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NABA Discussing Future of Radio & Audio Thursday

Digital radio, AM are some of the topics to be covered in Toronto meeting

Several topics of interest to radio are on tap for this week’s “Future of Radio & Audio Symposium” organized by the North American Broadcasters Association.

The first-ever solely radio event is being held Thursday, Feb. 19 at the CBC/Radio-Canada’s Glenn Gould Studio & Conference Centre.

NABA includes broadcasters from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico and members from all three countries are expected to attend, according to event organizers.

Emmis Communications SVP/CTO Paul Brenner and CBC/Radio-Canada Radio Production Director Julie McCambley are leading NABA’s expanded Radio Committee and are helping to plan the event.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will keynote the morning, which includes a panel on future radio delivery, digital radio and the medium’s importance in emergencies. Emmis President/CEO/Chair Jeff Smulyan will keynote the afternoon, speaking about how to make broadcast radio work in a streaming world.

Several experts, including Garrison Cavell of Cavell & Mertz, Ben Dawson of Hatfield & Dawson along with Ben Downs of Byron Broadcasting, are speaking about AM. Executives from iBiquity Digital, Rdio, GM Canada and Jacobs Media will cover radio’s place in the dashboard.

More than 200 attendees are expected, according to NABA staff.

Exhibitors include Nautel, GatesAir, RCS, SonoTechnique and WideOrbit.