Radio station owners and cluster GMs often find themselves navigating a host of never-ending regulatory challenges and legislative changes.
Take the Music Modernization Act. Do you really know what it means to your station? Are you fully aware of the nuances and possible impact it could involve over the coming years? What about the possibility of further ownership deregulation … what could that mean for Hispanic broadcasters?
One of the most anticipated sessions at the Hispanic Radio Conference every year is the legal and regulatory session. Returning as moderator is Francisco Montero of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth.
This year, Montero has assembled a particularly strong group of experts who will tackle everything from the “potholes” and potential “highs” of marijuana advertising to the Music Modernization Act and the very real prospect of looser ownership regulations currently under consideration by the FCC.
This is your opportunity to engage with some of the sharpest minds who have made it their business to know the business and the legal implications of some of the biggest issues facing the radio industry today, and how every one of them can impact top line growth and bottom line cash flow.
Montero is a co-managing partner with Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth and focuses on telecommunications, broadcasting, media and technology. Montero’s practice includes FCC regulatory counseling, corporate finance, asset and securities acquisitions, intellectual property, and real estate and commercial transactions.
Montero was an appointed member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age, and he has served as the director of the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities. While at the FCC, Montero worked extensively with industry, trade associations, financing institutions, and governmental agencies to create business opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and other small businesses in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Before his appointment, Montero was a partner with the Washington communications law firm of Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragoza.
Katie Beiter manages the Licensing and Enforcement team at SoundExchange, where for the last five years she has walked webcasters through the ins and outs of statutory licensing.
Steve Newberry is EVP/strategic planning and special projects for the NAB. Newberry began his career as a broadcaster at the age of 14 and owned his first radio station at 21. He eventually co-founded and led Commonwealth Broadcasting. It was during his
years with Commonwealth he first became engaged with the NAB as an active member. As an NAB board member, Newberry served as Radio Board Chair, NABPAC Chair, and was eventually twice elected Joint Board Chairman.
Justin Sasso has served as president and CEO of the Colorado Broadcasters Association since 2011. Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, causing a multitude of questions to arise surrounding broadcasters and federal and even state law. Sasso spent 25 years in radio broadcasting, working for multiple broadcast groups along Colorado’s Front Range. Prior to his current position, he was a CBA board member for over five years while operating his Northern Colorado radio station.
Bill Velez, executive director of the Radio Music License Committee, is an industry veteran of 46 years. His career has come full circle; his first job out of college was working as a radio licensing executive for ASCAP, and, prior to joining the RMLC, his career was distinguished by his having been employed by all three performance right organizations in the U.S., most recently as president/COO of SESAC.