Legislator to receive the first Broadcast Champion Award.

Representative Gene Green (D-TX) will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ inaugural Broadcast Champion Award at the NAB State Leadership Conference in Washington later this month. Green is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has advocated on behalf of several broadcaster initiatives, including the Local Radio Freedom Act and the Radio Consumer Protection Act.

According to NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith, “Gene Greene has been a steadfast champion of hometown radio and television broadcasting since he first came to Congress in 1993. He has a deep appreciation for the invaluable role local radio and television stations play in their communities, and he has worked hard to ensure our tens of millions of listeners and viewers can enjoy unfettered access to free and local broadcasting.”

For his part, Representative Green notes, “Our nation’s television and radio broadcasts are an important part of our day-to-day lives, providing Americans important news and weather coverage, entertainment, and critical alerts during times of emergency, all free of charge. Going forward, I hope policymakers and regulators will work with our broadcasters, large and small, urban and rural, to ensure that this valuable service continues to reach all Americans.”