Skip to main content

APTS ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Be a Stakeholder: Become an APTS Associate Member

Success in the future of public telecommunications will depend on the strength of effective partnerships and collaborations. Public television stations, the last locally owned media outlets in the country, are no exception. Around the country, public TV stations are partnering with companies, organizations, foundations and schools to create vital local public telecommunications centers in the digital era.

As an APTS Associate Member, you will be identified as an investor in public broadcasting's future.

APTS is taking the lead to ensure federal policies, and funding and regulatory issues support local public television stations. As an APTS Associate Member, your name will be kept in front of our members, the nation's public television stations, and your support will be recognized at events, in publications and on our website throughout the year.

As an APTS Associate Member, you will receive benefits designed to keep you informed about public television's strategic direction and potential partnerships and to give you a voice in the dialogue setting the direction of public television. These benefits include subscriptions to APTS publications, legislative and regulatory updates on public television issues, and access to the members' section of the APTS website.

Current APTS Associate Members:

American Public Television APPI Energy Arnold and Porter
Beverly Lundquist Brugger Consulting Cavarocchi-Ruscio-Dennis Associates
Garvey Schubert Barer Gray Miller Persh Hispanic Information & Telecommunications Network
LG Electronics LocusPoint Networks National Association of Broadcasters
National Minority Consortia NETA Consulting NHK World
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Schwartz, Woods & Miller Sesame Workshop
Welch & Associates Wiley Rein LLP Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
 

American Public Television

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Contact Cynthia Fenneman at, cynthia_fenneman@aptonline.org, for information on how you can access tools and materials needed to program your channels and websites!
 


APPI Energy

APTS endorsed APPI Energy as the exclusive consulting firm to reduce energy costs for members. As a benefit to attendees at the 2014 Public Media Summit, APPI Energy can review your energy bill and recommend cost-reducing solutions. “I appreciate that APTS offers a program to members that provides budget certainty and reduces a major operating expense on an ongoing basis,” said Alice Recore, President  & CEO of Mountain Lake.
 


Arnold and Porter

Arnold & Porter LLP is an Am Law 100 firm focusing on the intersection of business, law, and public policy. We have more than 800 lawyers working in eight offices across the US and Europe: Brussels, Denver, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. If you have a question on how Arnold & Porter can help you with your needs, contact Maureen Jeffreys at maureen.jeffreys@aporter.com
 


Beverly Lundquist

Beverly Lundquist has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Thirteen, Inc., since its incorporation in 1987 and was elected Chairman in June 2003.  In 2006 Ms. Lundquist was elected as Life Director. Currently, she is Chairman Emeritus of National Friends of Public Broadcasting having served as Vice Chairman 1992-1994 and Chairman 1994-1999 as well as Chair of the NFPB Scholarship Committee 1992-2000. The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) elected her to its Board as a lay trustee in February 1999 and she served two terms. She is a member of the Public Media Advisory Board of WGCU in Fort Myers, Florida where she is presently heading up the Protect My Public Media effort.  Ms. Lundquist has an extensive background in volunteering to support the mission of public broadcasting and has been recognized by several awards for her achievement. If you would like to know more about Ms. Lundquist’s volunteering experiences or how you can get involved with activities at Friends of Thirteen, contact her at, Lundquis@thirteen.org
 


Brugger Consulting

For willing boards and station management, renewing the mature to achieve what they can be, guiding collaborations and mergers to preserve individual community services, providing examples for success transfer, promoting operational efficiencies, advance the listening to, and involvement of, communities for their collective impact, and to reinvigorate revenue growth with an reaffirmation of the station’s commitment to local public media services. Contact David J. Brugger at djbonline@verizon.net for more information on how Brugger Consulting can help you organization.
 


Cavarocchi-Ruscio-Dennis Associates

Since 1980, CRD Associates has helped a wide variety of organizations promote and protect their interests in the nation’s capital. Corporations, trade associations, academic institutions and non-profit organizations have relied on our team of government relations specialists to chart a course through the confounding channels of government—whether it’s in the halls of Congress or the bureaucratic maze of a regulatory agency.

Our full-service public affairs firm offers a unique blend of expertise, integrity and fresh perspectives on problem-solving. Our experience covers a wide assortment of issues, from public health and education to telecommunications, defense, transportation and infrastructure.

CRD Associates also offers strategic communications services—from building and branding compelling messages to social media training. Domenic Ruscio, druscio@dc-crd.com, will gladly answer any questions you may have about how is team of lawyers can best help your interests.
 


Garvey Schubert Barer

Garvey Schubert Barer LawGarvey Schubert Barer provides legal advice to broadcast stations licensed to institutional, governmental, tribal  and  community licensees. Its advice encompasses regulatory, transactional, intellectual property and fundraising issues, FCC applications for new or modified broadcast facilities,  spectrum auctions and spectrum sharing, Public Service Operating Agreements and other collaborative ventures. In addition to its media and entertainment law services,  Garvey Schubert Barer counsels clients in industries  that include international trade, technology, healthcare, financial services and real estate. Garvey Schubert Barer has offices in  Anchorage, Beijing, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Garvey Schubert Barer is proud of it commitment to public service and public media.  www.gsblaw.com. If you are interested in knowing if GSB can assist you, please contact John Crigler at, jcrigler@gsblaw.com.
 


Gray Miller Persh

Gray Miller Persh is a new law firm specializing in noncommercial radio and television broadcasting and educational telecommunications. With over 70 years’ collective experience representing nonprofit companies, public entities, colleges and universities, school districts and educational support agencies, the attorneys of Gray Miller Persh, formerly carrying on the public broadcasting practice at Dow Lohnes, advise clients on matters relating to noncommercial educational radio and television stations, educational broadband service (EBS) stations, and a variety of other FCC-licensed facilities that serve public and educational missions. For more information contact Todd D. Gray at tgray@graymillerpersh.com or 202-776-2914.


Hispanic Information & Telecommunications Network

Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc (HITN) was established in 1983 as the first U.S. Latino-controlled, non-commercial, Spanish-language, media company delivering educational programming to more than 36 million homes nationwide on Satellite and Cable focusing on Health, Financial Literacy, and Education, with a mission to advance the educational, socioeconomic and cultural aspirations of Latinos.

HITN offers Latinos throughout the United States and Puerto Rico unprecedented educational and entertainment based programming through our multi-platform information and telecommunications network - on TV, online and in the community. Every day HITN utilizes its resources, people, relationships and influence to provide a valuable dialogue that makes a positive impact on the Hispanic community. To learn more about the programs available on HITN contact Kennedy Paul at, kpaul@hitn.org
 


LG Electronics

LG Electronics USA

- Triveni Digital
- Zenith

LG Electronics (LG) makes the products that have tech-savvy consumers chomping at the bit in the kitchen, in the media room, and on the go. A leader in consumer electronics, mobile communications, and home appliances, LGE operates through more than 80 subsidiaries worldwide that design and make flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. To see if LG Electronics has the tools just right for you, contact Kim Regillio at, kim.regillio@lge.com
 


LocusPoint Networks

LocusPoint Networks (LocusPoint) is a new Associate Member and a Sponsor of the 2014 Public Media Summit.  Founded by executives from the wireless and broadcast industries, LocusPoint’s mission is to develop and manage Broadcast Television spectrum assets. With up to $200Mil of committed capital, LocusPoint has purchased or invested in over 10 stations in the U.S. LocusPoint has already partnered with several Public Television stations, and is actively seeking to additional opportunities to add value. 

Based on an assessment of each station’s situation, LocusPoint develops a customized set of services designed to support the stations goals and objectives for their spectrum assets. LocusPoint is able to provide stations with various services including, Spectrum Management Services, Channel Sharing, Endowment or Strategic Initiative Platform, and Interim Funding. LocusPoint is committed to strengthening public television in America, and will work with each station in a manner that is consistent with the APTS mission and member’s objectives.

 


National Association of Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is the primary voice for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of its members in federal government, industry and public affairs; works to improve the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities. APTS has partnered with the NAB to provide APTS members business efficiencies, sponsorship opportunities and other ways to help stations manage their enterprise more successfully. Under this partnership television stations can join NAB for less than $1000 a year! To learn more about this partnership and other ways the NAB can service you, contact Dianna Coleman at, DColeman@nab.org
 


National Minority Consortia
 

- Latino Public Broadcasting 
- Pacific Islanders in Communications
- Center for Asian American Media
- Native American Public Telecommunications
 - National Black Programming Consortium

The National Minority Consortia (NMC) has emerged as a leader in the field of independent filmmaking and more recently in digital media. They fund film and media makers, present works on public television and other venues, exhibit films and videos, and distribute works to schools and libraries. In addition, NMC facilitates a new media institute, production training, skills advancement, and career development through workshops, lectures and counseling. Their collective growth is a testament to the creativity and commitment of our staff, board members, funders and community partners across the country. To learn more about NMC’s programming, please take a moment to visit each of their websites!
 


NETA Consulting

NETA Consulting was established in 2002 to meet the need for reliable executive recruitment and consulting services for public broadcasting licensees. Since then, NETA Consulting has successfully completed numerous consulting and recruiting projects. In fact, the partners have been responsible for the selection of almost 10% of the current public television CEOs. For more information about the services NETA Consulting can offer, contact Eric Smith at, esmith@netaconsulting.org
 


NHK World

NHK WORLD TV is the English language channel of Japan’s sole public television broadcaster NHK, a worldwide leader in news, public affairs, information, lifestyle and other programming. The channel can be seen in 260 million homes in over 140 countries. The signature program NEWSLINE broadcasts live hourly from Tokyo with reports from 30 news bureaus throughout the world. Japan International Broadcasting (JIB), an NHK subsidiary, produces content for NHK WORLD and is the exclusive distributor of the channel worldwide. CAV International is the USA consultant for distribution, sponsorship and promotion. The Law Office of Thomas Gibbon is the NHK WORLD legal representative throughout the world.
 


Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all viewers the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. To best reach the department at PBS to answer any question you may have, please visit their website at, http://www.pbs.org/about/contact/
 


Schwartz, Woods & Miller

Schwartz, Woods & Miller is a Washington, D.C. law firm with a national public broadcasting practice.  The firm advises public broadcasting (and other) clients in areas such as FCC licensing and regulatory compliance, program production and distribution, copyright, trademark protection, Educational Broadband Service station operation and leases, and station sales and purchase transactions.  We are actively advising television licensees on their options for the coming spectrum auction and on potential arrangements with other broadcasters. If you are interested in knowing if Schwartz, Woods & Miller can assist you, please contact Steve Schaffer, schaffer@swmlaw.com
 


Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide by addressing their critical developmental needs. The Workshop develops innovative and engaging educational content for television, radio, books, magazines, interactive media and outreach. Taking advantage of all forms of media and using those that are best suited to delivering a particular curriculum, the Workshop effectively and efficiently reaches millions of children, parents, caregivers and educators – locally, nationally and globally. To best reach the department at Sesame Workshop to answer any question you may have, please visit their website at, http://www.sesameworkshop.org/contact-us/
 


Welch & Associates

Welch & Associates provides consulting services to public television stations, non-profit educational organizations and media production companies. Her services include strategic planning, education market assessment, public and private fundraising and business planning related to digital learning systems. Ms. Welch has had an extensive background in public television serving as Executive Vice President, Learning Services at PBS (1991-1998) where she oversaw the Adult Learning Service, PBS LiteracyLink, PBS Mathline and PBS Ready to Learn. In addition, Ms. Welch spent 20 years at KET, the Kentucky Network, where her accomplishments included developing the national GED ON TV model for adult learners, and Star Channels, a statewide distance learning service. Please contact Ms. Welch at, shwelch@comcast.net, should you have questions on how her consulting services can help you.
 


Wiley Rein LLP

Wiley Rein’s preeminent Communications Practice has been described by The New York Times as the “brand name” of communications law. Founded and led by former FCC Chairman Richard E. Wiley, the group of more than 80 attorneys and engineers is recognized for its breadth of expertise and experience, which spans virtually all aspects of the federal, state and international laws governing the media and telecommunications industry.

Our professionals include individuals who have occupied high-level positions at the FCC, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce and on Capitol Hill. These include a former Chairman of the FCC, four former FCC Commissioners, a former FCC General Counsel, two former FCC Chiefs of Staff, as well as the former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (Ambassador) and a former Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Others have had firsthand experience working in telecommunications firms, media companies and the advertising industry. This experience is enriched by the insights and creativity of veteran specialists in the laws governing wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers, Internet firms, broadcasters, programmers, cable and satellite operators, content producers and the print media.

The firm provides its media clients a wide array of services to address the regulatory requirements and legal and business issues facing participants in the broadcasting, multi-channel video, print and online communications industries. The legal directory Chambers USA notes that our media team is the “preeminent Washington, DC outfit” and literally places Wiley Rein in a category of its own for its regulatory work in this area. Our clients include broadcasters ranging from single-station licensees to major market group owners, noncommercial educational entities, financial institutions, private equity and venture capital firms and other investors, radio and television networks, websites, and other content producers and distributors. 

Wiley Rein has a longstanding relationship with APTS and has been working with the Association for several years on Incentive Auction issues, and specifically in the area of channel sharing. The firm has worked extensively to ensure public stations are aware of the costs and benefits of the auction participation. In particular, we have noted the financial difficulties that public broadcasters may face in participating in the auction through sharing arrangements, largely due to the potentially high legal costs involved in negotiating the agreements needed to implement a sharing relationship. 

For more information, visit www.wileyrein.com/communicationsor contact Richard Bodorff at rbodorff@wileyrein.com
 


Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP provides advice and representation tailored to address each client’s legal and regulatory needs.  WBK combines the services, capabilities, standards, and expertise of a large-firm practice with the value, flexibility, and client-oriented personal style that only a smaller firm can deliver – an approach to legal representation that has proven highly effective and cost-efficient for our clients for more than 50 years.  Our attorneys have a wealth of experience representing media content and distribution clients in regulatory, policy, and transactional matters.  Amid a rapidly evolving media landscape, our firm is both steeped in knowledge of existing regulations and equipped to assist clients in adapting to new business and regulatory models.

WBK’s broadcast clients include both commercial and noncommercial licensees, ranging from large and well-established media companies, trade associations, and investment funds to small and mid-sized businesses.  Our expertise includes compliance counseling and defense on rules specific to noncommercial radio and television stations, such as enhanced underwriting regulations, as well as more generally applicable FCC broadcast obligations.  Several WBK attorneys are former FCC officials with substantial expertise on media policy and rulemaking matters.  More than 45 attorneys maintain WBK’s tradition of excellence in offices in Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado.  To hear more about how Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP can help you, contact Rosemary Harold at RHarold@wbklaw.com
 


If you would like to support us by becoming an associate member, please contact Tela Hansom-Pitt at tpitt@apts.org or 202.654.4224.