North American Broadcasters Gather; Pai Keynotes Radio Symposium
Symposium will explore dashboard themes, data attribution and other trends
Radio influencers from around
North America will gather Thursday in an NAB conference room here in Washington
to talk about the future of radio audio on this continent and across its two
long, internal borders.
Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, will keynote the “Future of Radio Audio” Symposium, and
he’s not the only headliner.
National Association of
Broadcasters President/CEO Gordon Smith and Commonwealth Broadcasting
President/CEO Steve Newberry will take part, as will executives and technical
leaders from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Mexico’s industry
association CIRT, NPR, Fox Entertainment, BLU Products, Audi of America, BBC
Radio, iHeartMedia, Cumulus Media and other major media names.
event is being held by the North American Broadcasters Association and the NAB.
(The radio symposium actually kicks off tonight with a reception at NPR headquarters including
facility tours.) It’s being held to coincide with a separate NABA General Assembly
meeting being held today, Wednesday. NABA is a non-profit association of broadcasting
organizations in Canada, United States and Mexico, part of the World
Broadcasting Unions. The U.S. NAB is an associate member.
will be the third radio symposium since several radio entities within NABA proposed
a radio committee in late 2013 to push radio issues more to the forefront.
Earlier events were in Toronto and Mexico City. For Pai, this is a return invitation; he was the keynoter of the first symposium two years ago. At the time he urged his colleagues to push for AM reforms and also said he’s not in favor of any kind of FM chip mandate.
to be discussed during the day-long event Thursday are FM activation in
smartphones; dashboard strategies for broadcasters; HD Radio’s role in North
America; podcasting and radio; data attribution; and key coming trends.
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