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Industry News Bits Thu 4-28-22

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Educational Media Foundation (EMF) announces the promotion of Ed Lenane to vice president of programming operations, effective immediately.

Having served EMF in multiple roles throughout the past 25 years, Ed now oversees the news, regional public affairs, audio production, board operations and traffic teams for the K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks, reaching 18 million listeners weekly.

Ed’s career in radio spans four decades and includes operations, programming and on-air roles in music and news formats in top markets, including New York and Atlanta.

“Ed’s broadcast and programming knowledge are critical to our success, and his kindness, deep faith, dependability and humility make him a pleasure to work alongside,” said Mandy Young, EMF radio group program director.

Mandy and Ed will both continue to report to Jim Houser, chief content officer at EMF. “Ed was one of the early pioneers that launched the format of Christian hit music on radio,” said Jim.  “We’re fortunate to learn from his extensive experience in the industry.”

Ed joined EMF as local program manager in 1997 and helped oversee the Northern California-based air staff.  He then went on to launch the news department and deliver news on-air during the morning drive. In 2010, Ed relocated from Rocklin, Calif., to Indianapolis to run operations and assist in programming.  He became national promotions director, leading promotions teams in multiple states across the country before returning to Rocklin in 2017 to direct programming operations, the department for which he now serves as vice president.


The NAB reports the preliminary registered attendance for the 2022 NAB Exhibition in Las Vegas, the organization’s first live Vegas show in two years, is 52,468.  Prior to COVID, there were well over 100,000 people in attendance, and that number was growing.

 “The energy and participation on the show floor, in workshops, and throughout the event has been exciting,” said Curtis LeGeyt, President/CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters. 

The total number of attendees from around the world is included in the total number of registrations.  There are 11,542 international delegates from 155 countries in attendance. The NAB Show 2023 will be held April 15 – 19, 2023 in Las Vegas.


National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) announced yesterday its opposition to the confirmation of Nancy Abudu to the federal bench.

“Ms. Abudu’s professional and legal record demonstrate that she is a political activist and an unsuitable nominee to the second highest court system in the United States,” said NRB CEO Troy A. Miller. “Ms. Abudu, if confirmed in her nomination to the Eleventh Circuit, would be obliged to serve as an impartial arbiter of facts and the law as a federal judge. But Ms. Abudu’s professional commitment to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) suggests hostility to the First Amendment rights of organizations like our membership. As a professional association representing the interests of Christian communicators, including those directly targeted by the SPLC, we are greatly concerned by the nomination of an individual in senior management at the disreputable SPLC to the federal bench.”

National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) announced last week its opposition to the confirmation of Gigi Sohn to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“Ms. Sohn is an activist lawyer who has made no secret of her contempt for conservative media,” said NRB CEO Troy A. Miller. “As a professional association that exists to keep platforms open for Christian communicators, we have serious concern about Ms. Sohn’s demonstrated hostility to broadcasters and her apparent openness to the use of FCC regulatory action to censor ideas with which she personally disagrees.”


Milestones:
Rob Carolan 21 years at Hometown Forecast Services


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