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KITCHEN NAMED TO HEAD NEW TRADE ASSOCIATION FROM ANTICIPATED MERGER

WASHINGTON-Jay Kitchen will head the new wireless trade group created by the anticipated merger of the National Association of Business and Educational Radio and the Personal Communications Industry Association.

The boards of both associations are expected to approve the proposed merger this month.

While Kitchen, president of NABER, would be president of the merged entity-to be named the Personal Communications Industry Association-the associations said acting PCIA President Mark Golden “would hold a key management role” in the new organization.

Also, the incoming chairman of the PCIA board will assume the chairmanship of the wireless trade association.

“We have agreed on proposals for a combined membership and governance which we believe will ensure the most effective representation of the interests of all wireless communications providers,” said John Schaaf, current PCIA chairman and chief executive officer of American Paging Inc.

Recent regulatory changes subject NABER’s private carrier paging members and PCIA’s common carrier paging members to the same Commercial Mobile Radio Service rules.

No statements have been made as to whether other personnel changes might result from the merger or where the new organization will be located. PCIA is headquartered in downtown Washington, D.C., while NABER is based in Alexandria, Va.

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