Michael Couzens Discusses the National Translator Association
May 5, 2021
With the return of live events and conventions, the National Translator Association will be one of the first industry events with its convention in Utah. Michael Couzens, NTA and ATBA Board Member tells us about the convention and the importance of membership in the organization – Visit the NTA site HERE
Meet Troy Miller, CEO of NRB
April 21, 2021
Troy Miller is the CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters and joined us to discuss the upcoming June convention in Dallas/Fort Worth and the role NRB plays in the broadcast space, and the advocacy for our freedoms. Even if you are not a “religious broadcaster,” please watch to find out more about this organization the ATVBA aligns with in promoting the growth and strength of the LPTV and OTT industries. Visit the Convention page here
Heidi Steffen with TitanTV Inc discusses AntennaWeb.org
April 7, 2021
Steffen discussed how to help consumers find your channel with an antenna, not just for your ATSC 1.0 signal, but now for your ATSC 3.0 signal as well. AntennaWeb.org is a consumer website owned & operated by TitanTV, Inc in partnership with CTA and NAB, that allows consumers to enter in their home address to find out what channels they can get free over-the-air with an antenna. New features have been recently added to AntennaWeb, designed to take the guesswork out of choosing the correct outdoor antenna type for a consumer’s location and viewing needs.
The first new feature is a free television listing built into AntennaWeb for the broadcast stations and channels that may be received at the consumer’s location with an antenna.
The TV listing is created and ready for viewing after the consumer has entered their address/ZIP Code information into AntennaWeb. The schedule may be viewed by clicking any of the My Schedule links that appear in the menu bar, in the rotating information panels at the top of the main page, or on the Results page.
Customizable lineups for broadcast, cable, satellite, and streaming services are also still available for free from TitanTV.
The second feature in this update to AntennaWeb introduces consumers to NEXTGEN TV, the next step in the evolution of television broadcasting. In the markets where one or more stations are broadcasting in the NEXTGEN TV standard, those stations’ call signs have an -NG appended to them in AntennaWeb’s listings guide to differentiate the NEXTGEN TV broadcast from the current standard.
David Neff, General Manager at Anywave Communication Technologies Inc.
March 24, 2021
Webinar Guest: David Neff has been a part of the broadcast and electronic media industry for over 40 years. He started his career as a TV station engineer at WTOV in Steubenville, OH, and then held design engineering and technical positions with Tektronix, Inc., Harris Corporation, and General Electric. He joined the small startup ITS Corporation as a Product Manager in 1986. He then helped to grow the company from an exciter and small transmitter company through various names and ownership groups (ITS, ADC-ITS, and Axcera), and into a major transmitter company with a broad line of transmitters at all power levels with worldwide sales. He served as president of Axcera for 11 years.
David earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Point Park University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University. He has presented at many technology conferences in the US and worldwide. He holds one US patent. David and his wife Kathy live in suburban Pittsburgh, PA.
Christ James, General Manager at Watchmen Broadcasting
March 10, 2021
Webinar Guest: Chris James is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Film and Video and a Minor in Sound Design. Chris began working at Watchmen Broadcasting, a Christian TV Station as an editor and Producer/Director in 2002. Since then he has worked at every position at Watchmen Broadcasting and is now the General Manager. Chris has served on the NRB TV Committee for 2 terms. Chris works as an engineer and helps Churches and TV Stations with their technology. Chris is currently putting together a School of Broadcasting for Watchmen Broadcasting to help train up and coming producers, directors, editors, and reporters modern techniques and integrity for all forms of media.
Louis Libin with Sinclair Broadcast Group
February 24, 2021
Webinar Guest: Louis Libin
ATSC 3 is redefining television. In the near future, you will transition to ATSC 3. Then what? Libin will be discussing the flexibilities of the standard and the flexibilities of the coverage.
Brian Short with TV Masters
February 3, 2021
Webinar Guest: Brian Short, COO of Heartland Broadcasting, LLC-TV25, and CEO of TV Masters, LLC. is a broadcast entrepreneur and avid technology enthusiast. His love of tech extends to his personal as well as professional life. Mr. Short is an avid amateur radio operator-founding and leading a multitude of ham radio service organizations locally, and nationwide. Brian is also a private pilot, and loves to ski on water & snow.
John Wilhite, senior systems design engineer at Harmonic
October 14, 2020
Webinar Guest: John Wilhite, senior systems design engineer at Harmonic.
Wilhite has been involved with the ATSC for more than a decade. He’s been heavily involved with the broadcast community since 1995 when he started his career with DiviCom (now Harmonic) as an engineer testing code and systems for deployments.
Gil Reynolds, VP, and Station Manager of Hometown TV, and Randy Smith, Owner of KAQC TV – Atlanta, Texas
September 30, 2020
Webinar Guest: Gil Reynolds, VP, and Station Manager of Hometown TV, and Randy Smith, Owner of KAQC TV – Atlanta, Texas.
Topics include Producing for FRIDAY NIGHT under the LIGHTS LIVE and also find out tips from Reynolds and Smith on football production.
Vince Graziano with Beyond Private Label
September 23, 2020
Webinar Guest: Vince Graziano with Beyond Private Label
We are always looking for more sources of revenue, and the digital frontier is one of those locations we need to be hunting. This week’s webinar will present a way that you can offer white labeled digital products to your sales arsenal without costing you a dime or adding to your staff! We’ll hear from Vince Graziano, Operations Manager at Beyond Private Label. He will show us how to use websites and social media marketing as revenue generators for your station’s business – and give you the ability to offer your customers some great products!
Warren Trumbly, ATBA Hall of Fame Recipient
September 16, 2020
Webinar Guest: Warren Trumbly, ATBA Hall of Fame Recipient
With over 50 years in broadcasting starting in Radio in 1967 weekends in Top 40 radio). His first job in TV was as an operator in 1974 at channel 19 in Modesto, CA (KLOC radio & TV) and learning engineering. He has worked for 2 transmitter companies (Townsend Associates & TTC) and 2 antenna companies (Jampro & Antenna Concepts). In 1976, he joined KOAT 7 (ABC) in Albuquerque, NM as a studio engineer. Since 1976, he has built several full power TV stations as chief engineer and GM in Albuquerque, Sacramento, San Jose, and Salinas-Monterey. Since 1990, he built and managed three full power stations in California while building his own group of LPTV Stations 5 in California and 2 in Arizona.
A former board member and past president of the Community Broadcasters Association, he is currently a TV Committee member of National Religious Broadcasters, and a member of the National Translator Association, Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance Hall of Fame recipient and semi-retired.
September 9, 2020
Webinar Guest: Bryan Compton
One of the largest business expenses is electricity and Bryan will give us some ideas on how to save money – even at home.
August 26, 2020
Webinar Guest: Gary Cocola
Cocola is the owner of Cocola Broadcasting Companies, with headquarters in Fresno, California. He gained his first experience with the television business at the age of 17 while working for a local television station. He appeared as a panelist on a local program at KFRE-TV, Channel 12, in Fresno called “Open House” with Al Radka. His job was to judge new records for a program called “Traffic Pops.” He then became a co-host of the television program “TV Record Hop,” a local dance party show on the same station.
August 19, 2020
Webinar Guest: Josh Weiss
Topics include: ATSC 3.0 Monetization video, offload for telcos, automotive software updates, caching and delivery backbone
Dan Viles with LPTV WYBN TV 14
August 12, 2020
Viles has been in the industry since 1991. Dan is the station manager for WYBN-TV14 in additon he has worked as a sales manager, account executive, a VP station manager, NTR director. Viles has also been the President of Cable Ad Net New York, Inc. since 2001.
Kory Hartman from TV 43 Wisconsin
July 29, 2020
Webinar Guest: Kory Hartman from TV 43 Wisconsin
Kory has been in broadcasting since the age of 15 and has worked as a music radio DJ, radio and TV engineer, and TV weathercaster. In addition to his radio and low-power TV station, Kory also runs SevereStudios, a company that streams live video of tornadoes and other severe weather. He, his wife Jamie, and 2 teenage sons live just north of Madison, WI.
July 15, 2020
Webinar Guest: Jason Fiore, International Sales and Business Development for Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark LLC
Heidi Steffen from TitanTV Inc and Jay Funderlic from FYI Television, INC
July 8, 2020
Webinar Guest: Heidi Steffen from TitanTV Inc and Jay Funderlic from FYI Television, INC
Jamey Schmitz, President and CEO of WLMB Toledo and Radianttv.com
June 10, 2020
Robert Folliard, Senior Vice President — Government Relations & Distribution at Gray Television
June 3, 2020
Here are some of the FCC proceedings topics discussed in the webinar….
- Is your station significantly viewed? (Deadline June 15, 2020)
- Will the new DTS rules benefit or harm LPTV stations? (Deadline June 13, 2020)
- ATSC 3.0 Rulemaking (FCC Open Meeting June 9)
Perry Priestley, COO/CSO of Broadcast Electronics/Elenos Group, and Karlo Maalouf, founder of Mr. Antenna and owner of Idaho TV 22 KRID
May 13, 2020
Topic: Creating New Opportunities and Revenues with NextGen TV
Brian Short of TV 25 in Kansas City and Irwin Podhajser of Select TV
May 6, 2020
Topic: The importance of over-the-top (OTT) channels in the LPTV industry
Kevin Fisher, from Smith and Fisher, LLC and Louis Libin from Sinclair Broadcasting Group
April 29, 2020
Topic: What Should LPTV Think of SFN/DTS?
Marge Johnson, Technical Support Analyst at Titan TV Inc.
April 22, 2020
Topic: PSIP data requirements for LPTV in 2021
Peter Tannenwald and Davina Sashkin, attorneys at Fletcher, Heald, and Hildreth in Washington, D.C.
April 15, 2020
Topics: The new FCC rulings and issues facing the LPTV and Translator Industry