2019 Excellence In Broadcasting Award Winners

The New York State Broadcasters Association is proud to announce the award winners for the 2018 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards.  This year’s submissions represented the outstanding work broadcasters do throughout the state of New York to keep viewers informed, engage in conversation, and promote local business. Congratulations to those that were selected.  Awards will be presented at the Regional Awards …

FCC Issues EAS Test Data Report – Overall Performance Very Good

The results are in from the FCC’s National EAS test that was conducted last September. Unfortunately, the FCC does not break down the data state-by-state. As a general rule, New York performs above the national average. Overall performance was good. Nonetheless, performance was down from 2016. The results for the 2017 nationwide test are summarized as follows: The FCC Public …

FCC Adds “Blue Alerts” to EAS Messages- 12 Month Phase In Period Adopted

The FCC had added a new EAS ”Blue Alert” requirement. “Blue Alert” event codes will be added to existing EAS codes. Blue Alerts can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects. Blue Alerts warn the public when there is actionable information related to a law …

TV Repacking – FCC to Conduct On Site Audits for Baseline Equipment for Stations Receiving Reimbursement

Last Friday, the FCC announced that it will be making audits of stations that have sought reimbursement for repacking costs. It determined “that audits, data validations, and site visits” are essential tools in preventing waste, fraud, and abuse. Under the FCC rules, “a third-party audit firm may conduct audits of entities receiving disbursements from the Reimbursement Fund, and these audits …

NYSBA Meetings in Washington DC Very Successful

Last week a delegation from the NYSBA Board of Directors and the Futures Committee traveled to Washington DC. Our top agenda item was to gain support for additional funding for the TV repacking process. As noted in the story below we made significant progress. In a day and a half, we met with twenty-six offices, nearly the entire New York …

ABIP–Schedule Your Inspection Today!

Stations seeking to avoid costly FCC technical inspections have a ready alternative – the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) sponsored by the NYSBA.  Stations participating in this program are exempt from routine FCC technical inspections for a three year period. We have a team of highly respected engineers that will be conducting ABIP inspections in New York. Information regarding the …

Long Island Broadcasters Honored for Public Service

We have been highlighting stations that received “Serving New York” Awards at our recent luncheons around the State.  This week we will focus on the stations on Long Island.  As Long Islanders know, “The Island” has its own community issues that are distinct from New York City. The following stations were honored recently at a luncheon held at the famous …

New York City Broadcasters Honored for Public Service

We have been highlighting stations that received “Serving New York” Awards at our recent luncheons around the State.  This week we will focus on the stations in the New York City Region.  In perhaps the most competitive media market in the world, these stations donate their time and recources to help the citizens of New York.  While New York City …

Capital Region Stations Honored for Public Service

We have been highlighting stations that received “Serving New York” Awards at our recent luncheons around the state. This week we will focus on the stations in the Capital Region. We want to especially thank Congressman Paul Tonko (D 20th), who was our featured speaker at the awards luncheon. Congressman Tonko is an important member of the House Commerce Committee …