Attorney John Garziglia, a well-known presence in radio broadcast industry legal circles whose familiarity with the industry is rooted in his own past on-air and programming work, will retire at the end of this month.
Womble Bond Dickinson announced his pending departure and said media attorney Reid Avett, who recently joined the firm, will help lead its efforts in broadcasting.
According to a bio released by the company, Garziglia began representing broadcast clients in private practice in 1984.
“His focus in recent years has been AM radio revitalization, representing clients ranging from large broadcasting corporations to state broadcasters’ associations to small, local radio stations,” it stated.
“As part of this practice, Garziglia led the broadcasting industry’s efforts at the FCC to enable numerous AM stations to acquire and be awarded FM translators.”
Avett called Garziglia “A key architect of building a thriving broadcast practice, and we all are grateful for his work and leadership.” Marty Stern heads the firm’s Communications, Technology & Media team.
Garziglia has spent his entire private practice career at WBD and its predecessors. He worked at radio stations in St. Louis and Washington as an air talent and program director before going to law school. He began his legal career at the FCC, processing AM station assignment and transfer applications. He also prosecuted broadcast station license hearings for the FCC’s Hearing Branch before administrative law judges.
Garziglia’s writing and comments have appeared in Radio World many times. Just a sampling from recent years: