Gordon Smith, the outgoing CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, is the recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Leadership Award.
The formal presentation of the honor to the former Republican U.S. Senator from Oregon is set for Radio’s Financial Summit: Forecast 2022, scheduled for November 16 at the Harvard Club in New York.
The announcement was made by Deborah Parenti, EVP/Publisher of Radio + Television Business Report.
“No one could be more deserving of this recognition than Gordon Smith,” Parenti said. “His advocacy and statesmanship over the past twelve years have won many admirers throughout the industry as well as on the Beltway. He has charted a course that will continue to positively impact the industry for years to come.”
Smith joined the NAB as its President/CEO in November 2009. Under his leadership, NAB saw its New York show grow as the Radio Show evolved to a co-production with the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
Aside from his time on Capitol Hill, Smith served as a senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling LLP.
His successor is the NAB’s Chief Operating Officer, Curtis LeGeyt. He will take over on Jan. 1, 2022. Smith will transition to a 36-month advisory and advocacy role at the end of 2021, as previously reported.
Smith joins a list of previous honorees that includes Ralph Guild, Lowry Mays, Gary Fries, Eddie Fritts, Bill Burton, Dan Mason, Peter Smyth, Cathy Hughes, Bruce Reese, Dick Clark, Frances Preston, George Beasley, and Jeff Smulyan.