NABOB is the first and only trade organization representing the interests of African-American owners of radio, television, and digital media 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.
The number of Black-owned stations is vastly below an acceptable level. Blacks make up 13% of the American population, yet we own fewer than 180 of the more than 11,000 commercial radio stations in the U.S., 1.6%, and we own only 25 of the 1,374 full-power television stations, 1.8%. This low ownership level of broadcast stations by Blacks means that we cannot have the voice we need to make our concerns adequately heard or addressed by our leaders.
NABOB’s mission is to improve and increase the opportunities for success for Black and minority owners in media. Utilizing advocacy resources, NABOB provides information in critical business areas including, advertising sales, station acquisition, financing, and federal broadcast regulation.