The Washington State Association of Broadcasters, customarily known as the WSAB, is a member supported trade association representing the management of radio and television stations in the state of Washington. Founded in 1935, membership consists of 28 of the 28 commercial TV stations, and 182 of the 195 commercial radio stations. In addition, there are more than 50 Associate members. Educational radio and television stations are well represented in the WSAB, as are the state’s colleges and universities.
The President & CEO of the WSAB is Keith Shipman, a commercial radio and television broadcasting veteran with more than four decades of experience. The board of directors and officers are comprised of station ownership and management representing a cross section of the industry -- both large and small market radio and television companies in all geographic areas of the state.
The WSAB focuses its efforts on state and federal legislation, public affairs, career/job fairs and broadcast scholarships. The WSAB is also an active participant in a joint council comprised of state bar, press and broadcaster representatives who deal with working relationships between media and the courts.
A twice monthly broadcast industry newsletter is produced by the WSAB and emailed to members, providing media, legislative and legal information for member stations.
The WSAB maintains a website which includes career opportunities, legislative issues, and member station contact information.
The WSAB is active in state and federal legislative issues pertaining to broadcasting. The WSAB uses a contract lobbyist to monitor activity, maintain relationships in Olympia and works closely with the National Association of Broadcasters to work with our Congressional delegation in Washington, DC.
The WSAB Scholarship Program has granted financial assistance to undergraduate students in the state of Washington since 1982. In 2017-18, the Washington State Association of Broadcasters will present awards to undergraduate students at Washington State University, the University of Washington, Central Washington University and Gonzaga University.
To better serve the membership of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters, the WSAB has retained David Oxenford of Wilkenson Barker Knauer in Washington, DC to serve as its FCC legal counsel. Davis Wright Tremaine represents the WSAB for in-state issues.
Through a program known as the Public Educational Program (PEP), the state’s broadcasters donate coordinated campaigns of announcements for state agencies and non-profit social service organizations without budgets dedicated to regular broadcast advertising.
The WSAB address is PO Box 11341, Tacoma, WA. The telephone number is 360-705-0774 and the email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org .