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First Slate of Honorees Announced for 2018 TAB Show

The TAB 2018 Show slated for Aug. 1-2 features not just a wide range of top-notch programming for managers, sales teams and engineers, it also showcases industry leaders and individual stations for their exemplary work and community impact. Five individual leaders will be honored at TAB’s Annual Awards Gala, four of whom were announced last week. The fifth – receiving TAB’s inaugural Distinguished Service Award – will be announced later this month.

The Gala, part of #TAB2018, is set for Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin.

The four honorees announced last week include:

  • Pioneer of the Year – Brad Streit, Raycom Media
  • Broadcaster of the Year – Susan McEldoon, KHOU-TV Houston
  • George Marti Award for Engineering Excellence – Erik Disen, Entercom Radio Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Educator of the Year – Danita McAnally, Navarro & Amarillo Colleges (Retired)

Read more about the honorees

The Bonner McLane Public Service Awards will be announced June 1 and presented at the Aug. 2 Leadership Breakfast featuring NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith.

Program Highlights Revenue Growth, Next-Gen Tech
The overall agenda for this year’s show is squarely focused on strategies to grow on-air, digital and content revenue, as well as embracing next-generation technologies that are simultaneously driving and challenging local Radio and TV stations. The event is the largest state broadcast gathering in the country and will show off its new, larger digs at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin with first class facilities and a bigger trade show. 

Featured sessions for managers and sales teams address connected cars, smart speakers, content marketing, auto advertising, digital sales, and monetizing ATSC 3.0 and Facebook, with several additional programs focusing on fundamental and advanced sales training and techniques.

Engineers will focus on “all things IP” the first day, with multiple sessions the next day ranging from several aspects of ATSC 3.0 and the Spectrum Repack to AI-driven closed captioning, building FM translators, C Band registration, podcast development and emergency planning post-Hurricane Harvey.

Next-Generation Focus
Numerous sessions targeting new entrants to the industry also are planned, including programs on setting and achieving personal goals, developing productive interpersonal relationships and identifying the best professional niche within the industry. Another program focuses on identifying and recruiting top tech talent for a combined IP/IT/RF work environment.

Initial program lineup - updated weekly

Registration Simplified
TAB has further streamlined the registration process, setting a flat fee of $90 for delegates to attend all programs, the Trade Show, the Kick-Off Party, Leadership Breakfast and Exhibit Hall lunch. Tickets to the Golf Tournament or the Awards Gala are extra. Rates increase after June 22.

The JW Marriott is now taking reservations within the TAB room block for a discounted rate of $199/night +tax.


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Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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