Following the cancellation of this year’s NAB Show and Radio Show, the National Association of Broadcasters announced plans to livestream key components of both shows online next month. In addition, the trade group says the Radio Show will no longer be a standalone event but will instead be integrated with the NAB Show “on an ongoing basis” starting in April 2022 in Las Vegas.
The 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards and the State of the Industry Address by NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith will take place virtually on Nov. 10, 2021, at 2pm ET at NAB.org/watch and will be available on-demand on NAB Amplify.
The Marconi awards honor radio stations and air talent for excellence in broadcasting. They have traditionally taken place at the Radio Show in the form of a dinner and gala ceremony, with acceptance speeches and live music. This year, the winners will be announced in each of the 23 categories during the November online event, which will be hosted by Angela Yee, co-host of the nationally syndicated morning show, “The Breakfast Club.”
Before the awards are presented, Smith will deliver his final State of the Industry address before stepping down as NAB president and CEO at the end of the year. NAB says Smith will reflect on his tenure leading the association and how the broadcast industry can continue to thrive into the future.
“It has been my great honor to represent America’s broadcasters in Washington D.C. and around the world for the past 12 years,” said Smith, who will assume an advisory and advocacy role beginning next year. “While I am disappointed we are not able to gather in person in Las Vegas, I look forward to connecting virtually and seeing everyone in-person at the 2022 NAB Show.”
The 2021 NAB Show and The Radio Show were to have co-located in Las Vegas this month due to health concerns from the COVID pandemic. Now the NAB and the Radio Advertising Bureau have made the decision to roll them up together as co-located events for the long-term. “This change provides more opportunities in one location for radio professionals and elevates radio in the larger media ecosystem represented at NAB Show,” NAB said in the announcement.
The 2022 Radio Show in Las Vegas will mark the benchmark industry event’s return as a face-to face event for the first time since the fall of 2019, when the conference was held in Dallas. “It’s important that we continue to bring radio professionals together to network, celebrate audio and engage in meaningful discussions around the future of our industry,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO of the RAB.
Combining the two conferences on a long-term basis will give attendees access to the NAB Show Floor with more than 160 radio and audio exhibits, Main Stage events and options for expanded registration packages that include the Broadcast Engineering and IT conference, workshops for creative professionals and special events.
“In today’s world where radio companies are essentially multimedia companies, the value in attending NAB Show cannot be overstated,” said David Santrella, president of Broadcast Media at Salem Media Group and NAB Joint Board Chair. “We are now streaming and podcasting and even producing video. NAB Show provides unparalleled access to the critical tools, knowledge and connections we need to grow and thrive in today’s media business.”