About Us

The Arizona Broadcasters Association is a 501-c(6) non-profit corporation that acts as the official trade association for Arizona’s over-the-air radio and TV stations.

As priority #1, we promote and protect the limitless possibilities of Arizona’s free, over-the-air broadcasting industry. The ABA advocates for favorable economic and regulatory conditions, offers training resources that can build current businesses stronger, and invests deeply in projects to help futureproof Arizona broadcasting for both members and the public at large.

 

ABA Office:
426 N 44th St. Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Call: 602-252-4833 | Fax: 602-252-5265
info@azbroadcasters.org

PROTECTING BUSINESS

The ABA funds Arizona’s only broadcast lobbyist at the state legislature, offers station protection programs to prevent routine FCC inspections and fines, provides free personalized and on-demand training, and promotes the voice of Arizona broadcasters on the national stage to better influence fair regulation.

FUTUREPROOFING OUR INDUSTRY

The ABA invests heavily in the next generation of Arizona broadcasters, partnering with universities and trade schools to build staff pipelines and more effective recruiting programs. The ABA also prioritizes product education around evolutions like next gen TV and smart speaker use, ensuring member stations know what’s coming next and feel armed with the training necessary to drive business forward.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

The ABA connects broadcasters with the key leaders across Arizona who can help them grow their stations, providing ad agency networking and advocacy, connection to politicians and decision makers, broadcast legal support, and even vendor introductions. The ABA also invests in building community relationships and protection by financially supporting the defense of independent journalism and Arizona’s First Amendment Coalition.

ABA membership includes nearly 200 radio stations, television stations and associate members, and is led by a President & CEO, Operations Manager and governed by a board of directors. Read our board minutes and see our bylaws/codes of conduct here.

The ABA is also a member of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations and supports the programs of the National Association of Broadcasters.

We rely on the support of the Arizona community to help ensure broadcasting remains alive and thriving in our state. You can support the Arizona Broadcasters Association in multiple ways:

Join the ABA as a station or associate member
Participate in our PEP program
Attend ABA fundraisers and events throughout the year
Make a one-time or recurring donation (no amount is too small) in support of our programs

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Leadership Team

Chris Kline, Arizona Broadcasters Association
Chris Kline, Arizona Broadcasters Association
President and CEO
Mary Kate Lau, Arizona Broadcasters Association
Mary Kate Lau, Arizona Broadcasters Association
Ops Manager
Anita Helt, E.W. Scripps Company
Anita Helt, E.W. Scripps Company
Board Chairwoman
Trip Reeb, Hubbard Radio
Trip Reeb, Hubbard Radio
Board Vice Chairman
Bill Shaw, Cordillera Comm.
Bill Shaw, Cordillera Comm.
Board Sec/Treasurer
Michael Mallace, Sierra H
Michael Mallace, Sierra H
Board Imm. Past Chair
Mike Barna, Barna Broadcasting
Mike Barna, Barna Broadcasting
Board Director
Andrew Deschapelles, Telemundo
Andrew Deschapelles, Telemundo
Board Director
Rich Howe, Londen Media
Rich Howe, Londen Media
Board Director
Ken Kwilosz, Arizona Lotus Corp.
Ken Kwilosz, Arizona Lotus Corp.
Board Director
Alejandra Santamaria, Univision
Alejandra Santamaria, Univision
Board Director
Bob Villones, El Dorado Broadcasters
Bob Villones, El Dorado Broadcasters
Board Director