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.

ABA membership includes more than 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.

As priority #1, we promote and protect the limitless possibilities of Arizona’s free, over-the-air broadcasting industry, with a focus in three areas:

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. The ABA also financially supports the defense of independent journalism as a majority donor to Arizona’s First Amendment Coalition.

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, alongside the awarding of scholarships. 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 vendor introductions. The ABA also invests in building community relationships with government agencies and non profit organizations, offering these organizations deeply discounted access to TV and radio advertising.

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
Chris Kline, Arizona Broadcasters
President and CEO
Mary Kate Lau, Arizona Broadcasters
Mary Kate Lau, Arizona Broadcasters
Ops Manager
Trip Reeb, Hubbard Radio
Trip Reeb, Hubbard Radio
Board Chairman
Bill Shaw, Quincy Media
Bill Shaw, Quincy Media
Vice Chairman
Rich Howe, Londen Media
Rich Howe, Londen Media
Secretary/Treasurer
Anita Helt, E.W. Scripps Company
Anita Helt, E.W. Scripps Company
Imm. Past Chair
Mike Barna, Barna Broadcasting
Mike Barna, Barna Broadcasting
Board Director
Lec Coble, Tegna Tucson
Lec Coble, Tegna Tucson
Board Director
Andrew Deschapelles, Telemundo
Andrew Deschapelles, Telemundo
Board Director
Dean Ditmer, Tegna Phoenix
Dean Ditmer, Tegna Phoenix
Board Director
Kevin James, Meredith Corp.
Kevin James, Meredith Corp.
Board Director
Ken Kwilosz, Arizona Lotus Corp.
Ken Kwilosz, Arizona Lotus Corp.
Board Director
Troy Little, Native Broadcast
Troy Little, Native Broadcast
Board Director
Cathy Rivers, Fndtn. for Creative Broadcasting
Cathy Rivers, Fndtn. for Creative Broadcasting
Board Director
Scott Sutherland, Bonneville
Scott Sutherland, Bonneville
Board Director
Bob Villones, El Dorado Broadcasters
Bob Villones, El Dorado Broadcasters
Board Director