Godfrey, who served as one of RTNDA’s final elected presidents in 1984, died June 18 in Louisville, Ky., several months after being injured in a fall. He was 88. Godfrey’s legacy includes leadership on a number of pivotal regulatory issues, including, perhaps most notably, the effort to abolish the Fairness Doctrine.
Last week at the Promax Station Summit in Las Vegas, another Battle of the Promo Superstars took place. Four TV station creative services departments were given the same special report investigative story. Each department had 48 hours to turn around a 30-second promo with shorter versions, including one for social media. Check them out.
It can be a tough time to be in news – or a great time, depending on how you look at it. Press freedom is increasingly under attack, government is less transparent and large sectors of the news media industry are suffering financially. But local radio and television news directors are optimistic about the future of local broadcast news – not because they’re facing no obstacles, but because they’re seeing them as opportunities.