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Meeting in North Carolina, Shortwave Broadcasters Talk About Their Future

Trans World Radio hosted the meeting at its headquarters in Cary.

Members of the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters elected a new member to the board of directors. NASB is a professional association for the nation’s privately-owned shortwave stations.

Bill Damick of Trans World Radio replaced Elder Meyer on the board. Meyer, of WMLK in Pennsylvania, ended two consecutive three-year terms on the NASB Board this year. According to the Association’s bylaws, after two terms, board members must rotate off for at least a year.

The election took place at the recent annual meeting of the NASB in Cary, N.C., a suburb of Raleigh. Trans World Radio hosted the meeting at its headquarters in Cary.

Besides Damick, NASB board members are Jeff White of WRMI (president), Mike Adams of Far East Broadcasting Company (vice president), Glen Tapley of WEWN, Adrian Peterson of Adventist World Radio and Charles Caudill of World Christian Broadcasting, which operates shortwave station KNLS in Alaska.

Adams was re-elected to a second three-year board term. White and Adams were re-elected as president and vice-president, respectively. Dan Elyea of WYFR in Florida was re-elected NASB secretary-treasurer, and Thais White of WRMI was re-elected assistant secretary treasurer.

TWR invited representatives of the NASB to speak to staff members about the viability of shortwave radio in the midst of new technologies like satellites and the Internet, according to a summary of the event from the association. The NASB reps said there are many countries where Internet access is non-existent or very limited, and many places that cannot be reached by local FM signals.

Another session covered shortwave radio’s role in crises and disasters. Personnel of various stations discussed how they can be most helpful when a disaster occurs. Adams told delegates that he is developing a disaster plan for FEBC stations that can be implemented in the event of sudden need.

Allan McGuirl of Galcom International in Canada discussed his company’s innovations, including a multi-frequency “fix-tuned” shortwave receiver and a low-power FM transmitter that eventually will be adapted for use on AM and shortwave as well.

This annual meeting was combined with that of the USA DRM Group. The DRM meeting featured speakers such as Adil Mina of Continental Electronics, who is chairman of the USA DRM Group and a director of the DRM Consortium.

NASB hopes to soon offer audio files of this year’s meetings, as well as video presentations, on its Web site.