The NAB has posted a timetable on the NAB Radio Show site. At first glance, everything looks like it’s about the same as previous years. The show covers three days, Wednesday through Friday. The usual range of papers are being presented, as well as the Marconi Awards.
Then there’s the exhibit floor. In past years, the exhibits have been open a few hours on Wednesday evening, Thursday all day, and most of the day Friday until the early afternoon. There have been up to 16 hours of exhibit floor time in past years. The exhibit time continues to be trimmed. There were 12.5 hours last year over three days. There will be 12 hours this year on two days. The show floor will be open on Wednesday and Thursday only.
Is this enough time for you as an attendee? Granted, the Radio Show is much smaller than the NAB Show, and the exhibit floor at the Radio Show is manageable in 12 hours. But is it enough when it’s competing for the same schedule time as the sessions and other meetings?
I will talk to exhibitors as the show approaches, and I’ll get their view as well. It takes time to set up a booth, and it’s not cheap to ship equipment and display material. Then again, many exhibitors complain that the third day is wasted anyway because of the light traffic.
What’s your take on the change in exhibit hours? Too few? Too clumped?