From left: Kim Miyade, Sandra Black and Barry Manz WB2TSY
My time as chairman of the RCA Public Relations Committee ran from June 20, 2006, to Feb. 12, 2008. Members of the committee during that time were Kim Miyade and Sandra Black. Barry Manz, WB2TSY, assisted with the work of the committee. The committee received most of its requests from the Banquet and Texas Event Committees to prepare press releases during that time. At the end, I was removed as chairman at the direction of the RCA president, who said too many members were becoming confused about whether my personal correspondence with them was something I sent them in an official capacity representing RCA. The previous chairman had been removed at the end of 2005, too, so the post has its ups and downs.
It was good to exit on a high note, with the publicity that was achieved for RCA having reached something of a peak. Many news outlets helped RCA by carrying news about its 2007 award recipients and its banquet. Here’s perhaps the best example:
February 2008 QST magazine
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, was been generous to the Radio Club of America with regard to publicity for the 2007 RCA banquet.
On Sept. 19, 2007, ARRL posted to its website a detailed pre-banquet story, “ARRL Roanoke Division Director, Cronkite, QST Author, to be Feted by Radio Club of America.”
After the banquet, ARRL posted another detailed story to its website on Dec. 8, 2007, “Radio Club of America Honors Cronkite, Bodson, Belrose; Cronkite Receives ARRL Presidential Award.”
ARRL followed the web page posting with an RCA banquet story in its Dec. 14, 2007 “ARRL Letter” email newsletter. This email newsletter not only reaches tens of thousands of subscribers, it is distributed by RSS (really simple syndication) to hundreds of other news outlets throughout the world. A Google search brought back eight pages of listings of news outlets that carried the story from the ARRL Letter.
When I didn’t see news about the banquet in the January 2008 QST magazine, published by ARRL, I believed there was no more life to the story. Then my February issue arrived, and inside was another RCA banquet story. QST magazine has about 139,000 subscribers, so this was wonderful distribution.
I couldn’t be more pleased with how helpful ARRL has been in disseminating news about the RCA awards banquet using three of its media: website, email newsletter and printed magazine. My thanks to S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA, ARRL’s news editor, for the coverage in late 2007 and early 2008, and to her predecessor, Rick Lindquist, N1RL, for the coverage before that.
News outlets around the world have published press releases and stories issued by RCA’s Public Relations Committee. Some examples below show some publicity from 2006. My thanks to Sandra Wendelken, editor of RCA Wireless News, for carrying the story of the 2006 banquet.
RCR Wireless News
Forest Industries Telecommunications, Mobile Radio Technology, APCO Public Safety Communications, Radio magazine, Radio Ink magazine, Mission Critical Communications magazine, TelecomWeb, Communications Research Centre Canada,
The Taitworld website of Tait Radio Communications in New Zealand published news of RCA giving an award to the company’s founder, Sir Angus Tait, ZL3NL.
The December 2006 issue of AGL magazine carried a story based on speeches delivered by three RCA members, Keith Kaczmarek; Rich Biby, P.E., N3UW; and Bruce McIntyre. The three spoke at an RCA dinner meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in September 2006.
Websites around the world linked to news about Frank Clement, W6KPC, and Sir Angus Tait, ZL3NL, receiving awards from RCA in 2006, and also to news about Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD; and Jack Belrose, VE2CV; receiving the Armstrong Medal in 2007.