Drones for Reporting

As floods and wildfires ravage the country this summer, it's quickly apparent that a new tool at the disposal of newsrooms across the country can help illustrate the scope of a story such as floods, wildfires and more.

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Lyle, McMahon and Weiss Added to Board of Directors at Broadcasters Foundation

06-19-18

Execs from ABC Owned Television Stations, Future B2B and Illinois Broadcasters Association elected

Chelsea Anderson, Broadcasting & Cable

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected three new officials to its board of directors. The foundation is comprised of professionals in the broadcast industry, committed to giving back. The organization donates millions of dollars each year to broadcasters and their families. 

Wendy McMahon, president of ABC Owned Television Station Groups oversees eight local stations all over the country.

Future B2B's own Charlie Weiss was also elected to the board. Weiss serves as a publisher of Future's TV Sector brands such as Broadcasting Cable and Multichannel News. Dennis Lyle, president and CEO of Illinois Broadcasters Association was elected vice president and as a board member.

“We’re delighted to welcome Wendy, Charlie, and Dennis to the Board,” said Dan Mason, chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Their continued support of the Foundation’s mission and their leadership in our industry is commendable.”

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The FM Chip: A Potential Life Saver In Troubled Times

06-12-18

By Shawn and Tom Marhefka for Radio Ink

Over a foot of rain fell in the city of West Plains, Missouri, in a short time on April 29, 2017. That rain, coupled with nearly two feet of rainwater from storms north of town flowing through the city’s saturated waterways, led to dozens of water rescues in town and several hundred thousand dollars of damage. Amazingly, there were no fatalities.

A low-water crossing near West Plains City Hall hits nearly 10 feet several hours after the flooding event in West Plains. Several hundred homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by the floodwaters.

As a local radio broadcaster, the Ozark Radio Network has long supported the activation of FM chips in smartphones. But it wasn’t until a devastating flood hit our rural Missouri town and the surrounding area last year that we experienced firsthand the real importance of getting the FM chip activated.

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