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Radio Show Ends in San Diego

Radio Show Ends in San Diego

Howard Stern’s defection to Sirius and the possibility of airing 5.1 surround sound on the radio were among the hot topics here in San Diego. The show ends today, Friday.
An NAB spokesman said attendance at the fall Radio Show looked to be about 3,500, although that figure was not official as of Thursday night.
That would be down about 10% from the 3,900 who came to Philadelphia last year and Seattle the year before. Next year’s show returns to Philadelphia.
Exhibitor comments to Radio World about the floor traffic have been generally favorable, with most reporting a strong turnout for the opening reception and steady traffic Thursday. Group engineering executives like Jeff Littlejohn, Glynn Walden and Gary Kline were visible roaming the floor and discussing their employers’ respective plans for capital improvements and HD Radio.
During the show, NAB President/CEO Eddie Fritts called on broadcasters to “tell your community service story” by filing comments to the FCC by Nov. 1 in the localism inquiry.
“The citizen groups are seizing this opportunity to change the rules and set new standards by which we are judged at renewal time.”