Peter Smyth: 'How Did We Become The Bad Guys?'
July 1, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
GREATER MEDIA Pres./CEO PETER SMYTH weighs in on what he feels is Congress' negative attitude towards "free radio." He writes:
"I have been spending a lot of time lately calling on members of Congress to explain to them why, despite FCC Commissioner KEVIN MARTIN’s recommendation to approve the proposed transaction, a merger to monopoly of the only two satellite radio companies will be so devastating both to terrestrial broadcasters and to the public interest."
"But somehow, instead of working with us, some members of Congress and the FCC continue to challenge the radio industry to prove that we are 'worthy' of keeping our licenses. I find it absurd. I challenge them to leave the beltway for a day and go into the heartland. I invite them to visit IOWA and NEW ORLEANS and see firsthand where our listeners live and the beneficial role radio serves in providing a lifeline to the people."
But somehow, instead of working with us, some members of Congress and the FCC continue to challenge the radio industry to prove that we are 'worthy' of keeping our licenses.
"While I have been heartened by the Commissioners and Representatives who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to meet with me and my industry colleagues in person, I am weary from listening to the many politicians and bureaucrats in WASHINGTON, D.C. who do not appreciate the contributions our industry makes to our communities or the problems we face in this challenging economy."
"How in the world did we become the bad guys?"
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