Dan Hasty Wins Broadcaster of the Year Award

Dan Hasty

West Michigan Whitecaps radio broadcaster Dan Hasty has won the seventh-annual 2017 Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year Award after gaining the most votes in a poll among league broadcasters and media relations contacts.

Hasty is concluding his third season as Voice of the Whitecaps and fifth season in affiliated Minor League Baseball. Prior to his time in West Michigan, the Sterling Heights native worked as a producer, network studio host for the Detroit Lions and talk show host for WXYT-FM (Detroit).

In addition to his work with the Whitecaps, Hasty will begin his first season as the play-by-play broadcaster for men’s and women’s college basketball at Saginaw Valley State University. The proud graduate of Central Michigan University took home a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for Whitecaps play-by-play earlier this year.

“It’s so humbling to receive this award,” Hasty said. “I’m so blessed to do something I love so much, and with an organization held in the highest regard. My wife, Angelina, is the true mastermind behind anything I do correctly, as she has been in my corner every step of the way. As far as my career, I must acknowledge my on-air partner Mike Coleman along with mentors Mario Impemba and Dan Dickerson in Detroit – they’ve been simply terrific.”

Hasty joins former Whitecaps voice Ben Chiswick (2014) as Whitecaps radio broadcasters to have won the award since its inception in 2011, and joins fellow Michigan Midwest League cohorts Chris Vosters (Great Lakes – 2016) and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (Lansing – 2013) as recipients of the award. “To simply be in the Midwest League brethren is an honor in and of itself, let alone to be recognized within it,” Hasty said.




FCC Extends Ownership Reporting Deadline

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has postponed the filing date for biennial (every two years) ownership reports from December 1, 2017 to March 2, 2018, giving broadcasters more time to acclimate to a new reporting system.

The Media Bureau said it was doing so of its own volition, rather than in response to a request from the National Association of Broadcasters, which had asked the FCC to suspend the deadline, perhaps indefinitely.

Owners of broadcast stations or parties with attributable interests are required every two years to declare that ownership and interest with the FCC.

The bureau said it was moving the deadline to give the FCC more time to implement a revised electronic version of the requisite reporting forms “to ensure that filers have sufficient time to complete and submit their reports.”

“The extension of time we grant today addresses NAB’s primary concerns that the rollout of the revised forms … goes smoothly and that broadcasters have sufficient time to familiarize themselves with and test the new forms. Thus, our action today essentially implements NAB’s suggestion that we postpone the 2017 biennial filing window to ensure the successful implementation of the revised forms,” the bureau said.




NAB’s Gordon Smith Signs Contract Extension

Gordon Smith

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced that NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the position until March 31, 2023. The announcement was made by NAB Joint Board Chair Caroline Beasley.

Smith joined NAB in November 2009 and oversees the advocacy efforts of thousands of local radio and television stations across America. He is a former two-term United States Senator from Oregon (1996-2008) and was a successful entrepreneur before launching his career in politics.

“Gordon Smith has shown a steady hand guiding America’s local radio and television stations through the public policy challenges of Washington,” said Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group. “He has enormous credibility on Capitol Hill and at the FCC, and is a determined advocate for local broadcasting. We are thrilled that we will benefit from Gordon’s leadership into 2023.”

“I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the NAB Board with this new contract,” said Smith. “Broadcasting plays an indispensable role in the world of communications, and I’m committed to an innovative agenda that allows local TV and radio to thrive on emerging media platforms. I’m honored to lead a talented NAB team fighting for viewers and listeners who rely on hometown TV and radio for the best in entertainment, quality local news and lifeline programming in a crisis.”




Pay TV Market Shrinking, But TV Homes Increasing

Nielsen is reporting that the number of TV homes has expanded to 119.6 million for the 2017-2018 season. For the 2016-2017 season, Nielsen said there were 118.4 million TV homes.  However, as TV households continue to expand, the number of homes with pay TV continues to decline. The number of pay TV subscriptions in the U.S. has fallen from 104.1 million in 2010 to 98.7 in 2016. Two-thirds of the decline came in the four years between 2013 and 2016.

The source of content for these new television homes is coming from two primary sources. The first, and perhaps biggest, group is streaming video to their TVs. Over the past three years, the penetration of enabled smart TVs has almost doubled, from 14% to 27%.~ At the same time, the number of homes using a streaming media player has increased from 18% to 29%.

The second source of content for these new television homes is good old antenna television. Between Q1 2015 and Q1 2017, the number of homes watching television with an antenna increased from 12.5 million to 15.2 million. However, almost all the increase in antenna homes came from homes that also have broadband. In those homes, it is likely people use both broadcast television and streaming services on the big screen.