NAB Insider from Radio magazine - April 28, 2009

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How Well Do You Know Your Vegas History?
Each of these events happened recently from 2006-2008, can you guess the correct year?

  • Boyd Gaming Corp. announces Echelon Place, a $4 billion development project. The 5,300-room resort will be located on the 63-acre site now occupied by the Stardust.
  • Caesars Palace raises table game limit ceiling to the highest in Las Vegas.
  • Las Vegas hosts first MTV Video Music Awards at The Palms Casino Resort.
  • Cirque du Soleil opens its fifth resident show, 'Love' at The Mirage, replacing long-time Las Vegas magicians, Siegfried and Roy. The show is based on The Beatles music.
  • The Palazzo celebrates its grand opening.
  • Nevada becomes #1 in restaurant growth. The National Restaurant Association report shows that Nevada's restaurant industry is growing faster than anywhere else in the country.
  • Grand Canyon Skywalk Opens. This modern-day marvel becomes the first-ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim.
  • Harrah's Entertainment and AEG announce plans for a 20,000-seat, state-of-the-art sports arena.
  • The Star Trek Experience closes at the Las Vegas Hilton after 12 successful years.
  • Nevada celebrates 75 years of legalized gaming.
  • Bette Midler becomes new resident headliner at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, replacing Celine Dion who had a successful five-year run.
  • The Castaways, the property formerly known as The Showboat, is imploded. Within 18 seconds, the 19-story hotel is reduced to a 20,000-ton pile of rubble.
  • Cirque du Soleil announces its seventh resident production show featuring renowned illusionist Criss Angel.


    NAB Announces 2009 Crystal Radio Award Winners
    Washington, DC - Apr 21, 2009 - The National Association of Broadcasters has named 10 winners of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their year-round commitment to community service. The 2009 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients:

    KKLI-FM Colorado Springs, COWGY-AM Latham, NY
    KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CAWIBC-FM Indianapolis, IN
    KUAD-FM Windsor, COWKRQ-FM Cincinnati, OH
    KXKT-FM Omaha, NEWRAL-FM Raleigh, NC
    WDBR-FM Springfield, ILWTUZ-FM New Philadelphia, OH

    Award winners were selected from 50 finalists and recognized at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon.

    NAB Survey: Convention Attendees in Buying Mood
    Washington, DC - A survey conducted by the National Association of Broadcasters showed that nearly 80 percent of NAB Show pre-registered conference and exhibition attendees planned to buy products or services exhibited on the convention floor. In line with that, 79 percent of survey respondents said they planned to purchase products or services on-site or within 12 months of the show.

    Past NAB Show research has shown that exhibitors generate more than $50 billion in sales as a direct result of the show each year.

    More survey findings:

  • 93 percent: Respondents who play a role in purchasing products and services showcased on the show floor, while 41 percent have final purchase authority.
  • 88 percent: Respondents say that the show is "very or somewhat important" to their purchasing plans this year.
  • 42 percent: Respondents who rated "see new products and developments" and "comparing products for future purchase" as two of the main reasons for coming to the NAB Show and added that it was more important this year, given the current economic climate.
  • 34 percent: Respondents who will not attend any other convention this year.

    The pre-show Internet survey was conducted April 1-8 and was sent by NAB to a random sample of more than 3,000 pre-registered conference and exhibition attendees.

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