Here’s The Official NAB Statement


The NAB announced Wednesday that the reason for its biggest event of the year being canceled for the second year in a row was the surge in cases of the Delta variant. NAB CEO Gordon Smith said, “It has become apparent that we will not be able to deliver the kind of 2021 NAB Show experience that our industry has come to expect or that meets the high standards we set for ourselves.”

NAB EVP/Managing Director of Global Connections and Events Chris Brown said in a statement: “For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community.

“As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, it has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange, in person.

“NAB Show is the premier destination for the media and entertainment industry and we will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us.

“While we are disappointed that we will not be together again in person next month, we look forward to converging at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27, 2022, to reignite our passion for our business and focus on a bright future ahead.”

Brown said to “stay tuned” for information on virtually accessing select 2021 NAB Show content via NAB Amplify.


  1. Hey “BigA”, what’s your real name?

    I think the name sheep fits you well! Encase you haven’t peaked out from under your rock lately, vaccinated people are STILL getting sick and VACCINATED people are STILL DYING!

    Your overly huge comfort level of the vaccine needs a reevaluation. Aside from what the NAB was requiring for entry to their event, it just goes to show that other thoughts prevailed about the virus, vaccines, social distancing etc. With a room full of vaccinated people, the show could have turned into a COVID super spreader event. That would have not only been a backwards move in protecting members but also as industry leader as a whole.

    My thoughts however, come Aril of 2022, we might be faced with similar postponements. Vaccines, mask, social distancing…even putting yourself in a bubble isn’t going to make the virus go away. There is much to be learned yet about this virus in order to truly make an effective vaccine….. something that can only take decades to do, not months. People ha e gone into ” stupid mode” ten times over since this mess started. Common sense has left the building and everyone is right and everyone is wrong attitudes have become too much to tolerate.

    The vaccine isn’t the cure here and too many people have partaken of the “vaccine kool-aid”.Be smart and understand that the medical industry is still trying to figure this out as the virus changes over time.

    We are a long ways from calling this done and over.

    • “vaccinated people are STILL getting sick and VACCINATED people are STILL DYING!”

      Which is why, even though I’ve been vaccinated since March, I do not attend large gatherings. I don’t go to concerts, I don’t attend large meetings, and I still work from home.

      I think the NAB made the right decision. I had no plans of attending regardless of their requirement.

    • The Big A believes that Bob Pittman is a visionary and is a great leader of business, despite Pittman’s lifetime record of NEVER having lead a profitable company in his entire career.

      That should tell you all that you need to know about the all wise, all knowing Big A.

        • Actually no. You have even used those exact words on this very blog several times. To the point where you have stated I Heart wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for the guidance of Pittman. And also accusing my 36 year career of being “fake”.

          Unless someone else signed in under your name, and I cant imagine why anyone would wish to be confused with you.

          Now get the last word in, as usual.

  2. “Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under the omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    C.S. Lewis

  3. Good!

    The NAB mandating things of their membership was a bridge too far.

    Broadcasters were among the companies hit the hardest when our economy was shut down due to mandates. The dunces at NAB did not understand, obviously, that the radio and TV owners and executives emphatically said, “No! Enough already with the mandates!” and chose to skip this year’s scheduled convention.

    NAB needs a serious cleaning out at the top. As I’ve said before, no way do I have any interest in joining such a tone deaf — no pun intended — dummy organization.

    • “Broadcasters were among the companies hit the hardest when our economy was shut down due to mandates.”

      Huh? The economy was shut down because of a killer virus. The virus is still killing people, and now it’s killing radio people. The only way to kill the virus is to stop acting like it doesn’t exist and get the free vaccine. Everybody wants the economy to get better, and the only way it happens is if people feel safe.

  4. Bob Enyart, anti-vaxxer and long-time talk show host in Denver, Colo., has died from COVID-19.

    Though Enyart never denied the existence of COVID itself, he did repeatedly slam mask mandates, calling those who imposed and enforced them “control-freak bureaucrats” and “mask nazis.” He and his wife — who is also reportedly sick with COVID — refused to get the vaccine. The couple also urged “everyone to boycott Pfizer, Moderna and the Johnson to further increase social tension.

    Enyart would “gleefully read obituaries” of AIDS victims while cranking “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. Enyart’s death makes him the fifth conservative radio host to die from the virus in the last six weeks

    Enyart was looking forward to attending the NAB Show in person.

      • Exactly, Deb.

        But, we still have obedient little lemmings like ‘BigA’, who replied to my comment, who are fine being dictated to. I want nothing to do with an industry membership organization like the NAB that thinks it can dictate our medical decisions to us. The NAB board and executives work for the members, not the other way around.

        • Nobody “dictated” anything to me. I’m smart enough to know that when there’s an infectious disease, and there’s a free vaccine, I get it. I did it because I don’t want to die from a preventable sickness. Unfortunately people like Phil Valentine were not that smart. There would be no need for mandates if people just did the smart thing. By next month, all radio companies will require their employees to vaccinated. Unfortunately that’s what it takes.


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