1. Legislation Opposing Performance Tax Introduced in Congress
Reps. Kathy Castor (FL-14) and Steve Womack (AR-3) have introduced bipartisan legislation opposing a performance tax on local radio stations – the Local Radio Freedom Act.
This resolution opposes "any new performance fee, tax or other charge" on local radio and is currently supported by 119 legislators and counting. Meanwhile, the so-called American Music Fairness Act (AMFA) has only three cosponsors.
📣 Tell your legislators today that you want them to keep local radio strong by opposing the AMFA and supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act.
2. Two New Broadcasting Hall of Famers to be Honored at NAB Show
Just Announced! Adrian "Stretch Armstrong" Bartos and Bobbito García will be honored as the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees for radio on April 17 on the Main Stage.
The revolutionary pair came to fame hosting the "Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show" at Columbia University's WKCR-FM in the 1990s, which launched the careers of superstar artists including Jay-Z, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, The Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem.
Join us as we celebrate our centennial, explore the latest innovations in broadcasting and honor the achievements of trailblazers in television and radio.
ICYMI: Join TVNewsCheck on Sunday, April 16 for the brand-new Programming Everywhere conference at NAB Show and explore the critical need for more programming across linear, streaming and syndication channels.
3. Small and Medium Market Radio Broadcasters Will Convene at NAB Show
Kick off your NAB Show experience by joining your radio peers for an exclusive industry forum customized for small and medium market radio members and hosted by NAB's Small and Medium Market Radio Committee.
Participate in can't-miss conversations on the topics you care about most, while reconnecting and networking with your colleagues.
NAB members get the best rates for NAB Show. RSVP now and receive a code for $150 off NAB Show registration.
4. Happening Now: NAB Board of Directors Election
The 2023 NAB Board of Directors election will be conducted by Vote-Now.com from February 9 to April 13. The 2023 election is for odd-numbered radio districts and six of the at-large television seats. The eligible radio districts up for election are listed below followed by the election schedule.
For questions about the NAB Board of Directors election, please contact Sue Keenom at (202) 429-5312 or email@example.com.
2023 Radio Districts:
District 1 – New England
District 3 - Pennsylvania
District 5 – West Virginia, Kentucky
District 7 – Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
District 9 – Georgia, Alabama
District 11 - Ohio
District 13 - Michigan
District 15 – Tennessee, Arkansas
District 17 - Illinois
District 19 – Oklahoma, N. Texas
District 21 – Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota
District 23 – N. California, Alaska
District 25 – Oregon, Washington
2023 Schedule of Electronic NAB Board Elections
February 9 – Notice requesting nominations goes out to all membership from Vote-Now.com
March 9 – Nominations window closes/candidates verified for eligibility
March 16 – Ballots sent to voting representatives via Vote-Now.com
April 10 – Ballots due
April 13 – Notification of winners/determination if run-off election required
5. Refresh Your Station's PSA Creative
NAB's Spot Center is a destination for local radio and television broadcasters seeking public educational materials from credible organizations.
TV and radio spots from the Social Security Administration provide information about supplemental security income for those in need.
The American Heart Association tells the story of heart disease survivor Jeff in a TV spot.
On Wednesday, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt spoke at a Georgia Association of Broadcasters event held at the University of Georgia where he joined Grady School of Journalism faculty, students and local broadcasters for a discussion on policy priorities and broadcast career opportunities.
NAB Leadership Foundation President and NAB Chief Diversity Officer Michelle Duke moderated at panel at "Expanding Digital and Media Ownership Opportunities for Women and Minorities," a symposium hosted by the FCC this week. Former NAB board chair Caroline Beasley also spoke at the event. Read more from Michelle Duke here.
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