Nevada Broadcasters Association CEO Bob Fisher bid a fond farewell this morning to a group of 17 visiting African journalists, in town since last Thursday under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas. He tells FishbowlLA the experience ranks as one of the highlights of his 17 years as head of the organization.

On Sunday, Fisher hosted the group at his home, joined by a number of local media personalities including Chris Roman (representing Hispanic stations), Dale Davidson (Christian stations), Frank Mueller (UNLV, college stations) and Lee Solonche (PBS). Over dinner and dessert, the foreign reporters shared through an interpreter some of their overriding impressions. These included:

“There is the challenge of the limited consumption of green energy at Vegas PBS and the excessive consumption of neon and LED energy on the Strip. Between the actual way of life and the American Dream.”

“After touring Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, it seems to most of us that being in Las Vegas – we have found the “real” America. It is a combination of the American Dream with a dose of reality.”

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