Here is a shart sampling of relevant business and management sessions at the spring NAB Show, from the current issue of Radio World, where we cover several show themes in more depth.
NAB Show Opening — Monday morning, at the new NAB Show Mainstage in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Distinguished Service Award to Robin Roberts; Opening Keynote and State of the Industry address by NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith.
“DFXtra: Digital Leaders Take Charge” — Part of the Digital Futures Exchange, this Monday panel brings together “digital managers-turned-senior corporate leaders from top broadcast companies,” to discuss the shift in corporate executive progression from digital professional to CEO. Moderated by NAB Executive Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny, it will feature Capitol Broadcasting Co. President/COO Jimmy Goodmon; Raycom Media CEO Pat LaPlatney; ABC Owned Television Stations Group President Wendy McMahon; and The E.W. Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson.
“A Monumental Partnership: How AAA Insurance Monumental Music Jam Came to Be a BIG Win for the Client, the Consumer and the Station” — Monday morning. Taja Graham, vice president, director of sales for Emmis Indianapolis talks about how to “get client buy-in from the very beginning, demonstrate deliverables across multiple channels and work in tandem to endure success.”
NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner — Convention organizers rethought longstanding events this year (among other changes, replacing the Television, Radio and Technology Luncheons), and this event is one of the results. It is a ticketed dinner and reception held Monday evening, April 9 at the Encore Las Vegas; it will feature presentation of the NAB Radio and Television Hall of Fame Awards and the NAB Digital Leadership Award. Tickets are sold through the NAB Show registration portal.
Elvis Duran enters NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame — The nationally-syndicated radio personality and philanthropist will be inducted during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner (above). “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” distributed by Premiere Radio Networks, is broadcast from New York’s Z100. His three-decade radio career includes host and program director duties at iHeartMedia’s WIOQ(FM) Philadelphia and KBest Media’s KBTS(FM) Austin, as well as stints at Entercom’s WZGC(FM) Atlanta and Cumulus’ KRBE(FM) Houston.
“Law and Policy Q&A With the FCC and Capitol Hill” (Invitation Only) — Senior congressional staff and FCC bureau chiefs answer questions. “This exclusive member benefit and one-of-a-kind session happens only at NAB Show,” the website states. “If you would like to attend but have not received an invitation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.” Among panelists is the new head of the FCC Audio Division Al Shuldiner.
“Crisis on the Strip: Reporting in an Unfolding Emergency” (Business of Broadcast Conference) — Tuesday afternoon. A panel will focus on the role broadcasters served in providing information to the public during the tragic shooting in Las Vegas.
We Are Broadcasters Celebration — Another new event, this will be held Tuesday from 3 to 4:15 p.m., followed by a networking reception, at the new Mainstage in the North Hall, and it is open to all attendees. It will include presentation of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards and the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, in addition to the Radio and Television Engineering Achievement Awards and the Television Chairman’s Award.
NAB Crystal Radio Awards — Fifty finalists have been named, 10 winners will be recognized during the new We Are Broadcasters Celebration Tuesday afternoon (see above). The awards recognize radio stations for outstanding year-round commitment to community service. WTOP(FM) in Washington will receive the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, which recognizes stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards. WTOP is the seventh station so honored.
“Content Strategies for Podcasting” — An all-day track of four sessions on Wednesday including discussion of the “anatomy of a podcast hit.”