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The SCBA Winter Conference is scheduled for January 29-30, 2015 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, so mark your calendar.  The conference begins on Thursday morning with the Broadcast Exhibition kicking things off. The exhibition will feature over 30 vendors representing the very latest in broadcast technology and supporting broadcast services. Engineers will participate in all-day training as well as sales professionals.  On Friday evening, the annual Awards of Distinction will be presented. Registration will open in late November.




Congratulations to those stations that were recognized at the 2014 SCBA STAR Awards.  WIS-TV (Columbia) and WJMZ-FM (Greenville) took top honors as Stations of the Year. A complete list of winners can be found here.


Television Station of the Year


Radio Station of the Year

See the entire Photo Gallery from STAR Awards

SCBA would like to thank all the sponsors that made the event possible—SC Army National Guard, BMI, WYFF 4, Media General, Nielsen Media Research, WPDE, SCANA, WIS-TV, WLTX-TV, WCIV-TV, Winthrop University Dept. of Mass Communication, WMBF TV, Entercom, Municipal Association of SC, OTS Media Group, Qantum Communications-Florence, USC School of Journalism and the SC State Museum Observatory and Planetarium.





Hurricane season has arrived, and all broadcasters should be prepared. Your role as first informers is critical to the safety of all Americans during times of emergency. Below please find descriptions of certain federal programs that can help your station stay on the air during both natural and man-made emergencies. NAB encourages you to take full advantage of these programs.

DIRS: All broadcasters should participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). The DIRS program allows radio and television stations to keep the FCC and other government agencies informed about their operational status during a disaster. Enrolling in DIRS will allow automatic, online updates, instead of responding to phone calls from government officials seeking information on your status. The DIRS program also allows stations to seek government help in locating fuel, a generator or other critical supplies.

To read more, click here.







One of the most valuable member services offered by SCBA is the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP).  Participation in the program protects your station from random FCC inspection for a period of three years.  More importantly, it is a method to be certain your station is in compliance with all FCC regulations including all technical requirements and public file requirements.  (Inspection excludes examination of EEO and political files.)  If you do not currently hold an ABIP certificate, call SCBA today to schedule your inspection.  If you do hold an ABIP certificate, be sure you check the expiration date and schedule your renewal inspection well in advance so you have no interruption in your protection. Information about how to enroll in the ABIP program is on our website at http://www.scba.net/abip.htm  Please call SCBA if you have any questions.



FOR 2014

SCBA is offering two sales development opportunities

for member stations in 2014. LBS, LocalBroadcastSales.com, offers stations a complete sales training program for your sales team.  The online program includes training from over 35 of the nation's most respected consultants and sales trainers, new video training each week, two weekly newsletters, sales research by region and industry, access to all LBS training via mobile, and unlimited access to Ask LBS sales experts. 

The Leaders Edge Sales Management Training Program from Jim Doyle & Associates is a comprehensive personal coaching program for media sales managers who want to break the chains of mediocrity and only accept excellence.  It's an ongoing, multi-formatted, real-world program that's guaranteed to help managers become stronger leaders.  These leaders understand that fresh ideas, motivation and managers become stronger leaders.  They understand that becoming part of the Leaders Edge is an investment in their future not an expense!  By participating in this program, your management team will receive a weekly newsletter, have the opportunity to participate in live tele-seminars featuring Jim Doyle as well as prominent national leaders and speakers and obtain personal coaching from Jim. 

These programs are being offered to members at drastically reduced savings due in large part to the Public Education Program (PEP) which is supported by donated airtime from stations.  To sign up, members must participate in the PEP program.  The cost is only $79 per sales program per station/cluster.  If your station is interested in participating in either or both sales programs for 2014, send an email to SCBA.




NextRadio® is a hybrid radio (FM + Internet) app that delivers a highly interactive radio experience to smartphones. Introduced in August 2013 by an unprecedented deal between the radio industry and Sprint, it comes preloaded on new Android devices hitting the market from Sprint in stores and online. A recent addition to the list is all HTC One M8s which means that NextRadio is now available on all wireless carriers. See the growing list of devices here:



TagStation® is the engine that powers NextRadio.  It enables radio stations to supplement their broadcast with visual content (album art, station schedule, spot & promo enhancements) and points of interaction for display on the NextRadio app.  TagStation can also be used to power The Artist Experience for HD Radio™.

Participation in the NextRadio effort through TagStation can be as simple as displaying your station’s logo and tagline, or as rich as using the data service to deliver the type of audio/visual experience today’s listeners expect from radio.


Video summaries of NextRadio, TagStation, and the relationship between the two can be found here:


"What is NextRadio" video: http://tagstation.com/videos/nextradio-app-demonstration/

"What is TagStation" video: http://tagstation.com/videos/tagstation-videos/

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SCBA's Job Bank
The Internet is the most efficient and effective recruiting tool today!  Stations, post your job openings on the Job Bank and view resumes for all job categories.  Interested in a broadcast career?  Learn about the types of broadcast jobs available and post your resume.  SCBA Job Bank postings are for Equal Opportunity Employers.  Post Jobs

Legal Article on Subpoenas

SCBA's legal counsel offers advice on how to handle a subpoena when your station receives one.

PEP Update

SCBA member stations are in partnership with governmental agencies to deliver public education messages throughout the state.  Many SCBA programs and services are made possible by proceeds from the PEP program.  Stations air PEP spots in the best times available and as often as possible.  The 2014 partners include:  SC Army National Guard, the AAA Foundation of the Carolinas, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and the SC Dept. of Higher Education  Read More

Tips for Non-Profit Organizations

For local radio and television stations across South Carolina, community service is more than a passing concern.  It is a way of doing business.  Every day in South Carolina, from the biggest cities to the smallest towns and everywhere in between, broadcasters are going to bat for community charities, educating residents about important local issues, and delivering lifesaving information and relief in times of crisis or disaster.  Non-profit groups across the state know they can turn to their local radio and television stations for a helping hand.  The tradition of community service by South Carolina broadcasters is unmatched by any other industry and one that we pledge to uphold in the years ahead.  If you want to gain exposure for your charitable organization, school or other civic group, SCBA provides these guidelines for working with the media. Read More






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