The Kentucky Broadcasters Association will bring its Annual Membership Conference to Owensboro for the first time on Oct. 11-13.

The meeting at the Owensboro Convention Center is expected to draw about 250 broadcasters from radio and television stations in the Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Evansville and Cincinnati market areas, the convention center said.

A news release said the broadcasters decided to meet in Owensboro because of the city’s “location, amenities, the Owensboro Convention Center, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum — and of course, BBQ!”

“We are extremely excited to be a first-time host of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association’s Annual Membership Conference this fall,” Heather Terry, the convention center’s director of sales, said in the news release.

Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, “Owensboro continues to successfully attract statewide conventions as meeting planners are sensing the buzz and excitement around our community.”

He said, “Great restaurants, hotels, and the riverfront scene are attractive to groups. My message is simple: The more outside money you can bring in, the better it is for everybody.”

The KBA website says the association was “established in 1945, with Hugh Potter of WOMI in Owensboro at the helm of its creation. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1945, 22 founding members met in Louisville.”

Today, it says, the association has more than 400 members.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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