We Are the WSAB

 

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.

 

Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 2035 - Broadcaster B&O Tax Modernization - into law on May 21, 2019. Pictured (L-R) are Mark Allen (Mark Allen Government Relations), Keith Shipman (President & CEO of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters), Governor Jay Inslee, Bob Lenz and Interim Speaker of the House Rep. John Lovick (D-44). Photo Courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.

Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 2035 - Broadcaster B&O Tax Modernization - into law on May 21, 2019. Pictured (L-R) are Mark Allen (Mark Allen Government Relations), Keith Shipman (President & CEO of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters), Governor Jay Inslee, Bob Lenz and Interim Speaker of the House Rep. John Lovick (D-44). Photo Courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.

Governor Inslee Signs Broadcaster B&O Tax Modernization Bill

HB 2035 - designed to modernize the way B & O tax is calculated for in-state broadcasters in markets bordering other states - was signed Governor Jay Inslee on May 21, 2019.

The bill was sponsored by Interim Speaker of the House Rep. John Lovick (D-44) and Rep. Noel Frame (D-36).

HB 2035 addresses how to calculate the B & O tax for broadcasters who accept revenue from advertisers across state lines (excluding revenues from network, national or regional advertising) computed either as a standard deduction, or excluding that portion of revenue represented by the out-of-state audience computed as a ratio to the station’s total audience as measured by the station's broadcast contour.

The bill passed through both chambers of the Washington State Legislature unanimously (House 97-0 and Senate 47-0) before reaching the Governor’s desk for signature.


Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1147 - the First Informer Broadcaster Bill - into law on April 30, 2019. Pictured (L-R) are Keith Nealey (KIRO-TV Engineer), Keith Shipman (President & CEO of the WSAB), Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-24), Janene Drafs (WSAB Chairwoman and General Manager of Sinclair Broadcast Group-Seattle) Mark Allen (Mark Allen Government Relations), Sarah Temples (Legislative Assistant to Rep. Mike Chapman) and Governor Jay Inslee (seated). Photo Courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.

Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1147 - the First Informer Broadcaster Bill - into law on April 30, 2019. Pictured (L-R) are Keith Nealey (KIRO-TV Engineer), Keith Shipman (President & CEO of the WSAB), Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-24), Janene Drafs (WSAB Chairwoman and General Manager of Sinclair Broadcast Group-Seattle) Mark Allen (Mark Allen Government Relations), Sarah Temples (Legislative Assistant to Rep. Mike Chapman) and Governor Jay Inslee (seated). Photo Courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.

Governor Inslee Signs First Informer Broadcaster Bill

HB 1147 – the First Informer Broadcaster Bill – was signed by Governor Inslee on April 30, 2019, culminating three years of efforts by broadcasters to ensure access to transmitter and studio facilities during time of a declared emergency.  

The WSAB worked with the State’s Emergency Management Division to move the bill forward, which was sponsored in the 2019 legislative session by Rep. Mike Chapman (D-24), Rep. Brad Klippert (R-8), Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45) and Sen. Sam Hunt (D-22).   The bill passed through both chambers of the Washington State Legislature unanimously (House 97-0 and Senate 44-0) before reaching the Governor’s desk for signature.

 “This legislation is really impactful for broadcasters,” said Janene Drafs, Chairwoman of the Board of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters. “Access to our transmitter sites and studio facilities during time of emergency allows us to broadcast important safety and recovery information to the communities we serve across the state of Washington.”

 “On behalf of the 260 commercial and non-commercial radio and television stations across the state, we appreciate the support of our state legislators and the Governor in passing HB 1147,” said Keith Shipman, President & CEO of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters.  “We’re pleased to become the 11th state in America to pass such legislation.  We also wish to acknowledge the great work of Mark Allen of Mark Allen Government Relations for navigating the legislative process and broadcast engineers Keith Nealey of KIRO-TV and Marty Hadfield (retired) for offering testimony during public hearings on this issue.”

 The First Informer Broadcaster bill was designed to allow broadcast technicians who have registered with the Washington Business Re-Entry System (https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/business-re-entry-registration) access to their studio and transmitter facilities in order to restore broadcast operations and disseminate safety and recovery information to listeners and viewers.

 A First Informer Broadcaster is defined as “an individual who is employed by, or acting pursuant to a contract under the direction of a broadcaster; and maintains, including repairing and resupplying, transmitters, generators, or other essential equipment at a broadcast station or facility or provides technical support services to broadcasters needed during a period of proclaimed emergency.”

 Broadcasters must still follow the direction of incident commanders as it relates to safety issues in declared emergency zones.  Key language in the bill prohibits authorities from confiscating resources – fuel, food, water and other essential materials - brought to the site by a First Informer Broadcaster.

 Broadcast engineers and technicians are encouraged to register through the aforementioned link to become a First Informer Broadcaster.  Once registered, the engineer/technician will receive a registration card via email. 


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KING-TV, KREM-TV and KOMO-AM/FM Named 2019 Regional Murrow Award Winners

The 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Region 1 have been announced, and Washington state broadcasters earned the top three honors.

KING-TV Seattle captured Overall Excellence Award for Large Market Television, KREM-TV Spokane received the Overall Excellence Award for Small Market Television and KOMO-AM/FM Seattle was named the winner for Overall Excellence in Large Market Radio.

Region 1 covers Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.  National winners will be announced in June. 


2020 Lowest Unit Rate Political Windows

The 2020 Political Advertising Lowest Unit Rate (LUR) windows for the state of Washington are:

Presidential Primary Election Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Presidential Primary Election Lowest Unit Rate Window (45 days): January 26, 2020 - March 10, 2020

Primary Election Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Primary Election Lowest Unit Rate Window (45 days): June 21, 2020 - August 4, 2020

General Election Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

General Election Lowest Unit Rate Window (60 days): September 5, 2020 - November 3, 2020


Washington EAS RMT Test Schedule

 The Washington State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) has released its 2019 EAS Testing Schedule, which can be found by clicking on the button below.


2019 Broadcasters Calendar

Click on the button below to see the 2019 calendar of important dates for broadcasters prepared by the WSAB’s FCC Counsel (Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP of Washington, DC).


 
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The Washington State Association of Broadcasters is pleased to partner with the Washington Army National Guard in our NCSA/Public Education Partnership Program!  Learn more about the Washington Army National Guard by clicking on the button below.  

Get in Contact

 

washington state association of broadcasters

PO Box 11341

Tacoma, WA 98411

Email: kshipman@wsab.org

Phone: 360-705-0774