NAB's 'Local Radio Freedom Act': For A Few Reps More
June 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM (PT)
The NAB announced that its House of Representatives recruitment drive to reject a performance royalty has reached 237. That's how many House lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors to the Local Radio Freedom Act, a resolution opposing the imposition of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty or other charge" on radio for music airplay.
With the recent additions of Local Radio Freedom Act are Reps. CHRISTOPHER CARNEY (PA-10), MIKE COFFMAN (CO-6), SCOTT GARRETT (NJ-5), CHARLIE MELANCON (LA-3) and FRANK WOLF (VA-10), support for the Local Radio Freedom Act has now surpassed last year's support by 10 lawmakers,.
"NAB salutes these members of Congress for recognizing the important role played by radio stations across America. From promoting music to providing airtime for important public service initiatives, radio broadcasters reach an unparalleled audience of 235 million listeners every week," NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON said. "While the growing bipartisan opposition to RIAA's performance tax campaign is certainly welcome news, we are encouraging radio broadcasters to remain steadfast and continue educating lawmakers on this important issue."