Welcome to the Broadcasters Club of Florida!
Glad you found us! The Broadcasters Club of Florida is an organization composed of anyone with an interest in the broadcasting industry. Each month, we meet over lunch to discuss the issues of the day, have a panel discussion, or hear from a wide variety of interesting speakers. Many of the attendees have worked–or are still working– in the field. But ANYONE is welcome to attend these interesting sessions. Join us for networking, fellowship, and the chance to raise a few dollars to support future broadcasters through our scholarship program.
The Broadcasters Club of Florida luncheon meeting is open to the public. ($20 for members, $25 for non-members) The club meets the second Friday of each month from October through April.
Ray Shepherd, Director of Defense Media Activity, Department of Defense, will be the speaker at our next Broadcasters Club of Florida luncheon at SaraBay Country Club on Friday, Dec. 11. Doors will open at 11:30 AM with lunch beginning promptly at noon.
Ray Shepard’s responsibility includes management of Armed Forces Radio & Television, one of the world’s largest broadcast networks that extend to 175 nations using international satellites to provide 9 channels of television, 12 satellite radio services and 10 streaming radio services.
There are on-going tests involving streaming of all Armed Forces Network services to those in remote locations. Current audience is 400,000.
The amazing variety of entertainment, news, sports and information programming is acquitted and distributed based on the popularity of programs with U.S. audiences within specific DOD audience demographics. Programming goal is to reflect the most popular of all American television with a unique mix of those seen stateside on all major broadcast and cable networks. While each AFN channel has a familiar TV station look, they each surpass any stateside channel in terms of variety, quality and scheduling. AFN channels, as a showcase of American Television, are carefully counter programmed to ensure viewers are presented with a variety of choices at any time of the day or night.
Also under Director Shepherd’s responsibilities are the Defense Information School (DINFOS), a United States Department of Defense School located at Fort George G. Meade, MD. Its primary purpose is to train members of all branches of the United States military in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, public affairs, and visual information. There are 32 different courses taught at DINFOS, and the courses can last from 5 to 124 days. The school trains approximately 3,200 students annually, and has trained more than 1,000 international students from over 75 countries. Members from all branches of the U.S. military, DOD civilians and international military personnel attend the school for training in public affairs, print journalism, photojournalism, photography, television and radio broadcasting, lithography, equipment maintenance and various forms of multimedia.
Responsilbities and oversight on the print side also includes Stars and Stripes newspapers. These publications exist to provide independent news and information to the U.S. military community. Unique among the many DOD authorized news outlets, only Stars and Stripes is guaranteed First Amendment privileges that are subject to Congressional oversight.
Stars and Stripes has published a newspaper continuously since World War II. Our unique military coverage first became available online in 1999. Today, Stars and Stripes operates as a multimedia news organization. Its newspaper edition is printed Monday through Thursday, a special Weekend Edition on Friday for Europe and Pacific, and a separate Mideast edition Friday through Sunday. In addition, it publishes several weekly and monthly publications and numerous special supplements. On any given day, readers and visitors number around 600,000; daily print readers average about 200,000.
Ray Shepherd is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in journalism, a Master’s of Science in management from Troy State University and a Master’s of Arts in communications from University of Oklahoma.
The Broadcasters Club of Florida meets the 2nd Friday, October – April at the SaraBay Country Club, 7011 Willow Street in Sarasota just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport.
Luncheons include a warm meal and hot discussion about the ever-changing broadcast industry.
Doors open at 11:30, seating 11:45, program begins at Noon. Done by 1:15.
RESERVATION DEADLINE: Noon – Wednesday, December 9th.
Member Lunch Reservation $20
Non-Member Lunch Reservation $25
DUES: Annual Dues for the 2015-2016 Season of $20 per couple or $15 per individual are due and can be paid at the door by check or credit card or by check via PayPal/Credit Card or mail. Cash payments can not be accepted at the door.
Mail check to:
Broadcasters Club of Florida
ATTN: Hope Byrnes, Treasurer
5031 Faberge Place
Sarasota, FL 34233