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  • 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.

    “STUFF THE STAGECOACH” Food Drive | KOLD-TV

    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.

    “FILL THE STREETCAR” Toy Drive | KOLD-TV

    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.

     


  • 25 Oct 2017 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Get Ready for Localism

    Last year Arizona Broadcasters contributed over $150 million dollars’ worth of community service efforts across Arizona.

    Here at the ABA, we LOVE promoting these incredible feats in charitable giving, because our member stations are an important part of their communities – a fact they don’t tend to promote themselves. Keep an eye out for our localism survey in your inbox. This helps us accurately depict how incredibly giving Arizona Broadcasters are. We want to give you a heads up by letting you know what questions we’re looking for.

    1. The number of hours and the monetary value of locally-produced content on your station in 2017 and their total airtime value.
    2. The estimated amount of money raised for various charities and non-profits by your station in 2017.
    3. The number of PSA spots/hours of PSA content run by your station in 2017 and the estimated monetary value of those spots, had you sold them to a traditional advertiser.

    We know these aren’t exactly questions you know off the top of your head. That’s why we want to make sure we’re giving them to you with lots of time to find out the answer. Thanks in advance for your help on this project.


  • 25 Oct 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Arizona Broadcasters Association continues to work hard on your behalf to help you save money and increase revenue in every way we can as we all look towards ways of the best business practices. Our board and staff continue to evolve the organization to equip us to better serve you.  Our priorities and mission for our members are to Serve, Educate & Advocate.

    Thank you for your consideration and support of the ABA!

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  • 12 Oct 2017 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame grows by five

    The Arizona Broadcasters Association  just wrapped up the Hall of Fame Luncheon, where we inducted these five broadcasters into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall Of Fame:

    • Jan D’Atri – an Emmy-award winning television host and producer, radio talk show host, food writer, web video content creator and cookbook author. She is the longest running female on-air television personality in Arizona.
    • Bob Davies – a radio and TV veteran whose assignments include weatherman, host, narrator, commentator, rodeo announcer, Fiesta Bowl parade emcee, program director and finally vice president.
    • Steve Goddard – after starting his radio career at 16, he has spent nearly a half-century on the airwaves, with 27 years in the valley including KZZP, KNIX and KOOL. Goddard just celebrated his first anniversary with The Oasis, where he has two self-syndicated shows with about 50 affiliates across the nation.
    • Allen Kath –  in his 43rd year of broadcasting and his 37th year of getting people to work on time as an airborne and ground-based traffic reporter. He is currently on air with KGUN/KWBA & Mix-FM where he’s been since 2006.
    • Michael Owens – during his time as Vice President and General Manager of KNIX AM-FM, the station received national recognition for Station of the Year from CMA (six times), ACM (six times), NAB (five times) and Billboard Magazine (five times).

    Over 300 guests greeted and cheered for new inductees while raising funds for several worthy causes. The luncheon gave the ABA community the chance to raise money for scholarships at all three state universities, as well as AZ AMBER Alert, for which the ABA is the sole funding mechanism. Member stations and associate members were unbelievably supportive of this endeavor.

    On behalf of these great causes, the ABA would like to thank all involved with the luncheon — from our presenting sponsor, Casino Arizona and our Golden Mic sponsor, Arizona Lottery; along with Silver Mic sponsors, APS, Telemundo Arizona ; and to those who bought tickets or simply spread the word.

    While events are a lot of hard work, we love that we get these opportunities to help worthy causes and stay in touch with our incredible membership base.


  • 11 Oct 2017 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Hall of Fame Q&A with Jan D’Atri

    The ABA will be inducting five more members into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Oct. 12. Below is a Q&A with one of those inductees, Jan D’Atri.

    You’ve basically had two careers side by side for many years. What’s been the biggest struggle with that?

    Focusing. I had to make a committment early on that when I was doing the restaurant, I was in restaurant mode, and when I was doing television, I owed it to my producer and crew to give them everything I have. It took a while to separate the two , but it was a great lesson for me! I think I can now juggle five plates in the air and focus on the one coming down first. Or, maybe not!

    The biggest reward/upside?

    I’m not sure I’ve ever been bored, but having two busy careers at the same time certainly made it interesting! Ok, I turned into an adrenaline junky! I love the idea of squeezing every drop out of life! I think I’m the only one I know walks around the house at 1am thinking, “Ok, what can I do now?” Having said that, I think more sleep would make me a much smarter gal!

    You’ve see so much change over the years in this market. What has been the biggest?

    By far, the “full circle” aspect of media–at least on the broadcast side. When I started on the air 40 years ago, I came from a small market where we would load up the car with gear, set up our own tripod, turn the camera on, jump in front of the camera, read our lines, then pack everything up, head to the station to edit our own stories. Then, we would throw a little make-up on and go live. Guess what? It’s what reporters and anchors are doing today! They’ re not called “Backpack Journalists.”  Go figure!

    We already know about one of your biggest passions, cooking! What’s another that people may be surprised to know about you?

    Fly-fishing is my second love after cooking. I will go anywhere, under just about any circumstances to hook a fish! It drives my Momma nuts. She can’t understand why I would travel to the ends of the earth to cast my line, hook a trout just to throw him back. She’s always got a hot skillet ready if I ever change my mind!

    When your career is over with, what do you want to be remembered for?

    Well, I always want to be the kind of person that someone likes being around; the kind of person who gets tremendous satisfaction from watching others around me succeed beyond their wildest dreams, and if I can be a part of that in some small way, that would be fantastic. I don’t want,however, to be remembered for my accordian playing!


  • 4 Oct 2017 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    Hall of Fame Q&A with Allen Kath

    The ABA will be inducting five more members into the Broadcaster Hall of Fame on October 12.  Below is a Q&A with one of those inductees, Allen Kath.

    What made you want to get into traffic reporting?

    It fell into my lap in 1980 while I was going to college and working at KTAR. The afternoon traffic reporter quit suddenly and I was looking to move up. No one wanted to do that job, because of the fear of small planes. So, I asked.

    What’s the hardest part about your job?

    From the day I started the job, until right now: Staying up to date on multiple road issues, that change daily. The slightest changes in a road project will elicit multiple, significant responses from our viewers. One day, work is happening on westbound River; then, the next day, it’s an eastbound restriction. You get the idea. An incredible amount of detail that you just need to stay with, on a daily basis. On a spot news basis: the biggest challenge is to get timely, correct information from multiple municipalities, many times at 4 in the morning. Not easy, most days.

    What’s one of your favorite on-air memories?

    There are many. (Let’s see if our moderator, Pat McMahon remembers this memory from 1979):  I was Pat’s newsman when he had a Sunday night talk show on KOY; Wallace & Ladmo came in semi-frequently. I remember Pat asking Wallace, “How do you want to be remembered?” He said, “I can’t believe that I’m still playing cartoons for kids.” Having a nice talk w/Linda Ronstadt one morning on Mix-FM; having Brad Garrett rip me another morning, telling the host, “Who talks like that? The stupid lingo that these type of people use to describe cars moving on streets..”

    What do you want to be most remembered for?

    Personally: That I tried hard to be the best dad and husband that I could. I just KNOW that I fall short on that one every day. I often think to myself, “There’s something I’m not thinking of that I could be, should be, doing to help them.” Even though 3 of my 4 children are in their 20’s and really don’t need help, as a dad, sometimes I still want them to be 9 years old again. I miss them being young. But, they’ve grown up…that’s life.

    Professionally: That I was the guy that got you to work, school or wherever, on time.


  • 1 Oct 2017 10:16 PM | Anonymous


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