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NFCB is coming to the end of a successful 2019 that featured a national conference, continued work on a major community radio support initiative and webinars focused on fundraising, underwriting and many more topics. But 2020 is shaping up to be even better.
NFCB membership has empowered community radio stations through a range of services, including grant and resource education, webinars and substantial discounts for mission critical needs at stations. In addition, member support has put NFCB at the table of important conversations impacting community media. Members together strengthen NFCB’s effectiveness in communicating the value of what we do to policy makers and to the public at large.
Community radio stations that continue to support NFCB by maintaining their memberships, as well as stations joining NFCB before the end of the year, will be in the loop for some big 2020 announcements.

What exactly is in store for community radio in 2020?

  • In January, member stations can join community radio colleagues and some of noncommercial media’s best attorneys for an important training webinar on political broadcast rules and the 2020 election. Politics in the country is more prominent than ever, and your station will need to be aware of the latest regulations related to what your station can and cannot feature on the air. What are the rules for inviting candidates to be interviewed? Can you play music against President Donald Trump during primary season? Get your questions answered in the first webinar of the year, exclusively for NFCB member stations.
  • Be the first in the know for NFCB’s 2020 Community Media Digital Engagement Clinic, a multi-day seminar aimed at helping community radio station volunteers and staff — at the lowest cost possible — to get trained by some of the best educators around about all aspects of digital platforms for community media. From writing for online audiences to video production to engaging new connections in an organized, intentional and programmatic fashion, NFCB will equip your station and its producers with all the skills needed not only to create innovative digital content at little cost, but also to think through the strategic objectives your station may have for the digital space.
  • Get the first glimpse of dates and location for NFCB’s 2021 Community Media Conference. The Community Media Conference is the United States’ oldest and largest gathering of community radio stations. For more than 40 years, stations large and small, from coast to coast and beyond, have come to NFCB’s conference for leading edge conversations on station growth, equity, capacity building and much more. Following the most recent national conference, NFCB has been reviewing your feedback and ideas. The upcoming national convergence of community media activists, organizers, producers and leaders promises to be our biggest and best yet.
  • full agenda of webinar trainings, including sessions on underwriting scripting, music reporting and good governance; new materials on planned giving, community radio podcasting and more; and a weekly update on grant and fellowship opportunities for stations, regulatory updates and access to the latest news and trends affecting stations.

NFCB wants to thank you for your continued engagement with our organization — your organization — built over decades through the efforts of people like you. Membership powers NFCB, and new and renewing members together show what community radio can truly be.

With vibrant programs and many surprises planned for 2020, please show your continued support for community media by renewing your station’s membership or by becoming a member today. Current members have already received renewal notices. Stations not currently members can get membership information here.