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September 19, 2007

NAB Radio Show to Feature Legal Discussion on Performance Tax, Other Radio Issues

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Radio Show will feature a panel discussion entitled "Performance Tax to Digital Radio: Today's Hottest Radio Issues." The session will take place on September 27 at 3:00 p.m. during The NAB Radio Show at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Topics to be discussed by the panel include the Recording Industry Association of America's attempt to levy a multi-million dollar fee on local radio stations for the promotion of music, the rollout of HD Radio, the proposed government-sanctioned monopoly of XM and Sirius, and the use of FM translators by AM stations.

Panelists include:

Peter Doyle is the chief of the Media Bureau's Audio Division at the Federal Communications Commission. Doyle has been a major contributor on several rulemaking proceedings to streamline broadcast application processing and licensing procedures, reform FM allotment rulemaking procedures, initiate electronic filing, and increase flexibility in the radio technical rules. Recently, Doyle's focus has centered around technical licensing issues relating to digital broadcasting, FM translators and low power FM stations.

John F. Garziglia is a member in the Washington, DC office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC. Garziglia has represented radio and television broadcasters for over twenty years, offering personalized expert assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law, including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.

Kurt Hanson is the publisher of RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter providing daily news and commentary on the key issues involving radio and the Internet. More information about RAIN is available here. Hanson is also CEO of AccuRadio, the world's leading independent, multichannel Internet radio property. AccuRadio reaches nearly a million listerners per month with over 300 channels of rock, pop, jazz, classical, country, Broadway, Celtic, and more.

Suzanne Head is the associate general counsel of NAB. Her focus is on intellectual property issues as they impact the broadcast industry and related new technologies. From 2000 to 2007, Head was associated with Leventhal Senter & Lerman PLLC, where she handled copyright issues, music licensing, copyright registration, licensing, and enforcement, Web site development and hosting, copyright and digital content protection legislation and regulation, and restoration of copyright under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

Frank Jazzo is a co-managing member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC. Jazzo counsels
television and radio broadcasters on compliance with the rules and regulations of the FCC and provides advice on political broadcasting regulations to broadcasters, political media firms and major political campaigns. He serves as Washington counsel for the Alaska Broadcasters Association, the Arkansas Broadcasters Association, the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters and the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.

David Oxenford is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Washington DC. Oxenford has represented broadcasters for over 25 years on a wide array of matters from purchases and sales of broadcast properties and the negotiation of programming agreements to regulatory matters. He works with Internet radio stations and other webcasters on music licensing and other regulatory and transactional issues, and has represented a group of independent Internet radio stations before Congress and in private negotiations leading to the Small Webcasters Settlement Act, setting music licensing fees for small commercial and noncommercial webcasters.

Peggy Binzel is the vice president at FD Dittus. Binzel assists clients in developing strategies that overcome legislative and regulatory obstacles, protect corporate reputations, and drive public opinion. She maintains high-level relationships with both media and legislators, and leverages more than 25 years of front-line experience in developing solutions for complex public affairs, crisis management, and political challenges. She has a wealth of experience and a strong network in many arenas including energy, environment, broadcasting, telecommunications, intellectual property, and association management.

About the NAB Radio Show
The NAB Radio Show is the largest annual convention for radio. This year's show, Sept. 26 - 28 in Charlotte, features interactive sessions, special events and exhibits and is co-located with the R&R Convention.

Reporters interested in covering The NAB Radio Show, can register online here. More information about The NAB Radio Show is available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at


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