About Us

The Oregon Association of Broadcasters, customarily known as the OAB, is a member supported trade association representing the management of radio and television stations in the state of Oregon. Membership consists of 28 of the 28 commercial TV stations, and over 150 commercial radio stations. In addition, there are more than 50 Associate members. Educational radio and television stations are well represented in the OAB, as are the state’s colleges and universities as well.

Facts About the OAB

The President & Executive Director of the OAB is Bob Singer, who most recently served as General Manager of KTVZ-TV (NBC) and KFXO-TV (FOX) in Bend, Oregon. Prior to being General Manager, Bob served as Director of Sales for the stations. The board of directors and officers are comprised of station ownership and management representing a cross section of the industry — both large and small market radio and television companies in all areas of the state, and a representative from the Associate Membership of the OAB.

The OAB focuses its efforts on state and federal legislation, sales training, public affairs, awards, career/job fairs and broadcast scholarships.

The OAB is also an active participant in a joint council comprised of state bar, press and broadcaster representatives who deal with working relationships between media and the courts.

The OAB maintains a website  which includes career opportunities, legislative issues, and member station contact information

The OAB is active in state and federal legislative issues pertaining to broadcasting. The OAB uses a contract lobbyist to monitor activity, maintain relationships in Salem and works closely with the National Association of Broadcasters to work with our Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

The Oregon Association of Broadcasters Foundation, organized in 2003, solicits and administers scholarship funds for broadcast journalism students. The OABF has contributed more than $300,000 in scholarships to students since its inception.

To better serve the membership of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters, the OAB has retained Matthew McCormick of Fletcher Healed & Hildreth in Washington, D.C. to serve as its legal counsel.

Through a program known as the Public Educational Program (PEP), the state’s broadcasters donate coordinated campaigns of announcements for state agencies and non-profit social service organizations without budgets dedicated to regular broadcast advertising. Donations to the OAB for this service helps provide scholarship funds for broadcast journalism students via the Oregon Association of Broadcasters Foundation and supports public or member services the association could not otherwise afford.

Contact

The OAB address is 285 SW Main Court, Suite #300, Warrenton OR 97146. Payments for PEP, Dues and ABIP should be sent to this address. Please have your traffic and business offices make this change. The telephone number is (503) 443-2299 and the e-mail address is: theoab@theoab.org.

Leadership

Bob Singer

President and Executive Director

Bob Singer

Bob Singer was named President & Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters on December 16th, 2019. The OAB represents 235 local radio and television broadcasters in Oregon.

Mr. Singer most recently served as General Manager of KTVZ-TV (NBC) and KFXO-TV (FOX) in Bend, Oregon. Prior to being General Manager, Bob served as Director of Sales for the stations.

Bob is originally from New York City and attended Valley College in Los Angeles. He began his television career in 1978 as an Account Executive with KATZ Television in Los Angeles. After a short stint in commercial development he moved into management with Petry Television in Portland Oregon. Bob then joined KPTV (FOX) as National Sales Manager. He was then recruited by KOIN-TV (CBS) as Local Sales Manager, then promoted to General Sales Manager after Emmis sold their television properties.

Mr. Singer has served on the Oregon Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors for the last seven years. He is also past Chair of the Tower Theatre Education Foundation and serves on the advisory committee for Lines for Life in Central Oregon.

Board of Directors

John N Tamerlano

President & CEO Emeritus

John N Tamerlano

John Tamerlano was President & Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters from February 1, 2018, until his retirement in 2019.  The OAB represents 235 local radio and television broadcasters in Oregon.

Mr. Tamerlano served as Vice President and General Manager of KATU-TV (ABC) and KUNP-TV (Univision) in Portland, Oregon. While under its former owner (Fisher Broadcasting, Inc.) John served as Regional Senior Vice President, overseeing station operations in Boise, Idaho, Bakersfield, California, Eugene, Oregon and the Tri-Cities, Washington.

John is originally from Cleveland, OH and attended Bowling Green State University.  He began his television career in 1979 as a Sales Account Executive with WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, and became that station’s Local Sales Manager in 1980.  In 1984, as General Sales Manager, he helped launch a new sign-on station, WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.  John returned to Cleveland in 1984, where he was the General Sales Manager for the ABC Scripps-Howard station and the NBC Gannett Television station. He was recruited to Portland, OR in 1999 by Lee Enterprise’s CBS affiliate, KOIN-TV, to serve as Director of Sales and Research and oversaw the local sales efforts for their sister stations.

Mr. Tamerlano served on the Oregon Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors and was on the ABC Network and TvB Sales Advisory Committees. He is also been a board member of Make A Wish Foundation of Oregon and the American Red Cross of Oregon.