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NRB Chairman Bill Blount Meets, Greets NAB Leaders

Bill Blount and Charles WarfieldNewly-elected NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount had the opportunity this week to meet and speak with the top leaders of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

“They were brief meetings but important to re-establish our mutual interests that both organizations could work on together,” shared Chairman Blount after former NRB Chairman Rich Bott introduced him to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith and NAB Board Chairman Charles Warfield, Jr.

NRB and NAB have worked together in the past on issues affecting both associations. For example, NRB and NAB jointly commissioned and released earlier this year a technical study indicating that claims that pay-TV providers have a capacity problem with carrying Christian TV stations “lack credibility.” Chairman Blount expressed interest in doing more in the coming days as there are a number of areas where cooperation would be beneficial.

During his time at the 2014 NAB Show, Chairman Blount also provided a briefing to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who spoke to the NRB Board last fall.

“I thanked him for his tremendous work on AM revitalization, and highlighted some areas for AM stations that could be implemented immediately to help the AM band,” reported Chairman Blount, who is President of Blount Communications Group, a Christian radio network of seven stations located throughout New England.

“I also thanked him for participating in our Washington meeting last fall,” he added.

The 2014 NAB Show, which kicked off April 5, concludes Thursday. The NAB Show is produced annually by the NAB.

PHOTO ABOVE: NRB Chairman Bill Blount (left) and NAB Board Chairman Charles Warfield, Jr., (right) pose for a photo during the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV. Photograph courtesy of Rich Bott.

Published: April 10, 2014

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