NRB International Christian Media Convention this month in Nashville
will be the first with Jerry Johnson as NRB president and CEO.
When: Feb. 22–25
Where: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville
Who: “Christian communicators, from program producers to authors, pastors to engineers, directors to vendors”
How much: Members $675, others $775 (full registration)
discovery and advancement are themes of the convention. NRB is an
association that represents Christian broadcasters and communicators.
was named unanimously by the NRB board after a search process last
fall. He succeeded Frank Wright, who led the organization for a
Board Chairman Rich Bott touched on the role of technology when he
hailed the hiring of Johnson: “With today’s technologies, there
are amazing opportunities to advance God’s Word worldwide,” he
stated in the announcement. “We have chosen an outstanding leader
who is rooted in Scripture and motivated by the Great Commission,
using the tools of today.” The Great Commission refers to Jesus’
instruction to his disciples that they spread his teachings.
is former president of Criswell College in Dallas, where he oversaw
major-market Christian station KCBI(FM). He also has played a
leadership role in the Southern Baptist Convention. One supporter
described him as a leading institution-builder in American
the announcement, Johnson was quoted speaking about NRB’s
three-fold mission: “advancing biblical truth, promoting media
excellence and defending free speech. … If Christians want to be
heard by the current generation, they will have to communicate the
gospel in their ‘media language’ with excellence.”
conversation is likely to include policy themes in which NRB has been
one, the association has expressed concern over what it calls
“performance tax” legislation. It says royalties — still being
pushed by musicians and the music label industry — would be a
“crushing blow to many Christian radio stations.” The issue
continues to be fought over on Capitol Hill.
also has backed an FCC rule change that would allow noncom
broadcasters to hold on-air fundraising for the benefit of
third-party non-profits. Association Senior Vice President and
General Counsel Craig Parshall has stated, “The result would be
compelling: the non-profit resources in America will be more directly
and comprehensively applied to the myriad problems facing today’s
communities, while noncommercial broadcasters will be encouraged to
perform the highest form of public service.” The FCC had not taken
final action on this as of late January.
association also has opposed approval of the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act, which would spell out employment rights for
individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity, unless
Congress resolves what NRB views as First Amendment problems.
Religious broadcasters feel the bill would place a chill on employers
that are “committed to honoring the tenets of their faith in the
likely to be discussed are questions about free speech, press and
religion on Web platforms like Facebook, Google and other new media
systems. The NRB’s John Milton Project for Free Speech draws
attention to this question, monitoring what NRB sees as threats of
viewpoint censorship on the Internet.
figures often are prominent at the convention. Former Arkansas
Governor and erstwhile radio host Mike Huckabee received the NRB
Board of Directors Award last year.
media tech companies like Facebook, Google and Apple have enjoyed a
Goliath-like dominance over the digital information world. Yet we
have documented how they continue to censor viewpoints on their sites
that promote traditional values, conservative ideas or Christian
orthodoxy,” Parshall stated in the fall.
media takes a high profile at this convention.
NRB Digital Media Summit on Feb. 21 is an educational event covering
best practices for an effective social media presence. Speakers will
be on hand from Facebook, Twitter, Google, CircleBuilder, WISE Group,
Akamai, Christmas Toy Drive, Moody Radio and Jesus Daily.
Saturday’s keynote will feature Chris Larson, COO of Ligonier
Ministries; Claire Diaz-Ortiz, who works in social innovation at
Twitter; and Katie Harbath, manager for policy at Facebook.
show highlight is the International Keynote Session. Speakers include
Lauren Libby, president and CEO of TWR International; Wayne Pederson,
president of HCJB Global; and Wayne Shepherd, owner and president of
Wayne Shepherd Communications.
This is a list of selected equipment suppliers. For full exhibit list visit nrbconvention.org.
Armstrong Transmitter/Sine Systems
Broadcast Software International
Broadcast Supply Worldwide
Broadcasters General Store
Clear Channel Satellite
Dalet Digital Media Systems
Electronics Research Inc. (ERI)
Ka You Communications
Propagation Systems Inc. (PSI)
RF Specialties Group
Rohde & Schwarz USA
RRset Global Communications Network
2014 NRB Media Awards will honor outstanding ministries, facilities
and programs/producers. Among radio awards are “Parenting Today’s
Teens With Mark Gregston” from the Heartlight Foundation, honored
as Radio Program of the Year; KSBJ(FM) in Houston, the Radio Station
of the Year; and Ambassador Advertising Agency with the Impact Award.
Top International Radio Ministry is Radio 7 in Albania and Kosovo.
award for Best Website goes to boundless.org
run by Focus on the Family, and the Best Multichannel Initiative is
the Salem Web Network of Salem Communications Corp.
NRB Hall of Fame Award will be given to Dr. Jack W. Hayford of The
King’s University/Jack Hayford Ministries; and the Billy Graham
Award for Excellence in Christian Communications goes to In Touch
Ministries. The late Frank Pastore of KKLA(FM) in Los Angeles will be
honored posthumously with the William Ward Ayer Award for