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October 16, 2020
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NAB, LABF to Feature '100 Years of Broadcast News’ Celebration at NAB Show New York

-- Event will feature Ted Koppel, Carol Marin, Soledad O’Brien and Robert Siegel --

-- Commemoration of broadcasting’s centennial to spotlight legendary journalists, pioneering radio station --


Washington, D.C.-- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) will co-produce “100 Years of Broadcast News: Challenges Met, Challenges Anew,” a celebration of broadcasting’s centennial with the industry’s leading voices and historians.

The NAB Show New York main stage session, hosted by Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris and Beasley Media Group’s Chief Communications Officer Heidi Raphael, will be held October 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. and is available to all NAB Show New York attendees. Registration for the show is available at NABShowNY.com.

“Broadcasting has a storied past that needs to be commemorated and celebrated,” said Morris, who additionally serves as co-chair of the LABF. “The industry has been a resource of news, information and entertainment at every juncture of the last 100 years and will be well into the next century. The LABF is committed to preserving that history for the generations that will sustain the industry for the next 100 years.”

Marci Burdick, former head of Television for Schurz Communications and a one-time TV reporter and news director, will interview four award-winning journalists to reflect on broadcasting’s legacy of newsgathering and reporting over the past 100 years, and how broadcasting will face rising challenges in the years ahead. Burdick will conduct interviews with Ted Koppel, senior contributor on CBS “Sunday Morning” and former host of ABC News’ “Nightline”; Carol Marin, director of the DePaul Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence and political editor at NBC Chicago; acclaimed news anchor Soledad O’Brien, anchor of “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”; and former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” Robert Siegel.

“As we celebrate the heritage of broadcasting, it is impossible to overstate the impact of broadcast radio and television in shaping our history, culture and communities,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith, who will deliver remarks at the event. “Millions of Americans have trusted broadcasters to be their eyes and ears during our nation’s most pivotal events, and broadcasters look forward to serving as a window to the world for the next 100 years.”

The program will also include a visit to the grounds of the old Westinghouse Electric works in Pittsburgh where the National Museum of Broadcasting has recreated the tiny rooftop shack that housed KDKA's transmitter and studio on the night of its historic November 2, 1920 broadcast of the election returns of the presidential race between Warren Harding and James Cox. The host for the visit will be KDKA morning newsman Larry Richert. The segment was made possible by the museum; the Regional Industrial Development Corp., which now owns the site; and video producer Michael Savisky of Make Roots.

Registration for NAB Show New York is available at NABShowNY.com.

Qualified press are encouraged to register to receive complimentary access to this session and more.

About Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF)

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the industry's past, reflecting the present and informing its future. The LABF was created to honor the remarkable creators, innovators, leaders, performers and journalists who have brought the electronic arts to the prominence they occupy in the United States and the world today, and who have set the stage for the future. In addition, the organization serves the philanthropic purpose of supporting the Library of American Broadcasting, the nation’s most extensive collection of broadcast history, policy and tradition, including historical documents, professional papers, oral and video histories, books, scripts and photographs preserved at the University of Maryland.
 

About NAB Show New York

Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, the 2020 NAB Show New York is a 10-day online event showcasing advances in next-generation technology and featuring conferences, workshops and exhibits focused on television, film, online video, live events, advertising, corporate A/V, production and post. The interactive digital event takes place October 19 - 29, 2020. More information is available at NABShowNY.com.
 

About NAB

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.
 
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Updated:10/18/2020