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Here’s an NAB Show Events Sampler

Digital revenue plays an increasing role in both the industry and the show


What: “The world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms”

When: April 16–21

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center

Who: 103,000 attendees, 1,700+ exhibitors


How Much: Conference Flex Pass $695. Various packages offered by registration type, with discounts for NAB members, government employees and students

The NAB Show is upon us. Below is a sampler of business/management topics; we’ll have more coverage in coming days, and next issue we look at engineering/technical sessions and exhibitor new product listings. Selection below is chronological.

DIGITAL FUTURE — Digital revenue — a phrase typically referring to money not from digital over-the-air broadcasts but from websites, mobile platforms and other non-broadcast sources — remains a much smaller piece of income for radio companies than money from spot and network sources. But the category has grown significantly in recent years and there’s little reason to suppose it won’t continue. Now NAB Labs, newly rechristened as Pilot, hosts the first Digital Futures Exchange, an all-day event on Sunday aimed at the people responsible for digital revenue at their companies, radio or otherwise. The exchange “is all about bringing together the best of the best for an unscripted, interactive discussion of digital trends, strategies and examples for local markets.” Participants are from organizations like Pew Research, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, BIA Kelsey and Local Media Association. — Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., LVCC Room S228.

Kelly Orchard raises a hand at last year’s Broadcast Leadership Training program reception.
credit: © NAB/Robb Cohen Photography and VideoEFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT — The Broadcast Management Conference consists this year of a dozen sessions about essentials of effective radio and TV station management. Session topics include the future of broadcast policy on Capitol Hill; an idea exchange for small and medium-sized radio markets; thriving in radio sales; trends in political advertising; innovative ways to appeal to radio advertisers; and the changing rules in the music licensing space. — Sunday, April 17–Wednesday, April 20, in North Hall meeting rooms and the Westgate; see on-site program.

WE LIKE EDUCATED PEOPLE — The Broadcast Education Association annual convention draws an estimated 1,300 educators and students to 200 sessions, events, research panels, technology workshops and an exhibit hall. The keynote is by Bruce Rosenblum, chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and president of Legendary Television and Digital Media. — Sunday, April 17–Wednesday, April 20, Las Vegas Westgate.

Disney’s Ben Silverman will keynote the opening session.SHOW OPENING — NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith gives his annual state of the broadcast industry address; and NAB’s Distinguished Service Award winner will be honored. Also, Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, gives the keynote. — Monday, April 18, 9 a.m., Westgate Paradise North Ballroom.

EXHIBITS — We’ll have details on the booths next issue. Note that radio/audio booths are concentrated in the North Hall this year (though as always, many of your favorite vendors may be found elsewhere too). The floor opens Monday April 18 at 10 a.m., a later opening first adopted last year. Hours on Tuesday and Wednesday are 9–6, and Thursday 9–2.

RUN FOR A CAUSE — The 4K 4Charity Fun Run benefits Mercy Corps and The Shade Tree. The 4 km (2.49-mile) run “promotes wellness, networking and charitable giving in a fun, casual environment.” Radio World’s parent NewBay Media is a media sponsor. Register at — Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 a.m. at Sunset Park near the airport.

ALL ABOUT SERVICE — Fifty finalists are up for the 29th Annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards, recognizing radio stations for their year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and finalists will be honored during the …

Runners party at the 4K 4Charity Fun Run, held early Tuesday.
credit: © NABKim Komando talks about how consumers can integrate advancements in digital technology into their lives.

NAB RADIO LUNCHEON — Kim Komando, radio host and Web entrepreneur (and former Radio World columnist), is featured speaker; she hosts a weekly call-in radio show and daily “Digital Minute” focusing on how consumers can integrate advancements in digital technology into their lives; the show airs out of Phoenix. Also: ESPN Radio’s popular morning duo Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will be inducted into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. “Mike & Mike” turns 16 years old this month. — Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 p.m., Westgate Paradise Ballroom.

After 16 years of “Mike & Mike,” hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic enter the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

GET A JOB — The NAB Education Foundation hosts the NAB Show Career Fair. Organizers expect about 1,000 professionals to interact with broadcast and media employers. Co-produced with the Broadcast Education Association. Free to job seekers; anyone can attend. — Wednesday, April 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

The convention also features trends well beyond radio that may also be of interest, including drones, cloud technology, startup tech, virtual reality and multiscreen viewing.