NABOB is the first trade organization representing the interests of African-American owners of radio and television stations across the country.
The association was organized in 1976 by a small group of African-American broadcasters who desired to establish a voice and a viable presence in the industry and to address specific concerns facing African-American broadcasters.
NABOB is a non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by our members. Day-to-day operations of the association are carried out at our headquarters in Washington, D.C.
NABOB has two principal objectives: First, to increase the number of African-American owners of telecommunications facilities, and second, to improve the business climate in which we operate. The overall objective is to maximize the potential for financial success through providing advocacy resources and information in critical business areas including, advertising sales, station acquisition, financing, and federal broadcast regulation.
In 1976, there were only 30 African-American owned broadcast facilities in the United States. Today, there are over 220.
Economic and political empowerment in the African-American community cannot be achieved without access and control over the mass media resources that impact our lives and the world. NABOB is dedicated to creating opportunities for success for African-Americans in the telecommunications industry.
The NABOB Telecommunications Education and Management Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation founded in 2001 to educate and train the next generation of leaders in the telecommunications industry. The NABOB Foundation provides scholarships to college students pursuing careers in broadcast and telecommunications management. The NABOB Foundation also provides training fellowships to participate in NABOB management conferences to young entrepreneurs and broadcast managers. The NABOB Foundation is a training ground to ensure that, as the telecommunications industry continues to grow and diversify, minority entrepreneurs will have a meaningful role in owning and managing telecommunications businesses.
Since 2006, NABOB’s Management and Telecommunication Foundation and The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation have hosted the annual Media Sales Institute at Florida A&M University .The Media Sales Institute (MSI) is a ten-day, intense training program developed by Personal Selling Principles (PSP) in 1999 and launched at Howard University in 2000 for graduating college or university seniors who were passionately interested in pursuing a career in media sales. The curriculum was designed to provide an entree into media sales for talented students of diverse backgrounds.
In 2016, NABOB and PSP expanded the already successful Media Sales Institute (MSI) program to Atlanta, GA. This was the first MSI (in the country) to target military personnel (Post 9/11), career changers and recent college graduates; who have a genuine desire to be in media sales. “Media Sales” is defined as selling advertising airtime or space (on or in) cable, digital, internet, outdoor, publications, radio and television. This combined population of diverse and technically savvy talent created a (first of its kind) rich learning environment for the media industry.
The NABOB 43nd Annual Fall Broadcast Management Conference and 19th Power of Urban Radio Forum took place on October 2-3, 2019 at The Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008.
The conference presented panels and presentations from an array of experts focused on developing ideas to improve the financial success and service to the community of broadcast stations owned by African Americans and other minorities, and to increase the number of such stations.
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