I was happy to see on April 16 that someone still had energy to spare at the end of the 2015 NAB Show.
It wasn’t long after I began my last booth visit of the show at about 1:45 p.m. that I heard the familiar, opening back and forth of Dueling Banjos blaring out from the Telos Alliance booth in the upper portion of the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As I wound up that last booth visit of the show, I could hardly wait to exit the building and get ready to go home. All I had to do was walk around the Telos Alliance booth, make a left and start that familiar trek one last time out the north doors of the Central Hall, through the LVCC lobby, into and through the North Hall, out the doors leading to the alley, into the Westgate (formerly the LVH and before that the Las Vegas Hilton) to get my bags and head to the airport.
I noticed as I walked by the Telos booth that someone was handing out what looked like miniature foam rubber electric guitars and that the folks who worked for the various brands making up The Telos Alliance were eagerly snatching them up and beginning play what amounted to air guitar enhanced with the miniature replicas to a song I didn’t recognize.
I took a few steps past the booth, stopped dead in my tracks, and realized there was actually some fun breaking out on the exhibit floor of the NAB Show.
I quickly retrieved my iPad from my bag, positioned myself in the booth and began to shoot as the unmistakable intro to The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again blared out from the audio monitors in the booth.
The YouTube link will take you a performance that actually energized me and put a smile on my face.
On the way back to Kansas City, I sat on the plane next to Steven Bell, publisher of Radio World magazine, who I know from the years he was with Penton Media and I was freelancing for one of its magazines, Broadcast Engineering.
I mentioned what I saw at the Telos Alliance booth, and he told me this was nothing new. The company has been putting on similar performances at the end of the NAB Show for years.
I guess this is the first time in 29 years at the NAB Show that I’ve wound up my show floor trek near the Telos Alliance booth. This year may have been the first time I’ve done so, but it definitely won’t be the last.