ATBA Presents Hall of Fame Awards at NAB 2015

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – April 2015/ The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) bestowed honor to three legends in the Low-Power TV/Translator industry at the ATBA hosted event during the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas this week.

Honorees included Dr. Paul James Broyles Jr, Kent Parsons and Ron Bruno.

“The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance honored true pioneers of the broadcast industry with these awards,” said Gary Cocola, ATBA Chairman. “Dr. Broyles was a true leader that made great sacrifices to build, expand and maintain LPTV stations to help many others do the same. Kent Parsons legacy includes a translator network he helped design, install and maintain that now serves more than a million residents in the west. Ron Bruno has long been a leader in the LPTV industry as an owner/operator of multiple stations and by his guidance of the former Community Broadcasters Association.”

The ATBA Hall of Fame Award is an annual award given an individual or company that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the LPTV/Broadcast Industry.

“As founders and pillars of LPTV & tramslators, the ATBA “Hall of Fame” awardees have demonstrated lifelong achievements in the industry,” said Louis Libin, ATBA executive director. “Our industry is made up of many legends and this year, the ATBA Board has chosen to recognize three, although two are no longer with us, their legacy has made an everlasting impact on us and our industry.”

Louis Libin, ATBA Executive Director and Paulette Broyles, IBN president.

Louis Libin, ATBA Executive Director and Paulette Broyles, IBN president.

Dr. Paul James Broyles Jr signed on one of the first LPTV stations in Texas in February of 1982. He then went on to launch nine more stations, all broadcasting Christian programming 24 hours a day. He also headed an orphanage and school in Honduras for 20 years before recently turning them over to another organization

A champion for Low Power TV, he fought hard for LPTV stations and the free over-the-air programming that they offer. Dr. Broyles made hundreds of filings, wrote letters, and encouraged all to do so as well. Dr. Broyles died December 2014. His wife Paulette accepted the award.

Kent Parsons was an engineer who brought radio, television and distance education to the rural west, a pioneer in creating the west’s first network of television and radio translators in the 1950s and 60s. These translators deliver broadcasts from Salt Lake City to rural communities in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada and Idaho. Kent Parsons, a 37-year employee of the University of Utah, was instrumental in expanding the coverage of public stations KUED, KUEN and KUER. The translator network he helped design, install and maintain now serves more than a million residents in the west.Kent-Parsons-Award

Parsons served many years as vice-president of the National Translator Association. Considered by many as the father of TV translators, there are stories of him literally hauling tube transmitters on horseback to mountain peaks in Utah during the 50s and 60s. The effort resulted in today’s extensive television translator network in Utah and was a model for the nation. Mr. Parsons passed away in 2014.

Louis Libin, ATBA Executive Director and Ron Bruno, Bruno Goodworth Network Inc

Louis Libin, ATBA Executive Director and Ron Bruno, Bruno Goodworth Network Inc

Ron Bruno is the Owner and President of The Bruno Goodworth Network Inc. which operates multiple Low Power television stations. Mr. Bruno is the former president of the Community Broadcasters Association and was a member of its Board of Directors for 14 years. Prior to starting The Bruno Goodworth Network Inc. Bruno worked at KDKA-TV from 1982 – 1990 as a Producer/Cameraman and Editor. He was also a News Cameraman for WTRF-TV in Wheeling from 1980 to 1982.

ATBA is currently advocating for preserving and promoting the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. An NAB Associate Member, the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is an industry organization comprised of 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!

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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.

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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