February 2019 Update

Posted On: Feb 11, 2019


Currently the OAB is gearing up for the National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
Oregon Association of Broadcasters Executive Board Members will join me at the Capitol in D.C. on Wednesday, February 27th to meet with members of the of Congress representing Oregon. They are Trila Bumstead, OAB Chair, CEO & President Ohana Media Group, Astoria, OR), Kingsley Kelly, OAB Vice-Chair, General Manager KTVL, Medford, Oregon, Bob Singer, Immediate Past Chair, President & General Manager, KTVZ-TV/KFXO-TV, Bend, OR and Matthew McCormick, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, OAB FCC Counsel.

We have confirmed meetings with Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Ron Wyden, Representative Earl Blumenauer, Representative Suzanne Bonamici, Representative Pete DeFazio, Representative Kurt Schrader, and Representative Greg Walden.

The four key issues that will be reviewed are;
• STELAR – Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization – Retransmission Consent for Television Broadcasters
• Local Radio Freedom Act – Performance Royalty for Broadcast of Sound Recordings
• Repack
• C-Band Spectrum Allocation

OAB Award Update

The nomination window has closed and the Executive Committee will be reviewing and voting this week. I will announce the winners prior to our OAB Day in Salem. Awards will be presented at the reception that evening following our day of meetings with our Oregon Legislators.


Our day at the capital is set for Thursday, March 14th where a team of OAB members will make visits to almost 20 State Senators and Representativeness. Schedules and topics are still being put together at this time. One very important item will be addressing the funding ask for the statewide EAS upgrade. In the evening we will host a reception for members along with the State Legislators. Our OAB Awards will also be presented at the reception. I am working with CFM on the details and the issues to be discuss now and will have more information soon. Radio and TV GM’s, please let me know if you would like to join us. I’m looking for a few more people to join us. It will be a full day, starting at 8am and going through the evening reception. I’ll let you know if I’ll need you to attend.