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November 11, 2008
Dennis Wharton
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Rehr Congratulates Obama, Highlights Broadcasters' Role in America

WASHINGTON, DC – NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr wrote to President-Elect Barack Obama yesterday, congratulating the newly-elected leader and highlighting the role played by America's local television and radio broadcasters.

"There are more than 15,000 local radio and television stations in the United States, employing nearly 250,000 hard working Americans," wrote Rehr. "These stations serve their communities through public service, local news, entertaining programming and vital community information -- such as emergency warnings, traffic information and severe weather alerts."

Rehr also referenced the pending transition to digital television, noting that NAB has undertaken "massive consumer education efforts" to ensure that no American is left behind in the switch to DTV.

Rehr's full letter can be read in PDF format here.

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