NASB Elects New
Shortwave Listener Survey
2011 NASB Annual Meeting
will be in Miami and the Bahamas
Glen Tapley of NASB member
station WEWN in Birmingham, Alabama
was elected the new vice president of the National Association of Shortwave
Broadcasters at the 2010 NASB annual meeting in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 21. Shortwave station WEWN is part of the EWTN
Jeff White of member station WRMI in Miami, Florida
was re-elected as NASB president. Dan Elyea of member station WYFR in Okeechobee, Florida
was re-elected secretary-treasurer, and Thais White of WRMI was re-elected
assistant secretary-treasurer. Glen Tapley of WEWN and Adrian Peterson of Adventist World
Radio were elected to new three-year terms on the NASB board of
directors. The other current board
members are Bill Damick of Trans World Radio, Brady
Murray of WWCR and Jeff White of WRMI.
Board member and former vice president Mike Adams of the Far East
Broadcasting Company (FEBC) resigned his position due to increasing demands
on his time due to his involvement in humanitarian relief work and disaster
response projects. The board appointed
David Creel of FEBC to fill Mike's NASB board position for the remaining one
year of his term.
The sponsor and host of the 2010 NASB annual meeting and
the concurrent DRM USA
annual meeting was Galcom International, which is
based on Hamilton, Ontario.
Galcom has been an associate member of NASB
for a number of years. Galcom founder Allan McGuirl,
his son Al Jr. and new Executive Director Tim Whitehead participated in the entire
two days of meetings, which were largely organized by Galcom's
Jennifer Smith. Other Galcom personnel, including David Casement, also took
On May 20, the two days of meetings began with a group
tour of Crossroads Communications in Burlington,
Ontario, a Christian television
network. The group participated in a
live syndicated television show called “100 Huntley Street,” which airs
throughout Canada and the United States
on a number of stations, networks and cable and satellite channels. The program included a segment about Galcom International.
The next stop was a tour of Galcom's
factory in Hamilton
where volunteers assemble hundreds of thousands of small fix-tuned,
solar-powered radio receivers set to a variety of AM, FM and shortwave frequencies
of stations that broadcast Christian programming in various parts of the
world. Each participant was able to
program and assemble his or her own radio to the frequency(ies) of his choice, after which they were able to enjoy a
barbecue lunch at the Galcom factory.
On the afternoon of May 20, the group assembled at Mohawk College
in Hamilton for a three-hour DRM USA meeting moderated by Charlie Jacobson of
HCJB's Global Technology
Center in Elkhart, Indiana,
which hosted the annual meetings three years ago. Charlie presented a PowerPoint from Adil Mina of Continental Electronics about the recent DRM
Consortium meeting in Amsterdam
in March and the current status of DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale)
worldwide. There was a brief update on
the Digital Aurora Radio Technologies (DART) DRM project in Alaska, and John Wineman
of HCJB talked about the DRM Diversity Receiver project for tropical band STL
use. Charlie Jacobson reviewed some of
the DRM receivers that are currently available and in development, and there
was a discussion of future activities of the DRM USA group.
Following the DRM USA meeting, the group went on the road
again in the late afternoon and evening for a dinner at the Old Stone Inn in Niagara Falls, Ontario,
which was founded as a flour mill in 1904.
Dinner featured such items as Angus prime rib, eggplant parmesan, New York
style cheesecake and apple blossom.
But the big event of the evening was an opportunity to view
world-famous Niagara Falls, which consists of
the American Falls and the horseshoe-shaped Canadian Falls which mark the
border between the United States
Friday, May 21 was the official NASB annual meeting, which
took place back at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Meeting attendance was only about 40
percent of the usual annual attendance of 50-60 persons due to the economic
crisis that is affecting member stations and associate member companies and
organizations. Many regular attendees
reported that their travel, advertising and promotion budgets had been cut due
to the crisis, but most expected the situation to begin improving in the
coming months and indicated that they plan to attend next year's NASB annual
The first talk on Friday morning was by Steve Canney of the Ontario DX Association. Steve was one of the founders of the ODXA
in 1974, and he has been very active in the ODXA's publications and meetings
over the years, including some ANARC (Association of North American Radio
Clubs) conventions which it sponsored and some local DX camps in Ontario. The club still exists today, but it has no
printed publication, preferring to concentrate material on its website, www.odxa.on.ca which is freely accessible to
Unfortunately, neither the CBC nor Radio Canada International
nor the CBC North shortwave service attended NASB's first annual meeting in Canada. But Toronto's
shortwave station CFRX was represented.
Steve Canney, on behalf of the ODXA, has
been acting as the station's QSL verifier for many years now. The one-kilowatt shortwave transmitter on
6070 kHz relays commercial mediumwave station CFRB
24 hours per day.
Glen Tapley of WEWN offered
meeting participants a PowerPoint of his station, which was founded by the
charismatic Mother Angelica. WEWN has
become a multi-transmitter 500-kilowatt (currently operating at 250
kilowatts) powerhouse station transmitting Catholic radio programming to
shortwave audiences throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa
and other parts of the world. The
station relies on Sirius, XM Radio and Internet webcasting to reach North America.
Glenn's presentation included photos of the transmitters, antennas and
other technical installations, as well as shots of the beautiful mountain-top
location of the transmitter site in Alabama.
The 2010 annual meeting took place as long-time attendee
John White of Thomson Broadcast and Multimedia was set to retire. The NASB presented him with a plaque in
honor of his many contributions to the NASB over the years. Thomson builds shortwave transmitters and
other radio and television broadcast equipment at its plant in Switzerland. Thanks to John White's efforts, Thomson and
the NASB will be co-sponsoring the HFCC/ASBU B10 shortwave frequency
coordination conference in Zurich,
this August 2-6.
The next speaker was Dr, Jerry
Plummer of NASB member station WWCR in Nashville,
Tennessee. Jerry presented a very timely slideshow of
images of the recent floods in Nashville
and how they affected WWCR. The station's
antenna farm, which was one stop on a tour during last year's NASB annual meeting, was up to 18 feet under water. The power was out and the station's four
100-kilowatt shortwave transmitters, as well as its mediumwave
transmitter, were off the air for at least three days. Jerry showed pictures of WWCR staff members
surveying the flood damage in boats in the middle of their antenna field.
Jerry also unveiled the new NASB Shortwave Listener
Survey, which is now online. The
purpose of the survey is to gather demographic and other information about
shortwave listeners in North America and
around the world. Questions deal with
listener preferences regarding shortwave stations, programming, receivers,
DRM and much more. The NASB is
requesting and encouraging all shortwave publications and websites to place a
link to the survey, which will be online until May of 2011. The survey results will be announced to the
public at the 2011 NASB annual meeting.
The URL for links to the survey is:
Dr. Adrian Peterson, international relations coordinator
of Adventist World Radio, rounded up the Friday morning session with a
presentation entitled “Canadian Radio Panorama,” featuring photos of QSL and
other radio cards of Canadian stations – especially shortwave – since
1901. Adrian, who produces the weekly
DX program “Wavescan,” has an extensive collection
of cards from Canadian governmental, commercial and religious stations, as
well as amateur and experimental stations over the years. A review of his Canadian collection is
indeed a trip through Canadian radio history from the beginning through
After lunch was the NASB annual business meeting. Member stations in attendance with personal
representatives or proxies were Adventist World Radio, Far East Broadcasting
Company, Radio Miami International, Trans World Radio, World Christian
Broadcasting, WEWN, WWCR and WYFR.
Associate members Galcom International,
HCJB, Thomson Broadcast and Multimedia, and VT Communications were also
Among the decisions made at the business meeting was the
location of next year's annual meeting.
It will be organized by Radio Miami International and will take place
May 13-16, 2011 onboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship
which sails from Miami to Nassau
and CocoCay in the Bahamas. Delegates concluded that it would be less
expensive to hold the meeting on the ship than at a hotel in Miami.
The cost for the three-night cruise will be $299.00 plus $66.41 in
taxes, per person in a double occupancy inside cabin. This price includes all meals,
accommodation, transportation and entertainment. The ship has a dedicated conference center
where the NASB and DRM USA
meetings will be held, and Royal Caribbean will provide the meeting rooms and
audiovisual equipment free of charge.
More details are available by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will soon appear on
the NASB website, www.shortwave.org.
The NASB membership also approved the sponsorship by NASB
of the wireless Internet system in the meeting rooms at the HFCC/ASBU B10
Conference in Zurich, Switzerland in August. Other topics of discussion were possible
improvements to the NASB website and publicity for the new NASB shortwave
Adventist World Radio
Assemblies of Yahweh
EWTN Shortwave Radio (WEWN)
Family Stations Inc.
Far East Broadcasting Co.
de Restauracion Broadcasting, Inc.
Le Sea Broadcasting Corp.
Radio Miami International
Trans World Radio
World Christian Broadcasting
World Wide Christian Radio