ATBA Announces New Board Members and Executive Director

Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance (ATBA) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director and the election of two new members to its Board of Directors.

Louis Libin

Louis Libin, previous ATBA Executive Director, has been elected to the ATBA Board of Directors. In March 2018, he joined HC2 Broadcasting to lead growth for the company which currently operates 135 operational stations, including 4 full-power stations, 34 Class A stations and 97 LPTV stations. He is also the founder of Broad Comm, Inc., a technology consulting group specializing in cyber security, advanced television broadcast, interactive TV, intellectual property and wireless communications. He studied physics at Yeshiva University, Engineering at Pratt Institute, received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Miramar University and completed the Executive Management program of Optical Electronics and High Speed Videography at MIT.

Orlando Rosales

Orlando Rosales, founder of Media Vista which operates Spanish television stations and Multi-platform media in Ft. Myers-Naples, Florida, was also elected to the ATBA Board of Directors. Rosales emigrated from Maracaibo, Venezuela, and began D’Latinos as a local half-hour weekly program in 2002. It has since grown into a half-hour show aired every week day. D’Latinos has also diversified into a Spanish lifestyle magazine and created a Spanish website and portal, dlatinos.com. In 2010, the Spanish media company gained complete control of an Azteca America affiliate and in 2013 acquired Univision affiliates in Southwest Florida, Minneapolis and Kansas City.

Robert Folliard

Rob Folliard has been elected to continue as Board Chairman for ATBA. Folliard, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Gray Television, is responsible for legal matters at Gray’s television stations, and oversees relationships with its MVPD partners, including negotiating retransmission consent agreements. Folliard received his Juris Doctor from George Washington University (summa cum laude) in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1997.

Lee Miller

ATBA is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Miller as the organization’s new Executive Director. Miller, also the CEO of MSGPR Ltd Co, has been involved in the Broadcast and Technology business for over 30 years. He has worked in commercial television news operations, creative services, promotions, public service and television network management. Miller serves on numerous boards and is the past chairman for the TV/Visual Communications Committee for the National Religious Broadcasters. Before his appointment to Executive Director, Miller served as communications director for ATBA. Miller attended Stephen F Austin State University majoring in Music Education, but took a career turn his last day of student teaching by taking a job in television.

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is an industry organization comprised of over 3,000+ low power television broadcasters, translators, full power television broadcasters and allied industry organizations and companies. The goal of the Alliance is to preserve and promote the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. Visit www.BroadcastingAlliance.org for more information and to join.

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Dear Fellow LPTV Broadcaster and Industry Leaders,

The auction has ended and most of us are still here.  While it was not only our hope but the hope of many others that the auction would not take place . . . it did, but it did not have the devastating effect that it might have had. 

The world after the auction looks different and amazingly so has a very bright future!

What does that future look like?  Not only the amazing possibilities of ATSC 3.0 but the landscape of a nation of people who are increasingly cutting their cable cords and looking for free, over the air, broadcasting content.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that you join the Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance.  Our board of directors have a combined 500+ years of experience which beginning with your membership we are going to start making more available to our members on an increasing basis.

Soon as an ATBA member, you will be eligible to start tapping into not only this brain trust through unique services available only to our members but regular news updates regarding our collective broadcast future.  We are exploring new ways to tap into information from Washington as well as important updates that will benefit you right there where you live.

The need for the ATBA has increased with the new opportunities that are becoming available for those of us who still know that the future of LPTV, Class A and Translators is bright!  Are you selling your station to local sponsors?  Are you maximizing your spectrum to the advantage that you truly can?  Are you struggling with FCC rules and regulations that you either don’t understand or can’t get explained?

The ATBA is developing a database of information to help you find the answers you need! 

In addition we are still working with the true decision makers in Washington.  Your ATBA has earned the respect and the ear of the true movers and shakers that continue to shape our collective broadcasting future.

So what can you do to get involved and begin to take advantage of these, and many other, benefits?  Join the ATBA today!  Your membership benefits will include:

  1. Members only access to hundreds of years of LPTV experience through our new “Brain Trust”
  2. Early entry to our annual NAB LPTV evening event with access to our special event guest(s)
  3. Exclusive digital content regarding real world information you need to know
  4. Eligibility for recognition for your hard work through our ATBA LPTV Awards
  5. Access to equipment manufacturers with discounts available especially for ATBA members!

To be honest you can’t afford not to be a member of the ATBA! 

We’re making it affordable because it’s a win – win!  When you join, you’re going to receive more than just the benefits listed above but also you’ll be aligning with hundreds of others who, like yourself, have a vested interest in the continued forward movement of free, over-the-air broadcasting.  It’s a win for your ATBA because we will increase our strength through numbers as we grow together.

So what’s the next step?  If you’re ready follow this link https://www.broadcastingalliance.org/join-us/ to sign up.  If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to call a member of the ATBA board of directors by calling this number (877) 214-4277.   You’ll get a rapid response!

Thanks for taking the time to read this note and for your ongoing passion for the future of communication in this great country.

Respectfully,

The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance