Scott Smith and Augie Hiebert photo
Scott Smith, ABA President 2004 (center) presents Augie Hiebert with a plaque of appreciation for his long years of work to get the FCC Monitoring Station moved out of Anchorage.  The plaque has attached an original circuit breaker from the Anchorage Monitoring Station.  Senator Ted Stevens lends his helping hand again, for the ceremonial "flipping of the switch."

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December 9, 1964 ABA was founded.

Meeting was called by letter to all stations form Northern Television’s President A.G. Hiebert who was appointed temporary chair.

Organizers included Al Bramstedt, Sr.; Matt Clapp, Miller Robertson and Jay Perry of KFQD Anchorage; Bill Allen of KHAR  Anchorage; Charles L. Buck of KLAM  Cordova; Fred Lambert of KCAM Glennallen; Bill Martin of KNIK Anchorage; S Sgt William D. Wright of Elmendorf Air Force Base’s AFRS and Charles Northrip of University of Alaska’s KUAC-FM Fairbanks. 

The eleven represented all five AK television outlets and 12 of the stat’s 16 radio stations.  The group appointed Anchorage attorney Ted Stevens to be their legal counsel and Secretary. 

A.G Hiebert was unanimously elected first President, Chuck Buck was named Vice President and Al Bramstedt Secretary-Treasurer.  Jay Perry and R.D. Jensen of Ketchikan’s KTKN and KATV-TV were named Directors.

1967 ABA brings Maj. Gen George Sampson, Vice President of Operations for COMSAT and FCC Chairman Rosel Hyde to Alaska.  The construction of Bartlett Earth Station at Talkeetna was a direct result of this meeting.

December 1, 1969 ABA’s first major project was achieved with a 29% ACS tariff reduction.

July 1980 Under the leadership of Hank Hove Public stations joined the ABA.

September 1981 First “Alaska Day at the FCC.”

June 1982 more than 600 persons packed the Sheraton ballroom to see newly retired newsman, Walter Cronkite.

1981-1984 Senator Ted Stevens, ABA President Tom Busch, Augie Hiebert, and AK Public Broadcast Commission’s Herb Holeman lead the battle to preserve AM broadcast coverage with the resulting creation of a Class I-N FCC category just for Alaska.

1985 Broadcasters are inducted into the Hall of Fame, at the suggestion of ABA President Ron Moore.

1987 ABA President Ron Bradley  begins two-year battle for overpayments for Broadcasters Workers Compensation.  In 1990 over $800,000 was refunded to stations.

1995 The ABA starts participating in the national NCSA program.

1998  ABA joins the 49 other state associations in a three-year legal battle with the FCC to fight unconstitutional reporting and list making for EEO requirements.

2000 The ABA brings the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program to Alaska.

June 2003 Walter Cronkite makes a return visit to Alaska to visit friend Augie Hiebert and has “dinner” with a few friends (250) at the Hilton Hotel.  The ABA presents Mr. Cronkite with the “:Augie Hiebert Lifetime Achievement Award” and Senator Ted Stevens presents Augie with a Senate Resolution.  Senator Stevens was inducted into the ABA Hall of Fame.

September 1996 Second Alaska Day at the FCC.

Beginning of year 1998  ABA hires Linda Simmons as their first full-time Executive Director.

August 2004 The Anchorage FCC Monitoring Station is moved to the Kenai Peninsula. Broadcasters will now be able to transmit at full power and not interfere with FAA operations. Augie Hiebert worked for over 15 years to make this so. Senator Ted Stevens and FCC Engineer Ferrel Bentley played major roles in pushing this through FCC channels. Mary Beth Richards, FCC Enforcement Bureau Deputy Bureau Chief and Martha Johnston, Director Office of Legislative Affairs for the FCC were guests at the ceremony.

 

August "Augie" Hiebert

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December 4, 1916 - September 13, 2007

Pioneering Broadcaster and
Community Service Advocate