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June 27, 2011

Talk Radio's Michael Smerconish to Keynote Radio Show Luncheon

WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK -- Nationally syndicated talk radio host Michael Smerconish will be the featured speaker at the Radio Show Luncheon, held Friday, September 16. The luncheon, sponsored by Katz Media Group, will take place during the 2011 Radio Show, jointly produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), September 14 - 16 in Chicago.

"Michael has taken a refreshing approach to talk radio by cutting through the rhetoric and establishing credibility and constructive dialogue with listeners," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David.

Michael A. Smerconish is emerging as one of the most influential new talk hosts by targeting mainstream listeners who seek an alternative to polarized political talk. A declared independent, Smerconish takes strong positions based on his own conscience, and leaves room for his listeners to make up their own minds. His program, syndicated by Dial Global, also touches on the hot topics of the day including government, breaking headlines and the latest in American pop culture.

Prior to radio, Smerconish practiced law for ten years and remains a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. At age 29, he served as the presidential appointee under George H. W. Bush as Regional Administrator in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 general election, Smerconish decided in 2010 to formalize his personal political independence. He is the author of five books, two of them on The New York Times Bestseller list; a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer; and contributes to and MSNBC.

The Radio Show Luncheon will also include the presentation of the National Radio Award to Steve Newberry, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation.

About the Radio Show
The 2011 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 14-16 in Chicago. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies to help radio flourish in the digital age. To learn more about the 2011 Radio Show, visit

News media interested in covering the Radio Show should contact Shauna Jones at 202-429-5350.

About RAB
The Radio Advertising Bureau serves more than 6,000 member Radio stations in the U.S. and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations. RAB leads and participates in educational, research, sales, and advocacy programs that promote and advance Radio as a primary advertising medium. Learn more at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at


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