Minnesota Broadcasting Pioneers Recognized For Their Innovation and Community Service
University of Minnesota Honors the Hubbard Family
Anyone familiar with the history of American broadcasting will recall the names Marconi, de Forest, Armstrong, Sarnoff and Paley, among many others. But some of broadcasting’s groundbreaking innovators are Minnesota-bred. KSTP founder Stanley E. Hubbard, his son, Stanley S. Hubbard and the succeeding generation of Hubbard children helped shape the future of American radio and television. Among the Hubbards' achievements are the nation’s first radio station supported solely by advertising, the purchase of RCA’s first television camera, the first locally-owned TV station first TV station in the country to air daily news programs, the nation’s first all-color station, the first satellite-based news cooperative, and the concept of delivering video content directly to home consumers via satellite (USSB which later merged with DirecTV).
The Hubbard family not only drove technological innovation in broadcasting but also forged a strong commitment to service and philanthropy in our local communities. Among the beneficiaries of the Hubbard family’s ongoing financial support is the University of Minnesota. Earlier this week, the Hubbards were honored by the University for their support of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC). As of July 1st of the this year, SJMC will bear the name Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The University created a video honoring the Hubbard family for its many contribution to the institution.
On behalf of Minnesota’s broadcasters, congratulations to the Hubbard family for this well-deserved recognition, and many thanks for your many decades of service to the broadcasting industry and the greater Minnesota community.
MPR Names Building After Founder Bill Kling
Yet another Minnesota broadcast innovator was recently honored for expanding Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) from a single FM station into the nation’s largest network of public radio stations. MPR is naming its headquarters in downtown St. Paul after its founder and former CEO Bill Kling as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Kling launched his first FM station at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN in 1967. The network grew over the years and now comprises 45 stations and 39 translators. MPR also serves as the backbone of Minnesota’s Emergency Alert System through its statewide network. Kling was also instrumental in developing American Public Media (APM), a national syndication service whose programs include “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Marketplace.” In 2005, Kling launched the Current, an alternative-music network targeted to younger listeners.
Please join me in congratulating Bill Kling and MPR/APM for their contributions to Minnesota broadcasting and 50 years of service to communities both here and across the nation.
Jim du Bois, MBA President/CEO
MBA Members Receive Discount On Conclave Registration
The Conclave is set for July 26th-28th at the Doubletree by Hilton-Park Place in St. Louis Park. MBA members receive a $50 discount on each registration. Register here and enter the code STA42 when prompted.
The Nielsen Total Audience Report: Q4 2016
News headlines were non-stop throughout 2016. The unrelenting flood of stories included not just the Presidential election but also Syria, refugees, Brexit, Zika, terror attacks, celebrity deaths, and tense relations between police and communities. Americans responded by watching, listening to and reading more news – a lot more news. Our tally of increased usage across national and local TV, radio and digital sources shows a 2016 increase of 11.3 billion minutes of news consumption per week, compared to 2015.
FCC To Take Comments On FM Translator Petition
We told you earlier about a petition for rulemaking filed by the owner of an FM translator seeking to modify rules in order to protect fill-in translators against interference complaints from distant full-power radio stations. Now the FCC says it will accept comments on the issue.
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Dashboard Displays—Radio’s New Ad Frontier
As radio looks to open new revenue streams, more stations are finding gold in the messages that scroll across the dashboard display on car radio receivers. For them, RDS (Radio Data System) technology is both a station-branding platform and a growing sales tool.
Study: Pre-Roll Rules Among Digital Video Ad Formats
As marketers experiment with digital video ad formats, a new study suggests that the first entry out of the gate really is best. Pre-roll video is considered the least intrusive video ad format, followed by outstream ads which typically play outside a video player and often without sound, and then mid-roll ads.
In Memoriam - Roy J. Stewart – By Gregg Skall
By the time you read this, many of you will have learned Roy Stewart, former FCC Media Bureau Chief, passed away last week. Roy Stewart was one of a kind and holds a special place in the hearts and minds of nearly every person involved with media law and regulation in the last 50 years.
Roy began service with the FCC a few years before me as an attorney in the Television Applications Branch in what was then the Broadcast Bureau. When I joined the FCC, I had the pleasure of joining his carpool along with Dan Olbaum and Joe Chakin. Many a serious conversation about FCC policy and the future course of the broadcasting industry occurred in that carpool. Roy was serious and dedicated to the FCC. In 1974, he was appointed Chief of the Transfer Branch, and in December of 1979, he was made Chief of the Broadcast Bureau Renewal and Transfer Division. Following the reorganization of the Broadcast Bureau in 1982, he became Chief of the Mass Media Bureau's Video Services Division and in 1989 was appointed Chief of the Mass Media Bureau, and served as Chief of the Media Bureau longer than any other Chief.
During his tenure as Chief of the Bureau, Roy Stewart was instrumental in guiding the Commission through difficult times for broadcasting and through the emergence of cable television as a force in video entertainment and news. Throughout, he championed broadcasters as the most important providers of critical news and public service communications. He was a vigilant and constant reminder to broadcasters of their public service obligations, constantly inspiring and challenging the industry to strive for greatness in fulfilling its responsibilities under the Communications Act. Roy was also a strong advocate for minority programs for broadcasters, taking personal interest in EEO and refusing to let its enforcement go to another bureau when the Commission was reorganizing its enforcement functions and creating the Enforcement Bureau.
Roy will be remembered for many things, but one of them is his efficiencies as an administrator, making sure that the Division processed applications in a timely manner to serve the needs of broadcasters. Never to be taken advantage of, he understood the importance of getting broadcasters the response and service they need and when they needed it.
A gruff demeanor and some thought he really took pride in it. To those who knew him, it was clear that underneath that gruff demeanor lived a heart of gold. Many lawyers, myself included, took pleasure in telling a client that if Roy yelled at you, that meant that he really loved you. He took special delight in the opportunity he had to meet celebrities. He once told me that Clint Eastwood stopped by to visit him to advocate for a position in an application. Mr.Eastwood got up to leave and Roy told him, "Oh, no, you can't leave before signing these 10 pictures for my kids and their friends."
Roy will be remembered by all of his friends as a dedicated public servant, committed to the best that broadcasters can be while serving the public interest. I am proud that he was my friend.
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