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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2010
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NAB Statement on the Passing of Benjamin Hooks

WASHINGTON -- NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement today mourning the passing of Benjamin Hooks. Hooks served on the Federal Communications Commission during the Nixon Administration and as executive director of the NAACP from 1977-1992.

"As a dedicated civil rights leader and committed public servant, Commissioner Hooks had a tremendous and lasting impact on broadcast diversity during his tenure at the FCC," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "Broadcasters mourn the loss of a great American who was committed to equal opportunity in life and on the public airwaves."

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The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.