On the road with Jessica and Gordon.

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith joined acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel in Washington state, at the State Leadership Conference last week—before a virtual audience, of course. Senator Smith compared the experiences of struggling broadcasters during the pandemic to the film It’s a Wonderful Life, in that the industry struggled last year the same way that George Bailey struggled in the film—not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In her remarks, Commissioner Rosenworcel praised the role played by broadcasters throughout the pandemic, congratulated Senator Smith on his upcoming retirement, offered her best wishes to Curtis LeGeyt on his upcoming ascension, and delivered a powerful promo for the FCC’s Emergency Broadcast Benefit program.