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April 15, 2010
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on the Passing of Benjamin Hooks

WASHINGTON -- NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement today mourning the passing of Benjamin Hooks. Hooks served on the Federal Communications Commission during the Nixon Administration and as executive director of the NAACP from 1977-1992.

"As a dedicated civil rights leader and committed public servant, Commissioner Hooks had a tremendous and lasting impact on broadcast diversity during his tenure at the FCC," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "Broadcasters mourn the loss of a great American who was committed to equal opportunity in life and on the public airwaves."

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