Celebration Highlights ‘the Great Work Our Industry Does’

NAB Show is introducing the “We Are Broadcasters Celebration,” to honor individuals and companies for their contributions to the broadcast industry. Today’s event on the Main Stage is open to all attendees and is sponsored by ION Media and Ruptly. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will deliver remarks.

During this year’s inaugural event, television and film actress Kristen Bell will receive the NAB Television Chairman’s Award. Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop in the NBC series “The Good Place.” She will also star in the Netflix comedy “Like Father” and lend her voice to the animated film “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies.” Bell is also working on the sequel to Disney film “Frozen,” in which she gives voice to the character of Anna.

“Kristen Bell charms audiences with a natural mix of poise and humor that she brings to all her roles,” said NAB Television Board Chairman Jordan Wertlieb. “We look forward to honoring her with this welldeserved distinction.”

Additionally, the association will use the event to recognize Sinclair Broadcasting’s Mark Aitken with the 2018 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award; and Carl T. Jones Corp.’s Tom Jones will be honored with the NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award. Both were chosen for outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry.

Aitken joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999 and became vice president of advanced technology in 2011. He has been involved in the industry’s migration to advanced services, including participation in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, involvement in ATSC including chairing the specialist group on mobile DTV, and with the formation of ONE Media, serving as its president.

Jones joined his father’s engineering firm as a senior engineer in 1979 and became a full partner in 1983, rising to his current role as president in 1985. He has managed hundreds of complex broadcast engineering projects, served on industry and government advisory committees and has been involved in the development of the Method Moments analysis for AM directional arrays and more recently the AM revitalization effort.

Also, Clay Freinwald of Freinwald Technical Services will receive the 2018 Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award. He began his broadcast engineering career in 1961 and has held various technical positions at numerous stations and station groups, including Tacoma News Tribune, Viacom and Entercom. He is a fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and is a founding member of the Broadcast Warning Working Group, helping broadcasters and others understand and implement EAS technology. Freinwald has served as chairman of the Washington State EAS Committee for more than 20 years and chaired the SBE EAS Committee for a decade.

Also during the “We Are Broadcasters Celebration,” NAB will honor Hubbard Broadcasting’s D.C commercial radio station WTOP-FM with the NAB Crystal Heritage Award. It recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five NAB Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service efforts.

“WTOP has served the Washington, D.C., region for 48 years, and our commitment to the community along the way has never wavered,” said Hubbard Radio’s D.C. Senior Regional Vice President Joel Oxley. “We are so proud of our accomplishments both on and off the air, and are honored that this dedication is being rewarded with a coveted NAB Crystal Heritage Award.”

The event will also recognize 10 stations for their year-round commitment to community service with the Crystal Radio Awards.

The celebration will conclude with a special performance, sponsored by Beasley Media Group, by country music band Old Dominion. The event will be hosted by 94.7 Fresh FM Washington, D.C., morning personality Tommy McFly.