AWARDS OF DISTINCTION

                 HONOREES ANNOUNCED



                                              John Cessarich                  Jay Bender                   Rich O'Dell


The South Carolina Broadcasters Association will present its most prestigious awards to John Cessarich, Jay Bender and Rich O'Dell on Thursday, January 25, 2018 during their Awards of Distinction Dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  (See Full Announcement)




January 25, 2018

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

You don't want to miss the action so put this date on your calendar now!

Take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Legislative Breakfast
  • Engineering Exhibit Hall
  • Engineering Sessions
  • Sales Training
  • SCBA Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting
  • Awards of Distinction Reception and Dinner





SCBA announces Derron Steenbergen

as Sales Speaker at 2018 Winter Convention

SALES TRAINING SEMINAR:  Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 9:30 am-12:00 pm


TOPIC:  From Surviving to Thriving in Sales


The Surviving to Thriving in Sales session is a high energy, exciting way to make your commission checks bigger.  Learn simple steps often skipped or forgotten that will help you make more magic in your sales career.  Derron Steenbergen, President of the Swagger Institute will motivate you to use creative approaches to prospecting, new business development and building better relationships.  Derron is one of the very best sales trainers, motivators and relatable sales guys you will ever meet.  Thousands have left this session with specific tips to make their business more successful, and more importantly, how to have more fun doing it.  Oh, and you will learn the six most powerful words in sales and they are sure to change your career.  Recommended for all sellers and managers.

SALES MANAGEMENT TRAINING SEMINAR:  Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:30-3:00 pm

TOPIC: Managing and Motivating a Distracted, Overwhelmed Salesforce


This sales management session focuses on fresh, creative ways to manage a sales staff that feels overwhelmed and often distracted.  Distracted sales managers trying to lead distracted salespeople who are dealing with distracted decision makers is a difficult task.   From daily tips to long term motivational tactics, attendees will leave this session better equipped to help their teams be more successful.  Managers will also hear real, proven, tangible ideas that they can use immediately. 


Ticket sales will begin December 18, 2017. Stay tuned for additional information!




South Carolina Broadcaster’s Educational Foundation Awards

$50,000 in Scholarships to SC Schools



COLUMBIA, SC -- The South Carolina Broadcasters Association’s (SCBA) Educational Foundation announced that it has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to nine schools in South Carolina.


The SCBA Educational Foundation, established in 1982, provides grants, scholarships and endowments for South Carolina colleges, technical colleges and universities that offer a curriculum in broadcast training.  The Foundation established an endowment in 2004 with a one million dollar target and in 2008 reached that goal.  The scholarship program will continue in perpetuity. 


The schools receiving scholarships for 2018 are: Bob Jones University, Claflin University, Clemson University, Furman University, North Greenville University, Tri-County Technical College, Trident Technical College, University of South Carolina and Winthrop University.


Each year the SCBA Educational Foundation accepts proposals for funding from colleges and universities in South Carolina which offer broadcast or communications training. Funding is not provided for capital items or internships. Funds are distributed in May and August of the following year.


“We are proud to support the good work of these South Carolina schools through these annual scholarships” said SCBA Educational Foundation President Steve Sinicropi.  “We believe that by investing in their education today, we will have qualified broadcasters to hire tomorrow.”


For more information, please contact SCBA at paula@scba.net or call (803) 732-1186. You may also click the"Educational Fundation" link on the left side of this page.





New Post: FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ November 2017

Posted November 30, 2017

By Scott R. Flick, Joseph A. Cohen and Warren Kessler

Pillsbury's communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others.  This month's issue includes:


  • FCC Fires Broadside at Pirate Stronghold: Nearly Half of November Pirate Radio Notices Go to NY/NJ/CT Area
  • Sorry About That: Wireless Broadband Manufacturer Pays $95,000 to End Investigation of Failure to Prevent Harmful Manipulation of Its Products
  • Not Too Bright: FCC Proposes $25,000 Fine for Marketing Unlabeled Fluorescent Lights

No Parlay for Pirates: FCC Turns Up the Heat on Dozens of Alleged Pirate Radio Operators

In its most recent salvo against pirate radio operators, FCC field agents issued dozens of Notices of Violation ("NOV") or Notices of Unauthorized Operation ("NOUO") against alleged operators of unlicensed radio stations, particularly in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Under Section 301 of the Communications Act, transmission of radio signals without FCC authorization is prohibited. Unlicensed radio operators risk seizure of their equipment, heavy fines, and criminal sanctions issued for Connecticut pirate radio operations.

On just two consecutive days in October, agents from the New York field office investigated no fewer than eight pirate radio operations in New York and New Jersey, and the past month saw half a dozen NOUOs issued for Connecticut pirate radio operations.

In a similar show of force to the south, the FCC warned a dozen Florida residents of potential violations. The FCC also handed out a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture ("NAL") to an alleged California pirate, proposing a $15,000 fine.

For many years, broadcasters complained bitterly about both the interference from multiplying pirate stations and the FCC's glacial response to these illegal operations. Too often, the FCC's response was to shrug its bureaucratic shoulders and note that it had limited resources. Broadcasters thus became even more disheartened when the FCC greatly reduced its field offices and staffing in 2016, making it harder for FCC personnel to quickly reach and investigate pirate operations, even if given authority to do so.

Fortunately, Commissioner O'Rielly took up the cause early in his tenure at the FCC, and under Chairman Pai, the FCC has made prosecution of unauthorized radio operations a priority. While broadcasters are certainly appreciative of the change, the sudden uptick in enforcement actions by a reduced number of field offices and agents has made clear that it was never a matter of resources, but of regulatory will. If you want to hunt pirates, you have to leave port.

Consent Decree Ends FCC Investigation Into Company's Modifiable Wireless Broadband Devices

The FCC entered into a Consent Decree with a wireless device manufacturer after investigating whether the company violated various rules pertaining to the authorization and marketing of devices that emit radio frequency ("RF") radiation.

In particular, the FCC looked into the manufacturer's U-NII (Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure) devices. These devices are commonly used for Wi-Fi and other broadband access technology. However, U-NII devices that operate in the 5 GHz radio band risk interfering with certain weather radar systems. As a result, the FCC regulates how manufacturers make these devices available to the public.

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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

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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