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KBA Prepares for Strong Return to Annual Conference

The keynote speaker is racing icon Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Kentucky Association of Broadcasters is gearing up for its 2022 KBA Membership Conference, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 through Tuesday, Sept. 27 in Owensboro, Ky.

Roger Gribbins

Leading up to the event, Roger Gribbins, the director of member services for KBA, said the association is getting “incredible feedback” from the state’s broadcasters.

“Attendance confirmations have far exceeded our early projections when we first started working on the conference,” said Gribbins. “This is our first in-person conference in three years due to COVID and our state broadcasters are really excited to all be together again under one roof.”

Gribbins said participation for what is normally an annual conference is always relatively strong, “but we feel this year will be the largest attendance in many years.”

He told Radio World that KBA has sold out its 12 available sponsorship opportunities as well as its 25 exhibitor booths. Confirmed sponsors include the Associated Press, Nielsen and Digigram, to name a few.

“Sponsors and exhibitors have really stepped up to the plate this year for us.”

A variety of professional development breakout sessions will be held throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, encompassing sales, management and engineering topics, among others.

Monday evening will feature “An Evening of Broadcast Excellence” — an awards dinner that Gribbins said will honor Kentucky’s radio and television broadcasters “while also recognizing the legends that have paved the way.” The KBA’s “Excellence in Broadcasting,” “Legacy” and “Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame” Awards will all be presented.

Gribbins said the conference is also set to open and close with notable performances and speakers.

“We have an incredible line-up this year that attendees are really excited about: Racing icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be our keynote speaker, and country music legends The Kentucky Headhunters will play our ‘After Awards Show’ party,” he said. “I truly feel this will be one of the best conferences the KBA has ever presented.”

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