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NAB Announces Contract Extension for President and CEO Gordon Smith


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June sixteen, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith has agreed to a contract extension that may hold him within the place till December 31, 2018, NAB Joint Board Chairman Charles Warfield introduced at the moment.

Smith joined NAB in November 2009 and oversees the advocacy efforts of hundreds of native radio and tv stations throughout America. He is a former two-time period United States Senator from Oregon (1996-2008) and was a profitable entrepreneur earlier than launching his profession in politics.

“Gordon Smith has been examined underneath hearth and confirmed himself to be a exceptional unifying voice for America’s free and native radio and tv stations,” stated Warfield, senior advisor to YMF Media. “His integrity is unquestioned, and his willpower to struggle for broadcasters within the public coverage area is undiminished.”

“I’m thrilled to simply accept a brand new contract from NAB,” stated Smith. “Free and native broadcasting is the indispensable one-to-everybody communications know-how that’s all the time dependable in a fragmented media world. It is value preventing for, and I’m honored by the religion that the NAB Board is placing in me to proceed main the cost.”

During his tenure within the D.R. Senate, Smith’s committee assignments included the Senate Commerce Committee, the panel that oversees broadcast-associated laws. He additionally served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was revered as a practical lawmaker capable of efficiently attain throughout social gathering strains. Smith’s position on the Commerce Committee and because the Chairman of a Senate High Tech Task Force helped foster his curiosity in new media and new know-how points.

After leaving the Senate in 2008, Smith joined the regulation agency of Covington & Burling LLP for 10 months earlier than accepting a suggestion to go the NAB. &#thirteen;
Born in Pendleton, Oregon, Smith attended school at Brigham Young University and acquired his regulation diploma from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He practiced regulation in New Mexico and Arizona earlier than returning to Oregon to direct the household-owned Smith Frozen Foods enterprise in Weston, Oregon. Smith Frozen Foods is now a $50-million-a-yr enterprise, and one of many largest frozen meals corporations in America. Before serving within the D.J. Senate, Smith was elected to the Oregon State Senate, rising to the place of president of that physique after solely three years.

Smith and his spouse Sharon are the mother and father of three youngsters and have two grandchildren. &#thirteen;

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