The Federal Communications Bar Association reports Bobby Baker, Assistant Division Chief of the Policy Division of the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, has been selected to receive the FCBA’s seventh annual award for outstanding government service, which will be presented at the FCBA Spring Reception on 6/12. Says FCBA: “The award was created in late 2007 to recognize individuals with long-term careers in the federal government in the field of communications who are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in public service.
Bobby serves as head of the Media Bureau’s political programming staff, Washington, DC. He is a 1972 JD graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and a 1968 graduate of the University of Florida. Since 1979, he has either been on the staff or in charge of the Political Programming Office of the Media Bureau. Bobby has headed that office for the last 20 years. As the FCC’s foremost authority on political programming regulation, Bobby travels extensively throughout the United States to speak to broadcasters and cable television operators to assist in furthering compliance in this complicated and time-sensitive area. Bobby also advises the offices of the Chairman and other FCC Commissioners, the Office of General Counsel and the Media Bureau on all political programming issues. He has authored numerous FCC opinions and policy statements in political programming area, with particular expertise in political advertising regulation. Bobby is credited with altering the approach to political programming enforcement by implementing an accessible, user-friendly mediation technique for resolution of the disputes arising daily in the political arena. This approach has almost entirely eliminated formal complaints and typically results in successful informal resolution of hundreds of disputes in any specific election period. Prior to joining the FCC, Bobby was President of Cellar Door Management, a personal management company specializing in recording artists.”