Yes, Virginia, there will be an NAB Radio Show next year.
That’s according to NAB Radio Board Chair Chuck Warfield who announced that the next location will be Washington, D.C. The dates and specific venue are not yet final.
I note this to knock down rumors that this is the show’s last year due to the lowering attendance versus the cost of putting the show on; I’ve heard a few variations on this theme since I arrived in Philadelphia.
We’ll hear official attendance figures toward the end of the week, although judging by the hallway traffic, it looks like attendance is good to me. NAB did cancel its European Radio Show this week, which was slated for next month in Athens, Greece, because of tough economic times.
The other rumor going around is there will be no exhibits in 2010; NAB is apparently making changes to the exhibit structure to integrate the exhibits better with the rest of the show, according to spokesman Dennis Wharton. The trade association is apparently talking to exhbitors now.
The Washington location is great news for those who live nearby and can literally commute to the show that week and sleep in their own beds. That would be a treat.