Eddie Fritts To Receive Nab Distinguished Service Award
February 7, 2011 at 7:12 AM (PT)
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS will honor EDDIE FRITTS with the NAB Distinguished Service Award during the 2011 NAB Show. FRITTS, who served as NAB President for 23 years, will be honored for his leadership in securing a variety of public policy victories that helped sustain broadcasting's future during an era of intense competition and unprecedented change. The award will be presented during the opening keynote session on APRIL 11th in LAS VEGAS.
"For more than two decades, EDDIE FRITTS carried the banner for free and local broadcasting on CAPITOL HILL with integrity and distinction," said NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH. "EDDIE helped put NAB on the map as an advocacy force in WASHINGTON, and his accomplishments on behalf of radio and television stations -- and the listeners and viewers that we serve -- will be felt for decades to come. I'm honored to follow in his footsteps as head of NAB, and we are thrilled to present him with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award."
NAB Joint Board Chairman STEVE NEWBERRY called FRITTS "a remarkable leader and a relentless champion for over-the-air broadcasting. His bipartisan bridge-building on CAPITOL HILL and string of legislative victories stand as a testament to EDDIE's understated Southern charm and advocacy skills."