Summer Conference Celebrated the Best in New York State Broadcasters
Last weeks Summer conference at the beautiful Conrad Hotel was a tremendous success bringing together the best in the broadcast business. General Managers, Sales Managers, Account Executives, Producers and Engineers enjoyed a terrific conference. Here are some of the highlights.
The conference was acknowledged on shows such as “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and the “Today Show.” Our “Broadcaster of the Year”, Elvis Duran, gave a tremendous acceptance speech thanking NYSBA.
“New Yorker of the Year”, Wendy Williams, recounted her days in New York radio and provided an inspirational speech to those who aspire to a successful career in broadcasting.
Our Emcee, Judge Patricia DiMango, provided a unique insight on the importance of the broadcasters in this country.
The most important part of the evening was the presentation of the “Excellence in Broadcasting” awards to stations across the state. This year we received more than 406 entries, the largest number is recent years. Congratulations of all of the stations winning awards.
On Tuesday we opened our business session with panel of top advertising experts. The panel was moderated by Erica Farber, President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau and Steve Lanzano, President of TVB.
We received a comprehensive outline of NAB’s efforts in Washington by the President of NAB, Senator Gordon Smith.
The highlight of the morning was the keynote speech by FCC Commissioner, and native New Yorker, Michael O’Rielly. In a stirring speech, Commissioner O’Rielly promised his support to eradicate illegal pirate radio operations in New York.
Our Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was filled to capacity. Congratulations to the class of 2015 – Bob Ausfeld, Jack Palvino, Bill Parker, Cathy Perscuk, Charles Warfield and the one and only Mr. Al Roker.
Throughout the day we had highly informative panels covering such topics as TV spectrum auctions, television sales, radio sales, management and engineering sessions.
The evening was capped off with terrific ride on the Atlantis around the Island of Manhattan. While it started raining, the clouds lifted to reveal an unbelievable sunset behind the Statue of Liberty.