The NAB has announced Michael Smerconish will give the keynote speech at this year’s Radio Show Luncheon.
A nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Smerconish’s style of political conveyance emphasizes lots of breathing room for his listeners, as described in his marketing materials. He has his own opinions and airs them dutifully, but his key demographic is “mainstream listeners who seek an alternative to polarized political talk.”
Smerconish has been associated with various sides of the political spectrum. At the age of 29 he served as a presidential appointee under George H.W. Bush as regional administrator in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Smerconish supported Barack Obama in the general election of 2008, and in 2010 reevaluated his political standing, formalizing his personal political independence.
The author of five books, he also is a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer, and is a contributor to TheDailyBeast.com and MSNBC.
The Radio Show Luncheon will feature the presentation of the National Radio Award to Steve Newberry, president and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corp.
Sponsored by Katz Media Group, the event will be held Friday, Sept. 16 during the 2011 Radio Show in Chicago.