2711 Middleburg Drive

Suite 201

Columbia, SC 29201







State Broadcast Associations:

Covering the 2020 Elections


Training dates: Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern

Did you know that you have complimentary access to specialized Poynter training designed to improve your coverage of the 2020 elections?

Don’t miss this invitation-only, two-week essential training experience for State Broadcast Associations and their members.

What will I learn?

Journalists and news departments in broadcast, digital, radio and print will learn how to cover issues that matter; what audiences are hungry for and why; about PACs, Super PACs and Dark Money; why we have the electoral system, and more.


Who will be teaching?

This training will be led by Al Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcast and online at the Poynter Institute, and is brought to you in partnership with the Massachusetts State Broadcast Association. 


You can participate in this training at no cost thanks to The South Carolina Broadcasters Association who has sponsored access to this opportunity for all of its members.  

The value of this training is $600. To register, please contact the SCBA at 803-732-1186 or scba@scba.net.










Booths are 8' X 8' and include 1 draped table, 2 chairs, and a booth sign imprinted with your company name.   Exhibitors also receive:

  • Thursday Luncheon admission for one person (additional tickets - $45 each)
  • Exhibition passes for special clients you want to invite to the Exhibition (Luncheon not included)
  • Your company name and contact information listed in the Winter Conference Program Book. (Deadline for listing is December 31, 2019)
  • Premium placement of any Program Book ad purchased 
  • Conference attendee list at the conclusion of the event.


November 1, 2019 - January 10, 2020

1 booth  -  $485

2 booths - $650

3 booths - $800

4 booths - $995

After January 10, 2020 - $625 per booth – space available


Arrange booth electrical needs directly with Paula Thayer, SCBA

Security will be provided during Wednesday set-up and overnight hours prior to the Exhibition.


Booth availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Upon Exhibit Hall sell out, additional space will be available in the adjacent pre-function area. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference for booth location; however, no guarantees can be made.


Booth Sharing:  Exhibitors may not share booth space without written consent from SCBA.  Primary vendor must pay full booth rate.  Sublet vendors must be registered with SCBA and pay a registration fee of $150 per vendor (which includes one Luncheon ticket). Additional Luncheon tickets for booth reps from sublet company may be purchased for $45.


Cancellation:  No refund will be made for exhibit space not used and no refund will be made for space used for a portion of the time.  To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received by SCBA by December 31, 2019.






Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for November – January

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FCC Announces Extension of the Biennial Broadcast Ownership Report Filing Deadline


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New Developments in Broadband – September

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Capitol Hill House Democrats’ “Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act” (LIFT America Act) –containing $40 billion dedicated for broadband, largely through reverse auctions – remains pending.  While prospects for significant federal spending on a new broadband program remain in limbo, Congress has allocated further funding to the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) ReConnect funding...… Continue Reading



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Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)





  • All SCBA member stations can participate in this FCC-endorsed voluntary inspection.
  • Completing the ABIP insures a station that it is in compliance with FCC regulations.
  • Stations holding ABIP certificates are exempt from routine FCC inspections for a period of three years.


How It Works:

  • To enroll in the program, contact the SCBA office at 803-732-1186 or paula@scba.net.
  • SCBA will forward a contract with an estimated inspection date.
  • Stations must return the signed contract with payment prior to the inspection.
  • Upon successful completion of the inspection, stations are issued a certificate that is posted in the station and the FCC is notified of the certification.
  • If the station does not pass inspection, a grace period of 150 days from the date on the contract is provided to allow the station to make necessary corrections to successfully complete the inspection.
  • Stations may choose to notify the FCC when they enroll in the program, and immediately begin the immunity protection. Or they may choose not to notify the FCC of their enrollment, in which case the station has no protection from inspection.



All stations should take advantage of this valuable service. Be certain your station is in  compliance and immune from routine FCC inspection.


If your station currently holds an ABIP certificate, check the renewal date and schedule your next inspection well in advance to avoid any lapse in immunity.





The Federal Communications Commission and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council are teaming up to help consumers declare independence from robocalls. 


Americans received more than 26 billion robocalls in 2018, a 46 percent increase over the previous year, according to third-party estimates.  The FCC receives more consumer complaints on this topic than any other, reflecting consumers’ growing frustration with the illegal and unwanted calls. 


Robocalls are not only annoying; they are increasingly used as an entry point to fraud.  Scammers target innocent consumers, often spoofing local numbers or government agencies to steal their money and identities.  The FBI reports that in just over a year, a Chinese-language robocall has resulted in over $40 million in reported stolen money from Chinese-speaking consumers.  


Please pass along these tips to your contacts, membership lists, family and friends:

  • Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be aware, though -- caller ID showing a "local" number does not necessarily mean it is a local caller.
  • If you answer the phone and the caller -- or a recording -- asks you to press a button to stop getting the calls, just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
  • Do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with "Yes."
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mothers' maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls, or if you are at all suspicious.
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number in the phone book, on your account statement if you have one, or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment.

The FCC has additional consumer information on its website at www.fcc.gov/robocalls.  This information is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Tagalog.

Last month the FCC empowered phone companies to aggressively block by default unwanted and illegal robocalls before they reach consumers.  Phone companies are also rolling out a robust caller ID authentication system, allowing them to block or label spoofed calls and help authorities track down the sources.

Help us get the word out and keep the fraudsters at bay.










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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.  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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Columbia, SC 29204

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