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Industry leaders fondly refer to the largest broadcasting conference simply as the NAB. It has now been renamed, NABSHOW: Where Content Comes to Life.

For years, I have been attending this conference, which is one of the largest shows held in Las Vegas. However, this was the first year that I didn’t have to wait on a taxi line or worry about a last minute dinner reservation at my favorite restaurant. I am told that attendance was down by twenty percent, however the exhibit halls were a bit bare this year with more exhibitors than guests walking around. It’s a sign of the times.

But not all was doom and gloom at the NAB. I arrived in time for the Opening session where NAB President and CEO David Rehr gave an excellent presentation and introduced Mary Tyler Moore who received the NAB Distinguished Service Award. Tyler Moore, a television icon, was best known for her role in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” She discussed her struggle with Diabetes and the charity work she does for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). It was a well-deserved honor for the television legend.

The Television luncheon that day honored my friend, Diane Sutter, who received the NAB Leadership Award, as well as Bob Newhart who was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Kelsey Grammar received the NAB Television Chairman’s Award at the same luncheon.

Deborah Norville and Julie Spira

Deborah Norville and Julie Spira

After lunch, I stopped by the NAB Bookstore and said hello to Deborah Norville, who was signing copies of her book, Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You.

That evening I celebrated in style attending the RAIN (Radio and Internet Newsletter) reception held by Kurt Hanson, the Intelsat Party at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio at the Venetian, and ended the evening at the annual IDB Communications reunion, also held at the Venetian where I reminisced among friends about the early days of radio.

On day two of the conference, I ventured into the exhibit hall to visit the 615 Music Booth for the “Slaughter”unplugged performance, where legendary recording artist, Mark Slaughter performed unplugged versions of several of his hit songs including “Fly to the Angels” and “Up All Night.” Slaughter shared a cyber-dating story with me, and you may read about it soon in the “Peril of the Week” on the site.

Julie and Miss America

Julie and Miss America

One of the show highlights was when I met Miss America, the darling Katie Stam. Although many attendees held the status of  “in transition,” and the show had a more serious tone, we learned that television viewership is on the rise, and I am back again writing entries in my gratitude journal.

Julie Spira is an author, entrepreneur, radio show host, and cyber-dating expert. Visit her at

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