Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) will be the inaugural recipient of the NAB Broadcast Champion Award. The award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates exemplary leadership and commitment to strengthening the future of radio and television, recognizing broadcasters’ vital role in our local communities.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee since 1997, Congressman Green has worked on a multitude of issues of importance to local radio and television broadcasters over the years. He has taken to the floor of Congress to champion the vital role local broadcasters play as ‘first informers’ during times of emergency, and appears as a frequent guest on Houston radio and television stations. Green also has been the lead Democratic co-sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act – a resolution opposing a performance royalty on local broadcast radio stations for free, promotional music airplay – since its inception in the 110th Congress.
Congressman Green is also a principal cosponsor of the Radio Consumer Protection Act, which would establish a fund to reimburse local radio stations impacted by the “repack” stemming from the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. Green will receive the award at NAB’s 2018 State Leadership Conference on February 27 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.