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!

Full Conference Schedule

Meals/Events included:

Monday – PRIMA opening reception from 6-8pm, in the Riverview Room on 41st floor of the Marriott on Canal St, just 4 blocks from the Ritz-Carlton. The Riverview room has spectacular views overlooking the French Quarter and New Orleans Mississippi Riverfront. A great way to start your PRIMA conference in New Orleans with drinks, food, and conversation.
Tuesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Happy Hour, PRIMA @ the Bar
Wednesday – Breakfast, Box Lunch

Registration Fee:

$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.

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

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:

  • Federal Funding: Legislative and Representation 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, Program Fees, and more – Discussion with Loren Mayor, Chief Operating Officer; Gemma Hooley, VP Member Partnership and Tom Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer
  • NPR News Update with Chris Turpin, VP NPR News and Operations
  • NPR Digital Update with Tom Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer, NPR Digital Services
  • CPB Update with CPB Board Member Patty Cahill
  • New Trends in Content, Platforms and Business Models – Updates and discussion with John Barth, Chief Content Officer for PRX, Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media, SonicAi and Eve Abrams, Localore Project Producer
  • 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 attorney Ernie Sanchez