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Political Broadcasting Guide

OAB Attorney and friend David Oxenford has created a very helpful guide to political broadcasting, which he has made available to OAB members. It will answer many of your questions about political advertising. Click here for a copy of the guide.


OAB Education Foundation Scholarship and
Faculty Fellowship Winners


The OAB Education Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee congratulates the winners of the 2014-15 OAB Education Foundation Scholarships:

  • Allison Smith, University of Oklahoma
  • Sydney Stavinoha, University of Oklahoma
  • Katie Parish, Oklahoma State University
  • Adrian Alexander, Cameron University
  • Alyson Acklin, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Houston Gaither, Rogers State University

These students will be recognized at the OAB Student Day Awards Luncheon on March 27 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

OAB also congratulates Ronald Johnson, Oklahoma Baptist University, on his selection as the 2014 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.



Outstanding Achievement Awards and
Hall of Fame Banquet
March 28, 2014


The Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting awards will be presented on Friday, March 28, at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm, followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 7:00pm. We will also honor this year's Hall of Fame inductee, William. H. Payne. The banquet is the final event of the 2014 OAB Annual Convention.

Tickets for the awards dinner can be ordered through your convention registration. If you are not attending the convention but wish to attend the banquet, you may order tickets from Nancy Struby at OAB. Call 405-848-0771. Tickets are $60, and we accept VISA-MC-AMEX-DISC.




Broadcast Lines for State High School
Basketball Championships


OAB will arrange for broadcast lines at the sites of the State High School Basketball Championships, March 6-8 and March 13-15. Click here for information, and click here to reserve your lines.

As a reminder, we do not provide lines for the Area and Regional games.




OAB Convention Registration


Registration packets for the 2014 Convention will be mailed to OAB members on February 14, or you may download a copy here. It's two days of excellent sessions and entertainment. See you there!




OAB Outstanding Achievement Awards


The 2013 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!




Bill Payne Elected to OAB Hall of Fame

Talent, Engineer, Manager, Owner: The Complete Broadcaster


Bill Payne

The OAB Hall of Fame is honored to induct Bill Payne on Friday, March 28th, at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. Bill is the COMPLETE BROADCASTER with over 60 years in the business who still has the same enthusiasm for radio he had at his first job at KWHP in Cushing Oklahoma.

Bill is an FM pioneer who currently owns nine (9) stations, all in Oklahoma. His fascination with the Magic of Radio started as a child and even today he still broadcasts his daily “Farm and Inspirational Hour” on KTFX FM in Muskogee.

Bill’s unique path to ownership was built on being the Complete Broadcaster. He is a seasoned programmer, a very capable engineer, a savvy salesman, and therefore an impressive owner. In an age of specialists, Bill Payne can do it all, and do it successfully and with great integrity.

Please join us along with Bill’s wife Gail, his three daughters Anne, Kelly, and Haydon, and his son Will in celebrating Bill Payne’s amazing career. He is Oklahoma Born and Bred, an Icon in Oklahoma broadcasting, and we sure are proud to have him in our Hall of Fame.

--Vance Harrison, OAB President




2014 Political Windows


For your planning purposes, here's the election info for 2014, according to the State Election Board:

  • Primary Election: June 24, 2014
  • Primary Runoff: August 26, 2014
  • General Election: November 4, 2014


The start dates for Lowest Unit Rate are:


  • May 10: LUR begins for June 24 Primary Election
  • July 12: LUR begins for August 26 Runoff Election
  • September 5: LUR begins for November 4 General Election


The offices up for election are:

  • All 5 House members
  • 1 Senate seat (Inhofe)
  • Governor
  • Numerous statewide races for Attorney General, Lt. Governor, Labor Commissioner, Insurance Commissioner, and State Treasurer.



HR 1740: Anti-Copper Theft Law


Governor Mary Fallin signs into law HR 1740, which is the toughest anti-copper theft law in the nation. Included in the photo are: [fourth from left] Representative Harold Wright, Owner of KWEY, Weatherford, author of the legislation; [fifth from left] OAB Chair-Elect David Griffin; and [far right] OAB President Vance Harrison.

Gov. Fallin Signs HR 1740



TV Stations: Captioning Rules for Online Content


New captioning rules for your online content went into effect on March 30. Click here for an Advisory from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP with more information, or contact OAB with questions.



"Like" us on Facebook!


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 in 2014


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

Contact OAB if you need a replacement CD or DVD.

Radio Campaigns

Department of Human Services

"Foster Care/Child Welfare"
   1/9/14 - 3/30/14

Army National Guard

"Defining Moments"
   7/4/11 - 12/31/14

Department of Health

"Keep Your Cool"
  3/3/14 - 6/29/14

Oklahoma Insurance Department

"Earthquake Insurance"
   2/10/14 - 6/29/14

"Prepare Yourself"
   2/10/14 - 6/29/14

Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

"DRS Services"
   7/1/13 - 6/29/14


"High School Sports"
   10/21/13 - 5/30/14

TV Campaigns

Department of Human Services

"Foster Care/Child Welfare"
   1/9/14 - 3/30/14

Army National Guard

"Defining Moments"
   7/4/11 - 12/31/14

Department of Health

"Keep Your Cool"
  3/3/14 - 6/29/14

Oklahoma Insurance Department

"Earthquake Insurance"
   2/17/14 - 6/29/14

"Prepare Yourself"
   2/17/14 - 6/29/14

Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

"DRS Services"
   7/1/13 - 6/29/14



March 27-28, 2014 -- OAB Annual Convention, Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City.



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