Former FCC chairman Richard Wiley will receive NAB's 2002 Distinguished Service Award at the NAB2002 opening ceremonies on April 8 in Las Vegas.
The NAB DSA award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to U.S. broadcasting. Other recipients include Walter Cronkite, Edward Murrow and Bob Hope.
From 1970-77 Wiley was the general counsel to the FCC, commissioner and chairman of the commission under the Ford Administration, and was instrumental in increasing competition and reducing regulation in the communications field at that time. He also led the FCC's Advisory Committee and Advanced Television Services, which resulted in the government's adoption of DTV standard. Currently he is the senior partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, one of the largest communications law firms in the country. He has also received an Emmy for his work with the FCC on DTV.
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