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Successful Meetings at the State Leadership
Conference in DC

Your OAB leadership traveled to Washington this week to meet with all seven of our congressional representatives to promote the issues that are vital to Oklahoma broadcasters.

Representing OAB are Heston Wright, Wright Broadcasting; Donna Wilson, Scripps Television; Bill Hurley, iHeartMedia; Dan Lawrie and Greg Bilte, Cox Media Group; and Vance Harrison, OAB.

OAB is proud to enjoy an effective relationship with our Washington leaders.

Faculty Fellowship Winner

The OAB Education Foundation Fellowship Selection Committee congratulates Cathy Coomer, Rogers State University, on her selection as the 2016 Lisa John Faculty Fellow. The $3,000 Fellowship is a four-week work program at an Oklahoma radio or television station. It provides an opportunity for faculty members at Oklahoma's broadcast schools to update their skills and develop closer relationships with radio and television broadcasters. Cathy will serve her fellowship at a Tulsa television station.


Scholarship Winners

The OAB Education Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee congratulates the following recipients of our $2,000 2016-17 scholarships:

Julia Benbrook, Oklahoma State University
Derrick Miracle, University of Central Oklahoma
Geoff Parachin, Rogers State University
Justin Reed, University of Central Oklahoma
John Rosman, Oklahoma State University
Savanna Sanders, Cameron University

Congratulations to these students as they prepare for a future in our industry!


Telephone Lines for State Basketball Playoff Games

The OAB will again arrange for broadcast lines at the sites of the State High School Basketball Championships on the weekends of March 3-5 and March 10-12.
Use of the lines must be scheduled through the OAB office. A copy of the reservation form is here.

KRMG, KOFM—OAB Stations of the Year

Congratulations to Dan Smith, General Manger of KOFM, Enid, and Dan Lawrie, General Manager of KRMG, Tulsa, and their staffs for being named the 2015 OAB Stations of the Year!

KRM - OAB Station of the Year 2015KOFM-OAB Station of the Year 2015




2015 Personalities of the Year Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Metro Radio Personalities of the Year,
TJ, Janet & Jrod, KJ103
in Oklahoma City, and Non-Metro Personality Roger Price, KICM, Ardmore. Well done, guys!


TJ, Janet & Jrod - 2015 Personalities of the YearRoger Price - KICM - 2015 Personality of the Year


The Results Are In!

The 2015 OAB Awards have been judged, and the results are here. Congratulations to this year's winners, and a big thank you to everyone who entered. Oklahoma broadcasters continue to set high standards for our industry. Well done!

Awards will be presented at the annual Outstanding Achievement Awards Banquet on Friday, April 1, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tulsa. Ticket information for the Awards Banquet is included in the convention registration packet.


OAB Convention Registration

Registration packets for the 2016 OAB Convention were mailed to member stations on February 1, or you can go here to download a copy. See you at the Hard Rock, March 31-April 1!


Lowest Unit Rate for 2016 Political Advertising

In Oklahoma, the 2016 races will include President, Senator Lankford's seat, all HOR seats, and some state HOR seats.

The lowest unit rate windows for 2016 political advertising are:

Presidential Primary Window Opens: January 16, 2016
Presidential Primary Date: March 1, 2016
Statewide Congressional Primary Window Opens: May 14, 2016
Statewide Congressional Primary Date: June 28, 2016
Runoff Primary Election Window Opens: July 9, 2016
Runoff Primary Election Date: August 23, 2016
General Election Window Opens: September 9, 2016
General Election Date: November 8, 2016


Bob Barry Jr. Elected into OAB Hall of Fame

Bob Barry JrThe Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters is proud to announce that Bob Barry Jr. has been elected into the prestigious OAB Hall of Fame.

Starting in 1980 while at OU as a Journalism major calling high school football games, Bob’s infectious enthusiasm was the hallmark of his prolific career. He joined his legendary father Bob Barry Sr. at Channel 4 in Oklahoma City, and for 35 years he forged his own way—uniquely changing the perspective on sports and the way it was reported. His rapport with athletes, university executives, coaches, and especially fans, made him the guy we all cheered for. His audience was boundless because he was universally loved by all who watched or heard him.

Bob’s career was multi-dimensional due to his “switch-hitting” role as a daily reporter/anchor for both radio and television. His shows on WWLS AM/FM (The Sports Animal) were amongst their highest rated, and his nightly appearances on KFOR TV 4 gave the entire market comfort that the sports world had the perfect man reporting on the events. Bobby was Oklahoma Sports and every viewer or listener knew that if “Junior” talked about something, it was not only important but it would be interesting.

Bob was named Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year six times, and won countless awards as the most respected sportscaster of his time. But even more impressive was the love all Oklahomans had for the Barry family and Bob’s generosity and caring. Bob Barry Jr. made sports fun, and he made broadcasting a better business. Unfortunately we lost Bob to a tragic vehicular accident in June of 2015.

Bob’s family will accept his Induction into the OAB Hall of Fame at our Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, April 1, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

OSSAA Playoff Passes

OSSAA has released the form to request passes for the 2015-2016 playoffs season. Click here for a copy of the request form.

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OAB has a Facebook page, where we will feature updates about OAB events as well as promote our member stations.

Feel free to share some of your comments on what's happening around the industry, and your success stories that prove this is still the best business going!



24/7 On-Line Training Available to
All OAB Members

LBS TrainingThe OAB is pleased to supply all OAB members with a Comprehensive On-Line training system delivered by Local Broadcast Sales Inc. This 24/7 on-line training system is state of the art and is provided at no charge to OAB member stations. We believe you will find this training system to be very effective and available to all of your staff 24 hours a day.

Archived copies of previous webinars are available to all OAB members. E-mail Nancy Struby for instructions. To create your Local Broadcast Sales account, please e-mail Nancy Struby for a free access code.


Alternative Broadcast Inspections

Check your ABI certificate! Is it time to renew? Protect your station from random FCC inspections by scheduling or renewing an alternative broadcast inspection. Click here for request forms.

P.E.P. Campaigns

Radio PEP Schedules

Department of Human Services
Foster Care Recruitment
9/29/14 – 12/31/16

Department of Health
Wic Family Support
7/18/16 - 12/31/16

Oklahoma Insurance Department

Medicare Open Enrollment

Mental Health

Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

DRS Hire/Library/Cane
6/13/16 - 12/31/16

High School Sports

Television PEP Schedule

Department of Human Services
Foster Care: Blaine

Department of Health
WIC Family Support


Oklahoma Insurance Department
Medicare Open Enrollment

Mental Health

Dept. of Rehabilitation Services
DRS Hire/Library/Cane


Thursday, January 19, 2016
OAB Awards Entry Deadline Extended


February 3, 2016

OAB Awards entry results posted.


March 31-April 1, 2016

OAB Annual Convention
Hard Rock Hotel, Tulsa



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