Please note schedules may be subject to changes and/or cancellations. Check in at the registration desk with questions about the status of any particular guest or session.
Member Attorney, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Karyn Ablin is a Member at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, a D.C.-area firm concentrating on communications, technology, and intellectual property issues. She has devoted much of her 22 years of experience to litigating music licensing and other copyright issues before the Copyright Royalty Judges, the ASCAP Rate Court, and federal courts. Karyn represented both the National Association of Broadcasters and the National Religious Broadcasters Noncommercial Music License Committee in the most recent webcasting proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Judges to set sound recording performance rates for 2016-2020. Karyn also helps webcasters, broadcasters, and other clients negotiate music licenses with ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC and helps clients navigate thorny music licensing and other copyright issues, including issues involving Global Music Rights. Karyn graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia School of Law and served as Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review.
Karyn will present on the panels: “Hot Copyright Issues for Colleges Navigating the World of Online Content” and “Legally Play Music and Pay Artists/Composers on your Radio Station: Webcasting and More.”
Co-Founder, Modern Outsider Records + Management
Chip Adams co-founded the Austin-based record label Modern Outsider in 2010. In 1999 he launched his career as a radio DJ on the AAA station KKMR/Dallas. In NYC, Chip worked at the Cornerstone Agency, handling radio promotion and editing the music website The Tripwire. Chip worked radio for artists such as Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz. At The Tripwire he coordinated features with Henry Rollins and industry icon Tony Wilson. Next he worked radio and marketing for the Dangerbird Records, including the Grammy nominated album Swoon from Silversun Pickups. Chip is also on the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy. Modern Outsider’s roster includes Hard Proof, Walker Lukens, Mirror Travel, Moving Panoramas, Tristen and more.
Chip will present on the panel “Charting Post-CMJ.”
Director/ Branding and Programming, Cox Media
Roger Allen has served Cox Media Group for nearly 20 years as the Director of Branding and Programming for KONO-AM/FM and KKYX-AM/FM. He is an on-air personality and Program Director of the Marconi Award Winning Classic Hits Station of the Year, KONO 1011 in San Antonio. Roger has also been honored by Radio Ink in their feature, Best Program Directors in Radio.
Roger will have lunch with participants in the MusicMaster sessions.
Senior Agent, Gotham Artists
Ben was born at a very young age in Newport Beach, California. After graduating from Cate School in Santa Barbara, he headed east to Tufts University where he received his BA in English and Music. Days after his graduation in May of 2011, Ben moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue his passion for music and entertainment. Gotham Artists is a leading speakers bureau and talent agency that represents the highest caliber entertainers in the world. The company works with corporate executives, celebrities, entertainment properties, and other top-tier clients to educate audiences on different industries. Gotham also offers an array of additional services including comedy representation, strategic marketing and branded entertainment. The company is headquartered in New York, with affiliates in Los Angeles.
Ben will present on the panel “Hit or Headache — Keys to Executing a Festival.”
Meteorologist, KSAT 12
Kaiti Blake is a child weather-geek-turned-meteorologist, born and raised just outside of Houston. She grew up hearing a lot about hurricanes and watching the movie “Twister” over and over! Her parents even enrolled her in weather camp when she was in middle school. After high school, Kaiti began her undergraduate career at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in geosciences with a concentration in geophysics and a minor in atmospheric science in May of 2014. Kaiti also attended Mississippi State University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Meteorology in May of 2016. Kaiti is ecstatic to be in San Antonio after working at WJTV 12 in Jackson, Mississippi and at KTAB in Abilene.
Senior Lecturer, Texas State University
Dale Blasingame is a social journalism professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He is part of the SJMC Digital Media faculty, and he teaches courses that introduce students to different aspects of how technology is changing journalism and media. Some of his classes include Advanced Social Media and Analytics; Drone Journalism; Web Design and Publishing; Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media; Mobile Storytelling in the Park and Digital Entrepreneurship. Before his time at Texas State, Dale worked in news for ten years. He won two Lone Star Emmy awards during his time in TV. In his free time, Dale is an avid hiker and traveler. He recently visited all 95 state parks in one year and wrote for each issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine in 2016.
Dale will co-present “Drones on Campus.”
Rogelio Zamora Chavez
Owner/Founder, Rogy Productions
Rogelio Zamora Chavez, raised in Brownsville, Texas, attended Porter High School, where he was enrolled in the Media Technology Program. After learning about news production and film-making, he established his Production Company “Rogy Productions” shortly after graduating high school. Since then, Roger has been involved in various “city revitalization” projects in both Brownsville and San Antonio. Roger has directed and produced Documentaries, Short Films, Commercials, PSA’s, and even Reality Shows. Roger has also won several film festivals, locally and internationally, and has worked on “Lone Star Emmy” and “Telly” Award winning videos. Roger is proud to say he lives his dream, writing stories every day through the lens of a camera.
Rogelio will present on “Making Professional Videos for Your Clients.”
Music and Media Director, URBAN-15
George Cisneros, electronic artist and composer, explores an artistic language combining performance, interactive technology and community work. His works range from orchestral music pieces to sound sculptures and installations that employ electronic devices, video and computer graphics and he has made presentations throughout the U.S., Mexico and South America.
Cisneros maintains a multimedia production studio, VuTURE ARTS, and serves as the Music and Media Director at URBAN-15, co-founding the Josiah Media Festival in 2007, a film festival dedicated to works by media artists 21 years old or younger.
Cisneros has a BA in Music from the University of Houston and Masters in Music Composition from Ohio State University, and is a 1981 NEA Fellowship recipient for Conceptual/New Media. He has served on numerous boards and panels including the American Music Center, NEA Music, Media and Opera Panels, Meet the Composer, and Texas Commission on the Arts.
George will present on the panel “Get Your Video Accepted to Film Festivals.”
Owner, CoLab San Antonio
Corey Clark is Founder at CO LAB, a co-working company that caters to creative industries. He has founded two co-working spaces and is passionate about building sustainable shared communities.
Corey will present on the panel “Transforming Media Labs into Incubators.”
Assistant Professor of Communication, Georgia Highlands College
Allen Dutch attended the University of Georgia from 1986 to 1992 and graduated from the Grady School of Journalism with an ABJ and a Masters of Mass Communication. After several years in commercial/event video production, Allen then worked local origination television as a production manager and then station manager for Adelphia Channel 4 in North Georgia with Huitt Rabel and Steven Hames. Allen has taught as an adjunct instructor at Reinhardt University and GNTC. He was asked to join Shorter University faculty full-time in 2004. He served as the faculty advisor for SUB 49 the cable-access television/radio station while at Shorter. Mr. Dutch left Shorter in 2012 to join the faculty of Georgia Highlands College, where he is an Assistant Professor of Communication.
Allen will present on the panel “Analytics, Ethics and Aesthetics of Video in Social Media.”
Marketing Coordinator, Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor
V. Marc Fort is a music business consultant and the marketing coordinator at the Texas Music Office, within the Office of the Governor. Fort has more than 30 years of music experience performing and recording on acoustic and electric bass guitar, violin, drums and singing. Fort has performed in more than 10 bands that have toured with and opened for various musical acts all across North America – and around the world. Fort has worked as a recording artist for various indie labels including Last Beat, Unclean, Redemption and Doghouse Records, as well as major labels such as Scotti Brothers and Hollywood/Mammoth Records (Disney Music Group).
Fort will present as a panelist on “How Government Can Collaborate with College Radio and the Music Industry.”
Chief Meteorologist, KABB Fox San Antonio
Alex Garcia is the Chief Meteorologist for Fox News at Nine. Alex is a multi-disciplined individual with professional experience as an educator and broadcaster. He holds several degrees and certifications, including a B.S. in Education, a Master’s in Education with Certification as an Educational Administrator, and of course, he’s a Broadcast Meteorologist. Alex has taught students of all ages, from elementary school children, to college students at the University of Houston. He’s logged more than two decades of broadcast experience in a long list of roles, including news director, assignment editor, meteorologist and reporter. Alex has received the AMS Seal of Approval and has been the recipient of six Associated Press Awards for Best Weathercast. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association, and the Knights of Columbus.
Director of Platform Services & Development, RadioFX and General Manager of KVCU
RadioFX’s Director of Platform Services & Development is Mikey Goldenberg, a 20 year radio & media veteran with experience in both commercial and non-commercial radio, and who has a wide array of broadcast and digital expertise. He’s currently developing technologies and products at RadioFX that will bring growth and opportunity to college radio charting and underwriting/advertising efforts. Mikey is also General Manager at KVCU/Radio 1190, a non-comm in Boulder Colorado where in 2016 he automated the station’s 30,000+ album library and added an FM signal to the existing 10,000w AM station. He’s also a professor at CU Boulder’s CMCI, teaching audio/podcast production and digital sound editing.
Mikey will present on the panel “Charting Post-CMJ.”
Creative Services Director, Cox Media
Radio was his midnight train going anywhere. It was 1982 and the city limits were tight shoes he’d outgrown. So he invaded a radio station and pestered a receptionist. She called the PD. That wacko gave Ric a break and put him on the radio. That’s when a quiet shy guy, rode a turntable into the airwaves like a drunken surfer. As a radio air personality Ric once said something along these lines. “That’s where I see things just a little differently. Contract or no, I will not bow to any sponsor.” But years later he found he was drawn to power of the dark side of broadcasting. He found he could travel through space faster than in person. Using audio coding compression he projected himself to places like L.A., New York, Australia, New Zealand, and China. All through the power of commercials!
Ric will present on the panel “Making Great Audio Production: Tips to Sound Awesome.”
Reporter, Spur Sports & Entertainment/FOX Sports Southwest
Cayleigh Griffin is a reporter covering the San Antonio Spurs for Spurs Sports & Entertainment. She also works on FOX Sports Southwest broadcasts for the San Antonio Spurs, as well as other Spurs Sports & Entertainment franchise teams. Griffin serves as an in-game and sideline reporter for Austin Spurs games and San Antonio Stars WNBA games.
Cayleigh will present “Breaking into Sports Media.”
Public Information Officer, San Antonio College
Russell has spent most of his career in public relations in San Antonio, his hometown. Before joining San Antonio College PR Office in 2016, he worked at Trinity University’s Communications Office as its Public Information Officer. He also worked at KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV) the NBC affiliate in San Antonio, where he started his television career in the production department as a studio camera operator and sometime technical director. He later moved to the Creative Services Department at the TV station where he was a writer/producer. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Broadcasting & Film from Trinity. He is a member of the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and served on its board for a few years.
Russell will present on the panel “Get the Administration on Your Side: The College Public Affairs Program.”
Assistant News Director, KSAT 12
Chris Henao is the Assistant News Director at KSAT12-TV in San Antonio. Before moving into newsroom management, Chris spent 16 years in the world of investigative journalism as an Executive Producer of Investigations, Investigative Producer, and Investigative Photojournalist. His investigative career has included working at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, KHOU-TV in Houston, and KCTV5-TV in Kansas City. Chris’s work has been honored with numerous national and regional awards, including the duPont-Columbia University, George Foster Peabody, Investigative Reporter & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, Edward R. Murrow, Regional and National Emmy, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, George Polk, Scripps Howard, and the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism’s Honor Medal.
Chris will present on the panel “Bear Traps Everywhere: Navigating in a World of Fake News.”
Digital Journalist, KSAT 12
A graduate from the School of Journalism at Texas State University in San Marcos, Erica Hernandez has been working in the news business for 10 years, and is an Emmy-nominated producer. She started her career in Laredo, TX as a reporter/producer covering federal and district courts. She later moved to Austin to work at the Fox station as a producer, and after two years moved to San Antonio to the station she grew up watching KSAT 12. As a digital journalist Erica covers stories on all platforms (on-air, social, online) and has several popular series on KSAT 12 including a food segment called Flavor Favs and a Haunting in South Texas.
Erica will participate in the panel “Radio/TV/Multimedia Show and Tell.”
News Reporter, KENS 5TV
Marvin Hurst never thought his childhood fascination with television would evolve into a career in broadcast journalism. It did! He was bitten by the news bug while earning a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications at Grambling State University, focusing on broadcasting, newspaper and public relations. Marvin started his television career at KALB-TV in Alexandria, Louisiana, as the crime and investigative reporter. He took on that same role at his next station, WBRZ in Baton Rouge, where he was the lead reporter in the hunt for the South Louisiana serial killer. Marvin then served as press director for the new Office of Youth Services under Louisiana’s first female governor, the honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. While in Louisiana, Marvin won several Associated Press awards for general news reporting, investigative reporting and in-depth reporting.
Marvin will present on the panel “Diversity and Media: State of the Profession and Student Media.”
Film Commissioner, San Antonio Film Commission
Krystal Jones leads all San Antonio Film Commission activities to further develop the local film industry as well as promote the city for what it is: a film-friendly destination with a 7.5% local film incentive, a wide-range of diverse locations, no City permit fees, and an average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to her role in San Antonio’s film industry, Krystal also oversees all of the City of San Antonio’s programs to help develop the local music industry. Previous to her film commissioner position, Krystal spent 10 years in marketing and public relations roles in both the private and public sectors and has received multiple awards for her work. She has worked with “American Ninja Warrior” and “The Bachelorette” and multiple shows for networks including The Travel Channel, NBC, CNN and PBS. Krystal earned her masters from Syracuse University and her bachelors from Heidelberg University.
Krystal will present on the panels “Get Your Video Accepted to Film Festivals,” and “How Government Can Collaborate with College Radio and the Music Industry.”
Social Media Coordinator, San Antonio Spurs
Megan Julian graduated from Trinity University in 2013 with a degree in communication. This year marks the start of her fourth season as the Social Media Coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs. Megan is responsible for the day-to-day management of all the Spurs official social media platforms.
Megan will present on the panel “Connecting With Your Audience Through Social Media.”
VP Communications and Marketing, KLRN Public TV
Katrina Kehoe graduated from Old Dominion University and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Communications and Master’s Degree in Public Administration. While in Norfolk, Virginia, she began her career at the ABC-TV affiliate working in marketing, production and creative services. After three years in television, Kehoe was steered into a public relations role in the BioMedical sector at American Red Cross, one of the largest non-profits in the nation. During her seven years of service, she worked as the Communications Specialist, educating the public and promoting the need for blood donations. Kehoe was also at the forefront of media, as she was challenged with handling crisis communications for both the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
Reporter, KENS 5
James Keith joined the KENS 5 team in January 2017. James came to KENS after working as the Chief Communications Officer for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. James has worked on-air and in management for TV stations in San Antonio, Austin and Victoria. He also spent time at Judson ISD as the school district’s communication director. In 2009 and 2008, James was named one of the best reporters in Texas by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. In 2009, he was named a “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Star” by the San Antonio Business Journal. His reporting from New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina helped earn News 8 Austin an Edward R. Murrow award. James was born in San Antonio but grew up in Pearsall and Victoria. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV from Sam Houston State University and his Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University.
James will present on the panel “Getting Your First Job in TV.”
Member Attorney, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC
Daniel Kirkpatrick is a Member at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth in Arlington, Virginia. He represents clients on a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters, focused on radio and television broadcasters, content producers and distributors. Mr. Kirkpatrick represents broadcast and non-broadcast clients in the context of sale, purchase, and financing transactions, and also counsels clients regarding compliance with a broad range of FCC regulations, including broadcast indecency, underwriting, advertising, and other content restrictions, as well as EAS, closed captioning, and EEO regulations. He has assisted numerous radio and television stations with routine and non-routine licensing matters, including antenna structure siting and registration issues. Mr. Kirkpatrick frequently counsels television stations regarding cable and satellite carriage issues, including the negotiation of carriage and distribution agreements on traditional MVPD platforms and OTT services. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the College of William and Mary.
Daniel will present on the panels “What’s Happening in Washington? A Regulatory and Legislative Outlook,” “Ask the FCC Lawyers” and “FCC Regulation of Indecency, Obscenity, and Profanity: From Pacifica to Colbert.”
From the first illegal station he ran from his childhood bedroom, Joe Knapp has enjoyed a long and storied radio career. He began as an engineer building stations from the ground up, including working alongside Scott Shannon to put New York’s legendary Z-100 on the air. Joe went on to work as Chief Engineer and Host at various stations, gaining experience in nearly every department. In 1983, Joe wrote a music scheduling program to replace his station’s unreliable card system. Joe sold the software as MusicScan – and later, MusicMaster. Joe continues to serve as President of his company, which has since expanded internationally. Known for setting the standard in open integration and customization, MusicMaster by thousands of radio stations, including Entercom, CBS Radio, Univision, Cox, SiriusXM, Viacom, MTV, CMT-TV, Music Choice, Saga, Midwest Communications, Scripps, Spanish Broadcasting, and many other great companies in dozens of countries around the world.
Joe will present the MusicMaster Genius Day sessions.
Director of News, WOAI/KABB
Blaise is currently a Regional News Director for Sinclair Broadcast Group. He also serves as Director of News for WOAI/KABB in San Antonio. He currently oversees the news operations for all 7 Sinclair markets in Texas. He was previously News Director at KCTV in Kansas City, and began his career at the ABC affiliate in Lawton, Okla. as a studio cameraman in 1984. Since then, he’s earned numerous awards and acclaim for his work in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Blaise will present on the panel “Diversity and Media: State of the Profession and Student Media.”
Integrated Media Specialist, Cox Media Group
Mary Lanoue-Gers is a veteran Integrated Media Specialist with Cox Media Group in San Antonio. She attended San Antonio College and received her Associates Degree in Radio-TV-Film in 1970. She began her career at KENS-TV while attending college, in the Traffic & Continuity Department and then realized she wanted to try sales and has been doing that ever since. Besides TV and radio, she also spent time in print (SA Light Newspaper) before settling back in to her first love – Radio. She has been at Cox Media for 25 years and her duties not only include selling radio but also digital products and event marketing. She is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Cox Presidents Circle Award and is the Chapter President of the San Antonio Media Alliance (an affiliate of the Alliance for Women in Media) and helped found the Student Chapter at the University of the Incarnate Word. Mary is an avid sports fans, world traveler and animal lover. She and her husband Tom have been married 10 years and have four grandchildren between them.
Mary will present on the panel “Working with Boomers.”
Electronic Engineer, FCC-EB
Johnny Le graduated from UTDallas in 1999 with EE in Telecommunications and in 2004 with an MBA. He worked for Nortel from 1999 to 2008 as Core RF engineer, and joined the FCC in 2008.
Johnny will present on “Surviving an FCC Inspection.”
Mornings and Midday Host, Magic 105.3
Jenny Lee graduated from The University of Wisconsin in Madison where she majored in Communication Arts. While there she served as a DJ, Traffic Director and station manager at WSUM. Between 2010 and 2012, she worked a part-time at a couple of radio stations, including Q106.3 Country in Madison doing weekends. In 2012, she began working at Madison’s #1 Station, Z-104, voice tracking Overnights and working as the Digital Content Director. And then in 2013, Jenny joined Magic 105.3 San Antonio doing afternoons. Within a few months she was bumped up to the morning show. She is currently co-hosting The Adam & Jenny Morning, as well as the Midday show.
Jenny will emcee the 2017 National Student Production Awards presentation.
General Manager, KRTU
JJ Lopez is a radio Disc Jockey and producer based in San Antonio, TX. He has been playing records in nightclubs professionally for over twenty years. In 2007, JJ joined the staff at Trinity University’s Jazz radio station, KRTU 91.7FM as host of the Diggin Deep Soul Shakedown. In 2009, he became lead producer and host of the South Texas Jazz Project, the station’s flagship documentary broadcast highlighting local and regional jazz musicians. In November 2013, JJ took on the role of General Manager.
Currently, he is Communication Arts graduate student at the University of Incarnate Word where he is studying Social Media and Sub-cultures.
JJ will present on the panel “Social Media: How the Pros Do It.”
Don Martin has maintained a private practice in communications and media law since 1983. He represents and advises broadcasters throughout the United States concerning media and broadcast regulatory matters, and related intellectual property issues. In previous lives, Don has been an attorney at NPR, a public radio program director, a public radio general manager, part owner of a commercial radio station, and an importer/distributor of international radio fare. When he takes a break from clients’ projects to come up for air, Don gets another angle on the business from his two sons who are DJs at their college student radio stations.
Senior Communications Specialist, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Working to create compelling stories and advance the university mission, Cavett McCrary is the Sr. Communications Specialist at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In her role, she writes speeches for university administration, composes press releases, drafts a bi-weekly newsletter and oversees all media relations. In addition to her duties as a communications specialist, McCrary also works part-time as an adjunct lecturer teaching public speaking at A&M-San Antonio and at The Art Institute of San Antonio. She believes there is power in speech, and everyone should learn to use the power with tact and eloquence. McCrary is a Texas native, who grew up in San Antonio. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in speech communications and sociology from Houston Baptist University.
McCrary will present on the panel “Get the Administration on Your Side: The College Public Affairs Program.”
Creative Director, WebTegrity
Jason Merrell is a U.S. Army veteran with a passion for creating strategic content and building dynamic WordPress websites. He spent eight years as a public affairs specialist and served as a non-commissioned officer for military intelligence organizations around the world. After finishing his enlistment, he wanted to continue using his skills to build a community, particularly around his passions for web development and marketing. The WordPress community turned out to be the perfect outlet.
Jason will present “Starting With WordPress.”
Talk Show Host, ESPN
A San Antonio radio voice for more than twenty years. He has covered the San Antonio Spurs on a regular basis since the year Tim Duncan was drafted. In addition, Jason has covered the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Longhorns, and Aggies, as well as major sporting events including Super Bowls, NBA All Star games, MLB All Star Games and NCAA Final Fours. Twice Jason has been awarded the San Antonio Express News Readers Choice Award for best local radio personality/team, winning in 2009 and 2011.
Jason will present “Sports Talk Radio.”
Executive Producer, KSAT 12 ABC
Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for 20 years. While she spent most of those years as a newscast producer, she got an early taste of digital journalism as a web producer in the late ‘90s when many TV stations were still trying to figure out what they were supposed to do with their dot coms. In 2000, Julie started working at KSAT in San Antonio. She produced thousands of newscasts until 2014, when she was promoted to executive producer. In 2015, she switched from focusing on TV news to focusing on KSAT’s digital product as she transitioned to the role of EP over social media. Now she spends her day browsing the web and looking at Facebook (and writing for KSAT.com). Julie graduated from Brigham Young University in their well-respected broadcast news program. She is married and has three teenage step-daughters and a 1-year-old (adorable) son.
Julie will present on the panel “Connecting With Your Audience Through Social Media.”
Founder, The Social Butterfly Gal
Christina Jovanna Ochoa is the founder of the event & social media business, The Social Butterfly Gal. Her mission to help local businesses and lifestyle brands strategize and generate a buzz online. Christina has landed various clients from San Antonio and all over the country. She’s helped brands increase their sales through one-to-one social media strategy sessions and strategic events. Christina also regularly partners with Yelp San Antonio for projects and media relations. In addition to her services, she frequently speak at workshops, conferences, and panels. Christina has Bachelors degree in Mass Communication-Electronic Media from Texas State University and has worked in the Public Relations/Digital Media industry for over five years.
Christina will present on the panel “Social Media: How the Pros Do It.”
Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP
David O’Connor is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, a top-ranked communications law firm according to US News-Best Lawyers. He counsels clients on a variety of FCC regulatory issues affecting the broadcast radio and television industry. In this capacity, he helps state broadcast associations, large broadcast groups and small “mom and pop” station owners with day-to-day FCC compliance matters and other FCC issues. He has practiced in Washington, DC for 20 years, and is individually recommended in the Legal 500.
David will participate in the panel “Ask the FCC Lawyers.”
On-Air Personality, 96.7 KISS FM
Hannah Owen, or HannahO, has constantly been driven with passion. She graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Electronic Media. She interned early on and proved her talents to land on one of Austin’s top rated radio stations. After being at iHeart Media for less than three years, she is now Assistant Program Director and On Air Personality for 96.7 KISS FM. Hannah has always been one to be loud and believes that being silent is one of the worst things you can do. She fights for her LGBT community, women, and environmental issues. Hannah is from Austin. She loves discovering music, playing with her wiener dog, and being downtown with friends.
Hannah will present on the panel “LGBTQ Voices in Media.”
J. Martin Ortega
Director of Enrollment, San Antonio College
I have worked for the Alamo Colleges District for 18 years in various Registrar, Admissions, and Enrollment Services roles. I have also served the Alamo Colleges District in the role of an Adjunct Faculty member. It is an amazing privilege to be able to assist students with access to higher education. Once the students are enrolled it is exciting to see them grow and mature into confident and aspiring professionals in various fields. Serving as the Director of Enrollment Services presents unique opportunities for contributing to the educational success of our students while also being responsible for securing the confidentiality of student records.
Martin will present on “FERPA: My Friend Made Campus News … Can I Report It?”
Reporter, Texas Public Radio
Joey Palacios is a reporter for KSTX-FM, in San Antonio, Texas. KSTX is part of Texas Public Radio, which covers a large part of south Texas. His normal beat is covering City Hall.
Joey will present on “Incorporating Social Media in Radio News Reporting.”
Eva Papp hails from Hungary and has lived in the USA for many years. She holds a BA degree from UMass Boston and gained valuable experience in public broadcasting while working at WGBH. As a co-founder she spearheaded the transitioning of Spinitron from a hobby to a prosperous business and has been managing its operation. Today over 200 noncommercial radio stations use Spinitron’s playlist management service. Eva and her partner, Tom Worster have been coaching stations for nearly 10 years.
Eva will present on the panel “Charting Post-CMJ.”
Ursula Pari has been a staple of television news in Texas at KSAT 12 News for more than 22 years and a veteran of broadcast journalism for more than 30 years. The Louisiana native is a 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Journalism, where she earned a bachelor’s degree. Ursula’s career has taken her from her Cajun hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, to Portland, Maine, then back south to Texas, where she has remained happily in the warmth. She is a regular contributor to KSAT 12 and anchors KSAT 12 News at Noon and the News at 5 weekdays.
Ursula will present on the panel “On-Air Presence and Practice.”
Shil K. Patel
Owner, Tiger Bomb Promotion
Shil K. Patel is the owner and head of radio promotion at Tiger Bomb Promotion, a company founded in Athens, Ga. in September 2016. Shil got his start in radio at Radio UTD at the University of Texas at Dallas before moving to Athens to begin working in radio promotion. In its one year existence Tiger Bomb has represented Alice Cooper, Lou Barlow, Buzzcocks, Stef Chura, Allison Crutchfield, Evan Dando, Deerhoof, Destroyer, Elf Power, Helado Negro, Julia Holter, Joan of Arc, Kishi Bashi, The Last Shadow Puppets, Lift To Experience, Minus The Bear, Sam Evian, Scooterbabe, Sneaks, Son Lux, Surfer Blood, Teenage Fanclub, WHY?, Wild Belle and many more!
Shil will present on the panel “Charting Post-CMJ.”
FCC Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program Inspector, Microcom Systems
A radio personality from the age of 10, deejay through the Top 40 era; Texas Radio Hall of Fame under air name Dick Laine. turned broadcast engineer in the 1960s; Served as Chief Engineer and Contract Engineer for dozens of Texas stations; Lecturer at UT Austin College of Communication in the 80s. Now Senior ABIP Inspector for Texas Association of Broadcasters, having inspected hundreds of Texas stations over the past 20 years.
Dick will present on the panel “Can Your FCC Station be Exempt from Inspections?: The Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program.”
Public File Specialist, Microcom Systems
Nancy worked for several Austin area stations and became an expert with Public Files and Ascertainments. She inspects Public Files across Texas with the ABIP program. She will be able to answer questions from the attendees about the needed content current transition of station Public Files to the FCC website.
Dick will present on the panel “Can Your FCC Station be Exempt from Inspections?: The Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program.”
Publicist, JWP Promotions
Jacob Peirce established JWP Promotions in 2016 as a promotions, radio outreach and all around support firm for artists and musicians. In its relatively short time of operation, JWP Promotions has handled services ranging from radio promotion campaigns, in-studio appearances, website management, creation of promotional materials and festival booking for a growing roster of musical talent. Jacob is fortunate to work with artists who make up the large fabric of his musical interests, as well as those he respects and admires. Many of these artists also call Central Texas home and JWP Promotions enjoys spreading the word about local acts and helping them develop their careers.
Jacob will present “How Government Can Collaborate with College Radio and the Music Industry.”
Director, License Management, SoundExchange
Travis Ploeger is the Director of the License Management department, which is responsible for the processing of all submissions from licensees for their uses of sound recordings, including payments, Statements of Account and Reports of Use. As the public face for SoundExchange when interacting with digital music services, his team answers questions and provides information regarding statutory licensing. To date, SoundExchange has paid out in excess of $4.5 billion in royalties to recording artists and rights owners.
Travis will present on the panel “Legally Play Music and Pay Artists/Composers on Your Radio Station: Webcasting and More.”
Multimedia Specialist, Reinhardt University
Huitt Rabel is an accomplished and innovative marketing and communication professional offering strategy, design, development and implementation of marketing campaigns across multimedia platforms. With more than twenty years of award winning multimedia production experience he has had the opportunity to provide support at every level of production. Having worked in both the corporate world and higher education has given him an appreciation for the development and mentoring of student talent in preparation for their career in the fast-changing world of multimedia. This desire to mentor and teach has led him into a role as an instructor in higher education, teaching undergraduate students and adults to help them to gain new skills to remain current in the workforce. This desire to teach is accompanied by a continual desire to learn, and analytics have played an important role in his ongoing research to improve audience engagement on social media.
Huitt will present on the panel “Analytics, Ethics and Aesthetics of Video in Social Media.”
Director, San Antonio Film Festival
Adam Rocha is the founder and Executive Director of SAFILM-San Antonio Film Festival. The 23rd annual Film Festival took place at San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017 and showcased more than 187 indie shorts and narrative features from all over the country and around the world. Under 1,000 films were submitted for 2017 and this film festival director can help you navigate the submission process for film festivals. Adam also teaches cinema arts at the high school and college level and sits on several local and national arts boards.
VP Music and Programming, Edison Research
Sean Ross is VP of music and programming for Edison Research, working with stations around the world and in every format. He is also the author of the Ross On Radio newsletter and a recognized authority on music and programming.
Sean will present on the panel “The Format Landscape 2017: Finding Your Place.”
Mike will present “Play-By-Play 101.”
Assistant City Editor, San Antonio Express
Sandra Santos is a currently an assistant city editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Sandra started in newspapers as a copy editor and has worked at the Beaumont Enterprise, the Austin American-Statesman, where she branched out as page designer, and the Houston Chronicle’s Chron.com. She is a graduate of the University of Houston.
Sandra will present on the panel “Bear Traps Everywhere: Navigating in a World of Fake News.”
Producer, iHeart Radio
Dana Schaeffer is a Producer at KFI-AM 640 and 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, California. Originally from New Jersey, she began her radio career while in college at William Paterson University where she worked at the on-campus radio station, WPSC 88.7FM. In 2012, she interned in New York City for the Scott & Todd Morning Show at 95.5PLJ then made the jump to CBS Radio where she called home for five years. Working at 1010 WINS as a News Producer, she was able to expand her knowledge in editing, producing and news writing, which has led her to California where she produces The Bill Handel Show and JoJo On The Radio.
Dana will present on the panel “Breaking into the Radio Biz 2017.”
Anchor/Reporter, 1010 WINS
Glenn Schuck began his radio career at Seton Hall University’s WSOU as News Director and Station Manager. Schuck began his professional radio career as a DJ for such stations as WJRZ, PST/Trenton, WAAF /Boston and as morning host in California. In 1995 Glenn started anchoring business reports for CNBC. Glenn left CNBC for Metro Networks. Then Glenn joined 1010 WINS as a reporter, and the same month was named News Director for Metro. Glenn left Metro News and added anchor duties to his reporting at 1010 WINS. Glenn was the first radio reporter to inspect Ground Zero with Mayor and contributed to an HBO documentary and two books. Schuck has won many awards for his work from the New York Press Club, AP and NY AIR Awards. He has appeared on CNN, NY1 News, MSNBC and more. Glenn also served as President of the New York Press Club from 2009-2012.
Sara Shields graduated from Texas State University with a masters degree in Digital Media, focusing on new innovative technology and web development. I have created videos, graphics, and original content for schools, businesses, and organizations for several years. I currently teach web design and publishing at Texas State University in the Digital Media sequence.
Sara will present in the session “Drones on Campus.”
Y100 Afternoon Drive/Digital Content, Cox Media Group San Antonio
Brody Simmons is the afternoon host on Y100 100.3 FM and in charge of the digital content for Cox Media Group San Antonio. A native of San Antonio, he got his start in radio as a teenager with appearances on 98.5 The Beat and KTSA 550. Brody was on air at KSYM 90.1 (San Antonio College) while finishing his associates and later started at Cox with KONO 101.1, while finishing his bachelors at UTSA. He’s worked in promotions, production, programming, sales and marketing, and in digital managing social accounts, web properties, and apps. Brody says, “The ability to be versatile in this business is what will help you succeed.” In addition to radio, Brody enjoys DJ’ing for parties and events like The Alamobowl, doing video production and going to concerts. Find him at @BrodyOnAir.
Brody will present on the panel “Breaking into the Radio Biz in 2017.”
Video Editor, KSAT 12
I have been working in the television news industry since October of 1999. I started off at the NBC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas. I began in the production department before becoming a photojournalist. I then began working at the ABC affiliate in September of 2000 and I am about to begin my 18th year of service. I started in the production department before moving into the news department where I became a video editor and also a photojournalist. Technology has advanced so much in the past 17 years. From editing and shooting on beta tape to non-linear editing and capturing video on SD cards. The workflow of news has also changed to where doing more with less is the new norm. Personally, I am continuing my education at the University of Texas at San Antonio pursuing a degree in Global Affairs.
Alex will lead a tour to KSAT studios.
Sports Reporter, CBS KENS 5
Vinnie has been with the CBS affiliate KENS 5 since July 2011. The previous six years before that he led the sports department at KMSB FOX in Tucson Arizona. The first eight years of his career were spent in Lubbock Texas, five with the NBC, his last three with FOX KJTV. Some of his career highlights include calling the television play by play of Bob Knight’s 800th career win, a one on one sit down with Kareem Abdul Jabbar, covering the Giants spoiling the Patriots perfect season at Super Bowl XLII, and last year’s finish in Houston between the Patriots and Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Vinnie has twice covered the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, cover the Florida Gators National Championship victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes, attended the United States Open Golf Tournament, the MLB World Series, and many other amazing experiences around the country.
Mr. Wanzung has over 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry, and he currently leads a passionate team dedicated to providing college radio stations with an innovative and cost conscious mobile platform. Previous to RadioFX, Mr. Wanzung was the Managing Director at PEAK 38 Broadcasting & Marketing where he lead a company that develops, designs, builds and manages internet and mobile radio stations for targeted lifestyle communities that included Kenny Chesney (built Kenny Chesney’s – No Shoes Radio.com from 0 to 300,000 monthly listeners), Kid Rock, Warren Miller Entertainment, The City of Nashville, The UFC, and others.
Retired adviser, Ithaca College
Chris Wheatley has been fascinated by radio since he was a toddler. Following a four year stint in commercial radio, Chris returned to his Alma Mater, Ithaca College, to manage the radio stations in 1985. In 2013, he assumed management duties for Ithaca College Television. In June 2017, Chris retired from Ithaca College after nearly 32 years of service. He has many hobbies, mostly involving things that go fast. He and his wife Claudia enjoy traveling and spending time with Buddy, their goldendoodle.
Chris will participate in the panel “Radio/TV/Multimedia Show and Tell.”
News Anchor, Midwest Communications
After getting a start at the University of Southern Indiana radio station, Christie was hired by the #1 rated station in Evansville, WIKY, as a reporter and anchor. She covers state and local government, elections and breaking news. Christie developed a tight writing approach as all newscasts were just 90 seconds in length.
Christie will present “Writing Professional Newscasts and How to Network as a Student.”
Oscar Zubia, Jr.
Head of Radio Promotion, The Planetary Group
Oscar got his first taste of the college radio world at New Mexico State University’s student-run station, KRUX 91.5FM, when he was invited to guest DJ with a few friends while still in high school. Once he started at NMSU, he started DJing himself and soon after stepped up to the music director position which he held for 2 years. While there he juggled millions of CDs and promotion phone calls, while studying for his bachelor’s degree in tourism and hospitality. After graduation he moved back to his Californian hometown of San Jose, kept in touch with his industry connects, and landed a gig at Planetary Group where he’s been heading up the radio promotion department for the past 7 years. Oscar lives in L.A. with his wife and enjoys TV, beer, baseball, happy hour, resorts, and of course, discovering the latest music.
Oscar will present “Working with a Music Rep at Your Radio Station.”