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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - April 7, 2009
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Amateur Radio Operators Reception - an NAB Tradition
The annual Amateur Radio Operators Reception, more affectionately known as the HAM Reception, is a free-of-charge event at the 2009 NAB Show open to all attendees. This year's event will be held in Ballroom B of the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NAB's HAM Reception is a big draw for both amateur radio operators as well as those who have never pushed-to-talk nor learned Morse code, with hundreds lining up outside hours before the doors open. Typically more than 600 people pack the ballroom, each hoping that they will be the lucky winner of one of the fabulous (and sometimes very expensive) door prizes (more than $15,000 worth of prizes in all this year!). This year the HAM Reception is co-sponsored by Heil Sound Ltd. and BSW.
Everyone attending the HAM Reception is eligible to win a door prize, and is handed a raffle ticket upon entering the ballroom. This year there are more than 100 prizes to be handed out which have been generously donated by broadcast equipment manufacturers, engineering consulting firms, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and others.
Dickey, Field, Morgan Join NAB Radio Board
Washington, DC - Cumulus Chairman, President and CEO Lew Dickey, Entercom Communications President and CEO David Field, and Cox Radio Executive Vice President and COO Marc Morgan have joined the NAB Radio Board of Directors.
Lew Dickey is chairman, president and CEO of Cumulus Media, a company he co-founded in 1997. During his broadcasting career, Dickey has run Midwestern Broadcasting and DBBC, which owns radio stations in Atlanta, Nashville and Toledo. Prior to his tenure at Cumulus, Dickey founded Stratford Research, a leading provider of market research and strategy consulting to the radio and TV business. Dickey holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.
David Field is president and CEO of Entercom Communications, a Philadelphia-based radio company with stations in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento, Portland and Kansas City. Prior to his tenure at Entercom, Field worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs and Co. in New York. He holds a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Marc Morgan was named executive vice president and COO of Cox Radio in 2003. During Morgan's tenure at Cox, he has served as vice president and general manager, senior vice president, and co-chief operating officer. Previously, Morgan worked for ABC Radio in Chicago and New York. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
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