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John Burgett Receives Distinguished Bayliss Broadcaster Award

March 14, 2003

Washington, DC—Wiley Rein & Fielding is proud to announce that Communications Partner, John M. Burgett, received the Distinguished Bayliss Broadcaster award presented by for his many contributions to the radio industry. The award is presented in memory of radio executive John Bayliss who was president of Gannett Broadcasting’s radio division, president of Charter Broadcasting and owner/operator of KSMA-AM/KSNI-FM Santa Maria, California.

Mr. Burgett received the award at the 17th Annual Bayliss Radio Roast held March 13, 2003 in New York City to benefit the Bayliss Radio Scholarship for junior, senior and graduate level college students majoring in Broadcast Communications who have maintained a 3.0 GPA or better. Mr. Burgett was a recipient of the 1987 Bayliss Radio Scholarship. Since 1985, The John Bayliss Foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 250 students.

Upon accepting the award Mr. Burgett said, "I am honored to be receive this award. As a recipient of a Bayliss Radio Scholarship, I owe the Foundation a debt of gratitude. I hope to see the work of the Foundation continue for many years."

Mr. Burgett has developed a reputation for his expertise regarding the transition to digital television. He specializes in the representation of broadcasters including major radio and television group owners before the Federal Communications Commission on a wide variety of complex regulatory and policy issues. These issues include station construction and licensing; facilities modifications; technical and interference issues; compliance with FCC multiple ownership and attribution rules; foreign ownership; children’s television; political broadcasting; content issues; station contests; and other FCC regulations affecting day-to-day station operation.