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Former NAB President Eddie Fritts to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award

February 7, 2011 - Fritts ran the NAB for 23 years. The award will be presented during the opening keynote session on April 11 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 President and 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."