With the elections and holidays behind us, your Indiana Broadcasters Association is looking ahead this year to find more ways to serve our membership – strengthening advocacy, enhancing career opportunities for stations and potential employees, and planning events that will help our entire membership learn and build their broadcast businesses.
A full delegation of radio and TV broadcasters from the IBA Board will soon be knocking on doors of our members of Congress, following the annual NAB State Leadership Conference in Washington. We’ll be sharing our joint concerns about preserving the promotional capabilities of local radio, insuring the retransmission consent process for TV stations, and monitoring the looming Spectrum Repack that will impact dozens of Indiana stations (and millions of viewers) this fall.
At the Indiana Statehouse, we’re following new legislation that might make professional sports gambling a reality in the state. And there will likely be many other issues that crop up during the longer budget year at the Legislature.
Your membership dues fund our advocacy efforts in Washington and in Indianapolis, and we appreciate that most members pay promptly. If there’s an IBA invoice on your desk, please do see that it is paid soon.
Hundreds of potential employees and stations take advantage of IBA’s two Career Fairs each year. We’re soon announcing details for the March 30thCareer Fair that will include a new Continuing Education component for stations, the annual Indiana Association of School Broadcasters college awards, more career advice for students, the awarding of $50,000 in college scholarships funded by our members and the IBA, and finally a robust Career Fair. Stay tuned for ways that IBA will help our members put their best foot forward.
With a successful fall Broadcasters Conference in the history books, we’ve started planning for this year’s event on October 24, 2019. Mark your calendars now for the 2019 Indiana Broadcasters Conference and Spectrum / Hall of Fame event.
As you know, the majority of our revenue to operate the association comes from the Public Education Program (PEP) and your willingness to air spots on unsold airtime. We are pleased start 2019 with four PEP partners – the Indiana National Guard (INNG), the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE).
The income from PEP goes back to member services. Last year, we rolled out several new services for members including a Young Professionals Group as a collaborative resource for broadcasters 40 years of age and under, a Broadcast News Seminar, and a joint conference about ATSC 3.0 staged with other nearby broadcasters associations. More collaboration with our neighboring states is likely in the year ahead.
We thank you for your commitment not only to Hoosier broadcasting, but to our Hoosier communities.
We celebrate a wonderful 2018 but are even more enthusiastic for what is to come in 2019.
Indiana Broadcasters Association