AFM Calls Out Radio One For Missing Performance Rights Hearing
July 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM (PT)
The AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM) have expressed public dissatisfaction with the no-show of RADIO ONE Chairman KATHY HUGHES at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Performance Rights Act. RADIO ONE previously spoke out against the performance royalty on the grounds that it would harm minority broadcasters; now the AFM wonders whether the radio group actually believes that.
"It is irresponsible that they have decided not to take part in a hearing on issues vital to minority-owned radio, including H.R. 848, which RADIO ONE has heavily criticized in the past several weeks,' the AFM statement read. "The Performance Rights Act will provide a vital income to working musicians
"Ms. HUGHES and RADIO ONE have been vocal critics of the H.R. 848, running negative ads on many of her 51 radio stations that criticize both the measure and its sponsor, Sen. JOHN CONYERS. RADIO ONE has repeatedly asked for an opportunity to raise their concerns, and today Chairman CONYERS gave them the opportunity -- which they declined.
"RADIO ONE and KATHY HUGHES can't have it both ways. They can't stand outside the tent and criticize the Performance Rights Act, and when invited inside the tent to share their views, refuse to participate."
ALL ACCESS has contacted RADIO ONE for a response.
Don't Forget About The Little Guy
Also upset about noting being able to speak their peace on the panel was RADIO DALHART Classic Country KXIT/DALHART, TX owner GEORGE CHAMBERS. "We also have and will continue to air ads against this tax," he wrote to the AFM. "I have sought to be heard at these hearings and have been ignored.
"No one has taken the time to address what extra costs will do to the smallest operators. Nothing about this is fair and we will fight this unfair, greedy act by performers and their lack of understand that radio introduced them to the public and the artists made bad deals with the record companies and the broadcasters can not be blammed for poor choices.
"Radio stations are presented with gold records as a thank you for making a song #1," he concluded. "Where did the money from sales go ?"