Mid-West Family Broadcasting offering IBA-members a Free Radio Sales Opportunity*

In celebration of the state’s 200th birthday, IBA-member Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Springfield, in cooperation with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Illinois State Museum, has produced a daily radio feature promoted as “The Illinois Bicentennial Minute,” and is making it available to IBA-member stations outside the Springfield radio market to air, and sell local sponsorship to throughout 2018, at no charge.

The Monday – Sunday, :60 second daily radio feature includes recollections of historic Illinois events these past 200 years and promises to introduce listeners to Illinois’ many heroes, activists, and pioneers. A sample of topics covered in upcoming features include:

  • The governor who never visited the state Capitol
  • A woman who put the national spotlight on lynching
  • The man who changed the shape of Illinois
  • The tallest man in history
  • A legendary gunslinger 

Sample Minute and radio script available below.

Harvey Wells, general manager for Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Springfield said: "On behalf of all the employee-owners of the Mid-West Family radio stations in Springfield and Rockford, we are thrilled to be able to provide content that celebrates the rich history of our state. I would like to thank WMAY News Director Jim Leach and our Creative Services Director Johnny Molson along with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum for their dedication in creating 365 unique daily features.”

“We’re excited about the many different ways we get to help celebrate the bicentennial. This partnership with Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum promises to be a great way of reaching the public with stories they may never have heard before,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

  Illinois State Museum Director Dr. Michael Wiant stated: “The bicentennial provides an extraordinary opportunity for collaborations that illustrate the diverse and broad story of Illinois to its citizens. We’re thrilled to kick off another collaborative effort with the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Mid-West Family Broadcasting.” 

*(Note: The :60 second feature is available at no-charge to IBA-member radio stations outside the Springfield radio market via the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Stations interest in airing the daily feature should contact Debra Gray in the IBA office at 618-985-5555 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)



The National Association of Broadcasters is pleased to report that broadcasters have secured a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives to support the Local Radio Freedom Act, holding off the record labels attempts to tax local radio. Click here to read NAB's statement.

NAB is grateful to the local stations and state broadcaster associations that helped to garner the support of 220 legislators for this resolution, which opposes a performance tax and recognizes radio's vital role in our communities.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to thank your legislators for supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act.

Thank you for your engagement and have a wonderful holiday season!

To read the entire release:  

They are back!  This issue of the Transmitter highlights the return of the Illinois Army National Guard to the airwaves.  Read on to hear how this important program helps the Guard with their recruiting in Illinois.  Speaking of Illinois, this issue also highlights some of the best student broadcaster's winning efforts in the 2017 Student Silver Dome Awards competition as well as the programming featured at IBA-University.


Numerous tools are available to help the numerous television stations in Illinois that are affected by the recent broadcast spectrum incentive auction.

The National Association of Broadcasters has built a website with resources for station as well as information for the audience to explain how the changes affect them.

For the audience:

–No new equipment is needed
–Over-the-air viewers will have to rescan their channels after a station changes frequencies
–The frequency change does not mean stations will be changing channels. All stations will remain on the same channels as they currently appear on your TV

Stations will have to communicate to viewers when the frequency change is happening so they know when they will have to rescan their television channels.

The website also lists the stations scheduled to change and the window of dates in which they will be making a change. Any station that knows the date of their changeover is asked to contact the IBA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What is Spectrum Repacking?

As part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is authorized to repack the television band by assigning television stations to new channels. This process will pose significant challenges for the broadcast industry. Repacked television stations will need to complete channel moves. Radio stations and non-repacked television stations may also be affected if they are located on or near a tower with a repacked television station. NAB is committed to helping stations understand and prepare for the repack.

On April 13, the FCC released a public notice announcing the results of the auction and outlining which stations will be moving along with their new channel assignments. Nearly 1,000 stations will be moved to new channels. The release of this notice also starts a 90-day shot clock on submitting applications for repack construction and reimbursement estimates. The first station moves will begin in November 2018.

This is issue is packed with information on the FM Chip initiative, Opioid news coverage, Gary Fries and our MIP reports.


Last Thursday, after notable failure of cellular service during the recent horrific hurricanes, FCC Chairman Pai released the following statement encouraging Apple’s activation of its phones FM Chips.

“In recent years, I have repeatedly called on the wireless industry to activate the FM chips that are already installed in almost all smartphones sold in the United States. And I’ve specifically pointed out the public safety benefits of doing so. In fact, in my first public speech after I became chairman, I observed that ‘[y]ou could make a case for activating chips on public safety grounds alone.’ When wireless networks go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to lifesaving information. I applaud those companies that have done the right thing by activating the FM chips in their phones. Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so. But I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. That’s why I am asking Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones. It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first. As the Sun Sentinel of South Florida put it, ‘Do the right thing, [Tim Cook, CEO of Apple]. Flip the switch. Lives depend on it.”

Apple’s reply, reported in a September 29 story from Inside Radio, found Apple stating that its iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models don’t have FM chips in them or antennas designed to support FM signals.

In a statement issued Thursday, Apple said: "iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips in them nor do they have antennas designed to support FM signals, so it is not possible to enable FM reception in these products.” Issued in response to Pai calling for activation of FM chips on iPhones for public safety reasons, Apple said it “cares deeply about the safety of our users, especially during times of crisis and that’s why we have engineered modern safety solutions into our products.” Among them are the ability to dial emergency services and access medical card info directly from the Lock Screen. Apple also says it has enabled government emergency notifications, ranging from weather advisories to AMBER alerts. But it didn’t address the technical feasibility of activating FM chips in older devices, like the iPhone 6 which it still sells at the Apple Store.

Learning of Apple’s response, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton was quoted in a same-day NAB press release saying, "Since 2012 NAB has commissioned quarterly 'tear down' reports from ABI Research on a wide variety of Smartphones to discover their capabilities. ABI’s analysis reveals that every Apple iPhone built during that time, including the iPhone 7, has a chipset that includes support for FM radio. Apple also continues to sell an iPhone 6S with an FM chip that is not activated, and there are nearly 100 million iPhones in the marketplace with a deactivated FM chip. "Like FCC Chairman Pai, we encourage Apple to activate this feature on their future handsets so Americans can have access to lifesaving information during emergency situations, something that many local radio stations provide. We welcome the opportunity to work with Apple to make that happen."

IBA-member Elizabeth Neuhoff, President & CEO of Neuhoff Communications, a member of NAB Board’s Executive Committee, Illinois’ NAB District 17 radio representative, and IBA’s 2016 “Vincent T. Wasilewski Broadcasters of the Year” is taking action on Neuhoff stations by airing a PSA she personally recorded as well as providing her on-air Neuhoff staff with a “live” announcer script.  Both encourage consumers to demand Apple “flip the (FM Chip) switch.”


Big debate going on about public safety. The FCC asked Apple to turn on the FM chip in iPhones.

Because when storms knock out power, cellular networks get overloaded or fail… Radio can still get the word out.

And Apple said: “We can’t turn on the FM chip in iPhones. iPhones don’t have an FM chip.” Well, they used to.

C’mon Apple! You took the FM chip out? You can put it back in! The FCC just wants Americans to have live FM radio on their phones.

Makes sense to me. Let’s hear from you. Join the debate at Free-Radio-On-My-Phone dot org slash Take Action.

Audio File Available below: 

IBA’s support for the FM Chip initiative dates back to 2013 when (then) Chairman of the Board Sarah Hautala introduced, and IBA’s board unanimously approved, a Resolution in support of the placement and activation of FM Chips in all U.S. cell phones. 

Plan to attend IBA's final Career Fair of 2017!  This one is short and sweet and qualifies your station for a quarter credit (EEO) when you staff a table with a person of hiring capability.  Participation is free to IBA member stations and just $100 for all non-member stations.  Over 200 college broadcasting students will visit this job fair and it is open to the public.  Located conveniently in the Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, IL.  Parking vouchers for stations will be provided that allows for parking in Bone Student Center lot.  And did we mention....a FREE LUNCH!  All stations attending the fair are invited to stay for the Student Silver Dome Awards Luncheon or if short on time, grab a lunch to go!

To sign-up, complete the reservation form below and return to IBA, fax 618-985-6070 or email the information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sign-up by Monday, October 25th.


For those stations traveling to Carbondale, Illinois area, the following Media Guide has been provided by the City of Carbondale.


The May Transmitter is now online and available for download.  This isse features the 2017 Honorees Larry Wert and Don Sharp as well as information on IBA2017 registration!


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