NRB Works For FCC Change To Allow Non-Coms To Aid Charities
April 27, 2012 at 7:08 AM (PT)
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS (NRB) announced its support for FCC action concerning non-commercial radio stations and on-air fundraising. The FCC is looking into the value of these stations conducting fundraisers on-air for the benefits of other non-profit organizations.
"This commendable rule change would support AMERICA's charitable impulse, making a positive difference in the lives of people in need, here and around the world,” said NRB Pres./CEO Dr. FRANK WRIGHT.
Current FCC rules prohibit non-commercial stations from fundraising for other non-profit groups unless the FCC provides a waiver. NRB has proposed to the FCC that each non-commercial station be permitted to spend up to 1 percent of its annual on-air time raising funds for third-party non-profit groups recognized under IRS code 501(c)(3).
"A rule change here is in the public interest,” said NRB SVP/General Counsel CRAIG PARSHALL. "The logical outcome of this change seems clear, and the result would be compelling: the non-profit resources in AMERICA will be more directly and comprehensively applied to the myriad problems facing today’s communities, while non-commercial broadcasters will be encouraged to perform the highest form of public service.”
"As a former radio GM who struggled with wanting to meet needs, help other non-profits, and support the community where our station was serving, I am excited to see the FCC consider action that would help the local non-commercial station enhance its voice for good in the community they serve,” said NRB SVP/Strategic Partnerships RON HARRIS.