NAB Show’s Vegas Affair Affirmed With Cannon Commitment


LOS ANGELES — He was the toast of NATPE 2020, with a syndicated daily talk show picking up affiliates left and right. Then came COVID-19, and a controversy surrounding comments deemed anti-Semitic made by the veteran talent on a podcast, which he has since repented for.

With his syndicated morning show back on his flagship FM in Southern California and Debmar-Mercury gearing up a fall 2021 delayed debut of his TV show, Nick Cannon is ready for a big decade ahead.

On October 9 and 10, he’ll be a key figure at the live-and-in person NAB Show in Las Vegas — another sign that the media industry’s biggest annual gathering remains a go.

Cannon on Tuesday (5/18) was confirmed for two NAB Show events, just as brokers, PR professionals and tech companies committing to booths begin to make their final decisions on whether or not to start making travel plans.

As far as the NAB is concerned, the answer is yes.

Cannon will appear on Saturday, October 9, during the NAB’s Sales and Management Television Exchange (SMTE). There, he will discuss his long-running career in TV. On October 10, he will appear during an NAB Show Main Stage celebrity session.

This also affirms the NAB’s commitment to shifting sessions one day earlier than in the past, with key events starting Sunday rather than on a Monday.

The NAB Show’s full dates are October 9–13, 2021.

Cannon produces and hosts his daily radio show, “Nick Cannon Radio,” and weekend show “Cannon’s Countdown,” both syndicated nationally by Skyview Networks, as well as “Power Mornings with Nick Cannon” on Meruelo Media-owned KPWR-FM (Power 106) in Los Angeles.

“Nick Cannon,” a daytime talk show set for national syndication from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, will launch in fall 2021 with a slew of affiliates already committed from one year ago.

Additionally, Cannon currently serves as the executive producer and host of FOX’s “The Masked Singer.”

He began his career in television as a teenager on Nickelodeon’s sketch-comedy show “All That.” Cannon is also known for his work as creator, host and executive producer of MTV’s sketch comedy show “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out,” which recently aired its 15th season.

“Nick Cannon has entertained millions with his unique brand of humor and gregarious personality throughout his three-decade career,” NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said. “We are excited to hear how his business acuity and industry experience have guided his success in radio, television, film and music as we welcome attendees back for the 2021 NAB Show.”

Nick Cannon also serves as the label head and music business curator of Ncredible Entertainment, where he has helped discover and develop award-winning talent such as H.E.R. and Kehlani. In 2009, he was named chairman of the TeenNick network and became the youngest television chairman in history.