Attendees can expect things to look a bit different at the first all-virtual 2020 Radio Show, even as some familiar features of the annual event will remain, such as keynote addresses and townhall speeches, as well as discussions on audio, advertising and podcasting.
The show has a five-day format that starts with a CEO Townhall on Monday Oct. 5, moderated by NBC News Senior Business Correspondent and MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle.
She will be joined by Mary Berner, president and CEO of Cumulus Media; David Field, chairman, president and CEO of Entercom Communications; and Bob Pittman, chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia.
The show is put on by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertisign Bureau.
Author and business leader Rishad Tobaccowala will head an Oct. 6 session “Reinventing Leadership with Heart and Soul.” radio host and author Dave Ramsey will speak at the Oct. 9 session “Leadership 2021 — Inspiring and Building Successful Teams.”
Two key tracks will run concurrently throughout the convention. Channel A sessions will address issues like inclusivity, local sales tactics and ideas for resurrecting businesses. Channel B sessions will dive into the technical side of the radio business including a behind-the-scenes look at WWFD, the nation’s first all-digital AM station; an update on radio and the connected car; and a look at the evolution of broadcast technology including advances in hardware and software in the cloud.
Other highlights during the Oct. 5–9 event — which is now open for registration — include a series of award presentations and technology demonstrations.