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Ala. Broadcasters Cancel Annual Conference

The Omicron variant claims another event

The Alabama Broadcasters Association won’t hold their annual conference this month after all.

The event was planned for Jan. 21–22. The association is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

“With the Covid Omicron variant spreading like wildfire across our state and already having an impact on many of your stations, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest that we not gather in large numbers just yet,” wrote ABA President Sharon Tinsley in an email.

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“We will begin contacting our speakers immediately to arrange to provide the content we had planned in a virtual setting over the next six weeks. Please watch for upcoming announcements about a schedule of news, engineering, sales and management topics to be offered via webinar or Zoom.”

People who paid for registration will receive a refund and will not be charged for any hotel nights. ABA will present its awards virtually this month.

Sam Matheny, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters, was to have been the keynoter of the Friday engineering sessions.

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