2018 OAB Conventions & Seminars

Thursday & Friday

April 19–20

Mark your planner for the 2018 OAB Convention at the beautiful and exciting River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, April 19-20! We have put together a great line-up of sessions and speakers, and look forward to seeing old friends and new faces.

Rooms at the River Sprit are $119 for single or double.
We have a limited number of rooms, so book your room today!

Our Thanks to Our Convention Sponsors

Bank of Oklahoma

The Chickasaw Nation

Griffin Communications

Media Services Group


OGE Energy Corp

Oklahoma Natural Gas

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Regional Reps Corp.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Today!

Call the River Spirit at (888) 748-3731 or book online before March 19.

Be sure to ask for the OAB group rate: $119 for Single or Double.

Rooms at this rate are limited.



March 19


April 6


April 6


April 13

Make Plans to Visit Our Exhibitors

Exhibit space is available for Friday, April 20

As we begin the process of planning our 2018 Convention, we want to thank our returning exhibitors for your participation last year. We had excellent feedback from our members about the convention, and our Exhibitors play an important role in the success of our event. Whether you are a returning exhibitor or a first-timer, I hope you will consent to be with us for our 2018 Annual Convention.

Exhibits will be featured on Friday, April 20, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Our annual Engineering Conference will also be held that day, as well as regular sessions attended by radio and television management, production, news, and sales personnel. Exhibitors are also invited to attend our annual SBE/Exhibitor Breakfast and annual OAB/SBE Membership Luncheon. Your booth fee includes a ticket to both events. Below is an Exhibit Space Reservation form for exhibit booths. Please complete the Reservation form and mail, fax, or e-mail it to our office. To secure your space, please return the reservation form as soon as possible. Confirmed exhibitors will select their booth locations on a first-come basis.

See you at Convention 2018!

2018 Schedule and Session Information

Thursday, April 19

8:00 am

Registration Opens


OAB/OBEA Student Day Career Fair


Student Appreciation Luncheon & Awards Ceremony




Neil Rock, The Neil Rock Group

Where will you be and what will you be doing in three weeks? One year? Five years? Do you have specific goals for key areas of your life and a plan in place to achieve them? What principle did billionaire Bill Gates, self-made financial expert Suze Orman, and NBA all-star Kyrie Irving use to achieve incredible personal, financial, and career success? International Executive Coach and Author Neil Rock, The Neil Rock Group, will share three principles used by successful people around the world. It’s simple and it works! Recommended for all Broadcast Professionals.



“The Fight Against Fake News”

Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute

Please read this sentence carefully: Fake News is Real. OAB favorite Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute, will explain who is behind this and why they produce it. You will learn how to spot it, expose it, and inoculate your newsroom against getting caught up in the Fake News Nonsense. You will learn how trolls alter HTML coding and in 30 seconds can change and post a fake headline that looks very real. This issue is a very real and present danger that needs your attention. Recommended for all News Personnel and General Managers.



Legal & Regulatory Q&A

David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

OAB's Legal Counsel and Man in Washington David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, will answer all your questions and help you navigate the rough waters of regulation and compliance. Recommended for all Managers and EEO Compliance Officers.


Welcome Reception, Dinner, and Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Eat, drink, and bluff! We provide the chips, you bring the luck.

Have a date with Lady Luck at our Welcome Dinner Poker Tournament! We'll supply the chips, you bring the poker face.

Friday, April 20


Registration & Continental Breakfast


Exhibits Open



“What Every Journalist Should Know About Guns”

Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute

In Oklahoma, journalists must be able to report and talk about guns and ammo, and a surprising number cannot. After mass shootings in Las Vegas, Texas, and beyond, this topic of gun control is once again center stage for the Midterm elections in 2018. The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins will describe the phrases and words that journalists most often get wrong when reporting on guns. You will learn the difference between calibers and gauges, what is legal and what is not legal, and the difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Arm yourself with Credibility. Recommended for All News Personnel.



“Dare To Be Different: 3 Keys to Goal-Setting Success”

Jan Spence, Jan Spence & Associates

Research shows that only 4% of people meet their goals each year. The issue may be that using an old traditional approach to goal-setting often leads to mounting frustration and undue stress. In this interactive, high energy session, Jan Spence, Jan Spence & Associates, will provide participants with a fresh innovative perspective on how to develop a game plan and maintain momentum to achieve their goals and objectives. Recommended for all Sellers, Managers, and Administrators.


SBE & Exhibitor Breakfast


TV Engineers

SBE Engineering Conference

This year’s program will have numerous sessions, including (1) How to prepare for “Over-The-Top” television, (2) Applications of “Next Generation TV”, (3) Radio technology in the car, (4) Video streaming applications for radio sports broadcasts, (5) Alternative Inspection options for stations, and (6) Best Practices on how the television “REPACK” will affect your television station. Recommended for all IT and Engineers plus Broadcast Managers.



“Radio 20/20: How To Thrive in the New Media Landscape”

Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media

As technology rolls through the audio industry, radio has some significant challenges but even more opportunities. Jacobs Media’s Fred Jacobs will frame where radio is now and how it will evolve in the next two years (2020). We have a “head start” but we cannot squander the opportunities we have. This session will frame the landscape and give specific ways to better the radio experience. Recommended for All Advocates of Radio and All Radio Enthusiasts.




Mark Levy, Revenue Development Resources

You have to kiss a bunch of frogs to find a prince, and it's the same thing with prospecting. Mark Levy, Revenue Development Resources, will help you develop an effective prospecting strategy that melds tried and true sources with new prospecting sources, including Social Media, Google AdWords and more, so you will spend more time with prospects instead of suspects. The ultimate question is: “Does the internet help or hurt our prospecting efforts?" Recommended for Any and All Sellers of Advertising.



“The Mega-Power of Television Advertising
With Your Station’s Digital Content”

Brad Seitter, TVB

As more marketing solutions look to incorporate a digital component, television stations have the best opportunity available. The Power of your station's advertisements incorporate into your digital platforms. “Make one plus one equal three” and offer the very best video solution. TVB Executive VP Brad Seitter has developed a custom-built presentation that will propel both your over-the-air and digital components and make you a difference-maker. A must-attend for all Television Sellers and Managers.


OAB Membership Luncheon



“Management vs. Leadership:
The Differences and How To Be Good at Both”

Mark Levy, Revenue Development Resources

The two words are used interchangeably, but they are not the same. RDR’s Mark Levy will look at the differences, why we need to be good at both, and spend time on “Boss Behavior” that drives your team to excellence….and some that drives them right over the edge! This session is recommended for every person in every department who has others reporting to them, as well as anyone being groomed to be in a supervisory role.



Washington Update: Regulatory & Legal Review

David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Given the dynamics of a regulated industry, it is always best to have the latest information on the politics of Washington DC and the rulings at the FCC. OAB attorney David Oxenford has the unique ability to keep you posted on what you need to know and does it in a very understandable manner. Hear and see the latest issues that could affect your business and your license. Recommended for all Managers and HR Personnel.



“Enhanced Live Sports Broadcasting, Part 1:
How To Monetize Radio Plus Video”

Randy Laffoon, Sportstalk 1400 KREF

Part 1: How to Monetize Radio Plus Video—Randy Laffoon from KREF in Norman will describe how to not only secure but retain sports broadcasts in your market. Changing technology will necessitate adding video streaming to your already successful radio broadcasts. Recommended for General Managers and Sales Managers.



“Enhanced Live Sports Broadcasting, Part 2:
Technical How-To for Adding State-of-the-Art
Video To Your Radio Sports Broadcasts”

Bill Countryman, Keystone Broadcasting

Part 2: Technical How-To for Adding State-of-the-Art Video To Your Sports Broadcasts—As the digital world enhances broadcasting, learn how you can professionally and economically video stream your radio sports broadcasts and deliver the WOW FACTOR high schools are looking for. Bill Countryman of Keystone Broadcasting in Ardmore will show you the software and equipment that make this an incredible experience for your audience. Bill will share techniques, “Best Practices,” and the equipment you will need to make this a Win-Win opportunity. Don’t miss out on how to retain your market dominance and provide great revenue potential for a main-stay for most all radio stations in Oklahoma. Recommended for Engineers and Operations Managers.


Annual Membership Meeting


OAB Outstanding Achievement Awards Reception & Banquet

See and hear Oklahoma’s finest broadcast work of 2017.


After-Dinner Reception