Get to Know Sarkes Tarzian’s Geoff Vargo

Geoff Vargo’s first job broadcasting job was as a part-time DJ. Now, he is a man with many titles: Executive Vice President of Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. (ST), President Radio Group, President and General Manager of WGCL-AM and WTTS-FM and member of the Sarkes Tarzian Board of Directors. His primary responsibilities are managing the day-to-day operations … Continued

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Veteran Indiana Broadcasters Jack Rinehart, Joe McConnell, Ken Speck, and Steve Starnes to be Inducted into Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame

Carmel, Ind. – July 31, 2017 – Four Hoosier broadcasting legends are being inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame this November.   The Indiana Broadcasters Association today announced the 2017 class which includes sportscaster Joe McConnell, TV reporter Jack Rinehart, radio personality Ken Speck, and TV videographer Steve Starnes. “This … Continued

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IBA Sponsors Indiana Engineers Interested in Ohio Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference

The Indiana Broadcasters Association is offering 30 scholarships to Hoosier broadcast engineers to attend the Ohio Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference, previously the Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference, on Tuesday, September 19th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The full-day learning experience will feature educational tracks for radio and television broadcast engineers, a track for IT professionals, and … Continued

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IBA to Recognize Stations for Their Local Impact

The Indiana Broadcasters Association is recognizing TV and radio stations with IBA Cardinal Community Service Awards for the impactful work done in their local communities. Stations will be honored during luncheon recognition events in the all nine of the stations Congressional Districts in August.  All luncheons begin at 12noon and last until 2 P.M. local time. Register for the … Continued

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Cardinal Community Service Awards Registration

The IBA is recognizing the outstanding work our member TV and radio stations do in the community. We invite a representative from your station and also a representative from the community organization you have helped to attend the free awards luncheons in your station’s district.   If you have multiple campaigns in the same district, please fill … Continued

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Enter the 30th Annual Spectrum Awards: Awards to Recognize the Best in Indiana TV and Radio

The Indiana Broadcasters Association will recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Indiana radio and television stations over the past year during the 30th Annual Spectrum Awards on Friday, November 3, at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel, Ind. Each entry is $30 and individual stations may submit up to five entries per category. Submissions must be received by … Continued

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Veteran Ft. Wayne Broadcaster Posthumously Honored

Bob Sievers of Fort Wayne’s WOWO will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Sievers worked at the station for more than 50 years including as host of the early morning “Little Red Barn” program followed by his own show which was often one of the highest rated, nationally. Sievers retired in 1987 and … Continued

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IBA Members Earn RTDNA AWARDS

The Radio Television Digital News Association recently announced its winners for 2017 and among them are two IBA member stations. WBND in South Bend won for Excellence in Video in the Small Market Television category. “Video is television’s advantage.  Video allows us to take people inside stories and to places where they don’t normally get … Continued

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IBA Members Celebrate Emmy Awards Success

Eight IBA member stations are basking in the glow of  winning regional Emmy Awards over the weekend.  The 48th annual Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards were held Saturday and IBA member stations and their staff took home some hardware. WTHR in Indianapolis won 22 awards including “Evening Newscast,” “Breaking News,” “Spot News,” and “Overall Excellence” … Continued

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Introducing the IBA Community Service Awards

TV and radio stations across the state of Indiana are on the front lines of covering breaking news and sharing alerts, but they also provide vital information about their neighborhoods and residents that isn’t available elsewhere. Broadcasting is truly a local service, which is why the IBA is going to honor the great community work … Continued

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WPTA’s Legal Battle to use Court Audio

IBA member station WPTA in Fort Wayne is currently in a legal battle fighting to be able to use court audio in the reporting of a highly controversial court case in the area.  The IBA interviewed General Manger Merry Ewing about the matter and what other stations can learn from the situation.  Explain what spurred … Continued

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FCC Chairman Offers Refreshing Approach for Broadcasters – Dave Arland, Indiana Broadcasters Association

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has already proven to be a breath of fresh air for broadcasters, pushing hard to retire outdated regulations and bend an ear to the concerns of our industry. One simple change with far-reaching impact is that Pai now makes public the text of proposals and orders that the FCC will … Continued

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FCC Changes to Job Posting Rules: Q & A with IBA Washington Counsel David Oxenford

The FCC recently issued a Declaratory Ruling about how Job Openings should be posted.  What’s changing? The FCC is now permitting broadcasters (and cable companies) to meet their obligation to widely disseminate information about their job openings solely through the use of online recruitment sources.  In the past, broadcasters were fined if they did not, … Continued

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Indiana Broadcasters Association Awarding $30,000 in College Scholarships

Carmel, Ind. – April 17, 2017 – The Indiana Broadcasters Association is awarding scholarships to six college students to help them pursue degrees in the field of broadcasting.   This year, due to the generosity of TV and radio stations across the state, each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help pay for their education as they study … Continued

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Meet New IBA ABIP Inspector Brian Dougherty

The IBA unexpectedly lost a dear friend and colleague, Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) Inspector Dale Gehman, in November.  Dale’s unfortunate passing resulted in a delay in our ABIP Inspections and a backlog for stations that hand pending inspections.  In an effort to ensure our stations are compliant, we hired Brian Dougherty from Illinois to step … Continued

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Hoosier House Members Support Local Radio Freedom

For the second consecutive year, all Indiana House Members of Congress have signed the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) promising to protect the deductibility of advertising. Under the current U.S. Tax Code, advertising on local TV and radio is treated as an ordinary business expense. It is critical that this remains the status quo. If … Continued

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IU Career Fair is Tuesday; Strong Turnout at Ball State

More than 120 students attended the IBA’s career fair this past week at Ball State University and stations from across the state will meet with students from Indiana University Tuesday. The career fair will be held from 1-5 p.m. at Franklin Hall located at 107 S. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405. The event will begin … Continued

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We Are Broadcasters: New Campaign Highlights the Reliability of Local Radio and TV

Americans turn to local TV and radio stations to provide them with the news, emergency updates, weather reports, sports and entertainment they value. Yet, the policymakers who have the ability to shape broadcasting’s future do not always understand local stations’ vital role in communities. NAB launched the We Are Broadcasters campaign in 2013 to educate … Continued

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IBA Washington Update with Dave Arland

IBA board members who represent stations in most parts of the state were proud to advocate for and represent Indiana TV and radio stations last week in Washington D.C. The group met with every Indiana Member of Congress or their staff to discuss key issues impacting broadcasting in the state including the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) … Continued

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Nominations Now Being Accepted for Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame

The Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame honors the history of broadcasting by recognizing individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the broadcasting industry over their careers. Candidates may include Indiana broadcasters or those born in Indiana who have marked achievements in the industry. Nominations can be submitted by current broadcasters, a … Continued

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IBA Adds to Career Fair Panel

The IBA is excited to announce a new panelist who will share her thoughts and tips for breaking into the broadcast industry prior to the February 18th career fair at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. Marnie Nowicki-Eaton is the Local Sales Manager for Fort Wayne’s NBC station.  With more than 20 years of experience, Nowicki-Eaton … Continued

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Important Notice from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau

The IBA has been asked by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau to notify you of the following information relating to unauthorized persons illegally gaining access to certain audio streaming devices used by broadcasters.  The notice below also contains recommended steps to prevent remote access from other than authorized devices.    IMPORTANT SECURITY-RELATED NOTICE FROM THE FIELD … Continued

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Introducing New IBA Board Member Tim Pollard

The IBA board welcomed new members last week at the January meeting including Tim Pollard. Pollard is Chair of the Department of Telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie and joins the board as one of two educational representative.   Tim brings a unique, valuable perspective to the board and shared some of his background and expectations with the IBA. … Continued

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IBA Career Fair Tips for Students

The Indiana Broadcasters Association Career Fair offers students the opportunity to meet with stations, make connections, and develop meaningful relationships to help launch their careers. The first step is simply showing up.  Having face-to-face interactions with broadcast stations that are looking for new employees and interns already gives you an advantage over those who simply … Continued

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the IBA Scholarship

Each year, the Indiana Broadcasters Association awards college scholarships to worthy college students who are pursuing a degree in the field of broadcasting.  IBA works cooperatively with Indiana institutions that offer broadcasting programs, annually funding several scholarships that help students with education expenses. Since 2011, the IBA has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships including … Continued

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IBA Career Fair Panel Announced

Prior to the Indiana Broadcasters Association Career Fair on February 18th, students and job seekers will have a unique opportunity to hear from some of the state’s best broadcasters during a panel discussion on “Breaking Into Broadcasting.” The panel will begin at 10 a.m. at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel and will cover … Continued

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Susan Brooks IBA Conference Address

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN 5th District) welcomed Hoosier broadcasters to the 2016 IBA Broadcasters Conference on November 17 in Carmel.  Watch her full address on the impact broadcasters have on the state.

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A Look Ahead to 2017 with IBA Board Chair John O’Brien

Through the generosity of our members, the Public Education Program (PEP) has been revived. PEP is the primary source of funding for our association. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to this effort. We plan to be at full capacity for PEP sponsorships, later in 2017. Our annual conference, Spectrum Awards and Hall … Continued

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Gehman Familiy Asks for Hoosier Broadcaster Memories of ABIP Inspector

This is the published obituary for Dale Gehman: R. Dale Gehman, 59, of Akron, PA, went home to be with Jesus on November 22, 2016 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dale was the loving husband of Darlene Horst Gehman for 34 years. He was the devoted father of Mathew Dale, husband of … Continued

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Students Can Attend IBA Broadcasters Conference for Free

50 students will be chosen to attend the full-day event on November 17 and connect with broadcasters from across Indiana The Indiana Broadcasters Association is bringing together broadcasters from across the state for a full-day conference on November 17 in Carmel and because of the generosity of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers and IBA Board of Directors, … Continued

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Dates Set Indiana Gubernatorial and U.S Senate Debates

Hoosiers have the opportunity to hear from the three candidates running for Governor of Indiana – Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell – during a debates leading up to the election and IBA member stations across the state are able to broadcast them.   As broadcasters, informing the public is our core mission … Continued

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Learn How to Boost Station Sales at IBA Broadcasters Conference

Paul Weyland to Share Communication Strategies to Bolster Revenue Indiana broadcast stations have the unique opportunity to learn how to improve sales and increase revenue opportunities from one of the best in the industry.  Paul Weyland, author of “To Sell the Truth,” will speak at the IBA Broadcasters Conference on Thursday, November 17 at the 502 … Continued

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Indiana Broadcasters Association to Induct Five History-Making Broadcasters into Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Ceremony Recognition Planned for November 17 Carmel, Ind. –  September 14, 2016 – The Indiana Broadcasters Association, representing more than 300 television and radio stations in the state, will induct five new members into its Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame later this fall:  Brad Byrd, Tom Griswold, Bob Kevoian, Ed Roehling, … Continued

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2016 EAS Operating Handbook is in the Mail

The FCC recently revised its EAS handbook, creating one published resource for both radio and TV broadcasters.  As a service to our members, IBA is having the new book printed and distributed to stations this week. You will be receiving your station’s copy soon, and information specific to your location MUST be filled out.  By … Continued

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Register Now for November 17th Indiana Broadcasters Conference

Awards Ceremonies, Educational Opportunities Highlight the Full-Day Event The Indiana Broadcasters Association is bringing together TV and radio members from across the state for the 2016 Indiana Broadcasters Conference on Thursday, November 17, at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. The Spectrum Awards and Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame luncheon will be part of the event, along with … Continued

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Deadline Looms for EAS Test Reporting System

Stations Required to Register by Next Friday, August 26 With a nationwide EAS test coming up on September 28, the FCC is requiring stations file registration paperwork by next Friday: Form One for the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) must be filed on or before August 26, 2016. Form One filings may be edited until … Continued

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IBA Spectrum Awards Returning for 2016

The Board of Directors for the Indiana Broadcasters Association is reversing a previous decision and has decided to move forward with the annual Spectrum Awards on Thursday, November 17, at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. The IBA board recently voted unanimously to reinstate the Awards as a benefit to member stations and to … Continued

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Compliance Insurance: An Interview with Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) inspector Dale Gehman

In collaboration with the FCC, the IBA offers the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to avoid surprise inspections. Stations that pass the inspection receive a three-year Certification of Compliance, and all participants receive an FCC compliance checklist and an Emergency Alert System manual. ABIP certifications are conducted by … Continued

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Make an Impact: An IBA Career Fair Success Story

The Indiana Broadcasters Association is proud to connect future broadcasters with opportunities to begin or jump start their careers, including through our career fairs. The IBA hosts two each year, once in the spring and once in the fall, as well as serving as a participant of the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Opportunity Fair. The next … Continued

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Local Area EAS Region Map

To download the map, click below. BLOOMINGTON EAS Region Bartholomew Brown Decatur Jackson Lawrence Monroe CENTRAL EAS Region Boone Delaware Hamilton Hancock Hendricks Henry Johnson Madison Marion Morgan Rush Shelby Tipton EVANSVILLE EAS Region Perry Posey Spencer Vanderburgh Warrick  LAFAYETTE EAS Region Benton Carroll Cass Clinton Fountain Howard Montgomery Tippecanoe Warren White NORTHEAST EAS Region … Continued

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We Are Broadcasters

The Indiana Broadcasters Association is a proud partner of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the … Continued

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New FCC Requirements May Require EAS Upgrades at IBA Member Stations

EAS Rules Take Effect in July New EAS rules and guidelines adopted by the Federal Communications Commission become effective on July 30.  Your station could be affected, if you are using outdated EAS equipment. Unfortunately, many of the original 1996 vintage EAS Decoders/Encoders must now be replaced as they cannot be upgraded to accomplish both … Continued

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IBA Connects Job Seekers with Member Stations at Spring Career Fair

More than 70 Indiana TV and radio stations were represented, Saturday, April 30, at the annual IBA Spring Career Fair at the Marriott Indianapolis North Hotel.  More than 60 applicants – a mix of college students and those looking to get back into the business – met with stations from all parts of the state. … Continued

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Indiana Broadcasters Association Awards $11,000 in College Scholarships

Carmel, IN – April 26, 2016 – The Indiana Broadcasters Association is awarding scholarships to six college students to help them pursue degrees in the field of broadcasting. This year, five $2,000 scholarships are being awarded to the following students to help pay for their education as they study the art of broadcasting. Name   … Continued

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U.S. Senate candidates agree to televised debate April 18

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Debate Commission will conduct a televised Republican primary debate between U.S. Senate candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young on April 18.  An agreement with the candidates was reached Friday.  The one-hour debate will be broadcast from a studio at public television station WFYI in Indianapolis beginning at 7 p.m. EDT. A … Continued

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Nominations Open for 2016 Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 class to be named to the Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame.  Since 1981, more than 160 people have been named to the Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to broadcasting in Indiana. “The many icons and familiar voices … Continued

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Indiana Broadcasters Applaud Compromise on Government Video Bill

Indianapolis – March 11, 2016 – The Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) today is encouraging Indiana Governor Mike Pence to sign House Bill 1019, new legislation that establishes a process for release of government video recorded by police dashcams and body cameras. “We commend the Indiana Legislature for listening to their constituents on this important public … Continued

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Secret Police Recordings Kept Under Wraps with Proposed Indiana Law

Indianapolis, IN – January 18, 2016 – A proposal to clamp down on publicly recorded government videos is headed to a vote at the Indiana House of Representatives, in a move that could keep all public video recordings secret.  Indiana House Bill 1019, which sailed through a House committee with a unanimously favorable vote, “restricts public … Continued

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Dave Arland Named Executive Director of the Indiana Broadcasters Association

Indianapolis – December 22, 2015 – Broadcasting and electronics industry veteran Dave Arland will become Executive Director of the Indiana Broadcasters Association in January, with the decision by the IBA’s board of directors to select Carmel-based Arland Communications as the organization’s association management firm. “Our state’s broadcasters provide an invaluable service to listeners and viewers … Continued

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