Gordon Smith Keynote at the 2013 NAB Show


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But it is a good reminder that broadcasters can't take their place in the dashboard for granted…we must continue to innovate and provide the content listeners want on many different platforms.

We must keep our eyes focused on the new doors that open before us.

The danger for any business that becomes complacent is its being left behind.

Today, I want to talk about the future of radio and television – both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead – and how we must take control of our destinies to thrive in a digital age.

Before I begin, I am reminded of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speechmaking advice, "Be sincere, be brief, be seated."

Ladies and gentlemen, that is my intention today.

Now, I wish to share some truthful – but I hope tactful – thoughts with you about the future.

Again, Churchill reminds me that "Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip."

While I will try to be tactful, the journey I wish for broadcasters will lead this industry to the "sunny uplands" of future days, as Churchill envisioned them.

In the past year, we've seen great success in our advocacy strategy.

Working in unity with America's broadcasters, NAB has led the charge on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission, stopping legislation that we deemed harmful to our listeners and viewers, and shaping other legislation to advance and protect the interests of broadcasters.

Radio and television stations have united to remind lawmakers of broadcasting's integral role in every local community through our "We Are Broadcasters" ad campaign.

Stations across the country are running radio and TV spots highlighting the many valuable ways stations serve the public.

Though we have successfully unified in our advocacy, our work in securing broadcasting's important place in American life continues.



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