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Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)
The KBA Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) is a special partnership between the KBA and the FCC. Stations which participate in the ABIP program can receive a 3-year exemption from routine FCC inspections. The FCC and KBA have an official agreement regarding the alternative inspections and information gathered by the alternative inspector is confidential between the station and the alternative inspector.
The KBA conducts alternative inspections throughout the year. To participate in the program contact the KBA for the paperwork needed and it will be mailed to you.
Step-by-Step of How ABIP Works:
- Determine if your station(s) wish to participate in the program. Review all the following details to make an informed decision.
- Submit the completed ABIP application and return to KBA. On the agreement, you MUST indicate if you want to have a 150-day grace-period of inspections (more details below).
- Once KBA receives the ABIP application, the information is turned over to the inspector who in turn will contact the station to set inspection date.** If the station elects for the grace-period option, the KBA notifies the FCC that this station is awaiting an inspection. The FCC agrees not to conduct a routine inspection for the next 150 days. If the station elects NOT to accept the grace-period option, there is no protection from a routine FCC until the station receives a certificate of compliance. However, the FCC is never notified that the station is participating in the program (until the station passes the inspection and receives a Certificate of Compliance).
- The station and KBA agree upon an inspection date within 150 days.
- On the assigned date, the KBA inspector conducts the alternative inspection at your station. If the station desires, the inspector will work with station staff to cover many of the details and compliance issues. The inspection also serves as an educational workshop for your staff. If no staff is available, the inspector will conduct the inspection anyway.
- Upon completion of the inspection (regardless of the results), your station receives a confidential summary of the inspection.
- If your station passes the ABIP, you will receive a Certificate of Compliance. A letter is sent to the FCC which has guaranteed that they will not conduct a routine inspection of that station for three years. If your station does not pass the alternative inspection, you will have an opportunity to correct the infractions as indicated in your confidential report. A re-inspection may be necessary depending on the issues. The FCC is not notified of stations which do not pass or do not correct the infractions.
- Each station will receive a complete report from the inspector on the station. This report is confidential and is not shared with the FCC or any other party.
What EXACTLY is covered in an ABIP inspection?
The inspector will cover all the items listed on the FCC’s Self Inspection Checklists. KBA encourages every station to review this checklist regardless of whether the station participates in the ABIP program.
To request an inspection of your station(s) please contact the KBA office by phone 1-888-843-5221 or by e-mail email@example.com.
Awards and Honors
The Kentucky Broadcasters Association bestows awards to deserving individuals and stations in the broadcast field on an annual basis.
Nominations for an award may be made by any member station and the awards committee. Self–nominations are also accepted. Email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (502) 848-5710 nd submit a brief narrative on behalf of the nominee. Please specify for which award you are nominating the individual. Your contact information must be included.
Al Temple Award
Presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Kentucky Broadcasters Association over an extended period of time. Their volunteer service is an invaluable part of this organizations success and ability to serve its members. The award is named in honor of the extraordinary service of Al Temple a pioneer secretary-treasurer of the KBA.
Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame Award
Presented to those individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions to the broadcasting profession in Kentucky. This award is presented only when contributions are deemed worthy of this high honor and is not presented every year. Since this award is considered to be the highest award given by the KBA to recognize accomplishments in Kentucky broadcasting, recipients of this award and only recipients of this award are members of the KBA Hall of Fame.
J. T. Whitlock Life Service Award
Presented to members retiring or leaving the profession who have earned perpetual membership and recognition as a result of their contributions to Kentucky broadcasting. Participation in conventions shall be at no cost to recipients of the Life Service Award and their spouse. The award is in honor of a life of service by J.T. Whitlock, longtime KBA Executive Director / Secretary-Treasurer.
Ralph Gabbard-Distinguished Kentuckian Award
Given to present or former Kentuckians who have earned fame or acclaim in their field of endeavor and presented in recognition of the value of those achievements and accomplishments to the state and nation. This award is in honor of distinguished television broadcaster and former Kentucky Broadcasters Association Chairman Ralph Gabbard.
Annual Washington DC Lobbying Trip
Annual Washington DC Lobbying Trip
Each year the KBA organizes a delegation of Kentucky broadcasters who travel to Washington DC for face-to-face meetings with members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation and discuss congressional and FCC issues affecting broadcasters.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) organizes an annual day on the Hill for all states to arrange meetings with members of Congress. Kentucky brings the largest delegation of broadcasters to this event.
Recent trips have dealt with KBA’s position on such things as opposition to the Performance Tax on local radio broadcasters, opposition to reforms to the tax treatment of advertising costs, and support of changes to the Communications Act to protect local viewers.
Omnia Pre-Employment Testing
KBA offers FREE Omnia Profile Service, a behavioral assessment that helps employers hire and keep the best employees.
The report focuses on the candidate’s level of assertiveness, communication style, attention to detail, pace, job compatibility rating and more, with an easy-to-read graph and a clear, non-clinical discussion of the candidate’s strengths and challenges with each point.
Contact the KBA by emailing email@example.com for more information about how to get started with Omnia.
100% of your yearly KBA dues (unless otherwise specified on your dues invoice) are contributions to the lobbying efforts by KBA saving your stations money, time and paperwork. We continue to watch and work with Kentucky legislators to protect the interests of radio and television stations in Kentucky.
KBART, our Political Action Committee, needs your help to be able to make contributions as necessary.
Will you join in the efforts to allow us to work on your behalf?
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The Kentucky Broadcasters Association will reimburse broadcast stations licensed to a community in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and KBA members for NAB Show, Small Market Television Exchange, Country Radio Seminar and RAB Radio Show up to the annually approved amounts. Reimbursement amounts are approved by the Board of Directors at the Fall Board Meeting for the following year. (Please note: Associate members of the KBA are not eligible for reimbursements.)
Approved Reimbursements for 2019:
- Country Radio Seminar – Registration Fee up to $499
- NAB Show, Las Vegas – Up to $1,000 per attendee
- RAB/NAB Radio Show, Orlando, FL – Up to $1,000 per attendee
- Small Market Television Exchange – Up to $1,000 per attendee
- Society of Broadcast Engineers – Dues Only
- Reimbursement is to be submitted after the conference.
- All reimbursements must be received within 60 days of the last day of the conference.
- Each reimbursement must include the reimbursement form and applicable receipts (up to the approved amount.)
Reimbursable expenses include:
- Registration Fees
Each reimbursement must include a copy of the attendee’s name badge from the conference.
KBA Offers TONS of benefits to KBA members, including many opportunities for your sales team. Some of the benefits offered include:
LBS Sales Resources
KBA offers access to the LBS Weekly Sales Videos and monthly webinars free to all members.
RAB Sales and Management Webinars
KBA offers access to monthly webinars for sales teams and managers.
Annual KBA Sales Roadshow
Each year the KBA will visit a town near you bringing one of the top sales trainers to your door to train and freshen your staff with the latest sales techniques.
Is your sales team taking advantage of these benefits? Contact the KBA for more information on how to sign up for these wonderful opportunities!
Scholarships for Kentucky Students
The Kentucky Broadcasters’ Association (KBA) Scholarship Fund
This high school senior scholarship is a post-secondary partial scholarship grant program for children of employees of Kentucky radio and television stations. In 2018 the KBA will award fourteen (14) scholarship grants of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) each to qualified sons and daughters of employees of Kentucky broadcast stations.
The grants will be used to assist the student in the payment of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. A scholarship committee will review each application and will award the scholarship grants based on the following criteria:
- One of the student’s parents must be either: (a) a full time employee of a station on the date of the application deadline, or; (b) a part-time employee of a station on the date of the application deadline and has been employed as a part-time employee at the Kentucky station for a period of one year prior to the application deadline.
- The student must attend full-time a college, university, vocational school, institute of technology, or academy that awards academic degrees or professional certifications.
- There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply. However, preference will be shown to students who demonstrate good scholastic ability.
- Extracurricular activities (clubs, athletics, church, community service, part-time employment, etc.) will be considered in evaluating each applicant.
- Preference will be given to students with financial need.
- Grants may be awarded for undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate programs.
- Grants are made on an annual basis and are non-renewable.
KBA Harry Barfield Scholarship
Four scholarships of $2,500 apiece are available to students who are currently majoring in broadcasting or communications at a college or university in Kentucky. The scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process which includes academic achievement, the recommendation of a faculty member, and extracurricular activities. Since the scholarship awards are renewable for a second year provided recipients continue to meet specified criteria, priority consideration will be given to students who are rising juniors.
The program, now in its 28th consecutive year, is named in honor of Harry Barfield, the late chairman of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and manager of WLEX-TV in Lexington.