Who is the JBA?
The Jacksonville Broadcasters Association, Inc. is as much an informal online community as it is a formal organization of past and current broadcasters. Recognizing those who share the experiences and history of Jacksonville broadcasting are spread across the world we use online contact as well as luncheon meetings to keep our community together and active. JBA was incorporated in 2015 as a non-profit Florida corporation.
What do we do?
Throughout the year, luncheon meetings are held at various locations -- usually once each quarter. Current and former broadcasters are invited for a Dutch-treat gathering, whether a member or not. The meetings also feature panel discussions, presentations, and interviews in addition to the socializing that serves as the foundation of the meeting. Meetings are announced on this website as well as through an email notice, newsletter, and, of course, our Facebook page. Would you like to be on the email list to know when the next luncheon is scheduled? Go to Contact Us and subscribe to our email newsletter.
What else do we do?
We are proud of our ongoing Oral History project. Scores of men and women in the Jacksonville area broadcasting have shared their stories with us. Take a look and you are sure to see a familiar face, a former co-worker, or a broadcaster you would like to know more about. Go to Oral Histories and see and hear for yourself.
What does it cost to be a member?
Annual membership is $20. Student membership is $5 and Lifetime membership is $200. Among other things, membership gives you the right to nominate and elect the officers and board directors. Your interest and your participation, however, is what we desire. We expect to develop a number of future projects in our effort to preserve the history of Jacksonville broadcasting or support scholarships or advocate for those issues we feel are important to the preservation and effectiveness of broadcasting. Whether you are a dues-paying member you are always invited to attend our meetings and become involved.
What can you do to help?
To start with you can help us build the best depository of historic photographs and materials to document the history of the industry in our region. To a large degree, much of this material has already been making appearances on our Facebook pages which is fine. We are currently interested in some of the earlier materials to make sure they are not lost or forgotten. When we say materials we mean photographs, audio, video airchecks, promotional materials, etc. We have a technical team who can assist in making conversions and copies.
You can go to our Contact Us page and let our Program Administrator know what you have or what you can offer.
What is the purpose of this website?
We expect this website to evolve over time. It will support our Facebook activity as well as future social media links but it will also distinguish itself by becoming a historical reference for Jacksonville area broadcasting through the years. And, you CAN help in this effort.