A strong broadcast association is a key to elevating the caliber of operations in the entire marketplace. With tools for education, a strong political presence, and attention to the underserved members of our community, the ABA provides necessary tools for all of us to grow. The Hubbard organization and family is totally committed to this fine organization.
The ABA united broadcasters in a joint effort to negotiate the successful renewal of a 20-year lease renewal with the South Mountain telecommunications site, and without the ABA’s support and guidance, there would have been a much different outcome. We will continue to be an active ABA members and we encourage everyone to do the same!
Every dollar counts and spending money that doesn't bring a return these days is just not done. Information, sales training and the legal hotline all bring a return to the station. Belonging to ABA is important, because it's an organization that impacts decisions that directly affect the radio business and is critical these days for future growth.
Protect yourself from routine FCC inspections/fines. ABIP allows your station to volunteer for a “pre inspection” with our contractors. Stations have the opportunity to correct any issues, and when passed, the ABIP inspection grants a 3-year moratorium on any future routine FCC inspections.
The ABA funds college scholarships, certifications, job fairs and workshops with the goal of financially supporting programs that lead to the hiring of new broadcasters at member stations. Our focus is on recruiting and building the next generation of sales, journalism and engineering leaders.
The ABA reserves budget dollars each year to help fund legal issues affecting multiple member stations and broader broadcasting issues in our state. Think of this fund as a safety net against unplanned legal costs that is made available only to member stations in Arizona.
Because every dollar counts, member stations have access to our Washington DC counsel to help answer any FCC legal question at no charge. Their expertise covers areas in advertising, EEO, filings, compliance and audits, and most questions can be answered within 24 hours.
No matter your size, we all see how quickly the world around us in changing. The ABA offers access to a comprehensive on-demand training in sales, marketing, management, HR, on-air, and the list goes on. Any of your employees can use this service at no cost to the station.
The ABA partners with Arizona’s advertising agencies to lobby for larger ad spend in broadcasting. We also make introductions for stations as needed and focus our attention on highlighting the distinct advantage broadcasters can bring to the growth of any business.
The ABA funds the only lobbyist on behalf of Arizona broadcasters at the state legislature. Our lobbyist keeps a close eye on any legislation that may impact the future of your over-the-air signal and is made available for all member questions and concerns as needed.
The ABA puts heavy focus on offering up new voices each month who can offer different perspective to help you and your teams keep growing all areas of your business. That’s why the ABA funds free seminars and webinars each month on a long list of broadcast topics and emerging trends.
The ABA coordinates all Emergency Alert System (EAS) plans and evolutionary needs on behalf of Arizona broadcasting and is a resource to stations needing any EAS guidance. The ABA also maintains a seat on Arizona’s Emergency Communications Committee to act as a voice for broadcasters.
The ABA funds the legal costs and defense of the SMUA (South Mountain Usery Association) in Phoenix. This is the main tower facility for most FM radio and TV stations in the greater Phoenix area. Without this benefit, each station would face high legal fees to maintain their signal location.
The ABA underwrites the work of Arizona’s First Amendment Coalition. Member services from the organization include free legal defense of many first amendment court cases and a free hotline for basic questions about Arizona’s public records, open meeting law and public space questions.
Arizona is on the forefront of testing for our country’s new television standard, among many evolutions. The ABA is aggressively supporting this effort and others by partnering with stations to help identify the content, marketing and sales implications of new technology.
The ABA funds and manages media career fairs in Arizona each year to help stations recruit for positions and meet FCC EEO outreach obligations. We host these fairs in high traffic areas, typically at colleges and universities, and pick up the costs involved with reserving the space for these events.
The ABA represents the interests of Arizona broadcasters in Washington, D.C. This effort is made possible by a direct partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and includes an annual trip to Washington with Arizona broadcast GMs to lobby Arizona’s congressional delegation.
Network with nearly every broadcaster in the state. We’re talking 200 partners that touch most audiences in the state of Arizona. Need an introduction to a specific station? Want to partner on project? Need advice on effective communication? ABA membership gives you a foot in the door with some of the best broadcasters in Arizona and access to a long list of ABA events where you can build relationships with broadcast leaders.
Once a year, ABA membership gives you the opportunity to promote your company directly to our broadcasting database. It’s a list that make up a “who’s who” in Arizona mass media. You can pitch your services, promote an upcoming event or simply educate our radio, television and other associate members on a topic that’s important to you and your business. This is truly unique access.
Are you looking for someone in the Arizona broadcasting industry to be a master of ceremony at your next event? Maybe you need someone to sit on a panel discussion? The ABA works with associate members to help coordinate the participation of some of the biggest names in Arizona broadcasting. Our goal is to help create forums that open up new dialogue and leave participants taking part in unrivaled events.
We take our Associate Members’ input very seriously, so much so that associate members can sit on our board of directors. Even in the digital world of today, there’s no megaphone larger in Arizona than broadcasting. If you’ve got a passion to help shape the future of mass communication in Arizona, ABA membership creates a unique opportunity to be a vocal advocate and community leader in Arizona.
Broadcasters fund the largest (and in many cases only) newsrooms in Arizona. In most places outside our large cities, local radio stations act as the only amplifier of community information, emergencies and localism. You’ll gain access to our once-weekly analysis of the evolutionary trends and new technologies literally changing the face of Arizona mass media. Your financial support will also help protect the critical role broadcasters play in our communities.
Even if you don’t work directly in broadcasting, the ABA offers a long list of on-demand training to all members. This includes hundreds of interactive courses, tests and written materials for sales, leadership, management, communication, HR and administration. Additionally, Associate Members have full access to our monthly webinars on a wide range of topics affecting the future of broadcasting and communications.