NAB JOINT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NAB Joint Board Chairman Bruce Reese, President & CEO, Bonneville International Corp., called the NAB Joint Board to order. The Board approved the minutes of the March Board meeting and Executive Committee actions since March.
Mr. Reese recognized new members of the Board in attendance, including Radio Board members Ron Davis, Joel Oxley, Amador Bustos and Bob Holladay, and Television Board member David Barrett.
Mr. Reese was re-elected NAB Joint Board Chairman. David K. Rehr was re-elected as NAB President and CEO, and Ken Almgren was re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer.
NAB RADIO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CALL TO ORDER
Radio Board Chairman David J. Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corporation, called the Radio Board to order. After a call of the roll, minutes of the March Board meeting were approved.
Mr. Field was re-elected Radio Board Chairman. Russ Withers, founder of Withers Broadcasting Companies, was re-elected First Vice-Chair, and Steve Newberry, President and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corp., was elected Second Vice-Chair.
RADIO MEMBERSHIP/RADIO SHOW - DALLAS
Executive Vice President/Radio John David updated the Board on the status of NAB Radio membership. He also reported that plans are proceeding well for the NAB Radio Show in Dallas, Sept. 20-22, and announcements regarding high-profile speakers and events will be coming soon.
Robert Struble, President and CEO, iBiquity Digital Radio, provided the Radio Board with an update on the status of the HD Radio roll-out. The Board agreed that rapid adoption of HD Radio is a top priority of the association, and that NAB will review options for boosting the success of the new technology.
RADIO PRIORITIES PROGRESS REPORT
NAB President and CEO David Rehr provided a status report on NAB activities to promote the long-term success of over-the-air radio. He noted that NAB is working on a number of fronts both on Capitol Hill and at the FCC to hold satellite radio accountable to "national-only" programming licenses.
TECHNOLOGY ADVOCACY COMMITTEE REPORT
Susan Davenport Austin, Co-Chair of the Technology Advocacy Task Force and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Treasurer, Sheridan Broadcasting Corp., provided an update on actions of the Technology Advocacy Committee.
DIGITAL RADIO SPECTRUM INTEGRITY TASK FORCE
Board member Gunther Meisse, President, WVNO/WRGM Radio WMFD & WOHZ Television reported on actions of the Digital Radio/Spectrum Integrity Task Force
AUDIO FLAG REPORT
Mike Hershey, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, briefed the Board on audio flag legislation and discussions with the Recording Industry Assn. of America.
STREAMING NEGOTIATIONS REPORT
Mr. Field updated the Board on the status of inter-industry discussions involving streaming of radio signals.
NAB TELEVISION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CALL TO ORDER
Television Board Chairman Alan W. Frank, President, Post-Newsweek Stations, called the Television Board to order. After a call of the roll, minutes of the March 2006 Board Meeting were approved.
Mr. Frank was re-elected Television Board Chairman. Jim Conschafter was re-elected as TV Board First Vice Chairman and Andrew Fisher was re-elected TV Board Second Vice Chairman. It was also noted that Preston Padden, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government Relations, Walt Disney Corporation, will become the network television representative on the Executive Committee.
Marcellus Alexander, NAB Executive Vice President, Television, updated the Board on NAB TV membership, which now stands at 1,136.
Mr. Alexander also announced that Elizabeth Murphy Burns, President, Morgan Murphy Stations, will be this year's recipient of the Chuck Sherman Television Leadership Award to be given at the Small Market Television Roundtable/Exchange in San Diego, September 14 - 16.
ECHOSTAR RULING, MULTICAST CARRIAGE, CLOSED CAPTIONING
Jane Mago, NAB Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, provided an update on the recent appellate court ruling requiring EchoStar to stop delivering distant network TV signals to its subscribers.
Marsha MacBride, NAB Executive Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, updated the Board on the current multicast must carry efforts at the FCC noting that the issue could come before the Commission for a vote next week.
Ms. MacBride also provided an update on closed captioning.
DTV MARKETING PROJECT
Mr. Frank briefed the Board on efforts to educate American viewers on the DTV transition in preparation for the turn-off of analog TV.
TECHNOLOGY ADVOCACY COMMITTEE REPORT
Ed Munson, Co-Chair of the Technology Advocacy Task Force and Co-Vice President of Television, LIN Television Corp., provided an update on actions of the Technology Advocacy Committee.
NAB/MSTV CONVERTER BOX, TVB STATION IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM
Lynn Claudy, Senior Vice President, Science and Technology updated the Board on the NAB/MSTV project to develop prototypes of a high-performance, low-cost digital-to-analog converter box. He also provided an update on TVB's efforts to develop a standard method of identifying stations' multi-platform offerings in the sell/buy process.
NAB FUTURES COMMITTEE
Mr. Frank briefed the Board on actions of the NAB Futures Committee.
Dennis Wharton, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, briefed the Board on efforts by NAB to promote broadcast coverage of political discourse. He urged broadcasters to document the tremendous amount of airtime devoted to elections, document debate offers that are rejected by candidates and provide that information to NAB.