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The FCC announced in today’s Daily Digest that it has opened the Electronic Test Reporting System for the August 7, 2019 National EAS Test. The deadline for filing is July 3, 2019. You can access the ETRS on the FCC website at https://www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system. I’ve already had reports of problems on the site. Please keep trying. If you are unable to finish your filing by this Friday, June 7, please let me know and I will contact the FCC to report a group problem.

Here is the FCC announcement from today’s Daily Digest:

Released: 2019-06-03. PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM ON AUGUST 7, 2019 AND OPENS THE EAS TEST REPORTING SYSTEM FOR 2019 FILINGS. (DA No. 19-505). (Dkt No 15-94). Announcement that FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide EAS test on Aug. 7, 2019, and that the EAS Test Reporting System is open for filings. PSHSB. Contact: Elizabeth Cuttner at (202) 418-2145, email: Elizabeth.Cuttner@fcc.gov or Maureen Bizhko at (202) 418-0011, email: Maureen.Bizhko@fcc.govDA-19-505A1.docx DA-19-505A1.pdf DA-19-505A1.txt

(May 17, 2019) KUNR Public Radio in Reno Joins Mountain West News Bureau

Collaboration Expands Regional News Coverage

RENO, Nev. – KUNR Public Radio has joined the Mountain West News Bureau, a regional reporting collaboration of public radio news stations. KUNR, a service of the University of Nevada, Reno, joins five current member stations in serving the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah—and now Nevada’s high desert and the Sierra.

The Mountain West News Bureau provides original reporting from its combined network of public radio newsrooms led by Boise State Public Radio in Idaho and including KUNR (Reno), KUER (Salt Lake City), Wyoming Public Media (Laramie), KRCC (Colorado Springs), and KUNC (Greeley, Colo.). Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the station partners.

“Collaboration is a force multiplier; together stations can do more and innovate faster to provide the local journalism that is part of the bedrock of public media’s valued service to our country,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio.

“The growth of the KUNR newsroom over the past several years is impressive,” said Tom Michael, general manager of Boise State Public Radio and managing director of the Mountain West News Bureau. “We are proud to include KUNR in the collaboration. We look forward to sharing regional reports for the listeners in Reno and to hear more stories from Nevada.”

Western Issues Include Land, Water, Growth, Culture

Each partner station has a dedicated reporter who contributes stories about the unique issues in the urban and rural areas of the Rocky Mountain/Sierra Nevada region. They also collaborate with national programs, including American Public Media’s Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as other public media programs. The four main areas of editorial focus are:

  • Land and water resource management
  • Regional growth
  • Issues in the rural West
  • Western culture

The stations work together to highlight these issues for a broad range of listeners. As in other regional journalism collaborations across the country, the project’s journalists are based in station newsrooms, sharing news content for audio and digital platforms across the region.

“From the Sierra to the Rocky Mountains and throughout the surrounding areas, we share common Western concerns and region-specific issues,” said KUNR General Manager David Stipech. “KUNR is excited to contribute to the news bureau’s tradition of sharing relevant, relatable stories with regional and national audiences—the way public radio does so well.”

Since its inception in early 2018, the Mountain West News Bureau has produced more than 700 stories or news reports for regional or national distribution, several of which have been recognized with prestigious industry awards.

 
   

 

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Media Contact: 
David Stipech 
General Manager 
KUNR Public Radio   
dstipech@kunr.org 
775-682-6300

KUNR is an award-winning NPR-member station with a growing presence in providing local and regional news to 70,000 weekly listeners throughout Northern Nevada, Eastern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. Licensed to the Nevada System of Higher Education, KUNR has for more than 55 years broadcast from the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, a land grant institution and top tier research university with an enrollment of nearly 22,000. KUNR is part of the university’sReynolds School of Journalism, one of 110 fully-accredited journalism and mass communication programs in the United States.

 

Links for more information: www.kunr.org      www.journalism.unr.edu     www.unr.edu    www.cpb.org

 

KUNR Public Radio / Mail Stop 0294 / University of Nevada, Reno / Reno, NV 89557 / www.kunr.org

 


 

 

 

 

 (Las Vegas, Nevada) Nevada Broadcasters Association (NVBA) President Mitch Fox announced today that the Findlay Automotive Group will receive the prestigious Community Achievement Award at the organization’s annual Hall of Fame Gala on August 24th at the Four Seasons Hotel.

 “Under the leadership of COO/CFO Tyler Corder, the Findlay Automotive Group has redefined philanthropy as one of the most community-minded companies in the state of Nevada,” said President Fox. “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and so many other non-profits have benefited by the generosity of this company. In addition, Findlay partners with our member stations as part of that outreach. Findlay Automotive Group was an easy choice to be the recipient of the Community Achievement Award at our annual Hall of Fame Gala.”

 The Findlay Automotive Group now consists of 34 dealerships in 6 states and every one of those dealerships is heavily involved in financially supporting charitable organizations in their respective areas. Employees also donate their time to assist non-profits. As COO and CFO, Tyler Corder has served as President of Safe Nest, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada and is actively involved in other Nevada charities.

This year marks the 24th Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Gala and will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at The Four Seasons Las Vegas. All money raised at the Hall of Fame Silent and Live Auctions benefits the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation’s Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund which provides tuition scholarships to students attending Nevada’s Colleges and Universities.

To purchase a sponsorship, reserve a table or place an ad in the program, please call (702) 794-4994.                                                       

About Nevada Broadcasters Association

The mission of the NVBA is to promote and advocate for the Broadcasters of Nevada while serving the public. We help improve and preserve, on a national and statewide basis, an economic, legal and regulatory environment that best enhances the ability of each Station to be financially strong, to remain free from governmental control of programming, and to excel in the public service roles that each Station plays in Nevada.  The NVBA offers a robust Public Education Partnership program providing government agencies and non-profits, the ultimate in public outreach and awareness. We seek to educate Nevada’s local, state and federal officials along with other community leaders about important broadcasting issues, concerns and challenges, in an effort to create increasingly strong and healthy communities.

About Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Scholarship Program

The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation (NVBF) and the Tony & Linda Bonnici Scholarship Fund finds the very best broadcasting and journalism students in Nevada and empowers them to pursue their dream by awarding scholarships. The Foundation awards full tuition scholarships to the next generation of Nevada’s broadcasters. This scholarship is unique in that it is a scholarship by broadcasters for broadcasters.

For more information about NVBA and NVBF, please call 702-794-4994, or visit http://nevadabroadcasters.org.

 Media Contacts:

Mitch Fox  Mitch@NevadaBroadcasters.org  

Eric Bonnici Eric@NevadaBroadcasters.org  

702-794-4994

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(Las Vegas, Nevada) The Nevada Broadcasters Association will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to broadcast veteran Ralph Toddre during the Association’s Annual Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, August 24, at 7pm at The Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Toddre first began his long broadcasting career in 1975, working as the Operations and Programming Manager at KLAS TV, a Landmark Communications Company.

In 1986, Ralph became Vice President and General Manager for Sunbelt Communications Company where he developed plans for a new Yuma television station. The station began operations less than six months after its conception.

Ralph returned to Nevada where he became Vice President and General Manager of KRNV News 4 in Reno and later, President and C.O.O. for Sunbelt Communications Company/Intermountain West Communications Company in which he managed operations for twelve NBC and FOX affiliate broadcast stations in five western states, including Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

As the father of three, two of whom were diagnosed with Autism, Ralph was inspired to become a leader in the State of Nevada and across the nation emphasizing the specific needs of children and families affected by the condition. He began this mission in 2006. by co-founding the Autism Coalition of Nevada with his wife, Meredith.

This year marks the 24th Hall of Fame Gala and will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at The Four Seasons Las Vegas. All money raised at the Hall of Fame Silent and Live Auctions goes directly to support the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation’s Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund which provides tuition scholarships to students attending Nevada’s Colleges and Universities. One hundred forty-five (145) scholarships have been awarded over the past seven (8) years to talented and dedicated students of broadcasting in Nevada.
To purchase a sponsorship, reserve a table or place an ad in the program, please call (702) 794-4994.

As of March 1, 2018, all radio and television stations were required to transition their public inspection file to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) online public file system. However, despite the year-old deadline, a substantial number of broadcasters have not yet activated their online public file or have failed to keep their public file up-to-date.

These stations are at risk of substantial FCC fines. While the FCC has emailed warning notices to some stations, we strongly urge you not to wait for an FCC notice. Stations should immediately confirm that they are complying with the FCC’s rules. 

Ensuring that your station’s online public file is online and complete takes on added importance as we enter the license renewal cycle. Renewal applications require stations to either certify that their public file has been complete and up-to-date at all times during the license term or disclose violations. In addition to substantial fines, an incomplete online public file can lead to extensive delays in the license renewal process.

Of particular concern is the failure to upload the quarterly issues/programs lists, which demonstrate how a station has addressed the needs and interests of its community. These lists must be placed in each station’s online public file on a quarterly basis, going back to the start of the current 8-year license term. Failure to comply can be extremely costly. The FCC recently fined five radio stations $10,000 to $12,000 each for lacking copies of the issues/programs lists in their online public files. In addition to the issues/programs lists, stations should promptly upload their annual EEO public file reports, children’s television reports, political broadcasting information, and all other required materials. 

If you have questions, please contact your station’s legal counsel or the NAB legal department at 866.682.0276.

(Las Vegas, Nevada) Nevada Broadcasters Association President Mitch Fox announced today that Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei will be honored with the prestigious President’s Award, during the Association’s Annual Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7pm at The Four Seasons Las Vegas.

“Congressman Amodei has always been a friend to Nevada’s broadcasting industry,” said President Fox. “His long-standing support for our issues was made even more evident when he was the first member of Nevada’s Congressional Delegation in 2019 to become a co-sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act.”

Congressman Amodei understands the importance of local radio and television, which provide free news and information, children’s programming, Emergency and Amber Alerts and public service announcements highlighting Nevada’s non-profits.

In Congressman Amodei’s words, “I consider local broadcasting to be necessary infrastructure, like a gas or electric utility. You really can’t live without it.”

The Nevada Congressman was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1996, representing Carson City. In 1998 he ran for the State Senate and served three terms. In 2011 Amodei was elected to Nevada’s Second Congressional District. He has served on the House Judiciary, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs Committees and currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and two of its subcommittees.

This year marks the 24th Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Gala and will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at The Four Seasons Las Vegas. All money raised at the Hall of Fame Silent and Live Auctions benefit the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation’s Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition scholarships to students attending Nevada’s Colleges and Universities.

To purchase a sponsorship, reserve a table or place an ad in the program, please call (702) 794-4994.

About Nevada Broadcasters Association

The mission of the NVBA is to promote and advocate for the Broadcasters of Nevada while serving the public. We help improve and preserve, on a national and statewide basis, an economic, legal and regulatory environment that best enhances the ability of each Station to be financially strong, to remain free from governmental control of programming, and to excel in the public service roles that each Station plays in Nevada. The NVBA offers a robust Public Education Partnership program providing government agencies and non-profits, the ultimate in public outreach and awareness. We seek to educate Nevada’s local, state and federal officials along with other community leaders about important broadcasting issues, concerns and challenges, in an effort to create increasingly strong and healthy communities.

About Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Scholarship Program

The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation (NVBF) and the Tony & Linda Bonnici Scholarship Fund finds the very best broadcasting and journalism students in Nevada and empowers them to pursue their dream by awarding scholarships. The Foundation awards full tuition scholarships to the next generation of Nevada’s broadcasters. This scholarship is unique in that it is a scholarship by broadcasters for broadcasters.

For more information about NVBA and NVBF, please call 702-794-4994, or visit http://nevadabroadcasters.org.

Media Contacts:

Mitch Fox Mitch@NevadaBroadcasters.org

Eric Bonnici Eric@NevadaBroadcasters.org

There will be another EAS/National Weather Service meeting at NAB this year! It will be held Tuesday, April 9th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in Room N221 of the North Hall. While NAB passes are not needed to access this room, now is the time to apply for a free “Exhibits Only” floor pass. They’re only available now through mid-March. Register at https://www.nabshow.com/

 

The Agenda includes a review of EAS activations in 2018, discussion of issues related to EAS weather activations and the project to subdivide Clark County. Broadcasters, including engineers, Chief Operators and Program Directors and emergency managers/Authorized Originators are encouraged to attend.

 

Let me know if you have a specific issue you would like to add to the Agenda.

Adrienne

 

Adrienne Abbott, W6BCY

Nevada EAS Chair

“Radio burps, it cries, it needs to be fed all the time, it requires constant attention, but we love it.” Jim Aaron WGLN