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July 12, 2007
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Expands Government Advocacy Team

--Special Focus on the Administration and Agencies--

Doug Wiley

WASHINGTON, DC – - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced today that it has named Doug Wiley, currently executive vice president of Government Relations, to the newly created position of executive vice president of Administration and Agencies.

In this role, Wiley will serve as NAB's chief advocate before the Cabinet and federal agencies. This newly created position will be charged with raising visibility and awareness of NAB's positions within the Administration and serving as a liaison to the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other related agencies.

"Doug has spent more than 20 years in Washington advocating on behalf of the communications industry," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "His experience working with both the Administration and federal agencies will be of immense benefit to our public policy work promoting local radio and television broadcasting."

Wiley joined NAB in April 2006. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of government relations for the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), vice president at the Telecommunications Industry Association, and senior legislative assistant to former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Thomas J. Bliley (R-VA).

Laurie Knight

Laurie Knight, currently senior vice president of Government Relations, has been promoted to executive vice president of Government Relations. In her new position, Knight will be responsible for representing the broadcast industry before Congress and will lead the NAB government relations team's advocacy initiatives.

"Laurie's track record of successful advocacy is well known on Capitol Hill and within the broadcast industry," said Rehr. "Her leadership skills in the public policy arena have been and will continue to be invaluable in promoting the interests of free local broadcasters."

Knight joined NAB in December 2005. Prior to that, she served as director of Government Affairs for the National Beer Wholesalers Association and legislative director for Rep. Jim Turner (D-TX).

Meredith Long

Robin Oxford

NAB also announced that Robin Oxford has joined the organization as director of State Association and Membership Outreach. In this position, Oxford will serve as principal liaison between NAB, its membership and 50 state associations on public policy issues.

In addition, Meredith Long has been promoted to director of Congressional and Membership Outreach. Long previously served as manager of Government Relations. In her new role, Long will be responsible for coordinating events which raise the visibility of the NAB before Congress, NAB membership and the Washington advocacy community.

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


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