The leaders of every state broadcast association with an annual summer or fall conference have been asking themselves the same questions lately, trying to determine the best and safest way to hold their events in light of the ever-evolving COVID situation.
The Georgia Association of Broadcasters is one of the associations with an event on the fall calendar. The challenges to show organizers are reflected in its latest email to members:
“The GAB board of directors, along with our staff and partners, have been in deep discussion on how best to approach this year’s convention, GABCON, the GABBY Awards banquet and our Hall of Fame luncheon,” wrote Bob Houghton and David Hart, GAB president and chairman, respectively.
“At this time, we are continuing to move forward with our live, in-person events as scheduled for Oct. 22–23. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to monitor the current public health situation and make adjustments if needed.”
Local rules in Atlanta mean that unless something changes by October, GAB attendees will have to wear masks indoors at the conference, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking. Masks will be available on site. Visitors must also consent to touchless temperature checks.
Houghton and Hart encouraged members to register for the event, saying that if a person later changes their mind and wants to cancel, they will get a full refund without penalty. GAB also is offering a 50% registration discount through the end of August.
Other upcoming regional events on the broadcast industry calendar include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Broadcasters Clinic and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention, both in September; the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Sound Bites 2021 conference and the Midwest Broadcast & Multimedia Technology Conference, co-produced by the state associations of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, both in November; and the previously postponed Alabama Broadcasters Association conference in January.
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