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Big time lineup coming to MMTC

A significant number of participants at the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council Access to Capital Conference next month (7/18-19/05) will not require nametags. This particularly goes for the scheduled roster of keynoters. Although two of six may not be household faces among broadcasters, those being Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and NCTA head Kyle McSlarrow, we expect everyone is quite familiar with the other four: FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein, NAB head Eddie Fritts and Emmis Communications Chairman Jeff Smulyan. (Will Smulyan also be kicking tires over at the Washington Nationals' temporary digs at RFK Stadium?). In addition, a wide variety of speakers will be on hand.

Marcellus Alexander, VP/Television, NAB

Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President, SBC Communications

Andrew Barrett, President, The Barrett Group

Daryl Brown, Vice President, The Walt Disney Company

Amador Bustos, President, Bustos Media Holdings

Lewis Byrd, General Partner, Opportunity Capital Partners

Thomas Castro, President, Border Media Partners

Glenn Cherry, President, Tama Broadcasting

Maria Cruz, Vice President For Supplier Diversity, Verizon

Ari Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Mark Fratrik, Vice President, BIA Financial Network

Joel Hartstone, Managing Director, StoneGate Capital Group LLC

Divakar Kamath, President, Pacesetter Growth Fund

Erwin Krasnow, Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer

Gui Larangeira, Senior Associate, Telecom Development Fund

Deborah Lathen, President, Lathen Consulting

Nicolaine Lazarre, Principal, Lazarre & Associates

David C. Lee, Managing Director, D.B. Zwirn & Co.

Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, COO, access.1 Communications

Jane Mago, Senior Vice President And General Counsel, NAB

Robert O. Mahlman, President, The Mahlman Company

Nia Mathis, Associate, Latham & Watkins

David A. Meier, Vice President, Wells Fargo Foothill

Nicholas Miller, Partner, Miller & Van Eaton

Francisco Montero, Partner, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, PLC; Exec Dir, ISBA

Marvin R. Motley, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Sourcing Sprint

Dr. Everett C. Parker, Professor Of Communications, Fordham University

Susan Patrick, Vice President, Patrick Communications

Hon. Henry M. Rivera, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP; Chair, MMTC

Jonathan Rogers, Sr., P.E., CEO, Applied Wireless Local Area Network, Inc.

Jesse Russell, CEO, IncNetworks

Riley Temple, Partner, Halprin Temple

Hank Torbert, Executive Vice President, Broadcast Capital Fund, Inc.

S. Jenell Trigg, Of Counsel, Leventhal Senter & Lerman P.L.L.C.

Hon. Gloria Tristani, Managing Director, Office Of Communication, Inc., UCC

David Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer, Max Media

Darius Withers, Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP

Sirius extends contract with Ford

Ford says it's extending its exclusive contract with Sirius Satellite Radio through 2011 to offer Sirius radios as factory-installed options in select models. The agreement with Sirius was originally scheduled to end in 2008. Ford is offering Sirius as a factory-installed option on the 2006 F-150, Explorer, Lincoln Mark LT and Mercury Mountaineer. The company is targeting another 17 models for the option in the 2006 and 2007 model years. Satellite radio also is available as a dealer-installed option on various models. Sirius said satellite radio should be available in 90% of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles by the 2008 model year. The contract also allows Ford to extend the agreement through 2013.

Brotman out at Museum of TV & Radio

Stuart Brotman is out as President of the Museum of Television and Radio in NYC, which was founded by Bill Paley. Brotman succeeded the late Bob Batscha. The Museum didn't return calls seeking comment at deadline.

USRN launches Reggaeton series

United Stations Radio Networks announced the launch of El Pique!, a 10-Week Summer Series featuring the hottest Reggaeton tracks. The 2-hour weekly mix show will be programmed and hosted by Serg Sniper and VSmoove. The hosts of will broadcast in English, while the show's song lyrics are a mix of English and Spanish. El Pique! will air nationally from July 4th Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Raised in New York, VSmoove first hit the airwaves over a decade ago on WVHC in upstate New York, and he's gone on to become one of New York City's hottest Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and Reggaeton DJs. He created a series of Dancehall Reggae releases, and his unique mixing style has earned him international popularity in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

Niche pitch?

The International Radio & Television Society Foundation (IRTS) will be hosting a morning session today to push the power of radio to reach increasingly major minority market segments in the US. "Diversity in Radio" is being hosted by Radio One's Zemira Jones, who will direct a panel which will include Frank Flores of SBS, Nelson Garcia of Casanova Pendrill Inc., Deon Livingston of Inner City and Paul Parzuchoski of Interep. In a release describing the program, IRTS said, "From the Spanish Census to the Power of Urban Radio to the direct marketing of the Gay community, radio is changing the perception of America and blazing a new trail in developing these very important segments."

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