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  • 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 www.azbroadcasters.org .


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

    An announcement from the Arizona Broadcasters Association

                             

    ABA PRESIDENT & CEO ART BROOKS ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION


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


    Small Market Television

    Excellence in Video
    Danzacultura
    Arizona Public Media
    Tucson, AZ

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

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


    Large Market Radio

    Overall Excellence
    Overall Excellence
    KTAR-FM
    Phoenix, AZ
     
    Breaking News Coverage
    Presidential Protest
    KTAR-FM
    Phoenix, AZ

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

    News Series
    Short Creek: Beyond FLDS
    KJZZ
    Tempe, AZ

    Sports Reporting
    Vital Organ-ist
    KTAR-FM
    Phoenix, AZ

    Large Market Television

    Breaking News Coverage
    President Trump's Rally: Violent Clashes
    KPNX-TV
    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! 



  • Monday, March 19, 2018 2:39 PM | Anonymous


    May 10, 2018 |10 a.m. - 2 p.m.|East Valley Institute of Technology

    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!

    • Open to the Public – Job seekers do not need to register
    • Located in BUILDING 2 - Culinary Arts Center at EVIT
    • 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
    • Check out the list of exhibitors here.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Thursday – January 25, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am

    KPHO/KTVK-TV Studios: 5555 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013

    Guest Speakers:  National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith and COO Chris Ornelas

    We invite you to join the ABA board & staff for our annual business meeting & briefing…

    • Gordon Smith and Chris Ornelas will discuss the issues broadcasters will face in Congress & FCC
    • You will receive a comprehensive 2017 ABA “Year In Review” annual report
    • We will review the ABA’s 2017 advocacy
    • Opportunity to network with industry colleagues and your ABA Board of Directors

    Please RSVP here.


    AGordon_Smith_hibout Gordon H. Smith – NAB President & CEO

    Gordon H. Smith joined the National Association of Broadcasters as president and CEO in November 2009.  Prior to joining NAB, he served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP.  Read More… 


    About Chris Ornelas – NAB COO

    Chris Ornelas serves as chief operating and strategy officer of the National Association of Broadcasters. In this role, Chris directs the daily operations of and provides strategic guidance to NAB’s advocacy teams in addressing the diverse legal and regulatory issues facing broadcasters today.  Read More…



  • Friday, December 01, 2017 10:22 PM | Anonymous


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