On Tuesday, November 16, attendees of Forecast 2022 will likely enjoy the last-ever public appearance as NAB President/CEO of former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith.
At the event, presented by RBR+TVBR and Radio Ink, Smith will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in a luncheon presentation from Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley and Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb.
Later in the day, Smith will engage in a roundtable conversation about the NAB’s leadership transition with his successor, Curtis LeGeyt, moderated by former NAB EVP for Industry Affairs and Strategic Planning Steve Newberry, today CEO of Quu.
Ahead of that Forecast 2022 discussion, Smith on Wednesday delivered his final State of the Industry Address.
“In thinking about what I wanted to say to you today, I couldn’t help but reflect on my journey to Washington, D.C., how I built a career in politics, and how I found myself at NAB,” he said in a roughly 20-minute address, in which he said “there’s never been a more important time to be a broadcaster… in the past 20 months, perhaps more than any other time that I can recall, your role has been invaluable. You have been there for your communities… keeping them informed, connected and safe during this time of uncertainty.”
He then offered nine lessons that led to many of the successes at the NAB under his tenure.
We are pleased to offer Smith’s entire address here:
2021 MARCONI AWARD WINNERS REVEALED
ROCK STATION OF THE YEAR: KLOS-FM/Los Angeles
SPANISH STATION OF THE YEAR: KLLI-FM “Cali 93.9″/Los Angeles
NEWS/TALK STATION OF THE YEAR: WTOP-FM/Washington, D.C.
MEDIUM MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Dan Potter — The KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter, KRMG-FM/Tulsa
COUNTRY STATION OF THE YEAR: WYCD-FM/Detroit
SPORTS STATION OF THE YEAR: KTCK-AM/Dallas
SMALL MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Frito & Katy, KNDE “Kandy 95” in Bryan-College Station, Tex.
CHR STATION OF THE YEAR: KNDE “Kandy 95” in Bryan-College Station, Tex.
SMALL MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR: WTAW-AM/College Station, Tex.
MAJOR MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR: KYW-AM/Philadelphia
CLASSIC HITS STATION OF THE YEAR: WCBS-FM/New York
LARGE MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR: KTMY-FM/Minneapolis
AC STATION OF THE YEAR: WTMX-FM/Chicago
URBAN STATION OF THE YEAR: WEDR-FM “99 JAMZ”/Miami
COLLEGE STATION OF THE YEAR: WPSC-FM, William Patterson University, Wayne, N.J.
RELIGIOUS STATION OF THE YEAR: WGTS-FM/Washington, D.C.
MEDIUM MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR: KRMG-FM/Tulsa
MAJOR MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: The Musers, (George Dunham, Craig Miller, and Gordon Keith), KTCK-AM/Dallas
LARGE MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Ann Kelly, WDUV-FM “105.5 The Dove” in Tampa
NETWORK SYNDICATED PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Rickey Smiley, Reach Media, Urban One
LEGENDARY MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Ben Downs, Bryan Broadcasting
LEGENDARY STATION OF THE YEAR: WSB-AM/Atlanta