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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2006
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Actions of the NAB Board of Directors

ACTIONS OF THE NAB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
November 8 - 9, 2006
Washington, DC

NAB JOINT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PROCEDURAL MATTERS

Joint Radio and Television Board of Directors Chairman Bruce Reese, President and CEO, Bonneville International, called the NAB Joint Board to order. The Board approved the minutes of the June Board meeting and Executive Committee actions since June.

ASSOCIATION STATUS REPORT

Mr. Reese welcomed two new Television Board network representatives, Michael Wortsman of Univison and Brandon Burgess of ION Media Networks. Mr. Reese thanked all Board members for their time and efforts on behalf of NAB and reviewed a number of accomplishments since the previous Board meeting in June. Mr. Reese played a recent speech given at the National Press Club by NAB President and CEO David Rehr.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

NAB President and CEO David Rehr reviewed his first eleven months as NAB's president and outlined his goals for bringing more value to membership. Mr. Rehr described some of the changes he has brought to day-to-day NAB operations.

MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

Mr. Rehr introduced American University Professor Steve Holmberg who reported on the results of NAB's inaugural membership survey. The survey covered a wide range of topics dealing with member services and benefits.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Doug Wiley, NAB EVP, Government Relations, briefed the Board on the new Government Relations team. Mr. Wiley reviewed the results of Tuesday's election and the impact of the elections on the business of broadcasting.

LEGAL AND REGULATORY UPDATE

Marsha MacBride, NAB EVP, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, briefed the Board on issues related to the impact of the election on the FCC, the review of ownership rules and issues dealing with the FCC's license approval process.

NABPAC

NAB Board Member Howard Anderson, President and CEO, KHWY, Inc. reported on the activities of the NAB political action committee and reminded Board members of the importance of donating to the PAC.

REP. JOE CROWLEY ADDRESS

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), co-chair of the New Democratic Coalition, discussed the election impact with the NAB Joint Board of Directors.

NABEF

NABEF President Marcellus Alexander briefed the Board on recent activities of the NAB Education Foundation.

FINANCIAL REPORT

NAB EVP and CFO Ken Almgren provided the Board with an update on NAB finances.

NAB RADIO OF DIRECTORS

CALL TO ORDER

Radio Board Chairman David J. Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corporation, called the meeting to order. After a call of the roll, minutes from the June Board meeting were approved.

RADIO MEMBERSHIP/NAB RADIO SHOW

NAB EVP Radio John David updated the board on current membership and was joined by Rick Cummings, President, Radio Division, Emmis Communications. Cummings, chairman of the NAB 2006 Radio Show Steering Committee, reviewed the recent convention in Dallas. It was announced that Mr. Cummings will serve as the Radio Show Steering Committee chairman again at The 2007 NAB Radio Show in Charlotte.

RADIO PRIORITIES PROGRESS REPORT

Mr. Rehr presented an update on progress that has been made since the last Board meeting on a series of priorities adopted by the Radio Board, including driving the adoption of HD Radio in the marketplace.

HD RADIO

Mike Lyons, VP, Business Development, iBiquity, briefed the Board on the continued roll-out of HD Radio.

ACCELERATING HD RADIO

Mr. Rehr and Mr. Field discussed future goals for accelerating the roll-out of HD Radio stressing the importance of a successful and speedy deployment.

DIGITAL RADIO/SPECTRUM INTEGRITY TASK FORCE

NAB Board Member Gunther Meisse, President, WVNO/WRGM Radio, WMFG & WOHZ Television Mansfield, OH provided an update on the task force's activities.

HD RADIO RESOLUTION

NAB Board Member Bruce Goldsen, President & GM, WKHM-AM/FM and WIMB Jackson, MI provided an update on the Small/Medium Market Committee's activities and proposed the following Resolution of the NAB Radio Board of Directors which was passed without objection:

  • WHEREAS, over the air radio stations are currently broadcasting in digital HD Radio; and

  • WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission has had a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking pending for over 31 months; and
  • WHEREAS, radio broadcasters daily serve the needs of their communities, including the provision of lifeline services during life threatening emergencies
  • THEREFORE, be it resolved, the Radio Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters hereby urges the Commission to act expeditiously to finalize service rules for digital AM and FM radio

TECHNOLOGY ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

NAB Board Member Susan Davenport Austin, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Treasurer, Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation, and co-chairperson of NAB's Technology Advocacy Committee, provided an update on the committee's activities.

NAB TELEVISION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CALL TO ORDER

NAB Board Chair Alan Frank, President, Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. called the Television Board to order. After a call of the roll, minutes of the June Board meeting were approved.

TELEVISION DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

Marcellus Alexander, NAB EVP, Television briefed the board on current membership totals, the recent Small Market Group Roundtable and Television Exchange and the successful Account Executive Webcast done in partnership with NAB.

POLITICAL COVERAGE

Dennis Wharton, NAB EVP, Media Relations, reported on NAB efforts to promote local broadcasters' coverage of elections. He stressed the importance of keeping NAB staff informed of station coverage of campaigns, debate coverage, and the like.

LEGAL/ECHOSTAR UPDATE

Marsha MacBride, NAB EVP, Legal and Regulatory Affairs briefed the Board on matters dealing with EchoStar litigation and the DTV Periodic Review.

NAB/MSTV DIGITAL CONVERTER BOX UPDATE

Lynn Claudy, NAB Senior VP, Science and Technology, provided an update on the digital converter box project and on new DTV receiver technology.

TV HALL OF FAME

Mr. Frank discussed possible candidates and sought input for this year's TV Hall of Fame inductee at NAB2007 in Las Vegas.

TECHNOLOGY ADVOCACY

NAB Board Member Edward Munson, Vice President of Station Sales, LIN Television Corp, and co-chairperson of NAB's Technology Advocacy Committee, provided an update on the committee's activities.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.

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