NABOB is the first and only 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’s Board of Directors are recognized as some of the top leaders in the ndustry. As broadcast station owners and senior management themselves, the members of our board understand the struggles of ownership first hand and possess an outstanding commitment to achieving NABOB’s overall objectives.

our team

Jim Winston


Ashley Smith

Marketing & Communications Director

Kathy Nickens

Executive Assistant


Our goal at NABOB is to improve and increase the opportunities for success for black and minority owners in the broadcast industry. 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.

James Winston
President / Media Trailblazer