2017 PRIMA Spring Conference

What Does a New Administration Mean for Public Radio?

Join us in New Orleans for a discussion with industry leaders about the impact a new administration could have on Public Broadcasting. The sessions are designed to feature less presentation and more conversation than possible at larger conferences. Come prepared to ask questions and exchange ideas with your colleagues. During this year’s meeting, We’ll get updates and discuss CPB’s funding status, the NPR/Station Compact, Underwriting Opportunities, the New FCC, New Trends in Content, Platforms and Business Models, the Station Interconnect System, and more!

Meals/Events included:

Monday – Evening Reception
Tuesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Happy Hour, PRIMA @ the Bar
Wednesday – Breakfast, Box Lunch

Registration Fee:

If Paid By 4/25/17
$275 for PRIMA Members
$375 for Non-PRIMA Members

If Paid After 4/25/17
$325 for PRIMA Members
$425 for Non-PRIMA Members

Registration Form

Complete the registration form (links below) and email it to the PRIMA Treasurer, Regina Dean at regdean@utk.edu or fax it to Regina  (865) 974-3941.  PRIMA will send you an invoice for the registration fee if payment is not returned with the form. The registration payment deadline is April 4th for early registration. A higher registration fee will apply after April 4th.

2017 PRIMA Registration Form (PDF Version)
2017 PRIMA Registration Form (Word Version)

PRIMA Scholarship

PRIMA is offering two $1,000 scholarships and two $500 scholarships to attend the conference. PRIMA Scholarship Application Information

Conference Hotel

Set within the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, retains the grace and charm of an antebellum mansion.  Located at 921 Canal Street, this elegant hotel has been secured at a special discounted conference room rate of $169 per night, plus tax.

Register/Reserve your hotel room here.

You may also call to register at: 1-800-826-8987. Use Code: USMUSMA.

(Note: If you wish to stay longer than the nights of May 15th and 16th, call the hotel to book your room as the on-line form is date restricted to the two conference nights.)

Conference Sessions: (Sessions still under development, more details to come)

  • Federal Funding: Capitol Hill Update – A discussion with NPR’s Mike Riksen,Vice President for Policy and Representation for NPR and the public radio system
  • The NPR/Station Compact: NPR Budget, Program Fees, and more
  • New Trends in Content, Platforms and Business Models – Updates and discussion with John Barth, Chief Content Officer for PRX, Sue Schardt, Executive Director of AIR and Nicholas Quah from HotPod.
  • Selling Public Radio: Emerging Trends and Best Practices – Jim Tasarek, Managing Director of Market Enginuity
  • What is Happening with the Interconnect? – A Public Radio Satellite System discussion with PRSS’s Michael Beach, Vice President of Distribution and Maryfran Tyler, Senior Director, Strategic Planning
  • New FCC Ownership Report Rules and More – An update and Q&A with attorneys Meg Miller and Ernie Sanchez