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.

R.I.P. Roger M. Oliver

The KBA extends condolences to the friends and family of Roger M. Oliver, who passed away May 23, 2017, at the age of 76.

roger_oliverMr. Oliver was an attorney with the Oliver & Oliver Law Offices in Berea and was a former co-owner of WKXO-AM in Berea. He also formerly served as the color analyst for the Eastern Kentucky University Sports Network and play-by-play broadcaster for the Berea College Basketball Radio Network and was the writer and broadcaster of a daily radio program called Law Talk, a legal commentary on areas of general and current legal interest.

Mr. Oliver was Berea City Attorney from 1968-78 and Master Commissioner for the Madison Circuit Court from 1970-80. He was a member of the Madison County Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, American Justice Association and the Kentucky Justice Association.

He is survived by three children, a brother and several grandchildren.

Mr. Oliver’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m. at his home at 1008 Richmond Road in Berea. There also will be a memorial service at Davis & Powell Funeral Home on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 2 p.m. The family will receive visitors prior to the service from noon-2 p.m. The family requests that gestures of remembrance be made through donations in honor of Roger M. Oliver to the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475.

KBA announces Harry Barfield Scholarship winners


KBA congratulates the recipients of its 26th annual Harry Barfield Scholarship awards.

Five new recipients will be receiving $2,500 scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year: Ambriehl Crutchfield of Western Kentucky University (WKU), Sam Gormley of WKU, Charles ‘Chas’ Jenkins of Morehead State University, Jacob Miller of Morehead, and Brady Trapnell of the University of Kentucky.

The scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process which includes academic achievement, the recommendation of a faculty member, and extracurricular activities. The awards are renewable for a second year of undergraduate study provided recipients continue to meet specified criteria.

Three students who received the KBA Barfield Scholarship in 2016-17 have had their awards, also valued at $2,500, renewed for the 2017-18 academic year: Gil Brummett of Northern Kentucky University, Kalee Chism of WKU, and Ethan Fedele of UK.

Two other recipients from last year, Marcus Browning of WKU and Marisa Hempel of Eastern Kentucky University graduated this spring.

“The KBA is proud to be able to help these talented students pursue their higher education,” said Henry Lackey, president and CEO of KBA. “This year’s total of $20,000 in scholarship awards means the KBA now has awarded a total of $265,000 in scholarships since the inception of the program in the 1992-93 academic year. Many of these recipients have gone on to successful careers in broadcasting and other related communications fields.”

The program is named in honor of Harry Barfield, the late president and chairman of WLEX-TV in Lexington.

Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing, a longtime KBA associate member, administers the program.

Webinar: Managing Hourly Workers in an Ever-shifting Regulatory Environment

Frost Brown Todd Webinar

Staying Clockwise–Managing Hourly Workers in an Ever-shifting Regulatory Environment

In anticipation of the Department of Labor’s changes to the salary test last year, employers ran into several unanticipated questions and pitfalls. This presentation will explore and explain five of the most common pitfalls, including: how to track time; policies and practices for regulating overtime; how to calculate the regular rate, commissions, and bonuses; what to do about travel time; and how to manage working from home.

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time: Noon-1:00p.m.

Contact: Erin Patrick

Click Here to Register

Kristin Cantrell Featured in Small Market Radio Newsletter!

KRISTEN-cantrellCongratulations to Kristin Cantrell, featured in the May 4, 2017 edition of the Small Market Radio Newsletter. Kristin’s vast history and knowledge of the field started as a young child working side by side with her father traveling to remotes and doing voice over spots. Kristin also serves on the KBA Board of Directors. In addition to owning and operating over 31 stations, she is very active in her community. In July, she will take the helm as the incoming President of the Rotary Club. In 2018, she will be President of the local Chamber of Commerce.


KBA awards 14 scholarships

Ellie_and_Mike_051217The Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) Scholarship Fund is a post-secondary partial scholarship grant program for children of employees of Kentucky radio and television stations. In 2017, the KBA awarded 14 scholarship grants of $1500 to each of these qualified sons and daughters listed below. The grants will be used to assist the students in the payment of tuition, fees, book, and room and board.