Pai and Smith: A Las Vegas Act At NAB Show


What the Chairman say to the former Senator?

It’s not a joke, with no punchline necessary. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and National Association of Broadcasters President/CEO and former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith will participate in a 2020 NAB Show keynote conversation at 9am Pacific on Monday, April 20.

Pai and Smith will chat on the Main Stage in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

That’s a session open to all attendees, and it takes place an hour after an invitation-only National Association of Media Brokers breakfast at the Las Vegas Country Club featuring Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly.

For Pai and Smith, the discussion will focus on communications policy issues before the FCC, including spectrum policy and media ownership.

The NAB Show Welcome event will also feature Smith’s “State of the Broadcast Industry” address and the presentation of the NAB Distinguished Service Award.

Pai will be sticking around Las Vegas for three days.

That’s because the Broadcasters Foundation of America has named Pai as this year’s recipient of the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The honor is given to an individual in broadcasting “whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.”

Pai will be presented with the award at the Broadcasters Foundation Annual Breakfast, at 7am on Wednesday, April 22 in the Brahms Room of the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas.