Nominations are Open! Deadline is
Thursday, September 21, 2017!


Nominations are now open for eight (8) seats on the KBA Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2018. All district directors are elected to serve a two- year term. According to KBA bylaws, no director may serve more than two consecutive terms. KBA directors must be from the ownership or managerial level of a station(s) located in the district.  Self nominations are acceptable.  The deadline for nominations is Thursday, September 21, 2017.

2017 KBA Chairman, Derron Steenbergen, would like to emphasize how important it is for those districts with expiring directors to nominate new names to serve on the KBA Board of Directors.  As a state membership association, the KBA needs YOU to be an active and viable member of our board. Serving on the KBA board allows you to be the voice of broadcasters in your districts.
A stipend and travel expenses are offered for board members that attend in person KBA Board Meetings. Meetings are held quarterly.
Following the deadline of nominations, weighted links to ballots will be sent to management emails for stations in districts where there is a contested race.

The following districts are up for election this year. If you are unsure of your district, please click here. Four radio director members are up for election or re-election in the districts listed below, along with the positions of Lexington Market Television Director, Other Market Television Director, Public Television Director and Associate Member Director.

District One– Jim Moore, WYMC Radio, Mayfield, KY (Not eligible for re-election)

District Three– Earl Jones, iHeart Media, Louisville, KY (eligible for re-election)

District Five–  Kristin Cantrell, CapCity Radio, Frankfort, KY(Not eligible for re-election)

District Seven– Jeff Ray, Gateway Radio Works, Owingsville, KY (Not eligible for re-election)

Lexington Market Television Director– Chris Mossman, WKYT-TV, Lexington, KY (eligible for re-election)

Public Television Director – David Brinkley, Western KY University, Bowling Green, KY (Not eligible for re-election)

Associate Member Director – Nathan Butler, Orbital Media Networks, Englewood, CO (Not eligible for re-election)

Links to nomination ballots were distributed to stations via listed management emails on September 6, 2017. If your management/company has not received the link to your nomination ballots and you are a member of one of the above districts or would like to make a nomination, please contact Liza Livers at or (502) 848-0426. Nominations must be received by close of business on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Districts with more than one candidate will be sent an election ballot on  September 25, 2017.  Only one vote per station is permitted.

In Memory of Daniel Kent P’Pool

Daniel Kent P’Pool (r) pictured with Keith Casebolt (l) at 2015 KBA Conference

Daniel Kent P’Pool, 55 of Pikeville KY, passed away Saturday, September 2nd surrounded by his family – his wife of 31 years, Melody May P’Pool and their children, Jessie, David and Kate. He is also survived by five brothers, Steve, Richard, Fred, Todd and his twin brother, Dave. He also leaves behind a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and dear friends in both Pikeville and Princeton.

P’Pool was the 2015 recipient of the J.T. Whitlock Lifetime Service Award presented by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. Presented to members retiring or leaving the profession who have earned perpetual membership and recognition as a result of their contributions to Kentucky broadcasting. The award is in honor of a life of service by J.T. Whitlock, longtime KBA Executive Director / Secretary-Treasurer.

Visitation will be held at JW Call Funeral Home tomorrow, Sunday. September 3 from 1:00 till 3:00 with services at 3:00, rad Smart officiating. Services will also be held on Tuesday, September 5th at Lebanon Baptist Church with burial following. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Pikeville Helping Hands or Lebanon Baptist Church.

“Dan never met a stranger and was always helpful to everyone and loved radio. He will be sorely missed.”
Henry Lackey, KBA President and CEO

Annual Conference Updates and Reminders

There is still time to register for the 2017 KBA Annual Conference. A $100 registration fee is required. Our Hotel room block has been extended until Thursday, September 14th. If you register after that date, lodging cannot be guaranteed.

Galt House, Louisville, KY – October 9-10, 2017

KBA Educational Sessions at the 2017 Conference

  • Back to Basics with Chris Lytle
  • Lobbying with Steve Newberry and Jeff Hoover
  • Dealing with Aggressive Behavior: Enhancing your Safety in the Office and Community with Ron Scheidt
  • Al’s Jaw Droppingly Cool Tools with Al Tompkins
  • FCC Updates with Dawn Sciarrino
  • How to Sell to Automobile Dealers with Adam Armbruster
  • Engineering with Greg Happel and Rick Crago
  • Separating Fact from Fake News with Al Tompkins
  • Copyright Law and Everything you Wanted to Know about GMR with Monica Dias and AJ Correale
  • The Four Essential Elements of Every Successful Show: Making the Audience Fall in Love with You So They Come Back For More- Part I of II with Steve Reynolds
  • Building Relationships Your Competitors Can’t Steal with Chris Lytle
  • Hiring Right the First Time with Kim Busse
  • Getting the VIP Meeting with Adam Armbruster
  • Content is Queen: The Three Most Strategic Kinds of Content, How to Be More Local, and Ten Secrets of Successful Shows – Part II of II with Steve Reynolds
  • Digital Media with Amy Stroud

We aren’t just all work and no play though! Monday night, you won’t want to miss this year’s Love Boat themed Cruise on the Belle of Louisville, featuring a live band, “Tony and the Tanlines”!

Dress Code: Tropical Attire (optional)

KBA Conference Update: Maker’s Mark tour is closed!

Due to a better than expected response, registration for the Maker’s Mark tour during this year’s Annual Conference is now closed. The event is filled to capacity. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for the tour please email

Furthermore, if you have already registered for the Maker’s Mark tour and cannot attend, it is imperative that you let the KBA know as soon as possible to allow someone on the waiting list to have your reservation. Reminder: The buses traveling from Louisville to Loretto will depart from the Galt House Hotel at 11am sharp on Monday, October 9, 2017.

EAS Advisory – August 16 RMT rescheduled

EAS Advisory
Attn: Chief Operator/ Programming/ Engineering:

The Required Monthly Test (RMT) scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017, did not run, due to an equipment problem at the Emergency Management EOC, Frankfort. The RMT will be originated tonight (Friday morning) August 18 at 12:07a.m. by WHAS radio, Louisville.

For any questions, comments please contact:

Greg Happel, SECC Chair
Phone: 270-325-4120

KBA members meet with Congressmen Comer, Guthrie

On Wednesday, August 30th members of the KBA had the distinct honor of meeting with Congressman James Comer in Madisonville, KY and then on Thursday, August 31st with Congressman Brett Guthrie in Bowling Green, KY. The sessions consisted of what can we do as broadcasters to aid our Congressmen. A special thank you to Congressman Comer and Congressman Gurthie for meeting with us.

Chris Freeland of Freeland Broadcasting (L) speaking with Representative James Comer on Wednesday, August 30th in Madisonville

(l-r) Bud Walters, Dale Thornhill, Derron Steenbergen, Representative Brett Guthrie, Mike Tarter, Julie Milam, Henry Lackey, Steve Newberry, Mark Buckles, Brad Odil and David Brinkley in Bowling Green


KBA welcomes new PEP sponsor

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The KBA is pleased to welcome the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) to our roster of PEP sponsors.

KCTCS is a state-level agency that comprises 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses across the Commonwealth. KCTCS institutions provide education and workforce training, with a focus on occupational and technical education.

KCTCS offers certificates, diplomas and two-year associate’s degrees in 700 programs. Students may earn associate’s degrees at KCTCS colleges, then transfer to four-year Kentucky institutions. KCTCS programs are available on campuses statewide and online. Over the past few years, KCTCS has become the largest provider of postsecondary education and workforce training in Kentucky.

Learn more about KCTCS at, and join us in welcoming KCTCS to our PEP lineup!

Station Visits

Henry’s Travels across the state continue, most recently in the Eastern part of the state. Accompanied by District 7 KBA Radio Director, Jeff Ray, site visits discussing KBA member benefits were conducted at WLGC-FM in Ashland and WDGG-FM in Huntington, WV.

If you would like to schedule a time to discuss KBA member benefits with Henry, please contact the KBA to schedule a visit to your station.

(l-r) MJ McKay – WLGC-FM; Henry Lackey, KBA