Hot Issues That Can Make … Or Break … Your Bottom Line

By February 12, 2019Updates

Expanding revenue streams is one of the biggest challenges for every manager and account executive. As they know too well, every year some categories are destined to “go up in smoke,” otherwise known as attrition, and finding new prospects that will “light up” the scoreboard can be more than challenging.

Meanwhile, general managers and radio groups find themselves navigating a host of never-ending regulatory challenges and legislative changes. Take the Music Modernization Act. Do you really know what it means to your station? Are you fully aware of the nuances and possible impact it could involve over the coming years? And what about the possibility of further ownership deregulation? What could that mean for Hispanic broadcasters?

One of the most anticipated sessions at the Hispanic Radio Conference every year is the legal and regulatory session spear-headed by well-respected Washington, DC attorney Frank Montero.

This year, Frank has assembled a particularly strong group of experts who will tackle everything from the “potholes” and potential “highs” of marijuana advertising to the Music Modernization Act and the very real prospect of looser ownership regulations currently under consideration by the FCC.

Engage with some of the sharpest minds who have made it their business to know the business and the legal implications of some of the biggest issues facing the radio industry today, and how every one of them can impact top line growth and bottom line cash flow.

Moderator

Frank Montero is a co-managing partner with the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. He focuses on telecommunications, broadcasting, media and technology. Montero’s practice includes FCC regulatory counseling, corporate finance, asset and securities acquisitions, intellectual property, and real estate and commercial transactions. Montero was an appointed member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age, and he has served as the director of the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities. While at the FCC, Montero worked extensively with industry, trade associations, financing institutions, and governmental agencies to create business opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and other small businesses in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Before his appointment, Montero was a partner with the Washington communications law firm of Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragoza.

Panelists

Katie Beiter manages the Licensing and Enforcement team at SoundExchange, where for the last five years she has walked webcasters through the ins and outs of statutory licensing. Beiter is a graduate of the recording industry program at Middle Tennessee State University. and a member of the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Music. Currently, she is pursuing a graduate degree in library and information science from the Catholic University of America. In her spare time, Beiter enjoys cooking, reading, and yoga.

 

Steve Newberry serves America’s broadcasters as EVP/strategic planning and special projects for the NAB. Newberry began his career as a broadcaster at the age of 14 and owned his first radio station at 21.  He eventually co-founded and led Commonwealth Broadcasting. It was during his years with Commonwealth he first became engaged with the NAB as an active member. As an NAB board member, Newberry served as Radio Board Chair, NABPAC Chair, and was eventually twice elected Joint Board Chairman. He is a past president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (1993) and a member of the KBA Hall of Fame.  He received its prestigious Distinguished Kentuckian Award in 2009.  He previously served on the board of directors of BMI and as a member of the RAB executive committee. He is a member of the International Broadcasters Idea Bank and was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus from the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information.

Justin Sasso has served as president and CEO of the Colorado Broadcasters Association since 2011. Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, causing a multitude of questions to arise surrounding broadcasters and federal and even state law. Sasso spent 25 years in radio broadcasting, working for multiple broadcast groups along Colorado’s Front Range. Prior to his current position, he was a CBA board member for over five years while operating his Northern Colorado radio station. Having parents who were both in radio and television, Sasso was bitten by the broadcast bug early in life. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, cycling, and aviation.

Bill Velez, executive director of the Radio Music License Committee, is an industry veteran of 46 years. His career has come full circle; his first job out of college was working as a radio licensing executive for ASCAP, and, prior to joining the RMLC, his career was distinguished by his having been employed by all three performance right organizations in the U.S., most recently as president/COO of SESAC. Under Velez’s direction at SESAC, the company introduced pattern-recognition technology for the purpose of monitoring radio airplay and digital watermarking for the purpose of monitoring music performances on local television. This pioneering application of state-of-the-art technology led to SESAC’s introduction of an unprecedented “per play” form of radio-industry license as well as the most accurate and fastest royalty distributions in the industry. Velez’s education includes a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. Apart from his professional career, Velez enjoys performing in musical theater and working as a volunteer with various children’s organizations.

About the Hispanic Radio Conference

The Hispanic Radio Conference is the only conference dedicated solely to Hispanic radio. Now in its 10th year, the conference attracts the industry’s key leadership in management, sales, and programming, whose combined audience reaches approximately 95 percent of the 59+ million Hispanics in this country.

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