Vendors Pleased With NAB Switch

Vendors Pleased With NAB Switch
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Radio Show exhibitors expressed relief with the NAB's decision to revert to its earlier policy on guest passes at the Philadelphia show (see story, above).
A vocal critic had been Radio Systems President Dan Braverman.
"We had all of the important vendors rallied behind this cause; and the NAB was responsive, ultimately, in listening to our concerns and demands, and wisely reversing the policy," he told Radio World. "We expect this to make a dramatic difference in the attendance and the ultimate success of the show in Philadelphia, in our backyard."
Grant Paley of OMT Technologies applauded the decision.
"With a continued decline in both attendees and exhibitors for the Radio Show over the past five years, OMT saw a great opportunity for 2003 with this event being held in the Eastern U.S. instead of the West. Since so many larger broadcast groups such as ABC and CBS are boycotting NAB events, and (with) a lack of attendees from other large radio groups, OMT anticipated inviting small- and medium-market groups to attend this year's show.
"We were also delighted to have a chance to invite our current eastern U.S. customers to come see us at a show they have not attended in well over five years."
A Harris spokeswoman said the company was "extremely pleased" with the decision.
"Like other exhibitors, we too were anticipating wider participation in the show due to the close proximity of the major East Coast broadcast markets. Anything that the NAB can do to encourage and facilitate this would greatly enhance attendance and the show success."
And Kris Bobo of Comrex said she was delighted. "If any engineers in the area would like a guest pass, give us a call!"

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