Gordon Smith Keynote at the 2013 NAB Show


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Las Vegas - Apr 8, 2013 - NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith delivered the annual NAB State of the Industry address during the 2013 NAB Show. Below is a transcript of his remarks as prepared for delivery.

Thank you.

It's wonderful to see all of you here.I so appreciate your attendance at this great show.

We welcome thousands of people from all corners of the globe joining us this week as we celebrate the exciting evolutions taking place in media and entertainment.

As I look into your faces, I am optimistic about the future that lies ahead for broadcasters.

Now, some may disagree...

Some may not feel optimistic about broadcasting's future.

As president and CEO of NAB, I feel differently.

Every morning, I find a new challenge and a new opportunity awaiting me.

Winston Churchill once said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

I like that, and I believe that broadcasters are also a naturally optimistic bunch.

And that stems from broadcasting's ability to endure and adapt to consumers' changing habits since the very first broadcasts were aired.

Even in a world of tablets, smartphones and digital dashboards, broadcast radio and television are as relevant today as ever.

And some might say more relevant...as Americans become dependent on new technologies, radio and television continue to thrive and prove time and again their dependability when all else fails.

Not too long ago some within our own industry raised the question of whether radio, specifically, was on the verge of being pushed out of the automobile.

I think consumers and the leaders in Detroit said it best with a resounding no!



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