NAB LPTV/Translator Day Schedule

April 13, 2015 NAB Las Vegas


The first event of the LPTV Day at NAB is a panel of spectrum and auction/repack experts to be held beginning at 10:00am in Room N232 in the North Hall Convention Center. They will discuss the status of auction/repack and what can be done to help LPTV survive and thrive through and after the auction/repack.
The panel will be moderated by the Executive Director of the ATBA and former Chief Technology Officer of NBC, Louis Libin.

Jerald Fritz – One Media, Executive VP for Strategic & Legal Affairs. Former Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Mark Fowler

William Lake – Chief, Media Bureau, FCC

Jim McDonald – President of the National Translator Association

Peter Tannenwald – Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth

Robert Folliard, III – VP & Deputy General Counsel for Gray Television



1:30 pm

What everyone ought to know about Filter Tuning – Try your hand at it

Moderator: Perry Priestley, Anywave

Presenter: Dan Fallon, Dielectric


2:00 pm

No Must Carry? Friending Your Local Cable Company

Moderator: Irwin Podhajser, DTV America

Presenter: Scott Barbee, Sterling BCG; Tom Baer, Sterling BCG


2:30 pm

Adding a Multicast Extension to the Internet.  Broadcasting in a 21st Century Context

Moderator: Dr. Randy Weiss, EICB-TV

Presenter: Vern Fotheringham, Chairman and CEO of LeoSat, Inc


3:00 pm

Master Control – Remote and Onsite Hosted Options on a Budget

Moderator: Rod Payne, CFNT

Panelists:  Dr. Lucas Fry, OMC;  Mark Finney, Greenville Media; Chris James, Watchmen Broadcasting


3:30 pm

Bringing the Viewer Back to Broadcast TV without the TV

Moderator: Gary Cocola, Cocola Broadcasting

Presenter: Luc Tomasino, Tablet TV


4:00 pm

Exploring the Art of the Possible: The future of LPTV spectrum

Moderator: Louis Libin, ATBA

Presenter: Greg Herman,


6:00 pm LPTV Industry Awards & Reception  Westgate LVH Ballrooms D,E,F,G


Cigar Late-Night Event immediately following Reception


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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 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.


The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance