A remote Gordon Smith rallies broadcasters in a time of pandemicAs broadcasting celebrates its 100th anniversary, the state of the industry is bloodied but unbowed, rocked but resilient, much as the nation was back in 1920 when KDKA(AM) Pittsburgh was going on the air in the wake of another pandemic, the 1918 Spanish Flu. And also as it has since 1920, broadcasters continue to keep their communities "safe, informed and connected," even as they fight for their own lives and livelihoods.
That was the message of National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith in his address to the virtual NAB Show Express Wednesday (May 13), according to a copy of his prepared remarks.
Related: Unprecedented Backing for Coronavirus PSAs Smith said it was ironic, or perhaps fortuitous, that this year marked that 100th anniversary, but said that either way, throughout the intervening years, radio and TV had been providing a reassuring voice and sense of community in the nation's "most harrowing days," with the current COVID-19 pandemic certainly qualifying in that category.
Some broadcasters have even been driven out of the business by the current crisis, he said.
"I have talked to many of our broadcaster members during the past two months, and I have felt their pain and empathized with the very difficult decisions they are making.
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