Marconi goes virtual and a radio show in Vegas for good

National Association of Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced that the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Presentation and State of the Industry Address by NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith will take place virtually Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. h ET on and will be available on demand on NAB Amplify.

NAB also announced plans to integrate the Radio Show with the NAB Show on an ongoing basis beginning in April 2022 in Las Vegas. This change provides more opportunities in one place for radio professionals and elevates radio into the larger media ecosystem represented at the NAB Show.

The NAB Marconi Radio Awards honor radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. NAB will name the winners in each of the 23 categories at the November event, which will be hosted by Angela Yee, co-host of the nationally broadcast morning show, “The Breakfast Club.”

Prior to the awards, Smith will deliver his final state of the industry address before stepping down as president and CEO of NAB at the end of the year. Smith will reflect on his tenure as head of the association and how the broadcasting industry can continue to thrive in the future.

“It has been a great honor for me to represent American broadcasters in Washington DC and around the world for the past 12 years,” said Smith, who will take on an advisory and advocacy role starting next year. “While I’m disappointed we won’t be able to reunite in person in Las Vegas, I look forward to connecting virtually and seeing everyone in person at the 2022 NAB Show.”

NAB’s Marconi Radio Awards are usually held as part of the radio show. Starting in April 2022, the radio show will be combined with NAB Show. The integrated Las Vegas event will feature signature awards, networking events and a full conference schedule, including popular sales and marketing sessions presented by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).

“It’s important that we continue to bring radio professionals together to network, celebrate audio, and engage in meaningful discussions about the future of our industry,” said Erica Farber, President and CEO of RAB.

From radio CEOs and general managers to sales managers, program directors and engineers, attendees will enjoy access to the NAB Show Floor with more than 160 radio and audio exhibits, main stage events and options for extensive registration packages that include broadcast engineering and IT conference, workshops for creative professionals, special events and more.

“In today’s world where radio companies are essentially multimedia companies, the value of attending the NAB Show cannot be overstated,” said David Santrella, president of Broadcast Media at Salem Media Group and co-chairman of the NAB Board of Directors. “We now broadcast and podcast and even produce videos. NAB Show provides unparalleled access to the critical tools, knowledge and connections we need to grow and thrive in today’s media industry.”