New Mexico Broadcasters Association serves to promote cooperation and understanding among broadcasters, both radio and television, as well as among businesses and other organizations associated with the broadcast industry, in the service of the communities throughout the Land of Enchantment.
The New Mexico Broadcasters Association (NMBA) is a not-for-profit corporation chartered by the State of New Mexico in 1951. It membership includes radio and television stations, as well as other community members with a stake in broadcasting. During its long history, the NMBA has helped and encouraged the development of the art of broadcasting by standardizing customs and practices which are in the best interests of the public and the broadcasting industry. The Association's key responsibilities include assisting its members with general and broadcast-specific business challenges through educational seminars, legal hotlines, grassroots lobbying (in-state and on Capitol Hill), and additional opportunities to receive industry specific assistance, locate helpful resources, and network with fellow broadcasters.
The NMBA also aims to promote broadcasting as a viable and exciting career choice by offering annual scholarships and maintaining an online database of available jobs for individuals searching for a career in radio or television, as well as the opportunity to post a resume online.
Committed to public service, the NMBA works closely with the many departments within the state government as well as the Governor's Office, the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, and the New Mexico Army National Guard and US Coast Guard to help disseminate valuable information to the public.
The NMBA is governed by a 5-member Executive Board of Directors, and is managed by a full-time President/CEO and support staff. The NMBA staff maintains the associationís website, records of self-inspection and other FCC accounting; coordinates job fairs, media workshops and its annual convention and awards banquet; and disseminates vital information to broadcasters through its weekly publications.
Executive Committee 2016-2018
|Chuck Hammond||iHeart Media||Albuquerque|
|Bill Kruger||American General Media||Albuquerque|
|Mary Ann Armijo||iHeart Media (Gallup)||Gallup|
|Matt Martinez||SDC Broadcasting||Las Vegas|
|Mary Lynn Roper||Hearst Television||Albuquerque|
Board of Directors
|Jeff Berry||Cumulus Media||Albuquerque|
|Bill Burt||Burt Broadcasting, Inc.||Alamogordo|
|Harry Harlan||Noalmark Broadcasting||Hobbs|
|Sabrina Pack||Skywest Media||Silver City|
|Michael Smith||Bravo Mic Communications||Las Cruces|
|Gillian Sutton||KRSN Community Radio||Los Alamos|
|Estevan Gonzales||La Voz||Santa Fe|
|Charlie Blanco||Hubbard Broadcasting (Roswell)||Roswell|
|Bill Anderson||NexStar Media||Albuquerque|
|Mike Burgess||Hubbard Broadcasting||Albuquerque|
|Gene Dow||Pecos Valley Broadcasting||Artesia|
Paula Maes, President and CEO
Paula Maes has been in broadcasting for the past 30 years beginning her career at KOB-FM while attending the University of New Mexico. After graduating from UNM, Maes joined KOAT-TV as a researcher for the News Department. She then became a producer for the 6PM and 10PM newscast. In 1981 she joined KOB-TV as Public Affairs Director. During this time Maes won an "EMMY" for her work on a project dealing with child sexual abuse, "When Touching Is a Crime". Paula later became Creative Services Director for KOB-TV.
After leaving KOB-TV Paula opened an advertising and public relations agency - Maes, Beimer and Dahl. In 1996, Paula joined the NMBA as Executive Director. Paula has also served as a member of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board.
Paula is the proud mother of Michael, Evan, Joshua and Christopher; and is the doting grandmother of Phoenix.
Suzan Strong, DATA AND Communications Specialist
Suzan Strong has been with the NMBA as a web developer for over 10 years creating and maintaining member services you'll find in the Member section of our website as well as our news distribution service. In addition, Suzan works with the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations to maintain and develop their digital presence and the national broadcasters jobs board at CareerPage.org.
As a communications specialist, Suzan's experience with web-based communications strategies adds an important aspect to our growing digital strategies.
Suzan is married to Greg Wickstrom, a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Labs, and has two kids: Zac is a coder in San Francisco and Madie is designer at UNM's School of Architecture.
Susan Wrons, Foundation Director
As an event planner and grant coordinator, Susan Wrons complements our office staff with her organizational skills. Susan manages our convention and the "Links for Education" Golf Tournament, as well as the annual Legislative dinner. In addition, Susan also serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant for the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations where she coordinates NASBA's bi-annual meetings, maintains relationships with the NAB and state executives of broadcasters associations across the country.
As a registered nurse, Susan also keeps our office staff exercising for a healthier lifestyle! Susan is married to energy engineer Ralph Wrons and has three children - Leah, Evan and Joey.
Maryann Morton, Resources Director
MaryAnn Morton is an "old hand" at radio and TV broadcasting. After working for many years on the broadcasting side of the industry in traffic, sales and as on-air talent in El Paso, Maryann comes to the NMBA most recently from the client side, having worked with Mellekas Advertising and Galles Cheverolet for over 25 years. Maryann's experience with advertising makes her a perfect fit for our Broadcast Resources that offers a buying service that benefits the Broadcasters' Foundation (NMBF) and brings advertising opportunities to our stations across the state. MaryAnn also coordinates our PEP program that connects meaningful community projects with broadcast stations across New Mexico.
Maryann loves camping, kayaking, and her kitty. She also has two daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren.
Mike Langner, NMBA Engineer
Mike Langner developed his interest in broadcast engineering when he took his parent’s alarm clock apart with a hammer at age 6. Later as a teen-ager, he would go on to fill his parents garage with highly explosive rocket fuel, jam a few neighbors TV sets with his ham radio, and chase FM and shortwave radio pirates in New Mexico on his way to pursuing a storied career in broadcast station engineering, management and ownership spanning nearly 50 years.
After a lifetime of advertising sales, electric shocks, wooing ad agencies, tower climbing, and loving every minute in our broadcast industry, Mike is in “active retirement” serving a number of New Mexico non-profits as a volunteer and serving as the NMBA’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program engineer while providing answers to technical questions for NMBA members throughout the state.
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