Membership Benefits

Legal Services

SCBA retains both local and Washington counsel to assist members with legal issues at no charge. For questions regarding libel, FOI, courtroom access, advertising regulations, FCC compliance, EEO rules, etc., contact SCBA at 803-732-1186 or scba@scba.net. SC Counsel has prepared a comprehensive Legal Guide available to members at no charge.

Engineering Services

Annual Broadcast Exhibition

This all-day exhibition features equipment, products and services of interest to radio and television broadcasters including general managers, engineers, programming and production personnel and other station decision makers. The exhibition is held each January at the Winter Convention and features over 30 vendors. It is considered "one of the best in the country" by vendors and attendees alike. The date for the next exhibition is January 2021 at the USC Alumni Center.

 

Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)

SCBA’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program offers stations protection from routine FCC inspection for a period of three years. This program was established in an effort to promote more uniform practices and procedures among broadcasters, ABIP inspectors and the FCC.

Sales Training

Nationally recognized sales consultants do all-day sales and management training at our Winter Conference each year. The next sales training session will take place at the Winter Conference in January of 2021.

These programs are being offered to members at drastically reduced savings due in large part to the Public Education Program (PEP) which is supported by donated airtime from stations.

Political Advertising seminars (live and on-line) are presented at no cost to SCBA members.

Lobbying

SCBA takes a proactive position in all matters concerning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), federal and state legislative issues and local affairs. Some of the activities of SCBA include:

  • Each February, SCBA takes a delegation of broadcasters to Washington, DC to visit with each of our state’s Congressmen to express views and concerns of our association. Prior to these visits, SCBA leaders attend the National Association of Broadcasters Annual Leadership Conference to review legislation on Capitol Hill that pertains to the broadcast industry.
  • An annual Legislative Breakfast is held in Columbia bringing broadcasters and the state’s legislators together in an informal setting for discussion of issues and for an expression of thanks to our supporters. The next breakfast will be held 8-10am on March 25, 2021.
  • SCBA retains the services of Riley Pope & Laney who monitors the state legislature for issues of interest to broadcasters.

News Services

News Training - In order to better equip newsrooms around the state, SCBA provides full-day news training. Seminar topics vary each year and appeal to a wide range of news personnel: anchors, reporters, MMJ’s, producers and photographers. SCBA prides itself on providing members with high caliber training. This year’s featured speaker was Bob Dotson formerly an NBC reporter on the Today Show. The 2020 News training scheduled for March 21st was canceled due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

ID Cards – SCBA produces identification cards that are officially recognized by state law enforcement agencies for broadcast media personnel from member stations. To order ID cards, send a request form along with payment and photos to paula@scba.net.

Legislative Workshop -SCBA partners with the SC Press Association to present a legislative workshop each year for statehouse reporters, assignment editors and other news staff. This workshop previews the upcoming budget and other pertinent issues for the coming year and was held on January 9, 2020.

Employment Services

SCBA Job Bank is a free listing of Employment Opportunities available at participating South Carolina Broadcasters Association member stations and companies. We also list resumes from applicants looking for employment. Each listing will be posted for approximately 90 days or until we are instructed to remove it by the SCBA member or applicant. Please notify the SCBA of any changes or updates to these listings. Job listings and applicant resumes can be emailed to paula@scba.net, faxed to 803-732-4085 or mailed to South Carolina Broadcasters Association Job Bank, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 201, Columbia, South Carolina 29204. All SCBA Job Bank postings are for Equal Opportunity Employers.

Collegiate Job Fair: Each year, SCBA hosts a Job Fair for students majoring in broadcast journalism or communications at colleges and universities around the state. Students have the opportunity to meet with South Carolina Radio and TV broadcast professionals to learn about careers available in the broadcast industry. This event scheduled for April 8, 2020 was canceled due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Broadcast Education

The SCBA Educational Foundation, established in 1982, provides grants, scholarships and endowments for colleges, technical colleges and universities in the state that offer broadcast training. The Foundation established an endowment in 2004 with a one-million-dollar target and in 2008 reached that goal. The scholarship program will continue in perpetuity. This year the Foundation awarded $58,500 in scholarships to the following South Carolina schools:

  • Anderson University
  • Bob Jones University
  • Claflin University
  • Clemson University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Furman University
  • North Greenville University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Tri-County Technical College
  • Trident Technical College
  • University of South Carolina
  • Winthrop University

Awards

STAR “State Television and Radio” Awards - recognizing the exceptional accomplishments of the state’s stations and their broadcast professionals. Entries are accepted in over 25 categories and entry materials are sent to member stations in the spring each year. The contest period covers a one-year period—April 1 to March 31. The 2020 STAR Awards originally scheduled for August 15, 2020 has been canceled due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

SCBA Awards of Distinction: South Carolina is served by many talented and dedicated broadcasters and by individuals in related fields who work tirelessly to support the industry. To recognize the professionals who have set the bar for excellence in South Carolina, SCBA created three awards to honor those distinguished leaders—Hall of Fame, Honorary Life Membership Award and the Masters Award. The awards dinner was held on January 30, 2020 at the USC Alumni Center.

 

2020 Awards of Distinction Recipients

Masters Award - Dave Aiken

Honorary Life Membership Award - Tommy Suggs