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The NAB Show in Pictures

Radio World annually presents the best visual overview of the spring NAB convention.

Radio World annually presents the best visual overview of the spring NAB convention, often called broadcasters’ biggest toy store. Here’s a sampler, or see them all in our digital edition.

Terrence M. Baun, right, director of engineering and operations for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, receives the Society of Broadcast Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award from SBE President Vinny Lopez. “Terry’s dedication to SBE and its mission, as well as his passion for broadcast engineering, are exceptional,” Lopez told a standing-room audience. Photo by Holly Essex/SBE

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith gave his first “State of the Industry” keynote. “Until the 2008 Obama election tidal wave, I was a two-term Republican senator from the very Democratic state of Oregon,” he said. “But, as my cousin, the late Morris Udall of Arizona said after losing an important Democratic primary to Jimmy Carter, ‘The voters have spoken … the bastards!'” Smith promised to “continue to fight the record labels in their attempt to save their business model on the backs of free, local radio,” and he expressed concern about the implications of the FCC’s broadband policies: “Broadcasting is not an ATM that can keep spitting out spectrum.” © NAB

NPR’s Shawn Fox uses one of the thousands of tablet and smartphone devices visible on and off the show floor and increasingly woven into IP-controlled broadcast products. The Apple iPad came out only days before the show. Photo by Jim Peck

James Cridland and Nick Piggott spread the word about RadioDNS, an open project that aims to link broadcast radio and IP. The technology, based upon the Domain Name System, allows IP-connected radios automatically to locate the servers of the station they are tuned to. Photo by Kovacs/Dawley

BW Broadcast showed rack-mount pro receivers that can serve in translator applications. Photo by Jim Peck

Nautel’s Philipp Schmid discusses the benefits of asymmetrical sidebands and peak reduction in digital radio with a group of engineers from Citadel. Photo by Jim Peck

If you work at Masterclock, you never need to wear a watch. If you take their photo, you never need a time stamp. © NAB

Habitat for Humanity’s Build 2010 House Project erected a house shell in the LVCC parking lot. Attendees could volunteer for a two-hour shift. Photo by Jim Peck

Dan Braverman demos the company’s new Platform console system in the Radio Systems suite. Photo by Jim Peck

Lanny Nass, left, of CBS visits the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society to talk to Tino Trainotti of the University of Buenos Aires. Trainotti recently was elected an IEEE Fellow for contributions to the broadcast industry through development of antenna and propagation technologies. Photo by Kovacs/Dawley

Jennifer Lynn of Zacuto takes a closer look at Electro-Voice mics including the classic RE20. Photo by Kovacs/Dawley

NAB Crystal Radio Awards honor commitment to community service. Rear, from left: Jim Coloff, KCVM(FM), Cedar Falls, Iowa; Julie Koehn, WLEN(FM), Adrian, Mich.; Mary Campbell, KBHP(FM), Bemidji, Minn.; Dan Seeman, WFMP(FM), Minneapolis. Front: Red Pitcher, WJBC(AM), Bloomington, Ill.; Joel Oxley, WTOP(FM), Washington; Peter Burton, KSWD(FM), Los Angeles; John Kijowski, WIL(FM), St. Louis; Jerry Schnake, WTMX(FM), Chicago. Not shown: Craig Jacobus, WIKY(FM), Evansville, Ind. ©NAB

Back to the future: This whimsical Comptometer from Hi-Tech Systems actually works and interfaces to multimedia edit systems with mappable buttons. Recalling the first key-driven mechanical calculator, it has nixie tube readouts and ship-style speed controls using musical term labels like largo and andante. EMTM Marketing’s Anthony Magliocco was kept busy showing it off. Photo by Jim Peck

The NAB Store provides a friendly reminder. Photo by Jim Peck