement about the future of WHOP Radio & Digital. “We are very thankful for the job Adam did running our news department for the last 13 years and the 25 years he spent here at WHOP. We wish him the best with his new opportunity. I’m also pleased Hannah accepted the role of News Director at WHOP. We know she will continue the great local news coverage to which our listeners are accustomed. Sports Director Jamar Perkins has hit the ground running and will do a great job of continuing the tradition of local sports coverage here at WHOP Radio,” Sisk says of his team.


Pictured above (left to right): Adam May, Hannah Hageman and Jamar Perkins

EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING AWARDS

ENTRY WINDOW OPEN THROUGH JULY 31ST

The entry window for the 2023 KBA Excellence in Broadcasting Awards is 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.

EIB AWARDS INFO

RADIO MASTERS SALES SUMMIT

KBA MEMBERS SAVE EVEN MORE

KBA has partnered with Radio Ink to present the Radio Masters Sales Summit, held September 13-14th at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott.


In addition to the previously mentioned $100 discount, Radio Ink is now offering an additional $100 discount to KBA member stations!!


A working agenda is now posted here. The agenda is a work in progress and will be continuously updated over the coming weeks.

REGISTER NOW

THIS WEEKS MEMBER PIC

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!!

Brian and Trisha of the Quicksie 98.3 morning show were asked to shoot a scene for the locally produced horror film T(RUTH)! Many of the major scenes in this film were shot on the grounds of Bethlehem Academy in rural Hardin County.

We want to promote YOU! Send us your staff additions, promotions and special events. Email Chris at chris@kba.org

DO YOU HAVE A HIGH-PERFORMANCE CULTURE?


A recent Leadership MasterClass participant was brand new to her company and another was brand new to her management role.  When you have the honor of working with multiple companies and thousands of sellers and managers each week, you gain a unique perspective. There is a feeling you get, sometimes inexplicable, but they're none the less of teams that are on-fire, cohesive and performance-driven.  It’s also easy to identify those that are not.


In a white paper entitled:  Reap What you Sow: How fostering a culture of ongoing performance reviews drives growth from the Cornerstone Group They share three things necessary to shift from performance reviews to a performance culture:


  1. Make performance discussions ongoing. Establish regular check-ins with employees to discuss goals, performance benchmarks and measure employee progress. Using these less formal chats as a chance to embrace employee feedback. 
  2. Align employee goals with company objectives. Just 7% of employees understand their company’s goals or how they fit into them.  Managers need to communicate the organization's goals so that team members can see how their work fits in the bigger picture
  3. Offer training to boost skills. The global workforce lists “an opportunity to grow” as one of their top needs.  Managers having weekly informal reviews, (In our radio world we call these the one-on-one’s) can discuss learning opportunities that help build the skills identified during the discussion.


The report suggests that a lack of training has devastating consequences. Organizations with only a minimal investment in talent development see 74% lower profit margins and no training leads to a 35% higher turnover rate. The traditional approach of company-provided training boosts retention by 93% and improves morale.


Annual performance reviews are still a routine part of company life. At the same time, one study found 95% of employees are dissatisfied with the process and 90% don’t believe they provide accurate or useful information.


In our industry, I believe we have been ahead of this curve with weekly one-on-ones and check ins with our sellers.  Have we also included programming and the business office in this process?  Are we checking in regularly with them?  It seems the more frequent, less formal check-ins can have some amazing results. According to a study from the Brandon Hall Group companies that switch from yearly evaluations to a culture of ongoing, less formal reviews see:


  • 70% increase in revenue
  • 72% decrease in turnover
  • 54% boost in customer satisfaction scores


Sounds like important enough results to consider changing our approach.

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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