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
Email: Greg@KBA.org

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 http://www.kctcs.edu/, and join us in welcoming KCTCS to our PEP lineup!

WKU Radio Talent Institute a Resounding Success!


The WKU Radio Talent Institute was held on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The Institute comprises a comprehensive ten-day curriculum for future station owners and managers in the broadcasting field.

Students from WKU , Valparaiso University and Middle Tennessee State University were among the 20 attendees. Students had the opportunity to experience a live broadcast of the “Ben Davis and Kelly K Morning Show.”

The 2017 WKU Radio Talent Institute closed with KBA President and CEO Henry Lackey on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Congratulations to Ralph Hacker

via Kentucky Digital Library

via Kentucky Digital Library

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association salutes Ralph Hacker, University of Kentucky Hall of Fame Class of 2017. A legendary broadcaster who spent 34 years on the UK Radio Network. Hacker served as the men’s basketball analyst for years with Cawood Ledford. After Ledford’s retirement, Hacker conducted the play-by-play duties for eight years, including UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship seasons. He was the voice of Wildcat football for five seasons.

Hacker was president of HMH broadcasting. He hosted head coaches pre- and post-game shows and the weekly Big Blue Line call-in show. Hacker was on the radio call for three men’s basketball national championships, seven Final Fours and four football bowl games.

Hacker was chairman of the KBA in 1985.

In Memory of Charlene Stats

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association is saddened by the passing of Charlene Stats, wife of former Kentucky Bureau Chief of the Associated Press, Ed Stats.

Charlene was very active in community life as her husband Ed was in his. Our thanks to our higher power for not only allowing all of us who were AP members to know Ed but also his partner in life, Charlene who faced Alzheimer’s with great courage.

Funeral services for Charlene were held Juky 16 in Louisville.

2017 KBA Awards nominations are now being accepted

Mark Hebert with Melissa Swan, recipient of the 2016 Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame Award

Mark Hebert with Melissa Swan, recipient of the 2016 Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame Award

The KBA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 KBA Awards to be presented during the KBA Annual Conference October 9-10 in Louisville, KY at the Galt House.

To submit a nominee, state the award that you are nominating the person(s) for and give a brief overview of the accomplishments of the individual(s). Your contact information must be included. Nominations can be emailed to Karen@KBA.org, faxed to (502) 848-5710, or mailed to 101 Enterprise Drive, Frankfort KY 40601.

Deadline for nominations is August 8, 2017.

Winners will be announced October 10th at the KBA Annual Conference in Louisville.


Roadshow Wrapup

Pat Bryson from Bryson International and the KBA went on tour providing eight sales training sessions in Kentucky, the week of June 19. We had over 180 broadcasters in attendance throughout the Commonwealth.

Each session was 2 hours in length and Pat offered lots of ideas to help stations make money.



The first hour was spent exploring the fine art of asking sophisticated questions designed to uncover needs, goals, objections…everything our stations needed to craft on-target campaigns for their clients. We learned, “It’s not your father’s customer that needs analysis!” a true session designed for today’s crowded and complicated environment.



The second hour was spent learning a new technique to handle objections. We often hear from our stations that getting the final agreement is tough. Using the process Pat provided will hopefully make it much easier for our members.
We all had some fun and improved our sales game!



Remember, the KBA offers two Sales Training Roadshows each year at no cost to you or your station. Be on the lookout for our fall registration dates.

Travels with Henry

KBA Pesident/CEO Henry Lackey continues his travels to member stations. The purpose of his visits is to meet and talk with station personnel to get feedback on how we can better serve our KBA members. If you have some time in your busy schedule to meet with Henry, please contact Karen Mucci to schedule a visit.