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April 16, 2019

To Succeed in Fundraising, Public Radio Needs New Research About Its Audiences

By Current As more news organizations build their business models around subscriptions and soliciting individual donations, the body of research that guides public radio fundraising is overdue for re-examination.Solid audience research played a vital role in guiding public radio’s growth over decades. In the ’80s, research-focused programmers adopted the slogan “Think Audience” to guide their scheduling decisions. Organizations like the Radio Research Consortium and Public Radio Program Directors Association were founded to define and spread best practices in acting on audience research. With that disciplined focus, listener support has become public radio’s single-largest source of funding. By fall 2016, stations had built their total weekly audience to the record-setting level of 37.4 million listeners.
March 13, 2019

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Faster Than You Think. What Will That Mean for Public Radio?

by NiemanLabPicture this: Your car is driving you to work. What do you do? Pull out your phone and start checking emails? Get a novel and start reading? Do you bother to turn on the radio and listen to Morning Edition? When you tell your grandkids one day that back in the day, in the twenty-oughts, you used to listen to the radio on the way to work, will it seem as archaic to them as the idea of a family gathering around a radio to listen at night does now? Why would you listen to a radio in the car if you could have a screen instead?
March 13, 2019

New Home for Colorado Public Media Organizations

by PatchRocky Mountain Public Media broke ground today on the Buell Public Media Center, a multi-purpose building that will house Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO, serving as a center for public media throughout Colorado and a hub of new development in Denver's Arapahoe Square neighborhood.
March 13, 2019

PBS Encourages FCC to Disperse Additional Repack Funds to Stations

by CurrentPBS has asked the FCC to give public broadcasters additional financial assistance for repacking channels without “burdensome” added paperwork.More than 38 million Americans in rural and remote areas watch public television over the air, according to an ex parte letter submitted to the FCC by PBS Assistant General Counsel Talia Rosen. The translators and low-power stations delivering public TV’s signals were initially ineligible for reimbursements for channel repack work following the FCC’s spectrum auction. Wireless provider T-Mobile agreed in June 2017 to cover those costs.  
May 29, 2018

2018 Annual Conference

Save the date for the 2018 PMBA Annual Conference in Long Beach, California, May 29–June 1.
February 21, 2018

PMBA Webinar: Time’s Up on Sexual Harassment

Wednesday, February 21, 2018  3:00 pm ETIn this webinar, employment lawyers Helene Wasserman and David Maoz explore and discuss the sometimes innocent (and not-so-innocent) ways that harassment can arise in the workplace and, left unchecked, permeate the day-to-day experiences of its employees, leading to loss of morale, productivity, and key personnel, significant legal liability, and possible reputational ruin.Learn more.
February 2, 2018

PMBA Names Management Solutions Plus, Inc. as New Management Firm

*/ Rockville, Maryland (February 1, 2018)—Management Solutions Plus (MSP), an AMCi accredited association management company located in Rockville, Maryland, announced today that it will begin managing of the Public Media Business Association (PMBA). As a full-service management firm, MSP will work with PMBA leadership to strive for excellence in all aspects of the association, including strategic development, communications services, and comprehensive operational management.  
January 17, 2018

PMBA Toolkit: March Winds – Ownership Report and Radio Online Public File Deadlines Loom

A timely update on the Biennial Ownership Reports that are due by March 2, 2018 and on FCC online public files from speakers Lawrence Miller and Melodie Virtue, Garvey Schubert Barer.
September 22, 2017

PBS introduces Webinar Wednesdays!

PBS introduces Webinar Wednesdays!Maximize the benefits of PBS membership by joining Development Services and your station peers for Webinar Wednesdays. The series launches September 27th at 2PM EST with the webinar Activating Voices Through Times of ChangeA Look at the Fundraising& Advocacy Landscape in the Current Political Climate. Register here
August 15, 2017

University Station Alliance: Madison Hodges Innovator Award for Public Media Advance

USA Madison Hodges Innovator Award for Public Media Advancement - Call for Nominations   Nominations should be specific regarding their innovations in public media.The selection will be made using the following criteria:The award is given to an individual whose innovative leadership in Public Media is of importance and quality.The achievement may have occurred over many years or over a short period of time.The Award is intended as a platform to recognize success, defined in this case as simply the courage to "try." Even failures, if successful in helping move the system forward, can be recognized. The Award recognizes the individual's attempts to make a greater impact in the community and on their profession as a public media professional, a licensee administrator, or a board member.Include: Nominee's Name, Your name, Your email address, Biographical sketch of the nominee, Related Documents which reflect how the nominee's innovations meet the listed criteria (you may attach a Word or PDF document in support of your nomination) Send to: Craig Beeby craig.usa@att.net Deadline: August 15, 2017  AWARD HISTORYIn 2016, the "Innovator Award" was presented to Michelle Srbinovich General Manager of WDET at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Michelle was responsible for driving the growth of the first working U.S. model of mainstream, major market, multi-ethnic public radio. She has earned national respect for her work at WDET and her commitment to bringing new audiences to public service media. In 2015, the "Innovator Award" was presented to Randy Wright of WUFT-FM/WJUF-FM/FPREN. Wright, executive director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications' Division of Media Properties, led an effort that impacted the state of Florida with a first-of-its-kind resource to help residents prepare for destructive storms and other emergencies. The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) in 2015 launched Florida Storms, a free mobile weather application that offers a simple way to stay informed of potential weather and other hazards, backed by real-time credible information from the nearest Florida public radio station.  In 2014, the "Innovator Award" was presented to the Madison Hodges family. The late Madison Hodges (1947 - 2014) Manager of WQCS at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, Florida will long be remembered for his many contributions to Public Media.  About the University Station AllianceThe University Station Alliance (USA) is a grassroots not-for-profit organization founded in 2001 to assist university-licensed stations with the challenges and opportunities associated with their licensees. *University is a generic title that includes colleges, school systems, and state agencies. More information about the USA can be found at www.us-alliance.org.  

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