NAB: We Are Broadcasters Celebration

NAB: We Are Broadcasters Celebration

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This special Main Stage event features the presentation of the NAB TV Chairman’s Award, Crystal Radio Awards and Engineering Achievement Award. 

Informing communities. Helping neighbors in need. Providing a lifeline during emergencies. Reporting the facts and uncovering the truth. This is what broadcasters do best. This event celebrates local radio and television stations' vital role in our communities and their ongoing commitment to innovating to better serve their listeners and viewers.

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Highlights during this celebration include the presentation of the TV Chairman's Award to film and television actress and trailblazer Kristen Bell for her impact on the future of television; remarks by The Honorable Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; the recognition of 10 stations for their tremendous year-round commitment to community service with the Crystal Radio Awards; honoring Hubbard Radio’s WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. for its long-term commitment to community service with the Crystal Heritage Award; and the presentation of the Engineering Achievement Awards and Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award to individuals for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the broadcast industry.

Emceed by 94.7 Fresh FM morning show host Tommy McFLY, the event features a special live performance by 2016 ACM New Group of the Year, country music band Old Dominion, known for chart-topping hits like “Break Up With Him” and “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart.”

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We Are Broadcasters Celebration

A 2018 Special Event

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2018 Award Recipients

Kristen Bell

Film and Television Actress

Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles

Kristen Bell currently stars as 'Eleanor Shellstrop' in season two of the TV series "The Good Place" with Ted Danson, which has been renewed for a third season by NBC. Up next, she will star in the Netflix comedy "Like Father" opposite Kelsey Grammer, and lend her voice to the animated film "Teen Titans Go! to the Movies," both set for release in 2018. Bell was most recently seen executive producing and appearing in the ABC special "Encore," about former high-school classmates who get together for an encore performance of their old musical theater productions. She also reprised her role as 'Anna' in "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," a featurette based on the blockbuster Disney animated feature "Frozen," that was released alongside Pixar's "Coco." She is working on the sequel to "Frozen," scheduled to hit theaters in fall 2019. "Frozen" has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing animated film of all time. Bell also recently starred in "A Bad Moms Christmas," alongside Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn. The film is a sequel to 2016's "Bad Moms," the first STX film to gross over $100m domestically.

In 2016, Bell was seen as 'Jeannie Van Der Hooven' in the Showtime series "House of Lies" opposite Don Cheadle, which wrapped its fifth and final season. In 2014, Bell reprised her beloved title role in Warner Brothers' film "Veronica Mars," which raised $2 million on Kickstarter in less than eleven hours and broke the record at the time for the fastest project to reach $1 million and $2 million. She appeared in a guest-starring arc on NBC's hit series "Parks & Recreation" and played the lead role in the independent film "The Lifeguard," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She also starred in and co-produced the comedy "Hit & Run," written and directed by her husband Dax Shepard.

Her other film credits include: "CHIPs," "How To Be A Latin Lover," "The Boss," "Movie 43," "Some Girls," "Writers," "Big Miracle," "You Again," "Burlesque," "When in Rome," "Couples Retreat," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Pulse," "Serious Moonlight" and David Mamet's "Spartan." Her television credits include: "Veronica Mars," "Unsupervised," "Deadwood," "Heroes" and "Party Down."

Her Broadway credits include "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Crucible," opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Her Off-Broadway credits include "Reefer Madness" and "A Little Night Music."

Television Chairman's Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Established to recognize individuals for significant achievement in one or more specific art disciplines in television, the NAB Television Chairman's Award first debuted in 2009 with four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe-winning actor Kelsey Grammar as the recipient.

The 2017 recipient was award-winning actress and producer America Ferrera.

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Mark Aitken

VP of Advanced Technology Sinclair Broadcast Group

Mark Aitken continues to be a dynamic leader in the development of Next Gen TV. He joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999 and became VP of advanced technology in 2011. He has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services, including participation in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, involvement in ATSC including chairing the specialist group on mobile DTV, and with the formation of Sinclair’s joint venture ONE Media, serving as its President.

Television Engineering Achievement Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for their outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry. In 1991, the Association began giving two awards – one for achievements in radio and the other for television.

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Tom Jones

President Carl T. Jones Corporation

Tom Jones is the president of Carl T. Jones Corporation and has been actively serving the broadcast industry as a consulting engineer for nearly 40 years. Jones joined his father’s engineering firm as a senior engineer in 1979 and became a full partner in 1983, rising to his current role as president in 1985. He has managed hundreds of complex broadcast engineering projects, served on industry and government advisory committees and has been heavily involved in the development of the Method Moments analysis for AM directional arrays and more recently the AM revitalization effort.

Radio Engineering Achievement Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for their outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry. In 1991, the Association began giving two awards – one for achievements in radio and the other for television.

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Clay Freinwald

Chairman of the Washington State SECC Washington State SECC

Clay Freinwald began his broadcast engineering career in 1961 and has held various technical positions at numerous stations and station groups, including Tacoma News Tribune, Viacom and Entercom. He is a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and is a founding member of the Broadcast Warning Working Group, helping broadcasters and others understand and implement EAS technology. Freinwald has served as chairman of the Washington State EAS Committee for over 20 years and chaired the SBE EAS Committee for a decade.

Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for their outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry. In 1991, the Association began giving two awards – one for achievements in radio and the other for television.

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Ajit Pai

Chairman FCC

Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.

Chairman Pai’s regulatory philosophy is informed by a few simple principles. Rules that reflect these principles will result in more innovation, more investment, better products and services, lower prices, more job creation, and faster economic growth.

Consumers benefit most from competition, not preemptive regulation. Free markets have delivered more value to American consumers than highly regulated ones.
No regulatory system should indulge arbitrage; regulators should be skeptical of pleas to regulate rivals, dispense favors, or otherwise afford special treatment.
Particularly given how rapidly the communications sector is changing, the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics.
As a creature of Congress, the FCC must respect the law as set forth by the legislature.
The FCC is at its best when it proceeds on the basis of consensus; good communications policy knows no partisan affiliation.

FCC Chairman's Remarks

The Honorable Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will deliver remarks at the NAB: We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

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