New Jersey Broadcasters: Outstanding

By on Jun, 21 2014 with Comments 2

NJBA ConferenceClark SmidtThe 67th NJBA convention June 17 & 18, hit a home run in Atlantic City.  President Paul Rotella, his staff and family (wife Camille and three sons) put together a world class show with an opening session to rival NAB events.  Recently elected A.C. Mayor Don Guardian delivered an exuberant Boardwalk Empire Welcome.  Then, NJBA Chairman Scott Taylor kicked things off with the All Star line up: RAB CEO Erica Farber, Emmis Chairman & Phone Chip Champion Jeff Smulyan, Connoisseur CEO Jeff Warshaw, CCU Research Guru Radha Subramanyam, Katz LA EVP Mary Beth Garber, Borell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell and Nielsen’s SVP Farshad Family.  “Hometown Jersey Joe” Piscipo received the Howard Green NJBA Humanitarian Award and promptly belted out a stirring rendition of “N J, N J,” a great parody of The Chairman of the Board singing “New York, New York.”

Research Director Inc. President Charlie Sislen led the opening super session “Strategies for Radio to Combat the Pureplay Assault” and a later one on “Compelling Programming” with Emmis’ Skip Dillard plus a vintage, passionate live performance on news responsibility by WTOP General Emeritus Jim Farley. Sun Broadcast CEO Jason Baily, Nielsen, Compass Media and Wide Orbit were among the key sponsors.  Top notch exhibitors included RCS, iBiquty Digital, four stations broadcasting live and even an appearance by “Barbecure Bob.”  Spotlights were also on a 10 Man Major League “Sports Symposium”, “Crisis Management”, Bob McCurdy’s “Ear vs. Eye”, “Branding Yourself” and “Making Your Stations Local” with Radiate Media’s Ivan Shulman and NYSBA President Deon Levingston also shared the spotlight.  The program was complete with Lifetime Achievement, Scholarship and Best Broadcast Awards.

Thank you, Paul.  A definite visit for next year.  Just tell ’em Nucky Thompson sent ‘ya.

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THE SUN BROADCAST GROUP TEAM
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PRESIDENT PAUL ROTELLA AND THE NJBA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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RESEARCH DIRECTOR PRESIDENT CHARLIE SISLEN & RECENTLY GRADUATED JIM FARLEY, WTOP, D.C.

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MR. & MRS. PAUL ROTELLA AND 2/3 OF THE SONS.

— Clark Smidt – Media Connects

Clark connects media with business as Nor’east Broadcast Advisor, since 1982. www.broadcastideas.com. His Grand Aunt, Ethel Ratty, did middays on The Steel Pier for WPG in the ’30s & 40s.

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  1. Garry Armstrong Says:

    Nice job on the New Jersey Broadcasters, Clark.
    All the best!
    Garry

  2. Paul.. The 67th NJBA Convention here in our city was exciting,
    challenging and uplifting. The myriad of speakers and seminars
    were thought provoking and educational. We at WIBBAGEFM@94.3 and
    WIBG102AM & 101.3FM are proud of your excellent leadership and
    providing us in this industry with world class leadership and a
    renewed sense of urgency for full service live and local radio.