Arizona Broadcasters Association


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  • 2 Aug 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.

  • 17 Jul 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 .

  • 25 May 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. 

  • 11 May 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.

  • 25 Apr 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

  • 20 Mar 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! 

  • 19 Mar 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.
  • 18 Dec 2017 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    ABA Annual Business Meeting – Jan. 25, 2018

    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…

  • 1 Dec 2017 10:22 PM | Anonymous

  • 15 Nov 2017 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    Arizona’s Radio and TV stations once again give back for the holidays

    With the Thanksgiving and December holidays around the corner, broadcasters around Arizona are using their airwaves for good and promoting different ways to give to those less fortunate. Here are a few of the ways our member stations are getting involved in their communities for the holidays:

    Mac & Gaydos Caring for Kids Collection Drive | KTAR-FM

    Benefitting Child Crisis Arizona and Arizona Helping Hands, the Caring for Kids Collection Drive will take place Friday, December 8, 2017 from 2-6 p.m.  There will be a live broadcast and collection at two Kohl’s locations (55th Avenue & Bell Road and Raintree and the 101).

    Arizona’s Sports Station’s Annual Holiday Heroes | KMVP-FM

    Arizona’s Sports Station’s Annual Holiday Heroes Broadcast and Golf Tournament will benefit The 100 Club of Arizona. It takes place at the GCU Golf Course on Wednesday, December 13th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Good News Radio Broadcasting | Good News Radio Broadcasting

    Good News Radio Broadcasting is hosting Family Festival in the Park with Tucson Parks Foundation on November 18. They will be collecting food for the Community Food Bank.

    The Gift of Warmth | Great Circle Media

    Every winter lives are lost in Northern Arizona due to extreme weather conditions. One warm item can save a life! Help Great Circle Media reach their goal of 4,000 warm items (new and gently used jackets and coats, blankets, sleeping bags and new socks) to provide warmth for those in need in Northern AZ this season.

    Flying High Turkey Drive | Yavapai Broadcasting

    Yavapai Broadcasting and Frys Food Stores locations in Northern Arizona will be working together to provide turkeys for those less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The turkey drive will take place on November 20 from noon to 6 p.m.

    Burning Desire to Feed the Hungry | Yavapai Broadcasting

    December 8th and 9th, Yavapai Broadcasting stations will host what might be Northern Arizona’s biggest food drive.  Their staff will broadcast from Safeway’s in Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, Prescott and Flagstaff.  All monetary or food donations will stay in the community where collected.

    Operation Santa Claus | KTVK-TV

    ABC15 is excited to kick off the 16th annual Operation Santa Claus on November 16. Operation Santa Claus is an Arizona tradition and partnership between ABC15 and Sanderson Ford to collect food, toys, clothes and monetary donations for Arizona charities. Anyone who donates to Operation Santa Claus will be entered to win a brand- new vehicle.

    Positively Arizona Special Episodes | KASW – TV

    CW6 will be airing two special editions of Positively Arizona: a Thanksgiving show themed around “Giving Thanks” and a Holiday show that will feature people and organizations giving back during the holidays. Positively Arizona is a locally produced show dedicated to finding and sharing positive and uplifting stories. The Thanksgiving show airing November 19 & 26 will highlight St. Mary’s Food Bank and volunteer opportunities. The Holiday Show airing Dec. 24 & 31 will feature a United Fantasy Flight holiday surprise for underprivileged kids and a tag along with Santa and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

    Million Can Crusade | KNIX-FM

    The Million Can Crusade is entering its 10th year of raising cans for valley families in need across Phoenix. The idea is simple…  raise 1 million cans of food for  St. Vincent De Paul to feed families across the entire valley. The cans and money donated go straight to over St. Vincent de Paul’s community food pantries, and from there into food boxes delivered to hungry families.

    Various Programs | Scripps Tucson

    Through November, 104.1 KQTH is conducting a military family holiday assistance drive with Miller’s Surplus and PODS Containers.  Collecting most wanted gifts for military families.

    From late October through December, 94.9 MIXfm, 106.3 The Groove and PODS Containers are collecting new and gently used clothing to stock The Salvation Army’s Thrift Stores in Tucson.

    All stations  are participating in “Thanksgiving on the Mayflower”, Thursday, November 16.  They’re filling a Meridian Moving Systems Mayflower moving van  It’s a day-long food and cash drive to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  Tucson Electric Power matches the first $25K in donations.

    106.3 The Groove’s ‘Pack The Wagon for Casa de los Ninos’.  A clothing drive for this local child advocacy group.  It begins on 11/24, ands 12/18 at Trail Dust Town in Tucson.

    Scripps Tucson’s Black Friday Blood Drive with the American Red Cross, Friday, 11/24 from 6A-5P at the stations, 7280 E. Rosewood Street.

    Scripps Tucson’s Stuff The Bus Day, Friday, December 1, at Walmart-El Con Center.  The toy collection drive will benefit The Salvation Army.

    94.9 MIXfm’s annual MIX Miracles Radiothon benefiting Children’s Miracle Network and TMC for Children.  Thu & Fri, 12/7 & 8 at Tucson Medical Center.


    For 17 years, KOLD News 13 and Wells Fargo have partnered to “Stuff The Stagecoach,” an initiative that raises food and money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. On Thursday, December 7th KOLD News 13 will again be located at the southeast corner of Orange Grove & Oracle helping families and children in need this holiday season. Last year the KOLD “Stuff the Stagecoach” raised $14,000 in cash donations, 3,900 pounds of food which was enough for 63,000 meals.


    KOLD News 13 and the Regional Transportation Authority will be holding the 2nd Annual “Fill the Streetcar” toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off on Eighth Street, just west of Fourth Avenue. All toys will go to the Miracle on 31st Street, a local charity that distributes toys to children in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Drive |KMSB-TV

    Now through November 21st Southern Arizona can join FOX 11 and Fry’s Food Stores and help make sure Arizona families in need have a turkey on their holiday table. By purchasing a $10 Turkey Scan Card, we can all make sure every family can enjoy a holiday meal this season.

    Meals Matter Food Drive | KMSB-TV & KPHO-TV

    Now through December 31st you can join FOX 11 and Fry’s Food Stores and help feed hungry families throughout  Arizona. While filling their grocery cart, shoppers can adding a donation of a non-perishable food item for our Meals Matter Food Drive. Or purchase a $1 or $5 scan card at the register.

    Christmas Angel Program | KPHO/KTVK

    Arizona’s Family is proud to kick off its annual Christmas Angel program on November 16th. For more than 30 years now, the program in partner with Salvation Army has provided the joy of a new toy at Christmas for 50,000 children each year. The community can stop by a Christmas Angel tree at one of 14 valley shopping malls, find a gift and return it to Salvation Army volunteers.  People can donate a new, unwrapped toy at any Phoenix Fire station or to Chandler Fashion Center on Friday, December 8th from 6am-7pm.


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