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Pai to Appear at NAB Show Express

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The virtual show must go on, and while the NAB Show in Las Vegas was a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAB president Gordon Smith's Q&A with FCC chairman Ajit Pai was not.

The association's NAB Express Show online alternative to its physical gathering will kick off with a May 13 appearance by the chairman in a keynote conversation with Smith. 

That opening session will be streamed on nabshowexpress.com at noon, and on demand afterwards. 

The May 13 streamed event will also include Smith's annual "State of the Broadcast Industry" address, the state of which is under extreme stress due to coronavirus. 

Also on the virtual agenda will be the presentation of NAB's Distinguished Service Award to Muppet creator, the late Jim Henson.