The National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations represents the leaders of the 50 state broadcast associations, the core of the NAB's grassroots program. Members of NASBA enjoy one-on-one relationships with their House and Senate members, and Congressional staff members count on NASBA's insight and opinions as legislation is being considered.

NASBA has played an integral and important part in shaping the debate on issues surrounding the 1996 Telecom Act, the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act and low-power FM service. Most recently, NASBA has played an important role in repelling the push for mandatory free air time, and it has also been instrumental in assisting the NAB in our bi-annual community service survey.

NASBA is governed by a 5-member Executive Board and a part-time staff.

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Guard’s Return Helps Restore Essential Member Services.

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The history of what’s known as Non Commercial Sustaining Announcements (NCSA) dates back at least 25 years. Used by virtually all of the state broadcaster associations, they fund services provided to member radio and television stations. Also known as a Public Education Partnership, the spots are, in essence, public service announcements, meaning they’re not subject to rules that govern commercials.

For many state associations that operate with little or no other NCSA programs, the Army National Guard’s return to radio and television is significant. And the Guard isn’t the only entity that does NCSA programs with state broadcasters. Many associations have such arrangements with multiple entities to ensure their fiscal health. The Oklahoma State Broadcasters Association, for instance, has five other such programs, including the state’s Department Of Human Services, Department Of Health, Insurance Department and other state agencies.