The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) will co-produce “100 Years of Broadcast News: Challenges Met, Challenges Anew,” a celebration of broadcasting’s centennial at the NAB Show New York.
The main stage session, hosted by Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris and Beasley Media Group’s Chief Communications Officer Heidi Raphael, will be held Oct. 21 at 2pm and is available to all NAB Show New York attendees.
“Broadcasting has a storied past that needs to be commemorated and celebrated,” Morris, who additionally serves as co-chair of the LABF, said in a release. “The industry has been a resource of news, information and entertainment at every juncture of the last 100 years and will be well into the next century. The LABF is committed to preserving that history for the generations that will sustain the industry for the next 100 years.”
Marci Burdick, former head of Television for Schurz Communications and a one-time TV reporter and news director, will interview four award-winning journalists: Ted Koppel, current commentator on CBS “Sunday Morning” and former host of ABC News’ “Nightline”; Carol Marin, retired political editor at WTTW-TV Chicago; acclaimed news anchor Soledad O’Brien, anchor of “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”; and former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” Robert Siegel.
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith will also deliver remarks at the event. “As we celebrate the heritage of broadcasting, it is impossible to overstate the impact of broadcast radio and television in shaping our history, culture and communities,” Smith said. “Millions of Americans have trusted broadcasters to be their eyes and ears during our nation’s most pivotal events, and broadcasters look forward to serving as a window to the world for the next 100 years.”
The program will also include a visit to the grounds of the old Westinghouse Electric works in Pittsburgh, where the National Museum of Broadcasting has recreated the tiny rooftop shack that housed KDKA’s transmitter and studio on the night of its historic Nov. 2, 1920 broadcast of the election returns of the presidential race between Warren Harding and James Cox. KDKA morning newsman Larry Richert will host the visit.