Radio Committee


The Radio Committee aims to identify potential areas for developing collaborative strategies, information dissemination, targeted research and development, and demonstration activities.

The NABA Radio Committee (NABA-RC)’s current core mandate includes:

  • Best practices, and the sharing of ideas and developing consensus on issues for radio broadcasters in North America (Canada, Mexico, and the US).
  • The importance of new technology, and when it helps preserve and grow the radio industry the Committee encourages its adoption.
  • Focussing on how radio remains competitive and relevant while operating in a transitional environment from one traditional transmission service to multi-platform delivered audio product.
  • Representing the views and interests of NABA members to businesses and interests who are potential gatekeepers (and even barriers) to achieving continued radio relevance in new media and mobile platforms.
  • Representing the views of NABA members on radio/audio issues to the three North American governments and regulatory agencies and the wider Global community of institutions (e.g., ITU) and forums (e.g., WBU).

In all of its work the Committee will pay attention to the continuing value that radio provides the consumer (both in a public service and market sense) in their local, regional, and national communities.

For more information, please contact the NABA Secretariat.


The NABA Next-gen Radio Working Group seeks to identify and take advantage of new opportunities for broadcasters (e.g. digital radio, hybrid radio, connected car, etc.) with the goal of maintaining radio’s preeminent status as the preferred provider of local information and entertainment.

The Working Group published a paper: “The Value Proposition of Radio in a Connected World”, read it here.


The NABA Digital Radio Working Group was formed to produce a Position Paper on a voluntary North American Digital Radio Standard. You can read the paper here.


The NABA FM Chip Working Group was created to investigate FM chips in smartphones. A smartphone with an FM chip enabled (and a suitable app) can stream FM radio using much less battery and data.

NABA, along with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), is tracking penetration of FM chips in smartphones for the North American market. For more on their research, please click here.

February 16th, 2017 – Washington, DC (Hosted by NAB)

March 3rd, 2016 – Mexico City, Mexico (Hosted by CIRT)

On February 19, 2015, NABA’s Radio Committee held a Future of Radio & Audio Symposium at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The Symposium provided NABA’s membership, and others involved in radio production and distribution, with an exciting day of signature keynotes, discussions and presentations on the core issues affecting the future of the business. The NABA-RC will incorporate information and issues gathered at the Symposium as part of its Work Plan going forward.

Video files from the day are available at the following links:

1.0 Opening Remarks(NABA’s Michael McEwen and CBC/Radio-Canada’s Julie McCambley)

2.0 “Future of Radio” Keynote Address(FCC’s Ajit Pai)

3.0 The Future of Delivery – A Roundtable(Moderated by NPR’s Marty Garrison)

4.0 Digital Radio: Where it’s at and How it Fits into a Broadband World(Moderated by NAB’s David Layer)

5.0 Radio as a First Responder: The Importance of Radio in Emergency Situations(Moderated by Newstalk 1010 Toronto’s Kym Geddes)

6.0 “How to Make Broadcast Radio Still Work in a Streaming World” Keynote Address(Emmis’ Jeff Smulyan)

7.0 Local – Is it Still Radio’s Competitive Advantage?(Moderated by Rogers’ Paul Ski)

8.0 Revitalizing the AM Band(Moderated bv Univision’s Karl Lahm)

9.0 The Next Generation of the Auto Dashboard and What it Means for Radio(Moderated by CBC/Radio-Canada’s Julie McCambley)

10.0 Closing Remarks(Emmis’ Paul Brenner)


Julie McCambley
Director, Radio Production
Media Operations and Technology


Paul Brenner
Senior Vice President
Emmis Communications

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