The Alabama Broadcasters Association’s annual conference will be held Aug. 15–16 at the Wynfrey Hotel/Hyatt Regency in Birmingham.
The conference will feature a show floor along with the usual association business meetings. There will be sessions on radio programming, engineering, sales, news, social media, management and legislative/FCC/broadcast law.
The news sessions are a cooperative project with the Poynter Institute and will include forays into First Amendment and legal issues, copyright and fair use, social media and mobile media, citizen journalists, race and ethnicity, writing skills and photojournalism.
Speakers at the sales sessions are Bryan Dodge, David Rich and Scott Bebout. More information about those sessions can be found here.
On the legal and legislative front, there will be a strong core of speakers, including attorneys from the National Association of Broadcasters and communications law specialists Fletcher Heald & Hildreth. They’ll touch on the FCC, but also examine other items such as music licensing and social media in the workplace.
One highlight of the conference will be Broadcaster of the Year ceremony and inductions into the Hall of Fame, Friday, Aug. 15, at a luncheon. Citizen of the Year and the Hall of Fame inductees were featured here and include University of Alabama broadcast engineer David Baughn. The Broadcaster of the Year is never known ahead of the show.
Saturday, Aug. 16, also offers the traditional “Engineering Day.” Topping that will be a series of sessions on “Audio Over IP for Radio and TV.”
Special items include a screening of “Muscle Shoals,” a documentary on the famed recording studios in northern Alabama.