Fritts Says Goodbye

Fritts Says Goodbye
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Fritts Says Goodbye

Eddie Fritts said goodbye to radio Thursday in his opening address at the radio show. He noted this would be his last such event as the association’s president and CEO. Calling the moment bittersweet, Fritts said despite competition from iPods, satellite radio, Blackberries and cell phones, “there is no substitute for the immediacy of local radio.”
Nowhere has the power of radio been more apparent than in the station response to Hurricane Katrina, Fritts said, as he thanked the broadcasters in the Gulf Coast area that stayed on the air. “Some of you lost your homes, and yet continued to broadcast.”
Donations raised during the BroadcastUnity Day a few weeks ago have surpassed the initial $100 million goal and are heading towards $200 million, he added.