NAB SLC In D.C.: Tuesday Event Features Key Legislators


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pack a sweater, but no umbrella is necessary.

With a high of 44 and abundant sunshine, some 600 local radio and TV broadcasters will have good weather — and hopefully good sessions — to look forward to come Tuesday (2/26).

That’s when they will be in the Nation’s Capital for the NAB’s annual State Leadership Conference.

The gathering will see much discussion on the legislative and regulatory issues important to broadcasting. Among the NAB’s priorities are the end-of-year expiration of the STELA Reauthorization Act, a successful broadcast spectrum incentive auction repack, and preventing any new “performance fees’ on broadcast radio stations.

Many of the sessions are closed to the press.

However, four events are expected to generate some interest from Capitol Hill journalists.

From 10:45 – 11am, the Assistant Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Rep. Ray Luján (D-N. Mex.) will address attendees. He is a member of the House E&C Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which has direct oversight of the FCC.

From Noon-12:30 pm, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who sits on the Senate equivalent of the Communications Subcommittee, will address attendees.

Then, from 1:30pm-2pm, Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly will make a speech. One hour later, a 30-minute address with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) is on the schedule.

The event will take place inside the JW Marriott Hotel.