NAB Radio Update - Sep 9, 2008

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NAB Radio Show Introduces New Super Session Featuring Radio Executives
NAB announced today a new event featuring broadcast radio executives during the upcoming NAB Radio Show. The Super Session Breakfast with Radio Group Executives will take place on Thursday, Sept.18 at 7:30 a.m. Radio executives are expected to address current radio trends and key issues impacting the business.

Panelists include: Amador Bustos, president and CEO of Bustos Media, LLC, a leading private broadcasting company that owns and operates 25 radio stations and produces nationally syndicated radio formats carried by 55 affiliated stations. Bustos currently serves on the NAB Radio Board and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) board, and was previously chairman and CEO of Z-Spanish Media Corporation. In August 2000, Z-Spanish merged with Entravision Communications, where Bustos served as a member of the board until 2003. An active member of his community, Bustos helped establish the Bustos/Lopez Family Fund in 1996, supporting over 50 graduating high school seniors throughout their college years.

David Field, president and CEO of Entercom Communications, a radio broadcasting company that owns and operates more than 100 stations in more than 20 markets. As the leader of one of the country's five largest broadcasting companies, Fields was hailed as Radio Ink's 2006 Radio Executive of the Year, as well as one of the Best CEO's in America by Institutional Investor's magazine, an award Field's also won in 2007. Field, the former chairman of the NAB Radio Board of Directors, currently serves on the boards of Entercom and the Radio Advertising Bureau, and is involved in a variety of charitable and community organizations.

Dan Mason, president and CEO of CBS Radio. He became president of CBS Radio in 1995, leaving the position in 2002 to serve as an advisor and consultant to CBS and other domestic and international companies in the radio broadcasting industry. In 2007 Mason returned to CBS Radio as president and CEO, currently managing 140 stations as the leader of one of the largest major-market operators in the United States. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Mason was named "Outstanding Alumnus of the Year" in 1995, as well as Radio and Record's Radio Executive of the Year.

Mary Quass serves on the NAB Radio Board and is president and CEO of NRG Media, which presently operates 84 radio stations throughout the Midwest. She began her radio career as an account executive for KHAK AM/FM, eventually working as vice president and general manager until she bought the stations in 1988. During a radio career that spans over three decades, Quass has been recognized for her leadership and significant achievements in radio. In 1999, she was inducted into the Iowa Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and presented with the Radio Wayne Award for Broadcaster of the Year by Radio Ink. Since then her name has appeared on Radio Ink's "The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio" and "The 50 Most Influential Women in Radio" lists.

Jeffrey Smulyan serves as Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis-based radio, TV and magazine publishing company that owns and operates FM and AM radio stations in the nation's largest markets. A former member of the NAB Radio Board and former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Smulyan was named one of the 10 most influential radio executives of the past two decades by Radio and Record's in 1995. He was the recipient of the American Women in Radio and Television's Silver Satellite Award, NAB's National Radio Award, and Radio Ink's "Radio Executive of the Year," all presented in 2000. In recognition of his charitable efforts, Smulyan was presented with The Broadcasters Foundation Golden Mike Award in 2006.

More Convention News

Comic Wonder and Veteran Comedians Langston and Dunlop will Crown "Radio's Comic Wonder"
Two of America's comedy greats are joining forces with Comic Wonder, bringing their material to a whole new generation., the world’s first and only online competitive audio joke telling arena, is hooking up with veteran actor/comedians Murray Langston ("The Unknown Comic") and Vic Dunlop for a unique ongoing cross promotion campaign with their new independent film Dirty Jokes: The Movie.

Langston and Dunlop will hit the stage at the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show to emcee Comic Wonder's "coronation" of the winner of their popular Radio's Comic Wonder contest on Sept. 18th in Austin, TX.

Beyond the free airfare and accommodations at the NAB Radio Show and $1,000 in cold, hard cash, Comic Wonder is giving away one of The Unknown Comic's famous bags from The Gong Show. The bag will be signed and framed. Deadline to enter is Aug. 31.

If you're a radio personality and think you’re a hoot, prove it by visiting before the deadline and tell your best joke. You can submit original jokes of up to three minutes over the phone. Visitors to vote on the performances and help choose Radio's Comic Wonder.

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