NAB Show Opening

Join us as NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith kicks off NAB Show.

Join us as NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith kicks off the 2019 NAB Show, the world's largest and most comprehensive convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. The show will include Smith’s State of the Broadcast Industry address and includes the presentation of the Spirit of Broadcasting Award to veteran radio industry reporter Tom Taylor in recognition of his leadership and lasting contributions to broadcasting, and the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to entertainment industry legend Alan Alda for his significant contributions to the industry.

Emceed by:
Caroline Beasley, NAB Joint Board Chair and CEO, Beasley Media Group

Sponsor Remarks:
Lynn Comp, VP, Data Center Group, General Manager, Visual Cloud Division at Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation

State of the Broadcast Industry Address:
Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters

In his State of the Broadcast Industry remarks, NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith will highlight the unique and vital role of America’s local radio and TV broadcasters – everyday heroes who provide the emergency information, most trusted news and investigative journalism that communities rely on every day. In addition, Smith will address the policies impacting the future growth and success of broadcast radio and television.

Spirit of Broadcasting Award:
Tom Taylor, Tom Taylor Sports Show

NAB will present the Spirit of Broadcasting Award to veteran radio industry reporter Tom Taylor in recognition of his leadership and lasting contributions to broadcasting. Taylor recently retired after a three-decade career covering radio.

NAB Distinguished Service Award:
Alan Alda, Entertainment Industry Legend - Interviewer: Cynthia Littleton, Business Editor, Variety

The NAB Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is given to those who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the American system of broadcasting. For over 60 years, those who have revolutionized the broadcast industry have stepped forward to be recognized. Join us as NAB honors the newest addition to this group of innovators and visionaries. This year’s honoree is entertainment industry legend Alan Alda. Variety Business Editor Cynthia Littleton will join Alda for a keynote conversation.

NAB Show Opening

Monday, April 8 | 9 - 10:15 a.m.
Main Stage, North Hall

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Entertainment Industry Legend

Entertainment industry legend Alan Alda will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award (NAB DSA) during the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Alda will accept the award at the NAB Show Opening session on Monday, April 8.

Alda is best known for his starring role as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce in the hit television series “M*A*S*H,” which debuted in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons. “M*A*S*H,” a comedic drama set during the Korean War, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996. Alda, in addition to playing a starring role in the series, also directed and co-wrote its feature-length final episode in 1983. The show still ranks in the top-ten list of most-watched programs in the U.S. and made Alda the only person to win acting, directing and writing Emmys for the same series.

In 2004, Alda joined the sixth season of “The West Wing” as Senator Arnold Vinick, for which he also received an Emmy. In total, Alda has won seven Emmy awards and has been nominated 34 times. He has made guest appearances on many popular television shows such as “ER,” “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Fight,” and “Ray Donovan.” Alda first appeared on the big screen in 1963 with “Gone Are the Days!” Since then, he has appeared in dozens of movies, including “Bridges of Spies” (2015 Best Picture Oscar winner) and “The Aviator,” for which Alda was Oscar-nominated for his role as Senator Ralph Owen Brewster.

Alda became host of “Scientific American Frontiers” in 1993 and continued with what became “Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers” until the PBS show ended in 2005. Alda’s deep interest in science led him to help found the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York. The organization has trained over 12,000 scientists and medical professionals in the United States and abroad. He also recently launched The Alda Communication Training Company, the proceeds of which support the Center for Communicating Science.

Distinguished Service Award

Presented at the NAB Show Opening.

Each year the NAB Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry. 

Past recipients include Robin Roberts, Bob Schieffer, Eddie Fritts, Mary Tyler Moore, President Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor Sports Show

Tom Taylor recently retired after 30 years covering radio. His journalism career included stints as editor of the daily Tom Taylor NOW e-publication newsletter, which launched in November 2012, published through RTK Media with partners Robert Unmacht and Kristy Scott. Previously, Taylor served as editor of Inside Radio, M Street Journal/M Street Daily and the TRI newsletter from Chicago-based Before turning to journalism, Taylor served as vice president of programming and operations for Nassau Broadcasting’s WPST/WHWH in Princeton, NJ. He also programmed WKQQ Lexington, KY and WCHL Chapel Hill, NC. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. The second-generation broadcaster is the son of Bill Taylor, a former radio/TV personality in Orlando and radio general manager in Charlotte.

Spirit of Broadcasting Award

Presented at the NAB Show Opening.

The Spirit of Broadcasting Award recognizes general excellence and leadership and is given to individuals or organizations that have made lasting contributions to over-the-air broadcasting.

Previous recipients include radio and television entrepreneur Lowell “Bud" Paxson, improvisation and acting training center The Second City, Hubbard Broadcasting founder Stanley E. Hubbard, Communications Daily broadcast beat reporter Dawson B. "Tack" Nail, American Women in Radio and Television, "60 Minutes" creator and executive producer Don Hewitt, and Hispanic broadcasting pioneers Emilio Nicolas Sr. and Raoul A. Cortez.


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