It's Back: Local Radio Freedom Act To Be Introduced In Congress Tonight
February 24, 2015 at 3:55 PM (PT)
The Local Radio Freedom Act, the bill that would block the imposition of performance royalties on radio stations, is back, with a bipartisan group of Senators and Congresspersons introducing another version of the bill in Congress tonight after previously introducing it in the Senate. The Congressional version is being introduced by Reps. MICHAEL CONAWAY (R-TX) and GENE GREEN (D-TX), with over 90 co-sponsors. The Senate bill, S. Con. Res. 4, was introduced by Sens. JOHN BARRASSO (R-WY) and HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-ND).
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH said, "For decades, local radio airplay has jumpstarted and sustained the careers of countless musicians and record label moguls. Local radio's unparalleled promotional value drives increased record and merchandise sales and sells out concert venues. NAB applauds lawmakers for standing with hometown broadcasters in opposing a job-killing performance royalty that would damage the #1 platform for exposing new music."