Arizona Broadcasters Association


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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:23 PM | Chris Kline (Administrator)

    At its February 14th meeting, the FCC gave a rather significant Valentine's Day gift to broadcasters, eliminating the requirement that larger radio and television stations submit the EEO Mid-Term Report. Why the change? Most of the information required for an EEO mid-term review is already available in a broadcaster's Online Public Inspection File. The change in rules will be effective on May 1, 2019.

    As of February 8, broadcasters no longer need to physically post and maintain copies of their licenses and other related information in their buildings. It was back in late 2018 that the Federal Communications Commission adopted the policy that eliminated the requirement to post broadcast licenses at a physical location. At the time, the commission said that the goal was to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens. Earlier rules also required all LPTV, translator and booster stations to post certain information at the transmitter site. In its ruling, the commission said it found “no continued need for broadcasters to separately identify a local representative or a custodian of station records and display such information.”

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Help us recruit the next generation of Arizona broadcasters!

    Registration is now open for a critical fundraising golf tournament. The ABA is doubling down on its efforts to future-proof our industry by supporting more college scholarships for the next generation of broadcasters. Join us for 18 holes, activities and prizes at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix on April 19. All proceeds support broadcast scholarships and workshops in Arizona to expand interest in content, sales and technical positions.


  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 2:20 PM | Chris Kline (Administrator)

    ABA Members,
    With the start of a new year, it’s been an important time for the Arizona Broadcasters Association to take a close look at its mission and focus. Thanks to feedback from so many of you, we’ve made several tweaks and enhancements to where the ABA invests its time, money and energy.

    In the simplest of terms, the ABA focus in 2019 is to help stations build their current businesses stronger alongside investing in projects that can help futureproof Arizona’s broadcast industry. Here’s a list of all the FREE services and focus areas you can expect from your ABA during the next 12 months. Feel free to reach out with questions about any of the programs, all of which are available today:

    1. FREE on-demand training modules for your staff in sales, marketing, management, HR, on-air, etc..

    No matter your size, we know we all see how quickly the world around us in changing. The ABA offers access to a comprehensive on-demand training service called P1. Any of your employees can use this service at no cost to the station. The online training groups courses together for things like entry-level broadcast sales, advanced sales, customer service, human resources, management, on-air, recruitment, health and wellness and more. This is an extensive program that would otherwise cost an individual station thousands of dollars to purchase. As an ABA member, you receive full access for your teams. 

    2. FREE one-on-one training each quarter for a limited number of member station AEs

    Have a new seller on your team? Make sure they get the proper training needed. The ABA offers member stations a FREE 7-week on-boarding program designed to build confidence and know-how with media sales. The P1+ program will take your rep from “rookie to ready” without interrupting their day-to-day.  The program includes weekly discussions with trainers and individual course testing & homework assignments. At the close of the program, trainers will take sellers through the entire sales cycle resulting in a presentation with a real account. 

    3. ABA leadership as a vocal advocate with Arizona advertising agencies (to highlight broadcasting’s distinct advantage)

    The ABA is doubling down in 2019 on partnerships with Arizona’s advertising agencies to lobby for larger ad spend in broadcasting. This effort will include looking at the commission of research, soft-sell events to bring buyers and sellers together and an overall focus on highlighting the distinct advantage that broadcast radio and television can bring to the growth of any business.

    4. FCC inspection fine protection with the ABA’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

    Many stations call ABIP their single most valuable ABA member service. ABIP protects member TV and radio stations from routine FCC inspection and fines that often climb into the tens of thousands of dollars. The ABIP program allows stations to volunteer for an authorized inspection ahead of any unannounced FCC inspection. When passed, the ABIP inspection provides you with a 3-year moratorium from any future routine FCC inspections. Here’s more information:

    5. Focused scholarship and workshop support at state universities to drive new interest in Arizona broadcast jobs

    The ABA funds college scholarships and workshops in Arizona with the key goal of financially supporting programs that lead to the hiring of young broadcasters at Arizona stations. In 2019, this effort will put a deeper focus on recruiting and building the next generation of sales leaders, while continuing to support emerging journalists and tough-to-fill areas like engineering.

    6. FREE seminars to explain new broadcast technologies, sales tactics, content strategies, etc..

    Do you need help understanding a new technology or strategy in our broadcasting world? The ABA funds digital seminars each year to cover key topics ABA members are asking about along with access to many national webinars. Have a request? Email Mary Kate Lau,

    7. FREE journalism hotline for public access questions, FREE legal support for courtroom access cases

    The ABA lends sizable financial support to Arizona’s First Amendment Coalition.  That Coalition has a free hotline that any Arizona broadcaster can call with basic legal questions about information access under the Arizona Public Records Law or Arizona Open Meeting Law. No need to pay outside counsel for first-line questions. As part of the coalition, Lawyer Dan Barr from Perkins Coie will also represent member stations in many journalism camera access cases at no additional cost to stations. This service is meant to help reduce the legal financial burden that so many of our stations with newsrooms face.

    8. Funding for Arizona’s only broadcast industry lobbyist at the state legislature (tax law, public records, etc)

    Whether your stations are part of a large corporation or a locally-owned group, the ABA funds the only lobbyist to advocate on behalf of Arizona broadcasters at the state legislature. This includes fighting against new tax law that might hurt business, protecting libel/open meeting law and shutting down (or supporting) legislation that may impact the future of our over-the-air signal. If you are hearing concern about a new bill (or want to see new legislation introduced), we’ll track it (and lobby if needed).

    9. FREE hotline for business legal questions about advertising, FCC rules, licensing, etc…

    Because every dollar counts, you have access to our Washington DC counsel as a member station to help answer any FCC legal question at no charge. This includes questions about advertising, EEO, filings, compliance and audits. Even if you work for a corporation with its own outside counsel, we hope this contact may complement what you already have. 

    10. FREE access to (2) EEO-compliant broadcasting job fairs in Arizona

    The ABA funds and manages TWO media career fairs in Arizona each year to help stations recruit for positions and meet FCC EEO outreach obligations. One career fair is in Phoenix and one is in Tucson. The ABA strives to host these media career fairs in high traffic areas alongside broader career fairs at colleges and universities around Arizona.

    11. ABA leadership with the National Association of Broadcasters (to represent Arizona interests at the federal level)

    The ABA represents Arizona’s broadcasting industry in Washington, D.C. This effort is made possible by a direct partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters and includes an annual trip to Washington with Arizona broadcast GMs to lobby Arizona’s congressional delegation. The partnership means the ABA can also get you in contact with any Washington government contact that your station may need to reach, and often times we can take care of an issue on your behalf.

    12. Legal cost support for unplanned needs that affect a large swath of Arizona broadcasters

    The ABA reserves budget dollars each year to help fund legal issues affecting multiple member stations and broader broadcasting issues. Think of this fund as a safety net to ensure you can continue operations despite unplanned legal costs.

    13. ABA leadership to help champion next gen TV (ATSC 3.0)

    As our industry inches closer to the rollout of next generation TV in 2020, Arizona is on the forefront of testing for our country’s new television standard. The ABA is aggressively supporting the effort both with Washington lobbying and by partnering with stations to help identify the content, marketing and sales implications of this new technology. 

    14. Legal cost support for Phoenix’s South Mountain Usery Association (TV and radio towers)

    The ABA funds the legal costs and defense of the SMUA (South Mountain Usery Association) in Phoenix. This is the main tower facility for most FM and TV radio stations in the greater Phoenix area. In 2018, many of these legal costs involved issues related to the TV re-pack. Without this partnership, each station would face added (and duplicate) legal fees in their budget. If your Chief Engineers make you aware of any troubles on South Mountain, let us know and we’ll work on your behalf to resolve the issue.

    15. Lead AMBER Alert and EAS partner to update and evolve emergency communication

    The ABA leads all Emergency Alert System (EAS) plans, problems and evolutionary needs on behalf of the Arizona broadcasting industry. Historically, this included the creation of Arizona’s AMBER Alert system and more currently includes laying the ground work to move existing EAS technology at broadcast stations to a more stable and digitally-supported system.

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous

    An announcement from the Arizona Broadcasters Association


    Chris Kline Named Next President and CEO of the ABA

    PHOENIX – The Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA) has named Chris Kline as the organization’s next President and CEO.

    In the role, Kline will serve as chief advocate for Arizona’s 200+ radio and television station members, driving both growth and innovation in the fast-changing changing broadcast business.

    Kline will focus on helping member stations identify new business models, changing consumer habits and overall strategies to help the industry thrive.

    “There’s literally no medium out there that touches more people in our local communities than broadcast television and radio,” said Kline. “Now is the time to embrace change together, identify new ways to drive revenue and grow our audience bases to take full advantage of our connected society.”

    Kline has spent the last 12 years in a variety of roles at ABC15 in Phoenix, most recently as the station’s news and content director, and before that, as digital director. At ABC15, he led the creation of what is today the state’s No. 1 digital content brand, helped develop several of the station’s top profit streams, and in just three years, focused attention on building community partnerships to help raise more than $4 million for groups in need across Arizona.

    Earlier in his career, Kline also worked for The Arizona Republic and for CNN's Crossfire in Washington, DC.

    Kline’s appointment to President and CEO make him just the fourth person to serve in the role during the ABA’s 65-year history.

    His new leadership role at the ABA will also include advocating for the group’s membership with both the state and federal government, promoting the broadcasting industry in the Arizona advertising communities, and responding to the evolving needs of member stations with whatever services and programs are necessary to help educate and innovate.

    Kline assumes his new role at the ABA in mid-October.

    Download a PDF version of this press realease.

    Download Kline's headshot.

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    Sept. 13, 2018 |10 a.m. - 1 p.m.| Pima Community College - Downtown: 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85709 // Building CC, Room 180

    Have you always wanted to work in the media industry but never knew where to start? Are you a recent grad looking to get your foot in the door at a radio or TV station? If so, then the Broadcasters Career Fair should be on your calendar!

    • Information will be provided to those interested in learning about careers and job openings in radio and television.

    • BRING YOUR RESUME! There will be opportunites for on-the-spot interviews.

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Ceremony to take place Oct 11 at Talking Stick Resort

    Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA) is pleased to announce the outstanding broadcasters to be honored with entry into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The 2018 inductees, chosen based on their outstanding contributions to broadcast journalism, are Art Brooks, JD Freeman, Johnjay and Rich and Donna Rossi.

    This year's inductees will be honored at ABA's Hall of Fame luncheon on October 11th from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Past inductee Pat McMahon will be the Master of Ceremonies.

    About the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees:

    ·         Art Brooks – the longtime President and CEO of the ABA’s accolades include leading the charge on programs like Crystal Darkness, Hooked and HookedRx; Arizona AMBER Alert and the Andy Harvey Native American Broadcast Workshop.

    ·         JD Freeman - his broadcast career of 41 years started at KPGE in Page, Arizona but while in Dallas, he was instrumental in creating the Amber Alert System that is now used nationwide.

    ·         Johnjay and Rich – The duo has entertained Arizonans on their morning drive since 2001 and have made their mark on the community with numerous charity projects.

    ·         Donna Rossi – The five-time Emmy Award-winning reporter has logged three decades covering and uncovering some of the most high-profile stories in the state of Arizona.

    Proceeds from ABA's Hall of Fame luncheon support important ABA programs including AZ AMBER Alert, broadcast scholarships at ASU, NAU and UA, along with the Summer High School Broadcast Institute at ASU.

    About the Arizona Broadcasters Association

    Founded in 1952, the Arizona Broadcasters Association functions as a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation, and is the official trade association serving all free, over-the-air radio and television stations in Arizona. The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate for its members as well as the general public. For more information on the ABA, please visit .

  • Friday, May 25, 2018 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    An announcement from the Arizona Broadcasters Association



    PHOENIX (May 24, 2018) – After nearly 30 years as president and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA), Art Brooks announced today he’s stepping down effective at the end of the year. 

    “I leave the ABA proud of the many things we have been able to accomplish together in my nearly three decades of leadership and will remain ever grateful for the many friends I have made in the Arizona broadcasting community,” said Brooks.  “I’m eager to explore my next adventure both personally and professionally.”

    Among his many accomplishments, Brooks led the way helping Arizona broadcasters make history in 2008 with the award-winning documentary, “Crystal Darkness.”  Arizona was the first state in the nation to bring its broadcasters together to address a major social issue through a “roadblock” – the program, designed to raise awareness of the impact of methamphetamines, aired on all Arizona television stations and most radio stations at the same time.  Then again in 2015, a similar partnership tackled the state’s growing heroin addiction and in 2017 addressed the devastating impact of prescription drugs. 

    “It is hard to put into words the incredible impact Art has had on the association and our Arizona broadcasting community,” said ABA board chair Anita Helt. “I want to publicly thank him for his tremendous service and willingness to continue to lead through the transition.”

    During his tenure, Brooks led a committee of broadcasters and law enforcement to develop a plan which ultimately became the state’s AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alert program.  The program has assisted in the speedy recovery of many endangered children.  Brooks served as the state coordinator from 2002-2018, before the duty was passed off to law enforcement. 

    Brooks assumed a major advocacy role on issues important to the industry, helped lead the transition to high definition television and created programs to provide member stations with access to sales training and legal help.  Brooks started the ABA Hall of Fame which recognizes Arizona broadcasters and raises money to help fund journalism scholarships.  He also instituted one of the nation’s first Native American Broadcast Journalism Institutes for high school students at Northern Arizona University. 

    “Local broadcasters have a unique and very special role in our society, one that not only involves the business part of broadcasting, but also community involvement, and the responsibility – and honor – of serving our listening and viewing public,” said Brooks.  “I care deeply about the industry and the organization I have been blessed to serve all these years and am looking forward to a smooth and successful transition.”

    Brooks will remain in his position through 2018.  A search committee is being formed and recruitment for the association’s leadership role will begin soon. 

  • Friday, May 11, 2018 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    Members of the Arizona Broadcasters Association put on another successful career fair Thursday that saw more than 100 people come to learn about careers in the broadcast industry.

    Hiring managers representing over 50 stations in Arizona spoke with 104 job seekers about jobs available at their stations. The event was held at the East Valley Institute of Technology and sponsored by the school and the ABA.

    The next job fair will be held in Tucson on Sept. 13 at Pima Community College Downtown Campus.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2018 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and Arizona stations took home quite an impressive number of awards. 

    19 awards were split between six stations - Arizona Public Media, KVOA in Tucson, KNAU in Flagstaff and KTAR, KJZZ and KPNX in Phoenix. Arizona Public Media and KNAU pulled off an impressive sweep in the Small Market Radio category. The Phoenix stations' coverage of President Donald Trump's visit and subsequent protest were also well lauded in the breaking news categories.

    “Each year RTDNA is proud to honor the very best in broadcast and digital journalism through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and, by extension, highlight to the public why outstanding responsible journalism is essential to their daily lives,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director in a press release.

    All six stations and their entries will advance to the national competition, which will be announce at a gala on October 22, 2018.

    You can see all the winners from around the country here.

    Arizona's Winners

    Small Market Radio

    Breaking News Coverage
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ
    Continuing Coverage
    Trump's Wall and Immigration Policies
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ
    Excellence in Sound
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ
    Excellence in Writing
    Arizona Prison Inmates Find Freedom Through Training Wild Horses
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Feature Reporting
    'Motorcycle Great-Great-Grandma': Tucson's Motorcycle Maven Turns 
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ

    Small Market Television

    Excellence in Video
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ

    Feature Reporting
    A Tucson Family Observes Ramadan
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ
    Hard News
    Wrongful Withdrawal
    Tucson, AZ

    News Series
    Mega Region of the Southwest Border
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ
    Sports Reporting
    Bullets to Baskets
    Tucson, AZ

    Large Market Radio

    Overall Excellence
    Overall Excellence
    Phoenix, AZ
    Breaking News Coverage
    Presidential Protest
    Phoenix, AZ

    Excellence in Writing
    Remembering the Bisbee Deportation, 100 Years Later
    Tempe, AZ
    Feature Reporting
    A Musical Tribute to Arizona Violinist Jane Hilton, a Friend to Many
    Tempe, AZ
    Hard News
    Temporary Protected Status has Arizona Man Trapped in Constant Limbo
    Tempe, AZ
    Investigative Reporting
    On the Inside: The Chaos of Arizona Prison Health Care
    Tempe, AZ

    News Series
    Short Creek: Beyond FLDS
    Tempe, AZ

    Sports Reporting
    Vital Organ-ist
    Phoenix, AZ

    Large Market Television

    Breaking News Coverage
    President Trump's Rally: Violent Clashes
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    A Big thank you goes out to all our stations who once again participated in our localism survey! Our results show how Arizona’s broadcasters are incredibly committed to their local communities. 

    In 2017, Arizona television and radio stations donated nearly $160,109,052 in airtime and fundraising efforts for their various communities, counties and the state. In 2017, the local radio and television stations serving the Grand Canyon State provided a total of 99,936 hours of LOCALLY-produced programming. That is equal to a $80,146,419 value in airtime.  

    During the year of 2017, Arizona radio and television stations raised nearly $24,951,469 in funds for local charities through local events and fundraisers. Finally, Arizona television and radio stations aired a total of 551,006 Public Service Announcements (PSAs) during 2017, equaling 63,636 hours, with a value of $55,011,636. 

    Check out our infographic to share with your station. You should all be very proud! 

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