Washington, D.C. -- Leading television and radio broadcast executives Emily Barr of Graham Media, Dave Santrella of Salem Media Group and Hearst Television’s Jordan Wertlieb will speak during the opening session of NAB Show Premiere on April 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The panel, moderated by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Chief Operating Officer Curtis LeGeyt, will focus on the how the industry was impacted by the pandemic and other major events of the past year. NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith will deliver opening remarks for NAB Show Premiere, which is available exclusively on NAB Amplify.
NAB Show Premiere, a special online event, will convene top brands in media and entertainment and offer exclusive educational content on NAB Amplify, April 12—23. Program highlights include new product launches, award presentations and networking opportunities.
The opening session titled “One Year of Broadcasting in a Pandemic” will feature the executives in a candid conversation about the challenges faced by broadcasters over the last year, how they adjusted and what local stations achieved in the face of adversity.
Topics will include broadcasters’ response to the pandemic, growing competition from social media and technology companies, promoting industry diversity and attacks on the First Amendment and journalism.
Emily Barr is the president and CEO of Graham Media Group, overseeing seven media hubs delivering local news, programming and digital media in six states. Dave Santrella is the president of Broadcast Media, Salem Media Group, overseeing Salem’s 115 local radio stations in 35 markets. Jordan Wertlieb is the president of Hearst Television, with oversight of Hearst’s local television stations, radio stations and digital properties across 26 markets.
NAB will also present the TV Chairman’s Award to acclaimed host Mario Lopez and announce the winners of the 2021 NAB Crystal Radio Awards live on April 13. Established in 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards nationally recognize local radio stations for their year-round commitment to serving communities.
An NAB Amplify account is required to access “One Year of Broadcasting in a Pandemic” and all other NAB Show Premiere sessions.
Qualified members of the press should indicate their press status during the NAB Amplify registration process.