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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 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.

Despite NABOB’s many accomplishments, our work is never complete. Although constituting 14% of the total population, African-Americans own approximately 2% of all commercial broadcast licenses in the United States.

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.